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Romania Holidays,  Romania Holiday Packages Overview

Romania is slowly emerging from the effects of being one of the most repressed countries under communism and having suffered the megalomaniac dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu whose rule left the country in the depths of poverty. Travel in Romania is rewarding yet habitually challenging as much of its charisma lies in the more remote regions, and optimistic plans are often frustratingly slowed down by practical realities. Despite this, Romania is rapidly regaining its identity as a popular tourist destination and has plenty to offer the international traveller.

 

The charms of Transylvania lure people with the imagery of haunted forests, medieval towns, vampires, turreted cliff-top castles, and the legends of Dracula. In addition to its medieval castles and enchanting historic towns, the region also offers the dramatic alpine scenery of the Carpathian Mountains with spectacular skiing and undisturbed hiking opportunities.

 

The country's geography is diverse: from mountains, rolling hills and rural farmlands to white sandy beaches and resorts along the Black Sea Coast. Dotting the natural landscape are rustic villages where local people live as they have done for the past 100 years. There is an abundance of religious architecture - including the exquisitely painted monasteries of Bucovina - and there are ancient churches and cities bursting with historic architecture. The capital city, Bucharest, is re-inventing itself following decades of neglect by the ruling communists and its damaged architecture is slowly being restored to its original glory. It has elegant restaurants, a revitalised nightlife and cultural attractions that are becoming integral to this new image.

 

A visit to Romania will leave few impassive, offering a refreshingly different culture to elsewhere in Europe. The mix of quaint medieval towns and castles, drab cities striving for Western modernism, and the diverse rural landscape seemingly untouched by modern history, offers a fascinating kaleidoscope of opportunities to explore. Romania appeals to visitors because it is so different. It has one foot firmly placed in the past while the other one is stretching forward in an effort to keep up with the progress of the modern world.

 

Tourist Offices - Romanian Tourist Office, Bucharest: +40 (0)21 314 9957or www.romaniatourism.com

 

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Entry Requirements

 

All passports must be valid for period of intended stay. All visitors must hold all documents required for further travel, onward or return tickets, sufficient funds for period of stay, and proof of reserved accommodation.


- For Australians - Australian passport holders require a visa to enter Romania.


- New Zealand nationals must have a valid passport and a visa for entry to Romania.


- United States nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days.


- United States nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days.


- British passport holders do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days.

 

Romania Holidays - Currency of Romania

 

The official currency was the Lei, however from 1 July 2005 the new Lei (RON) was introduced (four zeros were dropped from the original national currency), but both old and new coins and notes will be in circulation until 31 December 2006 and shops are currently displaying prices in both old and new lei. Lei are divided into 100 bani. Money may be exchanged at banks, international airports, hotels or authorised exchange offices. ATMs are available at large banks, airports and shopping centres in cities. American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in the main cities. Travellers cheques, preferably in Euros, can be cashed in large banks, some hotels and certain exchange offices in Bucharest but commission is high. It is recommended to travel with some Euros in cash in case of difficulty using credit cards or travellers cheques. US Dollars are also accepted fairly widely.

 

Romania Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The direct dialling country code for Romania is +40, and the outgoing code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). There are numerous area codes applying to cities, towns and villages, for example (0)21 for Bucharest. The country is well covered with two GSM 900 mobile phone networks. Email and Internet are freely available in the cities and larger towns.

 

Romania Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers to Romania do not have to pay duty on 4 litres of wine or beer, 1 litre spirits, 200 cigarettes or 200g tobacco products; perfume, medicines and souvenirs; 200g cocoa and 200g coffee; 2 cameras, 1 small movie camera, 24 cassettes, 1 portable radio, 1 TV set, 1 tape recorder, 1 pair of binoculars and 1 typewriter; and gifts to the value of EUR175. Jewellery and art objects should be declared on customs declaration forms. Prohibited items include uncanned goods, meat or dairy products.

 

Romania Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

A service charge is included in restaurant bills but a further 5 to 10% tip is expected. Taxi drivers expect good service to be rewarded. Tipping is not common in Romania, except in large hotels and restaurants frequented by tourists, where anything between 10 and 20% is expected.

 

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