Romania is one of the most unexplored parts of Europe, tucked away in a remote corner where few visit. Many people don't know much about this gorgeous country, 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; centuries-old folklore and traditions still thrive in its picturesque villages.
Our small group guided tours, recommended fly-drives and tailor-made holidays take you right into the heart of this fascinating country. Our itineraries will allow you to see not only the important sights but also to spend quality time in the villages where local culture is at its strongest.
The directors of Rediscover the World have travelled extensively over many years in this region, in fact our connection with the country goes back to the late 1980s when it was still under the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. This experience, together with the knowledge gained from frequent visits, enables us to provide you with the most up-to-date and fullest possible assistance in planning your ideal holiday - we can put together any tailor-made itinerary for you to suit most budgets. We are fully bonded (ATOL & TTA) and provide full financial security and assistance should any part of your holiday not happen entirely to plan. If you were to assemble your holiday yourself you may not have this sort of protection nor would you be able to benefit from many of our special rates.
Whichever route you choose, you will almost certainly traverse the spectacular Carpathian Mountains, (home to bears and wolves) and take in the mysterious and truly history-filled towns of Transylvania. If you wish to venture further north then the gorgeous painted monasteries of Bucovina and the hidden valleys of rural Maramures await you. Away from the mountains we would recommend an opportunity to explore the beautiful Danube Delta (which deserves at least a few days), staying at an isolated settlement deep within its distributaries. These are some of the genuine cultural encounters that travelling to Romania with Rediscover the World affords you, leaving enduring memories of this truly unique and enchanting country.
Discover the peaks of the Carpathians, Transylvania's mediaeval towns and the monasteries of Moldova. Our most popular walking and sightseeing holiday also includes authentic Romanian cuisine, feudal villages, folklore and moments of relaxation in some of the most picturesque places in Eastern Europe.
A holiday in Romania means culture, history, spirituality, medieval buildings, nature, legend, adventure, traditional food, fun and much more besides! Come and see, taste, hear, discover and live Romania! Much of Romania consists of virtually untouched countryside and centuries old folklore and traditions still thrive in its picturesque villages.
Romania is situated in the south-eastern part of Central Europe and shares borders with Hungary to the northwest, Serbia to the southwest, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea to the southeast, Ukraine to the north and the Republic of Moldova to the east. Its capital, known as the "Paris of the East" is Bucharest.
Romania's territory features splendid mountains, beautiful rolling hills, rich with orchards and vineyards and fertile plains largely devoted to agriculture and numerous rivers and lakes. The Carpathian Mountains traverse the centre of the country, forests cover over one quarter of the land and the fauna is some of the richest in Europe including bears, deer, lynx, chamois and wolves. The legendary Danube River ends its eight-country journey at the Black Sea, after forming one of the largest and most bio-diverse wetlands in the world, the Danube Delta.
Where to visit
Dobrogea is home to the Danube Delta, a 2,200 sq mile wildlife reserve (UNESCO "Biosphere Reservation"); the ancient port city of Constanta & beach resorts all along the Black Sea.
The northernmost Romanian region of Maramures is home to many villages where centuries-old traditions are still part of daily life.
Moldavia rivals Transylvania when it comes to rich folklore, natural beauty and astonishing history. Highly recommended for the painted churches in Bucovina.
Things to do
Rediscover traditional countryside & folklore, experience wild Maramures & dramatic gorges, unique painted monasteries & Transylvania. START ...
Discover off the beaten track Moldavia and some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Europe on this short break to the Carpathian foothills. START ...
8 days / 7 nights
A small group trip specifically designed for families - countryside activities, wildlife encounters and plenty of Transylvanian castles. START / FINISH ...
A superb guided hiking holiday with authentic Romanian cuisine & traditional accommodation in some of the most picturesque mountains in Europe. START ...
11 Days / 10 nights
Experience the natural beauty of Romania's regions - Transylvania, Moldavia and the Danube Delta. [Small Group Tour or Private Journey]. START / FINISH ...
Our favourite places in Transylvania; a fly drive through Romania's most famous region. START / FINISH - Cluj Napoca / Sibiu / Targa Mures.
