We offer one excursion or activity per day according to the schedule below, which is included in the 'All Inclusive' price.
Tours and activities start after breakfast, between 10–10.30 in the morning.
From April to October, bear watching is possible at an extra charge in the evenings.
The Land of the Szeklers
The Székely (Szekler) people have their distinctive architecture, language and culture. In many of their villages, craftsmen still pass down their skills from generation to generation. We will visit workshops of weavers and wood-carvers, and an ancient, yet functional water-mill. The local cemetary reveals the old pagan custom of using totems rather than crosses on the graves.
Picnic lunch at the fizzy mineral water springs and bath of 'Little Bacon'.
The Szeklers are Hungarians, and your guide will help to communicate and explain the many peculiarities of this colourful part of Transylvania and of its people.
A day at The Prince of Wales’s Retreat
Visiting His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales's personal nature retreat - which lies nestled amongst the meadows and hills of Zalán Valley (Zalánpatak, Valea Zălanului). We take a short walk on the hills & meadows, on our way we visit the volcanic gas exhaust called moffeta and the small public mineral water bath with fresh spring water.
Lunch at the Prince of Wales’s guesthouse.
The Pied Piper's Cave and Gorge
Around 25 km to the north of Miklosvár lies the Almás cave in the gorge of the Vargyas river. In its large opening at mid-cliff, hundreds of human-shaped stalagmites of ice appear in winter. It is a place of many legends, and it is said that the Pied Piper surfaced here with the abducted children from Hamelin (who became the Saxon colonists of Transylvania).
Picnic at the cave's entrance or outside.
After crossing the river on several small bridges, we will explore the entrance of the cave with its impressive halls populated by colonies of bats (mostly in winter). For those interested in hiking, it is possible to climb the summit and walk through wild flower meadows with great panoramic views of the gorge. The climb is of medium difficulty.
Trip to the Emerald Lake at Racoșul de Jos
Racoșul de Jos is located on the west bank of the Olt River. Once it was an important mining centre. The specifics of the place are the columns of black basalt located near the village, the area is known as the Racoșul de Jos Geological Complex, a geological nature reserve. A few hundred meters from the Geological Complex is the Emerald Lake formed in a volcano crater.
Picnic lunch by the Emerald Lake.
The Sükösd-Bethlen Castle, build in the 17th century, is located in the centre of the village.
Village day at Miklósvár (Micloșoara)
Walking is the best way to discover a new area. You will venture off from the manor park into the hills surrounding the village. Take along a walking stick available at the guesthouse, and binoculars to watch birdlife. According to the season you will find many wild flowers including orchids in spring, mushrooms in the forest in summer and autumn, and wild animal tracks in the winter snow.
Lunch is served at the guesthouse.
In the afternoon try out your skills at traditional crafts at the Stone Pub. The rest of the day will be spent at the renaissance manor which has recently been restored. Discover its interiors which reflect lifestyles of past centuries. *Optional: For children upon request pony walks and pony cart ride is available for extra fee.
Horse and cart ride
Explore the beautiful surroundings of Miklosvár by horse and cart. We will drive through this picturesque landscape of hills and valleys, wildflower meadows and forests. Local people can be seen working on their lands, using traditional methods and tools long forgotten in the western world. You will have views on the string of villages aligned along the river Olt that flows through the valley.
Picnic / barbecue at lunch in a picturesque spot.
In the afternoon the cooks will help you make our traditional Szekler Chimney Cake over open fire. Your own cake will then be served for desert or tea. The local blacksmith will show you how he beats hot iron into shape in his old smithy.
Treasure hunt at The Kálnoky Castle’s garden for children and adults alike. Our treasure hunts are information-based scavenger hunts, or puzzle hunts, in which teams use their collective brainpower to solve clues. It is a fun way to get to know the castle park and interesting facts about the castle and the Museum of Transylvaniain Life.
Lunch at the guesthouse.
Leisure afternoon. The cottages are situated within spacious yards, some with storks nesting on nearby rooftops. Enjoy a nice book, a cup of tea or coffee in the garden.
Optional day programme
The Saxon Land: Viscri (Deutschweißkirch, Szászfehéregyháza) and Sighișoara (Schäßburg, Segesvár).
Viscri is one of the best preserved Saxon villages and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its fortified church is one of the most iconic Saxon fortified churches in Transylvania. The village itself was saved from decay with the help of international charities including the support of the Prince of Wales. You will visit his house which is now an educational centre for rural skills.
Lunch in Sighişoara at a restaurant on the cobbled town square.
Sighișoara is one of the seven major Saxon towns dating back to the 13th century and it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the alleged birthplace of Vlad Țepeş, 'The Impaler'. The old citadel dominates the newer quarters of the town from a rocky massif. 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 restored Church on the Hill and the atmospheric Saxon cemetery.
Optional day programme
Bran castle (Törzburg, Törcsvár) and Prejmer cistercian fortified church (Tartlau, Prázsmár).
Bram Stoker immortalized Transylvania in his book 'Dracula', but never actually visited the region. Castle Bran, which has become synonymous with Count Dracula due to its dramatic aspect, towers dominantly on a crag overlooking the valley. Known as "Dracula's Castle', Bran was actually the summer residence of Queen Maria of Romania, with rather romantic interiors.
Lunch in Bran.
The amazing fortified church in Prejmer (Tartlau), was originally built by the Cistercian Order, and later fortified by an impressive system of ring-walls sheltering several storeys of chambers as a refuge for hundreds of people from the neighbouring villages. It has survived many a siege by the Turks and has retained most of its original character.
Some of our tours are weather permitting, hence we might change or tailour them if necessary.
Thank You for joining us!
Your stay contributes to the sustainable development of Transylvania and to the preservation of its cultural and natural heritage. The Kálnoky Foundation collaborates with The Prince of Wales's Foundation in Romania.