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Association of Ecotourism in Romania

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The Association of Ecotourism in Romania (AER) is an innovative public/ private partnership for nature conservation and tourism development among tourism associations, non-governmental associations acting in local development and nature conservation, nature conservation projects and travel agencies.

Count Tibor Kalnoky

HRH The Prince of Wales has purchased a house in the Saxon village of Viscri, recently restored as a high-quality guesthouse to help promote sustainable tourism in Transylvania. This traditional Saxon house is managed by Count Tibor Kalnoky, who was asked to furnish and prepare the house based on his experience in restoring his own family estates. Fundatia ADEPT offer visitors to the house a range of activities and guided tours, so that they can discover the magic of Transylvania.

To learn more about the Prince’s house in Viscri, and to make reservations, visit www.transylvaniancastle.com/

Culinary Anthropolist

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Culinary Anthropologist is a website dedicated to investigating, celebrating and sharing traditional foodways from around the world, and the fascinating connections between them. On it you will find stories about regional ingredients, artisan producers, centuries old cooking techniques, and of course lots of recipes. One of the writers, Anna Colquhoun, is a culinary professional with a particular connection with Romania, having worked there and visited frequently since 1993. The site includes stories from rural Transylvania, with more recipes being added all the time.

Discover Romania

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Discover Romania is a fully licensed tour operator based in Brasov who specialise in organising special interest itineraries for small groups. This allows the flexibility to use a variety of local transport and to stay in accommodation that otherwise would be impossible for larger groups. In this way they can be more sensitive to the people and places visited, and can travel in a more personal way, more like a group of friends than a tour group.

Fara’s Oat Farm

The OAT (Organic, Agricultural, Training) Farm started in 2003 by FARA, at the suggestion of FARA’s Royal Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales. The guesthouse is situated in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in North Eastern Romania. Whilst relaxing at the guesthouse you can enjoy traditional Romanian hospitality. You will never be short of things to do – there are the unique 15th Century famous medieval monasteries, horse drawn trips to medieval villages, fishing trips, guided walks, visits to the famous underground salt mine, the museums and castles of Suceava and the vineyards at Cotnari. Visit www.oatfarm.com or call Ionut Pastrav (who speaks fluent English) on +40 230 536 602

Fundatia ADEPT

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Fundatia ADEPT is a not-for-profit organisation and charity promoting Agricultural Development and Environmental Protection in the Tarnava Mare area of Transylvania, Romania. Fundatia ADEPT objectives are the protection of biodiversity and landscape, linked to economic regeneration of the area, such that each supports the other.

Milvus Group

The Milvus Group is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, dedicated to bird and nature protection in order to make Romania a better place for birds, wildlife and people. It was established in 1991 and worked initially as a branch of the Romanian Ornithological Society. Initiating and coordinating national and international projects and broadening the area of work, it became and independent organisation in 2001 under the name Association for Bird and Nature Protection “Milvus Group”. For further information and details on the availability of guided tours, visit www.milvus.ro

Mioritics Association

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Mioritics Association is an NGO working on the development and the promotion of active cultural tourism, as a means of regional development. The association has carried out a series of projects targeted at highlighting the value of lesser-known tourist attractions in Transylvania and Bucovina. These have included a major project with UNESCO support to promote the Fortified Churches of Transylvania. An interactive CD is available from the various information centres in Tarnava Mare. They run the Cultural Heritage Information Centre in Sighisoara.

Fundatia Orange Romania

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Fundatia Orange Romania, is one of the main sponsors of the work of Fundatia ADEPT.

Support from Orange Romania, and since 2013 from Fundația Orange, has enabled ADEPT Foundation to develop a unique role in Romania – contributing to the prosperity and economic stability of thousands of small-scale farmers, while protecting High Nature Value landscape which are unique in Europe.

Through its Corporate Social Responsibility programme it has supported many aspects of the development of sustainable tourism in Tarnava Mare, including co-financing this website and involving Orange staff from all over Romania in voluntary activities to carry out community development such as creating footpaths, erecting signage and way marking the Tarnava Mare long distance footpath. The volunteer work camps have included 15 to 20 people for a weekend every month throughout the summer of 2008 and have helped develop village accommodation in several villages in the region. These weekends are very popular with Orange staff, as well as making a practical contribution to community projects. Find out more about Fundatia Orange support for Fundatia ADEPT and Tarnava Mare.

Oxford Brookes University

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Oxford Brookes University is the UK’s most active university in food and tourism. Over 50 years the Department of Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Management has developed an international reputation as a centre of excellence, which stems from their innovative approach to learning and teaching, their links with industry, and the quality of their research and consultancy. Oxford Gastronomica, the UK’s first dedicated centre for the study of food, drink and culture has been launched at Oxford Brookes University and draws together some of the most influential figures from the food and drinks worlds and academics from a variety of universities. It brings together people who share a desire to improve society’s relationship with food and drink in pursuit of good health, environmental sustainability, social cohesion, and the maintenance of our distinctive culture.

