- Horezu Monastery
- Maldaresti Museum
- Arnota Monastery
- Bats’ Cave
- Bistrita’s Gorges
- Arnota’s Mountain
- Limestone Peak of Buila-Vanturarita.
- Difficulty level: medium
- Activities: sightseeing, hiking, photo hunting, camping, pottery workshop.
Although the smallest national park in Romania, Buila Vanturarita National Park offers an amazing landscape by preserving its wilderness, unexplored caves, and rare species of orchid. Moreover, at the foothills a string of historical monuments are present. The general scenery of the mountain area and the rich vegetation along with the limestone, provide the tour with a unique touch. This program will offer you the chance to discover yourself in a different environment where peace, silent and wilderness are combined.
Day 1: Bucharest - Pitesti - Ramnicu Valcea - Horezu. Once we leave Bucharest, the noise and the crowds, we will stop at Horezu Monastery. This will help us regain our peaceful feelings and enjoy the trip. Afterwards, we can admire the combination between the traditional architectural styles with the fortification usage present in the Maldaresti Museum. We will end our day by taking part in a workshop pottery. In this way, we will appreciate the craftsmen work and their work of arts. Our first stop will be Horezu Monastery, located in Valcea County, at the foothills of Capatanii Mountains.
Next, we will visit Maldaresti Museum which is placed in a picturesque landscape. It brings together the Greuceanu Duca’s vestiges and I.G. Duca’s Memorial House, both outstanding monuments of Romanian architecture where history blends with legends. After lunch we will admire the pottery of Horezu, a millenary tradition. At the beginning it was a complementary activity, but in time the most talented have transformed it into art. Overnight: guest house.
Day 2: Horezu - Bistrita - Arnota. Today we will enter the limestone world – Buila Vanturarita National Park. We will begin our exploration with the Bat Cave where bats colonies live. The road will take us then through Bistrita Gorges getting to Arnota Monastery, built in a scenic corner on the heights of the Carpathian Mountains. Further on, we will trek towards Arnota Peak and Costesti Valley, the end point for this day where we will camp. The natural habitat, untouched forests, many species of flora and fauna, mineralogical and paleontological sites, caves, etc the most valuable and more attractive elements of the region.
An additional value is given by the existence in close proximity of the cultural-historical Monastery of Arnota and the cave churches from the Bat Cave. We will pass nearby the Bistrita Gorges, cross the Arnota Mountain and arrive in the afternoon at the Rangers’ Hut of Prislop where we will camp overnight.
Day 3: Costesti Gorges - Cacova Mountain - Dosul Builei - Curmatura Buila. Leaving the civilization apart, we will enter much deeper into the limestone world. The route will take us to the north-west side of the peak, where we can admire the landscape of the Southern Carpathians. Camping will be made either in tents or in the touristic refuge. The route starts from Prislop Valley, upstream the Priboi Spring, where we will meet the northwestern cliffs of the Cacova Mount. Reaching up the plateau we will see three sheepfolds where we will have the chance to admire and participate at the shepherd’s activities. From here the route goes only to the peak line orientation. We will reach the Curmatura Builei Refuge were we will spend the night.
Day 4: Curmatura Builei - Bulz Clearing - Scarisoara Clearing - Bistrita - Horezu. After crossing the peak we will head towards the Bistrita Village through the deciduous forest. From here we will go by car towards Horezu.
Day 5: Horezu - Ramnicu Valcea - Pitesti - Bucharest. Hopefully you have enjoyed the trip. Back to Bucharest. End of the tour.
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