Transylvania, a region in central Romania, is famed for its Dracula connection. But there’s more to Transylvania than fang-toothed vampires and spooky gothic castles… A visit to this mysterious region is a visit to a bygone time, where rolling green fields are dotted with haystacks, villagers travel by horse and cart, and shepherds roam the countryside to tend their flocks. Transylvania’s medieval towns offer a fascinating insight into the history of the region, and are amongst Europe’s best-preserved. So forget the ghost stories, put aside the stereotypes, and get to know the real Romania with this week-long tour into the rural heart of Transylvania.
You’ll visit some of Transylvania’s best and most iconic locations, including three famous Saxon towns; admire Brasov’s fantastic baroque architecture, wander through the charming cobbled streets of Sibiu, and explore the labyrinthine passageways of Sighisoara’s hilltop citadel. You’ll also visit the legendary Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle, and the impressive Neo-Renaissance Peles Castle. Enjoy some leisurely hiking and biking in the woods, before spending some memorable time staying in local villages and getting involved in traditional activities including hay-stacking, bread-making and shepherding. Over the course of the week, you’ll quench your thirst for history, mystery, culture and nature, and return home refreshed and revived.
This tour focuses on Romanian history, culture, customs and traditions. Through giving travellers the chance to explore lesser-visited regions like Transylvania, Untravelled Paths allows local people and tourists to enjoy a ‘cultural exchange’, learning from each other and enriching each other’s understanding and appreciation. The Transylvania Experience gives travellers the chance to stay in typical guesthouses owned and run by local people. This means that tourists get a more insightful and immersive experience of the area they are visiting, and also provides local communities with a valuable source of income and jobs, helping to bolster rural economies.
On many of their tours, Untravelled Paths encourages travellers to ‘live like the locals’, by getting involved in traditional rural activities and past-times including hay-stacking, bread-making and shepherding. This both enriches the tourist’s experience, gives them new skills, and also means that age-old customs can be passed on and protected. Conserving and appreciating Romania’s natural beauty is another important part of this experiential tour. Travellers have the opportunity to take enriching nature walks in the countryside in a low-impact manner, and eat fresh and organic food for the duration of the tour. This tour provides an excellent opportunity for travellers to get to know Romania’s rural side, whilst also benefiting local communities.
Upon your arrival in Bucharest you'll transfer to your boutique hotel in the historic Lipscani district. Enjoy a hot coffee, or a glass of wine, before heading out to explore the charming old town.
Travel into Transylvania, stopping along the way for a tour of the fantastic Peles Castle. Afterwards, continue to your hotel in Brasov, and spend the rest of the day exploring this charming Saxon town.
Spend the day in Brasov, either relaxing or taking part in option extra activities such as walking tours. You can even visit a nearby bear hide to track wild bears!
Spend the day relaxing and discovering more of Brasov, with plenty of optional extra activities: take an informative walking tour, or try to spot wild bears with a trip to a hide!
Take a morning transfer to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti. Next, you’ll journey to the ‘Inn on Balaban’ where you’ll enjoy stunning rural surroundings and feast on a traditional Romanian meal in the evening.
Visit Bran Castle (better known as ‘Dracula’s Castle') and the rural village of Viscri. HRH the Prince of Wales owns a property in the village – if it’s good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for us! Take a tour of the area and get involved in traditional village activities before checking into your guesthouse.
Travel to the medieval citadel of Sighisoara for lunch and a wander, before heading to the beautiful town of Sibiu. After checking into your hotel you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore the town.
Take a morning visit to the excellent open-air ASTRA National Museum Complex, which will give you a fascinating insight into traditional rural Romania. Later, travel along the ‘best road in the world’, the Transfagarasan, to the tranquil Balea Lake. Enjoy lunch and a leisurely hike before returning to Bucharest, where you’ll stay in boutique accommodation at the heart of the Lipscani district.
Transfer to Bucharest Airport for your onward flight.
- The rate shown is based on double occupancy
- A single supplement will apply (approximately £30 per night)
- Click 'Ask a Question' up above to find out more about this tour's departure dates and costs
- Group numbers: 2 – 14 people
- Please note that the trip may not be suitable for very young children given journey times of longer than an hour, and possible disturbance to others travelling in the group. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as the operator can always tailor something specific to your needs.
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- All in-country transfers
- Accommodation (a mixture of B&B, Inns and guesthouses)
- Visit, entry and tour of Peles Castle in Sinaia
- Visit and entry to Bran (aka. Dracula’s) Castle
- Visit to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary
- Visit to Viscri and the Astra Museum
- The services of a bi-lingual guide
- The Transylvania Experience booklet
- Welcome drink
- Lunch, dinner (apart from Days 4 and 5)
- Personal expenses
- Extra activities
- Anything else not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' up above to chat to the operator directly!