Welcome to the fascinating regions of Transylvania & Bucovina, Romania!
About Via Transilvanica
Via Transilvanica is a long-distance trail for walking, cycling, and horseback riding. 1,400 kilometers long, it crosses the country from Putna to Drobeta Turnu-Severin, passing through over 600 communities. Via Transilvanica is inspired by other worldwide long-distance trails, such as the El Camino, Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail. Via Transilvanica is also the largest outdoor artistic sculpture exhibition in the world.
About the Tour
Our 5-day Via Transilvanica hiking tour will take you on an unforgettable journey through the stunning natural landscapes and unique cultural heritage of Bucovina and Transylvania. Let us guide you through the heart of this legendary regions, following the trail of the newly established Via Transilvanica hiking route, and discover the hidden gems of this incredible part of Romania.
Organizers: Our tour is organized by a team of experienced and professional guides who are passionate about Romania's natural beauty, culture, and history. They will lead you through the hiking route, making sure you experience the best of this route during your trip.
Route: The 5-day hiking tour on the Via Transilvanica from Putna to Vatra Dornei will take you through some of Romania's most beautiful and historic landscapes. You will be crossing wide terraces of rolling hills, passing through forests and meadows and traveling along river valleys. Along the way, you'll get to observe local wildlife and take in breathtaking views of the Carpathian Mountains. You'll also get to visit several historic sites, such as the Putna monastery, Valea Putnei open-air ethnographic museum and the old churches of Vatra Dornei. Come explore Romania's natural beauty and rich heritage on this memorable journey!
Route: PUTNA - VATRA DORNEI
Distance: 100 km
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights (1st day meeting point + 5 days hiking + 2 days at Tasuleasa)
Cost (estimate): $1120/person
What's included: Accommodation, meals, transportation, and guide services. Not included flights or personal expenses. **
If you need transportation, please see below cost of transportation and route, depending on your needs. The meeting point for the bus is going to be in Cluj.
Transportation: (by bus, at least 15 people for this cost)
- Cluj - Putna: $40/ person
- Vatra Dornei - Tasuleasa: $15/ person
- Tasuleasa - Cluj: $25/ person
**We strongly encourage you to make additional donations to the Via Transilvanica project and to tip your guide generously. The cost of this experience already includes a contribution to the project.
Day 1 (July 5th) - Cluj Pickup - Anyone traveling from Cluj will be picked-up by bus.
Day1 (July 5th) - Meeting point - Arriving at the meeting place in Putna to sleep for the night. The group will get the chance to socialize and meet each other. TBD
Day2 (July 6th) - After breakfast we will start our first day visiting the historic Putna Monastery. The first hike will begin from Putna going to Sucevita (17km). Arrival at Sucevita for accommodations.
Day3 (July 7th) - We will leave from Sucevita to Vatra Moldovitei (21km) for the second day hike. Lunch on the way. Arriving for accommodations in Vatra Moldovitei.
Day4 (July 8th) - The hike will start after breakfast from Vatra Moldovitei to Sadova (22km). The day will finish with accommodations in Sadova for the night.
Day5 (July 9th) - The hike for this day will start at Sadova and we will arrive at the end of the day to Pasul Mestecanis (21km) for the night accommodations.
Day6 (July 10th) - For the last day of hiking we will leave Pasul Mestecanis and finish at Vatra Dornei (20km). From Vatra Dornei we will travel by bus to Tasuleasa for accommodations.
Day7 (July 11th) - Tasuleasa social volunteers will give you a tour of the Tasuleasa Campus where you will find many interesting things to do and see. The night will end with a bonfire and saying goodbye to another awesome adventure.
Day8 (July 12th) -Departure- Leaving from Tasuleasa Social.
Updated schedule will be posted as soon as we have confirmation on accommodations and places to visit.
It will be a wonderful journey from Putna to Vatra Dornei and ending with a great experience at the Tasuleasa Social, the birth place of Via Transilvanica! We will experience the diverse culture and breathtaking landscapes of this beautiful country. Thank you for joining us and we hope you will enjoy your trip as much as we do!
Please check out the Traveler's Guide link below for more useful information on our route and recommended list of equipment:
Traveler's Guide (Putna-Vatra Dornei) - English
Ghidul Drumetului (Putna-Vatra Dornei) - Romanian
2021 Trip Donations VT Gala VT FAQ VT Donors
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How long is this hike/trip?
Annually, we walk about 100 kilometers (each summer). This means, on average, about 20 km/day.
To walk the entire Via Transilvanica at this pace, it's a 15 year project.
How difficult is the hike?
The entire trail has been created and designed with the goal in mind of making sure that almost any person can walk it. Difficulty is medium: the trail should be walkable by teenagers as well as elderly people.
What type of shoes should I wear ?
We suggest bringing one pair of waterproof hiking boots, one pair of athletic shoes, and some extra pairs of socks. Additionally, it would be wise to pack some blister bandages for potential foot discomfort.
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