This journey focuses on Oltenia, in the western region of Wallachia. The mediaeval state of Wallachia, between the Lower Danube and the Southern Carpathians, was founded as a principality in the early 14th century, and being relatively autonomous in the 15th century, was able to establish princely courts and significant monasteries.
The region of Oltenia, an area of unique beauty and largely untouched by tourism, is full of picturesque monasteries nestling in the foothills of the southern Carpathians. It is the home of the tombs of the Romanian Royal family, and where the Boyars, the Romanian aristocrats in the 17th and 19th centuries, built unique fortified houses against the Turks, which are now a UNESCO World Heritage Collection. Oltenia is a place where potters and basket makers, rug weavers and cheesemakers carry on their art as they have always done. It is where tradition is still important and hospitality is genuine and generous.
You will explore the hidden local craft museums and wonderful wooden buildings, with many still conserving their original furniture from the 18th century, eat the local hearty food and enjoy the wines of this largely agricultural region, while feasting on the natural beauty and wild flowers of the Olt valley. This captivating tour of Oltenia, with its tranquil villages inhabited by shepherds and cowherds, its numerous historical monuments and its spectacular scenery, makes it the perfect introduction to one of Romania’s least visited and unspoilt regions.
Highlights include the magnificent Hurezu monastery, one of the most serene Monasteries in Romania, a UNESCO World Heritage site and masterpiece of the Brâncoveanu style, Targu Jiu where sculptor Brancusi, student of Rodin, installed his greatest art installations, and a special dinner in a former Boyars Family’s house, hosted by the noble aristocratic Romanian family who recovered their home after the 1989 Revolution.
17th May 2019
- Price includes economy class flights & airport taxes.