Start: Bucharest

Your Itinerary

Carpathian Mountains and Castles Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £489 per person

Holiday Information Overview

Piatra Craiului and Bucegi are some of the most popular and appreciated Romanian mountains.

Come here to discover the unbelievable diversity of flora and fauna in the National Park of Piatra Craiului, the great pastures and the spectacular landscapes at the feet of Bucegi mountains. You will also visit perched sheepfolds in high mountain pastures and medieval fortresses.

Luggage transfers: Included
Maps and route notes: Included with directions
Meal options: Bed and Breakfast. Half Board is an optional extra.
Difficulty: Moderate. Please see our Difficulty Guide for more information.

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Walking Tour Highlights
• See the ‘King of the rock’ at Piatra Craiului
• See the castle strongly associated with Dracula
• Explore traditional Romanian villages
• See the Bucegi Massif
• Eat traditional cheese based products

Walking Route Features
Requires a medium fitness level. Maximum of 6h walking a day.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Reception in Bucharest

Beginning of the journey in Bucharest. Arrival before 2:00 pm if you don’t want a private transfer. Reception at the train station or at your hotel in Bucharest. Train to Zarnesti (change in Brasov). Night in Zarnesti.

Day 2: Zarnesti Gorges

Walk in Piatra Craiului (“Rock of the King”) mountains to the typical mountain hut of Curmatura. On your way to the guesthouse you will cross the fascinating Zarnesti gorges with 200m high vertical walls.

Approx 5h, 15km, +800m, -300m.

Day 3: Bran castle

Today you will walk on a small ridge going down to Bran castle. This castle was built in the 14th century and had a role of defence against the migratory people. Later it protected Transylvania from the Ottoman invasions.

The castle was also associated with the fictional character of Dracula, who was based on the prince Vlad Tepes of Wallachia. Transfer to the same guesthouse as the night before.

Approx. 4h30, 14km, +300m, -600m).

Day 4: Pastures and forests in “Piatra Craiului” National Park

Trek in the National park of Piatra Craiului till the south of the ridge through pastures, sheepfolds, woods and scattered villages. You will arrive in a Romanian traditional mountain village.

Approx. 4h30, 13km, +300m, -250m.

Day 5: Scattered villages

Leave the Piatra Craiului mountains. A easy walk with “picture post-card” landscapes through scattered villages with small and ancient houses, at the foot of Bucegi mountains. The inhabitants are livestock breeders; therefore the village has a long time tradition in cheese preparing.

Approx. 4h, 14km, -150m, +250m.

Day 6: Bucegi’s mountains

Trek towards the Bucegi massif. A long hike which you will not regret: magnificent landscapes and sights of the Piatra Craiului’s crest.

Approx. 6h, 18km, +650m, -900m. (Possible shorter walk 4h, 12km, +400m, -700m)

Day 7: Meadow of Gutanu

Continue to hike in the Bucegi mountains. A trek along the meadow of Gutanu and the vertical walls of the Bucegi’s crest. Starting with June you can find the shepherds with their flocks and maybe even ask to taste the cheese they prepare. Take the time and enjoy these landscapes.

Approx. 6h, 18km, +700m, -900m.

Day 8: End of the journey

Transfer by bus to Brasov and then by train to Bucharest. End of the journey.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile

Requires a medium fitness level. Maximum of 6h walking a day.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Carpathian Mountains and Castles tour stays in pretty 2 star hotels and country hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.


The nights, meals (except dinner and picnic day 7), road-book, maps, transfer of luggage, permanently reachable local assistance.

Not included

Transfer to the meeting point and to the drop off point, the insurances, the drinks, the optional activities and the personal expenses.


Walking ▲▲
Requires a medium fitness level. Maximum of 6h walking a day.

Travel Information

Starting point
Bucharest train station.

Bucharest train station.

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Your Prices

Carpathian Mountains and Castles, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person sharing a double or twin room. A number of single rooms are available at a supplement. This holiday is also bed and breakfast with half board as an optional upgrade.

2017 Walking Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 01.04. – 31.10.2017
Arrival Daily

Category A: Prices per person
Season 1: £489 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £69

Extra nights
Season 1: £35
Single Room Supplement: £14

Single supplements apply.
You will stay in the same hotel as the previous night.

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Holiday Price: £489
Single Supplement: £69

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