IMMERSIVE 14 DAY CULTURAL JOURNEY
(Early Bird Pricing - Ends 45 days prior to departure)
14 DAYS, 13 NIGHTS
THIS TRIP INCLUDES: BUCHAREST, CLUJ-NAPOCA, RURAL VILLAGES
STAYING & GETTING THERE
You will arrive to Henri Coanda International Airport in Bucharest and be transferred to local accommodations in the heart of the city. We will 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, Ioana, who will introduce the group and share all of the fun details of the upcoming journey over a welcoming Comuna family meal and some mandatory shots of traditional palinca!
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 local creatives who call them home. From indulging in innovative restaurants and cafes where young chefs and entrepreneurs elevating Romanian cuisine to new heights, going on underground art tours, discovering the local nightlife and other hidden gems that will connect you with the contemporary reality of Romania’s new leading generation.
THE FAIRYTALE COUNTRYSIDE OF ROMANIA
We’ll be road-tripping through the Carpathian Mountains to isolated villages in the Romanian countryside to relax and become immersed in a traditional way of life that the majority of Romanians still live by. Arriving through a mix of trains and private cars, we will be spending half of our time in Romania exploring some of Europe’s most breathtaking, surreal and best preserved natural landscapes and agrarian communities.
AUTHENTIC FARM-TO-TABLE FEASTS
Romania’s connection to food is undeniably strong with many still completely living off their land, family farms and local farmers markets. During our time in the countryside we will experience true and sustainable farm-to-table feasting that is an every-day reality for the locals. From home-made wine and spirits to hearty home-cooked seasonal meals, we will become fully immersed in this slow and enriching way of living.
PRESERVING FOLK ART & DESIGN
Thanks to a renewed interest in preserving the indigenous knowledge and cultural wealth held by ageing artisans across the country many groups of young designers and entrepreneurs are working to preserve Romanian craft for the future. We will be visiting traditional carpet weavers, Roma coppersmiths and cauldron-makers, textile artisans, and more, to learn about their dedication towards traditional art and design. We will also be engaging with the new-wave of Romanian artisans and designers bringing this traditional knowledge and craft into their own contemporary work.
UNTOUCHED NATURE & HIKING
With isolated traditional villages as our home-base, we will explore the wild Carpathian Mountains and Europe’s last virgin forests. Following the same paths as flocks of sheep being herded by shepherds, we will take in the beauty of the wildest mountain ranges no longer existent in other parts of Europe.
Romania is a very diverse country, made up of people from many different backgrounds - from Roma, Turkish, Armenian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, 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 through the integration of ethnic minorities, while incorporating the work they’re doing into our trips in an experiential format.
INSPIRING LOCAL PARTNERS
We partner with amazing locals who are working hard to move Romania forward by following their passions and driving change in their respective communities. You will have the opportunity to connect with creative young entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, sustainable farmers, and other passionate locals that we partner with to design this unique Romania journey.
Meals Included: Daily Breakfasts, Welcome Dinner, Goodbye Dinner, Lunches x3, Small snacks and Ice-Breaker Drinks
Ready to discover Romania with us? Choose from one of the dates below to reserve your spot.
Do you have some questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us, we'd love to hear from you!
THE FINE PRINT
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 14 day immersive journey across Romania is $2400 CAD + GST during early sign up, and increases to $2700 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 30 days prior to departure. All payments must be made by credit card.