Field trip program

Please find bellow a list of field trips available for the second day of the event. Each field trip will have maximum 18 participants, while the minimum number of participants is 10. Choose 3 trips in the order of preferences and make the appropriate selection in the registration form. You will be informed upon registration confirmation which trip was still available for you.

 

 

Trip 1: Hiking in Piatra Craiului National Park

Piatra Craiului National Park is one of the best hiking destinations in Romania. Offering breath-taking views over the surrounding landscape, the protected area overlaps a limestone ridge over 2000m high and it is rich in wildlife.

During this tour we will hike along the trails from the foot of the mountains, but we will still reach 1400m in altitude. The highlights of the tour are Zărnești Gorges, the panorama over the limestone ridge and over the surrounding area and the cultural mountain landscape typically for this area. We will have lunch at the oldest guesthouse in the National Park - Casa Folea.

Depending on the weather, the itinerary is subject to change.

 

Recommended hiking gear:

  • Hiking boots;
  • Clothes for cold or wet weather (it is possible to have snow in October, but at the same time it can be nice and warm weather);
  • Waterproof daypack (25 - 35 l).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip 2: Medieval fortifications around Brașov

This tour introduces you into the diversity of medieval fortifications in and around Brașov. We’ll start the day with one of the most famous Romanian castles, Bran Castle which is also known as Dracula’s Castle. Then we will continue to Râșnov fortress, a medieval fortification dating back from the XIII century which was built by Saxon peasants with some help from the Teutonic Knights. After lunch we will go on to Prejmer fortified church (UNESCO site), the strongest such fortification in Transylvania. The fortifications built around the church were meant to protect the villagers against the invaders. In the afternoon we will have a walking tour of Brașov (medieval Kronstadt) and its fortifications, most of them still standing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip 3: Visit the Kalnoky estate

Miklósvár is one of the oldest documented villages in East Transylvania, with about 500 Hungarian inhabitants. At his family seat of here, Count Tibor Kalnoky has created a wonderful holiday complex of rooms restored in the tradition of Szekely (Transylvanian Hungarians).  All accommodations have been caringly restored and furnished with authentic antiques and textiles from the region. The philosophy of restoring is characterized by utter respect for the textures and atmospheres of ancient buildings. The way of restoring derelict houses is barely noticeable, rather would it seem that the buildings have aged gently and gradually without recent renovation. Your guide helps you to explore the eco-certified guesthouses located in different parts of the village and tells you about the impact the business have had over the local community. She will take you down to the local blacksmith, and you visit the Kálnoky’s old Hunting Manor, built at the beginning of the 1500's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip 4: Ecotourism in Saxon villages

The Saxon Villages Area of southern Transylvania is known for the low intensity agriculture coexisting with an abundance of flora and fauna. This trip will take us in Viscri which is particularly known thanks to the Prince of Whales who owns a property in the village and comes here regularly on vacation. During the trip we will visit traditional guesthouses, including the property of Prince Charles, the tourism information centre operated by Fundația ADEPT, the fortified church and we will have a jam tasting session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip 5: Wildlife tracking

One-day field trip to “decipher” the sings left by different animals in their territory. You will be hiking in the beautiful landscapes of Piatra Craiului National Park. These forests are part of the home of the largest population of wolves, bears and lynx in Europe except Russia. Besides them, you will have the chance to discover the signature of red and roe deer, wild boars and other smaller animals.

Hiking boots compulsory. Small backpack, water bottle, binocular – advisable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip 6: Bear Sanctuary

The Bear Sanctuary was founded in 2005 and is the biggest European rescue facility for brown bears from all kinds of captivity and torture. At the moment 72 bears found a new home on a 69 hectare-area, which is very much like their natural habitat in the forest. The sanctuary is a private initiative, designed and established by WSPA, and is completely financed by donations.

After the guided tour which will last about 2 hours we drive on into the National Park Piatra Craiului. On a forest road we drive up to 1050 metres to the idyllic shepherd village Măgura. Here we will have lunch at Villa Hermani, whose owners are founder-members to the Association of Ecotourism in Romania. Local traditional dishes will be served.

After lunch there is opportunity to explore the village or to take a rest on the sun terrace of the guesthouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip 7: Cycling tour around Poiana Brașov

We'll start with a nice and long downhill with only few technical meters, the trail will be wide and paved, through forest till in Cristian village-here we will visit the Fortified Church and after that a 7km asphalted road will lead us in Vulcan – another small village where we can visit the fortified church. Time for picnic lunch in the church's garden! After picnic we can visit the Rasnov Fortress and a cave.

To return in Poiana Brasov we'll follow a different trail - 9km climbing - first along an oak forest and after that on an asphalted road!

 

Good to know:

  • The tour will be about 30 km long with about 450m positive vertical climb;
  • Don’t forget to bring your cycling gear;
  • We will provide good cross-country hard tail bikes;

 

 

Trip 8: Bird watching in the Delta of the Carpathians

You might be surprised to know that even if you are hundreds of kilometres away from the Danube and with the lofty peaks of the Transylvanian Alps on the horizon, you can expect to see a great variety of birds, and especially water birds, some of them characteristic for the Danube Delta. With no little than 200 bird species spotted in the area, the complex of fishing ponds from Dumbrăvița was designated as a local nature reserve at the beginning of the 90s, now being an important Ramsar and Natura 2000 Site. In the autumn most probably you will be able to watch Divers, Grebes, Cormorants, Geese, Ducks, Waders, Gulls, and Terns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip 9: Ecotourism and ski infrastructure

Starting right from the hotel, we will hike all the way up to the Postăvaru Peak, about 800m positive altitude climb. We will have the chance to see the impact of alpine ski development over the mountain landscape, while part of Postăvaru Massif is also a Natura 2000 protected site. Lunch will be served at Postăvaru Hut, while we’ll enjoy breath-taking views. In the afternoon we will identify the ecotourism activities suitable for this area.

 

Recommended hiking gear:

  • Hiking boots;
  • Clothes for cold or wet weather (it is possible to have snow in October, but at the same time it can be nice and warm weather);
  • Waterproof daypack (25 - 35 l).