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Our coverage of eastern Europe currently includes Hungary, Romania and the Tatras mountains on the Slovakia/Poland border. An area relatively unexplored until recently, eastern Europe has friendly people, a fascinating rural economy, the Tatras and Carpathian mountains, and challenging languages.
Curiously, Hungary is not entirely flat, but has hills and uplands where you can explore a land untouched by the modern world, with delightful friendly people to welcome you. If your aim is to go much higher, then the Tatras mountains offer huge potential for both day and multi-day walks into high mountain areas.
Easily accessible from the UK, this may become a welcome alternative to some of the busier areas of the Alps. Finally, imagine the Cuillin ridge on Skye, and then make that a seven-day expedition, taking in six peaks over 2500m high. That is the essence of the Fagaras Ridge in the Carpathian mountains of Romania. The Mountains of Romania is the only English-language guide to this wonderful mountain chain for walkers and mountaineers.
(Photo by James Roberts from 'The Mountains of Romania')
Guided / Self guided trips:
www.specialtours.hu/index.html (Active holidays in Hungary)
www.mountainparadise.co.uk (Slovakian and Tatra Mountain range holidays)
www.topbicycle.com (Cycle-touring holidays, Passau to Vienna & Vienna to Budapest)