Route H2 - Hiking in Orientali Carpathians
The East part of Carpathians named "Carpatii Orientali" is a vast area with many individual mountains ridges, large depressions and deep valleys. Here is the largest volcanic area from Europe and a great collection of mineral springs. Our tour crosses by foot or in our mini coach the most representative areas from all Orientali Carpathians. The hiking trails are easy and medium difficulty, accommodation in rural houses, mountain huts and hotels during the route and breakfast and dinner will provided by us. We will have care by the luggages in hiking trip and our guides will help you in any travel aspects.
Require a minimum hiking experience, a good health and individual equipment (hiking boots for three seasons, warm clothes, rain cap and jacket)!
Time: 12 days
Difficulty: medium (require hiking experience in mountains under 2000m altitude)
Suppliment for single room: 140 Euro/person.
Access and visitor taxes: 40 Euro/person payable in first day in Romania.
The prices include: accommodation in hotels
( 6 nights); rural houses (4 nights) in good conditions; tourist huts
in basic condition (1 night); breakfast and dinner; guide services,
access taxes, luggage's transfer during trekking route, transfer to
Bucharest or other important cities from Romania.
*the travel companies interested to work with us are invited to contact us
Tour by days
Day 1: Bucharest airport - Bucharest city tour - night train to Sighetul Marmatiei (17:40).
Meeting in Bucharest airport, short tour of the city, then transfer to North Romania by night train.
Day 2: Sighetul Marmatiei - Iza valley - Moisei - Borsa resort
Maramures region is the "wood land". Visit the famous wood churches from Maramures: Bogdan Voda, Rozavlea, Ieud, some of the highest on Europe and the "Village museum" from Sighetul Marmatiei. In Sapanta is the "Happy graveyard" - a strange "friendly" graveyard.
Breakfast in Sighetul Marmatiei at restaurant, dinner in restaurant in hotel in Borsa resort. Accommodation in Hotel Cerbu from Borsa complex.
Day 3: Borsa resort - hiking to "Cailor waterfall" from Rodna Mountains ( UNESCO patrimony) (3-4 hours hiking) - Bistrita glacial lake - Vatra Dornei resort - Zugreni canyon - Rarau Mountains.
Start the first day inside the mountains with a easy hiking to one of the biggest waterfall from Orientali Carpathian's - "Cailor Waterfall" from Rodna Mountains - These mountains are one of the highest from Carpathian with peaks over 2200 (Pietrosul Rodnei- - 2303m alt.) and glacial lakes. Here is a huge national park (UNESCO patrimony). With our mini coach fallow Bistrita Aurie Valley to Vatra Dornei resort renowned by mineral springs, good milk and beautiful landscapes. In the evening we will take a traditional Bucovinean dinner in Vatra Dornei area.
Breakfast in restaurant in Borsa resort and dinner in Rarau at Hotel Alpin. Accommodation in rural guest house in Vatra Dornei area.
Day 4: River rafting on Bistrita (2 hours) and hiking in Rarau Mountains (4 - 5 hours) - Moldovita Monastery - Sucevita Monastery
In the morning after breakfast we will be ready for a tonic river rafting time (2 hours), then spend an other 4 hours for easy hiking in Rarau Mountains at over 1600m alt. There are the famous"Pietrele Doamnei" - huge limestone towers and . We hike to the main sights from this area: Piatra Soimului, Pietrele Doamnei, Popii Raraului, and cross one of the oldest forest from Europe - "Codrul Secular Slatioara". Descending from Rarau Mountains in the middle of Bucovina province and we start to visit the famous outside painted monasteries: Moldovita and Sucevita.
Breakfast in Hotel Alpin from Rarau, dinner at pension in Sucevita village. Accommodation in pension in Sucevita.
