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Roving România
Adventure Travel & Exploration


ADVICE FOR TRAVELLERS TO ROMANIA


Roving Romania offers adventure travel in a country still partly unexplored by foreigners. Romania is beautiful and often unpredictable so our itineraries are flexible. Western luxuries are still hard to find in rural areas. Come with this in mind and you will have the experience of a lifetime!

Magura and
Piatra Craiului
in the Autumn

Colin Shaw of Roving Romania
is a founder member of the
Association of Ecotourism
in Romania
Health:
It is essential you list on the booking form any health or medical problems, e.g.: asthma, heart problems, etc. Bring all medicines and essential toiletries with you. It is advisable to check with your GP prior to undertaking the trip particularly with regard to ensuring any vaccine requirements are up to date. It is recommended that you bring a spare pair of glasses or contact lenses, should you wear them. Lost contact lenses cannot be replaced easily in Romania; and contact lens solution should also be brought.

Visa:
You need a full passport with, at least six months’ validity left on it, in order to enter Romania. Holders of UK, EU and USA passports no longer need a visa to enter Romania as tourists. Holders of other passports must check with their nearest Romanian embassy.

Baggage:
Rucksacks, holdalls and soft bags are best, as luggage space in the Land Rover is limited. Rigid suitcases may have to be carried on the roof rack where they are exposed to the weather (and theft!). Do not over pack – bring only what you need. In spring and summer, sun cream, a good insect repellent, and a sun hat are essential. We also suggest you carry either toilet roll or tissues.

Clothing:
It can be cool in the mountains (up to 2500 m) even in summer, and it can snow on the highest peaks even in August! Equally summer temperatures in Bucuresti and the south often exceed 35 degrees Celsius. Bring easy practical clothing, which must include one warm pullover, one pair of jeans or warm trousers and a waterproof/windproof jacket. Walking boots or strong shoes (well worn with good ankle support) are essential. A small towel can be useful when out and in hot weather. Formal wear is not needed but the space is - you will not find washing, drying, or ironing facilities!



Roving România

Brasov, Romania

Telephone: +40 (0)724 348272
or +40 (0)744 212065

E-mail
www.roving-romania.co.uk



Photography:
Romania and its people are very photogenic, so bring your camera! Memory cards for most digital cameras are available. Other than standard AA and AAA alkalines, camera batteries are hard to find without wasting a lot of time hunting for them! If you are using film, bring your own as it is now almost unobtainable in Romania.

The Black Pottery, Marginea (Bucovina)

Electricity:
Romania uses the European 220 volt, 2-pin (round pin) system. Our Land Rover carries a 220-250 volt AC inverter for re-charging mobile phone and camera batteries – again using the 2-pin system. You still need to bring your own charger and plug adapter.

Spending money:
Prices of drinks, refreshments, traditional craftware and souvenirs are remarkably low, and many things are included in your tour price. You will not normally need a vast amount of spending money unless you want to buy expensive gifts and souvenirs. Bring, Euro, GB Sterling, or US Dollars and only new or nearly new notes/bills (printed after 1990 in the case of $USD). Old, worn, damaged, and written-on notes – even notes with a tiny tear along the edge - are refused. USD $1 bills are difficult to exchange and often only half their value is given. Advice found in guide books saying that anything can be bought in Romania with small denomination $USD bills, is out of date! Foreign coins are not accepted. Sterling or Euro banknotes are the best foreign currency to bring.

Travellers’ cheques are NOT accepted in Romania. Credit/debit cards are now accepted at the larger shops, hotels and petrol stations, but NOT at most of the places you are likely to visit with Roving Romania! There is an extensive network of ATM / Bancomat / cash machines in most towns and cities that give Romanian money and accept VISA, Mastercard, Link, & Cirrus. You MUST have your PIN number for all cards. We recommend that you bring sufficient (not excessive) cash. We also recommend you change some initial currency (about GBP £50) into Romanian Lei (RON) before leaving the airport, but not more as the rates are poor. Your passport will be needed when exchanging money and you must keep the receipt.

Tipping:
It is normal in Romania to give a tip (around 10%, or round-up price to nearest round figure) for meals and drinks at restaurants and bars, for taxis and drivers. These are for you to arrange - they are NOT included in your Roving România tour price! It is nice to bring small gifts for people you meet and families you stay with.

Diesel-hauled train in the Vaser Valley
(Maramures)

Piata Mare in Sibiu - after a summer storm

Discover the REAL Romania with Roving Romania!