Tymes Tours, tour operator in Timisoara, Romania

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Short trips in the Banat

discover a hidden jewel-region, at slow pace

The region of Banat in south-western Romania (having Timişoara as main city) offers a typical central-European natural and cultural landscape, with a sensitive, meridional touch of the neighbouring Balkans. From the spectacular limestone cliffs of the Danube Gorge ("Iron Gates") in the south, to the wooden churches in the north, ancient monasteries in the plains and slow-paced peasant life in the secluded valleys of the Banat Mountains, the variety is surprising – and well beyond expectancy.

The region is extremely suitable for all kinds of travel: from short trips (one day or a week-end) to one-week tours, containing both cultural sightseeing as well as spots of natural interest (active tours, hiking). The Banat is virtually unknown to mass tourism, so the traveller discovers a piece of untouched old Europe, as only few still exist.

The trips in the Banat region are meant for:

  • business delegations / teams visiting a company in Timişoara for longer periods – the week-end trips in the surroundings will prove to be very rewarding surprises!
  • small groups of tourists curious to have an unspoiled travel experience, truly "off the beaten track"

You can have a glimpse of the Banat region by following the album here on the left; soon you'll find tour proposals bellow – until then, we are happy to arrange a customized tour for you.

winding in and through the mountains: the railway between Anina and Oravita previous picture next picture

On the mountain and in the mountain: the old Bergbahn

Oraviţa lies right at the foothills of the Carpathians, and the scenery right behind the town gets rough: limestone cliffs, karst plateaus with Europe's oldest beech forests, isolated orchards in remote clearings of the woods. This is where the Austrians decided in the late 1840's to build a spectacular railway – the oldest east of the famous Semmering (and technically very similar). The reason for the huge undertaking: the rich coal mines at Anina-Steierdorf, up in the mountains.

The Iron Gates of the Danube, a true "must see" Iron Gates of the Danube, place of history and prehistory swimming out of a cave, in the Danube's Gorge (Iron Gates) Cerna Valley, a paradise for hiking and active tours simple "lunch" at the peasants, in a remote location in Cerna Valley
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wooden church in the Banat, inner painting lofty Baroque carving at the altar of Partos monastery countryside Baroque of the Schwabs (German colonists of the Banat) noblemen heraldic in the Banat lowland far cry of Viennese savoir vivre: the theater of Oravita xxx


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