• The Transylvania Experience
  • The Transylvania Experience
  • The Transylvania Experience
  • The Transylvania Experience
  • The Transylvania Experience
  • The Transylvania Experience
  • The Transylvania Experience
  • The Transylvania Experience
  • The Transylvania Experience
  • The Transylvania Experience

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from £649 per person. Book here or call 0207 101 4061.

This week-long escape to the Transylvanian countryside is perfect for those who are looking to take a step back, slow down and enjoy a pace of life that offers relaxation, peace and culture in abundance.

With a mixture of traditional accommodation in local villages and visits to the medieval towns of Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara where you’ll enjoy the comforts of boutique accommodation, you’ll experience the very best that Transylvania has to offer. The trip also includes entry to the impressive castles of Bran and Peles as well as an eye-opening visit the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti and a wander around the ASTRA Outdoor Folk Museum. You can even choose to sign up for an excursion to a forest based hide in the Carpathian Mountains for a chance to see bears in the wild! Take a step back in time and get involved with local village activities in Viscri and Crit including visits to the local beehive or a traditional ride in an authentic horse and cart.

You’ll come back refreshed and revived with a new perspective.


The Experience

Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest followed by a transfer to your boutique accommodation in the Lipscani district where you will be greeted with a coffee or glass of wine before you head out into the old town to explore and discover the plethora of restaurants and bars.

Day 2: Morning transfer into Transylvania, stopping for a tour around the divine Peles Castle before checking in to your hotel in Brasov. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the charming medieval saxon town of Brasov.

Day 3: Day to relax and spend more time in Brasov with optional extra activities such as walking tours or even an opportunity to experience seeing wild bears in a nearby hide.

Day 4: Morning transfer to Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle before arriving at Inn on Balaban to enjoy the stunning rural countryside before a traditional Romanian meal in the evening.

Day 5: Morning transfer to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti before transferring to the rural village of Viscri where HRH Prince of Wales owns a property. Enjoy a tour and an authentic lunch at a local house (not included) before travelling to a neighbouring village to check-in to your traditional Transylvanian guesthouse where you can partake in village activities.

Day 6: Travel and visit the medieval citadel of Sighisoara for lunch and a then wander before transferring to the beautiful town of Sibiu and checking-in to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to enjoy the medieval town.

Day 7: Morning visit to the outstanding ASTRA Outdoor Folk Museum, which is the biggest in Europe and gives you a fantastic insight into traditional rural Romania from around the country. Transfer on the ‘best road in the world’, the Transfagarasan, up to the peace and quiet of Balea Lake* to enjoy lunch and a wander before travelling back to Bucharest where you’ll check-in to your boutique accommodation in the heart of the Lipscani district.

Day 8: Transfer to Bucharest airport for return flight.

Please Note: During the shoulder season (Apr-May, and Nov) all sights and activities remain the same but you wouldn’t visit Balea Lake as the Tranfagarasan is closed.

Tell me more about:  The Locations  |  The Seasons  |  The Highlights  |  The Booking Process  |  The Availability


The Price

The price for this experience includes:

Includes Transfers Airport pick-up and drop-off, all in-country transfers

Includes Accommodation 2 nights B&B accommodation in Bucharest, 2 nights boutique B&B accommodation in Brasov, 1 night half board traditional accommodation at Inn on Balaban, 1 night half board traditional guesthouse accommodation in rural village, 1 night B&B accommodation in Sibiu

Includes Activities Visit, entry and tour of Peles Castle in Sinaia, visit and entry to Bran (aka. Dracula’s) Castle, visit to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary, visit to Viscri and the Astra Outdoor Folk Museum

Includes Other The services of a bi-lingual guide, the Transylvania Experience booklet, welcome drink

Please Note: Our prices are based on two people sharing. For solo travellers, there is often a single supplement, please check the booking page of the experience for confirmation of the rates. For up-to-date prices, bookings and enquiries, please click here.


