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Romania:
Autumn steam in the Carpathians

12 - 20 september 2020

Romania: Autumn steam in the Carpathians

This photo and video event in a small group (maximum 22 participants) takes you to the autumnal Carpathian Forest to the forest railway and narrow gauge steam on 4 different railways in Romania. 

We offer 4 video and photo days in Viseu and 2 days in Moldovita, plus a visit to the railways Brad - Crisior and Campeni - Abrud. We photograph and film the forest workers and railwaymen in their hard working day, skilfully stage the trains, organize horse teams and rural scenes, take night shots and enjoy the Romanian hospitality. 

A photo journey not only for railway photographers. With full board, accommodation in selected, clean guesthouses near the railway and all necessary transfers from/to Cluj airport. 

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No. of participants min. 10 - max. 22
Duration 9 days
Meals full board
Price from 1.890 €
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Saturday 12 September 2020
Meeting of all participants in the late afternoon in Viseu de Sus. There are the following options for arrival: either completely individually with your own car (Viseu is a safe car park by the way ...!), or by train to Viseu de Jos, only a few km away from Viseu de Sus. There we will have you picked up by taxi or bus). Furthermore, you can fly to Cluj (Lufthansa and Wizzair offer very good connections from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to Cluj) and can be picked up there and driven directly to Cluj. In the evening, dinner together in the dining car of the hotel train to get to know each other in the group.

Overnight stay in typical pensions, selected by us, near the train in Viseu de Sus.
Meals: Dinner.

Sunday 13 September 2020
After breakfast, a Resita covers our authentic forest train high into the mountains (Viseu - Faina). Far after the tourist end of the train we reach the logging camp, where the next day wood is cut. We spend the night in the forest house in Faina (this night is only possible in double or triple rooms). A housekeeper who came with us takes care of us and cooks for us. In the evening we will have a campfire in front of our Resita, which we will set up in the firelight and take pictures.
Overnight stay in Faina, full board.

Monday 14. September 2020
After the rustic breakfast in our accommodation we steam up to the lumberjacks, who cut trees for us out of the forest today and bring them down to the valley with horses. Afterwards the logs are loaded by hand via a loading ramp onto the waiting timber wagon. Then we steam back to Viseu with our train. However, we are involved in the production process, so that it is quite possible that we will have to transport loaded timber wagons to the valley. At photo stops we can't back up, we can only let the train pass us and then get back in again. In the late afternoon we reach Viseu, where a rich dinner awaits us in our accommodations.
Overnight stay in Viseu, full board.

Tuesday 15 September 2020
Another Resita will today cover our authentic forest train from Viseu to Botizu. We spend the whole day along the track - there are plenty of photo opportunities.

Overnight stay in Viseu, full board.

Wednesday 16 September 2020
On the 4th and last day on the Vaser Valley Railway we take a typical passenger train, made up of green carriages, up to Botizu. In the past, the forest workers used to travel with such sets on Monday mornings up into the mountains, where they worked and lived the whole week. In the evening we let the days end on the Vaser Valley Railway with a stove evening in Viseu. Overnight stay in Viseu, full board.

Thursday 17th September 2020
In the morning transfer with the Tanago tour bus to Moldovita / journey time about 4 hours, there a Resita covers an authentic forest train for the afternoon round. Along a typical Romanian settlement there is a lot to discover and photograph. Overnight stay in Moldovita, lunch (possibly packed), dinner in the pension.

Friday 18. September 2020
After breakfast we will take our steam locomotive to the morning motives along the route before we continue our tour bus to Brad (duration about 4 - 5 hours), where we will stay overnight. 
Overnight stay in Brad; lunch (possibly packed), dinner in the pension.  

