Romania holiday, Transylvania and its Saxon heritage
Description of Romania holiday, Transylvania and its Saxon heritage
Search for Transylvania's medieval and Saxon heritage on this tailor made holiday in Romania and you'll instantly feel like you're stepping back in time amidst a world of untouched rural landscapes, traditional village inns and ancient craft workshops.
Visit during the spring and you'll find fruit orchards bedecked in blossom, and wild flowers festooned over hills and dales, with scant use of chemical sprays allowing Nature to do her thing as walkers wander wide eyed in wonder.
Saxon heritage in Transylvania forms a fascinating back story to this nine day holiday with traditional villages like Biertan, Malancrav and Copsa Mare offering comfy and clean guesthouses as well as a chance to enjoy a few regional recipes in between visiting old fashioned craft workshops.
Whether you're into walking in the rolling countryside or taking a traditional horse and cart over cobbled lanes, this Romania holiday is designed to meet your wishes with medieval sightseeing in Sibiu and Brasov, and plenty of free time to explore at leisure, all part and parcel of a tailored itinerary.
This holiday in Transylvania can be lengthened or shortened to meet your wishes with a choice of accommodation and starting points - Bucharest, Sibiu or any other airport or train station - opening up a unique experience to really get your fangs into.
1 Reviews of Romania holiday, Transylvania and its Saxon heritage
Reviewed on 19 Jun 2017 by Hazel Bailey
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Every day was a new adventure, with both scheduled and unscheduled visits to beautiful countryside, local arts, crafts and sights and fascinating characters,
all made possible by our amazing guide. There was never a dull moment. For me, speaking in German to Herr Schaas in Richis, and actually meeting
William Blacker (whose book inspired me to visit this beautiful and fascinating country) were the absolute highlights.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared to go off-piste and have experiences of a lifetime: ask for Ben Mehedin as your guide.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Absolutely; we were lucky to have an 'eco-warrior' as our tour guide who knew his stuff, and what he didn't know, he would always find out by getting in touch with one of his many expert contacts. We saw so much interesting wildlife (red backed shrikes, lesser=spotted eagles, yellow=bellied toads). We stayed with local people, ate more locally bred, produced and prepared food than we would normally have in a year, and visited so many people whose skills are being supported and harnessed by initiatives to encourage local sustainability. We particularly loved our overnight stays in traditional houses furnished with traditional and locally made rugs, hangings and textiles.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
One of the best we have ever had. It has made a very deep impression on both of us for many reasons. We will return!
PlanetWe are committed to playing our part through caring for the places and communities that we visit. We will continue to work with our suppliers to deliver a responsible product and quality performance.
We will contribute 5 euros per customer to Conservation Carpathia, a community project in Romania. The company has been instrumental in forming the Ecological Association for Tourism, in Romania. We are aware of the need to safeguard the best environmental practice in Romania including the ancient practice of periodically moving sheepfolds in the mountains. We are also aware of the threat to wildlife - that too many visitors can be a problem - our guides advise travellers how to respect fauna and flora.
PeopleWe are committed to working for a better community for all, in particular in the areas visited by our customers. We are leaders in developing tourism in remote areas of Romania, bringing a source of income through a steady flow of responsible tourists. In particular, we have been leaders in bringing a source of income through tourism to some of the more remote parts of Romania. It is important to balance the impact of visitors with the effect on local communities and we strive to do this in a responsible way.
Good relationships have been established with a range of local supplier ranging from those providing accommodation to artisans making products with historical significance. Working with Responsible Travel we are trying to open up new areas of tourism in Romania by encouraging small groups to visit more remote areas where the income they provide can make a real difference.
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