Monasteries and Villages of Romania

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traveller reviews

  • The willingness of the villages to engage with the strangers was amazing. As we hiked across the beautiful villages, we were often stopped by villagers and farmers who told us about their lives. The hospitality shown to the tourists had no bounds. We experienced this first hand by invitations for baptism ceremony and a house party where we enjoyed limitless servings of plum brandy (strong alcoholic spirit produced in Romania), delicious food and taking part in their traditional dancing. Francois Bellard who shepherded us was amazing and we want to thank him profusely for his guidance. We have done many guided tours and must acknowledge that he has raised the bar on good guiding. He was patient, gentle and quick to recognize our needs. Our enjoyment was his prime concern and he did all within his power to make this happen. The attentiveness and sincerity he showed to the villages in listening to their ramblings demonstrated his deep love for the people and the land has adopted (Francois is French). He truly connected us to the locals by not taking the liberty of answering questions posed by us without directing them to the locals first. Francois is truly the best of the best – a guide par excellence. A. Pickens. Montara, CA. USA.
  • Guided 'Gigi" is fabulous. Grading spot on. Cost/price - very good. Overall - fantastic trip! We were lucky to have pleasant, supportive fellow hikers. The 8 days far exceeded my expectations in every way. P de Boer Western Australia
  • The holiday overall was excellent. I didn't need anywhere near 600 Leu but suggest bringing small notes. A cool bag too, for lunches. V. Emmet. NSW, Australia
Straddling central Romania and covering a third of its territory are the majestic Carpathian Mountains or Transylvanian Alps. Aside from the stunning beauty of the mountains and the rolling foothills, the rich traditions of the region continue to flourish through the friendly locals and their way of life which has changed little through the centuries. Walking through a timeless landscape to reach ancient villages and monasteries including the famous Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, pristine forests brimming with wildlife, carved wooden churches and farm gateways are just a few of the highlights of this engaging adventure. Combined with time in the capital, Bucharest, this fully escorted walking holiday offers an opportunity to cross the Carpathians and gain an intimate appreciation of rural Romania.
brief itinerary
DAY 1 Arrive Bucharest, overnight train to Bucovina DAY 2 Bucovina walk including visit of Moldovita Monastery (4hrs) DAY 3 Hike across the Obcina Mare ridge and transfer to the Sucevita Valley (4-5hrs) DAY 4 Walk through Bucovina forest (4hrs) DAY 5 Transfer to Maramures region with short walk in Botiza Valley (3hrs) DAY 6 Hike between villages and visit the monastery of Bârsana (5-6hrs) DAY 7 Mountain hike in Maramures (5.5hrs) DAY 8 Transfer to Sapânta before returning to Bucharest by overnight train DAY 9 Arrive in Bucharest, trip concludes
trip dates

20 September 2014 - 28 September 2014 Book Now »

what's included
*7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 7 dinners (day 8 is picnic dinner on train) *6 nights rural pensions in a combination of twin and triple share generally with shared facilities, 2 nights overnight train in sleeper carriage *English speaking guide *luggage transfer *private transfers as described
AT A GLANCE
Monasteries and Villages of Romania
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trip activity:
trip grading:
moderate
duration:
9 days
trip code:
RC9
2014 PRICING
US $1,190
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