The Transylvania Experience

Romania · October 24 - 31 2020

A week-long escape to Transylvania, complete with experiencing the simple, rural life, visiting charming towns and spotting brown bears.

Overview

With a mixture of traditional accommodation in local villages and visits to the medieval towns of Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara where you’ll enjoy the comforts of boutique accommodation, you’ll experience the very best that Transylvania has to offer. The trip also includes entry to the impressive castles of Bran and Peles as well as the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti and we can even arrange for you to visit the bear hide and bear tracking excursions as an additional extra. Take a step back in time and get involved with local village activities in Viscri including horse and cart rides, hay-stacking and traditional bread-making along with visits to the blacksmiths, and other local crafts.

Included
  • ALL TRANSFERS
  • ALL ACCOMMODATION
  • 2 nights in Bucharest
  • 2 nights in Brasov
  • 1 night at Inn on Balaban
  • 1 night in Viscri
  • 1 night in Sibiu
  • MEALS
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Visit and entry to Peles Castle
  • Visit and entry to Bran Castle
  • Visit and entry to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary
  • Visit to Sighisoara
  • Visit and entry to the ASTRA Outdoor Folk Museum
  • THE SERVICES OF A BI-LINGUAL GUIDE
  • UNTRAVELLED PATHS EXPERIENCE EBOOKLET

Hosts

Highlights

Visit to Bran Castle

Visit to Bran Castle

Perched up tall and ominous, with narrow corridors and hidden staircases, the Bran Castle certainly fits as home to the legend of Dracula. Steeped in history and legend, there is much to take in.

Medieval saxon towns

Medieval saxon towns

Transylvania is famed for its beautiful, colourful, saxon towns. None more pretty than Sighisoara, the birthplace of "Dracula". With charming cobbled streets and its enchanting old town square.

Rural villages

Rural villages

Romania's famed rural villages are incredibly authentic, as if time forget them. The locals continue to live a slow and simple life like that their ancestors before them. There are plenty of local traditional activities available.

Spotting wild brown bears

Spotting wild brown bears

Travel to a bear hide and patiently wait as the wildlife starts to appear, from wild boar to foxes and of course, the majestic brown bear and all in their natural habitat. Highly recommended and can be added as an optional extra.

Location

Romania

Overview

Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Romania and you’re likely to hear something along the lines of Dracula, vampires and gypsies. Yes, the spooky castles pitched on rocky hilltops are certainly vampire-worthy but the only real fangs you’re likely to be exposed to here are those belonging to the wild bears, wolves and lynx that roam the Carpathian Mountains. Once you place the stereotypes aside for a moment, you’ll soon understand how misunderstood, overlooked and vastly underestimated this country is.

DID YOU KNOW

  • Romania comes from the Latin ‘Romanus’ meaning ‘citizen of the Roman Empire’

  • The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is the second largest building in the world

  • The Carpathian Mountains are home to 60% of Europe’s Brown Bear population

  • Transylvania translates to ‘the land beyond the forest’

The Plan

Day 1: Arrive in Bucharest

Arrival in Bucharest followed by a transfer to your boutique accommodation in the Lipscani district where you will be greeted with a coffee or glass of wine before you head out into the old town to explore and discover the plethora of restaurants and bars.

Day 2: Travel to Brasov via Peles Castle

Morning transfer into Transylvania, stopping for a tour around the divine Peles Castle before checking in to your hotel in Brasov. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the charming medieval Saxon town of Brasov.

Day 3: Free time in Brasov

Day to relax and spend more time in Brasov with optional extra activities such as walking tours or even an opportunity to experience seeing wild bears in a nearby hide.

Day 4: Travel to Inn on Balaban via Bran Castle

Morning transfer to Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle before arriving at Inn on Balaban to enjoy the stunning rural countryside before a traditional Romanian meal in the evening.

Day 5: Journey to Viscri via Libearty Bear Sanctuary

Morning transfer to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti before transferring to the rural village of Viscri where HRH Prince of Wales owns a property. Enjoy a tour and an authentic lunch at a local house before travelling to a neighbouring village to check-in to your traditional Transylvanian guesthouse where you can partake in village activities.

Day 6: Journey to Sibiu via Sighisoara

Travel and visit the medieval citadel of Sighisoara for lunch and a then wander before transferring to the beautiful town of Sibiu and checking-in to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to enjoy the medieval town.

Day 7: Travel back to Bucharest via Transfagarasan*

Morning visit to the outstanding ASTRA Outdoor Folk Museum, which is the biggest in Europe and gives you a fantastic insight into traditional rural Romania from around the country. Transfer on the ‘best road in the world’, the Transfagarasan, up to the peace and quiet of Balea Lake* to enjoy lunch and a wander before travelling back to Bucharest where you’ll check-in to your boutique accommodation in the heart of the Lipscani district.

Please note: Those travelling in the shoulder months (May-June and November) will not be travelling on the Transfagarasan as it is closed. You will travel back to Bucharest via Olt Valley instead.

Day 8: Final day and transfer back to the airport

Transfer to Bucharest airport for return flight.