Transalpina - 3 days on the jewel of Romania

Transalpina - 3 days on the jewel of Romania

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Are you ready to venture on one of Romania's most scenic and exciting roads? The Transalpina, also known as the "King's Road", invites you on a three-day journey of discovery, where nature blends harmoniously with history and authentic Romanian gastronomy. This tour will take you through the heart of the mountains, revealing unforgettable landscapes, vibrant local traditions and culinary delights that will spoil your taste buds.

 

**Day 1**: The adventure begins in Sebeș, climbing to the heights of Pas Urdele, the highest point of our route, where you will be greeted by breathtaking panoramic views. As the sun shines in the blue sky, you'll stop to sample local specialities at mountain huts, where the authentic taste of the mountains meets warm Romanian hospitality.

 

**Day 2**: You will head to Rânca, a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. Here, culture and history intertwine, giving you the opportunity to visit the Trovantilor Museum at Costești, a window into Romania's fascinating geological past. The day ends with a starlit dinner, where you'll have the chance to enjoy traditional dishes in a rustic setting.

 

**Day 3**: The last day is dedicated to exploration and relaxation, with an early morning walk around the surroundings, followed by a lunch combining the finest tastes of Romanian cuisine. As the journey draws to a close, you'll have time to reflect on the beauty and tranquillity the Transalpina has given you, promising yourself you'll return.

 

**Travel style**: This tour is designed for travellers who want to combine adventure and relaxation with a strong cultural and gastronomic touch. It is perfect for those who are looking for an authentic experience, wanting to discover Romanian history and culinary delicacies in an impressive natural setting.

 

**Difficulty level**: Easy to moderate, accessible to most travellers, regardless of hiking or travelling experience.

 

**Estimated budget**: With a budget of around €100 per day per person, this tour offers a complete experience, covering comfortable accommodation, transport, delicious meals and cultural activities, all without compromising quality or authenticity.

 

**Major attractions**: Urdele Pass, Oașa Lake, Oașa Monastery, Rânca, and the Trovantilor Museum are just some of the treasures you will discover, each with its unique story and landscapes that will fascinate you at every step.

 

Embrace the call of the Transalpine and get ready for an adventure that will enrich your soul, open your mind and satisfy your desire to explore. Between nature, culture and gastronomy, you'll find the essence of Romania's true beauty on a tour that promises to be an unforgettable experience.

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Visiting suggestions for the main cultural and historical attractions
Daily activity descriptions
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Tips for navigating the city by public transport
Tips for tasting traditional Romanian dishes
Leisure options including parks, museums and shopping areas
Details about the history and local culture of Transalpina
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airline tickets
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miscellaneous reservations
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Travel Styles

Nature & Adventure
Independent
Special Interest

Budget

200 - 299 euro
300 - 399 euro
400 - 499 euro

Trip duration

Short (3 - 5 days)

Season

Spring
Summer
Autumn

Group type

Families with children's
Couples
Solo
Friends
Seniors

Topic

Cultural
Gastronomy
Adventure

Exploring type

Walk
Mandatory to go by car
Itinerary

Morning: Start your adventure from Sebeș, climbing to the highest point of the Transalpine, the Urdele Pass (2145 m), where you can admire the breathtaking panorama. A stop at the "Vârfurile Transalpinei" for a few photos is a must.
Lunch: Stop at a traditional hut to sample local specialities, such as bulzul ciobănesc or pastrama de ovem, accompanied by a glass of afinată.
Afternoon: Explore Lake Oașa and Oașa Monastery, places of tranquil beauty, perfect for reflection and relaxation.
Holiday: Look for a guesthouse near Rânca, where prices are around 30-40 euros per night. Many offer scenic views of the mountains and are located close to points of interest.

Morning: After a tasty breakfast of local produce, head to Rânca, an ideal place for easy hikes and spectacular photos.
Lunch: Try a traditional lunch at one of the local guesthouses, where you can try oven-baked pies or mushroom stew.
Afternoon: Visit the Museum of the Troubadours at Costești, a unique place where nature and history blend harmoniously.
Evening: Relax at the guesthouse, with a traditional Romanian dinner, perhaps a barbecue with grilled vegetables.

Morning: Explore the surroundings, with an early morning walk to breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Lunch: Enjoy your last lunch in the area with local specialities, perhaps a fried fish with mămăliguță and garlic mujdei.
Afternoon: Start your journey back home, stopping along the way at sights you didn't visit on your first day.

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FAQs

3 days, ideal for a long weekend or a short getaway.

The tour includes scenic mountain regions of Romania, such as Sebeș, Pasul Urdele, Lake Oașa, Oașa Monastery, Rânca and Costești, covering the counties of Alba, Sibiu, Vâlcea and Gorj.

This tour is recommended for lovers of adventure and relaxation, with a strong cultural and gastronomic component. It is ideal for those who want to discover Romania's history and gastronomy in an impressive natural setting.

Mild to moderate. Most activities involve relaxed walks and sightseeing, accessible to most travellers.

Approximately €100/day/person, covering accommodation, transport, food and activities. This budget may vary depending on accommodation preferences and individual expenses.

Most convenient is transportation by car, either personal or rented, for flexibility and easy access to all points of interest along the route.

They range from traditional guesthouses and cottages to cosy Airbnbs. Prices for a night's accommodation range from €30 to €40, offering budget options for travellers.

The tour offers a chance to taste traditional Romanian dishes such as bulzul ciobănesc, sheep pastrami, sarmale in cabbage leaves, pies baked on the hearth, mushroom stew, fried fish with mămăliguță and garlic sauce.

It includes the Urdele Pass, Lake Oașa, Oașa Monastery, the resort of Rânca and the Museum of the Troubadours at Costești, offering a combination of breathtaking natural scenery, cultural sights and opportunities for relaxation.

Respect nature and don't leave litter in the areas you visit.
In rural areas and at traditional guesthouses, it is appreciated to greet owners and staff with a simple "Hello" or "Good evening".
In restaurants, it is customary to leave a tip of 10% of the bill if you are satisfied with the service.
Be prepared for variable weather conditions; even in summer, temperatures can drop considerably at altitude.

English is widely spoken among young people and in tourist areas. Basic knowledge of French can also be useful.

For EU citizens and those from many other countries, no visa is required to enter Romania.

There are no specific health risks or mandatory vaccinations for visitors to most countries, but it is recommended that you check the latest travel advice from your country.

No special vaccinations are required, but check standard travel recommendations.

There are numerous online reviews on platforms such as TripAdvisor, Google Reviews and Lonely Planet.

This itinerary is self-guided. For guided tours, you can check reputable local operators on review sites.

As a self-guided tour, you have the flexibility to tailor it to your liking, choosing which attractions to visit and when.

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