Gourmet Truflle Experience in Transylvania

4 days / 3 nights

Transylvania is becoming more and more renowned for its huge amounts and excellent quality of truffles!
Apart from being terribly elusive and mysterious, truffles actually taste really good and are rightfully an important ingredient in the classic cuisine of most western advanced culinary cultures!
Hunting them in the woods is a different kind of scenario; it’s not like a wine tour or a cheese tour, where you sit comfortably tasting and assessing what’s given to you. You get your shoes dirty as you follow a dog and his master as they weave their way through the woods at an early hour in the morning. But the trophy? The exhilarating experience of finding the truffles!

Bucharest – Sinaia – Azuga

Arrive in Bucharest where you’ll be met by your private driver. Start the journey to Sinaia, a moun- tain resort renowned for its royal landmark – Peles Castle. After the castle’s tour continue to Hallewood winery in Azuga. Here you’ll enjoy a wine tasting and you’ll see the art of producing sparkling wine in the cellars situated above the ground, with double walls, black mold and natural ventilation. Overnight in Azuga.

Day 1

Azuga – Brasov – Cund

Early in the morning leave Azuga to Brasov, one of the seven major Transylvanian Saxon towns. Take a guided stroll around the beautiful Town Hall Square and visit the famous Black Church, Brasov Fortress, Schei Gate, Ecaterina Gate from 1540 and the rope street the narrowest street in Europe.Continue your route to Cund, a small village situated in a romantic valley not far from the medieval town of Sighişoara. Here, your truffle experience begins with a relaxed three course dinner with seasonal specialities and fine wines. Overnight in Cund.

Day 2

Cund – truffle hunting day

After a good night sleep and a leisurely breakfast, at 11 h you head to the forest, where the truffle hunter is giving an introduction on the nature of truffles, the principles of finding them and presents his dogs.
The fun begins when the dog excitedly goes to work. Your job is to follow, crossing your fingers that he finds something. Truffles are embedded under the soil, close to roots of the trees, and when the dog smells something, his master digs with the vanghetto (a special tool for digging truffles) and extracts the truffle carefully.
Spend 2–3 h in the forest to hunt Transylvania‘s black gold! Once back at the lodge, you will have a light lunch of Antipasti followed by a classic truffle dish and take the afternoon of to regain strength for the evening. In the evening you are invited to gather in the lodges’ gourmet restaurant for a small round of drinks and canapés, before you will savor the days finds during a five course truffle dinner!
Overnight in Cund.

Day 3

Cund - Sighisoara - Bucharest

On Sunday we will start the morning with an extensive breakfast also with some truffles.
After breakfast, depart Cund for the famous Sighisoara, the most beautiful and the best preserved fortified town in Transilvania. Sighisoara, a Saxon town dating back to the 13th century, is today on UNESCO World Heritage list and is also the alleged birthplace of Vlad Tepes, the “Impaler”. Enjoy a tour of Sighisoara historic center, a very nice and romantic place, filled with history – clock tower is must as well as the wood staircase bringing you to the church.
In the afternoon arrive in Bucharest to take your return flight back to your home.

Day 4

Tour available as
private or group tour

Accomodation

  • Rhein Azuga
  • A special lodge in the heart of Transilvania

Service level

  • English speaking local tour guide and driver for a good cultural interaction
  • Plenty of points of interest to visit
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