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One of the most recent members of the European Union, joining in 2007, and its ninth largest country, Romania is only just making its mark as a desirable destination for overseas visitors. Although significant investment has been made to develop the country in recent years, Romania is still regarded as one of the most beautiful and unspoiled countries in Eastern Europe.
On an independent rail tour in Romania, you'll benefit from safe, comfortable, and efficient travel on Europe's fourth largest rail network, and an itinerary you can create, amend, and customise to your tastes.
If nature and wildlife are your passion, ask one of our travel consultants to add a trip to the Danube Delta to your itinerary. This stunningly scenic wetland area is home to more than three hundred different species of birds, whilst forty-five different types of freshwater fish inhabit the delta's lakes. This biodiverse region offers plenty of scope for boat trips, fishing and enjoyably exploring on foot.
This is undoubtedly the best way to admire the country's natural beauty, which encompasses everything from the soaring peaks and grassy meadows of the Carpathian Mountains to the UNESCO-listed and wildlife-rich Danube Delta.
To the impartial eye, rural life in Romania appears little-changed since medieval times. You'll often spot magnificently-preserved hilltop castles throughout the land, and the towns and villages that these served to protect offer visitors a warm welcome and a glimpse into traditional Romanian life where the customs, crafts and superstitions of olden times continue to be passed down through the generations.
By contrast Bucharest, Romania's largest - and capital - city is an exciting destination which combines architecture from every era of the country's history, interspersed with delightful green spaces such as the popular and pretty Cişmigiu Garden. The city is dominated by the literally unmissable Palace of Parliament, a vast twelve-storey building built by former president Nicolae Ceauşescu in 1984.
If this modern behemoth isn't to your taste, Bucharest's many historic churches and museums, including the Museum of the Romanian Peasant and the Natural History Museum provide fascinating insights into Romania's past.
Romania still remains perhaps one of Europe's best-kept secrets, but is thoroughly welcoming to visitors and easy and rewarding to explore by train. Perfectly combining ancient culture and tradition with natural beauty and offering a diversity of memorable sights and attractions, Romania undoubtedly justifies inclusion in the itinerary of your independent rail tour of Europe.