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      In aid of Fighting Blindness
      and the Diabetes Federation
      of Ireland
      Discover Dracula’s Castle, beautiful Bucharest and the
      Bucegi Mountains – a hidden corner of Europe unchanged
      for 850 years.

      May 25 - 30, 2010
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      Trek Transylvania                                                                                                      Trek
      Trekking days: Four                                                                                                    Dates
      Distance: 70kms
      Grade: Moderate                                                                                               May
                                                                                                                   25 - 30,

      Transylvania is one of Europe’s best kept             Day 2                                             Day 4
      secrets - a region rich in folklore and tradition,    Bucegi Mountains - 8 hours’ trekking              Bran Castle and Sibiu - 5 hours’
      friendliness and warm hospitality, myth,                                                                trekking
      mystery and legend.                                   Rising early we start the day with a cable car
                                                            transfer halfway up the mountain and to the       This morning after a good breakfast we visit
      We will trek 70kms over four days through a           beginning of our trek through alpine meadows      Dracula’s Castle at Bran and then trek in the
      hidden corner of Europe unchanged for 850 years.      and forest to the top of Bucegi plateau. After    Piatra Craiului. After a good day’s trek we
      This challenge takes us into the Bucegi Mountains     lunch, we walk across the plateau before          make our way to our hotel in Sibiu where the
      overlooking Transylvania. The trek provides an        descending back to our hotel. If we are in luck   lovely town centre became a UNESCO world
      ideal chance to visit Count Vlad or Dracula’s         today we might even catch a glimpse of the        heritage site in 2004. Tonight we have dinner in a
      Castle, and experience some of the delights of its    Carpathian bear! Tonight we will enjoy a well-    speciality restaurant in the city centre.
      beautiful capital Bucharest.                          deserved meal and full use of the hotel’s spa
                                                            facilities will restore any weary trekkers.       Day 5
      Your Itinerary                                                                                          Fagaras Mountains - 5 hours’ trekking
                                                            Day 3
      Day 1                                                 Mount Omu 2507m - 8 hours’ trekking               We start the day with a trek to the beautiful
      Sinaia                                                                                                  Balea Glacier Lake at 2,030m in the Fagaras          Day 6
                                                            Today is a long and challenging day with an       Mountains. Today we are able to take things a        Bucharest
      We depart Dublin and arrive at Bucharest’s            early start climbing through lush pastures,       little easier and return early to Sibiu in time to
      Otopeni airport. We are met by our guides and         past waterfalls, to the highest point in these    see a little more of this historic town. Tonight     This morning we leave Sibiu and drive the scenic
      transfer by bus two hours to Sinaia, known as the     mountains, Mount Omu at 2,507m. From the          we enjoy our final celebratory meal to mark the      route to the capital city of Bucharest where
      ‘Pearl of the Carpathian’. We spend the night in a    summit we begin our long descent through          end of our challenge. As well as achieving our       we should have some free time to explore this
      good hotel that will be our base for the next three   the spectacular Gaura Valley, where chamois       own personal challenge, we have raised vital         fascinating city. In the evening we will make our
      nights. Here we have dinner and a full briefing on    mountain deer live. Tonight we have a hearty      funds for Fighting Blindness and the Diabetes        way to the airport in time for our flight home.
      the challenge.                                        traditional Transylvanian supper.                 Federation of Ireland.

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      Your trek experience with us                          This unique adventure includes:
      Fighting Blindness and the Diabetes Federation        •   International flights
      of Ireland will be with you every step of the way
      on your challenge. We provide all the support         •   Internal transfers
      you’ll need to reach your fundraising target, with    •   ACUK rep
      ideas, marketing materials and advice. We also        •   English speaking local guides
      help you reach your training targets with training    •   All meals (except in free time)
      weekends and briefing meetings so you can get         •   All transfers
      to know your fellow adventurers.
                                                            •   Insurance cover
                                                            •   All entrance fees as per the itinerary
      How do I sign up?
                                                            Contact Fighting Blindness for more information:
      We ask you for two things:
                                                            1 Christchurch Hall, High Street, Dublin 8
      1. A registration fee of €300 to secure your          Text: 087 970 0100
         place on the trek. Please send this to us with     Tel: 01 709 3050
         a completed registration form available from       Fax: 01 709 3010
         Fighting Blindness (please see contact details     Email:
         opposite).                                         Registered Charity No CHY 6784
      2. Fighting Blindness and the Diabetes
         Federation of Ireland ask that you raise 
         €3,500 to pay for the cost of the trip (flights,
                                                            THIS ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
         accommodation, food, insurance, medical
         back-up, guides etc) and money to help fund
         our vital research and patient support for
         people with blindness and diabetes.
           Fundraising Deadlines
           January 29 ...........€1,750
           March 26 ..............€1,750

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