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RoCultours/ Cultural Tourism Initiative (CTI) is an academic tour operator set up by the European Cultural Centre, Bucharest in 1997. The latter is a nonprofit academic association founded in 1990. It gathers together members of the Romanian Academy, professors and researchers, whether historians, geographers, sociologists, fine art experts, architects, ethnographers whose projects foster the intercultural dialogue and the transfer of knowledge and information between the western world and Romania.

RoCultours/CTI’s sightseeing tours for Bucharest and its surroundings, alongside its guided trips to areas of excellence, to the country's major cultural-tourist sites, many of which are part of the UNESCO's World Heritage like Bukovina's famous painted monasteries, Transylvania's well preserved medieval towns, castles and peasant fortified churches, or Maramures' wooden churches aim to highlight Romania as a worth-visiting cultural tourist destination, where traditional values meet the dynamic course and contradictions of our modern world.

Over the last 19 years, and starting from the Romanians’ mind-set and turbulent history, CTI tried to introduce its visitors, in a synoptic manner and within the constraints of a limited time, to a multitude of historical, cultural, and political aspects that make this country, placed at the crossroads between the oriental and the western worlds, so different and interesting to explore. While training its own guides and constantly trying to improve the design and substance of its study tours, CTI has issued a number of travel booklets, brochures, leaflets, CD-ROMs, usually presented to its visitors, which are meant to explain and interpret the country’s rich built heritage alongside its treasures, artistic spirit, living history, traditions, legends,  folklore, all  its diversified forms of  culture that tourism brings along.

Our efforts to make a difference in the field of cultural tourism as applied to Romania, our ambition to make this country’s saga readable and bring it closer to the heart of curious and sensitive travellers, often despite adverse conditions and local plagiarism, have been acknowledged by authors of widely read guidebooks like the Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, and, of course,  by all our happy visitors who would encourage us in this enterprise by expressing their thanks either directly, or on travel forums like TripAdvisor.  

Until the end of 2015, RoCultours/CTI's services have been used by over 2,800 visitors, whether individuals or small groups, come mainly from Australia, USA, Canada, China, Japan, UK, Switzerland, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway.

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