0845 3000 247
+44 (0)1539 531258


These holidays contribute
to the resoration of the
castle at Miclosoara and
support the local community
through employment
and use of local
resources


DATES


Daily departures
3, 7. 10 & 14 nights

Prices from £ 769.00 per week
fordepartures from 15.12.2006

includes flights, taxes,
transfers, full-board,
activities & excursions.
Further discounts on group prices



HIGHLIGHTS


Unspoilt Nature & Traditions
Legends of Transylvania
History & Culture
Brasov & Bran Castle
Szekelerland
Gelence Frescoes
St. Ana Lake
Saxon fortified churches
Sighisoara & Viscri
Carpathian Landscapes
Flower meadows
Bear-tracking
Bird-watching
Horses & Carts
Walking & Fishing
Pied Piper Caves
Village Life
Winter Holidays



FLIGHTS


Recommended Flight Schedules
British Airways
Heathrow 09:45 – Bucharest 15:00; Bucharest 15:00 - Heathrow 17:15
Times are local and are subject to change; 2 hour time difference - UK & Romania

Alternative quality airlines include
Swiss, Austrian, Lufthansa or KLM
Regional departures on request
Transfers provided - 3-4 hours




A TOUCH OF CLASS 2007
Prices from
£ 795.00 per week including flights, transfers, fullboard and activities for 2007

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Carriage Rides in Summmer, Sleigh Rides in Winter
This is a very special Transylvanian experience – Count Kalnoky invites you to step back in time to discover Transylvania, as his grand- and great-grand parents knew it in the 1800's. Here you can immerse yourself in a forgotten world that most people would believe to have ceased to exist in today's Europe.  You will stay in the little village of Miclosoara, the erstwhile estate of Count Kalnoky located in beautiful, unspoilt countryside to the north of Brasov.  Savour the congenial atmosphere of the Count’s stylish accommodation in renovated village houses, superb cuisine and an extensive wine cellar, and explore the castle he is painstakingly restoring to its former glory.  From here you may venture out on journeys, not just across a virgin landscape but also through time itself enjoying a wide range of activities from bear watching, bird-watching or hiking, to excursions to fortified Saxon churches, the fairytale town of Sighisoara, Bran Castle or the nearby Almasch Cave from which, according to romantic legend, the Pied Piper lured the children of Hamelin. Alternatively take a leisurely ride by horse and carriage (or sleigh) into the surrounding woods and meadows, or escape to the bustle of mediaeval city of Brasov for a day of sightseeing and shopping.   Special Romantic, winter or Honeymoon programmes are also available on request.


CONTACT US (Transylvania Uncovered - Romania Travel Specialists) CONTACT US



0845 3000 247
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"It was everything we expected and more! I can't emphasize how lovely we found the
staff, & the Count of course."
ZR, London

"Wow, what a place.
They treated us like royalty"
N&P.B. (Honeymoon), UK

"Count Kalnoky and his staff made
our holiday memorable and
we all agreed that we
would like to return."
M.B. Devon, UK

"It was absolutely brilliant.
The organisation was flawless, accommodation without fault and
people we met brilliant."
I.B., London



Miclosoara Castle

Miclosoara (Miklósvár) is the oldest documented settlement of the region. Its castle was first mentioned in 1211 AD as a border fortress of the Kingdom of Hungary.

Today's castle was started in the1500s as a hunting lodge for the family and still contains many Renaissance elements such as painted wall decorations. The family castle, which was abandoned for the last fifty years is being renovated and proceeds from these holidays go towards this extensive work. Guests may visit the castle, set at the end of an avenue of chestnuts, and see for themselves the progress made so far. At some stage in the future it is hoped that events and ultimately guests may be accommodated in the castle.

Recent developments have included the full restoration of the 'Serfs' House', the latest guest accommodation comprising two rooms and located in the garden of the main house with excellent views over the village. The introduction of these rooms now enables us to guarantee that all guests will have their own bathroom in 2007.

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The Kálnokys are one of the most ancient families of Transylvania, their history reaching back to obscure medieval times.

In 1252 AD an of the Kalnoky's ancestor Vincze received Miclosoara (Miklósvár) and its region as a royal donation.
The current, 25th generation came back after 50 years of exile in the West and are now reshaping their once lost heritage.






PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN

During restoration work in the chapel and its crypt, several bodies of earlier generations were discovered. By some incredible feat of nature, they were nearly mummified and astonishingly well preserved. After the renovations, the entrance to the crypt was walled for security reasons

If you would like an update on restoration work, would like to participate in the restoration project or make a donation to the Kalnoky Trust please click the following link:

www.transylvaniancastle.com







According to legend the lost children of Hamelin town
emerged from the Almasch/ VargyasCave in
Transylvania - just to the north of Miclosoara.
This is often cited as a romantic explanation
for what was for many centuries a
strange phenomenon: the existence of
communities of blond-haired,
blue-eyed, german-speaking people following
ancient german traditions and customs, isolated
by hundreds of kilometres from the German lands.

Browning's famous poem gives us a taste:

"In Transylvania there's a tribe
Of alien people who ascribe
The outlandish ways and dress
On which their neighbours lay such stress
To their fathers and mothers having risen
Out of some subterranean prison
Into which they had been trepanned
Long time ago, in a mighty band,
Out of Hamelin town in Brunswick land,
But how or why they don't understand."

Weather prmitting, you may visit this remote
bat-infested cave as one of the
many exciting activities available when you stay as
a guest of Count Kalnoky. It is even said that
in winter the ice stalagmites in the entrance
represent the lost children!

Use the links above, to the left, to discover the exclusive, quality accommodation and first-class hospitality which awaits you in Miclosoara, choose from a wide range of exciting cultural, nature or hiking activities available, check our special prices or use our 'Guest Book' to view comments from previous customers, or links below to view recent press articles.




RECENT EDITORIALS ABOUT COUNT KALNOKY IN THE PRESS

Blood & Gutsiness, Andrew Eames
Daily Telegraph (28.10.2006)

Hospitality with a Bite, David Atkinson
Metro (20.10.2006)

On the Trail of Dracula in Romania, Andrew Eames
The Times (13.05.2006)

10 Best Close Encounters with Natural Wonders, Mark Rowe
The Independent (26.03.2006)

Stick your Neck Out, Sebastian Cresswell-Turner
The Sunday Telegraph (12.06.2005)

Countless Delights, Sebastian Cresswell-Turner
The Guardian (11.06.2005)

The White Knight of Transylvania, Andrew Eames
Daily Telegraph (16.04.2005)

Gothic Quarters, David Atkinson
Guardian Unlimited (26.10.2004)


Following are a few specific programmes that have recently been introduced:

NEW SPECIAL THEMED HOLIDAYS 2007


Hiking - as a Guest on Count Kalnoky's Estate
Please refer to our new HIKING programmepages for 2007


Bird Ringing and Watching in Transylvania - as a Guest on Count Kalnoky's Estate
Project leader Robert Zeitz, leading ornithologist in Romania
A unique opportunity to become involved in important bird-ringing projects in this part of Transylvania combined
with bird-watching activities in a variety of different habitats
Dates to be advised

Flora of Transylvania - as a Guest on Count Kalnoky's Estate
Project leader John Akeroyd, leading British Botanist
Details to be advised - discover the unique hay meadows and the medicinal plants of the Saxon churchyards
June 2007




Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information





WINTER HOLIDAYS 2006-7




Count Kalnoky's Guesthouses




The 'castle' in winter


A 'Touch of Class' holiday in winter can be a very romantic experience,
an illusion that you are in a real fairytale world:

* Candlelit meals beside a roaring log fire in the cosy wine cellar *
* Horse-drawnSleigh rides through a winter wonderland *
*Skiing in the Carpathians on the slopes of Poiana Brasov *
* Strolling through a Romantic Winter Landscapes with snow shoes*
*Tracking animals such as bears or wolves*
* Cultural rambles through Mediaeval Towns *
* Discover the ice stalacmites of the Almasch Caves *
* Christmas Shopping Expeditions *
* Village Traditions *

Of course snow and ice can never be guaranteed but wintertime
in a Transylvanian village is always a fasciniating experience.
When the snow sets in it can lie very deep, even at Miclosoara, and night time
temperatures can plummet well into minus double figures so wrap up warm.
Roads and railways remain clear under these conditions as in Alpine countries
so transfers and excursions are rarely a problem

Skiing can be organised with very reliable snow conditions
on the slopes at Poiana Brasov (1900 m) from January to March.
Our normal prices apply for the holidays with extra (local) costs only
for ski-hire and lift passes if skiing is chosen as an optional activity.

All rooms are very well heated, many with under-floor heating and all
beds have extra soft goose-down duvets for the coldest of winter nights.

Christmas and New Year are very special holidays in Transylvania
with music, dancing, age-old folk traditions and merry-making.
A £ 30.00 (GBP) surcharge is levied to cover festive meals at this time.


Book now for Christmas & New Year 2006 - Space is limited
Note 2007 price increases from 15.12.2006


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