Butterfly
Dragonfly Macrophotography
Hungarian dragonfly-safari
In Quest of the „Flying Flowers" (Hungarian butterfly trip)"
Slovenia-Croatia butterfly special with 4 Large Blues pre-extension
Butterflies of Montenegro
Butterflies of Serbia with False Comma
Sri Lanka: Butterflies, Leopards, Blue Whales
Nepal: Butterflying at the Foothills of the Himalaya
Ethiopian Butterfly & Wildlife adventure with Tribal extension
Ghana butterfly adventure
Butterflies, Chimps, Gorillas (Uganda)
Eastern-European
B
irdwatching
Day-birdwatching trips (Hungary)
Bears, Great Bustards… vampires!
( Hungary+Romania)!
The late summer birding trip (Hungary)
Crane weekend of Hungary
Wallcreepers, Ptarmigans, Rock Partridges (Slovenia-Croatia birding circle)
Birding in Serbia
Egypt/Horn/Africa
Birdwatching
"Birds & Pharaos", birding in Egypt
Southern Red Sea birding & diving adventure
Ethiopian birding adventure
Mammals
Hungarian Bat Safari
Big game photosafaris
Hiking, Trekking, Multicultural - Outdoor
Ecoholidays in Hungary
Multicultural Highlights of Dracula country
Castles, Vampires and Counts of the Carpathians
The hidden face of Transylvania and Bucovina
Mediterranean Odyssey (Slovenia, Croatia)
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Magyar weeding (Kalotaszeg)
Nutcracker, common bird of the pine forests
Mocland
"-Egészségedre or Salut!!" We have lunches in traditional barns. Here we say toast in Hungarioan and Romanian.
The incredible saltmine of Praid
Parliament - Bucharest
Peles Royal Palace (Sinaia)
Tree-toed Woodpecker
Flowery meadows (typical scenery of inner Seclerland)
Pine forest at night
Evangelic church (Sincrau)
Turda-gorge, one of the best hiking and birding spot of Transylvania







 

The hidden face of Transylvania and Bucovina
(Romania: Transylvania, the Saxon lands) + "painted monasteries" extension


Summary and recommendation: A 14 day Transyvanian hiking-trekking holiday with cultural highlights. Planned for families, friends or couples primarily with an interest in nature and culture.


"...On 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 rich heritage"...”



 
 

Destination country: Romania. Arrive and depart Bucharest.

Next schedules: Upon request.

Duration: 14 days (extensions available; see below!)

Price: Ask! Single supplement: TBA. 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, etc.

Accommodation: Three-star hotels with all rooms en suite. 5 star luxurious version available with the best hotels and restaurants of the country.

Numbers: Upon request.


Transport: 4WDs or minivan, upon request.

Description: "...We visit medieval Saxon fortresses and the original scenery of the Dracula legend, together with superb mountain scenery and a diverse palette of the culture and cuisine of the various ethnic groups found here. The trip is excellent choice for families and couples where members have different levels of interest in nature and culture, birding and cuisine, but are looking for a balanced mix to suit both tastes..."

 
Trip outline:

Day "0": Pre-extension.

Day 1: Arrive Bucharest. Sightseeing in Bucharest at Herastrau Park, Open Air Village Museum, the Parliament building, Cotroceni Palace, the Calea Victoreii, and Snagov.

Day 2: Curtea de Arges and Lake Vidraru.

Day 3: Transfagaras Highway to Sibiu.

Day 4: Sightseeing in Sibiu, Alba Iulia and the beautiful valley at Rimetea.


Day 5: Rimetea. We start with a trek to the Secler rock and mediaval fortress at Trascau. Then we step into the local Moc-world and visit old and new orthodox monasteries. This is one of the most remote corners of Romania where many villages are still without electricity. The local cooking is sure to please with chimney cakes on the menu and a delicious campfire meal to end the day.

Day 6: Turda Gorge hike and birdwatching. After to Sovata with an en-route stop at the ruined castle of Sinpaul where we shall meet a local Gypsy family. At Sovata we visit in the thermal lake and fascinating salt rocks.

Day 7: Praid. This is the largest deep salt mine in Europe. From here we visit Bicaz Gorge, a top site for Wallcreepers. The afternoon ends with a cruise on Lake Gyilkos.

Day 8: Shopping in Korund village, where more than 5000 local artisan live. We also visit the remote traditional Inlaceni unitarian village, another World Heritage Site.

Day 9: Mt. Harghita trekking and mountain birdwatching. This peak is sacred to the local Seclers. We also visit a village remowned for it's 100 wooden gates carved in the unique Secler style.

Day 10. Sighisoara: sightseeing in the old medieval city which is now a World Heritage Site, followed by a visit Dracula's birthplace (now a pub) and Biertan, another town famed for it's fortified Saxon church which is also another World Heritage Site.

Day 11. Miercurea-Ciuc: excursion to the nearby sacred hill. We also visit St. Anna lake and moor which lie on a top of a hill inside an extinct volcanic crater.

Day 12. We visit the unique landscape and habitats of Rétyi-Nyír Nature Protection Area before we arrive at Prejmar and Hermani medieval fortified Saxon churches.

Day 13. Brasov sightseeing: The first Romanian School, Orthodox Churches, and the huge Gothic Black Church. From here we travel to nearby Risnov with it's high fortress and finally to Bran, site of the Royal Castle, the legendary home of Count Dracula (Vlad Dracul).

Day 14. To Bucharest with en-route stops at the Monastery and Royal Palace at Sinaia. Depart Bucharest or post-trip extension.


Bucovina extension:


Day 15:
Drive to Bucovina from Bucharest.

Day 16: Painted monasteries of Bucovina 1.: Neamt Monastery (PT), Humor and Voronet Monastery (Iasi).

Day 17: Painted monasteries of Bucovina 2.: Suceava: Putna, Sucevita, Moldovita monasteries, old jewish cemetery.

Day 18
: Travel day to Bucharest, en route stops at various places.

 



Black square=Bucharest
Red dots=Base-trip stations
Yellow dots=Trip extension

 
   



Upcoming trips & Expeditions

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Bears and Butterflies o Transylvania. With Danube Clouded Yellow and High Carpathian extension; 30 July - 06, Aug. , 2022)

Crane weekends of Hungary (October, 2022)

2023' dates are coming in late August

Full tour calendar


On the peak of the sacred Mt. Hargita
Fagaras Mts., Lake Bilea
Mountain biking in the Carpathians
Campfire
tGipsy girls
Tschango folk festival
The birthplace of Vlad Tepes (Count Dracula)
Vlad Tepes, the Impaler (Count Dracula)
Open-air cooking
Mushroom
Traditional secler house
Secler gates
There are many shopping villages in Transylvania
The chimney cake cooking is always a great fun. The small cat enjoy too...
Secler pigherder
Wallcreeper
Painted gravepoles (Maramures)
Mediaval citadell of Sighisoara
Hike on the Secler rock
Dancing course
Mediaval fortress (Trascau)
Roman women (Vatra Dornei)
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