In the Carpathians

Transylvania Romania: (ZZ-HKRM02)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_hike_romania_Transylvania_Carpathians.aspx

Introduction
Transylvania Romania
The monastery archipelago of the old Romanian principality Moldavia is one of the most unique cultural landscapes in Europe. Nowhere else (besides the monasteries of Mount Athos) Byzantine art, architecture and liturgy are preserved in such a variety and beauty. As part of the UNESCO World Heritage, the monasteries are famous and unique by their architecture and outside mural paintings. Each church has its special color: Voronet – blue, Sucevita – red-green, Moldovita – yellow and Humor red-brown. Their pictorial texts combine Byzantine forms and Western book miniature painting with Romanian folk tradition. The architecture and paintings would be unthinkable and impossible without the beautiful landscape of the “Sweet Land of the Bucovina”.

Accomodation

If one hotel from the list below is not available at the date of the booking, we are using similar hotels (same standards).

Bucharest (night 1 – option 1): Hotel Ibis Gara de Nord
The Ibis Gara de Nord offers comfortable rooms with Wi-Fi wireless internet access, air conditioning, a minibar, LCD TVs and en-suite bathrooms with a shower and a hairdryer.

Bucharest (night 1 – option 2): Hotel Minerva
The hotel was opened in 1937 in a 6-story neoclassical building and was renovated in 2008. It offers 91 rooms that are cozy and Italian in design, and feature Wi-Fi, a private bathroom, a safe, TV, a fireplace and IDD phone.

Putna (nights 2 and 3): Pensiunea Cabana Dorina Putna
Cabana Putna Dorina is set in Putna and offers a restaurant, a bar, and a garden with a terrace.
WiFi is available in some rooms. All units come with a balcony, a seating area, and a cable TV. Featuring a shower, the private bathrooms also come with bathrobes and free toiletries.

Sucevita (nights 4 and 5): Casa Cazac Felicia
The building is surrounded on two sides by a beautiful wooden porch, covered with wooden tiles where, during the summer you can admire the gorgeous landscape while having a delicious meal. The terrace as well as the yard is full of beautiful flowers.
In the afternoon, after 5,30 PM, you can hear from the monastery the "toaca" (a nun is hammering on a board) and the sound of the bells calling the nuns to the evening prayer, and, possibly, this will take your thoughts to the glorious times when the monastery was gathering around the entire village.

Manastirea Humorului (nights 6 and 7 – option 1): Pensiunea Passiflora
Passiflora is located in the heart of Bucovina, a few minutes' walk from the Humor Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The guest house combines comfort and traditional Romanian style architecture.
Each room has its own bathroom and is equipped with a minibar, telephone with international access, cable TV, internet access and a balcony.

Manastirea Humorului (nights 6 and 7 – option 2): Pensiunea Maridor
Located at the foot of the forest, Maridor Pension offers you the peace and comfort needed to spend a dream holiday. The guesthouse was built in 2008 and has 10 double rooms with bathroom, cable TV, wireless internet, patio in the yard, children's place.


Meals:
7 breakfast and 2 evening meals are included in this trip. The breakfast are eaten at the accommodations and included evening meals are taken in either the restaurant (if it's a hotel) or in the dining room (if it's a pension).
The style of the food is mainly Romanian.

Special diets and dietary restrictions:
Vegetarians, gluten/lactose free, etc… can be catered for when notified in advance.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Itinerary

Sample itinerary - Subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest
Arrive Bucharest. Overnight in Bucharest

Day 2: Putna Monastery
Short walk to Bucharest train station (3 min.) and train to Suceava. A car will then transfer you to Putna.  The impressive monastery, a foundation of Stefan the Great, is the most important spiritual center of Romanian Orthodoxy and played a significant role in the Romanian history. The 2 following nights are spent in a guest house close to the monastery.

