- Peles Castle
- Costila Glade
- Rasnov Fortress
- Zarnesti Gorges
- Piatra Craiului's Ridge
- Bran Castle
- Pestera villages
- The Village Museum.
- Difficulty level: medium
- Activities: hiking, sightseeing, horse carts, photo hunting.
Guarded by the great mountains Bucegi, Piatra Craiului, Leaota and Iezer- Papusa lies the Rucar- Bran Lane, a place where the landscape is made after the human size although it borrows the greatness form of the neighboring mountains. This unique place has a dazzling beauty and a harmony that vibrates along with your soul. The villages are situated over the ancient precincts of the dwellings that found a way to survive in that area even in the dawn of history. In our hike we are going to walk on the footsteps of the people that once lived a pure and simple life in the heart of these mountains.
The settlements are combined with the landscape so you can find villages gathered in the valleys or scattered over the high hills. The moving of the flocks, the haymaking and the preparation of various types of cheese are traditions that are being kept and treasured by the villagers. The Bucegi mountains and Piatra Craiului are guarding this tranquil place. In our trip we are going to have an incursion in the heart of these giant.
Day 1: Otopeni/Baneasa Airport - Sinaia - Busteni. From the Airport we will head for Sinaia where we will visit the Peles castle, considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, a masterpiece of the New German Renaissance architectural style. After the visit we will go to Busteni where our host will wait for us.
Day 2: Busteni – Costila Glade – Poiana Izvoarelor Chalet – Malaiesti Chalet. We will leave this charming mountain village and we will change the gravel road with a path that smoothly climbs through the woods. After a light climb we'll reach Costila Meadow and have a short stop in a sheepfold. The shepherd will wait for us with natural products and with nice stories about the legend of the place. Afterwards we will head towards Poiana Izvoarelor hut. On the path we will admire the Coltii Morarului – a rock formation that seems to reach the sky. Then we will continue our path to Malaiesti Chalet, situated in a glacial valley of rare beauty.
Day 3: Malaiesti – Rasnov – Bran – Magura Village. The next morning we will leave the Malaiesti hut and we will follow the narrow path and descend to Rasnov town, where we will visit the medieval fortress which is situated on the hill that guards the valley. Afterwards we will stop at the Bran Castle - must see for tourists. It was built in 1377 with the purpose to defend the Rucar-Bran lane. In Bran we will have lunch at a traditional Romanian restaurant. Then we will take again the path that will lead us to the village of Magura, an idyllic country side, placed on top of a hill near Piatra Craiului range. We will close the day with a well deserved camp fire and home made dinner.
Day 4: Magura Village – Prapastiilor Valley – Curmatura Chalet. The next day we will leave in the morning and we will head towards Curmatura hut, in the foothills of the Piatra Craiului range, a chalet with a breathtaking view over the entire ridge of this mountain. On the way, we will stop at a sheepfold, where we will witness the process of making traditional types of cheese.
Day 5: Curmatura Chalet – Dambovicioara Gorges. From Curmatura hut we will follow the path that decends through the thick forest into a spectacular gorge. The path will take us in the Dambovicioara village, where we will have a lunch with traditional dishes.
Day 6: Dambovicioara Village – Ciocanu Village – Sirnea Village – Pestera Village. Today we will cross the picturesque hills between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains from our starting point in Dambovicioara to the Pestera (Cave) village, having a spectacular view of this entire range. We will embark on traditional carts and we will cross the traditional villages lost in these hills. We will encounter stunning panoramas and this day will be suitable for photo hunting.
Day 7: Pestera Village – Moeciul de Jos – Bucharest. This tour, in which we will try to discover the true spirit of these lands, with traditions that are still preserved, with nature of unimaginable beauty and welcoming people, is coming to an end. Further on, we will visit the Village Museum, a chronological collection of architecture, costumes and Romanian traditions that will delight you and give you a sense of these people’s history. This is the time when we say goodbye to our new friends and already start planning their next coming to Romania.
- Necesarry Equipment: mountain boots with ankle protection and adherent sole, rainproof clothes, trekking poles.
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