Carpathian Walking & Bears

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Carpathian Walking & Bears
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Carpathian Walking & Bears
Carpathian Walking & Bears
Carpathian Walking & Bears
Carpathian Walking & Bears
Carpathian Walking & Bears
Carpathian Walking & Bears
Carpathian Walking & Bears
Carpathian Walking & Bears
Carpathian Walking & Bears
Start:Bucharest Airport
Finish:Bucharest Airport
Duration:7 Nights
Group size:4 - 16
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Leisurely / Moderate
Meals:7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English

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Overview

History and geography conspired to make Transylvania in central Romania one of Europe’s most beautifully wild and fascinating regions. For centuries the locals have existed in harmony with a variety of wildlife, including Europe’s highest concentration of wolves, lynx and bears – almost half the European population of Brown bears is recorded in the Carpathian Mountains. Meanwhile, dense forests have remained largely untouched. Our days are spent on walks through spectacular canyons, virgin forests and Saxon villages. We go in search of Brown bears and explore the mediaeval town of Brasov as well as Bran castle, best known as the residence of Count Dracula. .......read more
Highlights
  • See Brown bears from a hide
  • Have a unique opportunity to observe a great variety of wildlife in its natural environment
  • Hike through meadows, forests and along mountain trails
  • Stay in comfortable private guesthouse providing an authentic Carpathian experience and a very warm welcome
  • Discover one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Europe
Food

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners are included during our stay. Meals are a mixture of fresh local produce and Romanian/Transylvanian specialities. Transylvanian cuisine contains different dishes and is influenced by several traditions and cultures (German, Hungarian and Romanian cuisine) but still maintains its own distinct character with a love for homemade cooking. Soups are a staple and much loved dish, main meals tend to be hearty with a strong focus on local produce and desserts are varied and plentiful. Breakfasts usually consist of a small buffet including an egg dish, cold cuts, cheeses, boiled eggs, vegetables, spreads, bread, yoghurt, cereals, jam, juice, herbal teas and coffee. Lunches included on this trip will usually consist of self-made sandwiches, and you can choose your own fillings from the buffet in the mornings. Each evening there is a choice of a meat dish or vegetarian option. Dinner on the first evening is typically a light snack due to the late arrival of the group. On one evening we enjoy dinner in a typical Romanian restaurant in Brasov. This meal is not included and you should allow approximately 25EUR (without drinks) for this. Vegetarian and special diets can be catered for, but options can be limited throughout Romania –please inform the office of any specific requirements upon booking.

Itinerary

Location: Bucharest, Măgura

The start hotel is approximately 165km from the airport and will take around three hours to reach by road. Therefore, we highly recommend you wait for the group at the airport and join the group transfer. On arrival of the group flight at Bucharest Airport we are transferred by minibus to our private guesthouse at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Food and refreshments will be served during the transfer. Our guesthouse is situated in the quaint village of Magura at 1020m and within the boundaries of the Piatra Craiului National Park.

Accommodation: ,Villa Hermani Guesthouse

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Location: Măgura

After breakfast we spend the day walking around the area surrounding the unique Kalibash villages of Magura and Pestera, where the houses are built along the mountain ridges with deep ravines and valleys in between. We visit these traditional houses and learn about the history of the settlements, which were built against the mediaeval invasions of Mongols, Tartars and Turks. Near Pestera we visit a bat cave, home to five separate species of bats (though not found year-round). Make sure to bring a good torch with you!

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Location: Barza

Today we travel the traditional way as horse-drawn carts take us into Barza Valley, a long valley stretching along the Barsa River. As we make our way slowly through the valley we can enjoy the spectacular view to Piatra Craiului Mountain and the dispersed settlement of Poiana Marului. We leave the horse-drawn carts and hike through the hay meadows uphill to a hermitage in the rocks where we have lunch and enjoy the tea made by monks from herbs picked in the meadows. This evening, those who want can take the opportunity to go Brown bear watching. A forester will take us to a safe hide deep in the forest. The hides are managed by the forestry commission and access is dependent on their permission which is why it is organised and paid for locally. Not being able to get access to the hides is extremely rare. *Villa Hermani Guesthouse*

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Location: Alpin, Coja Dumitru, Peștera

Setting off from Magura, we hike up to the alpine pastures. From here we can see the 25km ridge of Piatra Craiului as we enjoy the calm of the area. The silence is broken only by the bells of cows and sheep that are brought to these high pastures in summer to graze. We return to Magura in the afternoon.

