Tour reviews - True Romania Tours
Partners and Reviews – True Romania Tours

Since 2011 we partner with travel agencies and companies from USA, Canada, France, Italy, Brazil, UK and Switzerland to organize their tours to Romania. They benefited of our collaboration and renewed it over the years.

We have also participated at some of the biggest travel fairs in the world, such as World Travel Market in London and ITB in Berlin.
If you are a company looking to organize a tour for your clients to Romania please contact us at so we can provide a customized proposal.

We have consistently received positive reviews about our tours in Romania and from February 2017 we are also listed on TripAdvisor where you can check what previous travelers had to say about their experience with us.

True Romania Tours on Tripadvisor

Two couples who previously traveled with us wrote their comprehensive Romania tours reviews on their blogs: Nancy and Paul from US and John & Doreen from Canada.

In brief here is what John & Doreen have to say: “He had tailor-made a ten day tour of the Maramures and Bucovina area. The tour would include 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 guides’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!”


Reviews for our Genealogy Tours of Romania

Jennifer from USA: “Our tour guide went above and beyond in all ways possible. He provided transportation, translation, research, historical background, appointment setting at the town hall, and even knocked on doors of residents. Ultimately, I was able to find birth records of my grandmother and her sisters, an address for where they lived, and family tree information dating back to 1800. He was eager to participate in the search and when I was ready to end the tour, he found a jackpot of information held by the local self-appointed town historian, who then invited us into his home to share information and homemade palinca! Thank you for making the most of my trip. It was meaningful and life transforming.

Carol, Gary, Alyssa and Lauren from Texas, USA, parents and 2 daughters: “We knew we weren’t able to do a typical guided tour of Romania because my husband’s mother had been born near Sibiu and we planned to try and contact family as well as see the country. The travel agent’s expertise made our trip go off without a hitch! He made suggestions I would not have known about and we were able to have a wonderful family trip without stress over the small details.”

Reviews True Romania Tour - Diana and her mother, USA

Diana from California, USA: “I decided to take a tour where my mother is from and we very fortunately contacted this tour company. My mother is 83 and left 72 years ago and had just faint memories of where she grew up. Our tour guide, who we didn’t even know at the time, was able to find my mom’s exact house which is now in Ukraine. He drove us through Romania and I must add he has a wonderful, warm personality. He was so in tune with our trip desires. I hope one day to see him again because it was such a special moment in our life!

Michal from Georgia, USA:We just returned from a family roots trip throughout Transylvania, following our family’s historic journey. We contacted the company a few months prior to the trip, and worked closely with them on our list of towns. They were most courteous throughout the process, and often provided us information about the communities we were interested in visiting. Once we arrived in Romania, Daniel, our guide, worked diligently to make sure we were fulfilled by our visits to every location. He often took us on small, unknown roads on top of mountains to explore the beauty of Romania. At times our itinerary changed due to an interest in visiting a synagogue or cemetery, and Daniel was perfectly accommodating. His knowledge, flexibility, warmth and kind manner make Daniel the perfect guide. We will be back visiting Romania soon!


Reviews for our Photo Tours of Romania

Patrick from Hawaii: “This tour company coordinated the most amazing travel experience for my girlfriend and I. 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! I can recommend True Romania Tours extremely highly for anyone that would like an authentic experience, wonderful people and come away with photos and memories for a lifetime! Thanks again so much for everything!”

Leah from Canada: “As part of photography group I had no prior experience or understanding of Romania. At the end of our trip I knew a great deal. Our photo tour leader is an amazing ambassador for his country and an exceptional tour guide. We went from top to bottom and when things got canceled he found us something just as amazing to photograph. His passion for Romanian I hope is found in our photos!”

Reviews True Romania Tours - Gianni

Gianni from Italy: “I took part in a photography tour Daniel organized in rural Romania. Excellent knowledge of local history and culture! We visited off-the-beaten path places with practically no tourists around. Daniel certainly knows some of the best view points in the country, and he tailored the tour since we were a group of photographers seeking for some good landscape views, as well as people photography. One more thing to add: Daniel is a very responsible tour guide. He never interfere the privacy and comfort of the locals. Always spoke to them with a great respect and interest, so we felt we’re not intruding into anyone’s personal life. Highly recommended if you want to see real Romania!” 

Nina from Michigan, USA:I can’t say enough good things about the two weeks I spent with Daniel and a small group of photographers in Sept. 2016! He is probably one of the best guides I’ve ever had anywhere. Not only is he a walking encyclopedia about everything Romanian , he went out of his way to be helpful even when he should have been taking a break or being allowed to go to bed after a long day! He was totally adaptable to our wandering ways as photographers, keeping an eye on us as we scattered like cats after photos, giving us all the time we needed. He found the best restaurants and lodgings wherever we went. Daniel is a dedicated, capable and totally delightful man and I hope I can return some day and see even more of this lovely country with him!


Reviews for our Cultural Private Tours of Romania

Svetlana from Australia: “They organized a custom tour for our group of 4 friends, and it was fantastic. We decided between ourselves what we wanted to see – countryside life, historic buildings, medieval towns, nature reserves – and they came up with a great itinerary to show us the best of Romania. We would have never seen and experienced all the wonderful things we have, has it not been for their local expertise – and true passion for sharing their country. I’m usually not one for taking tours, but the ease or organization (transport makes a big difference), private tour just for our small group, and such a tailored approach was faultless. I’ve been to over 40 countries, and this trip to Romania is one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had!”

