Wines of Southern Romania

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 Hosman to Cornatel heritage railway
  • Danube Gorge cruise
  • Many meals from locally sourced organic produce
  • 12 days from £2,980pp
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Tour Dates:
Tuesday 13 June to Saturday 24 June 2023

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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 at the Recaş Winery.

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 Danube Gorge and we stay here for 3 nights on half board.

Day 4 – Drobeta Turnu Severin & 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. Nowadays there is a huge hydro electric power station (Iron Gates 1) which we visit and we have a wine tasting at the Oprişor Winery.

Day 5 – Danube Cruise

Relax as we take a two hour cruise through the impressive Danube Gorge followed by a scenic drive further along the river valley.

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 & 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 – Sibiel

Drive through the scenic Olt Valley to our next destination, the tiny village of Sibiel where we are made welcome by the owners of a small family guest house who will have prepared a tasty evening meal.

Day 9 – Narrow Gauge Heritage Line & Sibiu

Part of the former narrow gauge line between Sibiu and Agnita has been preserved as a volunteer-run heritage line and we charter a diesel train this morning for a 7kms trip between Hosman and Cornatel. We continue to nearby 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. Finally we drive (or take the train as an option) out of town to Apoldu de Sus for wine tasting and an evening meal with a local family before returning to Sibiel for overnight.

Day 10 – Braşov

A little free time to explore Sibiu before catching a midday train 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

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Hotel Timişoara, Timişoara

Pensiunea Iulia, Orşova

Maldar Manor House, Horezu

Pensiunea Cristina, Sibiel

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
  • Hosman to Cornatel railway
  • Other travel by private mini-coach
  • Hotel accommodation in Timişoara, Braşov and Ceptura de Jos
  • Other accommodation in good quality guest house or family  homestay” with en-suite facilities
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 8 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: £2,980
Single room supplement: £420
Deposit for this holiday: £200

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