King’s Stone Mountain
The present trekking tour starts in Bucharest, the Romanian capital. Here you can visit the Patriarchal Church, the Village Museum and the Parliament Palace. The next day you travel to Sinaia and Zarnesti, from where you start your tour. You hike through the forest until you reach the Curmatura cottage. The journey takes you through the beautiful coniferous forest along the Barsa Mare River, over the King’s Stone Mountain to the cabin “Plaiul Foii”. Next day you release the tension accumulated the previous day, during a visit to the worldwide famous Dracula’s Castle. Your next target is the residence Refuge Diana (Refugiul Diana) located in the heart of the King’s Stone Mountain. Before you drive back home, you visit Brasov, where you discover the Black Church, the largest church of its kind between Vienna and Istanbul.
The guide welcomes you at the airport in Bucharest. You start a city tour in the center of the Romanian capital, the so called “Paris of the East”. You can visit the Patriarchal Church, the residence of the Romanian Patriarch and the Village Museum, an idyllic open-air museum, where you can see houses that have been brought from the entire country by train. You should also stop in front of the Parliament Palace, to take a photo of the second largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon.
Today you drive towards the wonderful landscape of the Carpathians. In the charming Prahova Valley lies Sinaia, one of the most beloved resorts in Romania. Here you can visit Sinaia Monastery and the splendid Peles Castle, the summer residence of the King Carol I of Hohenzollern. The trip continues to Zarnesti.
The sporty part of your journey starts in the center of Zarnesti. You leave the city and take a walk on the forest road to the steep slopes of Zarnesti. From here, a serpentine road between the stone walls and the spruce forest is going uphill. Today, your goal is the Curmatura cottage, where you can rest after the long climb. Duration: 4h.
The second hike starts at the train station in Zarnesti. You walk through coniferous forests along the Barsa Mare River, over breathtaking landscapes. Finally you reach the “Plaiul Foii” cottage. From this cottage you have a spectacular view over the north-western part of the mountains. Duration: 3h.
Start your day with a walk through wild gorges near Zarnesti. The forest road takes you to the mountain meadows in Vladusca. The meadows are popular sheep pastures and during the summer months you can see many sheep herds in this area. Further, you climb until you reach the peak “La Table”. The mountain saddle is also the watershed between the basin of the Olt River in the North and the Dambovita River in the south. Duration: 5h.
Today you visit the Bran Castle, the famous Dracula’s castle, which was built at the former border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Here you discover more about the history of the region and, of course, about the bloodthirsty worldwide known Count. You are invited for lunch in a traditional restaurant, and on the way back you can admire the landscape of the mountains from a horse-drawn carriage. The next highlight of this day is a visit at the Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti.
Today you are leaving behind the last houses from Zarnesti. The last hike in the “King’s Stone” Mountain takes you through the forest and near slopes. On the way you can admire the spectacular view offered by the valley of the Barsa Mare River. The last part of the road takes you along winding roads through sea buckthorn and raspberry bushes to your today’s goal, a mountain meadow situated at an altitude of 1500 m. Duration: 3h.
In the morning, you drive to Brasov, an important center of the Saxons in Transylvania. The medieval city center is very well preserved. During the city tour you can visit the Old City Center Square, the hidden Orthodox Church and the Black Church. It is the largest church between Vienna and Istanbul and the main attraction of this city. The Black Church houses the second largest collection of oriental carpets in the world. From Brasov, you drive back to Bucharest, where you spend one more night.
Farewell from the guide. “Goodbye and have a safe flight!”
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