The proposed 4 x 4 trips
are made for the large public.
This means they are NOT extreme trips or special challenge trips. The
idea of both trips is to give the large public the possibility to travel
comfortably in remote regions in the mountains where a normal car can't come.
Romania's surface consist mainly of mountains and hills (over 60%) This is
a very large area and in many regions, access roads are forestry tracks
or dirt roads. In perfect dry conditions, some parts can be done with a normal
car, but mostly not. Therefore these trips. We certainly don't take any risks
and avoid any situation where only skilled off-road drivers can drive through. Further
we fully respect the nature and try to avoid any damage during the
We provide an English speaking guide who joins the
group from the beginning till the end of the trip.
first trip especially is more
than only driving. You travel through Transylvania and visit a few beautiful
medieval towns, visit a lot of tourist attractions, and you make some short walks.
second trip takes place only in the Apuseni mountains and the accent
is more on nature and remote places. Also here you visit several tourist
The guide explains where to drive and takes care of the
practical things such as accommodation and meals. By larger groups, the
first and last car will be in radio contact.
The cars have to be rented from a private company. This is
at the clients own responsibility. The cars are full casco insured but
there is also a franchise (warranty) that you have to pay when you rent the car.
This franchise is used for small damages.
Technical problems are the responsibility of the renting company. The
cars are of recent make and so far we didn't have any serious problems on the road
The accommodation is provided in double rooms with
can watch a short video clip by clicking the link:
1: starting and ending in Bucharest
The car company
brings the cars to the airport. There you sign the contracts, pay and
take the car in reception.
Day 1: The first day you drive till the little
town Sinaia at the foot of the Bucegi mountain range where you stay for the night in hotel rooms in Hotel
Caraiman. Distance 115km.
You drive to Predeal and cross
the mountains to the village Risnov where you visit the medieval
fortress. After that you move to Bran where you visit the medieval
castle. Then follows the exiting off road trip through the mountains to
the south of the Piatra Craiului ridge. You come along the villages
Sirnea, Pestera and Magura. You stay overnight in the village Moieciu de
Sus below the Bucegi mountains. Distance: 120 km of which 40km off-road.
to the south of
You travel to the best preserved
medieval town of the country: Sighisoara. The trip brings you in the heart of Saxonland.
In the middle ages, the people protected their villages by building a
fortification around the church. These fortifications were often very impressive with
bastions, watch- and defense towers and high walls. Inside these
fortifications they had provision rooms and at some places even
apartments for the whole village. You drive off-road on country roads and
gravel roads. You visit the churches of Viscri (Deutschweiskirch) and
Apold (Trappold) and come along many more. In the late afternoon you
arrive in Sighisoara where you can visit the town. You stay in hotel
rooms in Sighisoara. Distance:
185 km of which about 110 on dirt and country roads.
the Saxon villages
Trip to the Aries valley in the heart
of the Apuseni Mountains. You leave Sighisoara and drive to the small
village Ramet where the off-road trips starts through the Trascau
Mountains. There is a lovely monastery in Ramet where the nuns
make beautiful hand-woven carpets. The monastery is located at the
entrance of the Ramet canyon. After the visit it goes through the Trascau Mountains
over the village Mogos to the Aries Valley. You stay overnight in the
village Albac along the Aries River. Distance: 220km of which 60 km
Trip through the Bihor Mountains. A
real off-road day. You leave Albac and visit first the Ice cave of
Scarisoara. The cave lies at 1000m altitude. After that you drive to the
nature park Padis. You come along the Calineasa Meadow and go over the
1600m high mountain pass between the Carligata and Bohodei peaks. You
stay in the resort Stina de Vale in hotel Iadolina for the night.
Distance: 120km of which 100km off-road
Padis nature park
Trip to the Gilau Mountains. You leave
Stina de Vale and drive to the village Rachitele where you visit the
wedding veil waterfall. After that it goes off-road to the village
Balcesti to the north of Lake Fintinele. Then via Risca to Rusesti,
still off road, and from Marisel to Maguri and further to Valea Ierii,
completely off road through the beautiful Gilau Mountains. You'll meet
shepherds and see summer villages at the higher alms where people stay
from half May till end September with their animals. You stay in Valea
Ierii for the night in a beautiful lodge. Distance: 220km of which 90km off-road.
veil" waterfall in Rachitele
Trip to the Turda Canyon and off-road
through the northern part of the Apuseni Mountains. It goes further via
the village Rimetea to Aiud and further to the medieval town Sibiu where you stay
near the town for the night. Sibiu was the largest of the Saxon towns and had an
impressive fortification system with up to 7 ring walls. Sibiu is Cultural capital of Europe in
2007! Distance 17km of which 30km off-road.
Trip over the 2000m high Fagaras ridge and further to Bucharest where the trip ends. You cross
the Fagaras Mountain ridge at 2000m near the alpine lake Bilea. Distance:
accommodation and guiding:
495 Euro, 4 persons: 445 Euro, 5 persons: 425
Euro, 6 persons: 395 Euro, 7 and more: 375 Euro.
This price includes
accommodation in bed and breakfast formula pro person for 7 nights, English speaking guide.
(Nissan Terrano, Mitsubishi Pajero) will cost about 100 Euro/ day, to be split over
the number of occupants. (The guide needs a place in one of the cars.)
Fuel cost: about 150 Euro/car for the trip. (about 1500km, of which 430km
The trip can be customized to your personal wishes.
included a special page about the Apuseni Mountains:
you come with your own car:
2: starting and ending in Cluj Napoca
1: Arrival in Cluj Napoca. Accommodation
in a small charming pension downtown. (Bed and breakfast + lunch packet)
2: Off road trip
to the Turda Canyon (nature reserve), visit and further over the village
Petresti to Hasdate from where again off road to Gilau where you
stay for the night in a small hotel. Full board. Total
distance: 70km, off road: 42km.
Day 3: Trip along the accumulation lakes
Somesu Cald and Tarnita to Rosesti. Off road over the settlements
Lapustesti, Dealu Mare, Risca to Belis. Belis lies at the border of lake
Fintinele at 1000m altitude. It goes further off road from the Fintinele
Meadow to Poiana Horea and Doda Pilii. Accommodation in guestrooms in
distance: 81km, off road: 52km.
4: Trip to the nature
reserve Padis. Visit of the most important monument: the fortress of
Ponor: 3 enormous dolines, connected with underground tunnel-caves.
After that via the Calineasa Meadow to the village Ghetar. Visit of the
famous Ice Cave. Further to the village Girda de Sus where you stay in
guestrooms for two nights in full board.
distance: 74km, all off road.
to the highest peak of the Apuseni mountains, the Biharia (1848m). You
drive along the village Patrahaitesti where there is a famous
woodcarver. After that Groapa Ruginoasa, and enormous erosion (200m deep
and 600m wide) Back to Girda de Sus
distance: 84km, off road: 44km.
through the mountains along summer houses through endless forest and
open meadows. You go over the Steaua pass (1400m) and descend along the
Somesu Rece Valley to Valea Ierii where you
stay for the night. Accommodation in full board.
distance: 89km, off road: 62km.
Cluj Napoca. Distance 22km.
the pension in Valea Ierii
Euro pro person (price pro person in double room)
full board for 5 nights, 1 x bed and breakfast + lunch
340 Euro for the guide for the whole trip (includes accommodation and salary) you
provide a seat for the guide.
with car: 700 Euro + fuel