Our Transylvania vacations
Abandon thoughts of bloodthirsty bats – our Transylvania vacations focus on conservation and culture in the Carpathians. Genuine culture, too, in peaceful rural communities where life largely goes on as it has for centuries, and which would be overwhelmed by mass tourism. Instead, our partners introduce you to traditional ways of life in Transylvania via self drive vacations, cycling, walking, horse riding and even winter snowshoeing. Hosts in guesthouses may be as up on English as you are on Romanian, but the warmth of your mutual welcome will be unmistakeable. As for conservation, our bear watching and volunteering vacations in Transylvania directly support Europe’s largest sanctuary, home to over 100 bears saved from captivity.
Our top Transylvania vacations
From US $1899 to US $21798 days ex flights
Wolves, bears & sightseeing
Small group2022: 20 Aug, 10 Sep, 1 Oct, 2023: 29 Apr, 13 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct
From US $16798 days ex flights
Wander through the mountains and forests of wintery Transylvania
Small group2023: 7 Jan, 14 Jan, 11 Feb
From £2025 to £204914 days ex flights
Village stays, painted monasteries and wildlife in the delta
Small group2022: 3 Sep, 2023: 7 May, 2 Sep
From €903 to €9387 days ex flights
A scenic nature tour of Transylvania
About our Transylvania vacations
Transylvania vacations, culture
Transylvania is a portal to the past, one that many locals are intent on preserving. The landscape is dotted with some 150 or so fortified churches, and medieval cities such as Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu are a delight to wander with a camera. But for the most satisfying taste of Transylvania, nothing beats exploring the old Saxon villages in the foothills of the Carpathians. Here, you’re never far from a friendly greeting of “buna ziua”, a swig of homemade plum brandy, or a lift on a hay cart. Maramures, neighbouring Transylvania, is also worth a visit for its painted churches and ornate cemeteries.
Family vacations in Transylvania
The joys of a few days without modern technology... They won’t admit it, of course, but kids will soon start to enjoy the rhythms of rural Transylvanian life. From helping to stack hay and learning how to milk cows to following bear tracks in the forest, families will love Transylvania, and that’s before you mention the vampire myths. Spring, autumn and summer are all great in their own ways, but winter family vacations in Transylvania can be truly special, with snowshoeing, tobogganing and horse-drawn sled rides, and the promise of a cosy fire waiting back at your guesthouse every afternoon.
Stay with a count in Transylvania
If the thought of staying with a count in Transylvania appeals, then his own account (sorry) of how he has taken on the task of revitalising his village through sustainable cultural tourism will fascinate you. Just a handful of guests at a time are welcomed to stay in the count’s beautifully restored guesthouses, which are decorated with traditional furnishings and a few home comforts. Expect completely unique accommodation, easy-going walking trips into the countryside, horse-drawn carriage rides and scenic picnics, as well as the evening ‘cow parade’. And above all, an unparalleled introduction to rural Romanian culture.
Halloween tours in Transylvania
For a Halloween like no other, combine cultural sightseeing with Romanian folklore and a spot of vampire-hunting on a Halloween tour in Transylvania. Trick or treat? It's all treat here, as you travel from medieval Sighisoara (where the infamous Vlad the Impaler was born) to the iconic Bran Castle in Brasov (a possible inspiration for Dracula’s abode) and the beautiful city of Sibiu. Traditional festive fare is served up at a Halloween party, accompanied by fiery spirits and Romanian wine, and a host of entertainments including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead – not, we can assure you, as bloodthirsty as it sounds.