Hiking Tour in Retezat National Park

Activity level
4/5
Challenge
CULTURE INTERACTION
2/4
Moderate
HISTORY FOCUS
2/4
Moderate
NATURE INTERACTION
4/4
Total
TYPE

Active Tour

LANGUAGE
DURATION

7 days

PRICE

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Summary

Get ready for some of the most scenic hikes in Europe. Our Hiking Tour in Retezat National park is a unique adventure in one of the most spectacular nature areas of Europe. You’ll not only get to hike in one of the last remaining wilderness areas of the continent, but you will also visit castles, medieval monuments, ancient ruins and citadels. It's a journey of discovery and adventure for intrepid travelers.

This hiking tour goes deep into the heart of Retezat, the first national park of Romania, an incredible and breathtaking nature paradise with over 80 glacial lakes, 20 peaks over 2,000 meters and rich biodiversity. It’s a dream destination for hikers and nature enthusiasts, but it’s also a challenge that requires experience, strong will and excellent physical condition.

The ideal itinerary includes two nights camping above 2,000 meters, but we will personalize the final tour depending on your time, resistance and level of comfort. We can always alternate easier hikes with longer ones in the search of the best views from Retezat National Park.

This Hiking Tour in Retezat National Park is available from late May to early October.

This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.

This itinerary is only an example. The final route will be established depending on the size of the group, the experience, physical condition and accommodation preferences of all group members.

Cluj-Napoca airport is the closest to the location of the tour, but we can always transfer you from Bucharest or other cities.


Day 1: Transfer to Retezat National Park

Car transfer from Cluj-Napoca to a village close to Retezat National Park where we spend the rest of the day, resting and discussing the trails for each day.

Driving time: around 3 hours from Cluj-Napoca and 6 hours from Bucharest

Accommodation: local guest house Salasu de Sus or Rau de Mori


Day 2: Hiking in Retezat National Park

We hike early morning from Poiana Pelegii to the largest glacial lake in Romania, Bucura (8.8 hectares) located at an altitude of 2,041 meters. We set the tents and go for another easy hike to nearby glacial lakes like Viorica and Ana.

It will be a great day for taking photos of glacial lakes and a wonderful first experience in Retezat Mountains.

Intensity: easy to medium

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: camping Bucura Lake  


Day 3: Hiking in Retezat National Park

Depending on how you feel, but also on the weather, we can choose from several itineraries, all departing from Bucura Lake, either to Retezat Peak (2,485 meters), to Bucura II Peak or to the third highest peak in Romania, Peleaga (2,509 meters). Each of the trails has high difficulty segments that alternate with more medium level parts. Expect a hike of 8 hours or even more depending on the pace of the group.

Hiking time: from 7 to 8 hours

Intensity: from medium to difficult

Accommodation: camping Bucura Lake  


Day 4: Hiking in Retezat National Park

We’re done camping. We start the day early morning, and we will choose an easier hiking trail to Pietrele Chalet (1,480 meters), a basic mountain hut where we’ll spend the night.

Hiking time: around 6 hours

Intensity: medium

Accommodation: Pietrele Chalet  


Day 5: Hiking in Retezat National Park

We have two options for this last day in Retezat Mountains. We can either do another hike in the morning to see one more amazing glacial lake, overall time of 6-7 hours, and head back to Carnic late afternoon where we’ll find the car waiting for us. The hike to Carnic is easy and takes 2 hours or less. Or we can simply head directly for Carnic in the morning and relax for the rest of the day at the guest house.

Hiking time: from 2 to 8-9 hours (depending on the option)

Intensity: Easy to Medium

Accommodation: guest house in Salasu de Sus


Day 6: Medieval Transylvania

The first cultural da of the tour brings a lot of leisure and some of the top attractions in Romania. The itinerary includes a visit at Corvin Castle, the most impressive castle in Transylvania and the best preserved Gothic monument in this part of Europe, the oldest church in Romania, Densus Church, and a visit at the ruins from the ancient Roman capital Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa.

Driving time: around 3 hours

Accommodation: guest house in Alba Iulia


Day 7: Alba Iulia Citadel

Enjoy a perfect last day with a morning walking tour in Alba Iulia where you’ll explore the most impressive Vauban style citadel in Europe. Its tour will take you from the ancient times of the Roman Empire to medieval battles and the domination of the Habsburg Empire up to the celebration of Romania’s union with Transylvania that happened right here in 1918.

Afternoon drive to Cluj-Napoca or Bucharest.

Driving time: around 2 hours to Cluj-Napoca and 5 hours to Bucharest

Upon request, the accommodation for the last night can also be included in the final price.

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Notes

Activity

Easy: Easy short walks on flat terrain.

Moderate: Up to 5 km walking per day or/and optional cycling routes and easy hikes.

