Transylvania walking and nature holiday in Romania

“Transylvania's glorious landscape was meant for exploring on foot and this hiking holiday combines miles of uninterrupted nature with comfortable guesthouse accommodation.”

Highlights

Carpathian Mountains | Vargyas Gorge | Harghita Mountains | The King's Stone | Piatra Craiului Mountain | Southern Carpathians | Rika | Attila the Hun's forest | Black Mountains | Csik Basin | Uzonka Furdo mineral water spa

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
The train from Bucharest to Brasov takes in some exceptional scenery.
Trip type:
Small group, 4-14 people.
Activity level:
Leisurely/Moderate - some challenging climbs.
Accomm:
6 nights comfortable guesthouse.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available.
Meals:
6 breakfasts, 6 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, transport to start points, most meals.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Transylvania walking and nature holiday in Romania

Environment

We preserve values still largely unaffected by modern consumer society. Our region has remained under the spell of a centuries old harmony between the human community and nature itself. We are convinced that this is not merely one last remnant of a long forgotten world, but rather a sustainable model for a viable future. We focus on inherited values which we combine with the amenities of modern bathrooms and ecological heating systems. Human aspects and the respect of nature are always put in front of everything else.

All accommodations have been caringly restored and furnished with authentic antiques and textiles from the region. Our philosophy of restoring is characterised by utter respect for the textures and atmospheres of ancient buildings. The way we restore derelict houses is barely noticeable, rather would it seem that the buildings have aged gently and gradually without recent renovation.

We try to source and produce locally as much food as possible for our guests. Every location has its own vegetable garden and orchard. Milk, yoghurt and cheeses come from the village’s cows and sheep, and the honey from local bee-hives. All jams and preserves are prepared in our kitchens. The three-course meals with wine are prepared as of old by the cooks who have been passing down the recipes for generations. We also cater for vegetarians or special dietary requests.

Community

The entire staff are as local as ourselves (the host’s family has been documented here since 1252 AD), as we believe it would make little sense to import expatriates into the ancient communities our very aim is to preserve. We therefore might be a little less professional, yet perhaps all the more passionate about what we do.

Our Transylvanian walking & nature holiday provides employment for 6 families. Meals are prepared on site by local staff. Most of the food we serve is traditionally produced in the village and its surroundings. All our employees are local. We purchase most goods locally, even traditional building materials like handmade tiles, bricks and lime. Taxes are paid locally.

Our taxes help the local council to develop the village. Profit generated is re-invested directly in the restoration of our cultural heritage. Thus the entire village largely benefits from our undertaking.

We aim at restoring and preserving the historic architectural harmony of our village and its environment. The guest houses are part of the village and our guests become neighbours to the villagers for the length of their stay. We show our guests nature still in its unspoiled way. We monitor wildlife around the village and make the villagers understand why it is so important to preserve it. We promote sustainable tourism also by limiting the amount of rooms available.

Reviews of Transylvania walking and nature holiday in Romania

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most knowledgeable guide I have ever had the privilege to meet, the stunning natural beauty, and the complete detachment from my day to day city life.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do your research and make it clear in advance if there are any specific things you would like to see. It's not a 5 star hotel, but a quirky, charming and hospitable place. If you have any specific expectations with food or accommodation discuss it with the staff prior to booking.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I felt that the guest houses/estates excell in sympathetically bringing visitors to the area, and environmental/cultural education and conservation are a priority.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent, and exactly what I was hoping for & I hope to return.

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


For me I think the highlight was visting Bran castle, a must for anyone who goes to Transylvania as it was the inspiration for Dracula's castle in the Bram Stoker novel. It was a beautiful building in a wonderful location - and not the least bit scary (which I'm not sure was a pleasant surprise or a diappointment!) Fantastic location and scenery.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To definetly contact the Transylvania Tourist Board. They were indespensible in helping me organise my transport from Bucharest to Mikslovar. Giving me details and booking tickets. office@transilvaniatourism.ro

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I'd like to think it helped the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was wonderful. I was able to explore the scenery, the history and even meet some of the local people. The small number of people made the tours feel much more personal and the staff were warm and friendly.

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were several very memorable aspects to my holidays. The walks/hikes and scenery in Romania was absolutely fantastic. I have never seen anything like it before.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with an open mind. Make sure you book what you want - if you want culture book culture, if you want nature/treks, then make sure you book nature/treks - make it very clear.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, local people worked at the estate and did all of the food and tours. So absolutely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


My holiday was very good. The accommodation was average but still nice and clean. The food was really good and I was never hungry. There was plenty of wine on an evening and I spent virtually nothing.

The scenery was stunning and the wild life even more stunning.

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing so much wildlife - we saw loads of different woodpeckers, a shrike, a muskrat, wild boar, bear tracks (and bear poo), bats and a great many flowers and plants.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Learn a bit of Hungarian before you go (lonely planet phrase book was good). Get the train from Bucharest to Brasov as this was a fun experience - slow enough to get a good feel for the landscape . Wizzair was much better for service and reliability than Blueair if flying from the UK. The food for vegetarians was good.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes as the guesthouses employ many local people pretty much all year round. All staff live locally. Measures like the efficient woodburning boiler and solar water heater minimised impact on the environment. The business raised awareness of local culture and wildlife.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This holiday was fabulous - it was extremely relaxing being so far from civilisation. It was possible to walk all day and see hardly anybody. The food was excellent (huge quantities) and so was the local wine, beer and brandy (also plentiful!) Staff were all very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed all the animals - seeing the cows return to the village, rides on the horse and cart and the rare breed chickens.

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