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Romania Vaser Valley Forestry Tanago Railfan tours photo charter

Romania: The 2 most beautiful
forest railways to the tree blossom

1 - 8 May 2021

Romania: The 2 most beautiful forest railways to the tree blossom

This photo and video event in a small group (maximum 24 participants) will take you to the spring green Carpathian forest to the forest railway and narrow gauge steam on 2 different railways in Romania. Experience shows that everything is in bloom at this time of year, so we will find great photo and video motives there.

We offer 4 video and photo days in Viseu and 2 days in Moldovita. We take pictures and film the forest workers and railwaymen in their hard working day, we skillfully put the trains in scene, 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. 

In our price almost everything is included ... Compare yourself!

 

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No. of participants min. 10 - max. 22
Duration 8 days
Meals full board
Price from 1.680 €
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Saturday 1 May 2021
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 from there you can take the Tanago Tourbus 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 guesthouses near the train in Viseu de Sus.
Meals: Dinner.

Sunday 2 May 2021
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 wood is cut the following day. We spend the night in the forester's lodge in Faina (this night 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 light of the fire and take pictures.
Overnight stay in Faina, full board.

Monday 3. May 2021
After the rustic breakfast in our accommodation we steam up to the lumberjacks, who cut trees out of the forest for us today and take them down to the valley on 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 it is quite possible that we will have to transport loaded timber wagons into the valley. At photo stops we can't back up, we can only let the train pass us and then get back in. In the late afternoon we reach Viseu, where a rich dinner awaits us in our accommodations.
Overnight stay in Viseu, full board.

Tuesday 4. May 2021
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 5 May 2021
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 morning up into the mountains, where they worked and lived the whole week. In the evening we let the days on the Vaser Valley Railway end with a stove evening in Viseu. On the tour 4 years ago we were lucky to be able to load a complete alpine pasture (cows, horses and all the belongings of the farmers) onto a freight wagon and follow it photographically. If this action should be possible again in the run-up to the tour, we will do our best to organize such a train. Unfortunately we cannot promise this.

Overnight stay in Viseu, full board.

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
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. If we are lucky, we will meet one of the typical horse teams along the road. Overnight stay in Moldovita, lunch (possibly packed), dinner in the pension.

Friday 7. May 2021
After breakfast we will take our steam locomotive to the morning motives along the route before we will return to Cluj with our tour bus (duration about 4 - 5 hours), where we will stay overnight. 
Overnight stay in Cluj; lunch (possibly packed), dinner at the pension.  

Saturday 8 May 2021
After breakfast free time or possibility to visit the tram in Cluj, then transfer to the airport and flight home.

End of the event.

 

Travel price

  • 1,680 euros per person for accommodation in typical guesthouses (1/2 quintal) for bookings made by 31 October 2020
  • 1,880 euros per person for accommodation in typical guesthouses (1/2 quintal) for bookings made from 1 November 2020 
  •    200 Euro single room surcharge
  •    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 and in Moldovita, 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 lumberjack'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. We will start early in the morning, we will take lunch mostly packed, in the evening we will enjoy the Romanian cuisine!

There have been many reports in the past about the narrow gauge railways in Romania, many of them strangely enough very 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 completely different with the railways we visited: supported by the commitment of private initiatives, fundamental groundwork is being done here to ensure the sustainable operation of tourism. Our travellers in recent years have also shown that the railways are facing 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 for all participants is Viseu de Sus, accessible either directly by car or by train via Viseu de Jos. 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 guesthouses. 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 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 attitude to life. The regulation mania of the EU 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 early summer we can expect similar temperatures as in our country. Please note that jackets or trousers in bright colours have no place 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!