IMMERSIVE 12 DAY SLOW TRAVEL JOURNEY
(Early Bird Pricing - Ends 45 days prior to departure)
13 DAYS, 12 NIGHTS
THIS JOURNEY INCLUDES: BUCHAREST, CLUJ-NAPOCA, CARPATHIAN MOUNTAIN VILLAGES
STAYING & GETTING THERE
Book your flights to Henri Coanda International Airport in Bucharest. Be transferred upon arrival to your local accommodations in the heart of the city. We’ll be staying in a mix of boutique hotels and private rural guesthouses hosted by our vetted network of Comuna local hosts. The entire trip will be lead by our Romanian-Canadian founder, who will introduce the group and share details on the upcoming journey over a Comuna family meal and some mandatory shots of traditional palinka!
You’ll take an inspiring deep dive into the underground arts and music scenes of two major creative hubs in Romania: Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca. Both with their own unique character, history, and cultural influences, they’re two of the major contemporary heartbeats of the country.
EXPLORING THE URBAN FABRIC
Romania’s creative cities are experiencing a true cultural renaissance. You’ll be guided through the transforming urban fabrics of Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca by those who call it “home”. From indulging in innovative restaurants and cafes where young chefs and entrepreneurs are elevating Romanian cuisine to new heights, going underground into the art, music and nightlife scenes, and discovering other hidden gems connecting you with the contemporary reality of Romania’s new leading generation.
THE FAIRYTALE COUNTRYSIDE OF ROMANIA
We’ll be adventuring into the Carpathian Mountains to isolated villages in the Romanian countryside. Relax and become immersed in a traditional and slow way of life that the majority of Romanians still live by. We’ll be spending half of our time in Romania exploring some of Europe’s most breathtaking, surreal and best preserved natural landscapes and agrarian communities.
THE OG OF
Romania’s connection to food is undeniably strong, with many still living completely off their land, family farms and local farmers markets. During our time in the countryside we’ll experience true and sustainable farm-to-table feasting that’s an every-day reality for the locals. From home-made wine and spirits to hearty home-cooked seasonal meals, we’ll become fully immersed in this slow and enriching way of living.
UNTOUCHED CARPATHIAN MOUNTAINS
With isolated traditional villages as our home-base, we’ll explore the wild Carpathian Mountains and Europe’s last virgin forests. Following the same paths as flocks of sheep being herded by shepherds, we we’ll connect on a visceral level with the beauty of the wildest mountain ranges no longer existent in other parts of Europe.
PRESERVING FOLK ART & DESIGN
You’ll connect with groups of young designers and entrepreneurs working to preserve Romanian craft and the indigenous knowledge held by ageing artisans across the country. You’ll come face-to-face with carpet weavers, Roma coppersmiths and cauldron-makers, textile artisans and more. You’ll also connect with the new wave of Romanian designers bringing this traditional knowledge and craft into their contemporary work.
Romania is a very diverse country, made up of minorities from many different backgrounds - from Roma, Turkish, Armenian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, German, Syrian, Greek, Macedonian and many more that have come to call Romania home through natural migration. We partner with local projects that focus on sustainable community and cultural development while incorporating the work they’re doing into our trips in an experiential format.
INSPIRING LOCAL PARTNERS
We collaborate with amazing locals who are working hard to move Romania forward by following their passions and driving change in their respective communities. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with creative young entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, sustainable farmers, and other passionate locals that co-create your special journey to Romania.
Meals Included: Daily Breakfasts, Welcome Dinner, Goodbye Dinner, Farm-To-Table Lunch, Small Snacks and Drinks
THE FINE DETAILS
Getting There: Book your roundtrip international flight to Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP). Once you land in Bucharest and make it through customs, we will pick you up and take care of all ground transportation and internal transfers for the duration of your trip.
What is Included:
Accommodation the duration of the itinerary
Transportation to and from the airport
In-country transportation for all activities in the itinerary
(public transport, shared taxis, trains)
Meals as noted in itinerary
Alcohol as noted in itinerary
Activities as noted in itinerary
Reservations at top restaurants and access to local events
Trip leader & 24/7 concierge service:
Our Romanian-born founder will be leading the group during the entire trip, offering her in-depth knowledge of her home country, while making sure everything runs smoothly. In addition, we are available to answer questions and assist with all pre-departure trip preparations beforehand.
What is Not Included:
Airfare in and out of the country
Mandatory travel insurance
Visa, if applicable to your passport
Mandatory medical insurance
Meals and alcohol, except where noted
Tips for local hosts, restaurant workers, and drivers.
Details on Accommodations: We will be staying in beautiful boutique hotels and quaint rural guesthouses, which are similar to bed and breakfasts. Your stay will be attended by an experienced local host that has been vetted by Comuna and meets our high standards of customer service, security and hospitality.
All Comuna trips include double occupancy rooms. If you book with someone else, you will be paired up with that person, just let us know at booking time if you book separately and would like to be roomed together. Otherwise, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender for the duration of your trip and we will put you and your roommate in contact before the trip!
All of our small group trips are designed so that you feel comfortable connecting with other like-minded travellers. If you absolutely would like to have your own private room within the same accommodations, this service will be subject to any additional fees and availability. Further details regarding accommodation will be shared with you in a full trip package that will include your detailed itinerary, and will be delivered electronically after booking and well before departure.
Travel Insurance: We require that all of our travellers provide proof of an all-inclusive travel insurance policy prior to departure. Please see our Booking Terms & Conditions and FAQs for more details.
What to expect in Romania: We do our very best to stick to the itinerary, however, traveling in Romania requires a certain level of flexibility and openness to spontaneity. Changes to accommodation, transportation, and activities may occur. It is important to keep in mind that Romanian infrastructure has not been maintained across the country according to western standards. The general pace of this journey is centred around slow travel and really allowing ourselves to become immersed in the local culture.
Our philosophy on travel is to embrace the moment and shine a different and more wholesome light on the destinations we travel to through conscious exploration. Romania is a safe, welcoming and diverse country where you’re quickly encouraged to let go of your comforts and experience its unique and rich culture while embracing the luxury of simplicity.
Pricing: The price for our 12 day immersive journey across Romania is $2500 CAD + GST during early sign up, and increases to $2850 CAD + GST after the early sign up period ends (45 days prior to departure).
A 40% initial non-refundable deposit per person is required to reserve your spot and is included in this total price. Final payment is due no later than 45 days prior to departure.