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.
Why we like Romania
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.
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 able to open the door to wonderful people, their folklore and their traditional crafts.
What to expect on your holiday or tour to Romania
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 fledgling 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.
Romania offers a wide range of small hotels and pensiones. Ecotourism has played an important part in giving life to the beautiful villages. Bucharest has many good hotels as does the larger cities such as Timisoara. The menus are central European with a Turkish mix. Romanian wine and schnapps are plentiful everywhere.
Some ideas for a tour to Romania
- The painted monasteries of Moldavia
- The monasteries and Brancusi’s Endless Column are found in Wallachia
- The art collections of the capital Bucharest
- The Banat with the old Hungarian cities of Timisoara and Arad
- The wooden churches of the Maramures, in the region bordering Ukraine.
- The traditional Saxon village of Viscri
- Medieval hilltop citadels full of history
Our Romania expertise
Joe has recently returned from an incredible trip to lesser-known regions of Romania and will be delighted to help organise a tailor-made holiday or offer advice on our group tours to this fascinating country.
"One chat with Joe and the trip was on. His personal experience was invaluable". "Greg is Par Excellence. We enjoyed his company immensely and he knew Romania intimately" - Geetika Jain.