Castle, became famous by the novel of Bram Stroker.
life is still typical for Transylvania, eg. charcoal-making.
Tepes birthplace... now a pub, our dinner spot.
Moc-house deep in Bihor Mts.
with the Secler Rock, one of the most picturesque village
of all Romania.
village at down.
still having local costums, eg. at weddings.
headscarf on a beautiful local woman of Rimetea.
Anna lake, the largest peatbog of the country.
the best example of the beauty of Saxon fortified churches.
Prince Charles owns a house in the village.
one of the best preserved mediaval town of Europe.
group at the house of the Fernolend -family.
and Caroline Fernolend with Prince Charles during his first
altitude meadows of Mt. Fogaras, hoome of several Erebia and
one of the most valuable nature reserve of the area.
milking their sheeps... 3 times a day...
beekeper from the Bihar Mts.
(Transylvania butterfly special with Danube Clouded Yellow
and High Carpathian extension)
Summary and recommendation: A 8+ days long extended
range 4WD butterfly-safari to some unforgettable spots of
Romania's Transylvania. The main goal is to see Danube Clouded
Yellow, for which our company is the ultimate choice. Twitching
and photography are in focuse.
his first visit to Transylvania, Prince Charles was immediately
struck by the precious legacy of this area and said he was
“totally overwhelmed by its unique beauty and its extraordinarily
countries: Hungary-Romania. Arrive
and depart from Cluj/Targu Mures. Next
schedule: - 03 - 10 June, 2022 (Closed)
- 11 - 18 July, 2022 (Closed) - 30, July - 06, August, 2022
- 2023 TBA
8 days + High Carpathian extensions available.
GBP + 110 GBP single supplement. 1690 GBP + 190
GBP single supplement with extension (exl. airfares). Price
includes: accommodations and meals (lunch is typically
picnic!), drinking water, vehicle hire with fuel and driver
guide, park entrance fees and ranger guides. The price
exclude: bank transfer loss, international flight, visa,
tips, drinks, personal travel insurance and any other activities
of personal request e.g. laundry, toalet fees, phone calls,
We are not giving out more specific itineraries as a result
of illegal and unwanted collecting activities. Our
highest recorded number on this trip was 118, incl. a daily
record-breaking 84/day. This
tour was a fundraising tour also, under the auspices of Butterfly
Conservation, UK, European Interest Group.
Bygate's photogallery, taken on our trip, please click
- For some pictures of DCY, please
click here! -
Woodland Brown pictures, click
- Poplar Admiral pictures, click
- For some other butterflies, click
Three-star hotels/pensions with all rooms en suite. Numbers:
Min. 3, max. 6 tour participants.
..Romania, a large country, ten times larger than Slovenia
or three times larger than Hungary having an incredible landscape,
adorned with 14 major ethinc groups with different culture,
history and food... and amazing wildlife. Dominated by the
Carpathians, Romania offers incredibly rich rural and pristine
countryside, something what you never see west of the country,
ever. Romania holding 179 butterfly species, great birdlife
and the largest population of the so-called megafauna, incl.
viable population of Brown Bears andWolfs..."
