Romania vacation, the Beauty of Yesterday

An enriching combination of Romanian culture, architecture and history, everything on this small group tour is organised for you, so you can take in all the sights, stress-free.
Bucharest Bacau Piatra Neamt Vama Moldovita Sucevita Monasteries Voronet Monastery Visue de Sus Maramures County Steam train from Viseu to Paltin Station Iza Valley Bistrita Barsana Monastery Targu Mures Viscri Sighisoara Brasov Bran Sinaia
Price
£1425To£1475 excluding flights
Duration
11 Days
Type
Small group
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Price includes: - 10 nights' accommodation - half board (some lunches) - airport transfers & transport throughout - professional English-speaking guide & assistance - entry fees - excursion on steam train - horse carriage ride - all local taxes
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Description of Romania vacation, the Beauty of Yesterday

Price information

£1425To£1475 excluding flights
Price includes: - 10 nights' accommodation - half board (some lunches) - airport transfers & transport throughout - professional English-speaking guide & assistance - entry fees - excursion on steam train - horse carriage ride - all local taxes
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Vacation information

Our top tip:
Remember your mozzy spray in summer.
Trip type:
Small Group
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
9 nights 3*-4* hotel.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
Full board - all meals provided.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, transport, English-speaking guide, entry fee, listed activities.
LGBTQIA+
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.

Reviews

12 Reviews of Romania vacation, the Beauty of Yesterday

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Reviewed on 24 Sep 2019 by

We really enjoyed our discovery of Romania and its treasures. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2019 by

If you drink tea, take your own teabags. Take your own plug for the basin. This sort of info should be provided automatically by you Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2018 by

Absolutely delightful, I never came back from a vacation more relaxed. The weather, of course was a bonus, but the perfect organisation made all the difference. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2018 by

We enjoyed it all but going to to the Merry Cemetry at Sapanta was interesting also Viscri where Prince Charles has bought a home. He has helped the village and it was great going to the woods on a horse drawn cart to the brick maker and learning about his craft. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2018 by

For anyone with an interest in this part of Romania, with its unique history, unusual ecclesiastical architecture, and its customs and traditions, and who may be considering a vacation there, I can recommend this 10 day group tour by mini-bus with almost no reserve. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2018 by

The painted churches, Sighisoara, the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, the dramatic mountain scenery around Azuga and the excellent tour leader and meals. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2017 by

There are many to choose from, but Biertan and Viscri stand out for their beauty and country setting. We had a great time. The accommodation was good, the people were friendly and the museum village and Ethnographic museums were wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2017 by

The most memorable was the painted monasteries, fortified churches, peasant/rural lifestyle all brilliantly presented by our guide Alexandra. Also the steam train. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2017 by

The rich history and culture, the variety of landscapes, the natural beauty and the glorious food. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2015 by

EXCELLENT, our guide Alexandra was first class....Hard to say as so many wonderful bits. Maybe visiting the fortified church in the village where Prince Charles has bought a house, and then going by horse and cart to visit the brick maker. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2014 by

It is difficult to pick out the 'most' memorable as the whole vacation was absolutely wonderful. The guide made it possible to visit small museums and 'cottage industries' such as a rural tile maker, which involved a pony cart ride, none of which would have been possible without her local knowledge. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 May 2014 by

It's difficult to pick one thing. For me the Carpathian Forest Steam Train trip and the visit to Viscri Weisskirch are the two most memorable items. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

We have chosen to include places to stay where there is much more opportunity for you to interact more fully with the locals, to practice your language and to minimise your carbon footprint somewhat. The village guesthouses and local homes that we stay in use predominantly local produce in the preparation of meals, reducing the foodmiles, waste and carbon footprint associated with larger hotels. Our guides (and drivers/escorts) will also provide best practice information regarding your environmental impact upon sites and fragile landscapes which is key to respecting and conserving both remote and well-visited places.

By including the opportunity to visit the National Parks and UNESCO sites on this vacation you choose to contribute to the excellent record of conservation in recent years through the entrance fees. We ask all our customers to respect the environment. Litter, in particular, is damaging to the landscape and can injure animals so we encourage people to act responsibly.

As a company we employ responsible policies such as recycling paper, ink cartridges, glass and cardboard; we minimize the use of electricity and conducting the vast majority of our correspondence and promotion via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities. We also compost waste in our company garden.

People

Accommodation on this vacation is in, primarily, family run, small hotels. The food in the hotels is primarily sourced locally and a large number of dishes on the menus are home made. We only employ local guides as their expertise and local knowledge will enhance your experience and understanding of the historical context and the environmental impact of your visit. In Bucharest in particular you will see the evidence for and read about the impact of the Ceauasescu period; the cost of rebuilding and repairing the historic center has been enormous and every contribution made by visitors will help. Similarly the countryside was devastated in this time as whole villages were destroyed and communities forceibly removed to the cities - because of this experience rural Romania and its traditional way of life is so precious and through our tours we aim to assist the local economies to thrive with the help of tourism whilst not losing the integrity of the community structures.

As well as supporting the local community and economy directly our vacations also encourage support indirectly. The latter because more interaction with local people and local tourist service providers engenders greater understanding and respect which almost always leads to larger and more careful spending by visitors.

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