Natural Wonders of Romania

Nature & Culture Highlights including Danube Delta

About Natural Wonders of Romania

Summary

Experience the natural beauty of Romania's regions - Transylvania, Moldavia and the Danube Delta. [Small Group Tour or Private Journey].

START / FINISH - Bucharest

Activity code: RONAT01

Duration: 11 Days / 10 nights

This relatively new small group guided tour combines some of the cultural and historic highlights of Romania with the beauty of its nature. Join us for a fabulous visit of the unique Danube Delta landscape, encounter bears in the Carpathian Mountains and enjoy some magical walks in the wild countryside of Transylvania and Moldavia. This is a holiday that will leave you wanting to see much more and wondering, perhaps, why you had not experienced Romania before. A holiday in Romania conjures up a heady mix of culture, history, natural beauty, legends, adventure, traditional food and fun…. come and see, taste, hear and rediscover Romania!

Romania is one of the most unexplored parts of Europe, tucked away in a remote corner where few visit and about which fewer still have much knowledge, beyond the connection with the myth of Dracula. Much of Romania is virtually untouched countryside and follows a way of life that has long been extinguished, or at the very least diminished into very small pockets, elsewhere in Europe; the centuries old folklore and traditions still thrive in its picturesque villages.

This tour, with our superb Romanian guide, takes you back in time, allows you to meet some of the friendliest people in Europe, many following traditional ways of life untouched by the modern world. Whilst you will cover a lot of the country the tour is relatively relaxed in its pace, helped by the small numbers and the knowledge, experience and flexibility of your guide. It is suitable for all ages and most ability types; much of the sightseeing is done on foot but we are able to use the transport effectively for those less able to walk long distances and there is time available for others who prefer to explore a little more.

Highlights of THE NATURAL WONDERS OF ROMANIA Tour:

  • Painted Monasteries of Bucovina
  • Carpathian Mountain Scenery
  • Visit to Brown Bear sanctuary in the Carpathian forests near Brasov
  • Easy walks at Bran, Vama & Bicaz Gorge.
  • Two FULL days in Danube Delta to explore its natural beauty by boat and on foot
  • Iconic Transylvanian experience in Brasov & Bran
  • City tour of Bucharest

DEPARTURES:

  • May 18th, 2018 - Available
  • July 7th, 2018 - Available

The above are small group tours but we can arrange this holiday for any reasonable date as a Private Journey.

The Natural Wonders of Romania builds on the success of the Beauty of Yesterday and Hiking tours; it has a well thought through itinerary and a superb local guide. Let us take you right into the heart of this fascinating country by sharing our knowledge and the experience to offer not just important cultural sights, dramatic scenery and historic locations but the opportunity to spend quality time in the villages, often staying in rural communities as guests of local families, where local culture is at its strongest.

REDISCOVER TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels/guest houses
  • Full board throughout
  • All transport provided in comfortable, modern vehicles
  • Professional English-speaking guide and assistance throughout
  • Admission fees to museums, monasteries and castles
  • Admission to bear sanctuary with tour
  • Round trip boat tickets for Danube Delta transfers
  • 2 days cruising around channels and lakes of Delta
  • Bucharest guided city tour
  • Short guided hikes/walks as indicated
  • Champagne tasting at Rhein Cellar
  • All local taxes

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • NO compulsory single supplement, we offer a [same sex] twin share
  • Optional single supplement - £ 175
  • 3rd person sharing room (over 12yrs) - on request
  • Child (under 12yrs) sharing room - on request
  • NO meal kitty, NO hidden extras, NO local payments (except tips)

FLIGHTS:

Flights can be booked to match exactly with this tour, please contact us for best current prices and full details or, of course, to arrive early or extend your stay.

Note on Rediscover Group Tours: Rediscover the World is committed to providing unique and carefully thought out small group tours that combine the highlights of the country together with some of the lesser-known wonders. Running a limited number of departures a year, we opt for quality rather than quantity. Our guides think about the whole experience and will use their experience to allow you into the homes of the locals and many of the lesser-known places that will make your trip unique. We believe that a small group size is imperative for this kind of travel and we therefore keep our maximum number to 12.

Contact us now to book this Small Group Tour for any of the above dates.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Bucharest - Azuga

    Arrive at Bucharest International Airport where you will be met by your guide and transferred to Azuga. Have a traditional dinner with wine and champagne tasting at the Rhein cellars, a building full of history, dating back to 1892.

    • Overnight at Rhein Guest House in Azuga, adjacent to the wine Cellar.

  • Day 2: Azuga - Sinaia - Brasov - Bran

    After breakfast departure for short drive back down scenic Prahova Valley to Sinaia. Here you will visit the incredible Peles castle, the royal summer residence of Romania kings. Afterwards head north into Transylvania to the historic city of Brasov for guided tour of the centre, including lunch.

    In the afternoon drive to visit the Fortified Church of Prejmer (a UNESCO site) and then continue to Bran for a visit of the famous Bran Castle; enjoy a one hour easy walk around Bran village and surrounding countryside.

    • Dinner and overnight at a traditional guest house near Bran, e.g. Hora cu Brazi in Zarnesti.

