Romania Treasures of Transylvania

Fantastic family adventure holiday in Romania with activities







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Holiday Overview


  • Hiking, biking, climbing and `geocaching` for the whole family
  • See the endangered European bear at the `Libearty` Bear Reserve
  • Experience rural Saxon village life in the restored UNSECO Viscri
  • In the footsteps of Count Dracula and visit his castle at Bran..!

National Geographic Traveller 50 Tours of a LifetimeRenowned as the home of Count Dracula, Transylvania in Romania is a place of myth and legend, where the traditional way of life of rural people has remained unchanged for generations, making it the perfect destination for a family adventure holiday. Starting out in the town of Bran, we enjoy an easy bike ride before visiting a shepherd's camp where we can see cheese being made. Also in this area, we can try our hand at rock climbing, visit Dracula's castle and go to the ‘Libearty' Bear Reserve to learn about the endangered European brown bear. Moving on to the beautifully preserved Saxon village of Viscri, we will stay with a local family and learn to make bread, have a ride on a hay cart and watch and learn how a variety of traditional crafts are still carried on. In a change to the way we usually handle city tours, we will do a spot of ‘geocaching' in the medieval city of Brasov, using a GPS to help us find the most interesting sites. The holiday includes a scenic walk on the Bucegi Plateau to reach the fantastic 'Sphinx Rock' using cable cars to take the effort out of the 1000 metre ascent and descent. Having seen life as it is lived in the mountain villages of the Carpathians and after visiting more of Romania's fairytale castles and palaces, we return to Bucharest and spend a day amongst its cultural and historical attractions. Altogether an exciting and fun-packed family holiday week in a charming and culturally fascinating country!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 8yrs old

This family adventure holiday in Romania is ideal for families who enjoy learning new skills and who are enthusiastic about experiencing different cultures at first hand. During the holiday we also learn about orienteering and geocaching, make bread and watch the blacksmith at work. This holiday is about exploration and discovery, rather than high adrenaline activity, but there is the option to take a rock climbing course and there is an easy bike ride and an easy walk during our stay in the mountains. Accommodation is mostly in comfortable, family run, pension-style hotels and our main hotel for the holiday has a swimming pool. We also spend one night in the home of Visci villagers where the accommodation is more traditional and simple.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel near Bran. A single transfer from Bucharest Otopeni Airport is provided.
  • Easy mountain bike ride, visit shepherds camp to see cheese produced. Return to hotel.
  • Morning free. Afternoon visit to Dracula's Castle and Libearty bear sanctuary. Return to hotel.
  • Transfer to Viscri, a restored Saxon village. Make bread, horse and cart ride. Stay with local family.
  • Enjoy local workshops. Transfer to Brasov to go geocaching around the town. Transfer to Sinaia.
  • Visit Peles Palace. Afternoon walk on the Bucegi Plateau (2000m). Return to Sinaia hotel.
  • Transfer to Bucharest. Afternoon guided city tour of the old town and Palace of Parliament.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Bucharest Otopeni Airport. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements and transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK, Ryanair, EasyJet, Blue Air & Wizzair offer direct flights to Bucharest from London airports. Blue Air also operates a service from Liverpool & Wizzair offer a flight from Glasgow. Other airports & carriers may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel near Bran. A single transfer from Bucharest Otopeni Airport is provided.

    We arrive at Bucharest Otopeni Airport. Here we meet our tour leader and KE Land Only package services begin with a single timed group transfer. We have our first look at Romania as we drive for approximately 3 hours through the countryside to our family friendly hotel in the Bran region.

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  • Easy mountain bike ride, visit shepherds camp to see cheese produced. Return to hotel.

    We have some free time after breakfast to enjoy the hotels facilities which include an indoor pool and a sauna and fitness centre. Mid-morning we take an easy mountain bike ride, biking for about an hour on rural dirt roads. At the end of our ride we will have a picnic lunch and then make a short transfer to visit a shepherds camp at Plaiul Foii in the foothills of the Piatra Craiului mountains. The shepherd here look after around 400 sheep which are milked up to 3 times a day. The shepherds themselves make a variety of cheese products from the milk and we can see how the cheese is made. After the visit we return to the hotel for dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Morning free. Afternoon visit to Dracula's Castle and Libearty bear sanctuary. Return to hotel.

