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Depart from central Brasov in the morning with a group of no more than eight people. On the hour long-ride to Piatra Craiului National Park, learn a brief history of the area and choose from one of two hiking itineraries, ranging from 6 to 9 miles (10 to 15 km) and 5 to 6 hours in length. On the easy-to-moderate Mountain Villages route, spot wildlife as you explore the park’s forested lower slopes. Stop at the two traditional villages of Magura and Pestera, recharging with hearty country fare like polenta, cheese, and lentil soup at a local guesthouse (lunch not included).

For more of a challenge, choose the moderate-to-hard Mountain Hut route. Cross the Zarnesti Gorge, sample cheese at a local sheep farm, and dine at a mountain hut. Extend for an additional 3-4 hours with an optional hike up part of Piatra’s main ridge to an elevation of 6,500 feet (2,000 meters).

With either option, if time allows and the group agrees, stop at Bran Castle on the way back to Brasov to explore the medieval chambers and Gothic turrets of Romania’s most famous castle (entrance fee own expense).
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Piatra Craiului National Park
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Spend the day trekking among one of the most scenic parts of the Carpathian Mountains on a small-group hiking tour to Piatra Craiului National Park. Round-trip transport from Brasov means there’s no need to rent a car to experience craggy peaks, dense forests, sheep farms, and quaint villages seemingly untouched by time. Hike for 5 to 9 hours with an experienced guide, stopping for lunch at either a traditional guest house or mountain hut to absorb local culture and cuisine.
  • Explore Romania’s Piatra Craiului National Park on a day trip from Brasov
  • Hike through the forests, meadows, and valleys of the Carpathian Mountains 
  • Complete a 5- to 9-hour route suited to the small group’s ability level
  • See the Zarnesti Gorge, learn about local shepherding, and taste traditional food
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Awesome hike with a good and professional guide

This was definitely one of our best experiences in Romania, the mountains and the nature are so beautiful. Even the rain during the first part of the hike didn't bother us. Our guide Bogdan was absolutely amazing, really professional, supportive and positive. We didn't have...More

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Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, Vera! Indeed, Bogdan is quite a guide and the day hike in Piatra Craiului National Park a real experience!

Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile
Mihail your the best

Best tour we have ever been on Mihail our guide was a great guy, informative both with the natural beauty of Piatra Craiului Park, but also the history of Transylvania and Brasov He was both kind and generous with his time, and very patient in...More

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Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2018

Thank you Alan for your review! Indeed the day trek in Piatra Craiului National Park is a real experience: you hike in one of the most beautiful mountains of Romania!

Reviewed 22 May 2018
Excellent for nature lovers

The hike itself was exactly what we were looking for; spectacular scenery and the right amount of challenge. Our guide Cristian was excellent; passionate about nature and wildlife, it really gave us a deeper understanding of the area.

Thank mojokiss
Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

You are right: the hiking in Piatra Craiului National Park it is a true experience! Thank you for choosing us!

Reviewed 20 May 2018
Chapeau and Gratitude to Mihai of Active Travel!

Chapeau and gratitude to Mihai Craciun of Active Travel for his remarkable leadership and guidance of a 7-hour moderate-to-difficult hike in the Piatra Craiului national park. The choice of trail was excellent -- a good mix of canyons, meadows, vista points and forest, as was...More

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Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2018

Thank you for your review! What can I add more? You did it by choosing the right travel partner!

Reviewed 10 April 2018
We loved your mountains!

Big thanks to Marian and his team at Active Travel for organising an unforgettable hike for our small group in Piatra Craiuli National Park. It was early season with snow on the ground and the local Easter weekend but we were very well briefed and...More

Thank Robert O
Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Rob, you are right! Hiking in Carpathian Mountains is one of the best experience you can have it in Romania! Thank you for choosing us!

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