Spend two weeks in one of south east Europe’s most intriguing destinations to explore the fairy tale landscapes of Romania’s Transylvania and Carpathian Mountains. We learn about rich traditions from local characters, visit World Heritage listed villages, fortified churches and castles while staying in Saxon villages known for lively folk culture. Meeting in northern Transylvania we connect in Cluj Napoca, before departing for Maramures, widely regarded as Romania's most traditional region. Dotted with steepled wooden churches and farmhouses fronted by ornately carved gates, it feels as if we have climbed into a horse-drawn time machine and headed back a couple of centuries. Here we explore hillside villages, see locals in traditional costume and marvel at farmers cultivating their land filled with enormous haystacks and enjoy walks in Creasta Cocosului National Reserve. Moving south we spend time in Turda exploring unique limestone gorges and a futuristic salt mine. After walks in Trascau Mountain, Western Carpathian ranges, to visit the beautifully preserved village of Rimetea, we spend two nights in 12th century Sibiu. We wander the meadows to a local shepherd family, spending time to share a meal of traditional homemade cheese and polenta delicacies. In the unspoilt Saxon village of Copsa Mare, our extended walks explore UNESCO sites in Biertan and Malancrav Villages along with colourful Sighisoara. Dating back to the 1100s, this fairy-tale fortified city lays claim to being the birthplace of Vlad II (also known as Vlad Dracula). From our base at Viscri, we embark on woodland walks to the enchanted village of Mesendorf. Heading to Brascov we spend two nights fringed by the Southern Carpathian Mountains in a local guesthouse, focusing on spectacular walks in Piatra Craiului National Park. Before ending our journey in the capital city of Bucharest, we visit the famous neo-renaissance Peles Castle.