Romania family holiday

Description of Romania family holiday

This is a beautifully balanced Romania holiday program that combines nature, local heritage and iconic sights.

Activities including hiking through gorges, visiting local villages, cycling through pristine countryside and canoeing through idyllic Romanian landscapes.

This programme is available for adults or families with children 10-18 years. For families looking for active holidays for teenagers this is a great choice.

Highlights include visiting Zarnesti Bear Sanctuary, Count Draculas Bran Castle, Peles palace and Viscri village; commonly frequented by Prince Charles.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Once you’ve landed at Bucharest airport: you can relax. We’ll take of it from here! You will be in the safe hands of our team who will meet and greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. We would recommend staying in the 4**** star Novotel or 5***** star Athenee palace. Both hotels are – tried, tested & loved and both are in prime location in city centre. Our guide will let you know all the basic information about the week ahead and also will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Day 2:After your big hearty breakfast your Romania active holiday trult begins. You’ll have a guided tour to get to know Bucharest and see its prestigious sights like the peoples Palace building which was once the 2nd biggest Palace in the world. In the afternoon you will be taken to Brasov. It is a 3 hours drive with stops enroute to visit the resort of Sinaia, Prahov vineyard and other magnificent sceneries. Once you are in Brasov, check in at your charming 4 star hotel in the old town - your Transylvanian adventure starts here…
Day 3:Today your family activity holiday in Romania goes to the next level. We will start by exploring a beautiful canyon running 4 km, surrounded by 100m - 200m high walls. We’ll walk through the pretty village Zarnesti to the gorge. The road will take us to the “Liberty” sanctuary which is home to 71 brown bears and 1 black Asian bear. It is the perfect opportunity to see one of the best Brown bear reservations where many of the bears who were held in captivity now found a great home at the feet of the Carpathian Mountains near Brasov. Once we’ve seen diversity and beauty of the wildness we’ll dine like locals. Our lunch will be served in a local traditional guesthouse in either Magura or Pestera village. The next highlight of the day is visiting the famous attraction: the magnificent Bran Castle. It’s a long story which links Bran castle with Dracula the Vampire, and the castle fits the stereotypes of popular culture; its position, surroundings and intriguing endless stairs. Some of the scenes from the famous movie “Interview with the Vampire” were filmed here and that is one of the details which contribute to its fame. Another one is the fact that Vlad the Impaler also known as Dracula, lived here. The legend says that the vampire still wanders around the castle and you know what: they sure know how to tell a story. But don’t worry, you’ll be in safe hands; we will bring you back home safely with nothing but great stories to tell how you visited Count Dracula’s home and he was a great host!
Day 4:Prince Charles also recognized the potential and beauty of Transylvania and became one of the biggest promoters after his first visit in 1998. He was just one of the many who fell in love with Romanian history, heritage and culture and still visits the 200 year old Guest house in Viscri, now property of the Prince of Wales. We are taking you to that village to experience a horse carriage ride through pristine countryside. You’ll also be able to see cottage industries such as the local brick maker or black smith. Local housewives will serve a delicious meal after which we continue to Ohaba to see the water mill from 1873. The owner is a great host and will be happy to tell you stories of his rich and long 4th generation family heritage. The real family adventure today starts on the Olt River, our next stop. Romania active holidays don't get any better than this with 20 miles of canoeing surrounded with marvellous scenery as we canoe through the villages Augustin and Raco. Bring your waterproof camera as there are some moments in life, for sure, you want to have proof of.
Day 5:Highlights of this adventure day in Transylvania will include: hiking to the gorgeous Bucegi Mountain, seeing the Bolboci lake and visiting Transylvanian beauty - Peles Palace. You’ll be amazed by the view from the top of the Bucegi and you will also see the Sphinx and Old Woman (Babele), breath-taking creations of nature. From here we hike to the beautiful Bolboci lake also named “The Sea from Bucegi”. All together: lush woodland, picturesque landscapes and massive mountains surrounding the water are creating an amazing natural experience. Now we will be spoilt with local homemade specialties, todays lunch will be served at Bolboci cottage. Afternoon is reserved for visiting Peles Palace which is one of the most important historical buildings in Romania.
Day 6:Today you’ll have chance to explore pristine countryside by bike. But first, we’ll take you to Mount Tampa at 960m above sea level. You will be in the middle of a nature reserve home to over 450 species of superior category plants. Fascinating facts about nature never stop to surprise us. Our lunch for this day will be served in one of the local restaurants and you’ll have the chance to enjoy live music and folk dancers throughout. After a fun lunch you will be taken to Poiana Brasov from where we’ll cycle our way back along the springs through beautiful and untouched nature.
Day 7:Your active family holiday in Romania is sadly drawing towards the end and today we are hitting the road back to Bucharest. On our way we’ll make stop for another delicious meal. In Bucharest you are again staying in the same hotel as on the arrival night. Seize the day (and night) for exploring the lovely old town and making your final memories in Romania.
Day 8:On your last morning you can relax, have a swim or buy a souvenir for your family and friends. Our driver will pick you up at an agreed time and transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Do not forget: we don’t travel to escape life; we travel so life will not escape us! We are sure you will be bringing nothing but great memories back home! Our active Romania holidays are designed for families, teenagers and adults who all share the same desire to experience the real beauty of Romania.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout April - October
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Responsible tourism: Romania family holiday

