Romania adventure holiday
Description of Romania adventure holiday
This Romania holiday takes you on a two week cultural circuit, travelling in a small group into the heart of a country that is not only captivating but also, in many ways, a complete revelation. It is also still very much off the tourist trail, despite its cultural gems and splendid Carpathian Mountain landscapes, and so we can travel through large swathes of rural Romania hardly seeing another tourist.
With two weeks, we have time to really immerse ourselves in Romanian culture and take time in each of the places we visit, such as the medieval towns of Sighisoara and Sibiu in Transylvania, the stunning, painted monasteries of Bucovina or wooden churches of Maramures. However, we also spend time in smaller, lesser known villages where we have some wonderful homestays. These are, of course, sometimes the most treasured cultural experiences that we can have, simply chatting and learning from our generous and most welcoming hosts.
Romania’s Carpathian Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to this holiday. A landscape where primeval forests and alpine meadows are still habitat for wolves and bears. Another natural wonder in Romania is the Danube Delta, where we stay in an isolated village in amongst this wonderful wetland of floating reed islands, home to over 300 species of bird, and where Europe’s longest river comes to a fine finish, dispersing into a wonderful wetland.
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4 Reviews of Romania adventure holiday
Reviewed on 24 Sep 2019 by David WuCultural experience and interaction with locals and fellow travellers. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Aug 2014 by Gerald SherryExcellent...there were too many highlights for us to single out any one experience as the most memorable. Every day was memorable and for all the right reasons. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Sep 2013 by Marcia WestreichSuccessful Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jul 2012 by Joan HoustonOne of the most memorable things was the beautiful Carpathian countryside and the people working in the fields as of yesteryear. The haymaking and haystacks were fascinating and we all fell in love with rural Romania. Read full review
PlanetWe spend time walking in pristine environments such as the Carpathian Mountains, and our guides are careful to brief travellers on appropriate behaviour and the importance of taking all rubbish with us. Travellers also have the opportunity to go bear watching – the fees paid for this go towards the conservation of this increasingly rare European mammal.
On our full day spent in the Danube Delta we use small rowing boats to travel through the waterways and look for wildlife. This not only enables us to get closer to the prolific birdlife of the region, but the quiet method of transport, in contrast to the motorboats that are used for most visitors, means that we do not disturb birds – especially important in the nesting season.
The village guesthouses and local homes that we stay in use predominantly local produce in the preparation of meals, avoiding as much as possible bringing food from far away and thus reducing carbon footprints.
Most of our tours include daily breakfast and one main meal only, normally lunch. For dinner we encourage clients to choose their own places to eat and the guide will always be happy to suggest local restaurants which specialize in local dishes.
We do not send a tour leader from the UK to accompany our tours. We believe that to send a foreign tour leader along to accompany the group is unnecessary and increases the carbon footprint.
If you would like to avoid taking flight, we are happy to book trains for you - reaching the start point by train is an enjoyable option and a real alternative to flying.
PeopleThis trip has a strong focus on staying in rural communities. We believe that staying small village guesthouses and family homes in regions such as Maramures and Transylvania not only gives travellers an authentic and very special insight into the lives of Romanian people, but brings tangible benefits to small communities that may otherwise be overlooked by the tourism industry. Spending time with local hosts enables far more cultural interaction than travellers would experience when staying in large hotels, and staying with such welcoming hosts as the Trandafir family in Sucevita makes this tour very special. In the Danube Delta we forgo the usual quick day trip into the region and stay two nights in a small village deep within the waterways, allowing us to see the area as local people do.
Our philosophy is to only use small and locally owned suppliers, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution. We also feel that the passion inherent within such suppliers means that your experience will be enhanced. We also try to engage with our suppliers on an equal basis – getting the lowest possible price usually isn’t the best outcome for local communities and is ultimately unsustainable. We aim to always treat our suppliers fairly and with respect; they are after all part of the key to our success and to us working together is much more than just a business arrangement, but an ongoing relationship that we aim to ensure truly benefits everyone involved.
We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures – usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.
We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops and encourage our clients to interact both financially and socially with the communities that they are passing through. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.
We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.
Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.
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