Romania Tours & Vacations

Monday, May 28, 2012 3 comments
Romania is rapidly becoming a new destination for vacationers wanting to see old Europe. And now with Romania being elected to enter the EU in January of 2007 it is becoming more popular than ever. Romania holds many opportunities for touring, from historic and cultural sightseeing, active holidays, food and wine tours, Ski Vacations, Beach Holidays to spa relaxation. This edition of the Go Romania Tours Newsletter will give you a brief glimpse of what tours Romania has to offer.

The starting point to most tour will more than likely be in the country's capital, Bucharest. Often referred to as Little Paris for its beautiful wide tree lined boulevards, magnificent architectural buildings, and a reputation for the highlife. Depending on your flight times you may have the opportunity to take a city sightseeing tour. The main points of interest are the Parliament Palace and the Village Museum - which just celebrated its 100 year anniversary, which can be included in a full day city tour. Or you may consider an excursion to Snagov Lake, the tomb of Dracula, and Mogosoaia Castle.

When referring to Romania the first thing that comes to mind is Transylvania. Transylvania is home to some of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, most relating to the legend of Dracula; such as Sighisoara, Brasov and Sibiu - announced as the "European Capital of Culture" in 2007, together with Luxemburg. Also the stunning and picturesque castles such as Peles Palace, Corvinesti Castle, Fagaras Fortress, Bran Castle - also known as Dracula Castle, and more. The Fortified Saxon Churches, such as Biertan, are other monuments to consider when planning your tour through Transylvania. Medieval Romania Tour of Transylvania Ancient Cities and Return To The Middle Ages Short Break Tour of Sinaia and Bran from Bucharest are a couple tours you might consider.

Next moving up to the North of Romania in the Maramures region where a unique life style has been persevered through-out the years. The ancient village of Sapanta has become famous for its Merry Cemetery; called this because each grave stone cross contains an illustration and a poem depicting the person's life in a humorous way. Scattered through out the mountains you will find exquisite wooden churches, houses and sculptures in village museums which many of these monuments have been entered into the UNESCO world heritage listings. You can see the famed Wooden Churches of Maramures with the History and Tradition of Maramures Tour.

Continuing on the Northern trail head to Southern Bucovina and see the frescos of the painted monasteries. Set amidst the scenery of the surrounding mountains in villages known for their traditional way of life. Each fresco tells a different biblical story on its painted walls on the outside and inside of the monasteries, as well on the ceiling of the interior. This treasures are a must to add to your itinerary. A wonderful way to combine this region with other Word Heritage Cities of Mankind is with the 8 Day Tour of Romania UNESCO monuments in Maramures, Bucovina and Transylvania.

After take a side trip to The Biosphere Reservation of the Danube Delta. Where the main means of travel is by boat via the many channels through our the Delta. Playing host to over 300 species of birds the Danube Delta is a bird watching haven. 45 freshwater fish species, over 1,200 species of trees and plants and various mammals this area is excellent for all nature lovers. The main town is Tulcea and is the gateway to start your journey to other villages and areas of the fascinating region. Organize an 8 day tour package Discovering the Danube Delta A Bird Paradise, while lodging in charming family run guest houses and pensions offering a warm and personal comfort.

A perfect end to the journey is on Romania's Black Sea Coast. The coast stretches over 200 Km, with resorts spread out over the entire coastline; such as Mamaia, Eforie, Neptun, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and Mangalia. Relax on the golden sandy beaches, enjoy all types of water sports, and why not visit the famous Murfatlar Winery with a meal in its facilities. Come for a week or longer Beach Holiday on the Black Sea Coast in Romania or head down after Uncovering Dracula and Historic Transylvania.

Ski Vacations and Winter Holidays can be planned to stay in the resort town of Poiana Brasov. You can organize a guided Ski Holiday Package in the Transylvanian Alps with a specialist private ski guide or discover the slopes on your own Independent Ski Package.