  • Day 3. Bran / Zarnesti - Biertan - Sighisoara

    After breakfast a scheduled visit to the Bear Sanctuary in the wild forests near Zarnesti. Following this encounter with Romania's wildlife it is time to take in some more cultural sights. A drive through southern Transylvania passing through some traditional villages then a visit to the fortified church at Biertan. After a picnic lunch continue to the town which epitomises gothic Transylvania, Sighisoara.

    • Dinner & overnight accommodation in a hotel in the mediaeval citadel.

  • Day 4. Sighisoara - Lacu Rosu - Bicaz Gorge - Piatra Neamt

    After breakfast a walking visit of the wonderful sights of Sighisoara's historic centre including the clock tower, Dracula's birthplace and the covered walkway.

    Then depart for Piatra Neamt. After about 3hrs drive you will arrive at Lacu Rosu (The Red Lake) where your guikde will take you on a two hours easy hike first around the lake and then a short walk through the Bicaz Gorge. This is stunning scenery, best experienced on foot.

    • Dinner and accommodation at a traditional guesthouse in Piatra Neamt.

  • Day 5: Piatra Neamt - Agapia - Tarpesti - Vama

    After a tasty breakfast it is time to say a temporary goodbye to your hosts and depart for Bucovina. On the way there is time to visit Agapia monastery followed by a visit to the Nicolae Popa ethnographic museum in Târpești - an absolutely unique collection of masks, costumes and other objects of folk art.

    After lunch, you will arrive into the fairytale land of the Painted Churches of Bucovina. Enjoy a walk through the village of Vama near your guest house to work up an appetite for more home-cooked fare.

    • Dinner and accommodation at a traditional guesthouse in Vama, e.g. Casa Calin, Casa Elvira.

  • Day 6: Vama - Moldovita - Sucevita - Voronet - Piatra Neamt

    Visit the monasteries of Moldovita, Sucevita and Voronet in the morning. Onward drive south once again to Piatra Neamt.

    [Optional] Easy hiking around Vama village in the afternoon or perhaps a walk up to Cozlan Mountain via the Telegondola in Piatra Neamt (small charge for cable car, not included).

    • Dinner and accommodation back at the traditional guest house in Piatra Neamt.

  • Day 7: Piatra Neamt - Crisan Village in the Danube Delta

    After breakfast, a relatively long drive to the Danube Delta through the plains of southern Moldavia (lunch stop en route). From the port town of Tulcea transfer by boat to Crisan Village on the Sulina Branch, the shortest of the three branches of the Danube Delta. Crisan Village is a fishermen's village with a few houses spreading over the right bank of Sulina and a fishery on the other bank and it makes an excellent base for exploring the surrounding lakes and canals.

    • Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse in Crisan, e.g. Ada, Pension Ovidiu.

  • Day 8: Danube Delta

    Breakfast at the guesthouse and then a full day to discover the Danube Delta. Trip by private boat through the narrow canals to Uzlina and Isac lakes; late afternoon, have a pleasant walk through the village of Crisan.

    • Dinner and accommodation in Crisan.

  • Day 9: Danube Delta - Tulcea - Constanta

    Today explore the beautiful lakes of Bogdaproste, Trei Iezare and Cazanele. Along the way you may see Red-necked Grebe, Dalmatian Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants, Great Cormorants, Night Herons, Squacco Heron, Golden Oriole, Kingfisher, European Hoopoe, European Cuckoo.

    Transfer in afternoon to Tulcea by boat. Onward short drive to the historic port of Constanta on the Black Sea

    • Dinner and overnight accommodation at Hotel in old town of Constanta.

  • Day 10: Constanta - Bucharest

    After a leisurely breakfast a visit of the historic heart of Constanta, then depart for Bucharest.

    A Panoramic city tour of Bucharest upon arrival including the main sights of the old town followed by a walk around the lake, through the largest park of the capital city.

    • Dinner on the terrace, by Lake Herastrau and overnight in Bucharest.

  • Day 11: Bucharest - departure

    After breakfast at your hotel continue the tour of the capital city, with visits of the Parliament Palace, Village Museum, Romanian Athenaeum.

    Depending upon your flight and onward arrangements - lunch on the way to the airport.

Prices

Natural Wonders of Romania

- fully-inclusive small group guided tour.

  • Single supplement: £ 209 per person

Natural Wonders of Romania - small group departure - available on 18/05/2018

1 to 12 people
£ 1395

Natural Wonders of Romania - small group departure - available on 07/07/2018

1 to 12 people
£ 1456

All prices are per person

Reviews

"Romania is a beautiful fascinating country and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. There was only the two of us on the tour, so we were able to choose what we wanted to do...which was actually quite different from our planned itinerary and we were delighted with the changes. Alexandra, our guide, was a delight, she was very knowledgable on all aspects of her country, full of fun and an excellent driver. we would highly recommend a holiday to Romania."

B Hoffmann, Sept 2016

"Romania is rich in history, culture and natural beauty. It offers a great variety of landscapes, experiences and activities. The accommodation was varied, but largely in well chosen guesthouses where the food was superb. Doina, our guide, was informative, friendly and extremely helpful. She made sure that we were well looked after and wanted for nothing. Overall, the Natural Wonders of Romania tour was an absolute delight."

H Rushton, July, 2017

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