Traversing the mighty Fagaras in RomaniaÃ¢s Carpathian Mountains must surely rank amongst EuropeÃ¢s most intoxicating ridge walks. Combined with a thorough exploration of the wildlife wonderland in Piatra Craiului and the Transylvanian countryside, this tour is one of the most visually stunning hiking tours in Romania. Prepare to be amazed and inspired by 360 degree panoramas, majestic limestone gorges and clear mountain lakes. To enjoy authentic mountainside huts, quaint guest houses a taste of mythology at Castle Dracula, on this unforgettable Romanian experience.
Days 1-2 Bucharest/Zarnesti
Nestled in the foothills of the Southern Carpathians, in the heart of provincial Romania, lies the town of Zarnesti - the perfect place to start an adventure of the region. Hike in the shadow of towering limestone gorges and check out unusual rock formations and bubbling streams in the Piatra Craiului National Park. Spot rare bird and plant species, as well as the odd wolf or lynx, and enjoy spectacular mountain vistas.
Day 3 Balea Lake
Travel into the Fagaras Mountains and hike from the impressive Balea Waterfall to Balea Lake
Day 4 Podragu
Trek past Â‘Dragon WindowÂ’ to beautiful Goat Lake. Admire the spectacular peaks soaring dramatically over the Transylvanian wilderness. Enjoy a night in the clean, alpine air at Cabana Podragu.
Day 5 Sambata
Be awed by sunrise over the mountain tops before hiking towards Tarata. Ascend to the summit at Varful Moldoveanu and enjoy the remarkable 360-degree views - and a perhaps glass of plum brandy - at the end of the day
Day 6 Zarnesti
Descend the winding trails to Sambata and perhaps visit the 17th-century Brancoveanu Monastery. Return to Zarnesti where friendly faces and fine local fare await.
Day 7 Brasov
Discover hidden gems on a rural hike to Â‘Castle DraculaÂ’ at Bran. This impressive fortress sits perched on a hilltop and is home to the myths and legends of the enigmatic Count Dracula. Explore medieval streets in bohemian Brasov, perhaps stopping to people watch at a local cafe.
Day 8 Brasov/Bucharest
Bid farewell to tantalising Transylvania and return to historic Bucharest.