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 recommended fly-drives, small group tours 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 cultural 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), taking 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 Maramures await you. Away from the mountains Rediscover can also provide an opportunity to explore the beautiful Danube Delta (which deserves at least a few days), staying at an isolated settlement deep within its distributaries. This is one 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 country 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"); also here is the ancient port city of Constanta & beach resorts 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, pass through dramatic gorges, see the unique painted monasteries, Transylvania ...
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
A short fly drive offering a contrast between modern Bucharest & the history in Transylvania. Optional return route along the famous "Trans Fagarasan ...
A full tour of Romania - includes some of the most famous sights together with our recommended "Hidden Gems" (Transylvania, Maramures, Moldavia & the ...
"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
"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
"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
"Just wanted to pass on some feedback regarding our Romanian trip. Some of the highlights were the walking tour of the Old Town in Cluj Napoca where we first arrived. The accommodations at Capitolina were very nice. Our guide, Mihai, grew up in Romania and currently lives in Sibiu and he was quite knowledgeable about Romanian history, which made the tour very interesting and relevant. We thought the salt mine tour in Turda was absolute amazing. We were shocked at the size of it and the boating lake, tennis courts, bowling alley, medical clinic, and gift shop at the bottom of this massive pit started by the Romans. Alba Iulia was a wonderful stop. We really enjoyed walking around the Hapsburg Citadel and my husband is a lover of Roman ruins, so we were able to see some of these in Alba as well. Alba is on one of the major roads that lead out of Rome. Sibiu (where Mihai lives) is a lovely old Saxon city, with wonderful architecture and plazas. Mihai did a great walking tour of the Old City before we left. We loved the accommodations at Casa Luxembourg. The traditional restaurant we went to was right across the square where we were staying, so it was convenient and most excellent. We really enjoyed seeing the famous Transfagaran highway built by Ceacescu and hearing the story about how and why it was built. Our hike up the Balea Cascade was wonderful despite getting caught in the rain and snow up near Balea Lake. We arrived at the Brancoveanu Monastery and were told that dinner had been served all at once at 7:30 pm. They were nice enough to feed us, but the soup, French fries, and fried cheese were cold and quite unappetizing. The rooms were very small and sparse and the mattresses were the most uncomfortable mattresses we have ever slept on. They felt like they were made of straw but were beyond firm. The monastery is well worth a visit and it is in a beautiful place, but the 4 of us were in agreement that we did not care for the accommodations or the "all at once" serving of dinner. I don't think Mihai was aware of this fact. He said no one told him about the one time dinner serving at 7:30 pm. The fact that we arrived late was not Mihai's fault. One person in our group, was extremely slow, so the hike took a few hours longer than he had anticipated. The next morning we headed to the bear sanctuary near Zarnesti. Unfortunately, we were turned away because they only have one tour per day and you have to get there around 9:30 in the morning to gather at the gate for the group tour. Mihai told us that his group, Aldo Travel in Sibiu, did not tell him about this. We were quite disappointed, but he said we would go back the next morning, and we did, so all was resurrected. We really enjoyed Pestera and Mihai took us to one of the last working water-powered woolen mills in Romania. It was fascinating. Accommodations at Casa Folea on top of a lovely ridge were quite nice. The views on both sides of the ridge of the Bucegi Mtns and Craiului Ridge were spectacular. Bran Castle was a must but in some respects a disappointment. The place is packed with long lines to get in and it turns out that Bram Stoker never visited there and Bran may not even be the castle he referred to in Dracula, but it is a tourist mecca. Still glad to have seen it despite the hype. The Rhein winery guesthouse was a great place to stay. The dinners were lovely with paired wines included in the dinner. Loved the Zamora Ridge hike and seeing the amazing stone pillars, including the Sphinx. I made it to the top of Omu while the others turned back and waited for Mihai and I to get back to the cabin at the top of the cable car house. The only glitch to this day had to do with the cable cars. We got there after 9 am and the lines were over 1.5 hours long since the cars only hold 25 people and they only arrive every 20 minutes. The last cable car of the afternoon is at 3:45. We got there at 3:40 pm because of the late start on the hike and going to ..."
M Attell, October 2016
"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
"Suffice to say we had a really great week...Alexandra looked after us really well.The program and accommodation was mostly great, especially the more traditional places. We'll certainly look at your website again when we plan our next holiday. Many thanks for a great service."
D Czaczkes, June, 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
"Doina provided an excellent service and could not have done more. Mihai, our driver/guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and made sure we saw everything we wanted. We could not wish for a better guide. The hotels and guest houses were of a good standard and we were well fed. The sites we saw were quite amazing although on some days we wouldn't have minded one less church/monastery. We were delighted to be able to visit Biertan and Viscri and appreciated the trouble Doina and Mihai took over this. We enjoyed the train ride and Popa Museum. Mihai enabled us to visit the Sighet and Brasov Ethnographic Museums, a special interest of ours. Thanks to Andy the tour was arranged to give us free days in Sibiu, where we visited the Astra Village Museum, which is both friendly and impressive. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday we will remember for a long time."
Mr R Moody, Sept 2017
"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
"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