Dear guest, 

 

Our Romania tours offer a rich, immersive, cultural experience as only a local can provide. Romania’s castles, churches, and museums are interesting and we include those, as well, but since 2011 our promise to you and all our travelers is to …

True Romania Tours - Experience traditional Romania

Get a real taste of the country

Experience what “traditional Romanian” is: meet fascinating locals and their stories, taste local food, wine and brandy and travel to the most quaint places in a unique Romania tour.
True Romania Tours - Private tailor-made tours

Experience only what truly interests you

Tell us what interests you and we’ll organize a private, tailor-made tour for you only, your family or group. We haven’t done the same tour twice.
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Go as local as you can

We take people to castles but our best experiences are traditional events & weddings, small farms and markets, quaint small towns, wineries, boutique hotels and B&Bs.

Why trust us …

True Romania Tours on Tripadvisor

We received wonderful traveler’s reviews

Most of our visitors are from US, Canada, Europe, Israel and Australia and wrote things like “One of our all-time outstanding tours”. More on TripAdvisor.
True Romania Tours - Exhibited at international travel fairs

Exhibited at large international travel fairs

We exhibited at stands organized by the Romanian Tourism Board at two of the world’s largest travel fairs: World Travel Market in London and ITB Berlin.
True Romania Tours - Featured in National Geographic Traveler

Featured in National Geographic Traveler

One of our tours was placed second among NGT Romania magazines’ recommended 11 tours of Transylvania. We’re also recommended in Bradt and Routard travel guides. ​

Types of tours that can be booked through our tour operator company

Guided tours

We can include the following services: tour guide, transportation, accommodation, meals, entrance tickets, visits, workshops.

Self-guided tours

We can include the following services: rented car, accommodation, meals, some entrance tickets, train tickets, visits and workshops. And we prepare a personalized booklet with information about the places you will visit during your vacation in Romania, places to stop along the way, restaurant recommendations and even parking locations.

 

 Are you interested in one of our suggested tours of Romania?

Best of Romania Tour 2018

Private Tour of Romania (rich in culture)

For two full weeks you will explore Bucharest, Transylvania, Bucovina and Maramures, regions rich in centuries-old traditions and fascinating heritage.
Self Drive Family Tour of Romania

Tour of medieval Transylvania from Bucharest

Transylvania itself is a natural fortress surrounded by mountains from all sides. You’ll discover what’s inside, the charming medieval towns, well-preserved rural life and beautiful nature.

Christmas Holiday Tour in Romania

Romanian Orthodox Easter traditions tour 

The Easter holidays offer a wealth of traditions: painting eggs, a farmers’ celebration, people in folk costumes going to UNESCO churches and hearty food.

Winter Photo Tour during Christmas and NY holidays

Christmas and New Year traditions tour 

This is the time of the year richest in traditions: carols, traditional clothes, pig “cooking”, steam train, Christmas markets, ice hotel, castles under snow … a fairytale!

Spring Photo Tour of Romania

Genuine Food and Wine tour of Transylvania

This is an emerging concept as the region has so much to offer culturally and culinary. And some excellent wines, mostly white, but some good reds too.

Romania Genealogy Tours

Tour of Transylvania from Budapest or Belgrade

If you’re coming from far away it makes sense to visit more than one country. Hungary and Serbia are really close, so cross the border.

Winter Photo Tour during Christmas and NY holidays

Maramures and Bucovina tour (UNESCO churches and rural charm)

These  regions will really take you back in time and they are worth at least 2-3 days each. You can combine them with Transylvania too.

Spring Photo Tour of Romania

Hiking Tour of Romania

Be active up in the Carpathian Mountains and also get a taste of the culture and history down in the valleys. Easy to medium hikes, up to 6h/day.

Romania Genealogy Tours

Romania Genealogy Tours

You have family originating from Romania? We organize tours to their place of origins and also do research. And we show you Romania as well.

Contact us and we will make a personalized tour proposal for you!

The above tours are meant to offer you inspiration and to show how our tours of Romania look like. Please contact us by email at info@true-romania.tours and tell us how you’d like your tour to be. We will then work on a tailor-made tour proposal for you!

What makes our Romania tours special?

The way we love to travel is reflected in the way we organize tours of Romania for our travelers:

 

  • We focus on what’s true (therefore the name). We’d rather listen to traditional music in a village from where the music originates. Or see people dressed in traditional clothes in their hometown rather than at a parade. Or stay in a typical wooden house or a centuries’ old castle. As for souvenirs to remind you of your vacation in Romania, we recommend a horseshoe done by a genuine blacksmith instead of a magnet. And no, we don’t think Dracula is true. 🙂

  • Our tours are longer than most other Romania tours. That’s because having a rich cultural experience needs time. So we travel slower and spend more time in some places which are worth the time.

  • We combine the must-see attractions of Romania with the less known, more local places and we include (when possible and wanted) visits to local markets, traditional events, genuine craftsmen and locals, or unplanned stops along the itinerary when you see something interesting.

  • We include comfortable accommodations which contribute to a real Romanian experience. Such as boutique hotels in historic buildings in medieval towns, charming family-run bed and breakfasts in rural areas or even stays in castles, manors or fortresses.

  • A tour of Romania wouldn’t be complete without truly local dishes, some palinca (brandy) or wines (the local red Feteasca Neagra is our recommendation). Among our culinary recommendations are the many delicious soups (yes, we add sour cream), cabbage rolls (sarmale) and dishes which include porcini mushrooms, eggplants, or lamb.

