Romania – Transylvanian Alps & Bucharest

8 Days from £969 | September, May 969

Transylvania is a land of dramatic mountain scenery, idyllic rural countryside, Saxon medieval towns and villages and, of course, vampires! From your main base in the medieval merchant town of Brasov, there are two walks in the magnificent alpine landscapes of the Fagaras and Bucegi ranges, and a third walk in Viscri – a preserved pastoral setting unique to Romania. You also stay in Bucharest where you have a tour of Ceausescu’s colossal House of the Republic, while Bran Castle, on the way to Brasov, lives up to the eerie, ghoulish image that Bram Stoker’s Dracula evokes.

Romania – Transylvanian Alps & Bucharest

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 89%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 3 nights bb in Bucharest
  • 4 nights bb in Brasov, and one dinner, in the Transylvanian Alps
  • Tour of Bucharest with entrance to the Palace of Parliament
  • 3 contrasting guided walks
  • Visit to Bran Castle

Day One: Flight to Bucharest, transfer to your hotel in the centre of the city for two nights’ bed and breakfast hotel accommodation. There are plenty of restaurants in downtown Bucharest to suit all tastes and budgets. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist.

Day Two: Mid-morning walking tour of Bucharest. Romania’s cosmopolitan capital is well known for its wide boulevards and fine pre-World War I buildings that gave it the name of Little Paris. The tour will concentrate on the Old Town and the Calea Victoriei – Bucharest’s most famous avenue which leads to the beautiful Romanian Athenaeum, the Royal Palace and Revolution Square. Bucharest is also known for its stark Communist-era architecture, exemplified in Ceausescu’s monster House of the Republic, now known as the Palace of Parliament.  A guided tour will show you some of 1,100 rooms of the world’s largest civilian administrative building.

Day Three: Travel north through the Southern Carpathians to Brasov, stopping en route at Bran Castle. On a rocky outcrop guarding the entrance to a mountain pass, the castle was built by the Saxons in the late 14th century to defend Brasov from invasion by the Turks. Inside you’ll find displays of rich Western European furniture, which Queen Marie, grand-daughter of Queen Victoria, purchased in the 1920s when the castle was used as a royal residence. Continue to Brasov for four nights’ bed and breakfast with dinner in a local restaurant this evening. Arrival in Brasov will be late afternoon. Your Tour Director will conduct a short orientation walk of Brasov before dinner. 126 miles today.

Days Four to Six: In Brasov with two included walks. Brasov is a medieval town with ornate Saxon churches and townhouses. Local legend has it that when the Pied Piper lured away the children from Hamelin, they re-emerged near Brasov’s main square, Piaţa Sfatului, in the heart of the medieval quarter.It is one of the finest Baroque squares in Romania. Here you can visit the 15th-century Town Hall, with its quaint Trumpeter’s Tower on top, and the Lutheran Black Church – the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul with a 6-tonne bell and a huge organ with 4000 pipes. A great view of the old town is afforded from Mt Tampa which can be reached by cable car or by a couple of marked trails.

Walk 1: Viscri. Coach transfer to Mesendorf (57 miles) for the start of the walk. This 8-mile walk (270m ascent/descent) takes you over the hills and through the meadows to Viscri. A combination of bulldozing by the Ceausescu regime and the exodus of the German-speaking population after the fall of Communism threatened to wipe out the centuries-old Saxon rural heritage in Transylvania. With the help of benefactors, including Prince Charles, restoration and preservation schemes have helped save many villages, and Viscri is the most famous example. Barns, cottages, cattle troughs, etc. have been repaired and rustic skills re-introduced. After the walk, you have an included lunch in a local house, time to explore the village and have a tour of Viscri’s UNESCO-listed fortified church. Under continuous threat of marauding Mongols and Turks, the Saxons not only fortified their towns, but the villages as well, with defensive works centred around the church.

Walk 2: Walk 2: Transfer by coach to the Balea waterfall. The transfer takes 2¼ hours, which is much longer than we would normally undertake. But not only is the drive worth it, it is part of the day’s experience as it takes you on the northern part of the Transfagarasan – voted Top Gear’s ‘best road in the world’. The really serious bends are after the waterfall, but you see them in all their glory from the cable car which takes you to Lake Balea at 6,780ft and the start of the walk to climb up to the main ridge of the Fagaras Mountain. The narrow path is mostly uneven, on rocky terrain, with steep sides. On the ridge, there are panoramic views over the glacial valleys and lakes wherever you look. You continue along the ridge and then descend back to the Lake from the opposite side on similar terrain. (2½ miles with ascent/descent of 480m).

During your stay in Brasov there will also be an optional half day excursion to the nearby fortified churches of Harman and Prejmer.

Day Seven: Return to Bucharest. Twenty-four miles south of Brasov is the small mountain resort of Busteni where you start your third walk.

Walk 3: The Bucegi Mountains.This part of the Prahova Valley gained popularity as a tourist destination at the end of the 19th century when KingCarol I established royal residences in the area. You take the cable car from Busteni to the Babele station (7,350ft) passing the giant WWI memorial cross on Mt Caraiman. Babele is famous for its curiously shaped rock formations. With spectacular views across the valley, your walk (which is 5 miles with ascent of 150m and descent of 300m) takes you south to the Cota 2000 station where you take the cable car down to Sinaia and re-join your coach for the onward journey to Bucharest (90 miles) for your last night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day Eight: Free time until your departure for the airport and your flight home.

