The country’s capital and the biggest city of Romania, also known as ‘Little Paris’.
The whole of Romania, especially Transylvania and the Carpathians, is rich in flora and fauna. Butterflies and wildflowers are especially plentiful and exciting for specialists and amateurs alike.
Whilst the medieval culture and villages are well known, it is the wildlife and wilderness that many people come to see, and Romania still offers areas of outstanding and unexplored natural beauty. The dense pine forests and clear mountain streams of the Carpathian Mountains support a third of Europe’s brown bears, as well as wolves and lynx, and the rich delta of the Danube is home to over 320 species of birds.
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Romania is one of Central Europe’s most beautiful but least explored countries and remains more fascinating because of it. The Transylvania region offers a tapestry of tourist attractions, from traditional gypsy villages and fairy-tale castles to the majestic Carpathian Mountains, the source of nearly 98% of the county’s rivers.
Romania has 250,000 hectares of virgin forest, mostly in the Southern Carpathians, which constitutes the largest unfragmented forest area in Europe. They contain an extraordinarily high number of indigenous species, one-third of all European plant species and are home to the largest European populations of wolves, bears and lynx.
Steppes Travel emphatically believes that travel in Romania is best in the company of a good guide. To that end, we have hand-picked the very best guides to ensure you get the most out of your visit to Romania. Our guides know the must-see sights, the off-the-beaten-path gems, the hiking trails, the best places to eat, and also, more importantly, know the right people. For example, as they are wary of outsiders, it would be all but impossible to visit a Roma community without a guide. Our guides are old friends, having attended weddings and funerals, and are able to open the door to wonderful people, their folklore and their traditional crafts.
Historically the buffer state between the Habsburgs and the Ottoman Porte, Transylvania was once a semi-autonomous part of the Kingdom of Hungary. Now part of Romania, this fledgeling kingdom has absorbed a diversity of cultures including Hungarians, Saxons, Romanians, Jews, Armenians, Swabians and Roma. This blend of cultures, architectural styles and traditions make Transylvania a fascinating destination.
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Meet members of FCC’s core team of conservation experts, and learn more about the project first-hand.
Relax at the hides where you will have a strong chance of experiencing local wildlife including bears, wild boar, foxes, Red and Roe deer.
Head into the Carpathian Mountains to spend the night in a stunning lodge with panoramic views of Piatra Craiului and Bucegi National Park.
Stop at the Romanian Peasant Museum, which holds a huge collection of traditional Romanian artefacts.
Drive down the Iza Valley to explore the peasant villages nestled into the hillside, almost all featuring elaborately carved wooden gates and traditional wooden churches.
Visit the exquisite Athenaeum and view scenes from Romanian history featured on the interior fresco inside the Big Hall on the 1st floor; the dome is 41m high.
Take a tour of the Palace of Parliament, the largest, most expensive and heaviest administrative building in the world.
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As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.
Romania is a relatively safe destination, with similar dangers to the UK. However, it is best to be careful. We advise that you leave your valuables behind at the hotel and remain extra vigilant in crowded areas.
Romania has very good mobile phone coverage. Due to the country being within the EU, roaming rates are capped for texts, calls and data. However, charges are still likely to be higher than at home. To check the current EU charges, visit http://
Romania is two hours ahead of the UK (GMT+2). It observes daylight saving time.
Direct flights from London to Bucharest take around three hours.
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