Palamari’s Cultural Center

The Palamari’s Cultural Center in Moeciu de Jos are a supporter of Slow Food and also a retailer of Saxon Village Preserves. They provide a wonderful range of activities in a stunning location in the Carpathians.

Traditional workshops for children and adults- traditional jewelry, traditional cuisine, painting on glass, etc., traditional products – paintings on glass, traditional wooden carvings. Palamari’s Cultural Center has an open air exhibition of a Maramures architectural complex-2 wooden houses and an othodox church-i n Moeciu- Transylvania region.

The center can be visited everyday and there is a person authorized to provide you information. The center offers you an organized program with a guide. You can also choose to participate to a traditional workshop and a presentation of the cultural center’s activities.

Pro Patrimonio Foundation

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Pro Patrimonio, the Romanian National Heritage Trust, is an international non-profit NGO registered as a charity in Romania, United Kingdom, France and USA. Its mission is to identify, preserve, and advocate for the historical heritage of Romania. It aims to restore, rescue and revitalise endangered built and natural heritage for the benefit of future generations.

The Pro Patrimonio Foundation has been selected by the Romanian Ministry of Culture as a special advisor to help define a new legislation framework compatible with European Union legislation for the management and preservation of the architectural heritage.

Ratiu Foundation

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Launched in July 2004, The Ratiu Centre operates some 20 not-for-profit programs annually in Romania and abroad. With initial support provided by leading faculty members at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (founded 1581) and the trustees of the Ratiu Family Foundation, London, United Kingdom (founded 1979), The Ratiu Centre’s priorities today include partnering with like-minded institutions and colleagues worldwide, particularly in countries in transition to democracy.

Roving Romania

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Roving Romania offers adventure travel in a country largely unexplored by foreigners. Romania is beautiful and often unpredictable so their itineraries are flexible. Western luxuries are hard to find. Come with this in mind and you will have the experience of a lifetime!’

Saschiz Town Hall

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Town Hall Saschiz – the local authority representing the commune of Saschiz, 3 villages and 10,000 ha, one tenth of the total project area. Saschiz is strategically well placed to host the pilot project, it has a high proportion of priority habitats and species, administers its own forest, and its local community has agreed an outline sustainable development management plan developed with assistance of ADEPT Foundation. The Mayor, Local Council and consultative committee of Saschiz share the vision of this project and will assist the project with meetings, locations for signs, dissemination activities, contact with local people, etc.

Slow Food

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Slow Food is an international non-profit organisation based in Italy and currently made up of nearly 1,000 convivia, or chapters, whose vast network of over 80,000 members in over 100 countries is the greatest strength of the movement. Through its understanding of gastronomy with relation to politics, agriculture and the environment, Slow Food has become an active player in agriculture and ecology. The association’s activities seek to defend biodiversity in our food supply, spread the education of taste, and link producers of excellent foods to consumers through events and initiatives.

Slow Food in Romania comprises six Convivia: Brasov, Bran-Moeciu, Bucharest, Brusturoasa-Palanca, Tarnava Mare and Turda.

There are also the Food Communities of Branza de Burduf Presidium; Brusturoasa Breeders and Cheese Producers; Bucovina Cabbage Growers and Processors; Organic Producers of Milk, Cheese and Bread; Saxon Village Preserves Presidium and Valcea Producers. The Romanian National Ark of Taste Commission was approved in 2008.

Transylvania Authentica

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The Transylvania Authentica project is seeking to establish ways in which to ensure the survival of Transylvania’s incredibly rich agrarian culture and its traditional foods and agricultural products, by bringing together the regions smaller producers and manufacturers.

Mission: Transylvania Authentica seeks to protect the region’s unique natural and cultural heritage by promoting and developing sustainable livelihoods.

Transylvania Uncovered

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Transylvania Uncovered is a specialist agency dedicated to all aspects of travel to Romania. Book your flights, accommodation, car hire or guide services with the security of a network of specialists located throughout Romania to assist you.

For your protection Transylvania Uncovered hold an Air Travel Organisers’ Licence and are an IATA accredited agent. The air holidays and flights shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. ATOL protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom.


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MBike Cycling magazine, your guide to the Romanian trails and the best means of transport for exploring Tarnava Mare.

Dan Dimancescu

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For many years he has worked to promote interest in the ‘Saxon Triangle’ of Sibiu/Sighisoara/Brasov. One of his activities is in Archita village, near Saschiz, where contributed to the restoration of the Church house and offered its use to HRH The Prince of Wales as an administrative and cultural center for his Transylvanian activities. Dimancescu also constructed an Inn in Balaban in local traditional wood-log and wooden peg style of the Bran/Magura region near Brasov.

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