The Group

2 – 16 people.

Please note that the trip may not be suitable for very young children given journey times of longer than an hour, and possible disturbance to others travelling in the group. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as we can always tailor something specific to your needs.


The Alternatives

The Dracula Experience: If you don’t have the luxury of a week to spend enjoying the sights of Transylvania, the Dracula Experience is a great compromise as you’ll still see the medieval towns of Brasov and Sighiaoara, visit Peles and Bran Castles, and drive along the famous Transfagarasan road. Click here for more info

The Romania Experience: This two-week epic adventure does not only include the full Transylvania Experience, but will also take you further north in Maramures, where you can truly take a step back in time and immerse yourself in the rural life in the village of Breb. Visit the underground amusement park at Turda Salt Mines, the traditional wooden churches, and the quirky Merry Cemetery and learn more about the communism history by a visit to the chilling Memorial of the Victims of Communism Museum. End the adventure with a few days in the tranquility of the Danube Delta, drifting on the waterways and marveling at the plethora of nature surrounding you – a naturalist’s paradise! Fore more information on the Romania Experience, click here.


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The Country

Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Romania and you’re likely to hear something along the lines of Dracula, vampires and gypsies. Yes, the spooky castles pitched on rocky hilltops are certainly vampire-worthy but the only real fangs you’re likely to be exposed to here are those belonging to the wild bears, wolves and lynx that roam the Carpathian Mountains. Once you place the stereotypes aside for a moment, you’ll soon understand how misunderstood, overlooked and vastly underestimated this country is.

From the untouched Transylvanian countryside and the beautiful mountain scenery in the Carpathian Mountains, the wooden churches and painted monasteries of Maramures and the medieval towns of Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara, to the Danube Delta’s abundance of birds and wildlife, and the magnetic buzz of the fast-paced capital of Bucharest, the variation and contrast across Romania is staggering.

Of course, there’s far too much to see in just one visit but here’s what to expect from Transylvania…



Imagine introducing a Communist dictator to Paris for 15 years, add an earthquake for good measure and you’ll end up with something similar to what you have in Bucharest. Fortunately much of Bucharest’s past beauty still remains and you’re likely to find it with every wrong turn you make. It’s a city full of surprises and it’s this contrast that makes it such a fascinating place to explore.

At first glance the city might seem a little run down with remnants of its communist past on full view, however when you look a little closer and scratch beneath the surface it is a city of stunning contrast. In fact, it is the contrast that we love so much about Bucharest; its towering communist blocks sitting right next to the most beautiful buildings showcasing wonderful examples of belle époque architecture.

You’re also likely to notice a few things other things in Bucharest — cars and dogs! Romania’s capital has an abundance of both. The latter being a sad after effect of Nicolae Ceausescu’s programme of systematisation, where he methodically moved families from their houses to purpose built communist blocks and often household pets had to be left behind.  A lot of people seem to be intimidated or put off by Bucharest, but if you can get past preconceptions you might find yourself pleasantly surprised!

All of our Bucharest hotels are based in the old district of Lipscani (pronounced locally as Lip-scan), which is the beating heart of the city and our favourite place to wine and dine in the evenings. There are tons of quaint eateries and buzzing bars, you just need to get yourself lost amongst the historic backstreets or follow our recommendations for the best places to grab a bite or a few drinks.

Accommodation in Bucharest:

Includes Z Executive Hotel

Includes Rembrandt Hotel

Includes Grand Boutique Hotel

Please Note: Accommodation will be allocated by Untravelled Paths subject to availability. In the event there is no availability we will use alternative accommodation of similar standard and quality.



Nestled in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and known as the gateway into Transylvania, the medieval Saxon town of Brasov is an absolute gem. A world away from the lively buzz of the capital city, Brasov provides the perfect base for exploring the Transylvanian countryside with its rural villages, fortified churches and thick forests as well as the infamous Bran Castle, would-be residence of mysterious Count Dracula.

