Transylvania walking and nature vacation in Romania

Transylvania's glorious landscape was meant for exploring on foot and this hiking vacation combines miles of uninterrupted nature with comfortable guesthouse accommodation.
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
Price
1134To1232 excluding flights
Duration
7 Days
Type
Tailor made
Reviews
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Prices are per person.
Single supplement 20 EUR/room/night. Shorter all inclusive stays are also possible.
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Description of Transylvania walking and nature vacation in Romania

Price information

1134To1232 excluding flights
Prices are per person.
Single supplement 20 EUR/room/night. Shorter all inclusive stays are also possible.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Travel guides

Romania walking
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Reviews

2 Reviews of Transylvania walking and nature vacation in Romania

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Reviewed on 05 Oct 2018 by

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


This review is about our 5 night stay at the count's estate at Zalanpatak in Romania - I've reviewed the Transylvanian trek separately. The whole stay was excellent but the very best day was the horse and cart ride with barbecue. We also loved the remote rural position, the peace, the local produce (especially honey, apricot jam and raw milk), and the company of the other guests, who we got on with very well.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring warm clothes because you eat in an outdoor shelter at breakfast and in the evening unless the weather is particularly cold! Also the bed looked lovely but wasn't very comfortable - the bottom sheet wasn't big enough to tuck in properly and kept on coming adrift in the night.

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


Yes, because it created local employment and a market for local produce, and all our excursions were by foot or horse and cart. Also the estate is managed on strong conservation principles (and is beautiful).

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


Would highly recommend to anyone who doesn't like crowds and bright lights! All the organisation worked well and the food was good.

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2015 by

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


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 travelers booking this vacation?


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 vacation 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 vacation overall?


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

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

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.

People

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 vacation 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.

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