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Sighisoara, Transylvania, Romania


Transylvania, ‘The Land Beyond the Forest’, is by far the best-known region in Romania but is much more than just vampires. It is an ancient land of wild mountains, picturesque villages, carnivorous predators, forested valleys, vibrant Roma communities and medieval towns.

Transylvania is home to over 150 fortified churches, standing as a testament to nearly 900 years of Saxon inhabitation. The Saxon villages throughout Transylvania have some wonderful boutique hotels, such as Viscri 125, from where it is possible to explore the surrounding countryside on foot or by bicycle or even try your hand at truffle hunting.

Staying in guesthouse accommodation gives a real feel for local culture and a great opportunity to sample traditional cuisine and home-distilled alcohol.

Biertan, Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, Romania
Transylvania, Romania
Corvinilor Castle, Transylvania, Romania
Transylvania, Romania

A place to sink your teeth into

The main towns of Bucharest, Brasov and Sibiu offer urban comforts and sophisticated hotels however to really get a taste of Transylvania, stay in a village house and watch the evening cow parade or the regular traffic of oxen-pulled carts, wandering wild horses and trailers piled high with hay.


It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Corvinilor Castle

Visit one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Europe.

Turda Salt Mine

Visit the Turda Salt Mine, which dates from Roman times and is Europe’s most surprising and unique underground attaraction.

The Black Church

Visit the Black Church in Brasov, the largest Gothic church in South-east Europe.

Carpathian Mountains

Hike in the Carpathian Mountains and enjoy the local flora and fauna.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

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Tom Frost

Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.

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