Romania walking holiday, Along the Enchanted Way tour
Description of Romania walking holiday, Along the Enchanted Way tour
Taking in some of the most stunning landscapes in rural Transylvania, this guided walking tour immerses you deep in ancient traditions. You’ll explore the Romanian cultural heartland, with the tranquil villages, dramatic mountain scenery and historic architecture that entrance all those who discover it. In the evenings, you’ll rest in homestays and the thought of checking your phone won’t even cross your mind.
The daily walking schedule should present no challenge to those of reasonable fitness. No, what will slow you down is the views. The Iza Valley, the Rodna Mountains, and the spectacular Bicaz Gorge of Hasmas National Park. The Moldavian Carpathians, Gothic Bethlen Church, the foothills of the Gutai Mountains. Meander through villages that seem frozen in time, where local farmers may call out a greeting while scything their fields, and horse-drawn carts are a more common sight than a car.
Iconic landmarks include the Merry Cemetery in S?pân?a with its vivid headstones, the magnificent painted monasteries of Moldavia, and the wooden churches dotting the Maramures region. These cultural touchstones are becoming more widely known, yet they are still tended by local residents who are happy to show visitors around.
Regular walkers will delight in routes over mountain ridges reached by chairlift, through dark forests where brown bear are known to warily prowl, and plunging green valleys. Forget the Dracula nonsense – this is what should draw you to Transylvania: superb walking terrain, fascinating cultural treasures and the feeling that before too long this ambience of romantic legend may disappear. See it before it’s too late.
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1 Reviews of Romania walking holiday, Along the Enchanted Way tour
Reviewed on 04 Sep 2017 by Helen Wildash
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The doable yet challenging (for me) walks combined with cultural learning. Experiencing the remote villages, lifestyle and food in local accommodation. Sharing it with two terrific guides and a small group of companionable people.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Pack light, take a hat and a good pair of boots and be prepared to soak up a the traditional culture and the magnificent vistas Romania has to offer.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I would like to think it did via the local accommodation etc.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Wonderful. Exceeded my expectations. In particular, the English guide Carly Fillis, really encouraged and supported my participation in all the walks and worked effectively as a team with the knowledgeable local guide, Smaranda.
PlanetWe have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. All our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote.
Portions of this trip travel through National Parks - again, by encouring low impact tourism in these areas it allows the designated parklands to generate revenue and ensure they are kept 'unspoilt' for generations to come.
PeopleIn Romania we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and camp staff, and ensure that all supplies are purchased locally for the journey. This means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy, and benefit the local community.
In each area we employ and develop close relationships with drivers, staff and guides. We feel the interaction between our friends and our clients offers both parties a valuable understanding between cultures. This is of particular importance in areas where there are limited employment opportunities - by working with local people and communities we are able to extend tourism in Romania away from the more commercial centres and into the more remote regions.
We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit. In 2009 we also launched our own charitable foundation which allows us to channel profits from the trips and fundraising events, directly into community projects in the countries we visit. Details of current projects and scholarships supported by the foundation are available on request.
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