Set against a beautiful mountain backdrop and rich in clean fresh air, the pace of life in Brasov’s Old Town is noticeably slower and more relaxed than in Bucharest and is the ideal location for those who prefer to take in the atmosphere at a leisurely pace, ambling around the cobbled streets, stopping for a hot drink in one of the clusters of quaint cafes or heading to a cosy restaurant for lunch or dinner.

The town’s distinctive medieval ambiance is reflected in its striking examples of Gothic and baroque architecture, the most prominent of which has to be the Black Church with its smoke-blackened walls and looming presence over the beautiful old square in the heart of the town. All the sights worth seeing in Brasov are accessible by foot including the narrowest street in Europe and the climb up to the top of the Black Tower where the entire city unfolds before your eyes.

Accommodation in Brasov:

Includes Casa Wagner

Includes Bella Muzica

Please Note: Accommodation will be allocated by Untravelled Paths subject to availability. In the event there is no availability we will use alternative accommodation of similar standard and quality.



Famed for its connections with Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, Transylvania offers so much more than old ghost stories. With beautiful landscapes teaming with nature and perfectly preserved medieval towns rich in history and culture, this is one of the last places in Europe where you’ll find living remnants of medieval tradition and custom.

Ancient fortified villages and isolated hamlets are surrounded by rolling pastures dotted with haystacks, and meadows carpeted with hundreds of wildflowers. Peasant culture and rural life is apparent at every twist and turn – the locals get around by horse and cart, grass is cut using traditional scythes, shepherds roam the countryside and water is taken from the communal village well. Frozen in time yet utterly self-sufficient, the inhabitants of these remote dwellings have honed the ancient arts of weaving, pottery and bread-making over the centuries, and still make a living from time-honoured occupations including shepherding and carpentry.

Travelling to Transylvania is like stepping into the past, where time seems to slow down and age-old tradition unravels itself. Life is beautifully simple here, a world apart from our own hectic day-to-day lives, which makes a visit to the region a breath of fresh air in every sense of the word.

Accommodation in Transylvania:

Includes Inn on Balaban

Includes Viscri 125

Includes Valea Verde

Please Note: Accommodation will be allocated by Untravelled Paths subject to availability. In the event there is no availability we will use alternative accommodation of similar standard and quality.



Aside from being the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s cult classic Count Dracula, Sighisoara has been crowned a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and has become the most popular Saxon walled citadel in Transylvania.

Founded during the 12th century, the fairytale town has been lovingly preserved over the years and still showcases the beauty of its original architecture, burgher houses and ornate religious buildings, making it one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe. Its historic cobbled streets weave their way over secluded alleyways, through tranquil squares, up and over impressive stairways and out to a view of the powerful towers and turrets that pepper the hillside and spell the town’s rich and colourful past as a Saxon fortress. 

Highlights include the Church on the Hill which boasts a collection of stunning ancient frescoes, the 13th century Venetian House and the Church of the Dominican Monastery which is famous for its architecture and ornate Transylvanian renaissance furnishings that date back to the 17th century. Most of all though, Sighisoara’s blend of fairytale magic and charming history makes for a beautiful experience that captures the imagination of its visitors who are transported back in time for an afternoon.


Balea Lake

Perched high up in Transylvania’s Fagaras Mountains at an altitude of 2,034 meters, the glacial Balea Lake is a stunning location that will take your breath away with its changing facades throughout the year.

In the summer, the lake is reached via the Transfagarasan, a twisting snake of a road that has earned its title as ‘the best road in the world’ by Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson. The rugged alpine scenery at the top is a beauty to behold and is made even more ethereal thanks to the serene and crystal clear waters of the lake. Outdoor activities include hiking, walking and enjoying the fresh mountain air while the Balea Lake Chalet provides a wonderful spot for lunch right on the water’s edge.

