A 4 day adventure
An immersive journey through the untamed wilderness of Romania. With fantastic company, great hospitality and fabulous food along the way, The European Nature Trust invites you to join them deep in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains in support of Foundation Conservation Carpathia.
More than half of Europe’s virgin forests are located in the Romanian Carpathians, with around a third of all Europe’s large carnivores – making them amongst the most valuable natural areas left in Europe. This mixed with medieval villages and an traditional lifestyle creates a unique experience for all visitors.
We grant exclusive access to areas otherwise not available to the public, and to witness first hand the incredible work that is taking place to restore and protect this remarkable wilderness.
All-inclusive experiences: all accommodation, food, alcohol, transfers, helicopter experience, guiding, trekking, activities and hosting is included.
Wild places provide clean air, pure water and healthy soils – essential for life on earth. Yet still, only 3% of charitable giving is directed to environmental causes.At the European Nature Trust (TENT) we create unique experiences that connect people to nature and raise funds for leading conservation organisations.
FOUNDER & TRUSTEE
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
After arrival in Bucharest we will arrange a transfer North out of the city and into the Carpathian Mountains. After a beautiful drive, we will approach the village of Bran – the rumoured home of Dracula’s Castle. After a quick pit-stop in the village and a walk through the market, we’ll continue our journey.
In the hills above the village is the Inn on Balaban, our stunning mountain lodge with panoramic views of two mountain massifs. After settling in, we will enjoy welcome talk from the FCC team, who will set the scene for the trip. The group will relax over a sunset dinner and enjoy some lovely local Romanian wines.
DAY 2: FOUNDATION CONSERVATION CARPATHIA
The next morning, we will hike through some of the extensive remaining virgin forests, and learn about the large carnivore conservation, monitoring, and management activities of FCC. In a few years, the Fagaras Mountains shall become the largest forested National Park on the continent!
That evening we will walk up one of the Foundation’s spectacular wildlife hides. Perched on one of the south-eastern ridges of the Fagaras Mountains, overlooking Pecineagu Lake, the hide is in the middle of the forest, but provides all the comforts you could need – expect a lovely homecooked dinner and good glass of wine. We’ll spend the evening looking out for bears, boar, deer and other wildlife and keeping quiet to hear the howls of wolves – trust us, you will not have had an experience like it before!
DAY 3: EXPLORE THE FAGARAS MOUNTAINS
After a hearty breakfast in the wild, we will get a chance to see the mountains of Romania, from above. We are transferred to Cobor by helicopter, where of course we will take the scenic route. The Cobor Biodiversity Farm is located in the heart of the Transylvanian hills.
A few years ago, Foundation Conservation Carpathia donated 500 ha of abandoned farm land and began to develop a concept of biodiversity farming. In parallel, three ruins were restored into guesthouses, using traditional architecture and combining them with modern comfort.
In the afternoon, we get to meet FCC’s executive directors and founders, Barbara and Christoph Promberger, and learn more about the project first hand. We will tour the farm and observe the variety of bird species such as lesser spotted eagle, golden oriol, hoppoe, great grey or red-backed shrike, stonechat and many more; and also discover the 250 plant species of the meadows around the farm. That night we’ll settle into our cosy bedrooms after a healthy organic and local dinner altogether!
DAY 4: DEPARTURE
After a leisurely start, we have some options on our final day. For those that wish to embark on a horse ride and trek out into the Carpathians on horseback with the team from Cobor and Equus Silvania (a leading ecotourism business in Transylvania) we can arrange this for you.
For those that wish to explore the medieval city of Sibiu, famed for its cobbled streets and Saxon heritage, that can also be arranged. Lastly we will arrange to have you back to the airport in Sibiu for your evening flight back home.
*Required equipment: Hiking boots, binoculars, rain gear and day bag.
Bring your team
Built to immerse you into the culture. Taking individuals outside their comfort zones and into nature creates a great environment to remove barriers in communication and inspire collaboration.
Active involvement with company charitable initiatives is a great tool to engage your staff, and/or your clients.
ACHIEVEMENT AND PURPOSE
An opportunity to see the impact first hand by visiting the projects on the ground, providing rewarding experiences that connect your employees!
Put the phones and laptops away. A chance to focus on the purpose of the journey, and immerse in the wilderness of Carpathia, away from the day to day distractions.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Active exploration along this journey with hikes through the mountains, a great way of getting active, out in the wilderness, letting the endorphins run wild. Inspire your team to adopt healthy behaviours and build a culture of wellbeing.
PHOTOGRAPHER AND VIDEOGRAPHER
Some of the most idyllic environments on the planet, our media teams can accompany your group to create material that will display your support and impact for marketing and PR campaigns.
Talks from local leaders, professionals and meeting the people who devote their lives to making a positive impact on European conservation. Inspiring talks throughout, and experiences that live long in the memory.