Take a direct flight from the UK to Brasov to experience the incredible culture and cuisine of Transylvania. On this short break, explore medieval Brasov, visit the Libearty Bear Sanctuary and Bran Castle, and savour some Romanian brandy in Palinca tasting session, as well as some delicious cheeses. Immerse yourself in the cultural delights of the village, and perfect your skills in the kitchen with a cookery class.
Arrive in Brasov and enjoy a city tour with a local guide. Discover the medieval allure of Brasov, founded by Teutonic Knights in 1211. The old town, fortified in the 15th century against the Turks, boasts iconic churches such as the Black Church and the Gothic Protestant Church. Unveil the region's rich cultural legacy through museums, theatres, and the first printing press in Transylvania! Learn about its history and former name, City of Stalin. Check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.
This morning, set off to Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti, and hear stories of the bears' rescue, and see them recovering in their natural habitat. Next, venture to the legendary Bran Castle, which symbolises Romanian folklore and medieval history. After lunch, indulge in a Palinca tasting, and savour the robust flavours of this traditional Romanian brandy. Finish the day in Sibiu, where you'll stop for an overnight stay. (B,L)
Next, embark on a day of cultural immersion and culinary delights. Visit a vibrant Roma community in Brateiu and gain insight into their customs and lifestyle. Take part in a hands-on cooking class in Marginimea Sibiului, exploring Romania's culinary heritage with a local expert and enjoying your efforts afterwards. Discover the grandeur of Biertan's fortified church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Conclude in the enchanting medieval town of Sighisoara, where you'll spend the night. (B,L)
Today, on your journey back to Brasov, visit the idyllic village of Viscri. This village is part of a vibrant community project, dedicated to preserving forgotten traditions and skills. Watch locals engage in age-old practices, from embroidery to blacksmithing, and savour local delicacies while peeking inside cosy wood-heated houses. Wander the streets among chickens and geese and take a walk to its UNESCO-listed fortified church. Enjoy a leisurely horse cart ride. Then, visit Ferma Catean in Rotbav, a farm that has mastered the art of Romanian cheese-making and enjoy a curated tasting session. Return to Brasov. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)
This is an example itinerary staying at our preferred three/four-star hotels, accompanied by a guide price. If you would like alternative options staying at upgraded hotels, or if you have a higher or lower budget than the guide price, please ring one of our travel specialists on 0207 666 1244 and we can tailor this trip to suit your precise requirements.