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These holidays contribute
to the resoration of the
castle at Miclosoara and
support the local community
through employment
and use of local
resources


DATES


Daily departures
3, 7. 10 & 14 nights

Prices from £ 769.00 per week

includes flights, taxes,
transfers, full-board,
activities & excursions.
Further discounts on group prices



HIGHLIGHTS


Unspoilt Nature & Traditions
Legends of Transylvania
History & Culture
Brasov & Bran Castle
Szekelerland
Gelence Frescoes
St. Ana Lake
Saxon fortified churches
Sighisoara & Viscri
Carpathian Landscapes
Flower meadows
Bear-tracking
Bird-watching
Horses & Carts
Walking & Fishing
Pied Piper Caves
Village Life
Winter Holidays



FLIGHTS


Recommended Flight Schedules
British Airways
Heathrow 09:45 – Bucharest 15:00; Bucharest 15:00 - Heathrow 17:15
Times are local and are subject to change; 2 hour time difference - UK & Romania

Alternative quality airlines include
Swiss, Austrian, Lufthansa or KLM
Regional departures on request
Transfers provided - 3-4 hours




In case you wish to stay longer
than a week, we offer as an option
3-day (2-3 night) tours by Land Rover
to more remote destinations, like
the famous painted monasteries
of Bucovina. Our British friend
and guide, Colin Shaw, of
"Roving Romania" will show you
around and eventually bring
you back to Miclosoara.

Tour options:
- The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina
- Lake Békás (Bicaz) and the Mystical
- Mountain of Ceahlau
- Carpathian Mountain Passes






A TOUCH OF CLASS ADVENTURES 2008


Nature and Cultural activities at Miklosvar (Miclosoara)


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This page is dedicated to the Nature and Culture Activities - please also refer to the separate HIKING page for the new walking programme.

Travel back in time to discover a living history and an unspoilt natural history set amidst the beautiful, tranquil countryside - the mountains, forests and flower-filled meadows of Transylvania.

Updated 7.7.2008

Landscape around Miklosvar (Miclosoara)
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In our opinion this offer is the perfect introduction to Transylvania with the unique blend of Szekler, Saxon and Romanian influence - a rich mixture of history, culture and architecture, not to mention the wide variety of habitats - from the pools and marshes of the Olt valley to mixed woodland, unspoilt meadows, orchards and the high peaks of the Carpathians - a wildlife paradise!
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A wide range of cultural and nature toursis offered each week which are included in your holiday price. Therefore you can design your holiday according to your interests and length of stay. During a two-week stay, for example, you will be able to participate in nearly all the tours on offer. Mountain bikes are available for the use of the guests. For those interested in hiking, we offer walking activities (for different levels of fitness), which can also be combined with culture/nature tours to suit your preferences (please see programme for ‘Hiking Activities’). Close to Miclosoara, there are well-stocked ponds for those who fish.
White Stork nesting in Miklosvar (Miclosoara)
Professional English-speaking guides escort all tours and activities. Transport is by comfortable Land Rover Discovery, saloon car, or small minibus. You will also be able to watch out for birds everywhere you go. The separate Hiking Programmes comprise a selection of interesting walks ranging from easy local walks to strenuous mountain hikes. During the winter there are additional activities such as sleigh rides and skiing.
Please note this itinerary is a GUIDE ONLY. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the following itinerary may be subject to change. In particular, some of the nature activities may vary in accordance with the season, the weather and the opportunities available to observe wildlife. No sightings of wild animals, such as wolves and bears are guaranteed, and we cannot restrict their natural movements nor indeed would we wish to.
Viscri (Deutschweisskirch): Fortified Saxon Church

ARRIVAL

On arrival in Miclosoara you will be greeted by one of our team, who will provide you with information on the activities available during your stay. Before dinner in the cellar of the main house, you might want to take a stroll around the village. Dinner is served at 20:00.



MONDAY


The LAND of the SZEKLERS

The eastern Carpathians is the traditional home of the Szekely, a people closely related to the Magyars who speak a distinctive Hungarian accent and cherish a special historical identity. During this excursion you will meet a family of woodcarvers and furniture painters who have been handing down their profession from father to son since the 1500s (oldest in Europe), see the totem poles in Fules graveyard, and visit a church in Biborteni (Bibarcfalva) with historic frescoes and sample natural mineral water. In the afternoon, you will visit a Unitarian fortified church in Aita Mare (Nagyajta), before returning to Miclosoara to see the Kalnoky Family Chapel and Crypt. Finally you will be taken to the Hunting Manor, where you will see the restoration work that is taking place.