species of the tour: Papilionidae: Swallowtail, Scarce Swallowtail, Apollo
(?), Clouded Apollo. Pieridae: Yellows (Danube Clouded,
Clouded, Pale-clouded, Eastern Pale Clouded, Berger's Clouded),
Woods (Common, Fenton's, Duponchel's), Whites (Large, Green-veined,
Southern Small, Eastern Bath). Lycaenidae: Arguses (Brown, Mountain Argus, Geranium),
Coppers (Violet, Lesser Fiery, Purple-shot, Green-underside,
Large, Small, Sooty, Purple-edged), Blues (Anomalous, Damon
(?), Osiris, Eastern Short-tailed, Little, Alcon, Ligurian
Large, Scarce Large Blue, Silver-studded, Reverdin's, Idas,
Adonis, Chalk-hill, Chequered, Transylvanian
Turquoise, Meleager's, Baton, Mazarine), Hairstreaks
(Sloe, Ilex, Black, Blue-spot, White-letter, Brown, Purple). Riodinidae: Duke of Burgundy Fritillary. Libytheidae: Nettle-tree Butterfly. Nymphalidae: Purple and Lesser
Purple Emperors, Admirals (Poplar, White), Camberwell
Beauty, Large Tortoiseshell, Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell,
Hungarian and Common Gliders, Cardinal, Map Butterfly, Fritillaries
(Pallas', High Brown, Dark-green, Niobe, Silver-washed /valesina
form too/, Marbled, Lesser Marbled, Weaver's, Pearl-bordered,
Small Pearl-bordered, Asian, Titania's,
Shepherd's, Queen of Spain, Heath, Nickerl's, Assmann's,
Glanville, False, Spotted, Lesser Spotted, Knapweed). Satyridae: Heaths (Pearly, Alpine, Chestnut, Small,
Large) Graylings (Common, False Great Banded), Great Sooty
Satyr, The Hermit, Dryad, Marbled White, Browns (Woodland,
Wall, Large Wall). "Erebias": Scotch Argus),
Ringlets (Mountain, Large, Silky, Yellow-spotted, Black, Dewy,
Blind, Water, Sudeten), Arran Brown. Hesperidae: Skippers (Yellow-banded, Mallow, Chequered,
Large Chequered, Silver-spotted, Large Grizzler, Dusky Grizzled,
Alpine Grizzled, Oberthür's Grizzled, Safflower, Orbed
Red-underwing, Lullworth, Small, Essex, Large).
01: Arrive to Cluj
or Targu Mures Airport. Driving to Rimetea,
Romania. Overnight in Rimetea.
Two full days around Rimetea, incl. Trascau
and Posaga de Sus
areas. We also visit Turda
Gorge, which is possibly the richest nature
reserve in the country with innumerable endemic plants,
rare insects and excellent birds. Overnight in Rimetea.
(If the area is too dry, we have the flexibility to change
our plan to save our time for better habitats.)
Drive to Odorhei Secuiesc, "capital" of the hungarian-speaking
Secler people. Butterfly exploration around Inlaceni,
one of the remotest village of Transylvania... a fairy-tail
spot. Overnight at O. Secuiesc.
Butterfly-drives around the Eastern
Carpathians to see and photograph Danube
Clouded Yellow and some other goodies, eg.
Titania's Fritillary, Poplar
Admiral, etc. Overnight at O. Secuiesc.
Drive to the Saxonland,
exploring the amazing forests and meadows of the so-called
Saxon triangle. We also see Sighisoara,
one of the most impressive mediaval town of Transylvania,
also the birthplace of Vlad Tepes ("Dracula").
Overnight at Sighisoara, in the mediaval citadell.
High Carpathian extension:
Day 08: We
split up the goup here, people who leave driving back to
Cluj, the rest of the groupcontinouing with the Saxon area. We
visit the remote Viscrii,
a favourite spot of Prince Charles where he even bought
a property, and he visit the village ona very regular basis.
We spend the whole day with butterflies here, and for meals
will be hosted with Caroline and Walter Fernolend, an amazing
couple, who are responsible for several wetland and architectural
projects with the support of the Mihai Eminescu Trust and
Prince Charles. Overnight at Sighisoara, in the mediaval
Drive towards Fogaras Highway,
en route stop at the Kalnoky-mansion,
where we will exploring the area for butterflies. Overnight
at Bilea Pass.
Butterflying around lake Bilea for Erebia spp. and other
high mountein butterflies.
Overnight at Bilea Pass.
Drive to Busteni, where we take a cabelcar high up to Mt.
Bucegi. We will explore the area within
our walking distance for further high mountain species.
Overnight in Brasov.
Further butterfly-search around the high mountain pastures
of Poiana Brasov.
Overnight in Brasov.