Covasna – Harghita – Bistrita
With a nature lover’s dream package available at the moment, now is the ideal time to hop on a plane and retreat in the wilderness of the Carpathian Mountains. Let Azzurytt take you off the beaten path to picturesque and hidden places that few travelers ever reach. Layer upon layer of intense beauty awaits, and we’ll unveil it all. Few journeys offer such an inspiring blend of adventure, beauty and elegance.
DAY 1 ~ Stay where the heir of the royal crown of Great Britain is hosted
Sometimes when His Royal Highness comes to Romania, he spends the nights at Count Tibor Kalnocky’s restored family estate.
It is true that this retreat is in top most unusual hotels in Europe, next to cave style accommodation units, glass igloos and former prisons.
But not because Charles, Prince of Wales is an occasional guest and his son - Prince Harry - also stayed here.
Place of myth and legend, Transylvania is one of the most beautiful areas in Romania.
Here the wolves howling still gives you creeps at night.
And this village is located in the most picturesque unspoiled valley of Carpathian Mountains.
Preserving its Rennaissance architecture from the 16th century, the former hunting manor now belongs to a real Transylvanian count.
Count Tibor Kalnoky is an aristocrat known for his impeccable manners and ability to speak 5 languages.
Together with his wife, he was among the guests at the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.
Project manager for Prince Charles’ properties in Romania, the count has a family pedigree dating back to the 12th century.
Not to mention his great uncle Gustav was prime minister of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
So you’re in good company !
Traditional houses in the village of Miclosoara – The Count’s Cottages
Decorated in traditional style, rooms are amazingly comfortable.
At dinner, you will sit at a long table and enjoy country style dishes in a family atmosphere.
We guarantee you that you’ll spend an unforgettable evening in the company of total strangers, swapping stories over wine.
Next day take a wildlife walking tour in the neighbouring woods. Since silence is golden, guests rooms have no TV’s nor telephones.
RUTH CHEN: “The property was a world of experience. Staying in a little village, with different houses along the same streets, that was a refreshing change from city life.”
Take an evening ride amidst Transylvanian wildlife and rural paradise
Renowned for its rich variety, the natural landscape here remained largely unspoiled.
Rolling hills nest tiny villages.
They are covered here and there by forests and wild flower meadows.
No wonder you feel taken into another century.
In this spectacular landscape, the horses – Lipizzaner, Arabian and other noble breeds – are still the main mean of transportation.
Your small private group of riders will be accompanied by a Transylvanian count and villagers.
And you will make a charming stop at the count family’s manor.
While you appreciate the story of life in Transylvania (Beyond the Forest) and the architecture of this unique museum, your horse for sure will appreciate the flavored apples in the ancient orchards…
In the evening you will leave the castle’s wide park for another horseback riding trek.
Now you will spot and watch from safe distance, stags and deer and other wild animals.
Winter romance in the woods
Take one of the most unusual European hotels.
Add a candle lit dinner with champagne and nature trips for two.
Now you have the perfect recipe to fire up your partner !
The host welcomes you with homemade gingerbread and brandy.
Soon you will enjoy a romantic hike to the cave.
Or a short walk around the mysterious lake to admire the snowy hills.
Return to the cosy atmosphere of the lit fireplace to taste traditional winter products and organic dishes.
This candle light dinner with champagne and cake as dessert is really making your hearts fly…
New day, new activities in the middle of the nature !
This time a horse sleigh or carriage trip with picnic and mulled wine.
Depending on weather conditions you can even go hunting for traces of wild animals in the snow !
The Prince of Wales’s Guesthouse
Even Prince Charles was so charmed by this valley that he turned a 200-year old property from the small village into a royal residence.
It has a series of small cottages surrounding a central courtyard.
And Vanity Fair included it in top 8 most beautiful private estates in the world.
“Upstairs in the main room is a small mezzanine with some armchairs, and a curious little internal balcony with a comfortable chair looking over a view of the forest outside. They told us that the Prince of Wales likes to sit in this chair and contemplate the incredible landscape. They say he really likes Romania, the food, the village life and it’s biodiversity” said Rupert Wolfe Murray, PR consultant.
DAY 2 ~ Secluded Transylvanian hideaway
Feel like being part of a counts family on a magnificent estate.
Nestled at the foot of the Carpathians Mountains, this is right next to thousands of hectares of untouched Transylvanian wilderness.
Dating back to the 16th century, the castle was built on the remaining of an early fortified building.
This is suspected to be burned down in the liberation war of Transylvania.
All ceilings on the first floor were covered (currently painted over) with frescoes from 1867 when the castle was extended and redecorated.
Find out about the 50 m long tunnel connected to the castle and many other captivating stories, taste dishes cooked after 100 years old recipes and enjoy the beauty of the 18th century park with old trees and ponds.
Enjoy leisurely breakfasts and all sorts of less usual activities on the estate of this counts family and the surroundings: bear watching, coach / slade tour in the village, guided hiking tour, drawing with a bow hand made after the ancient ones of the Magyar tribes, picnics with wine, formal dining “al Fresco” under century old pine trees, classic or romantic movies watching in the park while sipping a glass of Veuve Cliquot bubbles, rowing on the lake, massage, lake skating (during winter)…
DAY 3 ~ 5* pampering in wellness country-side retreat
Trained in the traditional art of massage, Metropolis Spa practitioners help soothe you while balancing your body’s energy.
Enjoy an extensive therapeutic massage with bamboo sticks.
Or a honey relaxing massage to calm both your body and mind.
Mixing precious ingredients – caviar, gold, pearls – with Anubis and Rejuvi products they perfect your skin beauty.
In the end extend relaxation throughout evening at their in-house cinema with 12 leather Reclyner type armchairs !
Family, Romantic, Gourmet, History, Castles, Nature, Wildlife, Photography, Relaxing, Wellness
Starting / Ending airports
All year round
Recommended all inclusive budget / tour
EUR 750 per guest (based on 2 guests)
What to expect
* Highly customized itinerary planning & Travel arrangements – 20% discount for loyal guests
– Pay what you wish for planning services until the end of April (you can pay whatever value you feel the tour planning was to you, however small or large)
– Discounts do not cumulate
* Luxury / upscale hotel rooms and suites
* Top restaurants (traditional / fine dining)
* All in country private transfers by chauffeured car
* Entrance fees
* VAT 19% excepting accommodation services – 9%
* Special experiences (Helicopter leisure flight over Carpathian Mountains, other experiences)
* Personal tour manager
We prefer to give you the freedom of choice while protecting your budget.
This is why Azzurytt tarriffs do not cover any accommodation services, meals or entry fees.
All these are commission free and have to be paid directly to respective suppliers.
* This itinerary proposal shall be tailor made in order to best fit your own preferences. Even after customization it remains subject of road and weather conditions as well as of optimizing changes.
* Some of accommodation units recommended for this tour are selling out incredibly fast so booking with at least 6 months in advance is strongly recommended
* It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, have sun glasses and waterproof coat just in case you will need them.
* Recommended all inclusive budget varies depending on season, tour length, number of guests, accommodation and car availability at time of booking, final mileage, special experiences and other custom preferences.