Romania tailor made holiday

“A tailor made, two week holiday in Romania, with your own driver guide starting in Sibiu and exploring rural Romania with its plethora of historic and sacred sites. Many meals included. ”


Stay in Transylvanian forts | Hunedoara Castle | Alba Iulia fort | Sibiu | Transfagarasan Highway | Hike in Fagaras/Carpathian Mountains | Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti | Peles Castle | Bran | Bran Castle | Brasov | Prejmer | Viscri | Bucovina | Bucovina monasteries | Sighisoara | Bicaz Gorge | Maramures region | Cluj

Description of Romania tailor made holiday

This Romania tailor made holiday is a two week journey around central and northern Romania, known historically as Transylvania, starting in Sibiu, a beautiful medieval city in the heart of the Fagaras Mountains. These are the highest peaks in Romania’s Southern Carpathian Mountains and you can fly into Sibiu directly meaning that you get to explore this rural centre of the country almost immediately.

Travelling with your own driver guide, this holiday is ideal for those who want to experience the slow paced, traditional village lifestyle of Transylvania, with a chance to hike in the mountains but also explore the extraordinary cultural heritage that the region has to offer. From staying in ancient fortresses to visiting magnificent castles, the most iconic being Bran, to the famous painted monasteries of Bucovina or city of Brasov, every day brings a new adventure or discovery on this trip.

Romania is not all about churches and monasteries, however, with plenty of opportunities to engage with its landscapes and wildlife. A highlight for many of our guests is visiting the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti where abused or neglected bears are cared for. Walking in and around the Maramures region is also a delightful spot on this itinerary, famous for its UNESCO listed wooden houses and where people still dress in traditional clothing. Here, as in many places along the way, you will get to meet artisans such as wood carvers but also shepherds, blacksmiths and weavers.

The itinerary below starts in Sibiu and ends in Cluj, but as this is a tailor made trip we can adjust it to suit your timeframe and interests. The quoted price includes 13 nights’ accommodation in shared double rooms, breakfasts, seven dinners, two lunches (alcohol and soft drinks are extra), guide and transfers. Accommodation ranges from hotels to rural guesthouses to fortresses.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

This tour takes in consideration important environmental aspects:
- The car used for traveling between locations has low CO2 emissions and uses little fuel. Also the itinerary is optimized so the number of kilometers driven is reduced.
- You will visit the bear sanctuary where previously captive bears are offered a decent habitat and by going there and purchasing tickets you contribute to the well-being of those bears. You will also learn about the bears and bear conservation in Romania.
- Most of the ingredients for the meals are locally sourced, usually produced through traditional agriculture and some of them are organic encouraging chemical-free agriculture and at the same time sustaining local jobs.
- By staying at rural guesthouses you encourage the consumption of more of the locally produced goods rather than staying at a big hotel; this can include traditional pottery instead of modern dishes, local textiles used for decoration, wood sourced locally for furniture, floors or heating.

The Impacts of this Trip

- All suppliers are local so the income is directed to them and jobs are enabled. You will stay in family owned rural guesthouses (for example in Viscri, Bucovina and Maramures); some of the meals will be arranged there as well so the income will stay locally.
- We encourage traveling in small groups such as in this case as we don’t want to create demand for large accommodation facilities, especially in rural and natural areas where they would contrast with the traditional architecture.
- You will visit crafts workshops and through your presence you encourage those craftsmen to continue their work and the guide will compensate their time spent with us during the visit by giving them money or buying products from them
- The first two nights are spent in a wonderful fortress from the 14th century where 2 rooms have been turned into guestrooms so the administrators can get additional money, besides entrance tickets, and use this money for the preservation of the site.


2 Reviews of Romania tailor made holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 01 Jun 2019 by

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

We loved Transylvania in early summer; staying in village houses with their innovative bathrooms, excellent cooking and an insight into local life. We enjoyed the stunning countryside, the lovely walks and the great food. It was fun to have a range of convenience and comfort with a mix of village homestays and city hotels, private versus public transport, etc. The Museum to the Victims of Communism was unexpectedly revealing and interesting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring a reading light for the bedrooms!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think the homestays in the villages benefited local people, and encourages an appreciation in the traditional ways of life and methods of farming. The agency was happy to book us local transport when we requested it.

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


Reviewed on 22 May 2018 by

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

There were many memorable parts of our holiday 1. In the countryside: milking sheep, walks in the meadows 2. Castles and Fortresses: Hunedora, Calnic (where we stayed a night) 3. Painted monasteries: all fascinating particularly Voronet

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Our guides agreed that the current Lonely Planet (Romania and Bulgaria 7th Edition July 2107) is both inaccurate and inadequate. There are better guides.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think we benefited locals by staying in some of the guest houses but some were owned by absent landlords. Our impact in other areas was not clear.

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

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. However we should make it clear that we are experienced travellers (for more than 20yrs worldwide) and have become fussy! The guides were very good, knowledgeable and helpful. Both were as ready to learn from us as we were from them so we had very interesting discussions.

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