Please Note: Balea Lake can only be visited from June to October as the Transfagarasan road is closed the rest of the year.



Those visiting in the shoulder months (April, May and November) will get a chance to visit the lovely town of Sibiu. Set in the heart of the Transylvanian countryside, the beautiful 12th century Saxon town represents one of the most charming areas in Romania. The winding cobbled streets, brightly coloured traditional houses and decorative bridges of the old town come together to create a picturesque chocolate-box town that provides a fairytale-like setting.

As the official European City of Culture (2007), Sibiu boasts the best-preserved architecture in Romania and its three main squares are divine with their charming façades painted in shades of warm apricot, pea green, sky blue and sunshine yellow. The quaint back alleys and stunning church-adorned squares provide the perfect opportunity to soak up the atmosphere pausing for refreshments in a string of wonderful cafés, bars and restaurants dotted in and around the main squares.

Accommodation choices in Sibiu:

Includes Casa Luxemburg

Includes Huet Residence

Includes The Council

Please Note: Accommodation will be allocated by Untravelled Paths subject to availability. In the event there is no availability we will use alternative accommodation of similar standard and quality. Sibiu is only visited in April, May and November.

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The Season

With increasingly long summers and winters, the climate in Romania is rather extreme and plays host to some scorching months as well as a period of severe cold and snow, which is why the Transylvania Experience does not run through the winter months. Spring, summer and autumn, however offer beautiful weather on the whole and a range of local village activities that vary according to the seasons. Those interested in taking part in any of the bear tracking activities should opt to visit between May and September when the bears are more active and chances of sightings increase dramatically.

April & May: The weather in May is pleasant as the intense heat of the summer is yet to arrive. However, it’s not unusual for the weather to change quite drastically, particularly on higher ground so it’s a good idea to pack layers just in case! The other plus side to travelling in the spring is the presence of stunning wildflowers and butterflies that fill the Transylvanian countryside. The bear tracking season commences in May so those interested in visiting the bear hide as part of their trip should consider travelling in May rather than April. Spending Easter in Transylvania is always a wonderful experience filled with culture, tradition and colours aplenty. Visits to the coal makers and the shepherds take place in May rather than April but traditional bread making and cookery workshops are on offer throughout the spring, summer and autumn.

June, July & August: In the full swing of summer, visiting Transylvania in June, July and August affords long hot sunny days and blue skies with little chance of rain. While temperatures can soar to around 40 degrees in Bucharest, the Transylvanian countryside tends to be a little cooler so you can enjoy the great outdoors either trekking or mountain biking across the countryside to other neighbouring Saxon villages like Viscri. The month of July plays host to harvest time when the fields and pastures are ripe for hay stacking, providing you with the opportunity to get your hands dirty and help the locals gather the hay using traditional instruments like scythes and forks. Other activities to get involved with during the summer include horse-drawn cart trips to the local coal mines to witness the rare craft of making coal as well as sherpherding in the fields where you’ll have the opportunity to watch the milking and shearing of the sheep and to sample the local cheeses.

September & October: September brings with it slightly fresher temperatures and the start of the truffle-hunting season that takes place throughout the autumn in Viscri. You’ll have the chance to search for truffles in the woods and forests surrounding the local villages. You can even take part in a traditional rustic cookery workshop where you’ll learn to cook your truffles. Visits to the coal makers and the shepherds take place in September rather than October but traditional bread making and cookery workshops are on offer throughout the spring, summer and autumn. Weather is slightly fresher in October and November but the countryside is still beautiful.


The Duration & The Calendar

The Transylvania Experience takes place over seven nights and eight days and typically commences every Saturday during the season. However, the arrival and departure times of your chosen flights may well affect the exact duration of your stay. Many use the flexibility of booking their own flights to add an additional night or two (or three) in Bucharest at the beginning and/or end of the experience to make the very most of their time in Romania.

