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Sabbatical & Experiential Travel to Romania

Holidays & Sabbaticals to Romania – In a Nutshell

Medieval churches, Saxon villages, gothic castles and swathes of rolling mountains form the fairytale setting to a stay in Romania.

The majesty of this fascinating country lies in its natural landscapes: The beauty of the Danube Delta as it flows into the Black Sea; the towering Carpathian Mountains with their breath-taking gorges and crystalline rivers; secluded villages surrounded by virgin forests.

Alongside Romania’s natural beauty lies its cultural richness. Medieval castles and fortified churches populate the Transylvanian countryside. Folk music, dance and festivals fill historic towns with life. Peaceful countryside villages are imbued with the charm of a slow pace of life and age-old traditions.

Experiences you shouldn’t miss in Romania

  • Visit the iconic Bran Castle that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
  • Explore the energetic capital of Bucharest and enjoy its mix of Art Deco architecture, grand palaces and communist monuments.
  • Stroll through the baroque and renaissance streets of Brasov, framed by the Carpathian Mountains.
  • Hike in the Carpathian Mountains and enjoy its countless gorges, waterfalls and glacial lakes.
  • Roam the awe-inspiring halls of Peleş Castle, the summer residence of the Romanian royal family.
  • Learn the history of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sighisoara Citadel as you visit its fortified churches, clock tower and guild towers.
  • Tour the palaces and cathedrals of Sibiu, a hotspot for Europe’s top jazz, blues and classical musicians.
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of the Black Sea at Sulina or Gura Portitei.
  • Admire the painted monasteries of Bucovina with their impressive exterior frescoes.
  • Ride the traditional Mocanita Steam train through the valleys, hills and woodlands of the Maramures region.

Off the Beaten Path in Romania

  • Trek across the Piatra Craiului National Park, amongst its towering gorges and caves.
  • Take a boat trip to the Danube Delta, the world’s third most biologically diverse area. Its vast expanse of wetland marshes and reed beds teem with life, making it perfect for any wildlife lover.
  • Perch in a hidden wooden cabin in Magura and observe a wild brown bear from the confines of safety.
  • Explore the Făgăraş mountain range, composed of spectacular pyramidal peaks.
  • Meet the local producers and sample the best wines of Chitorani, a wine region known for its reds.
  • Embark on a horse-riding excursion in the heart of the Transylvanian countryside.
  • Drive along the Transfăgărășan Highway, a 150km mountain road that was called ‘the best road in the world’ in ‘Top Gear’.
  • Enjoy a memorable dinner after closing time in one of Romania’s many medieval castles.
  • Relax at leisure in remote Saxon villages, enjoying Transylvania’s hidden wildflower meadows.
  • Rise early and explore Romania’s forests for bird watching and listening accompanied by a local ornithologist.
  • Meet local craftsmen who still go about their trade in ways as old as time, from Royal beekeepers to potters.

Wildlife

Romania is a wild haven for flora and fauna. The Carpathian Mountains occupy 55% of Romania’s territory. The Carpathians house the last of Europe’s virgin forests, the home of countless mammals. The Carpathians are home to over 45% of Europe’s brown bear population, grey wolves, European bison and lynx. In addition to these mountains the Danube Delta is a biosphere reserve known for its diversity, with over 1200 species of plant, 60 species of fish and the largest colony of pelicans in Europe.

How to Get to Romania

Fly direct from London (3-4 hours) and many European cities to Bucharest.

Flying from the US requires a layover and usually takes around 11-15 hours.

When & Weather – Romania

There is something beautiful about every season in Romania, but the best time to go is between April and October. Here is when the weather is best for exploring the Transylvanian countryside and cities.

Spring (Mar-May) is pleasant with warm days and cool nights. Summer (Jun-Aug) can get very hot with extended sunny days, near the coast temperatures can reach close to 40°C. Autumn is dry and cool. Winters (Nov-Jan) can get very cold (-5°C inland) with heavy snowfall.

Who will Romania Appeal To?

The wide range of cultural and adventurous activities in Romania will appeal to:

  • Families
  • Young couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Active travellers
  • Solo travellers
  • Nature lovers

Accommodation

Accommodation in Romania will vary from charming Romanian guesthouses in more rural areas to historical boutique properties and modern hotels. You will spend your nights in the likes of Samedru Guesthouse, a charming rustic mountain lodge in Magura with incredible views across the Piatra Craiului National Park, and the Mansion Boutique Hotel in the charming Old Town of Bucharest.

Start Planning

Our experienced team will guide you through a number of ideas based on how you would like to experience Romania.

No matter how long you have to travel, we’ll guide you through the planning process to ensure a trip is carefully pieced together to suit your interests, pace of travel and budget.

Contact us to start planning a holiday or sabbatical to Romania.

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Photos courtesy of: Misty Forest with railway bridge – Paul Mocan, UnSplash;
Bran – Calin Stan, UnSplash; Brasov – Dan Novac, UnSplash;
Bucharest – Saru Robert, UnSplash; Carpathian Mountains – Vlad Kiselov, UnSplash;
Danuble Delta Pelican – Zdeněk Macháček, UnSplash; Merry Cemetery – Toa heftiba, UnSplash;
Peles Castl – Majkle Velner, UnSplash; Sibiu – Stefan Iancu, UnSplash; Sinaia – Gloria Cretu,
UnSplash; Transfagarasan – Calin Stan, UnSplash