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ROMANIAN I E R O L P X CAMP & E A I N A V L Y S N A TR ) S T H G I N (8 ROMANIA 8 NIGHT ITINERARY

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UKRAINE MOLDOVA

HUNGARY HARGHITA

ROMANIA

BRASOV

BUCHAREST

BULGARIA

We believe in the power of extraordinary experiences. They allow us to see ourselves, others and the world differently, and develop our confidence, independence and resilience.

8 NIGHT ADVENTURE ROMANIA Join us on an action-packed adventure in Romania. Get ready to explore Transylvania and work with a rural community. We’ll experience local culture, historic cities and incredible wildlife. When you embrace adventure, there’s no limit to life’s possibilities.

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DAYS 1-2 ARRIVE IN ROMANIA Sleep: Camping Travel: Transfer 5hrs to Harghita

Touch down in the capital city of Bucharest. Meet the ground team and get your first glimpses of Romania’s rocky peaks, rolling hills and ancient towns as we travel into the countryside. We’re headed for Harghita County in Transylvania. With rugged mountains, beautiful valleys and dramatic castles, it’s a hotspot for adventurelovers. On the way, we’ll stop to buy some supplies for our camp kitchen.

Pitch your tents, light a fire and get some dinner on the go. You could try cooking some Romanian classics, like ‘mititei’ sausages or ‘sarmale’ cabbage rolls. Once we’re fed and watered, we’ll lie back and wait for the stars to come out. They’re incredible out here. Spend a day getting to grips with your camping gear and preparing for the week ahead. Get the lowdown on our itinerary and plan your food for the next few days. RESPECTING THE LOCAL CULTURE IS AN

TRAVELLING RESPONSIBLY

IMPORTANT PART OF EVERY TRIP. HOW SHOULD YOU GREET PEOPLE? IS THE WILDLIFE ENDANGERED? WHICH LOCAL CUSTOMS SHOULD YOU BE AWARE OF? DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE YOU ARRIVE, ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS AND TAKE YOUR LEAD FROM THE LOCALS.

DAYS 3-7 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Sleep: Camping

Meet the team at Care2Travel – an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes citizenship and community development in Transylvania. Leap outside your comfort zone and learn new skills as we work alongside locals to help improve their community facilities. Our tasks will depend on what’s needed most when we arrive.

Cultural exchange works both ways, so come prepared with photos of your school, community and family, as well as games to play with the village children. When you leave, you’ll have new friends and a rare insight into another way of life.

This is a unique opportunity to get immersed in a Transylvanian community and experience their way of life. The language, culture and daily routines will be different from back home, so be patient, open-minded, and take on the challenge.

ROMANIA 8 NIGHT ITINERARY

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DAY 8 EXPLORE BRASOV Sleep: Hostel Travel: Transfer 3hrs to Brasov

Swap rural life for city sights in Brasov – an ancient city with medieval watchtowers, historic churches and a cable car that floats into the nearby mountains. Get ready to discover its little streets, historic plazas and cool cafes. Next, we’ll visit Dracula’s famous castle at Bran, with its eerie turrets

and xx. Next up is the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti. Named as one of the top four most ethical wildlife attractions in the world by National Geographic Traveller Magazine, the sanctuary is home to almost 100 Romanian brown bears. Rescued from cages and unethical tourism, they now roam free in forested enclosures. OF ALL THE CASTLES IN TRANSYLVANIA, BRAN

DRACULA’S CASTLE

CASTLE FITS BRAM STOKER’S DESCRIPTION OF DRACULA’S CASTLE BEST, SO THE NICKNAME HAS STUCK. THE RUTHLESS RULER, VLAD THE IMPALER (THE INSPIRATION FOR COUNT DRACULA), IS SAID TO HAVE STAYED HERE IN 1462.

DAY 9 TRAVEL HOME FROM BUCHAREST

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Time flies when you’re having this much fun. All too soon, it’s time to say goodbye to your guides and travel home. It’s been a truly eye-opening trip. You’ve explored Transylvania, worked with local communities and slept beneath the stars. You’ve delved into the fascinating culture of Romania, and you’ve experienced parts of the country that most tourists never see. The world feels more exciting than ever before. Anything seems possible now.

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RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL. We base our responsible travel initiatives upon the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We’re driven to create positive contributions in the world, but also humble enough to know the types of community initiatives our young travellers should and shouldn’t be involved with. We carefully select all community engagements to be appropriate for young people and after more than 30 years of overseas student travel we’ve established strong and long standing relationships

with our overseas community partners that are evaluated each year to ensure we’re truly serving both people and planet. This holistic approach means our young travellers work towards a community initiative while also coming home with greater humility and sense of place in their world. Below are a list of the UN Sustainable Development Goals we’re positively contributing towards.

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