TRANSYLVANIA CHALLENGE - Volunteer Vacation
What you give and what you get:
Community Challenge - by taking this trip to Transylvania you are donating Euro 100 to a local project entitled “A grandfather for a nephew - A nephew for a grandfather” supporting elderly and orphans, so much in need
Cultural / Environmental Challenge - you will have a taste of the local culture of an authentic “Transylvanian” mountain village, accommodate in farmer houses for one night and immerge in the rural way of life.
Physical Challenge - you will have an exciting hiking adventure out in the wild Sunset Mountains, surrounding the village you visited
Remember - Giving is receiving!
How can we make things happen:
Transylvania Live is fully committed to operating a Responsible Travel Policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We recognise how profound the affects of tourism can be, and our aim is to promote the positive impacts that tourism brings to the local and global community alike.
If you like to get the most out of your holiday whilst giving a little back to the communities and environment you visit, it is our pleasure to invite you in an excellent Volunteer Vacation in Transylvania.
Our Volunteer Vacation in Transylvania provides you with a programme that enables you to make an important difference in the lives of elderly and orphans, while gaining an experience of the Romanian culture and enjoying an adventure in the wild surrounding areas, in Apuseni Mountains (Sunset Mountains).
Transylvania Live offers valuable support to Turda’s Saint Daniels Foundation, which provides vital homes for the elderly and orphans. We support their programme entitled “A grandfather for a nephew - A nephew for a grandfather”. With one eco-friendly home already complete, six more homes are being built to house people most in need; orphans and the elderly. To this highly innovative project we offer continuous administrative support, donate food and drinks for the visiting sponsors, and we are also making financial contributions for every person who books one of our tours.
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Day by day itinerary
Day 1 Arrival - Turda
Our volunteer program coordinator connects with you at the Cluj-Napoca or Targu Mures airport (or at Sighisoara Railway Station if taking the train).
Transfer to Turda city.
Accommodate in a 2* hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day 2 Community Challenge - Turda - Volunteer work
Rise and shine! It’s time to do some work. Morning visit to Saint Daniel’s Foundation, see the work already done and receive your work schedule. Just think: you can actually be the person who helps building the foundation of a new house for elderly and orphans!
In the evening return to your accommodation and enjoy a much deserved dinner!
Day 3 Cultural Challenge - Turda - Salciua - Trip in the Apuseni Mountains
Venture toady in the Apuseni Mountains. Take a trip to an authentic “Transylvanian” mountain village for a taste of the local way of life. On the way stop to visit Turzii’s Gorges, one of the most important natural reservations of the Apuseni Mountains, known among mountain lovers and rock climbers in Romania for the number and diversity of their climbing routes. Turzii’s Gorge is a natural reservation where, in addition to the climbing, you will have the opportunity to see various species of butterflies and plants, some of which unique in the world. You’ll accommodate in farmer houses, enjoy a traditional home cooked organic dinner!
Day 4 Physical Challenge - Salciua - Turda
A hiking adventure in Apuseni Mountains! An entire day spent in the middle of the nature: wonderful scenery, secluded areas and rounded hills covered in rich forests. An adventure that will definitely put your muscles to work. Evening drive to Turda, accommodate in a 2* hotel.
Day 5 Departure from Turda
Time to say good-by! Transfer to the airport to take your flight back home.
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Price and Departure:
||Price per person
(2 persons to one double room)
|Single room supplement
*price in USD and GBP for guidance only, all payments will be taken in EURO.
**minimum group size is five.
We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form, MasterCard, Visa, JCB, Diners Club and American Expres by fax and by phone. We also accept payments by Moneybookers, bank transfer and Western Union.
Transfers: transfer from/to airport in Cluj Napoca or Targu Mures and all transfers inside the tour by microbus/coach, depending on the number of travellers.
Accommodations: three nights in 2* hotel and one night in farmer houses.
Meals: four breakfasts and four diners.
Entry fees to: Turda Gorges and Huda lui Papara Cave.
English speaking guide services.
plane ticket, airport fees, photo & video tax and other not mentioned.
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Special notes and Info
We recommend two ways for you how to travel to Transylvania:
1. By flying to Bucharest and than to Cluj Napoca where you will be picked up by our autobus / car or by flying to Budapest from where you can fly to Targu Mures and there you will be picked up by our autobus / car.
2. By train if you start from London you can travel with Eurostar to Paris, leaving London (Waterloo) at 12.09 arriving at Paris Nord at 15.59. Walk from the Gare du Nord to the nearby Gare de l’Est. Travel from Paris to Vienna on the “Orient Express”, leaving Paris Gare de l’Est at 17.17 and arriving in Vienna at 08.30 next morning. From Vienna you can get to Sighisoara (right in the middle of Transylvania) if you take the Dacia Express which leaves Vienna at 20.03 and arrives next morning at 09.31. From Sighisoara you will be picked up by our coach / car.