Carpathian Cultural Discovery Holiday


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Trip Code: AVR
Region: Europe
Countries visited: Romania
Activities: People & Religion, History, Bears, Mountains, Food Of The World
Duration: 8 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Profile: Travel is by minibus and horse and cart. Good level of fitness required for walks.
Meals: All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included.
Accomodation: 7 nights guesthouse, almost all rooms have en suite facilities.
Group: Normally 4 to 15, plus leader.

Holiday price from: to including flights.

A unique opportunity to learn about the conservation projects in the spectacular Carpathian Mountains

Transylvanian Alps, Romania

One of the last remaining true wilderness areas in Europe can be found in the majestic Piatra Craiului Mountains of central Romania. For centuries the locals have existed in harmony with a rich variety of rare wildlife, including Europe's highest concentration of bears, wolves and lynx. The number of brown bear here represents nearly half of the total European population, and wolves about 30%. Due to the old communist regime, the dense forests of the Carpathian Mountain have remained largely untouched by the outside world and many rare species of birds and wildlife inhabit this amazing region. On our Romania holidays the days are spent on walks through spectacular canyons, virgin forests and Saxon villages. We stay in a guesthouse owned by a local family, providing a good standard of accommodation and delicious food. We visit the Beaver Reintroduction Programme and Europe's biggest rescue station for brown bears. There is also a chance to visit Bran Castle ('Dracula's Castle') and the mediaeval town of Brasov. 

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1: Fly to Bucharest. Transfer to our village guesthouse at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains.Show detailed information

Day 2: Daywalk visiting Kalibash villages, learning about the history of the settlements.Show detailed information

Day 3: Visit to the bear sanctuary. To Bran (Dracula's) Castle; return to guesthouse.Show detailed information

Day 4: Day trip to Saxon village of Viscri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; lunch in traditional farmhouse.Show detailed information

Day 5: Horse drawn cart trip to Birza Valley, walk through mountains and ancient forest; optional bear watching in the afternoon.Show detailed information

Day 6: Drive to Brasov to explore the mediaeval marketplace; eat at a local restaurant and late afternoon meet staff from the Beaver Reintroduction Programme for a field excursion to a beaver site.Show detailed information

Day 7: Walk through the spectacular Prapestile Zarnestilor Canyon; visit shepherd camp to see traditional cheese being made.Show detailed information

Day 8: To Bucharest; fly to London.Show detailed information

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