Staying with the Count

RomaniaRomania

Brasov, Bucharest

5 nights, 6 days
Prog Code - ROM-01-TOUR
Prices from £899 per person
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Awarded within the World’s 10 Best Ethical Holidays – (Independent)

If you fancy doing something completely novel and exciting for your holiday this year then how’s about staying in Transylvania with at a real life counts home! The counts family has returned to its origins in Transylvania after 50 years of exile. Several years of hard work have been invested since then. Through a wide range of restoration activities the Kálnoky family contributes now in a representative way to the preservation of Transylvania’s heritage, especially in the Szeklerland region, where they have their home.

Staying with the count is an unforgettable Romania holiday experience, the hospitality is unrivalled, the day trips unbeatable and the unique romance unquestionable. Our guests include couples, friends, families and honeymooners all of whom will stay in one of the lovely rooms or guest houses either in the main house or a few minutes walk away.

There is also an option to stay at one of Prince Charles II guest houses in Valea Zalanului [Zalánpatak]; which again is a magic and totally authentic experience. Contact us today to find out more about our bespoke Transylvania holidays.

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Key Points

  • An unforgettable stay in a real life counts home [or at Prince Charles II’s cottages]
  • Discover Bucharest, Transylvania, Bran Castle & more
  • 5 nights inc 4* or 5* hotel and gorgeous guesthouse accommodation 
  • Picturesque landscape and iconic landmarks
  • Tailor-made Transylvania holiday programs for couples looking for a unique way to celebrate a special occasion or honeymoon
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Day 1:

Your driver and guide will collect you in the arrivals hall of OTP airport. They will have a sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to Hotel for check in by your private chauffeur. Overnight in Bucharest staying at a nice four or five star centrally located hotel – double or twin room B&B (upgrades on request, especially for romantic special occasions | honeymoons in Romania etc…)

Day 2:

Your driver will collect you at an agreed time and transfer you to Bucharest Train station. We will arrange 1st class train tickets from Bucharest – Brasov. At Brasov train station you will be met by one of Count’s drivers and taken to the counts residence where you will stay in one of the guesthouses. The guest houses are all unique and decorated with antique furniture making for an authentic and romantic honeymoon experience (On request: a specially baked festive cake can be provided & champagne can be arranged in your room!)

Day 3:

Today you will be taken by a private guide around some of the highlights of Transylvania, including: the fairy tale like Bran Castle, the pretty town of Brasov (also reputably the birth place of Vlad Tepes who many believe was Count Dracula) and the lovely area of Poiana Brasov. In the evening you will enjoy the superb hospitality and delicious local cuisine. 

*Please note because both the counts guest houses and Prince Charles II guest houses are in remote areas of the Transylvanian countryside transfer times can be long [from 1-2 hrs]; if you want to minimise driving we can look at more local tours OR the option of staying in Brasov

Day 4:

Today our guides will arrange a nature day for you so you can experience the amazing Romania countryside. There will be time for for relaxing, hiking, visiting local villages. Our guides are always happy to offer advice and recommend activities to enhance your Transylvania holiday experience. (on request – we can arrange for a romantic honeymoon breakfast in bed this morning!)

A popular tour today is to the charming saxon village of Viscri where it feels time has stood still. It is possible to arrange a horse & carriage ride as well as a visit to local cottage industries such as the charcoal maker, the blacksmith and seamstress. 

Overnight at the castle – Enjoy your last night in Transylvania – wonderful memories which will last for ever!

Day 5:

Your driver will take you from Miklosara to Brasov train station

Train back to Bucharest – Brasov to Bucharest. Our driver will be waiting for you and will transfer you to your original hotel

We recommend Hotel Hilton Athenee Palace; which is a lovely 5* hotel in the heart of bucharest. The perfect end to what we hope has been a magical break in Romania. 

Overnight Bucharest

Day 6:

On your last morning we normally arrange for a private city tour of Bucharest e.g.: Palace of Parliament, built by order of Ceausecu. The Old Court Church, the George Enescu Museum and the Ateneul Roman, which typifies the majestic pride of the cities old town.

After your city tour and lunch your driver will take you to the airport for your flight home.
Departs Bucharest – Sadly the end of your magical holiday in Romania!

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5 nights, 6 days.

