Tymes Tours, tour operator in Timisoara, Romania

tymes tours

travel agent & tour operator in Timişoara, Romania

sightseeing tours, cultural trips, nature tours and active travel

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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.

wooden church in the Banat, inner painting previous picture next picture

"This is death, our bitter mother"

No, we don't intend to compete with Transylvania's myth of Dracula. It's just about the bitter-sweet taste for jokes and irony of the Banat people, which can be spotted by the inquisitive eye of a tourist. "Aceasta este moartea, maica noastră cea amară" (written with old Slavonic alphabet). There are some 20 churches hidden in the tiny villages of the north-Eastern Banat – so well hidden, that most people in Timişoara never heard about them. These are true gems of traditional architecture, while the paintings also reflect some of the Romanian peasants' spirit.

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 winding in and through the mountains: the railway between Anina and Oravita

tymes tours is owned by SC Tymes Globetrotter SRL
Str. Lisabona nr. 7/1A, Timisoara, RO 300603, info@tymestours.ro
Tourism licence no. 3196/2004