- Beautiful fairytale castles - such as the royal summer retreat of Peles and atmospheric Bran - set amongst spectacular Carpathian mountain scenery
- Opportunities to experience the region's rich and varied flora and fauna - from wildflower-covered pastures to rare birds, butterflies and larger inhabitants, if you're lucky
- Walk the high Bucegi Plateau and the stunning Prapastiile Zarnestilor gorge, used as a location in the film Cold Mountain
- Gothic, Baroque and Patrician buildings and the UNESCO-listed Viscri Saxon village
Surrounded, and partially divided, by the high peaks of the Carpathian Mountains, the fabled, mountainous region of Transylvania in central Romania has become synonymous with Bram Stoker's Dracula, but on this wonderful seven-night guided walking tour we leave fiction behind to uncover a beautiful country with a rich and fascinating history.
The region presents a splendid mix of medieval castles, high peaks, incredible wildlife, and of course - welcoming and warm locals. Steeped in tradition, it's easy to see where the inspiration for the tales came from. Starting in Sinaia, our walks begin at the foot of the Bucegi range just a couple of minutes from the fairytale castle of Peles. From here the walks take us across high mountain plateaus and through beautiful wildflower-covered pastures, where you can see rare birds and butterflies. Our paths lead on through ancient forests and rocky canyons - home to black chamois, lynx, brown bears and even wolves - to medieval villages such as UNESCO-listed Viscri.
We visit the famous Bran Castle, a Gothic fortress that was the setting for Roman Polanski's 'Dance of the Vampires' as well as a place of refuge for Queen Mary of Romania. Then in towns like Brasov and Sighisoara, we'll explore medieval squares and winding alleyways, while admiring the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, including the famous clock tower and the house with the deer antlers, where the real Vlad Dracula was born.
Your accommodation for the week offers a blend of high quality hotels and spectacular views; from the ***** chalet-style Vila Oblique in Sinaia and the authentic ***** C17 Fronius Residence in Sighisoara citadel, to the **** Nobillis Carpathian Residence, the **** Hotel Belvedere that sits above Brasov and the more rustic Transylvanian Inn, all offering unrivaled views of the surrounding Carpathian landscape. To complete the package, we've also included all evening meals. If you choose to book your own flights please check with us first that your chosen departure date is definitely operating as our guided holidays are subject to minimum group sizes.
Additional Tour Details
||Buffet breakfasts and all evening meals
||Bucharest airport (Pick up) at 4:20 pm, transfer to hotel, 90 mins
||Bucharest airport by 3:00 (Drop off).
||Add $59 per night
||This holiday is unsuitable for children under 16. Tour includes entrance to listed sights and cable car rides included.
||***** (4 nights), **** (2 nights), *** (1 night)