Romania is a country in south eastern Europe often associated with Transylvania and the folklore of Dracula; this is not surprising given the aura of mystery and legend created by its primeval forests and ancient towns. But there is so much more to this enigmatic country that a journey with Amala Destinations will uncover.
The journey begins at the capital city of Bucharest for its rejuvenated Old Town, trendy restaurants and excellent museums. After Bucharest, we visit the country’s most famous region, Transylvania. Home to some of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns like Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu, that are dramatically surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains.
With enchanting town plazas, Saxon villages with UNESCO-heritage fortified churches, castles cloaked in the mystery of Count Dracula and rolling hills framed by snow-capped mountains, we experience the very best that this culturally diverse region has to offer.
The journey concludes at the Maramures, the most traditional region in Romania. Relive a bygone era of rural life and peasant culture where many of its century-old customs are still part of daily life—folk dresses are still worn by locals, wooden gates are exquisitely carved and churches are made of wood.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
An elegant boutique hotel nestled in an oasis of serenity right in the heart of the busy metropolis near Cismigiu Park. With 45 well-appointed rooms done up in the Neo-Romanian style, a fine dining restaurant and a spa, Epoque is a great place to retreat from the bustle of the city after a day of sightseeing.
Set atop a mountainous ridge close to the famous Bran Castle, the Inn on Balaban is a guesthouse constructed in the typical Romanian farmhouse style. Beautifully decorated with rural antiques and refurbished peasant furniture, staying and dining at the Inn on Balaban is an experience of true Romanian hospitality.
A guesthouse right next to the citadel that features traditional Transylvanian Saxon architecture and décor with modern amenties.
Well-located with most attractions within walking distance, this boutique hotel also has 10 spacious rooms in modern design, with some overlooking the hotel's small garden.
Located in a 100-hectare nature reserve in the north-western Carpathians with splendid views of the surrounding mountains, five wooden cottages were restored using regional craftmanship and furnished with orginal and modern fittings.