Transylvania winter holiday in Romania

“A week of fairytale Transylvania at its most fairytale time – winter. A cultural and Carpathian trip, travelling with a small group through Romania’s most romantic region. ”

Highlights

Bucharest | Sibiu | Sighisoara UNESCO World Heritage Site | Viscri UNESCO World Heritage Site | Libearty Bear Sanctuary | Vulcan | Brasov | Bran ‘Dracula Castle | Piatra Craiului National Park

Description of Transylvania winter holiday in Romania

This week long Transylvania holiday, during the winter months, is all about discovering its ancient cultural heritage during a time when the backdrop of its natural heritage at its most beautiful. A region that is relatively big, and flanked by something even bigger, the Carpathian Mountains, turns into a winter wonderland, making this a wonderful time to discover it.

Starting in Bucharest, the capital of Romania which we spend some time exploring, we then travel north to one of the Saxon citadel towns that Transylvania is so famous for. Sibiu is a stunning city, with lots of pedestrianised areas, and great sites such as the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Bridge of Lies and the Passage of Stairs as well as a plethora of ancient churches to visit.

From here to yet another beautiful citadel town of Sighisoara, also famous for being the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler who inspired Bram Stoker’s novel Vlad Dracula. It is full of gothic gorgeousness in fact, with mysterious alleys, stairways and churches all looking particularly atmospheric as winter nights draw in.

We spend three nights in Brasov on this trip, a city not only worth exploring in its own right, but as a base for getting out into the mountain villages. From here we head out to the Zarnesti Bear Sanctuary which rescues these beautiful mammals from abuse and neglect, often from the country’s sad tradition of dancing bears. A more joyful mountain tradition of fine home cooked winter food is how we say farewell to this fascinating region of Romania, with a trip up into snow covered Piatra Craiului National Park where we are hosted for some fine fare in the village of Magura where traditional horse and cart style farming still thrives. A land of storybooks and folklore, traditions are still strong in Transylvania, a region that is enveloped in beauty and where and tourism is still gloriously responsible.

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Accommodation and Meals:
We stay in a series of warm and comfortable hotels, all en suite. The first part of the trip we change hotels each night, whilst the second part of the trip we’re based out of the mediaeval town of Brasov. The majority of meals are included on this trip and they comprise of fresh, local produce and Romanian and Transylvanian specialties like smoked meats, cabbage dishes and vegetable soups. There are several opportunities to enjoy typical meals with local people on this trip, including lunch with traditional music at a farm in Viscri and dinner at a local guesthouse in the mountain village of Magura. These are good opportunities to support the community through local businesses.

Local Craft and Culture:
In Bucharest, cultural highlights include visiting the massive People’s Palace and enjoying some traditional food. As we journey onto the walled citadel of Sibiu, we explore the town’s churches, squares, medieval walls, towers and bastions. Other highlights include Bran Castle, which was home to Vlad the Impaler in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Through these visits, we hope to contribute to the local economy by paying for guides and entrance fees. There will be several chances to buy local handicrafts and regional produce on the tour, but one of our clients’ favourite places to do so is at the vineyard estate on the way to Sighisoara and the Brasov and Sibiu Christmas markets.

Association for Ecotourism in Romania:
Our local tour operators are founding members of the Association for Ecotourism in Romania (AER) and hold positions on the Director’s Board. The Association is involved in promotion and marketing of sustainable tourism activity and accreditation of ecotourism tours and green accommodation. In a place where ecotourism is still in its infancy, this group is significant in raising public awareness of responsible ways to travel and this is reflected in the
nature of this trip.

Conservation:
In the Carpathian Mountains above the Transylvanian town of Zarnesti, we visit Libearty Bear Sanctuary. This is Europe’s largest bear sanctuary and is set in 70 hectares of oak and hazel forests. The sanctuary is home to nearly 100 bears which have been rescued from captivity, having suffered as dancing bears or in circuses. By visiting, we are supporting the work goes on here with monitoring, maintenance and providing educational facilities for school groups to learn about animal welfare.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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