Snowshoes & Culture in Romania: Snowshoeing in Transylvania-10 days-MountainGuide-Sibiu

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Romania, a less known winter destination is very attractive during the white season and has a large array of mountain chains perfect for practicing snowshoeing.
We suggest you some snowshoeing tours in the mountains that limit the southern part of Transylvania – “the land beyond the forests” – home of famous Dracula, combined with some cultural tours in the most important places of Transylvania.
Our snowshoeing tours will start in the Piatra Craiului Mountainsthe Bucegi Mountains, full of mysteries and history, the Făgăraş Mountains – the highest in Romania, also known as the “Transylvanian Alps” and we’ll end in the Cindrel Mountains – truly breathtaking.

Technical details:
Difficulty level: Active – the tour is generally dedicated to medium or experienced tourists;
Duration: 9 nights/ 10 days
Routes difficulty: Easy-Medium
Best time: January-March
Length of the snowshoeing tours: 4-6 hours/ day

Day 1:  Welcome in Romania..A little bit of culture about Romania
Arrival to the Otopeni-Bucarest International Airport.
Transfer to Sinaia, Visit the Peles Castle.
Dinner & accommodation in a 3 *** hotel in Sinaia ( Cota 1400 m)

Day 2: Warm-up snowshoeing tour in the Bucegi Mountains..
Route: Cota 1400 Hotel–Cable Car to Cota 2000–Furnica Peak (2103 m)–Calugarului Saddle–Babele & Sphinx monuments (2200 m)–cable car to Busteni.
Length of the snowshoeing tour around 5 hours
Difficulty: easy-medium
Level Difference : + /- 220 m
Descend with the cable car from Babele cabin to Busteni City.
Transfer by minibus to Brasov
Visit the historical center of Brasov( max 2 hours guided tour)
Dinner to a traditional restaurant  and accommodation in Brasov to a 3*** Hotel.

Day 3: Snowshoeing tour in the Bucegi Mountains.
Route: Brasov – Bran - Moeciu village – Bangaleasa Valley – Gutanu  Glade (1470 m) – Lom Ridge – Simon Village – Zarnesti.
In the morning cultural visit at the Bran Castle- Dracula’s Castle
Length of the snowshoeing tour around 5 hours
Difficulty: medium
Level Difference : + 480 m / - 545 m.
In the late afternoon will visit the Rasnov Fortress.
Dinner and accomodation to a 3* pension in Zarnesti.

Day 4: Snowshoeing tour at the bottom of Piatra Craiului Mountains..
Route: Zarnesti – Prapastiile Zarnestiului Chaism – Joaca Saddle ( 1490 m) – Pestera Village – Magura Village – Botorog Spring – Balea Waterfall area.
Length of the snowshoeing tour around 5-6 hours.
Difficulty: easy-medium
Level Difference : + /- 520 m
Transfer at the bottom of the Fagaras Mountains, Balea waterfall area.
Dinner and accomodation to a 3*** hotel in the Balea Waterfall area.

Day 5: Up in the Fagaras Mountains: Balea Lake area..Visit the Ice Hotel & Ice Church.
Route : Balea Valley – Balea Lake area- Curmatura Balii Saddle.
Today we should visiting the single Ice Hotel in the Southern Europe, built with pieces of ice from the lake…Closer to this hotel will find also a Ice Church.
Snowshoeing tour in the Balea Lake area for about 2-3 hours…
Difficulty: medium
Level Difference : + 320 m / - 320 m.
Dinner and overnight to a cabin in the Balea Lake area

Day 6: Snowshoeing tour in the Lady’s Valley.
Route: Balea lake - Curmatura Balii Saddle( 2250 m ) – Lady’s Valley - Balea Waterfall area( 1234 m ).
Difficulty: Medium.
Level difference: + 210 m / - 1015 m.
Length of the snowshoeing tour around 5-6 hours
Transfer to Sibiu, European Capital of Culture in 2007.
Cultural tour in the historical center of Sibiu.
Dinner to a traditional restaurant and accommodation in a 3 *** hotel in Sibiu.

Day 7: Snowshoeing tour in the Cindrel Mountains.
Route: Sibiu – Paltinis ( 1450 m ) – Gaujoara Glade – Batrana Saddle( 1830 m ) – Batrana Peak( 1911 m ) – Muncel Glade – Oncesti Glade – Paltinis - Rasinari Village..
Transfer Sibiu-Paltinis Ski resort..28 km.
Length of the snowshoeing tour around 5 hours
Difficulty: medium
Level Difference : + / 461 m
Dinner and accommodation to a local guesthouse in Rasinari Village.

Day 8: Snowshoeing tour in the Cindrel Mountains
Route: Rasinari Village – Coasta Boacii Ridge – Fraga Peak( 1121 m ) – Plaiului Peak – Muntelui Valley  – Rasinari Village.
Length of the snowshoeing tour around 5 hours.
Difficulty: medium
Level Difference : + / 510 m
Transfer Sibiu  – Voineasa, for about 1h 30 min.
Dinner and accommodation in a 3*** pension in Voineasa.

Day 9: Snowshoeing tour in the Latoritei Mountains..
Route: Voineasa – Curmatura Vidrutei – Vidrutei Glade – Fratosteanu Peak ( 2053 m ) – Curmatura Vidrutei – Voineasa – Bucarest.
Length of the snowshoeing tour around 5 hours.
Difficulty: medium
Level Difference : + / 625 m
Transfer Voineasa - Bucarest, for about 3h 30 min.
Visit the famous House of People - House of Parliament - second administrative building in the world after Pentagon, and then a short walk in the old center..
Dinner and accommodation in a 3*** hotel in Bucarest.

Day 10: Good bye Romania.
Free time..Shooping..Transfer to  the airport…flight back home..

For any further details about this tour, please don’t hesitate to contact us!     

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