King’s Stone Mountain
The present trekking tour starts in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, with a sightseeing tour of the most representatives feature of the city. You will carry on to Sinaia and Zarnesti, where the tour begins. 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.
Meet with your local guide at the international airport, and transfer to Bucharest. While transferring to the city center, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the main attractions of the city, recognize the Arch of Triumph, the Victory Avenue, the famous Palace of the Parliament, and the Union Square. Check-in at the hotel and dinner.
Scenic drive along the beautiful landscape of the Carpathians, and the Prahova Valley. In Sinaia, visit one of the most beautifully preserved castles from Europe, the Peles Castle. Famous for being the former summer residence of the Royal Family of Romania, the castle has an outstanding German-New-Renaissance design, and is placed in a lovely picturesque part of the mountain resort. Carry on to the Sinaia Monastery, a religious masterpiece of the orthodoxy, built by the Prince Cantacuzino in the 19th century. The Monastery also helds an exhibition of valuable objects that belonged to the Cantacuzino family, as well as the first Romanian translation of the Bible from the 17th century. Travel to Zarnesti, check-in and dinner at the hotel.
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. Dinner at the hotel.
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. Dinner at the hotel.
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. Dinner at the hotel.
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. Famous for its association with the legend of Dracula, the Castle hosts nowadays the museum of furniture dedicated to the Romanian Royal Family, especially to Queen Marie, the one that collected the objects, and to whom the people of Brasov gifted the Castle. Enjoy a traditional dinner at a local restaurant from Bran, before you return to the hotel. The next highlight of this day is a visit at the Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti. The reservation saved the lives of 100 bears rescued from captivity that currently live there. It is the only reservation from Romania, and the largest reservation of brown bears from the world. Take your time to visit the reservation and see the bears in the place that they belong to. Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, enjoy the last day of hiking in the “King’s Stone” Mountain, and enjoy a breath-taking view 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. Dinner at the hotel.
Scenic drive to Brasov, an important center of the Saxons in Transylvania. Brasov is one of the most popular touristic attraction from Romania, considering its location in the peaks of the Southern Carpathians surrounded by nature, and historical monuments that transform it in the perfect destination for distinct types of tourism. While in Brasov, admire the main attractions, The Black Church, The Black Tower, Ecaterina’s Gate, Schei Gate, Rope’s Street, The Old Town, and The White Tower. The Black Church houses the second largest collection of oriental carpets in the world. Journey towards Bucharest, check-in and dinner at the hotel.
Enjoy leisure time until your transfer to the international airport, and discover the Old Town of Bucharest on your own. Transfer to the airport and farewell to your guide. Have a safe flight!