The calendar on the BOOK NOW page shows exactly when trips are available throughout the season. As well as displaying which trip dates are fully booked or available, the calendar also highlights specific dates that have been discounted or are on special offer. Click here to see available dates and rates on our calendar >

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The Highlights

There are hundreds of reasons why we think you would love the opportunity to take a step back in time with the Transylvania Experience, but here are a few of our personal trip highlights to help persuade you…

The Activities: With such a wonderful range of activities to get involved with on your trip, you’ll come away with a wealth of unique experiences to treasure for years to come. From traditional rides on an authentic horse and cart to visit to the local villages beehives to see how they make honey, you’ll be immersed in village life. For those interested in nature and wildlife there’s a trip to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary where you’ll witness their family of rescued bears and you can even sign up for an evening excursion to see wild bears at a forest-based bear hide. If you’re looking for a kick of culture then the castles at Peles and Bran, as well as a wander around the renowned ASTRA Outdoor Folk Museum, and the medieval towns of Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara will be right up your street.

The Transylvanian Countryside: The Transylvanian countryside is an absolute spectacle that changes throughout the season with beautiful alpine meadows rich in wild flora and fauna, and green pastures carpeted with an abundance of wild flowers and peppered with hundreds of butterflies during the spring and summer. Whether you’re here for the simplicity and solitude, the great outdoors or just an escape somewhere different, you’ll find the natural Transylvanian countryside a veritable paradise of peace and beauty.

The Rustic Accommodation: The accommodation you’ll be staying in on the Transylvania Experience includes some of our all-time favourites, each distinct and unique from one another. From the isolated Inn on Balaban set atop a mountainous ridge and surrounded by rolling hills, to the rustic village guesthouse with its charming rooms and wonderful Romanian hosts, your experience will be absolutely authentic.

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The Grapevine

Don’t just take our word for it… have a read through the 5* reviews our past guests have left on Facebook and Trustpilot.



The Booking Process

So you’ve found the perfect experience for you… what happens next? Just follow the steps below…

Includes Enquiry form: Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.

Includes Confirmation: We will get back to you within 24 hours answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking. 

Includes Booking form: Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.

Includes Payment: As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 6 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 25% deposit will be taken. The outstanding balance is then taken 6 weeks before travelling. Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 6 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions.

Includes Final confirmation: Shortly after you paid, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalized itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!


The Flights

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Bucharest with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

Includes London Heathrow                      Includes Bristol

Includes London Gatwick                          Includes Doncaster                  

Includes London Stansted                         Includes Glasgow

Includes London Luton                              Includes Dublin

Includes Birmingham                                 For other airports click here

Your airport transfers are 100% flexible allowing you the freedom to arrive and depart at any time you choose on the arrival/departure date whether that be at 6am in the morning or 11pm at night.

For those wanting to book additional nights at the beginning or end of the trip please note that your airport pick-up and drop-off will still be included provided that you book your accommodation for the extra nights directly through us. If not you will need to organise your own transfers to and from the airport. Please contact us if you need advice or assistance.

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The Personality

This experience is suitable for all ages and tastes from the young to the young at heart. It also matches with the below travel personalities and groups:

Includes The Explorer

Includes The Free Spirit


The Group 

The Transylvania Experience is a wonderful retreat suited to all groups including friends, families and even individuals who are hankering after some alone time. More information is detailed below.

Includes The Couple

Includes The Family

Includes The Friends

Includes The Solo Traveller

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The Booking & Enquiry Form

If you’d like to learn more about this experience, you’d like to check availability and prices or you have questions that need answering simply fill out the form below with all the required details using the calendar to let us know which dates you’re interested in. Once submitted, we will get back to you with confirmation and/or next steps within 24 hours.

Single Supplement: Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers there is a £25 single supplement per night (£175 total for the experience).

Extra Nights: If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you. For the extra nights organised through us, the airport transfer will still be included.

Special offers are highlighted in orange. Super special offers are highlighted in yellow.

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