Southern Carpathian hiking tour

Hike a whole week in the Southern Carpathians in the Cindrel, Lotrului and Fagaras Mountains. The tour is organized for individual hikers or already formed groups. We can start and end in Sibiu but we can also pick as well from Bucharest or Cluj-Napoca.


Options:
a.) Guided hiking for groups from at least 6 to max. 14 participants. Depending on the group size, different minibuses are used: 8 + 1, 12 + 1, 16 + 1 or 19 + 1.

b.) Individual hiking with GPX tracks for mobile phones and rental car with local guide for the briefing.

Route:
Day 1: Arrival in Sibiu. Meeting with the English-speaking travel companion in the city center. Group transfer to Rasinari, check-in for five nights in a family guesthouse. Dinner with an introduction to the topic of our tour.

Day 2: After exploring the rustic pastoral village of Rasinari (orthodox, painted church and bishop’s seat) we drive to Fantanele. Then we hike the mountain heights of Fantanele. (approx. 4 – 5 hours). After a break at an alpine hut, we return to Sibiel, where we visit the Icon Museum and a hearty dinner with Romanian specialties awaits us. Of course, a glass of tuica should not be missing.

Day 3: All-day hike: from Rasinari, which takes its name from the resin collectors (resin = rasina), it goes up to the rose garden at about 1,100 meters above sea level. Via the Valea Cisnadioarei valley we reach the “Half Stone” with fossils from the limestone age near Cisnadioara. We visit the Romanesque basilica of this typical Transylvanian-Saxon village. We go back to Rasinari by cart with horses.

Day 4: Early in the morning we take the regular bus to Paltinis, the highest health resort in Romania (1,400 m), the starting point for a 6-hour hike in the Cindrel Mountains. Our route takes us from Paltinis via Oncesti and Tomnaticu back to Rasinari or via Muncel to the Surdu summit.

Day 5: We take regional transport to nearby Sibiu. On a guided tour of the old town, we get to know the sights of the European Capital of Culture 2007. The afternoon is at leisure: strolling in Sibiu, visiting the village museum, bathing in the salt lakes of Ocna Sibiului or in the indoor pool. Dinner and overnight in Rasinari.

Day 6: Today we leave Sibiu region and go to the highest mountains in the Southern Carpathians: the Fagaras massif. Drive to the Balea glacier lake (2,033 m). Magnificent views and a 2-3 hours hike await us. Short lunch break (picnic) at the Balea waterfall. We keep going via Fagaras to Bran. Finally, the castle known as “Dracula Castle” awaits us here. Even if the fortress from the 14th century is not creepy at all, the visit has its charm. The fountain in the courtyard hides a labyrinth of underground tunnels and passages. Dinner and moving in for 2 nights in a guest house with a beautiful view of the castle and valley in Bran – Predelut.

Day 7: In the morning we take a half-day hike in Poaiana Brasov or in the Piatra Craiului National Park. In the afternoon we hike the imposing farm castle in Rasnov and then drive to Brasov – formerly an important trade hub between Transylvania and Wallachia – we get to know the city on a city tour. Return to Bran in the evening.

Day 8: Drive via Fagaras, Sambata de Sus (visit to the Orthodox monastery) and Carta (candle / Cistercian abbey) back to Sibiu. Arrival in Sibiu around 1 p.m.

Period:
May – October 2020
Starting days – Saturdays

Included services – guided hiking for groups: 
Group transfer from Sibiu Airport to the center
All transfers from / to Sibiu (minibus and local transport)
7 nights in good typical pensions
Full board (lunch or picnic lunch, 7 x dinner)
Guided tour and support by local, English-speaking guides
Carriage rides
Visits and admissions according to the program; information material

Prices:
€ 650, – per person in a double room; € 150, – single supplement
Optional: transfers from Bucharest or Cluj Napoca

Included services – individual tour with GPX tracks:
8 days car rental from / to Sibiu
7 nights in good country-typical guesthouses (double room with bath / shower / toilet)
Half board (7 x breakfast, 7 x dinner)
City tours in Sibiu and Brasov excluding admission
Horse carriage ride in Sibiel
1 information package per booking: maps (Cindrel Natural Park + Transylvania map), travel folder with directions
Hiking routes on the VIEWRANGER app. This has available versions for any type of cell phone.

Prices:
€ 475, – per person in a double room; € 150, – single supplement
Optional: transfers from Bucharest or Cluj Napoca