Saturday 19 September 2020
Today we are running two steam-covered trains on two narrow-gauge lines. Brad - Crisior is a short industrial railway from the station to a workshop where narrow-gauge vehicles are assembled and serviced. A Resita with 4 to 5 empty coal wagons covers our photo train with which we ride along and make photo stops. Beside industrial area there is also a scenic section that can be photographed well. Afterwards we continue in our tour bus to the narrow-gauge former state railway line Turda - Abrud, of which today only the short section Campeni - Abrud is passable. Then transfer by tour bus to Cluj and overnight stay in Cluj for Sunday departure by plane (14:45).

Sunday, 20th September 2020
After breakfast free time or possibility to visit the tram in Cluj, then transfer to the airport and departure.

Travel price

1.980 euros per person for accommodation in typical guesthouses (1/2 quintal) if booked by 31 May 2020
2.180 euros per person for accommodation in typical guesthouses (1/2 quintal) for bookings made from 1 June 2020 
   200 Euro single room rate

350 Euro - Flight from all German airports with LH to Cluj and back, we charge you at the time of your booking, the then valid tariff, which may also become cheaper.
 

Our services

  • Special trains on the Vaser Valley Railway, in Moldovita, Brad - Crisior and Campeni - Abrud, as described in the programme;
  • Transfer from/to Cluj airport in the Tanago tour bus,
  • all necessary transfers, entrance and visit fees;
  • Overnight stays in typical guesthouses in 1/2 double room with shower/WC, one night in a simple woodcutter's accommodation in a double or triple room.
  • Full board, without drinks
  • Knowledgeable and experienced Tanago tour guide (English speaking) plus local guide.

Not included in the tour price are tips, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses, arrival and departure from Cluj airport.

Notes
The trip planning is designed for maximum photo and video yield and therefore for dedicated photographers and videographers. In the morning we will start early, we will take lunch mostly packed, in the evening we will enjoy the Romanian cuisine!

There have been many reports about the narrow gauge railways in Romania in the past, many of them were strangely negative. The very fast dismantling of most of the railways after the fall of the wall in Romania and the partly mafia-like circumstances of the often failed efforts to preserve the railways have certainly contributed to consolidate the image of Romania.

Today, the situation is quite different with the railways we visited: supported by the commitment of private initiatives, fundamental groundwork is being done here to secure the long-term operation of tourism. Our travellers in recent years have also shown that the railways are going through a very positive time, and both operators and museum railway operators are looking to the future with optimism. Especially in the Vaser Valley, the railways can no longer escape the onslaught of "normal tourists" and in summer, special trains are on the move almost every day.

Travel options
the official meeting point of all participants is Viseu de Sus, accessible either directly by car or via Viseu de Jos also by train If you arrive with your own car, you can park your car safely in the fenced and guarded yard of the Vaser Valley Railway and in the backyard of the guest houses. By train there are very good connections via Budapest. Destinations can be either Viseu de Jos or Cluj. From both places we arrange a taxi transfer to Viseu de Sus.
Cluj can also be reached by plane: Lufthansa flies to the city, sometimes several times a day, from many airports in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We will be happy to book a flight for you; the cost, depending on the airline and departure point, is about 350-400 Euro per person including all taxes and fees.

Hospitality is an important part of the country's culture. Romania is a very traditional travel country, modern Romania shows itself especially in the capital Bucharest, while the rural areas still convey the original feeling of life. The EU's regulatory frenzy is not yet evident on every corner, but nevertheless the changes are tangible almost everywhere. Even in the provinces, a 40-ton truck suddenly turns the corner instead of the horse and cart. The infrastructure for accommodation and overnight stays has become much better: our guesthouses in Viseu de Sus and Moldovita are simple and clean, the food there is plentiful. We will spend one night in lumberjack hostels in the Vaser Valley: here too, everything is not luxurious, but clean and functional. In Viseu we will also have a standard gauge sleeping car at our disposal.

Experience the real Romania!

Temperatures & Technology
In summer we can expect similar temperatures to those in our country. Please note that jackets or trousers in bright colours have never lost anything on a train journey!

Entry requirements
For a tourist visit to Romania there is no visa requirement for German citizens. Please check the possibly differing regulations for your home country!

See you soon in Romania!