Intense: Up to 10 km walking per day with some inclines or/and optional cycling routes and more demanding hikes

Challenge: Hiking on uneven trails at altitudes above 1,000 meters. Longer optional cycling routes. Requires good health and physical condition.

Ultimate: Full day of hikes and/or demanding cycling tours. Requires excellent health and physical condition.

Culture

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two or three cultural sights included in the tour.

High: Cultural visits everyday of the tour.

Total: All about culture.

History

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two or three historical sights included in the tour.

High: Visits at historical monuments everyday of the tour.

Total: All about history.

Nature

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two hours per day spent in nature.

High: Most activities take place in nature.

Total: All about nature.

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Once You have initiated the booking process You will receive the deposit invoice and the contract that will become valid once we receive the deposit.

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4.1. If the Clients decide to cancel the tour with a prior notice of at least 30 days, they will be refunded the deposit, minus the transfer fees and the costs that could not be recovered from third parties, for instance accommodation and other local services already booked. The Clients will not be reimbursed if they cancel the tour less than 30 days before its start except in cases of major force.

4.2. We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other unplanned events that make it not viable for Us to operate the planned tour. In this case, You can transfer the amount paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund, minus the fees already charged by third parties operator fees that cannot be recovered. We are not responsible for any expenses You may have done in regards to the booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance or non-refundable flights.

4.3. In the case of unforeseen events, except those mentioned at point 4.2, that could determine Us to cancel the tour before its start, the Clients will be fully reimbursed.

5. Price

At any time before a booking is confirmed, Uncover Romania Tours reserves the right to increase or decrease the prices of any of its travel products or/and services. The price of the tour can be modified by Us after signing the contract only in the case of important changes like alterations in the cost of transportation caused by an increase the fuel price, significant changes in the exchange rate of the currency in which the tour is paid or unforeseen increases of local taxes at the destination. The price cannot increase by more than 10% and cannot be modified under any circumstances in the 30 days before the start of the tour.

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The standard tours are the ones presented on www.uncover-romania-tours.com. The final price is the one mentioned on the website. The price includes the costs of accommodation and everyday breakfasts, tour leader services, transportation, including gas and driver, but also planning costs. The price does not include plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, meals except breakfast, entry fees, specialized local guides if necessary.

5.2. Tailor-made Tours Price
By tailor-made tours We understand all tours designed exclusively based on the personal preferences of the Client, according to his/her time availability, interests and budget, and communicated only to the Client. These tailor-made tours are either guided by a professional tour leader representing Uncover Romania Tours or are self-guided.

All tailor-made tours rates depend on the complexity and length of the tour. Besides the costs of the final product, including the costs of accommodation and everyday breakfasts, tour leader services, transportation, gas and driver and excluding plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, meals except breakfast, entry fees, photo or video taxes, specialized local guides if necessary, We charge an extra 10 EUR/hour for preparing tailor-made tours. Additional costs may be charged if We need to evaluate in person remote destinations or prepare adventure tours of high intensity.

6. Rights and Obligations for the Clients

6.1. The Clients can cancel the contract partly or entirely at any time. If the reason for cancelling is attributable to them, they have the obligation to compensate Us for the prejudice caused if the cancellation takes places less than 30 days before the start of the tour. The values of the compensation cannot be more than the total price of the tour.

6.2. The Clients are the only responsible parties in case they do not follow the program of the tour or lose their official ID documents. They are responsible for securing travel and health insurance as well as paying any taxes or fees that may apply to their time in Romania.

6.3. The Clients should notify Us in writing if the present contract was not fulfilled properly maximum 5 days after the end of the tour. We have maximum 30 days to respond, mentioning the compensations that apply and identifying the guilty parties.

6.4. The Clients acknowledge all tours involve a certain amount of personal risk and that it is also their responsibility to acquaint themselves with all relevant travel information and the nature of their itinerary.

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7.1. If during or before the tour, Uncover Romania Tours acknowledges it is not possible to completely respect the travel itinerary, the tour operator must inform the Clients and offer them alternatives or financial compensations if any fees already paid by them were part of the tour not offered.

7.2. Uncover Romania Tours  is obliged to inform the Clients as soon as reasonably possible if there is a major change in the tour itinerary. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary. When a major change is made, the Clients may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a refund of money paid on the land portion of the trip only or accepting an alternative tour offered.

7.3. Uncover Romania Tours  reserves the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of the itinerary.

7.4. Uncover Romania Tours is not responsible for any damages, expenses, losses, or claims which are attributable to the fault of any Client, the unforeseeable or unavoidable act or omission of a third party unconnected with the provision of any travel products and/or services or a force major event.

8. Age and health

Travelers under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by a legal guardian or an escort above 18 years old named by the legal guardian. One legal guardian or escort cannot be responsible for more than two minor travelers. In the case of more challenging adventure tours, You will need to specify whether You suffer from a medical condition which may affect your ability to complete the travel arrangements.

