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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: 7 nights (5 nights Pensiune + 2 nights Tasuleasa)
Cost (estimate): $650/person
What's included: Accommodation, meals, transportation, and guide services. Not included flights or personal expenses. **
If you don’t need transportation, please let us know before you make the final payment)
Transportation: (by bus, included in the total cost)
- Cluj - Putna
- Vatra Dornei - Tasuleasa
- Tasuleasa - Cluj
**We highly recommend that you consider making a significant donation to the Via Transilvanica project and express your gratitude to your guide with a generous tip. Please note that the total cost does not cover any donations to the project.
Day 1 (July 5th)
Meeting point: Strada Traian Vuia 204, Cluj-Napoca 400394, Romania
Meeting time: 14:00 (2pm)
Travel time to Putna by bus: approx. 5 hours
Arriving at Pensiunea Florinel in Putna to sleep for the night. The group will get the chance to socialize and meet each other over dinner.
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Day2 (July 6th)
After breakfast we will start our first day visiting the historic Putna Monastery. The first hiking day will begin from Putna going to Sucevita (17km) with a relatively easy hiking trail. Arrival at Sucevita for accommodations for the night at Pensiune Karisma Kriss.
Pensiune Karisma Kriss
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Day3 (July 7th)
After having breakfast, we will depart from Sucevita and head towards Vatra Moldovitei, which is approximately 21km away. This particular hike is said to be the most challenging section of the entire route. However, the stunning scenery along the way makes it worth the effort. Along the way, we will have lunch. Upon reaching our destination, we will check in at Pensiune Crizantema.
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Day4 (July 8th)
The difficulty level for this day is moderate to high. The hike covers a distance of 22km from Vatra Moldovitei to Sadova. The day will finish with accommodations in Sadova at Pensiunea Alvy Iezer.
Pensiunea Alvy Iezer
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Day5 (July 9th)
The hike for this day is considered to be of moderate difficulty with a distance of 21km, starting from Sadova and ending at Pasul Mestecanis. The night accommodations will be provided at Pensiunea Luceafărul.
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Day6 (July 10th)
For our last day of hiking we will leave Pasul Mestecanis and finish at Vatra Dornei (20km), with an easy to moderate difficulty level on the trail. 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 time: 8:00am (TBD)
Travel time to Cluj by bus: approx. 2 hours and 30min.
We will depart from Tasuleasa Social by bus back to Cluj after breakfast.
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! You 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!
If you require additional information about the trail or suggestions on what to pack for the trip, you can refer to the traveler's guide below. It is advisable to bring multiple pairs of socks, gel bandages specifically designed for blisters, a pair of waterproof hiking shoes, and another pair of sport shoes suitable for pleasant weather conditions. Additionally, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Since we won't be sleeping in tents, there is no need to bring any camping-related items.
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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.
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.
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.