- 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
- Visit the magnificent Turda salt mine near Cluj Napoca
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.
The route of 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. Begin your tour in Buchovina, before travelling to Sucevita, famous for its stunning painted churches. Journey onwards, visiting Breb, rich in tradition, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Romania. From here, travel to Cluj Napoca, one of the most effervescent European cities and known as the ‘Heart of Transylvania’. Continue to Viscri, one of the most beautiful Saxon villages in Transylvania, designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Finally, finishing in Sibiu, situated in central Romania.
Joe, one of our Romania travel experts, recently travelled to Romania, read about his travels in Romania here.
Why should I join this group tour to Romania?
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.
What is the accommodation like in Romania?
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.
Is this Romania 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.
How fit should I be to enjoy this 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 September?
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.
Can I extend my stay in Romania?
Yes, this can easily be arranged at the beginning or end of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing. Please speak to one of our Romania travel experts for ideas and information.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.