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Dates can be chosen any time between the 1st of May and 31st of October  

Siebenburgen is the name the Saxon settlers gave to the region between Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu when they arrived there in the early Middle Ages. The first colonists were Flemish, Walloon, French and Dutch farmers. A lot of them most likely remained there after the first crusade in the 11th century. The Saxons, later invited by the Hungarian king were the biggest waves and absorbed the others western colonist. They built the first infrastructure of this region. You can distinguish their architectural influences in beautiful medieval towns of Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara. These old medieval towns were impressively fortified bastions to protected themselves against Ottoman and Tartar invasions. Even the smallest of villages had their own fortified churches. Preserved and restored all these historic monuments can still be admired today..

Rasnov and it's original fortress was built of wood by the Teutonic knights. They were commanded there by the Hungarian King to protect the country against invading Tartars and migrating people. The oldest parts of the medieval fortress were built in the beginning of the 14th century. Rasnov was very large fortress and in the case of an invasion the whole village would find shelter within it's walls. The fortress has in the last decades deteriorated quite a bit but in recent years through a long restoration process the fortress has been rebuilt to resemble it's middle ages structure.

Bran is renowned worldwide because this medieval castle has been for a long time associated with Dracula. The original fortress was built by Brasov's merchants to protect them against invading Tartars, Turks and migrating people around 1377. At the time Bran was positioned on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. In later years the fortress was transformed into a castle and in the beginning of the 20th century Queen Elisabeth of Romania lived in this castle. You can visit the castle which has been kept just as it was during the reign of King Carol and Queen Elisabet of Romania.

The trip takes you further into the hem of the mysterious Carpathian Mountains. You'll be hiking over the western peaks of the Bucegi Mountains and the eastern flanks of the Piatra Craiului Mountains. The wildlife is very diverse there with chamois, brown bears, wolfs and even lynx still roaming the mountains.The wild brown bear is a popular sighting around Poina Brasov as they come down at times to scrounge in the rubbish bins... The Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains are further renowned for the abundance and diversity of flowers and plants. The region is near Bucharest and tourism, especially rural tourism, is very well developed. This has advantages and disadvantages. The biggest advantage is that tourism infrastructure, is here far more developed and modernised then in the rest of the Romania. There are en suite rooms, restaurants, shops are easy to find. The disadvantage is that the region looses bit by bit its authenticity. However villages up in the mountains are rigorously sticking to their traditions. The herd sheep and farm the land the same way it has been done for hundreds of years. The region around Brasov is visited by tourists more then any other mountain regions in Romania but is still wild and unaltered in comparison the Alps. And if you avoid July and August you might just be the only hikers on these trails we've described.

Accommodation: double rooms with private bathrooms. We selected only the best small private owned guest houses in each region. The meals are included and you have a large breakfast, packed lunch and traditional dinner. We will also provide you with detailed descriptions of your trip, maps and historical information.

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THE PROGRAM:

DAY 1: Arrival. The trip starts Rasnov (by the Saxons named Rosenau). The fortress is ideally located a few hundred meters above the village on a rock. In years of war the whole population of Rosenau found shelter in the big fortress. For many years the fortress was in ruins, but a couple of years ago the restoration started in earnest and about half of the fortress looks again as it was during the Middle Ages. You stay overnight in Rasnov.

Day 2:  Trip from Rasnov to Bran. The level hike brings you in the fertile land at the foot of the 2000m high Bucegi Massif. You have superb views over the mountain range. You pass the little village Sohodol and walk to the village Bran. Bran is worldwide known for its "Dracula castle" The novel that Bram Stoker wrote had nothing to do with the real Dracula. There was never such a thing as the Vampire Dracula. Furthermore, there was also no castle available where he could have lived, so wrongly Bran castle was promoted as Dracula castle... The only relation between the real Dracula and Bran castle is that he might have attacked it. Vlad Dracula was a Wallachian cruel ruler and had many problems with the Saxons. He made several raids into Burzenland from his fortress in Poienari (at the other side of the Carpathian ridge - unfortunately now in ruins) Once he impaled several hundreds of Saxons on stakes nearby Brasov. Bran Castle was built by Saxon merchants at the mountain passage to protect the town Brasov and Burzenland against invaders from the east. In the beginning of the 20th century, Queen Elisabeth choose it as her living quarters and restored and modernized the castle. It can be visited and it looks as it was during her reign. Below the rock on which the castle is built there is a small open-air museum with several farms and a watermill. There is further a permanent artisan market with products from all over the country. You stay in Bran for the night. Hiking 5 hours, climbing: 450m, descending: 350m.

DAY 3: Hike to Moieciu de Sus. You leave Bran and climb the Balaban ridge. From the ridge you have beautiful views over the region and the limestone massif Piatra Craiului. You descend to the settlement Simon, known for it's special smoked cheese. You climb the  1200m high Secatura ridge. You come along small mountain alms and wooden huts and descend in the Bangaleasca valley to the village Moieciu de Sus where you stay for two nights. Hiking: 6,5 hours, climbing:  550 m, descending: 340m.

DAY 4: Hiking trip on the western slopes of the Bucegi Mountains. The trip brings you through a dense evergreen forest and to the sub alpine region with the saddle Batrina at 2000 m. From here you have superb views over Bran country  and the surrounding Mountains.  You follow the hiking trail to the Strunga saddle at 1909 m, from where you leave the main ridge and hike to the Grohotis meadow with huge limestone rocks. You descend further through the forest and arrive again in Moieciu de Sus. Hiking: 8-9 hours, climbing:  1250m, descending: 1250m.

In some rare occasions there might be snow in the beginning of May or end of September and October in the Bucegi Mountains. The proposed trip on day 5 becomes then too dangerous. There is a shorter trip provided where you walk at the base of the Bucegi Mountains.

DAY 5: Trip ends after breakfast, you may take the public transport (bus) to Brasov, it goes every hour. (We may provide the transfer from the Moeciu accomodation to Moeciu de Sus bus station).

 

(5 days program - 4 nights)

496 Euro pro person in full board, (minimum 2 persons.) Price includes luggage transport, description and maps. We provide GPS tracks too. If you don't have your own GPS device may rent one from us.

Accommodation in guest-rooms with private bathroom.

 

Everywhere you can book a night extra: Price: 45 Euro/person (the price include the night in B&B; don't include the hiking program).