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You must have a valid passport and have obtained the visa by yourself. Citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area or the United States of America do not need a visa to stay in Romania for a period of maximum 90 days. Citizens with simple passports from other 58 countries are exempted from the Romanian visa requirement. Check the 58 countries here

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The travel insurance is compulsory for all our Clients and should be taken out before the departure date. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. The travel insurance is not included in the price of our travel products and/or services. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip or you will not be able to join the trip without it.

11. Validity

The prices advertised on www.uncover-romania-tours.com are based on costs in effect at the time of posting to the website. Uncover Romania reserves the right to alter prices of any travel product and/or services at any time prior to receipt of the first installment. Changes, revisions, or other amendments may be made to the offers from www.uncover-romania-tours.com before a booking is confirmed, and such changes, revisions or amendments shall be incorporated herein as of the date of such amendment

12. Flexibility

The Clients acknowledge that the type of travel products and/or services booked requires considerable flexibility and acknowledges that they will permit reasonable alterations to their booking. The Client acknowledge that the routes, itineraries, types of transportation or schedules may be modified without prior notice due to various circumstances or events, such as sickness or mechanical breakdown, extreme nature phenomena in the location where the product and/or service will be operated, flight cancellations, strikes and other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances which are beyond the control of Uncover Romania.

If We make a major change We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary. When a major change is made you may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a refund of money paid on the land portion of the trip only or accepting an alternative tour offered.

We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control.  In such emergency circumstances the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by You. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itinerary such as visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights.

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All our tours except the self-guided ones are run by a tour leader representing Uncover Romania Tours. The decisions of the tour leader are final on all aspects likely to affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the tour. If the Clients fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or affects the well-being or mobility of the group, the tour leader may ask the Clients to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. The Clients must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and also agree to travel in accordance with responsible tourism guidelines.

14. Acceptance of risk

While we design only tours with a high level of safety, the Client acknowledges all tours involve a certain amount of personal risk and that it is also his or her responsibility to acquaint yourself with all possible relevant travel information and the nature of his or her itinerary.

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Uncover Romania Tours is not responsible for any damages, expenses, losses, or claims which are attributable to the fault of any Client, the unforeseeable or unavoidable act or omission of a third party unconnected with the provision of any travel products and/or services or a force major event.

Uncover Romania Tours is liable to the Clients for any damage caused to them by the failure to perform or the improper performance of the contract unless the failure or the improper performance is due to or arises from factors attributable to the consumer or to any third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for, are unforeseeable or unavoidable; nor shall Uncover Romania Tours be liable for any failure to perform or improper performance of the contract due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control , the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which Uncover Romania Tours, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall.

If any damage arising from the non-performance or improper performance of the services involved in the booked tour, the Clients agree that any compensation payable shall be limited in accordance with the Romanian Law that governs such services. In the case of damage other than personal injury resulting from the non-performance or improper performance of the services involved in the booked tour, the amount payable to the Clients shall be limited to a maximum of the price which the Clients paid for the booked tour, not including insurance premiums and administration charges.

16. Financial protection

We will provide security for the money You paid for the travel products and/or services booked from us and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency, based on our OMNIASIG Insurance Policy number 27171.

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You agree to let Us use images of yourself taken during the trip for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose as long as these images do not offend your dignity. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes. You are entitled to deny the use of these images for this purpose based on the stipulations of the Romanian Law 677/2001.

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If the Clients have a complaint about the tour he or she should inform the tour leader in order that he or she can attempt to rectify the matter. If satisfaction is not reached through these means then any further complaint should be sent in writing to Us within 5 days of the end of the tour.

19. Governing law

The laws of Romania govern these Booking Conditions to the fullest extent allowable. Any disputes in connection with a trip or these Booking Conditions must be initiated in the courts of Romania.

20. Updating of terms and conditions

Uncover Romania Tours reserves the right to update and/or alter these terms and conditions at any time, and it is the Clients' responsibility to be familiar with them. The latest terms and conditions can always be found on www.uncover-romania-tours.com and will supersede any previous versions.

Price

The price depends on the final itinerary that will be personalized together with the clients. 

The price will include accommodation plus breakfast every day, transportation including driver and gas costs, tour guide services, mountain guide services and planning. The price does not include plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, entry fees, meals except breakfast.

Contact us if you’d like to get a price quotation for larger or smaller groups or a shorter/longer version of this tour.

Overview

TOUR STARTS

Cluj-Napoca or Bucharest

TOUR ENDS

Cluj-Napoca or Bucharest

INCLUDED MEALS

Breakfast every day

ACCOMMODATION

Local guest houses/camping

TRANSPORTATION

Car or minivan, hiking

ATTRACTIONS

Nature: Retezat National Park

Cities: Alba Iulia

Landmarks: Corvin Castle, Densus Church, Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, Alba Iulia Citadel

NOTES

Excellent physical condition is a must

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