TUESDAY


THE BIRD WALK

Today, you will take a bird walk in and around Miclosoara. Our wildlife guide will introduce you to a wide variety of habitats (forests, wetlands, riparian woods and parklands). These places harbour a multitude of different birds, including the beautiful Golden Oriole, the Great Grey Shrike, the Fieldfare (only found in the Carpathian part of Transylvania), the Little Owl, and Skylark. Black storks also nest here, as well as night-jars, bee-eaters, hoopoes, kingfishers, wall-creepers, corncrakes, and Ural owls to name but a few.  Just outside the village, a protected nature reservation can be found; a wetland with important botanical value and a valuable hunting ground for birds of prey, such as the Lesser Spotted Eagle. The bird walk is suitable for anyone with an interest in nature, as well as more serious birdwatchers.



A CASTLE and a FORT

Bram Stoker immortalised Transylvania in his book ‘Dracula’, but he never actually visited the region. Castle Bran, which has become synonymous with Count Dracula, towers dramatically on a crag overlooking the village. Our culture guide will help you to sort fact from fiction. There is also a reconstructed village nearby with traditional barns and houses, which provides an insight into rural life in mediaeval Transylvania. After Bran, we will visit Râsnov, where a ruined fort founded around 1225 by the Teutonic Knights, sits high amongst fir-clad forests, commanding a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.




WEDNESDAY


BRASOV, HARMAN (Honigberg) & PREJMER (Tartlau)

On the way to Brasov, you will be able to visit the amazing fortified churches in Harman (Honigberg) and Prejmer (Tartlau). These buildings were used to house the populations of entire villages during invasions by the Turks, and contain numerous storerooms to hold a sufficient amount of food to survive a siege. Brasov is one of the seven major Transylvanian Saxon towns. Here you will find a plethora of architectural delight and lush colours, which contrasts perfectly with the green wooded hills that surround it. In the company of our cultural guide you will stroll around the beautiful Town Hall Square and visit the famous Black Church, take the cable car to the top of Tampa Mountain and have a coffee in the panoramic restaurant.



VALLEYS, FORESTS & WETLANDS

Today, you will explore the beautiful landscape of Transylvania in the company of our wildlife guide. This nature tour is not set in stone and the guide will discuss your particular interests. You may, for example, be taken by land rover through the spectacular Aita Valley, where you will cross the river more than ten times! You will visit the charcoal burners who continue to use a process perfected during the Middle Ages. They will provide us with charcoal, which will be used to grill meat or vegetables at the picnic on the banks of the Aita stream (with opportunities for swimming). You will be able to go for a short hike up the side of the valley where wild flower meadows and a panoramic view await you. After the picnic, we will then continue our journey through the valley where you may catch a glimpse of a Lesser Spotted Eagle or a Black Stork..





THURSDAY


FOSSIL TRAIL and FOREST HIKE

This walk will leads to famous fossil sites rich in Ammonites, Belemnites and different molluscs as well as beautiful countryside, secluded forests and panoramic views. It starts from Ormenis (Ürmös), the village situated o
pposite Miklósvár, on the other side of the River Olt. Here you can observe the Saxon influence on local architecture. At the edge of the village there is a famous fossil site in cretacic sandy marls rich in shells and ammonites. Next, you will walk through hay meadows until you reach well-preserved woodland pastures with mature oak trees. The total length of the trip is around 20 km, but it can be shortened depending on your fitness level. This nature tour is not set in stone and the guide will discuss your walking preferences and particular interests.



THE SAXONS


Viscri is one of the most impressive of the Transylvanian old Saxon villages and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The fortified church on top of the hill dates back to 1230, the fortified walls were added in 1525 and an assortment of towers in the 15th, 17th and 18th centuries. The village was saved from destruction with the help of the Mihai Eminescu Trust with the support of the Prince of Wales, who owns a house in the village. You will have lunch in the courtyard of a local Saxon family. There is also the opportunity to walk through wild flower meadows after lunch. On the return journey, you will stop to visit the fortified church in the Saxon village of Homorod (Hamruden).





FRIDAY


SHEPHERDS

With a horse and cart you will be taken to the higher pastures to meet the shepherds and their flock of sheep.  The guide will explain the shepherd’s lifestyle, as well as the methods used to protect their livestock from predators.  There might be an opportunity to hear some of their tales about close encounters with bears and wolves, often only slightly exaggerated.  You will also see them milking and making cheese.  Returning to the lower pastures, we will have a picnic and explore the beautiful wild flower meadows before returning home to Miklósvár.

THE VOLCANIC LAKES

After breakfast, we will drive through spectacular mountainous scenery to reach the summit of Mount Ciumatu. Here you will discover St. Ana’s lake, the only intact volcanic lake in Europe. A small chapel is situated close to the lake. Our culture guide will explain the legend of St. Ann and its association with the lake. The rare Tinovul Mohus peat bog can also be found at this site (situated in a secondary crater, with glacial relics such as Drosera insectivorous plants). A local guide will accompany you to explain the unique flora and fauna, which is found in the area during your walk. There is also the possibility to visit the remarkable sulphur caves.





