Specialist Tours to Romania

Holiday Highlights

  • Scenic journeys across the Carpathians and Transylvanian Alps
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites of Biertan fortified church, Sighişoara and Bucovina Painted Monasteries
  • Tour the remote and stunning Maramureş region
  • Experience village life and old fashioned farming methods
  • Stay in comfortable homestays & guest houses with local families
  • Enjoy traditional celebrations and visit the ‘Merry Cemetery’ at Sapanta
  • Ride steam train on active and former logging railways

Ffestiniog Travel is now one of the UK’s leading tour specialists to Romania – and not just for holidays by rail. We are able to offer families and groups other special interest holidays to the country including culture and history, walking and wildlife.

Variously described as “Europe’s last wilderness” and “Europe’s best kept secret”, Romania is a true gem of a destination. With a rich and varied history, stunning mountain scenery and a rural way of life unchanged for centuries, it has a charm of its own and yet is almost unknown. Amongst its many attractions is Transylvania with its castles and unspoiled forests and mountains, still home to bears, wolves and other rare fauna. Then there are Bucovina’s famous painted monasteries and the northern region of Maramureş where old wooden houses and churches stand in villages where most people live by agriculture and follow traditional crafts and customs. Everywhere in rural Romania we find horses and carts instead of tractors and villages with traditional looking wells. Such scenes have now become unique in Europe.

In addition to well-appointed hotels and guest houses, Romania boasts a large number of homestay premises where local enterprising families have converted or modernised their properties to be suitable for visitors. Such amenities include full en suite facilities. Invariably, these properties are in rural areas well away from main centres of population and they allow the visitors to immerse themselves in village life, eating and drinking home grown organic produce – fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy products, honey, jam and bread all come from the village. We have available to us a number of such homestays in the Saxon and Hungarian villages of Transylvania, also in Maramureș and Bucovina.

Almost all the money spent on these holidays goes directly into Romania’s local economy – locally owned accommodation, restaurants, transport and so on, not forgetting local guides who rely on visitors for their livelihood. An English speaking Romanian guide is provided and we can also, if required, provide a tour leader from the UK for private groups.

Contact us direct on 01766 512400 or click the ‘Request More Information’ button to find out more about planning a family or group tour to Romania and the costs involved.

Rural Romania

Delve into the past with stays in some of Romania’s remote villages to experience a rural way of life that belongs to a bygone age. Enjoy local hospitality and home grown produce in Saxon villages; opportunity to ride three steam railways if required; visit culturally rich landmarks. Suggested centres for this tour: Copşa Mare (Transylvanian Saxon village), Praid (Transylvanian Hungarian village), Hoteni (Maramureş), Moldovita (Bucovina).

Romania’s Danube Delta

A nature and wildlife tour to Romania that includes 3 days guided bird-watching by boat on the Danube Delta and visits to remote villages to experience a traditional rural way of life. Suggested centres for this tour: Mila 23 (Danube Delta village reached only by boat), Lepşa (Carpathian Mountains, ideal for bear watching), Zarneşti (near Bran Castle and the Saxon city of Braşov).

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Why Choose Ffestiniog Travel?

  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
  • Created for people who love rail holidays and exploring the world’s heritage railways
  • Dedicated rail holiday specialist - great destinations, sightseeing and unparalled railway content
  • Train ticket supplier for worldwide rail operators - we can plan and arrange your rail journey to anywhere
  • Knowledge of the world’s rail routes makes us leading specialists in escorted and Tailor Made rail holidays
  • Over 60% of our existing rail tour travellers return to holiday with us year after year
  • Committed to supporting rail travel and heritage railways around the world
  • Our profits support the continued preservation of the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Small, dedicated rail holiday travel team offering an award winning personal service

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