The great holiday escape: tour in Transylvania, Harghita County, Trascau Mountains

Overview – The great holiday escape – tour in Transylvania, Harghita County, Trascau Mountains

The perfect family holiday should be one that really rocks your hiking boots off! How about an amazing trip spiced with everything? Stunning mountains, knife like ridges, isolated hamlets in the middle of nowhere, gorges and water for you to swim in, different activities for the kids? They are all included in this private guided tour in Romania: The great holiday escape – tour in Transylvania, Harghita County, Trascau Mountains

Where: Transylvania, Harghita County, Trascau Mountains
Highlights: rivers, gorges, adventure parks, SPA, isolated hamlets, waterfalls and caves
Departure point: Bucharest
Available: June – October
Type of activity: hiking, visiting caves and waterfalls, sightseeing, biking, cultural
Perfect for: active families and small groups of friends
Customizable: yes

Detailed program:

Day 1: Early start from Bucharest and departure to Cheia village, at the foot of the beautiful Ciucas Mountains.
From Cheia you will be transfered to Bratocea Pass (approx. 30 min. drive) and from there you will start a hike that will take you up to the highest peak in Ciucas (1954 m).
On the way up you will admire impressive rock formations like The Tower of Goliath and The head of the elephant, and enjoy the stunning views towards Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains. If you are on the trails in July and August, you can even pick blueberries!
In the late afternoon or evening you will be transfered back to Cheia village to the accommodation. The guesthouse has a tennis court and options for playing basketball, mini horses and a mini farm.

Accommodation at a guesthouse in Cheia village.

Day 2: After breakfast you will be transfered to Brasov for an exciting day at the Adventure Park! This is the perfect destination for those who seek a bit of adrenaline and of course…it is the perfect playground for kids!
Later in the afternoon or evening you will be transfered to Zarnesti town.

Accommodation in Zarnesti at a guesthouse.

Day 3: This day is dedicated to hiking around Zarnesti village, in one of the most beautiful national parks in Romania: Piatra Craiului. The hiking options for the day include Zarnesti gorge and a hike up to Curmatura Hut, at the foot of the North Ridge.

Accommodation in Zarnesti at a guesthouse.

Day 4: One cannot skip the famous or…infamous Bran Castle, right? Early in the morning, after breakfast we will pay a visit to the castle that inspired Bram Stoker’s most famous novel, Dracula, and learn about the myth and the legend.
After the visit at the castle you will be transfered to Sighisoara (one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Romania, part of the UNESCO Heritage) for a short city tour.
Later in the evening we will arrive in Sibiu.

Accommodation in Sibiu at a guesthouse/hotel in the heart of the city.

Day 5: After breakfast you will enjoy a quick tour of Sibiu and then we will drive to Geoagiu de Sus village, in the heart of Trascau Mountains. What is the plan for today? Hmmm….how about some hiking in Ramet gorge, water you can jump in, cables you have to hold on to in order to cross the gorge? Sound like fun and it will be fun.

Accommodation in Geoagiu de Sus village at a guesthouse.

Day 6: Enjoy a full day of hiking through the splendour of Trascau Mountains. You will do hiking in some isolated hamlets, beautiful trails in the forest, at the foot of Fata Pietrii mountain.

Accommodation in Geoagiu de Sus village at a guesthouse.

Day 7: Today we will leave Geoagiu de Sus and drive to visit and explore two of the most beautiful hungarian villages in Trascau area: Coltesti and Rametea. Located at the foot of Piatra Secuiului Mountain, the villages display a beautiful and interesting hungarian architecture.
Some of the highlights in the villages include: hiking up to Piatra Secuiului, a visit at the water mill from Rametea (goes back to 1752 and it is still functional!!!), biking from Coltesti to Rametea and back, photography in the area.
In the evening, after a full day, you will be transfered to Salciua village.

Accommodation in Salciua village at a guesthouse.

Day 8: Well, well, what do we have in store for you for today? Salciua village is located on Aries Valley, at the foot of Bedeleu Mountain.
The program for today will include a hike up to Huda lui Papara cave (one of the longest and most impressive caves in Romania, that also has the biggest colonies of bats….from Romania), and then further to Vanatarile Ponorului. Vanatarile Ponorului is actually a very impressive waterfall, that will really…really…knock your socks off!
Another option for today is a moderate hike up to Sipote waterfall, in the heart of Bedeleu Mountain.

Accommodation in Salciua village at a guesthouse.

Day 9: After breakfast we will drive on Aries Valley, straight to Turda, to visit a fantastic salt mine. The salt mine was actually exploited by the Roman Empire, thousand of years ago. Then, when Turda became part of the Austro – Hungarian Empire, the salt mine became the main source of salt in Transylvania.
Modern times have turned it into an amazing touristy attraction and now it looks like a SF movie!
Your day will continue with an easy walk to Turda Gorge.

Accommodation in Turda at a guesthouse.

Day 10: Early departure from Turda and transfer to Baile Tusnad area. Baile Tusnad is a small town in Harghita County, where the majority of the population is hungarian.
The county benefits from amazing views of rolling hills, nice typical hungarian constructions.
Baile Tusnad is also a SPA resort where people go to enjoy the thermal waters, or hike up to different springs with special properties.

Accommodation in Baile Tusnad at a guesthouse.

Day 11: Get ready to explore Baile Tusnad area! Today you will enjoy a short drive to St. Ana Lake (the only volcanic lake in Romania) and then an easy hike on the shore.
You can also take a ride on the boat, on the lake, or buy and taste the famous hungarian cake ( Kurtos Kalacs), prepared by the locals.

Accommodation in Baile Tusnad at a guesthouse.

Day 12: After breakfast we will drive to Baraolt area, to a natural reservation called Varghis.There, you will enjoy hiking in the gorge, crossing bridges over troubled water, and exploring caves.
We will return to Baile Tusnad in the late afternoon or evening. Depending on the prefferences, we could arrange for a relaxing time at the SPA in Baile Tusnad.

Accommodation in Baile Tusnad at a guesthouse.

Day 13: Return to Bucharest via Brasov. Accommodation in Bucharest or drop off directly at the airport, depending on the schedule.

End of program.

,,I am lucky to have traveled a lot in my life, but Dan’s tour of Romania absolutely knocked my socks off! My husband and I and two teenaged sons had a flawless 9 day tour, encompassing Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu and three beautiful villages in the Carpathian Mountains. We enjoyed some gorgeous hikes along river gorgeous, high alpine-like meadows and rocky knife-edge trails. Dan made it all very special. He is an expert at picking superb little hotels and restaurants, great walks and interesting experiences. As well as enjoying the staggering beauty of Romania, I feel as though I really understand Romania as a country, having glimpsed some of it’s recent and distant history and culture. I must add that the Romania is also great value. I know all this sounds like hyperbole, but I mean every word. Go to Romania, and go with Dan Citila. We fully expert to return and see more of this amazing country.” Becca, from the UK, about this tour

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