Please note: Some flights do not arrive until the small hours and there is an early start for the Bucharest City Tour or the journey to Brasov depending on your arrival day. Please check when you book.

2020 – Please note that 31 May and 27 September departures spend the first and last two nights in Bucharest. The order of itinerary is amended accordingly. Some flights do not arrive until the small hours and there is an early start the following day for the Bucharest City Tour or the journey
to Brasov.

2019 – departures on 2 & 22 June, and on 29 September spend the first and last two nights in Bucharest. This means that you depart for Brasov on Day 2 and your Bucharest City Tour will be on Day 7.

If you have friends who are not walkers interested in this itinerary, we also offer it with a touring programme.

Romania – Transylvanian Alps & Bucharest

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 89%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

Hotel CAPITOL ****, Bucharest (first two and last nights)
The historic Hotel Capitol is in an excellent position on Calea Victoriei. Rooms have free high-speed, wireless Internet, cable tv, individual climate control and bathroom equipped with bath/shower and hairdryer. The hotel has a restaurant which is popular with the locals and hotel guests.(
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 86%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Hotel COROANA BRASOVOLUI ***, Brasov (four nights)
This small, friendly and modern hotel is in a quiet position but just a 15 minute walk to Brasov’s main square. The hotel has a pleasant breakfast room and cosy English bar. Dinner at a local restaurant is included on the first night. Rooms have tv, wifi, direct dial telephone, shower and hairdryer. (  
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 79%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Walking Holiday - Romania – Transylvanian Alps & Bucharest
Holiday code: 7WBU
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £170
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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AberdeenSat 30/05/20208BA via LHR07501405Places Available1109Bucharest17050ABZ17WBUC1

AberdeenSat 26/09/20208BA via LHR07501405Places Available1089Bucharest17050ABZ17WBUC2

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Belfast CitySat 26/09/20208BA via LHR07001430Places Available1089Bucharest17050BHD17WBUC2

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BristolSat 26/09/20208Ryanair17001635Places Available969Bucharest17050BRS17WBUC2

GlasgowSun 29/09/20198Blue Air09450900On request969Bucharest170 (on request)0GLA17WBUA8

GlasgowSun 31/05/20208Blue Air09450900Places Available989Bucharest17050GLA17WBUC1

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HeathrowSat 28/09/20198BA13502130On request1009Bucharest170 (on request)0LHR17WBUA8

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HeathrowSat 26/09/20208BA13502130Places Available1009Bucharest17050LHR17WBUC2

LiverpoolSun 29/09/20198Blue Air18451800On request969Bucharest170 (on request)0LPL17WBUA8

LiverpoolSun 31/05/20208Blue Air18451800Places Available989Bucharest17050LPL17WBUC1

LiverpoolSun 27/09/20208Blue Air18451800Places Available969Bucharest17050LPL17WBUC2

London GatwickSat 28/09/20198Wizz Air21552115On request969Bucharest170 (on request)0LGW17WBUA8

London GatwickSat 30/05/20208Wizz Air21552115Places Available989Bucharest17050LGW17WBUC1

London GatwickSat 26/09/20208Wizz Air21552115Places Available969Bucharest17050LGW17WBUC2

LutonSun 29/09/20198Blue Air10350950On request969Bucharest170 (on request)0LTN17WBUA8

LutonSun 31/05/20208Blue Air10350950Places Available989Bucharest17050LTN17WBUC1

LutonSun 27/09/20208Blue Air10350950Places Available969Bucharest17050LTN17WBUC2

NewcastleSat 28/09/20198BA via LHR10251445On request1089Bucharest170 (on request)0NCL17WBUA8

NewcastleSat 30/05/20208BA via LHR06051540Places Available1109Bucharest17050NCL17WBUC1

NewcastleSat 26/09/20208BA via LHR06051540Places Available1089Bucharest17050NCL17WBUC2

StanstedSat 28/09/20198Ryanair08401910On request969Bucharest170 (on request)0STN17WBUA8

StanstedSat 30/05/20208Ryanair08401910Places Available989Bucharest17050STN17WBUC1

StanstedSat 26/09/20208Ryanair08401910Places Available969Bucharest17050STN17WBUC2

Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 15/09/2019 at 23:47:08

Thank you very much for another excellently organised holiday. We enjoyed Romania very much, everything went more or less to plan and the accommodation and walks were brilliant. The tour guide and the walks guide were both great and looked after us well.

Mr W, Dumbarton

Excellent tour guide, John, who was entertaining, informative and very professional throughout our trip.

Mrs M, Glasgow

Note: this is a a new holiday. Comments below arise from other PTS holidays in Eastern Europe, including walking holidays.


Thank you for a very enjoyable holiday to Budapest and Romania. Everything was faultless with hotels, excursions and tour guide impeccable. This was our first experience with Preferred Travel and we certainly look forward to more from your extensive and interesting choices. Thanks once more for one of the best holiday experiences.

Mr M, Dundee

We have just returned from our trip to Budapest and we had a fantastic time. Each day was packed full of history, sightseeing, good food etc. Our guide, was excellent in her knowledge and also catering for everybody’s individual needs. We certainly look forward to travelling with PTS again and we had to write and express our joy at such a varied and interesting holiday (as all PTS holidays are!).

Mr & Mrs P, Bristol

I experienced an exceptionally well organised and executed trip. Guides were professional, Tour Director entertaining and looked after us very well. English well spoken. The Drivers were punctual and professional. The choice of hotels was great, perfect locations of both places. Thank you for organising a lovely holiday.

Mr & Mrs K, Scarborough

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