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26 / 12 / 2008
Beyond the Forest specialises in creating a wide range of bespoke holidays to Romania. The buttons on this page direct you to pages to assist you in planning your holiday to Romania with Beyond the Forest.

GEOGRAPHICAL REGIONS of ROMANIA (below): pages with information about places to visit, what to do and see, recommended accommodation and holiday ideas for different regions of Romania.

HOLIDAYS & SPECIAL INTERESTS: semi-independent holiday programmes or tours, and detailed information about specific aspects of Romania.

GENERAL INFORMATION (left): Travel Advice, Books about Romania, our Guestbook, and information about Flights, Car Hire, Transfers and Rail Travel to assist you to plan your holiday.

Beyond the Forest - Transylvania Uncovered is a Division of BCD Meetings & Incentives

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Regions of Romania - Click the Links to choose your destination

Treasures & Tranquillity: Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, Iasi & Neamt
The Land that Time Forgot: Maramures
Travel Press

Travellers' Century
Patrick Leigh Fermor
with Benedict Allen
Aired August 2008

Danube Gorge
- services by
Beyond the Forest

Michael Palin's
Aired BBC 06.10.2007
Book Available

BBC GREEN website

Maramures feature

Lucy Mayhew's
account of Prince Charles'sguesthouse:
Mail on Sunday

Blood & Gutsiness,
Andrew Eames

Telegraph (28.10.2006)

Hospitality with a Bite,
David Atkinson
Metro (20.10.2006)

On the Trail of Dracula,
Andrew Eames

Times (13.5.2006)

10 Best Close
Encounters with
Natural Wonders
Mark Rowe

Stick your Neck Out,
S. Cresswell-Turner
Sunday Telegraph

Countless Delights,

White Knight
of Transylvania,
Andrew Eames

Gothic Quarters,
David Atkinson
Guardian Unlimited

Danube Delta

Dracula Country: Bistrita-Nasaud (northern Transylvania)
Imperial Transylvania: Cluj Napoca & the Apuseni Mountains
Land of Fairytales: Saxon Transylvania - Sibiu & Sighisoara
Little Vienna: Banat & Crisana - Timisoara, Arad & Oradea
Beyond the Woods & the Water: South-west Transylvania
Wildlife Wilderness: The Danube Delta
Romania Romantica: Brasov, Prahova Valley & Szekelyland
Paris of the East: Bucharest
Romania's Riviera: Constanta & the Black Sea Coast

Holidays - 2009 Programme
Touch of Class: stay as a guest of a real Transylvanian Count
Another Europe: Adventures in Deepest Transylvania
Step Back in Time & Relax: chill out in the beautiful Maramures
Dracula Collection: Dracula tours and adventures in Transylvania
Roving Romania: 4x4 Adventures Off the Beaten Track
Saxon Village Holidays: Eco-friendly Holidays in Saxon Transylvania
Villa in the Carpathians: Self-catering Holidays near Bran village
Special Offers

Special Interests - Information Pages

Diary of a Revolution: Ceausescu & Communism in Romania
Dracula: Fact & Fiction: Discover the truth behind the legend
Timisoara & the Secession: Art Nouveau Architecture in Romania
Don't Miss the Train: Railways in Romania
In Predestinate Grooves: Tramways in Romania
Music & Dance: Folklore, Costume and traditional Dance
Beware of the Wolf: the Natural History of Romania

NEWSflash ..... NEWSflash.....


Severe flooding along the border with Ukraine on 25-26 July caused considerable damage in Maramures. Funds have been allocated fpr rebuilding houses washed away in Maramures and Suceava Counties. One of the worst hit areas was the Vaser Valley where large sections of trackbed and bridges were lost to floodwaters. A campaign has beenset up to raise funds to reopen the line, which is not only unique as the last steam-hauled forestry railway, but is an essential lifeline to the people and communities of this remote mountain valley. Please see: for updates. Latest: there is a limited service as far as Valea Scradei which may soon be reconnectd to Novat.

Direct flights from Luton to Cluj from only £ 50.00 per person Avoid the Bucharest traffic jams by flying DIRECT to TRANSYLVANIA or the BANAT. Cluj and Timisoara are excellent cultural centres - ideal for an inexpensive city break.

Prebook your transfers if travelling from Otopeni (Henri Coanda) airport into Bucharest. Some visitors have reported having been charged over EURO 150 to the city!. The journey into the city can take up to 2 hours due to severe traffic congestion at certain times of the day. If your final destination is not Bucharest consider flying direct to other cities, or making a domestic connection.

STOP PRESS: 2009 prices already available for TOUCH of CLASS, MARAMURES, SECRET TRANSYLVANIA and all Bulgaria programmes

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Holidays with a Heart
- a Heart for People, Wildlife, Environment, Heritage

Beyond the Forest aims to provide a travel service of the highest quality, integrity and professionalism which, as a by-product, will significantly contribute to the sustainable development of rural tourism in Romania. Many of our holidays benefit local people through developing responsible tourism in their communities, our direct use of local guides and through our support for charities, restoration and conservation projects. Look out for out for our 'Holidays with a Heart' logo.

