Jack Lawford, Travel Consultant at our Dorchester travel agents, spent a week exploring the unfamiliar country of Romania.Here are just a few reasons why he believes you should add it to your travel list.
Operator/Host: Cox & Kings/Sarah & Simon
Airline: British Airways
(Hotel names/Ship name): Capital Plaza, Aro Palace, La Conac in Bucovina, Hotel Sighisoara, Hotel Napoca, Continental Forum
Duration: 7 days
After meeting everyone at T5 London Heathrow, we boarded the plane and took off ahead of schedule, thanks to the speedy boarding of all passengers. The flight was very smooth and took around 3 hours 20 minutes; we had to burn fuel for around ten minutes due to the early departure. The landing was smooth despite a crosswind at Bucharest airport.
The return flight was of the same standard as the outbound flight. There were no issues at all.
We stayed at hotels which were ranked from three to five stars during our trip. All of them were of a high standard and extremely clean.
We stayed at the Intercontinental in Bucharest on our last night, which is ranked at five stars.The hotel lived up to this rating and beyond, and was the property that I was most impressed with.
All hotels had the essentials such as hair dryer, minibar, TV, toiletries, air conditioning, etc. I would be happy to stay in all of them again.
What Was Included?
· The trip included many excursions to local sites of historical and cultural value. These were:
· Tour of Pelisor & Peles Castle
· Visit to Bran Castle
· Tour of Brasov
· Visit of Prejmer Fortified Church
· Visit of the Voronet Painted Monastery
· Tour of Targu Mures
· Tour of Sighisoara Citadel
· Visit of Turda Salt Mine
· Visit of Alba Lulia Citadel
· City tour of Sibiu
· Exterior visit of the Presidential Palace in Bucharest
My favourite part of the trip has to be the driving. It may sound strange, but the amount of scenery and stunning landscapes that we saw whilst driving through the country was incredible.
Romania is such avast, open country with amazing landscapes, from the never-ending agricultural fields in the south to the mountainous regions in the north. Not to mention the stunning Bicaz Gorges.
In short, yes I would recommend this trip. Romania is such an expansive country which, at the moment, does not have that many motorways. It is, however, in the process of building more, which will make travel a lot shorter.
The country is bursting with history, from Vlad the Impaler to the troubled communist era. There are so many different reasons to visit Romania.
Must see? The Painted Monasteries
Must do? Turda Salt Mine
Must try? Traditional Goulash
If you would like us to plan a similar trip for you, visit your local store. We have travel agents in Norfolk,Suffolk, Essex, Hampshire and Dorset.