Exploring Romania: Wooden villages, painted churches and Saxon citadels

30 September 2018 to 10 October 2018
From £2,570 with flights
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Over the course of its turbulent history, Romania has been subjected to the cultural influences of the ancient Greeks and Romans, Slav, Bulgarian and Hungarian invaders and, more recently, German settlers and Ottoman Turks. Under the expert guidance of Gillian Gloyer, learn how all these have blended with one another and with the ancient indigenous civilisation of the Geto-Dacians to give Romania a rich and varied culture with particularly wonderful art and architecture. Travellers will experience spectacular landscapes, dense mountainous forests and traditional villages with brightly painted wooden churches and houses trimmed in elaborate wood carvings.


  • Private meetings with a number of experts from the world of academia
  • Learn about a range of historical, artistic and cultural issues with a good balance between contemporary and medieval
  • Stay in Sighişoara, the only inhabited fortified citadel remaining in Romania
  • Visit Peles Castle, a bizarre mixture of pseudo-Renaissance, Byzantine and Moorish styles
  • Stay in small and delightfully located hotels converted from old medieval houses
  • Dine at restaurants carefully chosen to reflect the great variety in Romanian cuisine

Trip scholar

Gillian Gloyer (Wadham, 1979), International Election Observer, ex-President, Oxford University Archaeology Society

Booking details

Distant Horizons
Tel: +44 (0) 151 625 3425

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