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Family Active Romania Adventure tour
Romania Transylvania Family Active Romania Adventure Trip

Family Active Romania Adventure

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Historic Bucharest - Take part in a treasure hunt in Bucharest's old town.
  • Transylvanian mystery - Explore Count Dracula's Bran Castle.
  • Wildlife - Visit a bear sanctuary in the heart of Transylvania.
  • Great outdoors - Spend two days in the picturesque Apuseni Nature Park hiking, biking and kayaking
  • Visit an amusement park deep underground - Visit Salina Turda, an excavated salt mine, turned into an amusement park complete with a full size ferris wheel deep underground.
  • Local living - Take a horse and card ride through picturesque villages and explore ancient citadels.

Short Description

When it comes to travelling with kids, Romania may seem off the beaten track, yet the country hosts many surprises and an array of activities to suit the whole gang. Explore the historic capital of Bucharest, travel to the heart of Transylvania where it's not unusual to see farmers going about their work using horse-drawn carts and along the way visit Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula. Spend time at a bear sanctuary and be as active as you want in the picturesque Apuseni Nature Park trying out biking, kayaking and hiking.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Cluj-Nacopa

Travel Theme

High Adventure

Destinations

Romania

Cities & Attractions

Romania Transylvania

Age Requirement

7

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join trip in Bucharest, capital of Romania

Description

Arrive in Bucharest, drive 16km to our centrally located hotel.. Situated on the Danube Plain and set amid a series of lakes and gardens, Bucharest has often been referred to as 'Little Paris of the Balkans.' The city has shaken off its drab recent past; undergoing radical modernisation, it's now a bustling city at the centre of Romanian culture, art and media. The cities scale is grand, characterised by the 'Ceausima', Bucharest's 12-storey Palace of Parliament is the second largest building in the world (after the Pentagon) dominating the central plaza. Depending on your arrival time walk out and enjoy the cafes and people watch.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Explore Bucharest, treasure hunt on foot in the old town. Visit Dracula's Bran Castle

Description

After breakfast head out for a tour of Bucharest blending turn of the century elegance and Communist excess including Revolution Square, the Royal Palace and Victory Street. Leaving our bus behind us, we head to the old town on foot for a treasure hunt ending up at the ruins of Dracula Palace.

Heading north, we bid farewell to the capital, stopping briefly at Snagov Monastery, where it is supposed that Vlad the Impaler is buried. Situated on an island at the northern end of Snagov Lake, Vlad the Impaler has strong connections to Snagov building fortifications around the monastery including an escape tunnel and a prison and torture chamber.
Continuing our journey we drive 2 to 3 hours to Brasov famed for its charming tangle of narrow streets and multi-coloured houses. Stopping for lunch, we also visit the first Romanian school dating from 1495. Children can experience a sense of life for past generations; sitting in the old school benches with the museum curator taking a brief lesson.

The final stop of the day is the imposing castle at Bran. The truth behind Dracula's Castle is even more fascinating than its myths. In the early 20th century it was the home of the remarkable British born Queen Marie of Romania, granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Vlad the Impaler, the infamous 15th century ruler of Wallachia, never actually lived here and Bram Stoker never came near Transylvania! Perched on a crag in a valley between two high mountain ranges, the castle controlled an international trade route, but is now a rural backwater. Exploring the village, the castle and the museum gives us a chance to unravel fact from fiction.

From here it's a short drive to the Transylvanian village of Moieciu, where we stay in a local guesthouse. Sit around the campfire after dark roasting marshmallows after a wholesome home cooked dinner.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Rural Romania. Visit a bear sanctuary, take a horse and cart ride and overnight in medieval city of Sighisoara.

Description

This morning we make our way to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary, a home for rescued bears. Set in a forest; the sanctuary has assisted in rescuing countless bears from zoos and captivity; the bears can now roam free in a natural environment of forested enclosures containing hibernation dens and large freshwater pools.

Driving north for two hours to the charming Saxon village of Viscri,). Break for a delicious lunch at a host family's house after which we can take a horse and cart ride around the village reminiscent of a bygone age, visiting the local baker, blacksmith and fortified church. Continue to Sighisoara.