    The morning to free to enjoy the swimming pool and other facilities of the hotel. As well as the pool and sauna there are tennis and volley ball courts, a small football pitch and a table tennis room. There is also the option of taking a rock-climbing course (at extra cost). These courses can be for beginners or for those with some experience and they can be arranged through the tour leader. After lunch we visit ‘Dracula's Castle’ which has a spectacular location on the top of a rock on the one-time border between Transylvania and Valachia. The medieval castle is very striking in appearance and is the perfect Gothic fairytale image of a Transylvanian castle. Bram Stoker supposedly based his Dracula legend on Vlad ‘the Impaler’ who lived for a short time in this castle. After our visit to the castle we head to Zarnesti where in the forested hills above the town, is located the ‘Libearty Sanctuary’ bear reservation. The Sanctuary is home to 57 European brown bears and one Asiatic black bear, all of which have been rescued from a cruel life of abuse in captivity. It is not a zoo and is not open to the general public. Visitors are allowed only in small groups and by prior appointment only. With an experienced Sanctuary guide we will take a tour of the bear’s habitat and meet some of the inhabitants. We return to the hotel for dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Transfer to Viscri, a restored Saxon village. Make bread, horse and cart ride. Stay with local family.

    We start the day with a transfer to Viscri, a charming village of thatched-roof houses. Dating as far back as the 12th century, this original Saxon town has survived to the present day with its traditional layout and architecture intact and was given the status of UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. While in the village we will stay as guests of a local family in a Saxon village house. We will help to prepare some bread for baking and then while it is in the oven we will go out with a horse and cart visit some of the local workshops including the charcoal makers. Viscri remained relatively self-sufficient up until the 20th century with the villagers themselves providing most of the necessary trades, handicrafts and farming themselves and several of these small-scale industries or handicrafts are still followed today in a largely traditional way.

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  • Enjoy local workshops. Transfer to Brasov to go geocaching around the town. Transfer to Sinaia.

    After breakfast we visit some more traditional workshops including the village blacksmith. We will also visit the fortified church at the centre of the village, thought to be the oldest in Romania. Like several churches in this region, which during the 12th and 13th centuries was under constant threat of attack from either the Ottoman Empire or the Tartars, it looks more like a castle than a church. Inside, we visit a museum to learn all about the history of Viscri and the Saxon way of life. We can also climb up into the tower for some great views over the village and surrounding countryside. Leaving Viscri we drive for just over an hour to Brasov, where we take our lunch. Afterwards, the whole family can take part in an exciting ‘treasure hunt’ tour of this beautiful city using a hand-held GPS to locate various 'geocaches'. During the city tour we will visit the famous 14th century ‘Black Church’ which has the distinction of being the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul! After the ‘geocaching’ tour we drive for 45 minutes to Sinaia, one of Romania's finest holiday resorts, located in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains. Here we check into our hotel and have some free time to explore the city before dinner.

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  • Visit Peles Palace. Afternoon walk on the Bucegi Plateau (2000m). Return to Sinaia hotel.

    In the morning we visit Peles Palace, another fairytale castle which has been described as a masterpiece of German Renaissance architecture. It is certainly very impressive, set in beautiful gardens. The interior of the castle is simply magnificent, while its medieval collection of swords and armour is one of the best you will see anywhere. After lunch we take a cable car up to the Bucegi Plateau at 2000 metres and take an easy walk along the relatively flat top enjoying incredible views of the valley below and the surrounding peaks. The plateau is dotted with rock outcrops which have been weathered into fantastic shapes including the ‘Sphinx’, an 8-metre-high megalith with a face and an inscrutable smile. A further ten minutes walk brings us to two giant mushrooms known as the Babele (old ladies). From here we descend again by cable car to the village of Busteni and return to our hotel in Sinaia for a second night.

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  • Transfer to Bucharest. Afternoon guided city tour of the old town and Palace of Parliament.

    After breakfast we transfer (1.5 hours) to the capital, Bucharest on the banks of the Dambovita River, a tributary of the Danube. With its elegant architecture and relaxed cafe culture, this is the perfect place to end our Transylvanian journey. We have an afternoon guided tour of the city which will include the historical ‘Old City’ and the Palace of Parliament, reputedly the world's second largest building (after the US Pentagon). We will also visit a museum designed to appeal to younger enquiring minds. This evening we can enjoy a ‘farewell’ dinner in a traditional Bucharest restaurant.

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  • Departure day. A single transfer to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast with a single timed group transfer to Bucharest Otopeni Airport.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced
  • English-speaking Romanian Guide
  • Single timed Bucharest Otopeni Airport group transfers on day 1 and day 8 of the trip itinerary
  • All other transfers required by the trip itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Cable-car rides
  • Bear Reservation entrance
  • Entrance to the sites as described in the itinerary
  • Mountain bike hire

  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers (other than the single timed group transfers)
  • Tips for local staff
  • Optional rock climbing
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in a family friendly hotel near Bran, with swimming pool, volleyball and tennis courts. We have 1 night in a traditional Saxon house in Viscri. Here bedrooms are simple and usually have beds which are pulled out from draws! Not all rooms in Viscri have en-suite facilities. In Sinaia we stay in a central hotel close to the park with a pond and play area. We spend our final night in Romania at a comfortable centarally located hotel in Bucharest. Children of 11yrs and under will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3 or a double with a extendable couch for a family of 4. Children over 12 yrs will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or have 2 rooms for a family of 4. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation. Additional hotel nights are available. Details of your first night's hotel together with an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8 of the trip itinerary

All meals for this trip are included in the trip price. Breakfasts in hotels will usually consist of fresh baked bread, butter, jam and/or honey, tomatoes, cheese, yogurt, preserved meat, fruit juice, eggs and tea or coffee. This is most often set out as a buffet. Main meals may be plated or served from a buffet and usuaully consist of a soup followed by a meat course with potatoes and veg, Vegetarian options are also available. Romanian favourites include Mamaliga, which is similar to Polenta Ciorba de Burta (tripe soup with garlic!). Adults will find inexpensive wines and beer of excellent quality.