If you are the active type you may consider such adventure tours as; Cultural Hiking Tour through the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, Explore Northern Romania by Bike Tour or Horse Riding through the Calimani Mountains of Bucovina.

Culinary lovers can discover the Romanian Cuisine and the Wines of God in a Wine and Gastronomy Tour of Romania.

A vast range of tours in Romania is available for all types and themes. A visit to Romania will be one to remember and hard not to temp you from returning. Find out why tourists are inquiring more to vacation. Start customizing a guide tour package today and contact your Romania Travel Specialists.

Touring Bicycles

Sunday, May 20, 2012 2 comments
Touring bicycles are special types of bicycles used for long-distance travel and for racing. A bicycle tour might take a day, weeks, or months to complete according to the plan. A touring bicycle is a mix of a mountain and racing bicycle. There are two types of bicycle tours: loaded touring and credit card touring.

In loaded touring, the tourist takes all the equipment with him. The tourist takes food, cooking equipment, and a tent for camping. To accommodate all of the equipment, these bicycles are designed with heavy-duty frames. These frames help to carry specialized luggage. Credit card touring bicycles carry less equipment with them.

Touring bicycles usually have luggage racks in the front and the rear end. For reliability and long distance comfort, these cycles use road handlebars and saddles. Rugged hubs are combined with handlebars to provide durability; sometimes instead of baskets, bicycle trailers are used in touring bicycles. These trailers provide a low center of gravity and can be separated easily.

A touring bicycle has certain special characteristics, including a longer wheelbase and a stable steering geometry. The wheelbase increases the stability at the cost of quick response. A broader range of gearing is present in these bicycles. These gears help the cycle to carry equipment when climbing hills, which also provides durability and control in a varied terrain. Internal geared hubs are used in touring bicycles. In an internal geared hub, the mechanism is enclosed within a hub and is reliable and requires very little maintenance. Luggage racks, mudguards, and lights are present in every touring bicycle. They have also space for water bottles, tools, and spare parts. These cycles have a longer chain stay and a greater distance from rear wheel to pedals, for pedaling comfort.

Stronger brakes are required for touring bicycles. Cantilever brakes or linear-pull brakes are used in touring bicycles, and disc brakes are also used in touring bicycles. Disc brakes have greater braking power and have improved performance in wet weather. Touring bikes are usually available at custom bicycle shops.

Wine Touring Options

Monday, May 14, 2012 2 comments
Wine is commonly produced all over the world on properties we refer to as wineries. In addition to wine production, in order to finish the production processes, larger wineries may also include areas such as: warehouses, bottling lines, laboratories, expansion tanks, tank farms.

The grapes which are used in wine production at these wineries can come from vineyards owned by the wineries themselves, or it can be made from grapes that are bought and imported from other vineyards around the world. As wineries are becoming popular attractions for tourists, many different types of wine tours are now offered by many wineries around the world.

Wine touring often includes experiencing the actual production of wine, however, they are often revolved around tasting the wine, as well. To allow everyone to participate in this aspect of touring, many different types of wine tours are being made available. These types of tours most generally include personal guides for the tours, as well as vary with their modes of transportation. Some of the various tours with different modes of transportation include:

hot air balloon tours
limousine balloon tours
bike wine tours
hiking tours
bus tours
train wine tours

With wineries becoming such popular tourist attractions, just about any type of wine touring is now available.

Custom touring plans are often offered by wineries. These type of tours are where a personal guide will go over various touring options with you, and help you to determine which type of tour would best fit the needs of your individual group. These guides will often suggest an itinerary, and revise it any way you may want it to be revised.

Touring options are nearly endless! Your winery tour can include a picnic to gourmet meals, and are great for company picnics! Whether you have a small group of two, medium sized groups of less than 15, or a large group of 15 plus, a wine tour could be the perfect experience. From romantic balloon tours to luxurious limousine touring, a wine tour can be an unforgettable experience for all!