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Romania Guided Walking Holiday

Panoramic view over Dracula medieval Castle Bran in autumn season, the most visited tourist attraction of  Brasov, Transylva…
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,649pp with flights

Tucked away in eastern Europe, Romania is home to mountainous landscapes with exhilarating beauty, a plethora of fairy-tale castles, medieval towns and a capital city (Bucharest) whose wide boulevards and French-style architecture earned it the nickname of ‘Little Paris’. Travel away from Bucharest and you might be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped back in time; people in many rural regions live traditional lives where the horse and cart are still the main mode of transport. In the centre of Romania lies Transylvania – fictional home of the character Count Dracula as well as Bran Castle – said to have been Bram Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula’s castle. On this multi-centre guided walking and sightseeing holiday, we’ll discover some of the country’s beautiful landscapes, rich history and peaceful mountains.

Holiday Highlights

  • Sightseeing with an expert guide in Bucharest including the Palace of Parliament
  • A visit to Bran Castle – said to be the inspiration for Dracula's castle
  • Cable car up into the Bucegi Mountains for great high level but easier walking
  • Discover medieval Brasov

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks led by a local guide
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • All transport, including cable car rides
  • Half Board en-suite accommodation - 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 evening meals
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On arrival we transfer from the airport to Bucharest and our hotel. The rest of the day is then at leisure, giving you a chance to relax before our welcome dinner this evening.

Moxa Boutique Hotel, Bucharest - Romania

Our first two and final nights are spent in Romania’s capital, Bucharest. We stay at the 4-star Moxa Boutique Hotel on Calea Victoriei, one of Bucharest’s oldest and most charming avenues, where cosy en-suite rooms combine sophisticated style with guest comfort. The hotel features free Wi-Fi, a lovely garden terrace and a spa/fitness centre. The hotel is ideally located in Bucharest and is within walking distance of many of the city’s key attractions.


Today we enjoy a walking tour of Romania’s cosmopolitan capital city, well-known for its wide boulevards and fine pre-World War I buildings which lead to the city gaining the moniker “Little Paris”.

Moxa Boutique Hotel, Bucharest - Romania

Our first two and final nights are spent in Romania’s capital, Bucharest. We stay at the 4-star Moxa Boutique Hotel on Calea Victoriei, one of Bucharest’s oldest and most charming avenues, where cosy en-suite rooms combine sophisticated style with guest comfort. The hotel features free Wi-Fi, a lovely garden terrace and a spa/fitness centre. The hotel is ideally located in Bucharest and is within walking distance of many of the city’s key attractions.


Today we travel north across the Carpathians to Brasov, where we spend the next 4 nights. Enroute, we stop in Sinaia, where we visit the beautiful Peles Castle before we continue our journey to Braşov.

On arrival in Braşov, your local guide will offer a short orientation walk to introduce you to the town. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure before dinner.

Hotel Safrano, Braşov - Romania

We spend four nights in the charming city of Braşov, where we stay at the Hotel Safrano. This delightful 3-star hotel is in the heart of the city’s Old Town: it’s within walking distance of some of Braşov’s key attractions, including the Black Church, and enjoys great views of the stunning surrounding area. With 30 spacious rooms, each decorated in an individual style, enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries. The hotel offers bicycle rental, should you wish to explore further.


We depart for Mesendorf, where we begin today’s walk. We walk over the hills and through the meadows to Viscri, a beautiful Saxon village famous for its UNESCO listed fortified church.

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240 metres)

Hotel Safrano, Braşov - Romania

We spend four nights in the charming city of Braşov, where we stay at the Hotel Safrano. This delightful 3-star hotel is in the heart of the city’s Old Town: it’s within walking distance of some of Braşov’s key attractions, including the Black Church, and enjoys great views of the stunning surrounding area. With 30 spacious rooms, each decorated in an individual style, enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries. The hotel offers bicycle rental, should you wish to explore further.


Today we explore the southern Carpathians in the Piatra Craiului National Park, an area protecting many species of flora and fauna, including fungi, lichens and mosses, flowers, herbs, insects and reptiles as well as over 100 species of birds, 15 species of bat and large mammals including chamois, wolves, brown bears and lynx. We walk through this landscape and end with a visit to the famous Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle.