Our Top Tips for ROMANIA in 2009

MARAMURES - this magical region is one of the last enclaves of traditional rural life still remaining in Europe; visit now before EU and Romanian laws change this magical, pastoral region with its enchanting landscapes forever. We arrange connections from Cluj (new direct services with Wizz work very well) or Bucharest, or from the new Austrian Airlines service to Baia Mare

ANOTHER EUROPE - delightful, quality breaks based in the picturesque Saxon village of Cisnadioara on the edge of Sibiu. Excellent value all inclusive holidays based in a British-run pension with a special focus on cuisine and a range of activities and excursions into Saxon Transylvania, the Carpathians and the Cindrel Mountains from just £ 589.00 per person excl. flights

TOUCH OF CLASS - fully, inclusive holidays with a genuine Transylvanian Count in the Brasov area. These popular holidays are an ideal introduction to Transylvania with a focus on cultural heritage, natural history and adventure. Accommodation is in beautiful, restored houses in the small Szekely village of Miclosoara (Miklosvar)

FLY TO REGIONAL AIRPORTS to avoid the mayhem and congested streets of Bucharest. There are connecting scheduled flights to Sibiu, Cluj, Timisoara, Iasi, Targu Mures and Baia Mare and direct, low-cost services to Cluj and Timisoara with WIZZ from Luton. Alternatively, take a domestic service from Bucharest to most major towns in Romania.


Some useful LINKS

ROMANIAN CULTURAL CENTRE LONDON: The Romanian Cultural Centre in London is an independent association, which promotes Romanian cultural programs, and cultural exchanges between Britain and Romania, maintains an information and data base service, and acts as the focus for the Romanian community in Britain. We are all ordinary Romanians who give time and energy to organising concerts, film screenings, book presentations, special events and monthly parties.

For further information and a full diary of events visit the website:

Visit our RESOURCES PAGE to view or purchase the latest Books about Romania:

Transylvania by Bronwen Riley (published by Frances Lincoln)

Many people think Transylvania is a fictitious land, like Ruritania or Narnia. It is the birthplace of Dracula. It is the place where dragons live in Harry Potter and the country to which the Pied Piper spirited the children of Hamelin. Indeed, although Transylvania is a real place, truth here is often stranger than fiction. Streams run with silver, the mountains are full of gold, dinosaur nests are found in river beds and haystacks in trees. It is a country of striking cultural contrasts: of Orthodox monasteries, Gothic churches and Communist follies. While the 'King of the Gypsies' lives in a grandiose modern palace, the future King of England has bought a modest peasant's house in a remote village. Transylvania only recently awakened from the deep sleep of Communism and, though life is now changing fast, traditions remain here that elsewhere died out long ago.
Transylvania captures this vanishing world in words and pictures.

Also, Now Available:
Rough Guide Romania - 5th Edition - the ultimate, comprehensive guide book

For all the LATEST NEWS in Romania, weather forecasts, events and general information, visit:
Non-Stop 24 HOURS NEWS COVERAGE - English Language Pages

+44 (0) 870 224 2942 (UK)
Are you considering buying PROPERTY IN ROMANIA?

Romanian Properties Ltd offers a wide selection of resale properties & off-plan properties throughout Romania. Locations include the main cities: Bucharest, Brasov, Constanta & Sibiu, in the Transylvanian Countryside, the MountainResorts & on the Black Sea Coast - Experts will guide you through every aspect of the property buying process including all legal aspects, from locating suitable properties to arranging visits for viewings and finally appointing solicitors.

Click for further Details
: Romanian Properties Ltd do one thing ~ they plant trees for people who fly.

When we take a flight we burn up hundreds of litres of fuel, a non-renewable resource that took millions of years to make, and we produce a lot of CO2, the main culprit for global warming. Theres no way of avoiding it, flying is inherently environmentally destructive and we shouldnt do any more of it than we have to. Planting a tree is an ecologically constructive thing to do. Trees use the suns energy to absorb CO2, taking it out of the atmosphere and turning it into the renewable material that we call wood. Trees also encourage biodiversity and are fantastic air purifiers. However, they take ages to grow.

When you order a Treeflight that this is not a quick-fix and your flight will not suddenly become carbon neutral. But the tree planted for you will make a significant, positive difference, over time, to our atmosphere.

For further information, or to order a Treeflight please visit:

A trip to Vienna, Budapest or Bucharest by train would emit 95% less carbon dioxide than the equivalent flight. Consider taking the TRAIN

Travelling to HUNGARY? Click here to contact the experts:
or dial: 020-8230 7162

Beyond the Forest (Transylvania Uncovered)

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