Transylvania's highlights, the cosmopolitan capital of Bucharest and the incredible natural beauty of the Danube Delta; a fly drive from "Dracula to the ...
Highlights of northern Transylvania combined with off the beaten track places in Maramures and Moldavia. START - Cluj Napoca / FINISH - Iasi (or Bacau ...
A short fly drive offering a contrast between modern Bucharest & the history in Transylvania. Optional return route along the famous "Trans Fagarasan ...
"A general summary. I was happy with all of our accommodations. The Delta accommodation was difficult for finding a place to eat. We discovered a restaurant in another hotel more inland that was excellent, but it took some doing. Second, I do not remember the name of the hotel, but it was where the wooden churches are located. It did not have AC and did not cool in the evening because of the porch setting. No air could get into the room. The car rental was fine, but the check for every scratch was a bit over done given the fact that they said the roads are bad and that general driving scratches would not be charged. We lost a hubcap due to the "bad" roads. We understand begin cited for that, but they found a scratch that I could have circled in the beginning, but was told "not to worry about it." They were kind and all, but if the inspection is going to be that detailed, I would have checked the car with a magnifying glass. This was another wonderful trip! We could not be more pleased and look forward to another trip with Rediscover. Andy, you read and understand us well. Mona and Doina were wonderful people to welcome us to Romania. We had wonderful discussions and valued the cultural exchange. The trip will be celebrated in our memories for years to come. Thank you for the excellent planning and recommendations."
G Gebbia, August 2017
"The whole holiday was just brilliant, relaxed and interesting. All the arrangements went smoothly without a hitch. Alexandria the driver guide was well informed and for us gave the right amount of info and was very knowledgeable about her country The accommodation was varied so too was the food - We enjoyed the variation - This is not a criticism! The local Travel Agent DOINA was very helpful in tracking down Mary's purse left in an open safe. She got it posted to our hotel in Bucharest. Great service SO ......IT'S Thanks to all involved"
M Ward, Sept 2017
"This was a wonderful tour, outstanding in every respect. Alexandra is by far the best guide I have ever encountered. She made it special for all of us. She is very flexible and nothing was too much trouble, and her knowledge of Romania is incredible. Also, she is possibly the safest driver in the country! Now the tour is over, I feel like I have lost a good friend."
D Small, Sept 2017
"Our 'Beauty of Yesteryear' holiday tour of Romania was outstanding - made more so by our wonderful guide, Doina. We were very fortunate with the weather and our travel group was very agreeable."
J Wotherspoon, July 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
"The staff at Coroana de Aur were not particularly friendly or helpful but we cannot speak highly enough of Casa Elvira, Hora cu Brazi and Hotel Sighisoara. Some warning about the Romanian style of driving should be provided for this trip. Collecting the rental care and getting out of Bucharest was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life! My wife was anxious that this journey tested her anti-hypertensive medication to the limit. Overall, it was a fantastic trip and we want to go to Romania again soon."
R Santer, July, 2017
"I really enjoyed the Romania trip last year, one of the best trips I have done; Alexandra, our guide, was excellent and the two ladies from Peteborough good company; a fascinating country to visit."
R Salisbury, June, 2015
"It's difficult to pick one thing. For me the Carpathian Forest Steam Train trip and the visit to the Visri Weisskirch are the two most memorable items. Very enjoyable."
M Sutton, May 2014
"We were met by the link tour operators who were charming and cheerful. We were able to see many of the sites of Bucharest the following day, and the trip around the other parts of Romania over the subsequent week was brilliantly organised. The historical buildings, both religious and secular were stunning, and the young guide who took us around was knowledgeable, accomodating, and lovely to be with. Marvellous. If you have any preconceptions of Romania, they are likely to be wrong. It is a clean, bright country with excellent infrastructure, including much better Wifi speeds everywhere than most of the UK. The guide made it possible to visit small museums and 'cottage industries' such as a rural tile maker, which involved a pony cart ride, none of which would have been possible without her local knowledge. A thoroughly memorable and enjoyable experience."
J Stokes, October 2014
"Doina at Aldo Travel was great. All went well with our trip and our guide Mihai was perfect for us. It has been a fabulous and educational trip and we loved hiking in the Carpathians."
M Attell, Sept 2016