Romania – Exquisite beauty, thrilling adventures, fascinating history
Last year Rick Steves recommended tour guides for Romania as he does not yet have tours here. We took his suggestion and contracted with Daniel Gheorghita of Covinnus Travel and could not have been more satisfied. Thanks Rick for the suggestion.
Whether one is interested in culture, history, legends, art, religion, architecture, photography, natural beauty or hiking opportunities, Daniel Gheorghita of Covinnus Travel is your answer. Enjoy an incredibly beautiful country filled with varied cultural contrasts. The countryside is breathtaking, larger cities interesting, small villages colorful and charming, and the mountain passes spectacular. Learn the legend and truth of Dracula. Appreciate how the Romanians survived over forty years of communist control and how Romans, Turks, Germans, and Hungarians have influenced the uniqueness of Romania today.
All over the countryside you will encounter horse-drawn hay wagons, picturesque haystacks of all shapes, people sitting on benches chatting amongst their neighbors. In the northern region of Maramures people still wear traditional clothing and practice time honored ways of life. A visit to a gypsy village is a colorful and enlightening experience. Along with a guide, one can personally visit family members.
Our group of four opted for a 9-day full circle Romanian tour including Bucharest, Transylvania, Moldova, and the peasant culture of Maramures. Our special requests were the 7-Stairs Canyon hike on Big Stone Mountain and a drive on the amazing Transfagarasan Highway. Daniel took videos of both of those extraordinary adventures for us.
We found Daniel to be informative, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, accommodating, humorous, and patient with questions. He provided a nice mix of information and quiet time. Covinnus Travel was often able to maneuver around large tour groups or crowds to provide intimate and personal experiences. Along the way, when someone had a special interest, Daniel was sure to make it happen,.
An excellent map of Romania and detailed written information for each day’s adventures was provided. Accommodations were chosen to specifically enhance the experience of the culture in each area. They were comfortable and perfectly located for free-time explorations and dining experiences. Breakfasts were always included, and wonderful restaurants were recommended for other meals. Romanian food is delicious with varied selections at unbelievably reasonable prices.
Covinnus Travel is always striving to improve the traveler’s experience and welcomes their input. They are known to cater to Americans who they find friendly, open and curious. Go soon before the secret is out and the country is inundated with typical tourists.