SATURDAY


VILLAGE LIFE IN MICLOSOARA


You will spend the day with the people in Miklósvár, who will welcome you into their homes and introduce you to local activities. You will visit the local bee-keeper, make some of that lovely honey, and of course taste it. For those with a culinary interest, a lady who also lives locally will be happy to show you how to make the traditional Szekler pastry ‘KürtŒskalács’, which will then be served after lunch. See the blacksmith at work and give him a hand in the afternoon and return to the guesthouse with a handful of new skills. In the evening you can sit outside the main guesthouse on a bench and watch the cows come  home alone to their



THE PIED PIPER'S CAVE

Around 25 km north of Miclosoara is the Almasch cave in the gorge of the Varghis river, a system that continues for 7.3 km on four levels and where the Pied Piper legendarily surfaced with the children of Hamlin (who became the Saxons colonists of Transylvania). This is one of Transylvania’s most important speleological sites. After traversing the river, we will enter and explore the cave, with its impressive halls populated by colonies of bats. Our guide will explain the history and unique structure of the cave and the habits of these fascinating animals. For those interested in hiking, it is possible to climb the summit and walk through wild flower meadows with panoramic views of the gorge.





SUNDAY

BRANDY DISTILLERY

You will be taken by a horse-cart to a neighbouring village and have the opportunity to visit one of the most famous brandy distilleries in the area, the Köpecbánya Distillery, proudly owned by Mr. Dénes.  About 20 years ago when the coal mine closed down the brandy he makes became his only source of income. In a reed-roofed shack you will discover how Szekler brandy (Pálinka) is made, maybe lend a helping hand to make it, and be able to sample it before returning home to Miklósvár. As a hobby Mr. Dénes also manufactures brooms and his son is a bee-keeper..


OPTIONAL TOUR:
NEEDS TO BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE OF YOUR VISIT

SIGHISOARA

In the company of our cultural guide, you will visit Sighisoara and learn about the history of the Saxons in Transylvania. Sighisoara is one of the seven major Saxon towns dating back to the 13th century and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is also the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, “The Impaler”. The old town or citadel dominates the newer quarters from a rocky massif. During this tour you will visit the Citadel, the Clock Tower, the Monastery Church, some of the fourteen Guild Towers, and climb the Scholar’s Stairs to reach the newly restored Church on the Hill and the atmospheric Saxon cemetery. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in the cobbled town square.



CUTURAL ACTIVITIES


NATURE ACTIVITIES



Additional Activities


If you would like to do something, which you cannot find in the programme, please ask, as we will endeavour to assist. For example if there is somewhere you would like to visit in the region which is not on the list, or if you have a relevant specific interest which is not covered we will try to accommodate you. We have recently organised special trips to visit the steam forestry railway at Covasna-Comandau, and to Peles Castle at Sinaia. These may cost extra and will depend on availability of transport and guides - special requests are more easily fulfilled outside the busy season of May - September. Bird ringing programmes are also available from time to time – please ask for further details and dates, and for comprehensive lists of bird species observed in the region. We have also catered for special events such as birthdays, anniversarys or for honeymoons. A candlelit meal or party cand be arranged in advance at most times of the year, or we could adapt a programme for a small group.

We can also add on extra days in other parts of Romania such as the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, or the mediaeval town of Sibiu for example. Perhaps you would like to spend a day shopping on your own in Brasov, we can request transfers for you. Please ask us for ideas or a quotation.


Sighisoara (Schässburg) - the clocktower



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Fruit Blossom, Miklosvar (Miclosoara); Street in Viscri; Swallowtail Butterfly


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Cart ride in the Olt Valley; S potted Eagle (Robert Zeitz); Vargyas Canyon


NEW - HORSE RIDING PROGRAMMES

One or Two day riding programmes are now available
covering the beautiful, untouched region of the former Kalnoky Domains
Riding between the Kalnoky summer castle at Miklosvar (Miclosoara) and the family seat, the castle at Kalnok (Calnic)
Please enquire for further details
EURO 35.00 per day payable locally


STOP PRESS: FULL ONE WEEK RIDING PROGRAMMES NOW AVAILABLE
PLEASE CONTACT US FOR DETAILED PROGRAMME





Winter Holidays

Winter is one of the most beautiful seasons in the village. It usually lasts from the end of October to the beginning of April. You not only feel to have been transferred into a fairytale, but also have the impression of time standing still.  During the day you can ski at Poiana Brasov resort, situated at 1900 m altitude with an average annual snowfall of 70 cm, a variety of slopes, cable cars and lifts.  Alternatively you may prefer animal tracking in the snow or a romantic sleigh ride equipped with a fur blanket and muffs to keep your hands and knees warm.  A rather special excursion is o the Pied Piper’s cave, reached by crossing the river on the ice. In its entrance hundreds of ice stalagmites resemble the transparent-blue shapes of children.  Snowshoes are available to help you discover our fairytale, winter wilderness before returning to the warmth of a roaring log fire!

 
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