Arriving in Sighisoara is a bit like stepping back in time. This tiny medieval city of winding cobbled alleys, pastel-coloured buildings, steep stairways and secluded squares now harbouring cafes, craft shops and hotels. Take a short tour along Sighisoara's alleys and medieval towers finishing at the house Vlad the Impaler was born. The evening is left free to sample the regions hearty cuisine including beef goulash with dumplings, tarragon chicken or warming spicy soups washed down with craft regional beer or a glass of local wine.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Drive to the heart of Transylvania, visit citadel at Alba Lulia.

Description

Drive two hours to Alba Lulia, heading into the heart of Transylvania. Explore the cities spectacular restored citadel with its arrow-shaped bastions and highly decorative gates. In the old town stroll along the wide, tree-lined streets and learn about its historical significance in shaping modern day Romania, enclosed between its walls lies several centuries of attractions all laden with history.

After lunch journey to Smida, a riverside village in the heart of Apuseni Natural Park, our base for the next three nights. Check into the Smida Park Mountain Resort and Spa which features an indoor swimming pool and a host of activities for the whole family to enjoy including table tennis, bike hire and kayaking.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Apuseni Natural Park. Guided nature walk to view carnivorous plants in the wild. Further optional activities (tennis, cycling, kayaking).

Description

The meadows and rolling hills of Apuseni Natural Park is an ideal playground for families wanting to enjoy the great outdoors. Setting off from our base in Smida, we start the day with a guided ranger walk to view carnivorous plans in the wild, we continue along the shores of the lake making our way back to the hotel. In the afternoon we get to choose from a number of optional activities including renting mountain bikes to explore the network of cycle trails, or try kayaking on the nearby lake (June to September), see the optional excursions section for more details. Alternatively relax by the pool soaking up the fantastic scenery.

Late afternoon there is a guided walk through forests to a Sheppard's hut where we will get the chance to sample local cheeses. It's not untypical to see farmers young and old come together scything hay by hand and collecting the dried hay to pile into vast stacks. The walk gives us an opportunity to see rural Romania at its very best.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Apuseni Natural Park. Free day for further activities (tennis, cycling, kayaking)

Description

Today is a free day to enjoy this spectacular region steeped in myth, folklore and superb wildlife. Butterflies are abundant, and there are numerous other birds and plants to enjoy on walks from our hotel. Your Explore leader will be on hand to recommend activities to try today including hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking on the lake. The hotel also offers a host of activities for families including a tennis court and a swimming pool.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Drive to Salina Turda, a former salt mine, turned tourist attraction. Continue to Cluj-Napoca, walking tour of historic centre.

Description

After breakfast drive to one of the unique highlights of the trip, Salina Turda, a former salt mine turned tourist attraction. This underground wonderland has been fitted out with bright lights and pedestrian walkways, not to mention an amphitheatre, ferris wheel and underground lake. The vast space mine has had a colourful history over the years, including cheese storage centre and during the second world war, an antiaircraft shelter. Later, in 1992, it was opened to the public, and has been a unique attraction ever since.

After lunch we continue to Romania's second largest city, Cluj-Napoca. After checking into our hotel, we set out on foot. Blending a rich cultural infusion of Saxon, Hungarian and Roma influences, we stroll through the Baroque city centre stopping to hear the stories behind landmarks like the Banffy Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Michael, which has changed its religious denomination a total of five times since its initial construction and still dominates the downtown market area.

For those wishing to explore the city further consider the National History Museum for enchanting reminder of what natural history museums used to be, alternatively head to the Botanical Gardens to relax among the fragrant blooms and native flowers.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Trip ends in Cluj-Napoca

Description

Trip ends in Cluj-Napoca after breakfast.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Optional Excursions

A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your Family adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities or take time to relax, the choice is yours. At certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in; your Explore Leader will be able to give advice on which are the most suitable for your family. Apuseni Natural Park Day 5 or 6: Kayaking on Belis Fantanele lake (June to September). 1 hour €8 adult, €5 child. 4 hours €18 adult, €14 child Day 5 or 6: Bike hire to explore the numerous off road trails in the park. 4 hours €12 adult, €10 child or full day option €20 adult and €17 child.

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An Explore Leader is an integral part of any Explore trip and your trip will be led by one of our experienced Explore Leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Explore Leaders are the key to the success of our trips; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your Explore Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this trip fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

Tour Staff

Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s)

Age Notes

Min. Age: 7

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