Treasures of Romania: Enchanting Castles and Painted Monasteries
Discover Romania’s legendary culture and charm as you enjoy wine with locals, revel in art and explore pristine forests that boast some of the greatest biodiversity in the world.
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Program No. 19208RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

Romania is one of Europe’s most dynamically changing nations — a hauntingly beautiful land set apart by the Carpathian Mountains, great plains, deep forests, ancient cities and villages with architecture of many periods. Three major ethnic groups and half a dozen religions blend influences of East and West. Delving into this intriguing society, explore the capital, Bucharest; Moldavia’s painted monasteries; the Saxon area with its preserved medieval cities; and Transylvania’s remarkable landscapes.
Activity Level
Hilly terrain, cobblestone streets, standing at museums, unavoidable stairs. Elevations up to 3,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the Castle of Dracula in Bran, learn the true story behind the myths and discover the secrets of the castle’s underground passageways.
  • Join an expert in the famous painted monasteries of Gura Humorului, including the World Heritage sites of Voronet, Moldovita, Humor and Sucevita monasteries.
  • Taste Romanian foods and the famous wines of the Aiud wine region as you lunch with a local family in Rimetea.

General Notes

This program has been designed to be taken back to back with "Treasures of Bulgaria: Ancient Ruins, Roses and Revival" (#19207), and participants are encouraged to register for both.
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Árpád Furu
Árpád is the conservation specialist and a consultant for an organization dedicated to historic building conservation. He also does Ethnology and Anthropology research for Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. He has published several papers and books and submitted his PhD in 2015. Since 1997, Árpád has led more than 50 Road Scholar programs in Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. “Working with Road Scholar offers a new perspective for understanding my own country and culture. I see things through somebody else’s eyes, which is more than helpful!”
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