HIKING IN TRANSYLVANIA
10 days guided tour - exclusive group programme
NORTHERN CARPATHIANS- MARAMURES - BUCOVINA
Our hiking tour in Transylvania is proposing you not only hiking and trekking in one of the nicest and best preserved zones of Europe, but also a few days for discovering the Maramures and the Bucovina regions. The tiny village Lunca ilvei is located at the feet of the Bargau Mountains (Northern Carpathians). The kindness of its inhabitants and the gorgeous scenery will stay engraved into your memory.
These four days of hiking in Transylvania will offer you the true image of the meaning of rural life in Romania. Sharp green meadows, flocks of sheep with their shepherds and the watch dogs returning daily for milking at the sheepfold, multicolor mountain flowers, and not for last simple local people who, despite their rude life, preserve their native humour- everything is present to impress the visitors. Not to mention the perfect silence of the high mountains,with no civilisation sound, which impresses anybody living in a town!
Being modelled for all public, our short Transylvania hiking and trekking tour does not ask for important hiking skills.
After the days of hiking in Transylvania we continue across two other regions of Romania: the Maramures, land of the wooden churches and the Bucovina, land of painted monasteries (UNESCO Patrimony), but also paradise of local gastronomy.
For the entire duration of this Transylvania trekking tour you will be accompanied by a specialized English speaking tour guide, doubled on the hiking trails by a local guide, who will take you off the beaten tracke, following cattle and sheep pathes. For usthis hiling tour in Transylvanian carpathians is one of the best and accessible hikings in Romania.
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Dreaming about our next mysterious trekking in Transylvania
Cluj - Dej - Salva - Nasaud - Lunca Ilvei (180 km, 3h30)
Arrival in Cluj and departure (by minibus / bus) to Lunca Ilvei, a mountain village between Maramures and Bucovine.
Dinner and overnight in rural guesthouse.
Day 2 - Day 5
Trekking in Transylvania around the Lunca Ilvei village
Lunca Ilvei is a mountain village located in the North-Western Transylvania, limited by Bucovine on the upper Valley of Ilva.
The lanscapes are authenticaly vivid and comforting: the small hills, overwhelmed by montains of volcanic origin, the prairies and grasslands blended in shadowy coniferous forests sheltering a rich and diverse fauna.
These days you will enchant your eyes with authentic summer log houses. The peasents here live in isolated rustical dwellings, often without any electricity, however well located in the nature.
You will also discover a breathtaking view over the entire Valley of Ilva. And don't be surprised to recognize sources of mineral water.
About 12-15 km/ day, easy to medium level. Slope max. 350 m. Picnic lunch.
Accompanying : local guide
Dinner and overnight in rural guesthouse.
Day 6 - Day 8
End of trekking in Transylvania period - drive to the uncovered Maramures and Bucovina
3 days bus tour.
Drive to Sapanta, a village that became famous due to its history, brilliantly illustrated in the Merry Cemetery, unique for the colourfully painted wooden crosses. Stop to visit the Orthodox Barsana Monastery which is a popular pilgrimage spot in Maramures.
Dinner and overnight in rural guesthouse in Maramures.
Folklorique party with traditional local musicians in Maramures.
After discovering Maramures, departure to Bucovine - the land of painted Monasteries. Each monastery is painted in a specific colour : blue, green or yellow. Visit of Voronet Monastery, included in UNESCO Patrimony and named the Sistine Chapel of the East.
This monastery is highlighted by its unique blue colour and the scene of the Last Judgement painted on the Western wall is one of the most impressive achitectural and aesthetic achievements of Moldavia.
Dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Bucovina.
Day8, back to Lunca Ilvei by train, starting from Vatra Dornei (famous health and SPA therapy resort).
Lunca Ilvei - Cluj-Napoca
Back to Cluj-Napoca by bus / train. Visit the city of Cluj-Napoca (3 hours), one of the most important educational, cultural and industrial centers of the country, also named the historical capital of Transylvania.
The city tour is an excellent way of discovering its gothic and baroque architecture
in the old center: St. Michael Cathedral, the Building of the Babes-Bolyai University, the Birthhouse of Mathias Corvinus, the Banfy Palace - today the Museum of Art, the Orthodox Cathedral and the National Theatre and Opera.Farewell dinner in restaurant. Overnight in a 3* hotel.
Transfer to the airport for departure.
|Duration ||10 days / 9 nights |
|Lodging ||rural guesthouses (ocasionally, bathrooms shared between tourists) and hotel |
|Notes ||1. Rates do not apply in Easter period. |
2. Price does not include: extra taxes for cameras and filming (requested in some places - e.g. the monasteries), personal drinks off the boarding, tips (optional).
HIKING IN TRANSYLVANIA - 2019 RATES
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
- lodging: 8 nights in rural guesthouses and 1 night in hotel (on a double room basis occupancy)
- boarding: full board (as specified in the programme)
- entry tickets for the visits included in the programme
- transport and transfers in Romania by car, minibus or coach
- all road and parking taxes
- transport of luggage
- English speaking attested tour guide
- hiling guide
- all taxes
Quotation on request for other group sizes or discounts for children under 12