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The Land Beyond the Forest (Transylvania)

Europe's best kept secret - a region rich in folklore and tradition, ubparallelled hospitality, myth, mystery and legend.
Villages straight out of the pages of a fairytale remain havens of peace and tranquillity and a reminder of a past age;
historic, mediaeval towns blend the art and culture of three civilizations - Romanian, Hungarian and Saxon -
while ancient citadels, fortified churches and castles stand guard over this land
encircled by the rugged wilderness of the Carpathians,
the last bastion for many of the continent's plants and animals, and a paradise for adventure.

Welcome to www.beyondtheforest.com - your website for uncovering Europe's best kept secrets,
Please check the sections below for the relevant travel information service:
Beyond the Forest (Romania), Beyond the Beach (Bulgaria), and Beyond the Summit (Austria)

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Beyond the Forest is a specialist information service dedicated to all aspects of travel to Romania. Romania is a fascinating land - one of the most accessible, yet rewarding of all the Eastern European countries - a hospitable place with a warm. Latin culture and language which makes travel and understanding relatively easy. With low cost flights from the UK direct to Transylvania from as low as £75.00 return, the time to visit has never been better! Check out flights, accommodation, car hire or guide services. Whatever your interest. just drop us a line as there hasn't been a better time for visiting Romania.

Touch of Class - unique holidays in restored village guesthouses belonging to a genuine Transylvanian Count - Count Kalnoky, north of Brasov. These popular holidays provide the perfect introduction to Transylvania, You can also stay at HRH Prince of Wales retreat to experience a true wilderness with bears and pristine flower meadows, or combine your stay with horse riding, or mountain biking in the Saxon villages.

Another Europe - popular, all inclusive holidays near the cultural city Sibiu, the crown of the 'Land of Fairytales' - the romantic mediaeval towns, fortress churches and unspoilt landscape of Saxon Transylvania, or a winter expedition to the Ice Hotel, high in the Carpathians. Wide range of excursions and activities, superb food, and easy access via regional flights.

Land that Time Forgot - step back into the stress-free, rural idyll and stunning landscapes of the Maramures, and experience a way if life, long lost in the rest of Europe. Unwind at one with nature, absorb the unique atmosphere and hospitality of traditional working villages, marvel at the spires of the wooden churches, and ride deep into the mountain forests behind a steam engine.

PLUS the famous Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, our tailormade Dracula breaks, tracking wolves or bears in the wilderness of the Carpathians, cultural city breaks in Cluj, Sibiu, Timisoara and much more!

LATEST - Book early for 2017!
  • Winter 2016-17: Winter wonderland breaks still available - visit the Ice Hotel in the Fagaras Mountains, trek through frozen canyons, or discover the magical winter landscapes of Maramures
  • Halloween - booking NOW for 2017: follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Harker by horse and cart up the remote Borgo Pass to Castle Dracula; various Halloween parties; group bookings welcome
  • Natural Paradise: HRH Prince of Wales' wilderness retreat, as seen on 'Wild Carpathia' on the Travel Channel; book now to secure your place.
  • Discover the Roma Gypsy Culture of Transylvania - call or email for various option including staying in remote villages or learning about the forest gypsies
  • Painted Monasteries: stay with the nuns in a monastery for a unique, magical experience in Bucovina, or at a former chateau near the Cotnari vineyards; can be a stand-alone break with excellent personal guides, or part of an extended itineraryu
  • Weddings - now available at Bran Castle
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor - follow in the footsteps of this famous travel writer through Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria: discover the manors and chateaus of the Mures Valley, the historic towns and fortresses of mediaeval Transylvania, the legend of Ada Kaleh, and the mysteries of the Balkans as you trace his journey chronicled in 'Between the Woods and the Water' and the recently published, "The Broken Road." Get in touch for further information.
  • Vaser Valley Railway - weekend breaks to explore this unique forest railway in Maramures; tourist services, local railway accommodation and even private train charters avaiable.
  • Moldova - why not combine a visit to the Painted Monsteries with a day or two in border to visit the vineyards and the monasteries of this fascinating country; flights to Chisinau and Iasi.
  • Ukraine - guided day trips available in conjunction with holidays in Maramures
  • Hungary - why not combine your holiday in Transylvania with flights to Budapest and a few days in this vibrant cultural city which straddles the Blue Danube, or a few days in the Puszta.