From £ 899.00 pp

Price includes:

  • Transfer to hotel on arrival
  • 4 star hotel – double room – 2 nights in Bucharest in total (upgrades possible)
  • Transfer to Bucharest train station
  • 2 * return train tickets –1st class
  • Collection from Brasov station
  • 3 nights at Miklosoara Guest House – Full Board basis – Transylvania [Note: if Counts guest houses are not available we can also offer Prince Charles II guest houses in Valea Zalanului; Zalánpatak; again subject to availability at time of booking] 
  • 2 day tours included (1 historical day / 1 nature day) 
  • Transfer to the train station
  • Transfer to Hotel for final night in Bucharest
  • City tour & transfer to the airport for departure flight

Price excludes:

  • Alcoholic drinks are not included
  • Holiday & activity Insurance is not included
  • Flights are NOT included [we are ATOL bonded so we can book your flights if you prefer]
  • Meeting the Count himself is always down to luck at the time; if he is in residence he will often share a drink with our guests; but of course we can not guarantee this!

Optional:

Flights to Bucharest from London (including taxes) – please advise us if you would prefer us to book the flights: 01926 330 223 Vamos travel is fully bonded ATOL – 5927

 

Practical Notes:

  • Please note transfer times can vary and in the Transylvanian countryside transfers to some attractions can range from 1-2 hrs as the roads are small country roads. 
  • We recommend comfy clothes, water proofs and layers for spring & autumn. For summer it can be hot so please bring hats, water bottles and sun cream 

 

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Your stay:

Staying in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Bucharest & staying in private guests houses at the Counts estate in Transylvania.

The counts estates has 6 rooms – one which Prince Charles regularly stays in. The estate is beautifully maintained and charming and lets you ease back into a way of life from once upon a time. the food and service is truly royal and surrounding you is pristine nature waiting to be explored.

This is a magical place and you can understand why the Prince goes back time and time again.

If we do not have availability for your chosen dates we can also look into staying at one of Prince Charles II charming guest houses in Valea Zalanului. 

Please speak to our experienced team about all your options: 01926 330 223

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    Q: Who are we?
    A: Vamos Travel has a dedicated department specializing in tours. With 1000s of satisfied customers, and a large portion of our business coming from repeat business and word of mouth, we only rely on our reputation to grow as a business. 

    Q: I can’t find any fixed packages, how do we book with you?
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    Q: Why do your holidays run so successfully?
    A: We all enjoy creating wonderful tour programmes. Before we offer a city, hotel, activity or even a restaurant, we will experience it ourselves [yes! We have a tough job!]. So everything is tried, tested and loved. 

  • About Vamos Travel

    Q: Who are we?
    A: We are Vamos Travel Ltd. ATOL bonded – license number: 5927. UK registered company. Vamos Travel is led by two actively involved Managing Directors whose business experience span decades as well as continents. Everybody involved in the business is highly motivated and committed to their jobs, because they enjoy what they do for a living.

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    Q: What are the advantages of booking with Vamos Travel, rather than booking my holiday independently?
    A: We offer a very personal service at Vamos Travel, and one of the main reasons for our high repeat business. All clients are assigned a personal travel manager, so you do not have to deal with impersonal call centre’s. Our expert travel consultants offer informative and impartial advice, designing a bespoke experience for your needs. We can organise everything to the highest standards, because we put ourselves in your shoes. On behalf of the Vamos Travel Family, thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to introducing our wonderful destinations to you.

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    A: We take great pride in our strong relationships with our accommodation partners and in their facilities. Our travel mangers or our long term local representatives will have always inspected & evaluated the accommodation your are staying in. Before making a booking with Vamos Travel, your account manager will have communicated the standard and room type.

    Q: Will the hotel be in a safe & well located area?
    A: Yes. This is one of our main priorities; the hotel will always be in a safe & tourist friendly area. Your enjoyment and safety is our main concern. 

    Q: What types of accommodation do you offer?
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  • Age

    Q: Is there a minimum or maximum age?
    A: A minimum age to travel with Vamos Travel is 18 years unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no maximum age but obtaining personal travel insurance is a condition of travelling with us. 

  • Booking process & payment

    Q: Explain the booking procedure?
    A: When you are satisfied with your holiday itinerary/package offer, we will re-confirm the availability. We will require a deposit per person to secure the booking. The remaining balance must be completed 8 weeks before departure. If you book within the 8 weeks prior to departure date, then the full balance must be paid. 

    Q: Can I secure a holiday by paying a deposit
    A: Yes. Read previous question. 

    Q: How can I pay?
    A: We accept all major credit/debit cards. On-line bank transfers are also accepted. Download our booking form to read further information. 

