Monasteries and Villages of Romania

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traveller reviews

  • 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
  • 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 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.
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, meet with group in evening for overnight train to Bucovina DAY 2 Bucovina walk including visit of Moldovita Monastery (4hrs) DAY 3 Steam train along the Moldovita River, walk through countryside and farmland (5hrs) DAY 4 Walk through woods, transfer to Sucevita monastery (3.5hrs) DAY 5 Transfer to Maramures region with short walk in Botiza Valley (2.5hrs) DAY 6 Hike between villages and visit the monastery of Bârsana (4hrs) DAY 7 Mountain hike in Maramures (6hrs) DAY 8 Transfer to Sapânta and visit the 'Happy Cemetery', transfer to Cluj DAY 9 Trip concludes
trip dates

16 June 2018 - 24 June 2018 Guaranteed Departure Book Now »
14 July 2018 - 22 July 2018 Guaranteed Departure Book Now »
18 August 2018 - 26 August 2018 Guaranteed Departure Book Now »
15 September 2018 - 23 September 2018 Closed Enquire »
22 September 2018 - 30 September 2018 Book Now »

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This trip ends in Cluj. If needed we can book an overnight train or flight, returning to Bucharest, additional costs apply. Alternatively, see trip notes for details of a self guided extension including Sighisoara and Brasov - this extension can be either 3 or 4 days.

what's included
MEALS: *8 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 7 dinners ACCOMMODATION: *6 nights rural pensions in twin or double share generally with shared facilities, 1 night 3 star hotel, 1 night overnight train in sleeper carriage (2 or 4 berth) GUIDES: *English speaking guide BACKUP & SUPPORT: *luggage transfer TRANSPORT: *private transfers as described
Monasteries and Villages of Romania
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trip grading:
9 days
trip code:
US $1,160
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