RO1 The Radiance of Romania TOURSEARCH TOUR
Bucharest: "The Little Paris of the East"; The "Painted Monasteries" of Bucovina; The spectacular Tihuta Pass over the Eastern Carpathians; Bran Castle, mythical home of Dracula; Huge German-Renaissance castles
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- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Fri 25 Sep 2015||Fri 02 Oct 2015||$1990|
|Fri 06 May 2016||Fri 13 May 2016||$1990|
|Fri 22 Jul 2016||Fri 29 Jul 2016||$1990|
|Fri 23 Sep 2016||Fri 30 Sep 2016||$1990|
Optional Single Supplement: $320 (number of singles limited).
Standing amid the nuns who live in the Romanian monastery of Voronet while they carry out their daily routines, we will come to appreciate our level of involvement we have in our surroundings during this tour. Having the opportunity to wander the corridors of Bran Castle, believed by some to once have been the home to the infamous Count Dracula, is not a usual kind of opportunity we would have during a typical vacation. These are only some of examples of the experiences we will be taking full advantage of. Not only will we be living out the most memorable moments of our lives, but the majestic Eastern Carpathian Mountains will also be serving as the backdrop to many of our excursions. The lakeshore, open- aired museum in Bucharest, or the churches built on the lush hillsides of Transylvania are all aspects we will surely love Romania for. Why not take part in an adventure that offers so many experiences that don't come by often?
Heather F. (Huntsville, AL, US)
This trip was *action-packed*! I enjoyed every excursion. Day 1, with Bran, Peles, and Pelisor Castle was a whirlwind full of beautiful architecture, gorgeous views, and the monasteries at Gura Humorului were simply stunning. Those days stand out, but Sighisoara, on its own is simply lovely. It s hard to pick, honestly. I cannot say there was an excursion I didn t enjoy. Our local guide Cristian was an absolute joy, both as a guide, and in down times to chat with, or at meal times for discussion. English was always impeccable and they were excellent. No complaints of any local guide. Our bus was roomy, comfortable, and our driver pleasant, nice, and professional. The restaurants were always charming, had excellent service, and I always enjoyed my meals. Ondrej was great! Both personally and professionally. He has the perfect combination of humour, je ne sais quoi, and the ability to keep his charges in order when necessary. We were able to enjoy his company over several meals, and on a personal level. We enjoyed this tour--and Ondrej--so much that we have amended our travel wish list to include tours that Ondrej might specifically lead in the Eastern European region. All the guides we, and I, have had with Ad-Abroad have been excellent, but Ondrej is just the right combo for us.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
The hotel offers 33 rooms that offer you modern comforts in a traditional style, perfectly suitable for business and leisure. ... rooms are fully air-conditioned, have a shower or a bath with hair dryer and make-up mirror, satellite and cable TV, high speed internet access, mini-bar, international telephone, coffee-maker and rooms with facilities for persons with disabilities.
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Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily. All transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.
Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring, summer and fall the most popular of which is are spring and fall when temperatures are relatively mild and crowds thinner. Showers quite possible in spring and fall, somewhat less so in summer though can occur any time. Summers can be humid though long daylight hours maximize exploration.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have a couple of full bus days there are plenty of stops of interest. Though we do not rate this tour "strenuous", it is a busy programme with numerous city / town walking tours featuring uneven surfaces, inclines and / or stairs. You must be able to spend several hours on your feet per day, walking at a leisurely pace. There may not be porters available in all locations. We also make use of public transit in some cities in order to maximize sightseeing where vehicles are impractical (most people quite enjoy this insight into daily life).
Well-located, air- conditioned, mid-range hotels (3 star) throughout. Many are smaller properties (3-4 story) that may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though most have shower only. Porter service is sometimes available; you MUST be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, driver, local step-on guides in various locales.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)
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