    Q: Can we pay individually?
    A: For groups larger than 6 people, we expect the group organiser to gather in the money from the relevant party members and make payment for the deposit/full balance. We understand the difficulties of this procedure, so your individual account manager will correspond with the accounts department, to make sure you have enough time & flexibility to get the money in on time.

  • Brochures

    Q: Do you have a brochure?
    A: In line with our green eco-policies we do not produce what would be classed as a traditional paper brochure

  • Flights in general

    Q: Can we book plane tickets through your travel company?
    A: Yes. We are a fully bonded ATOL member. ATOL Protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom. 

    Q: Can we book our own flights and then book with your travel company?
    A: Yes. It is common for our customers to book their own flights especially with low cost carriers. We will simply help with the rest. 

  • Holiday information packs

    Q: When can I expect to receive my holiday information pack [example: tickets, hotel vouchers, tour information]?
    A: We send your holiday information packs 10-14 days before departure. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your 1-1 expert travel manager.

    Q: What if I have a problem abroad?
    A: For most holiday bookings, we will provide you with an emergency contact name/number, who will be able to help during difficult situations. This is not available for activity, transfer, flight ‘only’ bookings.

  • Insurance

    Q: Should I take out insurance before travelling?
    A: Yes. It is extremely important that all travelers booked must have travel insurance, whilst travelling with us. Its part of our booking conditions, as we want your safety to come first.

  • Protection & financial security

    Q: What protection can you offer us? How can I check, you’re actually a legally running UK company?
    A: Your holiday time is important, so we know there is lot at stake here!  Rest assured, we are a very real & trust worthy company. and not an internet cowboy. We are: Vamos Travel Ltd – our UK address is: Pure Offices, 54, Plato Close, Leamington Spa, CV34 6WE – England. We abide to UK laws and regulations. Make an appointment and visit us! A UK limited company has to be registered with www.companieshouse.gov.uk A legitimate travel firm should be able to provide you a companies house number. Don’t be afraid to ask for this straight away. Our company No. 4378409. Also, legitimate companies will be registered with the ‘Civil Aviation authority’ a government run scheme. Each company registered – has an ATOL number. This number can be checked on the website www.atol.org.uk – Vamos Travel Ltd – has the ATOL number 5927 

    Q: Which is better ATOL or ABTA?
    A: Both are industry recognized, and both enable you the consumer to do your research into a company’s background. Always book a holiday with a company that legitimately and directly holds one of these licenses. Remember some agents might claim they are ATOL or ABTA, simply by placing a logo on their documents! This is largely a scam, and one we keep seeing on pop up websites! Always ask for the companies official number, and check it on the UK government website – www.atol.org.uk 

    Q: Tell me more about the different forms of protection against insolvency?
    A: This is a slightly more complicated question, and it doesn’t help when one company claims that ABTA is better than ATOL (& visa versa). What ‘you’ the consumer must understand is that the organiser of a package holiday must, at all times, be able to show sufficient evidence of security for pre-payments and for repatriation in the event of insolvency. There are 4 methods currently recognized within the industry: Trust accounts, ATOL, ABTA & specialist insurances. 

    Q: How else do we know our booking will be secure, when we are abroad?
    A: Vamos Travel ltd is not only ATOL protected but we pay our suppliers & local staff before you travel. This means all your services are paid in full before you arrive in the country! Also, our company holds no bank loans or takes credit! So unlike the big travel companies [with their fancy TV adverts] going bankrupt, and giving the industry a bad name – we deliver on our payment promises! You are in safe hands.

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    Q: Can I send feedback directly to a general manager / company director?
    A: All feedback is received by our product managers, not your 1-1 travel consultants. The feedback forms are then used for our staff’s monthly evaluations. The most praised staff during that month receives various rewards.

  • Safety

    Q: Will your activity holidays be run by professional people?
    A: Our supplier partners follow strict safety procedures and work with qualified and experienced guides. Our adventure holidays are personally inspected by us so we can be very confident in the services we are offering our guests. Activities and accommodation are all tried and tested by our staff, before we share them with our loyal customer following. 

    Q: Will our accommodation be in a safe area?
    A: Yes. Our client’s health and safety is our total priority. We always inspect accommodation and the surrounding area.

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  • Special requirements

    Q: What if I need special facilities during my stay?
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Vamos Travel is a member of Responsible Travel and always strives to work with partners with similar views on responsible and green tourism!

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