Chintana from Thailand:We are a group of 7 travelers from Thailand. We went from Bucharest to the up north in Bucovina and traveled down to Transylvania. Of course, we went to popular tourist attractions liked many tourists, but we also had chances to explore the real rural life and culture of Romanian people, of which not so many general tourists had. We were so lucky!! The guide is very knowledgeable, polite, full of serviced mind and fun sometimes. My friends and I are very happy with his service. I would recommend them to anyone who is seeking for a tour in the country that’s full of amazing places, people and foods! 2 thumbs up, I would say.

Jay and Edie from the USA: “Step One: Decide to go to Romania – it is a fascinating destination. Step Two: Book a tour with True Romania Tours (aka Via Transylvania). My husband and I followed these steps with outstanding results. Arranging the trip was a pleasure. The staff was super-responsive, they read our emailed request in detail (much rarer than you might think, in our experience!) and responded quickly and thoroughly. 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. He seemed to enjoy this aspect as much as we did, and the feeling of exploring together with a native was wonderful.

Jenelle from the USA: “We wanted to visit Romania and Transylvania but it was challenging finding the exact tour we wanted. Daria was able to customize our weeklong tour through Transylvania and it was the best experience of our lives! Via Transylvania was the most efficient tour company I have ever worked with. We corresponded through dozens of emails and they were always quick with a fast and thorough response. The itinerary went smoothly, even when one of our travel companions missed their flight and had to arrive a day later to the tour, the Via Transylvania team ensured that they met up with our group as soon as possible. Their dedication to serve us is what made our trip so memorable. Romania is a beautiful country that certainly surpassed our expectations. Truthfully, I have travelled to over 30 different countries but Romania is now my number one favorite- and that is solely because of the fantastic logistics of Via Transylvania.”  


Guided Tours:

Reviews True Romania Tour - Matt and his fatherMatt and his father from Canada: “We count ourselves lucky to have toured Romania with True Romania Tours. For each part, they diligently ensured that itineraries matched our interests in an authentic experience of Romanian culture. Tours were well-organized, accommodations well-chosen and interactions with the guide so educational and enjoyable. With his connections to local people, the guide gave us an unforgettable experience of monasteries, castles, farmers, artisans, natural places, and a culture that is unique in all the world. In short, True Romania’s tours are authentic and exceptional. We would wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone travelling in Romania.

Liliana from Ireland: “I can’t say in words how nice, efficient and professional they were from the beginning to the end. We were looking for a special experience in Romania and also for a well- organized tour which we were so fortunate to find with True Romania Tours. We had everything we needed- a lovely guide, all time to spend as we wanted, excellent accommodation included in the price of tour and wonderful memories at the end. I can’t recommend more this travel agency. ”


Family Tour:

Reviews True Romania Tour - Diana and her familyDiana from Florida, USA: “From the moment I sent the request I was immediately called and we began a back-and-forth conversation about the itinerary. They suggested many wonderful things to do and see. In addition, they helped facilitate what flights I should take and what airports would be best suited to begin/end our trip. Without them I would have been lost. During the trip we had the best chauffer and guide a family could ask for. My two pre-teen kids loved every second of this trip through Brasov, Sigishoara, Alba Iulia, Aninosa, Hateg, Hunedoara and Sibiu. From a very discerning mother/traveler, I cannot recommend True Romania Tours enough. Look no further for your Romanian guide because you have found the best. Multumesc!


Reviews for our Nature and Rural Tours of Romania

Arik from Armenia: “They organized a weekend tour for me and my friends; the trip included hiking the mountains around the town of Herculane, and boat trip with sightseeing on Danube (the area next to Orsova). The trip was extremely well-prepared and organized, with all details taken care of. I especially enjoyed the diverse experience of active physical leisure coupled with more relaxed boat trip; if the former was memorable for the idyllic villages lost in the mountains, the latter was special for the beauty of Danube coupled with the historical sites (such as the Veteran’s Cave) on its banks. I wholeheartedly recommend their services to all those who look for a unique and diverse experience and complete detachment from their daily routines.”

Self-Drive Tours:

Bernhard & Isabel from Switzerland/France: “We did a fully custom 4 week “tour of Romania”. After an initial contact (Skype) to assess my interests, they made a detailed day-by-day proposal. They are obviously very knowledgeable about Romania and offered not only attractions that we certainly would not have discovered ourselves (like a visit to a sheepfold, a custom boating trip in the Danube delta, an egg-painter artist), but also proposed unique accommodations (e.g. in a castle, on a small farm in Bocovina) and arranged for guides e.g. in Maramures. Both my wife and I are very happy with the tour and feel that we got much more out of our visit than we would have had we made arrangements ourselves or made our own day-by-day plan. Planning in several uncommitted days permitted visiting attractions that were not in the schedule. We strongly recommend this tour company.”

Steven from the UK:They organised a self-drive tour through Transylvania for us and it couldn’t have been better. Organising the tour was a breeze with easy communication to ensure we got exactly what we wanted to out of our trip. We were provided a comprehensive itinerary and guidebook which was extremely useful and made everything easy. The accommodation was great, a combination of hotels and local Guesthouses that provide a real look at the Romanian culture. I can’t recommend enough their services!

Monique from Australia: “We had such an amazing time on this self drive tour. From setting up the trip, Damaris from True Romania Tours was an absolute pleasure to deal with; nothing too hard to change/add to ensure we had the best experience! Everything was provided that we needed well ahead of time and during the trip- from the hire car to a detailed suggested itinerary day by day and suggestions for sites to see. All accomodation and specific special adventures/day tours (such as the Ice Hotel experience and dog sledge riding) pre booked to ensure a flawless experience while in country. This was the best of both worlds- the flexibility to do a self guided exploration of this beautiful country with the backing of this fantastic company to pre book all of the basic logistics for us- allowing us to truely enjoy every part of the trip! ”