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Location: Alpin

Today we explore Postavarul Mountain, a well-known ski area in Romania during the winter and fantastic place for hiking in the summer. After breakfast, we set off from Magura to Postavarul Mountain. On arrival, we take the cable car up to Postavarul peak at 1,727 metres and continue to climb up to 1799m. At the top, we are welcomed with fantastic panoramic views over the whole region. Our walk continues down through Postarvarul Nature reserve towards the old Romanian quarters of Brasov. The trail is varied and will lead us over alpine meadows and through mixed forests (mainly beechwood and spruce) until we reach Piata Unirii the main square in Brasov, home to the Orthodox cathedral and the first Romanian school. From here it is about a 15-minute walk to the medieval historic town centre. After some free time to relax we meet the birder from the Romanian Ornithological Society and Brasov University. He will show us around a UNESCO Ramsar site at the Dumbravita lakes (near Brasov). In the evening we return to Magura for dinner.  Please note: /At times the cable car may be closed due to high winds and the road may be closed. In this case, we will hike along an alternative high alpine trail in the region. 

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Location: Bran Castle, Brașov

Today we uncover Transylvanian culture at its best! After breakfast we drive to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. This impressive fortress was built on the border to Wallachia where Vlad Tepes (also known as Vlad the Impaler), the Duke of Wallachia, once ruled. Vlad, also known as Dracula, was a brutal tyrant and provided inspiration for Bram Stoker’s famous vampire story. Vlad himself never went to Bran Castle, but Bram Stoker saw an image of it and felt it was the perfect setting for his gothic tale. After Transylvania had become part of Romania in 1920, the castle was donated to the Romanian royal family. It became the summer residence of Queen Maria, a granddaughter to Queen Victoria. From Bran Castle, it is less than an hour’s drive to the region's culture and economic heart, Brasov. This mediaeval town has been a melting pot of nations ever since its foundation in the 12th century. We have a guided tour of the town before having some time to explore at leisure.  In the evening we visit a traditional Romanian restaurant in Brasov for dinner (at own expense).

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Location: Vulcan

We head down to the valley and visit Libearty, Europe's largest Brown bear sanctuary. Set in 70 hectares of oak and hazel forests, the sanctuary is home to more than 100 rescued bears, many of whom suffered over years in captivity as dancing bears or in circuses. From the Brown bear sanctuary, we go on a gentle hike across meadows to the village of Vulcan. This region, around Brasov, is closely related to the history of the Transylvanian Saxons, settlers who emigrated 800 years ago from the Rhine‐Moselle valleys. Their strong fortified churches have attracted international attention and some of them are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. Vulcan derives its name from the Slavonic word 'valc', meaning wolf. In Vulcan we will be welcomed with coffee and tea in the yard of the fortified church. The churches in Transylvania were strongly fortified during the Middle Ages when the region was raided a number of times by Mongols and Tartars.

Accommodation: ,Villa Hermani Guesthouse

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Bucharest

Transfer to Bucharest airport. The trip ends upon arrival at Bucharest Airport for land only clients.

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What's Included

Included
  • Transfers for group flights
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation

Not Included
  • Single supplement
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations

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Reviews

5* CARPATHIAN CULTURE AND WILDLIFE
We had a wonderful holiday! The scenery was beautiful and we were made very welcome by Katerina at the guest house and Cosmin, our guide. 
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4* Good variety of activities in a beautiful setting
This trip has a good variety of everything - hiking, bears and sight-seeing. Overall we really enjoyed this trip and it's opened my eyes to Romania, particularly Transylvania, as a holiday destination.
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5* Lovely walking and bears
We had an excellent trip with very enjoyable walks through beautiful countryside. The hotel and food were great.
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5* Carpathian Mountains Rumania
This was a wonderful holiday in every respect, one that we will remember for many years.The scenery, location, food, company were all great. The villa and it's hosts were superb - could not have been better. Nothing was too much trouble and they were so friendly and helpful.It was fabulous to meet new people and share the experience with them - great fun and exhilarating.
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4* Carpathian culture and wildlife
A lovely holiday in beautiful countryside.
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Start:Bucharest Airport
Finish:Bucharest Airport
Duration:7 Nights
Group size:4 - 16
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Leisurely / Moderate
Meals:7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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