Transylvania self-drive vacation in Romania

“Drive across Romania, and back in time, as you explore atmospheric villages, painted churches, medieval towns and the castle that inspired Bram Stoker.”

Highlights

Bucharest| Transfagarasan Highway | Sibiu | Alba Iulia | Maramures | Painted Monasteries in Suceava | Bicaz Gorge | Transylvania | Viscri | Brasov | Bran Castle | Bear Sanctuary | Walking in Bucegi Mountains (optional) | Peles Castle

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Responsible tourism: Transylvania self-drive vacation in Romania

Environment

We have chosen to include places to stay where there is much more opportunity for you to interact more fully with the locals, to practice your language and to minimise your carbon footprint somewhat. The village guesthouses that we recommend use predominantly local produce in the preparation of meals, reducing the food-miles, waste and carbon footprint associated with larger hotels.

By including the opportunity to visit the National Parks and UNESCO sites on this vacation you choose to contribute to the excellent record of conservation in recent years through the entrance fees and also by using local guides and buying local handicrafts. We ask all our customers to respect the environment. Litter, in particular, is damaging to the landscape and can injure animals so we encourage people to act responsibly.

As a company we employ responsible policies such as recycling paper, ink cartridges, glass and cardboard; we minimize the use of electricity and conducting the vast majority of our correspondence and promotion via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities. We also compost waste in our company garden.

Community

Our recommended accommodation on this vacation is in family-run, small hotels. The food in the hotels is primarily sourced locally and a large number of dishes on the menus are home made. We only employ local guides as their expertise and local knowledge will enhance your experience and understanding of the historical context and the environmental impact of your visit. In Bucharest in particular you will see the evidence for and read about the impact of the Ceauasescu period; the cost of rebuilding and repairing the historic centre has been enormous and every contribution made by visitors will help. Similarly the countryside was devastated in this time as whole villages were destroyed and communities forceibly removed to the cities - because of this experience rural Romania and its traditional way of life is so precious and with our itineraries we aim to assist the local economies to thrive with the help of tourism whilst not losing the integrity of the community structures.

As well as supporting the local community and economy directly our vacations also encourage support indirectly. The latter because more interaction with local people and local tourist service providers engenders greater understanding and respect which almost always leads to larger and more careful spending by visitors.

3 Reviews of Transylvania self-drive vacation in Romania

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Reviewed on 30 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There is so much to comment on here. We enjoyed exploring this varied country from the Delta to the far north. Highlights have to be the painted
monasteries, the wooden churches, the fortified churches and the medieval old town centres. The mountains were just lovely and the drive over some of the
passes spectacular. The rural countryside is a joy to discover

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Self drive is just fine with most roads perfectly good if crowded and therefore slow. Beware the few maniac Romanian drivers who overtake on blind corners!
Parking can be problematical in the large towns or in the old town centres and the quality of road signs varies! The Romanian cuisine leaves a little to be
desired at times with breakfast offerings always much the same. Romanian wine, however, is very good. Try to stay at some pensions to meet local hosts.
Almost all younger Romanians speak some English and some speak it fluently, so don't hestitate to ask for advice.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I sincerely hope so. We stayed in some pensions where the local owners were very friendly and helpful and where the food was traditional. Not sure we
reduced environmental impact by driving! Conservation was supported in the Delta .

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent and we would love to return. Romania has so much to offer and learning about its history including the communist era was most enlightening. The vacation included all we could wish for in the way of scenery and experiences.

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing the fantastic and varied architecture - lots of churches (fortified, wooden, baroque, gothic etc). medieval towns, castles, mountain scenery. Traditional
way of life contrasting with the modern. Impact of communism in the past.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Buy a road map to get a bigger picture of what's around. Most major places take credit cards. Get a better exchange rate if you change your money over there.
Do and see as much as you can and talk to people whenever possible - everyone is really friendly and the younger people speak good English. There's lots of
lorries on the roads so allow time and don't try to rush. Most roads are now OK but some minor roads are in poor condition.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The hotels and restaurants appeared to be locally owned and staffed thereby benefiting the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent, well-planned.

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


My kids definitely vote for floating in the salt lakes (which were flooded old roman salt mines) just north of Sibui, Transylvania

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Huge benefit in the use of a local guide to walk around Sibui. Be aware that around Brasov (particularly Bran Castle) is very busy and full of tourists during the summer.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so! The bear sanctuary at Zarnesti particularly appreciated the support of visitors in order to afford to run their sanctuary for abused local wildlife.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic! Can't wait to come back and visit more of Romania.

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