CNTOURS and guesthouse Villa Hermani = Holiday in Romania
Carpathian Nature Tours:
Carpathian Nature Tours was founded in 1999 in cooperation with the Carpathian Large Carnivore
Project (clcp). Within the frame of this "wolf-project" we developed a sustainable tourism
program with the principle of social and environmental responsible tourism for the national
park Piatra Craiului area.
In the year 2000 Carpathian Nature Tours was a founder member of the first association for
eco-tourism in Zarnesti and in 2003 a founder member of the first national association for
eco-tourism in Romania AER.
Our main interest was – and still is – the conservation of nature
and the protection of the european large carnivores bear, wolf and lynx. We therefore
focus on hiking and nature experience holidays with wildlife watching.
We regard a close contact between the traveler and the tour operator as essential, therefore
we guide only small groups (max 15 persons). A special highlight for the carpathian mountains
is watching european brown bears from a cabin in the forest. With some luck you can also see
other wildlife like wild boar, birds of prey, owls or even wolves.
We also work with the Romanian Institute for Wildlife Research on some of their projects
like the beaver reintroduction program or the reintroduction of marmots in the Fagaras mountains.
The boardinghouse Villa Hermani is located at an altitude of 1020 m above sealevel
(GPS position: N45°31’26,6”, E25°17’51,1”) in the mountain village of Magura, right in the
middle of Piatra Craiului national park. Until 50 years ago the village could only be reached
by foot or with horse and cart. This is why local traditions are still kept and are still
lived by the farmers. Livestock breeding is the basis of the local income, in summer the
animals graze in the alpine meadows cared for by shepherds and dogs as protection
against wolves and bears. The hay meadows in the village are still scythed and there are
more horse-drawn carts than cars on the road.
The guesthouse Villa Hermani:
The house was opened in 2004 and certified by the eco-tourism association AER in 2006.
From the balconies or the garden you can enjoy the scenery and the mountains. Almost non-existing
car traffic, the clean air, and the freedom of nature make the house a paradise
for families with children. We speak english, german and romanian.
- 17 rooms with ensuite facilities and balcony
- Large dining room with sun terrace
- Meeting room for 25 persons
- Non-smoker house
- Massage, sauna, tabletennis, beach-volleyball
- Big garden with fruit trees
- cross-country ski and snowshoe rental
- Rides on horse-drawn carriage or sleigh
- -> move directly to
CNTOURS offers hiking and relaxing in nature - or sightseeing and culture:
- Hiking and nature experience trips
Guided tours on demand, all year round.
- Wildlife watching
Brown bears, red deer or wild boar and capercaillie.
You can watch bats in the "vampire cave" in Pestera.
- Walks with a qualified forester in this unique forest district
- Birdwatching trips for beginners and specialists
In cooperation with members of AER CNTOURS combined trips to different romanian destinations, which enables the
traveller not only to explore different landscapes, but also different mentalities, traditions, and life-styles.
For example you can go hiking in the transylvanian forests and then relax while birdwatching in the
Danube Delta, or you go north to Maramures where you can take a ride on one of the last working steam railways
used for logging in Europe (an unforgettable experience!) followed by a visit to the beautifully
painted monasteries in Bucovina.
- Travels to the culture and history of the transylvanian Saxons:
CNTOURS leads you to very authentic places in the region between Sibiu, Sighisoara and Brasov, off the beaten tracks.
You will be astonished and attracted by the achievements of these people who migrated here about 850 years
ago from the Rhine-Moselle valley. A visible expression for this history are the fortified churches all over
Transylvania and cities like Sibiu, which was elected as cultural capital of Europe together with Luxemburg in 2007.
Several times per year CNTOURS offers workshops with the internationally renowned photographer Mihai Moiceanu.
You will go on photo safari in different regions of Romania.
- Tailor-made trips:
Many of the guests fall in love with the country and come again to see more of it. Not only for them,
but for all who are interested, CNTOURS creates tailor-made trips to the themes you desire.
CNTOURS can operate the trips throughout the year. Experienced guiding is offered, with guides who lead you above
all with love and interest for nature.
- Other services:
- Walking poles, cross-country skis, snowshoes and sledges
- Rides with the horse-drawn carriage or sleigh
- Mountain-climbing in Piatra Craiului massif or Bucegi mountain with
How to arrive:
You can come by your own car. Or you better take the night train (8 p.m.) with sleeping cars from Vienna,
that arrives in Brasov around 11 a.m. From there you can be picked up. So you will need no romanian money
and no knowledge of the romanian language
traduceri romana germana.
If you travel by airplane, you should fly to Bucharest. From there you take the train to Brasov.
Or you can be picked up directly from the airport in Bucharest.