The Republic of Moldova

Tour Iaşi, a prominent intellectual and artistic center. Arrive in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, for a two-overnight stay and panoramic city tour. Visit the Orheiu Vechi Monastery, carved into a high cliff face amid superb views of the surrounding countryside. Alternatively, tour the Cricova Wine Cellars, among the most extensive in all of Europe. Once back in Romania, visit the medieval Suceava Citadel and the 16th-century UNESCO World Heritage St. George Church. Continue reading

Danube's Iron Gates

The Iron Gates, a series of spectacular gorges separating the Carpathians from the Balkans, invites your exploration on this magnificent tour. Starting in Sibiu, you’ll set out by car for Hunedoara and Hunyad Castle. Stop to tour Densus Church, and pay a visit to the exquisite Bigar Waterfall. Spend the night next to the Danube in Dubova. The next morning, take a glorious two-hour cruise of the Iron Gates by boat. Visit the Horezu Monastery, and explore the traditional ceramics of the village of Horezu. Finally, make a stop in Târgu Jiu to view the Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brâncusi.
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Journey to Constanta, where you’ll tour the Archeological Museum and the Roman Mosaics. Enjoy a stroll along the breathtaking seafront promenade, and take in the abandoned art nouveau Casino. Visit the ancient Greek port of Histria, Romania’s oldest known city. In Tulcea, catch a boat transfer to Crisan, in the heart of the Danube Delta. Spend the night in a lovely bed and breakfast; in the morning, enjoy an in-depth exploration of the ecosystems, wetlands, and lagoons of the Danube Delta, habitat for vast populations of wildlife. Continue reading

Travel into Romania’s past as you take a narrow-gauge, wood-fired steam train deep into the Carpathian Mountains. As you travel in the old way along the Vaser River, notice the train whistle and the hiss of the steam. The Vaser River Railway is the only forestry line in Romania still in operation—though now only for tourists. Arriving at the top of the line at Paltin Station, you’ll enjoy a delectable, catered picnic lunch, and perhaps a small hike with a fabulous view. Later in the afternoon, take the train back down to Viseu de Sus to complete your excursion. Continue reading

Libearty bear sanctuary in Brasov

From Brasov, opt for a day trip to the incredible Libearty Bear Sanctuary, over a hundred acres of pristine hazel and oak forest dedicated to the lives of Romanian bears. The sanctuary allows these magnificent animals, formerly used as attractions in zoos and small roadside cages, to experience a normal life free of human cruelty. The bears can now roam free in woodland enclosures complete with hibernation dens and freshwater pools, and visitors can observe happy, healthy bears living in their natural setting. Visits to the sanctuary are limited, but can be arranged with advance notice. Continue reading

Rafting

Ready for fun, exercise, and a challenging adventure? We can arrange an exhilarating whitewater rafting expedition for you and your group. Each of our trips is facilitated by a licensed whitewater rafting guide, and all equipment (raft, neoprene suit and boots, helmet, paddle, and life jacket) is provided. In Romania, you can choose from the Buzau, Jiu, Lapus, or Cerna rivers; in Bulgaria, select the Struma River (near Blagoevgrad and the Kresna Gorge) or the Iskar River, near Sofia. Whitewater rafting tours are best accomplished during the melting of the snow—between April and June. Continue reading

Additional days in Bucharest

If you’ve fallen in love with Bucharest and wish to stay longer, it’s easy to book additional days in Romania’s exhilarating capital city. Visit the incomparable open-air Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, one of the world’s finest ethnographic complexes. Tour the National Museum of Art of Romania and the National Museum of Romanian History. Experience the fabulous restaurants and nightlife that Bucharest has to offer. Visit Mogosoaia Palace, surrounded by a gated park of great peace and beauty. You may also choose the islet monastery at Snagov and the 17th-century Caldarusani Monastery. Continue reading