Human Romania

The tours here are samples we have put together while taking our time to show our guests a region or experience at a time. Travellers ourselves, we often found that most tours we were proposed tried to pack in as much as possible, allowing little or no time to actually meeting people and learning about the actual culture of a specific place other than what there was shown in museums. So we have decided to create tours where we take things at an apparently slower pace. All tours here are 7 days long and follow a specific theme or regional outline, coming complete with a personal touch and an explanation about our choice. Why 7 days? Because it falls within many of our guests’ time frame, because 7 days allow us to dive in the local legacy, exploring it at a just pace, and also because having all tours at the same length makes it much easier for you to compare and choose. Which does not mean, of course, that these tours are not customizable; feel free to let us know about your thoughts.

The Danube Tour

Danube River, The Iron Gates, Romania

Whether you think of the Danube in terms of a Vienna – to – the Black Sea cruise or of the Euro Velo 6 cycling route, this river has always drawn attention. It has, with its empire borderland and trade route history, with the cultural and ethnic mix along its shores, the music taking one from old shepherd flutes and all the way to Strauss’ waltz or with the plethora of great wines and cuisines of the communities plying it. So we invite you explore it on shore, from village to…

The Hillside Tour

People of Maramures, Romania

Remoteness, highlands, togetherness and ancient crafts all share a name in Romania: the North, with two distinct but equally well-preserved traditional countryside regions: the Maramures and the Bukovina. Both take pride in their UNESCO-listed monuments, whether it is about the carved wood churches of the former or about the painted monasteries of the latter. Yet, beyond these undoubtedly magnificent sights, we invite you join us to…

Sunny Carpathians Tour

Horezu Ceramic, Oltenia, Romania

Frequently overlooked regions lying in the shade of well trodden trails often hide exceptional encounters and great experiences. It is the case of the villages, hamlets and towns on the Southern slope of the Carpathians, in North Oltenia. A place where art, both in its peasant and cultivated form, has blossomed into a myriad of forms, from the local architecture to the several monasteries up the hills, from richly decorated pottery to…

Towns & Villages Tour

Roma child, Transylvania, Romania

The Dacians ruled the highlands, the Romans came along and defeated them, the Roman Empire weakened and the Roman rulers left while from the Dacian – Roman melting pot Romanians arguably emerged, then migratory people passed through, the Huns settled, but the Ottomans and Tartars poured in, so the Hungarian King called upon Germans from Saxony to settle and defeat the kingdom border in exchange for free land and tax free…

The Szekely Tour

Szekely people, Transylvania, Romania

With their roots probably going all the way back to the 5th century Attila the Hun, the Székelys (also referred to as the Szeklers, following the German term) have a very strong cultural identity of their own, in certain aspects different from the main Hungarian one, and, differently from the latter, some of them still use, aside with the Latin script, the rovásírás, the alphabet of old Hungarian. Their name literally means ‘border guards’, as they, just like the…

Mountain Roads Tour

Romanian Shepherd, Transfagarasan Road, Romania

The mountains in Romania are far from being too high, topped by Moldoveanu Peak in the Făgăraș at 2544 m.a.s.l. Yet the fact that they often rise from around 500 m.a.s.l. makes them dramatic, while the background, as well as the geological diversity makes them captivating. A maze of dirt roads ply many valleys and ridges nearing majestic cliffs and painting-torn glacial lakes, while several paved roads, including the Top Gear-featured Transfăgărășan…

Transhumance Tour

Horse-drawn cart, Transylvania, Romania

Transhumance has stood at the very roots of Romanians, as shepherds, leaving the mountains around October 1 (or with the first snow, whichever happens first) and going down into the fields, took with them a well-defined cultural pattern, including ancestral crafts, music, cuisine and a whole life approach. Therefore, we shall take this opportunity and invite you to join our tour that, starting in Transylvania not far from the Olt River Springs, crosses Székely and Saxon-settled communities, goes South into Wallachia over the highest mountains in the country. It then dives into the tranquility of the Oltenian countryside, complete with its well hidden natural wonders, before reaching the Danube and ending with the overwhelming life beat in Craiova, with its period heritage, fast pace dances and mouth-watering dishes…