Wines of Southern Romania

Brasov, Transylvania - © Ramona Cazacu
Danube Valley, Romania - © Alan Heywood
Lunch is served - © Ramona Cazacu
Timisoara - © Alan Heywood

Holiday Highlights

  • Stunning mountain, forest and river scenery
  • Accommodation with character yet with all necessary facilities
  • Three restored medieval cities
  • Visits to local wineries including 5 wine tastings
  • The Raşinari heritage tramway
  • Danube Gorge cruise
  • Many meals from locally sourced organic produce
  • 12 days from £2,185pp
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Tour Dates:
Tuesday 16 June to Saturday 27 June 2020

UK’s Leading Specialist Operator to Romania

Did you know that Romania is one of the top 20 wine producers worldwide and the 6th largest in Europe? The country is home to more than 250 wine cellars. This tour explores the historic cities of Timişoara, Sibiu, Braşov, the beautiful Danube Gorge, scenic Oltenia and enjoys 5 wine tastings in rural surroundings.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Flight to Timişoara

Afternoon flight from London for a late evening arrival in Timişoara. Overnight hotel stay in the central area of the city.

Day 2 – Timişoara

City tour followed by short drive out of town for lunch and our first wine tasting.

Day 3 – Orşova on the Danube

Afternoon train to Orşova, a pleasant riverside town on the Danube. Our small guest house is on the river bank at the entrance to the Gorge and we stay here for 3 nights on half board.

Day 4 – Drobeta Turnu Severin and Roman Ruins

The Romans crossed the Danube at Drobeta Turnu Severin when they invaded Dacia. They even built a bridge which they destroyed when they finally retreated. This area is famous for its red wines and we have a tasting at the La Cetate Winery.

Day 5 – Danube Cruise

Relax as we take a four hour cruise through the impressive Danube Gorge before returning to Orşova.

Day 6 – Oltenia

Drive to the district of Oltenia, another important wine producing area. 2 nights on half board at the Maldar Manor House.

Day 7 – Horezu and Drăgăşani

We explore this historic area including Horezu Church and the old defensive houses (cule) built in the 16th Century for defence against the Turks. Our next wine tasting is in nearby Drăgăşani close to the Olt river.

Day 8 – Sibiu

Drive along the scenic Olt Valley to our next destination, Sibiu, a beautifully restored former Saxon medieval city with a pleasant traffic-free central area containing two cathedrals and a wonderful selection of old buildings and towers.

Day 9 – Tram to Raşinari

The rural tram route to Raşinari has been preserved as a heritage attraction and we charter a railcar this morning for a trip along the whole route. We then continue to Apold for lunch and a wine tasting with a local family.

Day 10 – Braşov

A little free time to explore the city followed by train at mid-day to Braşov, arriving late afternoon. Braşov is another former walled Saxon city, now restored and our small hotel is adjacent to the central square. There will be time for a short guided walk here to see the main sights.

Day 11 – Across the Carpathians

Drive across the mountains, pausing at the resort of Sinaia with sufficient time to enable an optional visit to Peleş or Pelişor Castles (former royal summer residences). Overnight at Conac Ceptura, a winery with its own hotel. Enjoy dinner and wine tasting this evening.

Day 12 – Bucharest to London

Transfer to Bucharest airport for flight to London, arriving early afternoon.

Due to the limited number of rooms in “homestay” accommodation, this tour will be limited to 12 persons.

Tour Route

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Selected Hotels

Hotel Timişoara, Timişoara

Pensiunea Iulia, Orşova

Maldar Manor House, Horezu

Hotel Imperatul Romanilor, Sibiu

Hotel Bella Muzica, Braşov

Conac Ceptura, Ceptura de Jos

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Flights in Economy Class by scheduled airline
  • Rail travel as specified
  • Danube River Cruise
  • Raşinari heritage tram
  • Other travel by private mini-coach
  • Hotel accommodation in Timişoara, Sibiu and Braşov
  • Other accommodation in good quality guest house or family “homestay” with en-suite facilities
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 6 evening meals
  • Airport and other transfers
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour plus local professional Romanian guide

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £2,185
Single room supplement: £295
Deposit for this holiday: £200

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