  • We organize private tours of Romania, as this way we can tailor them to your expectations.  The average group size is 5-6 people but we’ve organized many tours for couples and individuals too.

  • We work with over 20 guides, usually in their 30s or 40s, a well-educated and traveled, modern and flexible generation of guides with an objective view on Romania’s rich history and culture. Guides hold a huge role in the success of our trips.

Important milestones for our Romanian tour company 

 

2010

Daniel Rosca, the founder of the company, returned to Romania after 4 years of living in Belgium, Poland, Turkey and Egypt, where he last worked for Microsoft in Cairo. Loving travel, he wanted to change his career and started a tour company.

2011

We launched our tour operator company under the name Via Transylvania Tours as we initially focused on Transylvania region and with time we expanded to the other regions of Romania. We had our first 4 tours: 1 for Christmas, 1 for an Indian couple and 2 photography tours.

2012

We started working with La Route des Voyages, a French travel agency and the local National Geographic Traveler magazine featured one of our tours second among their 11 recommended tours of Transylvania. We also organized our first biking tour of Romania and we joined Responsible Travel.

2014&2015

We exhibited as a guest of the Romanian Tourism Board with a stand at the World Travel Market travel fair in London and at ITB in Berlin, the largest travel fair in the world. In 2015 we also organized our first wine and wildflower tours of Romania.  We started working with partners from the US and we organized our longest private tour to date (32 days).

2016

We organized our first Jewish heritage and genealogy tours for a Holocaust survivor and for Americans with origins in Romania. The instructor for one of the photography tours we organized was a Pulitzer Prize winner.

2017

We started working with partners from Italy and Brazil and were recommended in the 3rd edition of the travel guide for Transylvania published by Bradt, popular in the UK. We launched the True Romania Tours website which over time has replaced our initial www.viatransylvania.com website. And we finally got listed on TripAdvisor after being rejected twice for not offering day trips. 

2018

We started working with Swiss and British partners. We were recommended in the 2018-2019 edition of the most important French travel guide, Routard after organizing their scouting trips to Romania.

2019

Our travel agency license was renewed by the Romania Tourism Ministry. Launched with the help of an EU grant a sister tour company called Romania Photo Tours focused on photography tours only.

2020

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic we didn’t organize any tours and we postponed all booked tours to 2021. A New York Times journalist contacted us for a non-travel related topic and quoted our opinion in an article.

Information about Romania and visa

 

Romania is a safe country to visit, which has significantly improved since it became part of NATO (in 2004) and the European Union (in 2007).

For more detailed information about Romania you can visit the website of the Romanian Tourism Board where they offer extensive information about Romania’s top attractions and up-to-date practical travel information, which will prove very useful if you are planning a holiday in Romania. 

Information about the Romanian visa can be found on the website of the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry.

 

About Covid-19 pandemic in Romania and travel advisories

 

As most of the world, Romania has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of people lost their lives, and many more suffered from it.

The travel sector has been severely affected and most inbound visitors canceled or postponed their tours of Romania.

As the world recovers from the pandemic and people start traveling again away from home, we feel like the type of Romania tours we offer will be more relevant than ever: private, small group, to places where few people go.

The pandemic is evolving over time so to get up-to-date information we recommend the following sources

 

Testimonials 

Once we’re contacted for a private tour we communicate closely by email and phone and during this time both sides can feel if the chemistry is right. And this is key to providing a great tour experience, our happiest travelers are those with whom we get along well from the very beginning.  This explains the great reviews for our Romania tours!

Here’s what some of our previous travelers have to say about our Romania tours:

The tour itself turned out to be great. Our guide met us in Bucharest, and toured with us the whole 12 days. We visited castles and countryside, ate delicious food, explored local architecture and customs, met local people. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about history and local customs and provided great insight into the current situation in Romania. As unexpected opportunities presented themselves, he was very willing to add small side trips or to stop for photo opportunities (of which there are many) or to chat with locals. The choice of accommodations was great too – no faceless international hotels, but instead smaller, locally run establishments. We’ve never worked with a better company.

Eddie & Jay from California

We had such an amazing time on this self drive tour of Romania: the highlights being the Ice Hotel experience, the Bear conservation opportunity, the dog sledding and seeing the magical cities of Sibiu and Braşov (in winter)!

Monique from Australia

We did a 4 day cycling tour, a 3 day photography workshop and a visit to the Danube Delta and stayed with a local fisherman. It was an incredible, culturally enriching experience and we both said it was probably our favorite trip we had ever been on!

Patrick from Minnesota

The tour included highlight visits to many UNESCO wooden churches, a steam train ride into the picturesque Vaser Valley, the painted monasteries of Bucovina plus excellent accommodations. Many very special opportunities arose through the guide’s slick planning, one a traditional wedding and another a sheep milk measurement traditional event. Again thanks for a fantastic time and it will most certainly be one of our all-time outstanding tour adventures. Bar none! It did feel like family and a strong bond in such a brief time frame.  Wow!!

John& Doreen from Canada

Contact us for a tour of true Romania!

Thank you for having the patience to read this far!

If you feel like we could organize for you a tour of Romania as you’d love, please write us an email at info@true-romania.tours.

We look forward to hosting you in Romania!

Our main tour categories: Cultural Private Tours Transylvania Tours / Food & Wine / Genealogy Tours /  Rural & Nature / Photo Tours