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

Hotel Safrano, Braşov - Romania

We spend four nights in the charming city of Braşov, where we stay at the Hotel Safrano. This delightful 3-star hotel is in the heart of the city’s Old Town: it’s within walking distance of some of Braşov’s key attractions, including the Black Church, and enjoys great views of the stunning surrounding area. With 30 spacious rooms, each decorated in an individual style, enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries. The hotel offers bicycle rental, should you wish to explore further.


Enjoy a full day exploring one of the most beautiful and highest mountain ranges in Romania. We travel to Balea Lake, a glacial lake situated at over 2,000m above sea level, and walk in the surrounding landscapes.

Distance: 4 Miles (6.5km)

Total ascent: 2,500 feet (750m)

Hotel Safrano, Braşov - Romania

We spend four nights in the charming city of Braşov, where we stay at the Hotel Safrano. This delightful 3-star hotel is in the heart of the city’s Old Town: it’s within walking distance of some of Braşov’s key attractions, including the Black Church, and enjoys great views of the stunning surrounding area. With 30 spacious rooms, each decorated in an individual style, enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries. The hotel offers bicycle rental, should you wish to explore further.


Today we explore the Bucegi Mountains. Visit Busteni and marvel at curious rock formations as we walk to the Cota 2000 station, enjoying spectacular views as we go. We return to Bucharest, where this evening we enjoy a special farewell dinner.

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

Moxa Boutique Hotel, Bucharest - Romania

Our first two and final nights are spent in Romania’s capital, Bucharest. We stay at the 4-star Moxa Boutique Hotel on Calea Victoriei, one of Bucharest’s oldest and most charming avenues, where cosy en-suite rooms combine sophisticated style with guest comfort. The hotel features free Wi-Fi, a lovely garden terrace and a spa/fitness centre. The hotel is ideally located in Bucharest and is within walking distance of many of the city’s key attractions.


Depart the hotel and transfer to the airport for our flight home.

 


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Moxa Boutique Hotel, Bucharest - Romania

Our first two and final nights are spent in Romania’s capital, Bucharest. We stay at the 4-star Moxa Boutique Hotel on Calea Victoriei, one of Bucharest’s oldest and most charming avenues, where cosy en-suite rooms combine sophisticated style with guest comfort. The hotel features free Wi-Fi, a lovely garden terrace and a spa/fitness centre. The hotel is ideally located in Bucharest and is within walking distance of many of the city’s key attractions.

Hotel Safrano, Braşov - Romania

We spend four nights in the charming city of Braşov, where we stay at the Hotel Safrano. This delightful 3-star hotel is in the heart of the city’s Old Town: it’s within walking distance of some of Braşov’s key attractions, including the Black Church, and enjoys great views of the stunning surrounding area. With 30 spacious rooms, each decorated in an individual style, enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries. The hotel offers bicycle rental, should you wish to explore further.

What to Bring

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels, we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. 

These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others.

We advise being prepared for all weather conditions, but you’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved light-coloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun.

We recommend wearing walking boots on all our walks, as these provide the best ankle support and grip. Modern ‘approach shoes’ offer appropriate levels of grip and may be worn on some low-level walks, but users should be aware that they offer less ankle support. Lightweight trainers are not recommended for any walks.

 Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets; hand sanitiser

Essential

  • Passport (and copies)
  • Booking confirmation
  • Insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form.

Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.

Optional 

  • trekking poles
  • camera
  • umbrella
  • binoculars
  • high energy food bar

Please note that your HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
04 Sep - 11 Sep
7 2020 Itinerary £1,649 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
02 Oct - 09 Oct
7 2020 Itinerary £1,649 Available Trip Notes Book Now
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2020
04 Sep - 11 Sep
7 2020 Itinerary £1,449 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
02 Oct - 09 Oct
7 2020 Itinerary £1,449 Available Trip Notes Book Now

Important Information

  • Single supplement: £179
  • Flights from London Heathrow are included.
  • UK connecting flights to meet our Heathrow British Airways flight available from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow or Edinburgh.   £139
  • Holiday is inclusive of flight transfers
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
3

7 nights from £1,649pp with flights

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