Shamans’ Trace

Travel Details

Ageless fun
Level: high
Travel time: 8 days
Confort: BB, 5***** hotel, tent
Price: 580 EUR/p (> 6 p)
Self-guided not available.
Flight: exclusive
Group size: 6 - 16 people
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Would you like to understand the ancient knowledge of the Shamans? During the trip we’ll take time to follow the Shamans’ trace, here on the land of legends and discover how the unseen energies flow through our bodies and spirits. This trip is one of those journeys that takes you to places where the average tourist can never get to.

This trip is also available for individual travelers.

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Special features:

Available: 15th April – 30th October
Duration of trip: 8 days
Activity level: High
Group size: min 6 – max 16 people
Keywords: active tourism, Shaman-Drum ritual with locals, ancient times, Middle Age, hiking, nature, legend, mysteries, inspiring trip

During this trip you will experience the special energies of the Carpathians in the legendary Transylvania and will gain a special knowledge about the exciting history of this part of the world. You will come across the spiritual heritage of the Transylvanian Shamans, the special fortresses, ancient Solar Temples and ruins of Dacians, the birthplace of Saint Germain, the Chair of God, just to mention a few.

Sightseeing in the cities of Sibiu and Targu Mures will enrich your experience.

Each night you will stay in cozy local quest houses and tents on top of the Chair of God. Tasting traditional food in different local restaurants you will become acquainted with the Transylvanian cuisine.

Daily Schedule:

Day 1: The “Tall Castle of Deva”

The first day we travel back in time. We will visit a region which was populated for more than 7000 years. It is the glorious Castle of Deva that is situated on top of a volcanic hill. The first fortress on this Castle hill was built probably in the ancient times. Later in the early Middle Age the Hungarian monarchs built the “Tall Castle of Deva”. It was in use between the 13th and 19th century when the Austrians detonated the castle.  From then the fortress of Deva has been in ruins. The hill is a natural reservation covered by rich vegetation and its rocks are the home of the venomous nose-horned viper. We can take a look at the Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilization in the Magna Curia located at the foot of the hill. After this day the modern but authentic 5***** accommodation will ease us to get back in the present time.

Day 2: Ancient solar Temples in the Carpathian Mountains

In the second day of the tour we go back more than 2000 years in time. Sarmizegetusa Regia was the most important military, political and religious centre of Dacians. The three meters thick walls of the fortress, the artificial terraces, paved roads and drains built by advanced Dacian technology amazes people of the present day. The most stunning place of the fortress is the sacred area that includes sanctuaries, a circular solar temple and a sundial. Do not forget to bring empty bottles, because here you can fill them with high quality, pure spring water passing along a silver vein. Zamoxis, the Supreme God of the Dacians might have also drunk this water?

Day 3: Mysterious area: White Faces Fortress

Today we will visit the White Faces Fortress, the residence of priestesses. We are going to hike through the forest, where the paths mysteriously show the events of the past. According to the legends those who do not have the right faith won’t be able to go through the forest to see the sacred area. Will you face the challenge? This walk is a nice spiritual exercise for everyone. Based on what you have seen about the remains of the Dacian civilization it will become obvious that their level of living and spirituality were similar to that of the Maya’s or Egyption’s.

Day 4: Sibiu (Hermannstadt) – Sightseeing

Let’s go back to the medieval period! Today we will visit Sibiu, one of the main cultural and commercial centres of the Transylvanian Saxons. The culture and the history of Sibiu are as rich as its sights: fortresses, castles, churches, museums and monumental buildings take the tourists back in time. The town presents itself as a true cultural and touristic capital of Transylvania, appealing to the tourists due to its medieval charm, its local gastronomy and traditions and the breathtaking surroundings. After spending 3 days in the dead ruined cities, let us enjoy the pulse of this lively city.

Day 5: The birthplace of Saint Germain

After two days of city tour, we are going to visit a very special ruin: the birthplace of the great alchemist and legendary spiritual master of the ancient wisdom, Saint Germain. He was born as the son of Ferenc Rakoczi II, the Prince of Transylvania and was known as Master Rakoczi (alias Rakoczi Lipot Lajos Gyorgy Jozsef Antal). “A man who knows everything and who never dies”, Voltaire said about him. The Gurghiu castle was built on top of a 500 m high volcanic hill, and served as favourite residence of the principles of Transylvania. The old castle is nowadays an exciting ruin, with many underground tunnels. At the foot of the hill the Bornemissza Castle and arboretum – built at the end of the 18th century – are still in authentic shape and will be completely restored with EU funding.

Day 6: The Chair of God

Taking the spiritual heritage of our ancestors with us, let’s get out to the nature, to see high mountains and endless green forests! We climb on the Chair of God that is at 1381 meters above sea-level. The high andesite rocks rise vertically from a ravine of terrible depth, and if you have the courage to look down, you truly feel like a God, sitting above the wide world. You will understand why this mountain peak was chosen by Transylvanian Shamans for rituals. It is a challenging hiking, but when reaching the peak, everybody will feel happy and relaxed not remembering the exhausting journey. In this magical place we are going to spend the night in tents. We welcome the sunset at a camp-fire and will listen to Shaman-Drum ritual with locals. It’s worth it to get up before Sunrise, because that glorious view is indescribable.

Day 7: Relaxing day in Targu-Mures

Today is the last day of the tour and we are back to the civilization. The wild camping in nature will be replaced by a comfortable hotel where you can relax or refresh yourself for the tour of the city. Here, we will admire the remarkable Culture Palace that carries the characteristics of the Transylvanian secession architectural style. Its outstanding stained-glass, mirror room, concert hall, historical museum, painting galleries, rich ornaments, all the perfect details witness the wealth and high artistic level of its builders. During a great lunch we can share our good and challenging experiences from the trip. Later everyone can relax and get ready to fly home.

Day 8: Departure day