Environment

We work alongside the Mihai Eminescu Trust which is responsible for local agro and eco tourism in the area. As a result our impact on the environment is at the bear minimum with many of our activities working with nature - hiking, cycling, canoeing. Our groups are also small helping keep tourism at a sustainable and responsible level. The trust is active in many ways within the local community including restoration of numerous heritage and Unesco sites and properties and introducing agro and eco tourism to local communities. Local cottage industries are highly encouraged and wherever possible protected. All our guests understand the importance of protecting the natural environment and we always provide useful tips and guidance on our holiday info packs. We also actively work with the local community to support environmental protection. This includes tree planting with local schools as well as fund raising for the Zarnesti bear sanctuary which cares for over 68 brown bears who were raised in captivity and often abused.

Community

By working alongside the trust we work in partnership with the local communities. Our guests get to visit the local cottage industries such as the black smith and brick maker in Viscri and weaver and charcoal makers in Malancrav. We also work with locals to transport our guests by traditional horse drawn carts. It gives our guests a chance to experience real rural life as well as providing responsible tourism to the community. Some of the local cottage industries are on the brink of extinction as the younger generations are drawn to the lights of the city but by involving the families it is helping maintain the curiosity and interest of the young and we are sesing positive signs of sons and daughters taking on their parents mantels and becoming 4th or 5th generation experts. In Viscri village the local Black Smith is a great example of this and him and his family are supportive of the alternative trade our responsible tourism brings to the area. We are also helping local communities where possible we always arrange lunches at local residents homes so our guests can experience real Romanian food and hospitality. Many also have cosy guest houses which we also are in partnership with.

Reviews of Romania family holiday

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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 17 Aug 2016 by

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


Gosh, where to start! The scenery and the architecture of the Transylvanian Alps was stunning. Very unspoilt with a huge diversity of plant and insect life. I was very interested in the agriculture, two of our guides grew up on farms and were happy to explain the methods used and acted as interpreters for me when I had some questions for a shepherd we met in the mountains. My son loved the cycling, there are some very good cycle paths which were quite challenging but not impossible. My husband loved the recent political history which all of our giudes were happy to talk about.

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


Do not go on the Ttransfagarasan road on a Sunday - it is very busy. Also the guides are very fit, so do some training before you go on holiday. If I have a chance to go again I would include some swmming for the children. there are thermal baths between Curtea de Arges and Cozia Monasteries or salt lakes outside Sibiu.

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


I do think that we benefited local people as we visited and stayed in small villages bringing economic benefits to the local villagers.

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


The Romanian people were very friendly and happy to help. Romania was not at all as I expected. It was very well organised, but it felt relaxed.

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