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Transylvania and Beyond

Our tour will cross central Romania from East to West, taking in the regions of Moldavia, Bucovina, Transylvania and Banat. Romania stands out for its rich cultural heritage and outstanding natural beauty. Nestled in the heart of Eastern Europe, its history is a tale of foreign conquest and staunch resistance. Long an important Roman province and the only Latin speaking state in the eastern part of the Roman Empire, Romania saw the gradual increase of Saxon influence and Ottoman expansionism during the medieval period before eventual unification of its principalities in 1881. Since then, it has been at the heart of Eastern European politics, resistant to Austro- Hungarian hegemony, subsumed by communist rule and since 2007 a member of the European Union.

Our tour will bring to life some of the most dramatic cultural achievements from throughout Romanian history.The painted monasteries of Bucovina epitomise the strength of Romania’s Christian heritage in the face of Turkishinvasion in the 15th and 16th centuries. In addition to historic Romania, there will be plenty of time to enjoy thecountry’s dramatic landscape. From the spectacular Carpathian mountains to the winding Bicaz Gorges theRomanian countryside remains largely unspoiled.