Within the Land Only cost of this holiday, we will provide a single group transfer from Bucharest Otopeni (Henri Coanda) Airport to the group hotel near Bran on day 1 of the itinerary. This transfer will depart from the airport at approximately 5pm. On the final day we will provide a single timed group transfer from the Bucharest hotel back to Bucharest Otopeni (Henri Coanda) Airport which will arrive at the airport at approximately 6am. These transfers are timed to work with the morning British Airways flights from London Heathrow

If you are making your own flight arrangements, please note that while the majority of scheduled international flights arrive/depart Bucharest Otopeni (Henri Coanda) Airport, several low cost airlines arrive/depart from Bucharest Baneasa Airport. If your flight arrives at Bucharest Baneasa Airport you will need to take a taxi to Bucharest Otopeni (Henri Coanda) Airport in time for the group airport transfers. A taxi from Baneasa to Otopeni usually takes around 20 minutes.

Clients booking a Land Only Package MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

The group will be accompanied throughout by an experienced English-speaking Romanian tour leader.

We estimate that €350 - €400 per family (based on 2 adults and 2 children) should be sufficient to cover your incidental expenditure including tips for local staff, drinks etc. If you intend to take the optional rock climbing course on day 3 of the holiday you need to allow approximately €25 per person for this. The currency of Romania is the 'leu' although many prices are also quoted in Euros. Cash can be drawn from ATMs using credit or debit cards at Bucharest Airport (arrivals hall) and in Sinaia, Brasov and in Bucharest city. We would recommend you advise your credit/debit card services department in advance that you are travelling to Romania if you intend to do this. If you intend to bring your spending money in cash, Euros are the preferred currency for exchange although GB pounds and US dollars are also accepted. Note that you will normally be asked to show your passport even for exchanging cash.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your tour leader. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We recommend that you give any tips as a group rather than individually and decide together an appropriate amount that suits everybody.

On this holiday your baggage will be transported by vehicle. There is no weight limit other than that imposed by the international carrier (normally 20kg) but we do ask you to restrict your baggage to one trek bag and one small daypack. When packing, please bear in mind that you may have to carry your bags up stairs in some places we stay. In general you will have the most pleasant travel experience if you pack as light as possible.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Walking boots or shoes
  • Socks
  • Trekking/outdoor trousers
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers
  • Baselayer shirts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt with collar (for sun protection)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Daypack c.30 to 40 litres / 1800 –2000 cu in (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you want to carry)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles (approx 1 litre / quart per person)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small towel
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Basic First Aid Kit including painkillers, plasters (band aids), antiseptic cream or spray and insect repellent/relief
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers / sneakers
  • Shorts
  • Swimwear
  • Wet wipes
  • Travel clothes
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, film / memory cards, batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Toys / games / books etc
  • Notes:All specialist equipment required for the activities on this trip are provided.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. Even fit youngsters will benefit from some kind of training regime and it can be great fun as you head toward your trip. While there are no strenuous activities on this holiday, you will be doing a fair amount of walking as we visit the castles and other sights on the tour and there are options for easy bike rides and swimming. For general fitness, we would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime which includes all members of the family and gradually step this up as you get nearer to departure. We also suggest you do some background reading on the country you are visiting, particularly on local customs.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

From May to October and the weather is generally very good. We can expect daytime temperatures of between 20 and 25ºC, dropping to around 12ºC at night.. In the mountain areas, there is always the risk of some poor weather but this area usually enjoys a very pleasant and stable climate.

The Rough Guide to Romania. Lonely Planet. Romania and Moldova The Mountains of Romania. Cicerone Guide. James Roberts Dracula. Bram Stoker (available via Amazon) Transylvania and Beyond. Dervla Murphy (available via Amazon) Your Child’s Health Abroad. Matthew Ellis and Jane Wilson-Howarth, (Bradt publications) Travel With Children. Maureen Wheeler (Lonely Planet)

Romania Road Atlas. Freytag-Berndt und Artaria KG

Romania Road Atlas at 1:250,000 in an A4, spiral bound format. The atlas includes over 50 street plans, an extensive index and a distance table. The cartography is well drawn with a detailed presentation of the road network while various symbols highlight places on interest, including UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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