Day 3: Sihastria Monastery
Walk to Sihastria Monastery (from one of the hills you have a beautiful birds’ eye view of the impressive monastery) and to a hermit’s cave. Overnight Putna.
Approx. 4 hours walking

Day 4: Sucevita Monastery
From Putna, you take the old monastery path to Sucevita Monastery. In summer, the forest is full of berries and wild mushrooms. The undercoat of emerald green on which the frescoes are painted (1596) gave the monastery the name ‘a Poem in Green and Light’. The iconostasis is considered to be the most beautiful in the country. As Sacherverell Sitwell wrote in 1938: ‘The first view of the painted church of Sucevita is among the most impressive revelations of the Byzantine world’. The 2 following nights are spent in a welcoming guesthouse with excellent food.
Approx. 5 hours walking

Day 5: Moldovita Monastery
Transfer by car over the Ciumirna Pass, with magnificent panoramic views. Visit Moldovita Monastery, famous for its brilliant frescoes (‘a parchment dipped in blue’ is the description of the Tree of Jesse), including the fine Ladder of Paradise. Back in Sucevita a circular walk to enjoy a wonderful view over this impressive, fortified monastery. Overnight Sucevita.
Approx. 3 hours walking

Day 6: Humor Monastery
Short transfer to Solca village. The walk to Humor takes you through pastoral scenery and villages founded by Poles in the Habsburg period. The way is still used by horse-drawn hay carts, whilst in the fields the sickle and scythe are still the main implements at harvest. The 16th century monastery church at Humor is painted in blues, greens and reddish browns (from oriental madder pigment).
Approx. 4.5 hours walking

Day 7: Voronet Monastery
Visit Voronet Monastery; its superb frescoes gave it the name ‘the Sistine Chapel of the East’ – architecturally it combines Gothic and Byzantine features. Continue up to the Obcina with fine views over the valley and villages and back to Manastirea Humorului. Overnight in Humor.
Approx. 4.5 hours walking

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to Suceava and then, train to Bucharest and departure.


Rates and Dates for In the Carpathians

Rates include:

Accommodations with breakfast, 6 dinners, return train ticket between Bucharest & Suceava, transfer from Suceava to Putna, Moldovita excursion, transfer from Sucevita to Solca, return transfer from Manastirea Humorului to Voronet, transfer from Manastirea Humorului to Suceava train station, luggage transport during walks, route notes and maps, contact on ground

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20198 day self-guided trip€635$765
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Single supplement 170 $205
2019 Train transfer from Bucharest to Suceava on Day 1 included 0 $0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 05/04 - 09/27 8d / 7n 8 day self-guided trip 2 /12 Reserve

Dates Note: Arrival can be any day of the week duriong the season.

Rates do not include:

Transfer from Bucharest airport to hotel in Bucharest (25 euros a taxi or 5 euros with the shuttle bus/train), transfer from hotel in Bucharest to train station (10 euros), lunches, drinks, 2 dinners (Bucharest and Zarnesti), entrance tickets

Other Info
Meeting: Brasov
Airport: Bucharest
Transfer: Brasov Train Station (not included- take a taxi)

Climate:
                                                Suceava area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

33

36

45

58

68

75

77

76

68

57

44

36

Average Low Temperature (°F)

22

24

31

40

50

56

59

58

50

41

33

25

Average High Temperature (°C)

0

2

7

14

20

23

25

25

20

14

7

2

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-6

-5

-1

5

10

14

15

14

10

5

0

-4

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

4

4

5

7

8

9

8

6

5

5

5

5

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The climate in Romania is continental temperate with the average temperature in the summer of 22- 24°C. Annual rainfall all over the country is 677 mm, 1000 mm in the mountains. Due to the continental influences from the East, the summers can be dry with more rain in the mountains.

Up North in Bucovina, in Suceava County, the weather is cooler, more favorable for walking. This region ahs a temperate continental climate with hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Strong winds and storms are rare in the summer as they usually occur in the mountains during late autumn.

Bucharest, being situated in the South of the country, is hotter than the Bucovina area.

What To Bring:
Walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, warm pullover/jumper, waterproofs, water bottle, insect repellent, sunglasses, sun hat, sun block/cream, compass, torch, mobile phone, container for sandwiches and a first-aid kit.

Note:
You should have your luggage packed and ready to be transported by 9.30 in the morning.

…  this list is only a guideline for you

 

Hidden Trails Travel Documents and Trip Voucher (contains important local tour contact info.)
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

Walking Gear
Walking Boots and Socks (with a change of socks in rucksack)
Rucksack/day pack
Warm pullover/jumper
Waterproofs
Water bottle
Insect repellent
Sunglasses
Sun Hat
Sun block/cream
Compass
Torch
Mobile Phone
Container for sandwiches
First Aid Kit
Towel and small bar of soap
Personal Toiletries
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra film or batteries