Cultural tours to Transylvania, Romania

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Responsible tourism: Cultural tours to Transylvania, Romania

These Transylvania tours offers you a well rounded Transylvanian experience, introducing you to Transylvania’s finest scenery and folklore and providing you with the possibility of getting in contact with the genuine peasant culture by exploring rural areas, the work shops of famous artists and craftsmen, visiting museums or landscapes made famous in the Romanian literature. Besides the economic aspect – we’re using only local suppliers; your visit is of great importance for the artist, craftsmen, museums, castles or the small rural communities you’ll visit as it provides them with the a motivation, a reason to carry on the traditions. You’ll be able to purchase locally goods starting with food and ending with souvenirs, handicrafts.

Being small group tour, these trips not only minimise the negative impact on the environment but also allow you to interact more easily with the locals, giving you the possibility to learn about culture, traditions straight from the source. Our trips take you to the workshop of a skilled wood crafts, Grogore Tulean, from Maramures, to the workshop of a skilled artist, unique in the world, the only one using spider web for his paintings, and to the windswept “Dogarilor Tower” in Bistriata Citadel to meet the honourable Misiuga, the 83 years old Baron of Dracula who will present his puppet exposition, made entirely from disposed materials and objects (everything from an old button to a broken lighter will be turned into good account and become a puppet!)

To give you a full taste of the local culture you’ll delight yourself with a monastic lunch in Barsana, home to one of the highest wood monasteries in Romania, enjoy a traditional Saxon home cooked dinner in a guest house in Transylvania or a “motzesc” picnic lunch in a breathtaking natural scenery, at the mouth of Poarta lui Ionele Cave. The Romanian guide will also advise you on local customs as well as help you to break down language barriers.

To make sure the money stays where needed we’re only using local suppliers and where the itinerary allows us we’re also using small family run business, for example in Ieud, a beautiful traditional village located in the magical Maramures, and in Lazarea, a typical Szekler village, and in Sibiel, a beautiful traditional Saxon village located in Transylvania, where you’ll accommodate in guest houses or even under the same roof with your hosts. Further more you’ll enjoy a home cooked traditional dinner. This is actually an ideal opportunity to spend more time with the locals but also ensure that the financial benefits of your visit reach the people of the area and not some large companies based outside the region.

The entry fees will help maintain and even restore the precious tourist attractions visited through out the tour. We’re also making financial contributions for every persons who books one of our tours, in the amount of £1 per person to support Saint Daniel’s Foundation programme entitled 'A grand father for a nephew – A nephew for a grandfather', helping elderly and orphans, people most in need.

We encourage our guests do a little reading before coming to find out more about their host communities and the environment so that they would connect better with the locals. We provide suggestion on how best to support the local economies and communities, as well as the surrounding environment. Guests will receive a pre-trip information pack via e-mail, to minimise the use of paper, which will inform them about issues relating to the place they will travel, some language tips and general advice. Furthermore, our tour guides are well-educated multilingual people who can offer guests their skills as an interpreter and offer insights on current national and regional issues.

Reviews of Cultural tours to Transylvania, Romania

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


All of it!! Romania is an amazing and beautiful country.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you have a great camera with lots of spare batteries. Also, be prepared to just go with the flow- Romania isn’t a rich country but the people are wonderful and so anxious to share with you- appreciate that they are doing the best with what they have and be open to new experiences. Also- be prepared for the driving- Romanian drivers are crazy!!!!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I made sure to spend my money with local merchants and sellers- my guide was very good helping me to identify the genuine Romanian made goods and the Romanian sellers and he made sure I was looked after. I like to think that my money went to the local people, I also hope that by telling everyone how amazing the vacation was, I might encourage others to go and see this incredible part of the world!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Absolutely amazing. The company who ran the tour were incredible- friendly, helpful, they bent over backwards to make sure I had everything I needed. My guide had incredible knowledge and was so friendly and helpful- as a single woman traveling alone, I always felt safe and cared for. I could not recommend this more highly! Thank you!

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I enjoyed all of it, I have to say. In particular, visiting Sighisoara and Sibiu brings back nice memories. Sighisoara for the medieval experience and the luck of arriving there in the middle of a festival, but also for the very special accommodation at Casa cu Cerb. Sibiu is a splendid town, and again we seemed to be lucky, as we arrived in the middle of another festival. We enjoyed it so much that we gave up the rest of our trip (well, it was just the transfer to Bucharest, but still, a nice drive) to stay there for a few more hours.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take sickness medicine with you. Three people out of 5 in my group ended up with stomach problems. Also, if you suffer from car sickness take something for that as the roads are 'interesting' to put it mildly. And make sure the bus has air conditioning.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I think the vacation did benefit local people. We went to unusual places and met unusual people, definitely out of the beaten track and as far as I can tell the people we met chose to be in this business and were quite happy to meet us. I trust responsible travel to do something about the impact on the environment. Minimising the impact though means not traveling at all and that's not a choice I want to make.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was excellent.

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