Romania holidays, Transylvania to the Danube Delta
Description of Romania holidays, Transylvania to the Danube Delta
This two week Romania holiday features an excellent variety of iconic landmarks, religious iconography and peaceful countryside settings leading all the way from the historic region of Transylvania to the beautiful bird-watching backwaters of the Danube Delta.
Romania is without doubt one of the most enchanting countries in Europe with an incredible collection of historic towns and cities. This tour takes you beyond the tourist points and into the culture of the country where Saxon heritage and well-preserved churches and former merchants’ properties have withstood the test of time to offer insight into the past, and the present.
As with all good Romania holidays, we begin in Bucharest before heading north to Transylvania where legendary tales of yore still prevail although travelling away from Dracula and into the region’s rural surroundings is a much more authentic experience for cultural holiday makers.
Staying with a local family in Transylvania lifts the lid on the real lives of Romanians where horse and carts are still used for transportation and seasonal produce is what’s on the menu for home cooking.
Elsewhere within our Romania holiday itinerary we’ll witness the decorated monasteries of Bucovina where frescos, paintings and scenes from the bible adorn the walls and pilgrims light candles that flicker long into the night.
Time spent in the Danube Delta also helps to define this tour with chances to stay in a traditional guesthouse deep within the backwaters, a really unique opportunity to get to know Romania, the way local people know Romania, straight from the heart.
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5 Reviews of Romania holidays, Transylvania to the Danube Delta
Reviewed on 19 May 2018 by Matthew KennonThe most memorable was sailing on the Danube Delta, Bran and Pale Castles. Very good; it covers a wide variety of activities from the Bucharest Parliament tour to the Danube Delta trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 May 2018 by Hilary WayThe homestays, a genuine insight into Romanian village life and much nicer than character - less hotel chains. Good variety of things to see/visit amid wonderful scenery and, in May, glorious flowering trees/shrubs which are a vivid memory. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 May 2018 by Helene LeisVisiting the danbue delta was the most memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jun 2017 by Julie MccannThe fabulous Byzantine painted monasteries of Bukovina, medieval Saxon city centres of Sibui,and Sighisoara and the UNESCO listed village of Viscri were wonderful and the outdoor museum of vernacular architecture in Bucharest is also well worth seeing. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Oct 2015 by Susan GrovesBrilliant. We have travelled a lot but this was amongst the most enjoyable and interesting. Read full review
PlanetRomania is home to the Danube Delta, a vast wetland habitat that provides an important home for a variety of species. We spend two days exploring this region, and are careful not to disturb the natural life that abounds here. Our policies include maintaining an appropriate distance from wildlife, particularly any nesting birds, and we use small boats that are less likely to cause problems or erode the banks of the channels here. This may mean we are slower at times but it also means that we do not contribute to the degradation of this unique environment.
We spend many nights staying in local guesthouses. Meals here are made from local ingredients, local meaning from the village or the guesthouse’s own garden, most of which are farmed using organic methods – not only do they taste great but also mean very few food miles are used. In conjunction with our local partner we work with the guesthouses, and hotels, to try to implement best practice with regards to environmental policies – this includes advising them on proper disposal waste and conserving energy. Many of these places are relatively new to tourism and we hope that by instilling these values from the start, we can make a small difference in the environmental impact of tourism upon Romania. We also operate a strict no litter policy on our tours and insist that all litter from travellers, guides and drivers is taken back to the hotels where it can be properly disposed of.
PeopleA strong focus of this tour is the rural traditions of Romania, and to this end we visit and stay in many village communities. We stay in family run guesthouses and visit villages that are often outside of the mainstream of tourism in Romania, ensuring that the economic benefits aren’t just limited to the cities and towns. This helps to provide employment within such – a key problem with many of the more rural communities in this part of the world is that younger generations migrate to the cities due to a lack of employment opportunities, and this has a negative impact upon such places, meaning that traditions start to die out. The presence of tourism helps, in a small way, to keep the traditional ways alive.
Where possible we incorporate informal community based tourism elements into this trip; an example of this is the visit to the house of Nicolae Popa, who had before his death amassed a significant collection of cultural and archaeological artefacts relating to the surrounding area. In Viscri we employ the services of local farmers to show us around the village on horse and carts. Small initiatives like this mean that a wide variety of people stand to gain from tourism in their area.
We also visit a wide variety of historic monuments ranging from the little visited Dacian citadels in the Orastie Mountains to the better known painted monasteries of Bucovina. The entrance fees that we include as part of this tour help to ensure that such vital pieces of heritage can be preserved and maintained, not just for tourists but for local people for whom they hold greater cultural significance.
Our local partner in Romania is deeply involved with the rural communities that we visit, which was a key reason that we chose to work with them. Together we are helping to bring tourism to small communities and develop it in a sensitive manner so that it does not spoil the places that we visit. Our group sizes are small – with a maximum of just twelve people – and we operate a small number of departures, meaning that when we visit we are very much seen as guests rather than ‘invading’ a village as can be the case with larger groups.
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