- Travel during Easter, offering a truly unique experience
- Unearth the secrets of one of Europe's most enchanting countries
- Explore picturesque villages, UNESCO wooden churches, and the mesmerising Carpathian Mountains
- Experience the hospitality and handiwork of the Roma people
Our Romania group tour has been created to coincide with Romanian Easter, one of the most important celebrations in the country. Visiting Romania during this holiday gives the extraordinary opportunity to experience local traditions, savoury dishes and submerge into the Romanian customs and way of life. The group will travel through Romania during the Easter week, with Orthodox Easter Day falling on Sunday 28th April in 2019, offering the opportunity to witness the full celebrations taking place from Good Friday through to Easter Monday.
Starting in Sibiu, situated in central Romania, the route taken on this small group tour moves away from the country’s more touristed areas in favour of the quieter corners where life moves slowly and in a way largely unchanged for hundreds of years. The group continues to Sighisoara, located in the Transylvania region, the city is a fairy-tale-like fortified city in the heart of Romania, with cobbled streets, colourful buildings, and a pedestrian-friendly Old Town. Continuing onto Viscri, one of the most beautiful Saxon villages in Transylvania, designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Journey onwards, visiting Botiza, one of the prettiest villages in the Maramures region of Romania. Finally, finishing in Breb, rich in tradition, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Romania.
Travel in Romania offers an opportunity to discover a country that is often misrepresented in the media and relatively unknown to all but the most curious of travellers. The scenery throughout most of Romania is wonderful with mountains, forests and large areas of rolling farmland forming the backdrop to road journeys.
Joe, our Romania Travel expert, recently travelled to Romania, read about his travels in Romania here.
Why should I join this Group tour to Romania?
The group will be in the Maramures region during the majority of the Easter celebrations, one of the best places to really feel the Easter spirit. In rural Romania, traditions are kept in an authentic way that has nothing to do with chocolate bunnies or other imported symbols.
This is a varied tour that takes in Saxon villages and fortified churches, vibrant Roma communities, markets, and traditional villages where horse carts are the preferred method of transport and hay is cut by hand. Compared to much of Europe, Romania receives but a trickle of visitors. We think this is set to change so travel now before the word completely gets out.
In addition to the regions visited, the group will be accompanied by Romania expert, Greg Helm. Steppes Travel clients recently travelled to Romania with Greg and had this to say about him:
Greg Helm was an exceptionally gifted guide, such as we have never encountered in our many years of travelling. A feisty Englishman who, having lived in Romania for the past 25 years, was extremely knowledgeable about the country, people and history, a thoroughly entertaining companion and good connoisseur of the local food and wine. We would highly recommend him to future visitors to Romania.
What happens during Easter in Romania?
Romanian Easter starts with Holy Week, alternatively known as Passion Week, following the trials and death on the cross of Jesus. During this week, it is normal for Romanians to fast, clean and prepare their homes for the major celebrations in the coming weekend.
The most important days of the Easter week are Friday, known as Vinerea Mare in Romania, or Good Friday. This is the day that commemorates the death of Jesus and his ultimate sacrifice. Romanians have a day off and avoid doing house chores. Working on such an important day is frowned upon and considered a sin.
On Saturday night, Romanians go to church to attend mass and to receive light, celebrating Jesus’ revival and his rise to the Heavens. After the ceremony streets fill with people taking their lit candles home bathing the cities or villages in warm light. It is quite a magical sight.
Is this Romania group tour suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Expert.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
What is accommodation in Romania like?
Often hotels in Romania are not to the same standard as those of other more developed countries within Europe. However, small boutique hotels do exist and are complemented well by friendly family run guesthouses with comfortable beds and home-cooked meals. You can always expect a private en-suite room.
How fit should I be to enjoy this Romania tour?
You do not need to be particularly fit to participate, there are no long walks involved but there will be a certain number of stone steps and uneven surfaces.
What is the food in Romania like?
For the most part, meals are simple and hearty. Breakfasts tend to focus on bread, jam, local honey and eggs. Lunches will vary between hot and cold. Dinners tend to be meat, mashed potato and vegetables. Vegetarians and vegans can be accommodated but away from the main cities, it is probably fair to say that options will be limited.
Romanians always celebrate with food. Be it Christmas, Easter, a wedding, or a burial. Romanians have a specific dish for each. On Easter Sunday, Romanians gather around the family table or go out on a picnic and enjoy traditional Romanian food.
The main meat at the Easter table is lamb. Romanians usually turn it into roast but in some parts of the country soup and stew are also delicious options. Another option is some type of haggis or meatloaf out of lamb liver mixed with condiments. Sweet bread is the traditional Romanian dessert. It is a delicious puffy dough filled with cocoa, raisins and Turkish delight and walnuts. It goes great with boiled eggs, milk or by its own. Pasca is also a type of sweet bread but with sweet cheese and raisins.
What will the weather be like in Romania in April?
Clear sunny days but not excessively hot. When travelling in the mountainous areas the weather can vary so best pack a waterproof. The best time to travel to Romania is generally during the months of April, May, June and September, as it is neither too hot nor too cold.
To find out more information regarding our Group tour to Romania, departing in April 2019, please enquire here.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.