Day 5: Sucevita Monastery - Cacica salt mine - walking to Neamt fortress (30 min.) - Hiking in Stanisoarei Mountains (1 hour) - Durau resort
In Cacica village was made a deep salt mine by a large Polish minority . Inside the mine is a chapel. Leave Bucovina to Neamt district. Make a short trip to Neamt fortress - a nice place to see the environs. In the evening we are at the foot of Ceahlau Mountain, the "most beautiful mountain from Moldavia".
Breakfast in pension in Sucevita, dinner in Durau resort. Accommodation in small hotel in Durau resort.
Day 6: Durau resort - hiking in Ceahlau Mountain (6 hours) - Bicaz Gorges
This is a full hiking day. Cross Ceahlau Mountain in 6 hour hiking. You can take the lunch on Dochia hut. Ceahlau is National park and restrictive access. The landscapes are amazing in clear days. You can see many rocks with bizarre aspects, deep forests and a large alpine plateau. Descending in Bicaz valley, cross spectacular Bicaz Gorges to Lacu Rosu resort.
Breakfast in hotel in Durau resort, dinner and accommodation in small hotel in Lacu Rosu resort.
Day 7: Bicaz Gorges - hiking in Hasmas Mountains (3 - 4 hours) - rock climbing in Bicaz Gorges walls and boating on the Lacu Rosu.
Bicaz Gorges is the most spectacular gorges from Orientali Carpathians. With huge rocks over 350m high, this is a rock climbing paradise. We make some hiking tours to discover this impressive area. Today we will have a rock climbing session in Bicaz Gorges area, experience not require.
Breakfast and dinner in Lacu Rosu resort. Accommodation in small hotel in Lacu Rosu resort.
Day 8: Lacu Rosu resort - Miercurea Ciuc town - Baile Tusnad resort - hiking to Ciomatu Mountain (1 - 2 hours) - Baile Tusnad resort.
Is time to make a tour in volcanic area. "Sfanta Ana" is the lonely volcanic lake from all Carpathians. In this area is an important reservation including "Sfanta Ana", "Tinovul Mohos" and many mineral springs. We make a hike for about 2 hours in Ciomatu Mountain
Breakfast in Lacu Rosu resort, dinner and accommodation in Baile Tusnad resort.
Day 9: Tusnad resort - Sighisoara fortress - Brasov town - Bran (Dracula) Castle - Predeal resort - Cheia resort
We leave for few hours the Carpathian Mountains and make a visit inside Transylvania hills to renowed Sighisoara fortress (UNESCO patrimony). After a short tour of the fortress we return to one of the most visited area from Orientali Carpathian including Brasov - Predeal area, located on the border between Orientali and Meridionali Carpathians. There are: Brasov town - a large and beautiful Transylvanian town; Predeal - the best ski resort from Romania; Postavaru Mountain and famous Bran (Dracula) castle. In the evening we are in Cheia resort - a quiet place close by Ciucas Mountain - the highest and the most important from the south part of Orientali Carpathian.
Breakfast in Tusnad resort, dinner and accommodation in Cheia resort.
Day 10: Cheia resort - Muntele Rosu chalet - hiking in Ciucas Mountains (6 hours). - Cheia resort
Today we start the last long hiking trail in Orientali Carpathian to the top of Ciucas Mountains, on Ciucas peak (1954m). You will see great landscapes to large wooden and wild areas, solitaire rocks with bizarre aspects and many birds and flowers.
Breakfast, dinner and accommodation in Cheia resort.
Day 11: Cheia resort - Slanic Prahova - Bucharest city tour
From Cheia our way leave the mountains area to Subcarpathians hills, to Slanic Prahova where is a beautiful salt mountain and the biggest salt mine from this part of Europe. In the afternoon we are again in Bucharest, also called "Little Paris". Free time to walk in old center of the town and to search for souvenirs.
Breakfast in Cheia resort, dinner and accommodation in Bucharest city in hotel.
Day 12: Bucharest city - airport
Transfer from Bucharest to international airport
Breakfast in Bucharest.