Romania is not the typical holiday destination, and this is why it is a beauty to discover! Forgotten by the tourism market for too long, Romania is a land of surprises, and not just the country of Dracula.
With a beautifully preserved rural landscape, lovely little towns with historic centres and castles, fine spa hotels and resorts, great food and crafts that have been passed from mother to daughter until today, you will be surprised to find that this is a great place for relaxing and enjoy the pleasures of life.
Thermal waters are one of the best features of Romania and have been well exploited by the locals throughout the centuries: it is now your turn! Baile Felix is well known for the healing power of its thermal waters, very good for rheumatism, neurological diseases, post traumatic disorders or associated disorders (nutritional and metabolic diseases, endocrine disorders). If you are looking for a special place to chill out and relax in the sun covered in thermal mud, the resort of Lake Bear near Sovata is the perfect place. It is the only helio-thermal lake in Europe, a true rarity embedded in a stunning mountainous landscape. Due to the specific characteristics and position of the lake, the water is heated by the sun, and generates a highly concentrated, salty mineral water, which means that you can float effortlessy and enjoy the incredible view like a king.
At Destination Everywhere we do not like to promote stereotypes or propose the “classic” tours, which is why we totally love the Accessible Romania Transilvanian package.
Romania has a rich heritage of beautiful and well preserved castels and churches, charming cities and villages with lively historial centres, and the region of Transylvania is very special in this sense. It gathers cultural and historical heritage from Romanian, German and Hungarian people, creating a unique mix of cities, traditions, crafts and lifestyles (and food!). And yes, you do get to see the castle of Vlad the Impaler (but only from the outside, as it is not accessible)… and learn from expert guides the true story of how this little corner of Europe became one of the best known names around the world.
Travelling through Romania is a great experience and you can do so many activities and see so many things, but finding your way around is not very easy. You can of course organise your own trip but moving around, especially if you are travelling in a wheelchair, is complex due to architectural barriers. Also, the lovely little towns have often cobblestone pavements, and lastly information on the accessibility of hotels is difficult to find. This is why we present here the tours are organized by Sano Touring, a local agency specialized in travel and hospitality for people with disabilities. Their packages are conceived specifically for people with mobility and visual impairments and not only they have a long running experience in the field, but they are well informed by taking part in many accessible tourism activities on a European level.
They organize full package tours or you can contact them for one guided tour or to rent the mobility equipment you need: they are a great and fun customer-oriented team!
If you want a first hand review of their tours, check out Anthony’s blog, The Geordie Traveller, for a detailed Romanian adventure story, and the beautiful photos by his friend and photographer Kathryn Cooper.
So… pack your garlic and visit Romania!
The current level of accessibility for people with mobility special needs is not yet optimal in Romania, but it has to be said that a lot of progress has been made to improve freedom of movement for people in wheelchairs in the last years.
Taxis are generally not adapted and also do take special care to choose an authorized taxi – double check or ask the hotel to call you one. Public transport via subway (in Bucharest only) is accessible for wheelchair users, as are all buses, making this a very good option (and very very cheap). To visit the rest of the country you can rent an adapted vehicle and enjoy taking a slow pace.
In Bucharest the sidewalks are variable in quality, depending on the area: generally the large shopping streets have better pavements and curb cuts, while in less commercial areas you may need to go for some time on the street. Drivers however are said to be rather accomodating and polite in these situations.
Some of the most interesting areas to visit are rural: rolling around is not always easy but feasible, not every single part of every single castle is reachable, but there is quite a lot to see nevertheless.
Accessible toilets are available in heritage sites and major attractions, but the situation is not yet great throughout the country.
Romania has 16 airports but these are the three main ones: Henri Coanda International Airport – Bucharest, Mihail Kogalniceanu International Airport – Constanta and Avram Iancu International Airport – Cluj.
The main airport is the Bucharest one, with various accessible features. There are disabled parking spaces available both in front of the departures terminal and in the arrivals hall area, equipped with access ramps to the terminal.
Concerning the on-board access of assistance dogs, the passenger can contact the Airline, while once in the airport there are specially designed facilities for animal rest/feeding in the office of the Assistance Service for Passengers with Reduced Mobility.
The Assistance Service for Passengers with Reduced Mobility Disabled runs a free-of-charge 24/7 Assistance Service from the non-restricted Terminal area to the aircraft. After landing, passengers are taken directly from the aircraft and escorted to their ride in the public area.
If the passenger seeks assistance directly at the airport and does not have a 48h prior reservation, assistance will be provided nonetheless. However, the processing time will be longer, depending on staff members’ availability, since passengers with reservations are given priority.
The rental of a wheelchair is possible only if a disabled passenger travels in his/her own wheelchair which is damaged or lost during travelling. The Assistance Service for Passengers with Reduced Mobility will make available a new wheelchair (based on a delivery report), until the passenger returns to the airport.
The Bucharest airport operates a 24/7 Medical Assistance Service, located in the connecting wing between the International Departures and Arrivals terminals.
Wheelchair accessible toilets are in equal number with standard toilets, located along the entire passenger flow, from the airport entrance to the aircraft.
Persons with special needs travelling from the airport follow a separate check-in and security screening flow.
The Constanta and the Cluj airports have the same setup as Bucharest, except for the special area for service animals, which neither airport has. The Constanta airport it is equipped 1 ambulift and 2 wheelchair-accessible buses.
You’ll find at the link below more detailed information on the airports of Bucharest, Constanta and Cluj: