4×4 Tour in Wild Carphatians – 5 Days

Day 1 We pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Bucharest or from the Otopeni Henry Coanda International Airport.

Depending on the pick-up point and timing we can see two or more of:
» Brasov city center and the Black church, the town’s main gothic cathedral.
» Rasnov Fort – a fascinating Saxon hilltop fort designed to protect the peasants community against the Tatar and Ottoman invasions.
» Bran Castle – the famous castle connected with Vlad Tepes “The Impaler”, and “Dracula”, former border tax collecting check point.
» Peles Castle – the summer residence of the Romanian kings, a must visit for any foreign traveler to Romania.

In the afternoon we’ll do a loop jeep trip in the hills around Bran with an optional hike in the Canyon of Zarnesti, trying to discover the pastoral way of life of the Romanian sheppard. The stunning views of Piatra Craiului and Bucegi mountains and the “spread” traditional villages stay with us along our journey.
We’ll sleep in Bran – Moeciu area after a dinner in a Romanian traditional restaurant.

Day 2 We leave the Dracula Castle behind for a full off-road day in the mountains. We’ll have a spectacular route on top of the mountains with stunning views over Bucegi, Piatra Craiului, Iezer-Papusa and Fagaras. Well also drive along an artificial lake and gorges before reaching an altitude of more than 2000m. Depending on timing, we’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the oldest monasteries of Romania, built by the monks over 1000 years ago in a cave. On this day picnic lunch is compulsory before we arrive near the Vidraru reservoir at our hotel.

Day 3 Following the Transfagarasan asphalt road we drive around the Vidraru lake and we cross the Fagaras Mountains ridge to Transylvania. We continue deep into the Saxon land driving on and off road to discover the Saxon civilization of Transylvania. Saxon immigrants were settled by Hungarian kings starting from the 13th century to help them control the conquered Romanian population and to protect the Transylvanian border against the Tatar invasions from East and South. During the centuries the Saxons succeeded in creating an original civilization, strongly influenced by the Romanian traditional way of life. We visit one of the many Saxon fortified churches which represents a unique military architecture style in Europe. We end the day in Sighisoara.

Day 4 We take a brake from off-road driving to enjoy a tour of the Sighisoara fortress and, after a short drive, we have the option to relax taking a bath in the thermal salty waters of Bazna Spa resort. The Bazna waters have magical effects for rheumatic diseases and relax your mind and spirit. After a traditional lunch with bio products at a local farm we continue deep into the Saxon land driving on and off road to discover the Saxon civilization of Transylvania. We enjoy the night at Sibiu, one of the seven Saxon cities, eating in one of the traditional restaurants or drinking coffee on the pedestrian main street.

Day 5 For the last day we drive back along the river Olt Valley in order to spend the afternoon in Bucharest. Bucharest offers an unique attraction, the Parliament house, the second largest building in the world, built entirely with Romanian raw materials and labor in the last years of communism. We end the day at your hotel or at the airport.

POINTS OF INTEREST
» off-road self driving experience guided tour
» the best off-road selection of the Transylvanian Alps
» meet the local people and witness the traditional way of living and local crafts
» traditional areas and remote wilderness routes
» cover of the main touristic attractions in Transylvania
» experience the nature with short tracks and picnic lunches
» specially handpicked cozy hotels

Every day is different but equally interesting, alternating nature with cultural and ethnographic interest points. This tour allows you to experience the essential landscapes of Romania, while driving on remote wilderness and through mountain traditional areas as well as visiting the main touristic attractions of Transylvania. This tour addresses the central section of Carpathians in a comprehensive route starting from shadowed birch and oak forests and sky mirroring reservoirs up to alpine pastures and glacial lakes at 2200m altitude. The cultural and architectural heritage is sprinkled along the route.

ATTRACTIONS

Touristic attractions: Peles Castle, Bran Castle, Viscri and Biertan fortified churches, Calnic fortress, Vidraru dam, several churches and monasteries
Cities: Bucharest, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Brasov, Bran, Poiana Brasov, Sinaia
Traditional areas: Lovistea County, Rucar – Bran, Saxon area, Marginimea Sibiului

TRAVEL INFO

This tour is a self driving guided tour. Total distance is about 1100Km. The routes are designed to spice the long asphalt driving with off-road sections or attractions. Picnic lunches are compulsory on some days. The difficulty level of the off-road sections can be adapted to your driving skills. Off-road driving performance is not a goal, but a necessary stage in order to rich the view point and touristic attractions in an interesting, flexible and safe way of travel. Personal travel insurance for adventure and outdoor activities is compulsory. We provide the picnic gear like stoves, cooking pots, camping tables and chairs. All routes are accessible in summer conditions. Some adjustments of the routes can be made depending on weather, terrain condition

PRICES

Pax Jeeps Travel time Price [EUR]
2-4 1 5 nights / 6 days Ask
5-8 2 5 nights / 6 days Ask
9-12 3 5 nights / 6 days Ask
11-16 4 5 nights / 6 days Ask
17-20 5 5 nights / 6 days Ask
21-24 6 5 nights / 6 days Ask
25-28 7 5 nights / 6 days Ask

Price includes: guide accommodation and meals, jeep and fuel, tourist accommodation Half-Board.
Single supplement: 80 EURO.
Families, organized groups and incentive groups might benefit of discounts.
For more information about the price structure or custom offers please contact us.
For individual travelers please contact us for information about dates of planned groups.
Price doesn’t include: flight, entrance fee, lunches and other expenses not specified.

SERVICES

» Romanian guide English speaking, off-road specialist
» 4 nights accommodation in 3* or 4 * hotels
» 4 Breakfasts, 4 dinners
» Otopeni Henry Coanda International Airport or your hotel in Bucharest jeep pick and drop
» Car wash and parking fee
» 4×4 vehicles with Hi/Low gear box (Nissan Patrol / Toyota Landcruiser – or similar), towing equipment
» picnic equipment

Additional paid services available at request
»lunches

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