Transylvania Uncovered - Holidays in Romania 2008

Discover the real Bulgaria with Beyond the Beach. Use the site to plan a fly-drive holiday, a cultural break or a fully escorted tour.

Explore the wilderness of the Pirin, Rhodope or Rila Mountains, bustling cultural cities such as Sofia or Plovdiv, or the ancient capital of Veliko Turnovo, or the rich divesity of fascinating heritage villages such as Arbanassi or Koprovshtsa, ancient monasteries likeRila or Bachkovo. Take in the world famous perfumeries of the Valley of Roses on our Festival of Roses tour, sample the wines of Melnik, or seek out the extravagant treasures of the Thracians.

Bulgaria Uncovered - Holidays in Bulgaria 2008

Beyond the Summit. Discover our Austria - the Austria off the beaten track. If you though Austria was nothing more than the Sound of Music, Vienna Waltz and the crowded ski slopes or the Tirol, then look again! Take a boat, or simply cycle through the famous vineyards, of the Blue Danube - a magical region of spectacular castles and first class restaurants. Explore the spectacular Salzkammergut Lake District, the bizarre Erzberg - Iron Mountain, or trek through the rugged landscape of the Ennstal Alps. For culture vultures there are no end of historic towns such as Steyr, Krems or Graz, defiant fortresses like Hochosterwitz or Aggtsein, and magnificent monasteries: Melk, St Florian, Seitenstetten, Admont and many more. Or take a short break with a difference on the doorstep of Vienna - to the wildlife paradise of the Neusiedlersee, a steppe lake with a distinctly Hungarian flavour - goulash, red wine and storks!

Austria Uncovered - Holidays off the beaten track - Austria 2008

Lakeland Beyond Uncover the secrets of our home in the beautiful English Lake District through our gallery of images and useful information. This is a region which has inspired poets, writers and artists for centuries, from the tranquility of the South Lakes to the wilderness of the high western fells. Other photograph galleries on this site nclude the Isle of Skye and Dorset.

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Beyond the Forest - a comprehensive travel service for Romania: Flights, Holidays, Tours, Quality Accommodation including Historic Hotels, Villas, and Breakfast Pensions, Farm Holidays, Rural Tourism, Ecoturism activities in the Carpathians, Rail Tickets, Transfers, Professional guides throughout Romania, Adventure Holidays, Cultural Holidays, special themes including Wildlife, Dracula (History, Legends and Myths), Halloween Dracula Tours, inclusive responsible holidays in Transylvania includng fixed packages at Miclosoara, Cisnadioara, Sibiu and in the Maramures region at Botiza. We offer tailormade holidays throughout Romania including the following towns and citiesBucharest, Timisoara, Brasov, Cluj, Sibiu, Iasi, Bistrita, Suceava, Arad, Oradea, and Constanta. We also specialise in tourism to the fllowing regions: Maramures, Bucovina, Bistrita-Nasaud, Saxon Transylvania, Apuseni Mountains, Retezat Mountains, the Banat and the Danube Delta.

Beyond the Summit is a specialist travel service concentrating on central and Eastern Austria. We offer quality accommodation from historic hotels and palaces to simple bed and breakfast pensions in the Wachau Nibelungengau region of the Danube Valley (Melk, Krems, Spitz, Durnstein, Weissenkirchen) and the Steirische Eisenstrasse (Styrian Iron Road) including the Erzberg area with the towns of Vordernberg, Eisenerz, Radmer and Hieflau. We also specialise in other parts of Steiermark including Graz, Ennstal and Murtal/ Grebenzen, the Salzkammergut Lake District (Hallstatt, Traunkirchen, Ebensee, Bad Aussee, Grundlsee, Gmunden) and the Neusiedlersee region of eastern Austria (Eisenstadt, Rust, Neusiedl). Relaxing autumn breaks beside the Danube: explore the castles and vineyards by mountain bike, take a river cruise or spend a romantic evening in a traditional wine tavern or high class restaurant.

Beyond the Beach: specialist travel service focussing on tailormade travel to the Rhodope, Rila and Pirin Mountains, the towns of Veliko Turnovo. Melnik, Plovdiv, Ruse and Sofia and attractions such Rila and Bachkovo Monasteries, Heritage Towns a`nd villas on the Black Sea Coast (Balchik and Sozopol). We also offer a range of flights to Bulgaria and our Festival of Roses Tour to the Valley of Roses in Bulgaria.

Beyond the Forest is a comprehensive travel information site provided and maintained in the United Kingdon by Romantique Couture