Straddling central Romania and covering a third of its territory are the majestic Carpathian Mountains or Transylvanian Alps. Aside from the stunning beauty of the mountains and the rolling foothills, the rich traditions of the region continue to flourish through the friendly locals and their way of life which has changed little through the centuries. Walking through a timeless landscape to reach ancient villages and monasteries including the famous Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, pristine forests brimming with wildlife, carved wooden churches and farm gateways are just a few of the highlights of this engaging adventure. Combined with time in the capital, Bucharest, this fully escorted walking holiday offers an opportunity to cross the Carpathians and gain an intimate appreciation of rural Romania.
DAY 1 Arrive Bucharest, overnight train to Bucovina DAY 2 Bucovina walk including visit of Moldovita Monastery (4hrs) DAY 3 Hike across the Obcina Mare ridge and transfer to the Sucevita Valley (4-5hrs) DAY 4 Walk through Bucovina forest (5hrs) DAY 5 Transfer to Maramures region with short walk in Botiza Valley (3hrs) DAY 6 Hike between villages and visit the monastery of Bârsana (4hrs) DAY 7 Mountain hike in Maramures (6hrs) DAY 8 Transfer to Sapânta and visit the 'Happy Cemetery' before returning to Bucharest by overnight train DAY 9 Arrive in Bucharest, trip concludes
*7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 7 dinners (day 8 is picnic dinner on train) *6 nights rural pensions in a combination of twin and triple share generally with shared facilities, 2 nights overnight train in sleeper carriage (2 or 4 berth) *English speaking guide *luggage transfer *private transfers as described