Romania hiking holiday
picnic lunches) * farewell dinner & folklore show * all sightseeing * local guides on walking days * all local taxes * 24/7 support
Description of Romania hiking holiday
From mediaeval towns and hilltop castles, to the rugged peaks of the Carpathian Mountains walking holidays in Romania never fail to inspire and excite cultural adventurers looking to wander off the beaten track.
Accompanied by an expert walking guide, you’ll be treated to an insightful commentary into the folklore and cultural traditions of the feudal village communities who live amongst the mountains of Transylvania with chances to taste hearty local cuisine, never to be missed. Discover traditional rural lifestyles that continue to thrive away from the city centres and tourist trails.
Walking in Romania is certainly advisable outside of the colder winter months and departures can be booked for any reasonable date as a tailor made tour (minimum 4 people).
** AVAILABLE AT A SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE FOR OUR SMALL GROUP DEPARTURE on MAY 15th, 2022 **
As you’d hope of walking holidays in Romania, this nine day tour combines fascinating sites against a backdrop of hiking hot spots, with the Bucegi and Cindrel mountains, the Zarnesti Gorge and the stunning peaks near the mediaeval city of Sibiu, all revered as outstanding areas of natural beauty.
If you’re dreaming of Dracula, Bran Castle usually fits the bill with Peles Castle and the red tiled spires of Brasov adding to an imaginative itinerary that’s packed full of traditional treats and characterful charm, including visits to wine cellars and traditional picnic lunches.
As one of Europe’s lesser-visited areas, walking holidays in Romania really help to unearth the country’s cultural and natural identity away from the myths and legends of the past.
1 Reviews of Romania hiking holiday
Reviewed on 20 Jul 2015 by Deborah Plume
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
The tour provider who looked after us in Romania couldn't do enough to please us and really tried to cater to our desires. Alexander made up for the lack of 'proper' walks.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
I was very upset when I landed to find out that the group walking tour that I had booked, consisted of two people (including me). I had rejected another company as I did not want to walk just with the mountain guide and felt that a group would be much more fun. I had booked less than two weeks before the holiday started. This had caused issues with the Romanian travel company as they had not booked mountain guides due to the low numbers.We were taken by a person from one of the cabins as a guide and he led us on a walk along a track and then at least 5 miles along a road. I did not go on holiday to walk miles along a road! We were walking at low altitude. I think more could have been done to monitor the fitness levels of clients as this was advertised as a walking holiday. Although the holiday company was helpful in arranging my early departure back to the UK, I would not recommend the company to anyone as I feel that they are to blame for the mis-selling of this holiday.
Read the operator's response here:
PlanetWe have chosen to include places to stay where there is much more opportunity for you to interact more fully with the local people, to practice your language and to minimise your carbon footprint. The village guesthouses and local homes that we stay in use predominantly local produce in the preparation of meals, reducing the foodmiles and carbon footprint associated with larger hotels.
By including local walking guides they will offer plenty of information and practical advice on maintaining the local environment and ensuring no harm comes to the wildlife either directly or indirectly. 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.
PeopleWe only employ local guides and visit genuine craft workshops and traditional artisans (e.g. Agapia Monastery carpet weavers and mountain shepherds' cheese production). By walking in the mountains you will encounter and support local people and their businesses as well as appreciating for yourself the rural way of life.
Accommodation on this holiday is in, primarily, family run, guest houses. The food 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. You will, no doubt, read about the impact of the Ceauasescu period; 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.
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