Transylvania & Maramures Folklore
From Bucharest, we head into the forested mountains of Transylvania, home to bear and eagle - and, of course, the creature of film legend, Dracula. We visit imposing Bran Castle and the Art Nouveau Pelisor Palace (optional) in Sinaia, and may also spend time walking in the valleys of the impressive Bucegi Mountains. Travelling by train, we reach a corner of northern Romania called Maramures where the local people are proudly independent and have retained their traditions.
We travel to the hidden Vaser Valley, then walk on through the wooded hills to Borsa, in the Rodna Mountains - discovering unique wooden churches, with tall, slim towers and ornate carvings. Driving across the beautiful Carpathians we descend into 'sweet Bukovina' - part of northern Moldavia. Here, hidden in deep forested valleys, we come across a number of monasteries with remarkable frescoes on their outside walls. From Sucevita - largest of the painted monasteries of Bukovina - we walk on, passing hay meadows and scattered villages en route to Putna, which boasts the country's oldest monastery (1466).
Continuing to Tulcea, we board our ponton (a type of barge which we use as a moving hotel) to cruise the lush backwaters of the Danube Delta - a patchwork of silvery waterways and reedy lakes that glitter like polished mirrors in the sunlight. This is the greatest wetland area in Europe and is famous for its birdlife including cormorant, eagle, pelican, falcon, egret, heron and other waders.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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