You may have heard of the Dracula legend, Vlad the Impaler, Bran Castle, Corvin Castle, Maramures, Transylvania or may have simply checked the world map and found where Romania is.
Romania is one of the travel destinations many have heard of, but few have got the time to visit so congratulations on deciding on a trip to Romania.
Romanian people are always kind to foreigners, but it doesn't make it a beaten track. Therefore benefit from our travel resources and find out 5 five most important things to know before you visit Romania.
Romania is an Eastern European Country on the continent of Europe, and as most of the countries in Europe, it's part of the European Union (EU). The easiest way to find Romania on map is to look for its most prominent geographical landmarks the Carpathian Mountains, the Black Sea, the Danube River, and the Danube Delta - and If the border looks like a fish, you found it.
Try the Romanian cuisine
Romanian culture kept most of its particularities and traditions, and when it comes to food, the Romanians developed mouth-watering dishes closely related to their customs, traditions, and lifestyle. While in Romania, make sure to taste the Romanian food and ask for Sarmale, Tochitura Moldoveneasca, and Alivenci.
Discover its castles
Romania is renowned for its medieval castles surrounded by stories and gorgeous natural sceneries. Make sure to explore the Castles in Romania and visit the Bran Castle, Corvin Castle, Peles Castle, and Rasnov Fortress.
Hike the Carpathian Mountains
Home to diverse wildlife, with lots of national parks and reserves, the Carpathians are the perfect tourist attraction in Romania for an active vacation, with lots of outdoor activities. Rodnei National Park, Retezat National Park and, Bicaz National Park are only a few of the areas you should visit if you are a mountain enthusiast.
Hiking through the national parks of the Carpathians is a fantastic experience, but besides hiking, you can meet wild animals in controlled environments. Meet the bears of LiBEARty Bear Sanctuary, the biggest brown bear sanctuary in Europe. 116 bears were saved and brought here to live peacefully.
In the northern part of Romania, in the Neamt County, there is the Neamt-Vanatori National Park which is also named Bison Land. The Bison Land hosts around 30 European Bisons that were brought here as part of the larger European bison reintroduction initiative in this region, supported by the European Commission.
Together with a ranger, you can go looking for bisons that roam freely in the forest or are acclimatizing in the large enclosures.
Explore the Danube Delta
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved delta in Europe, the Danube Delta is a unique ecosystem that has become a paradise for the numerous species of birds, fish, and amphibians. While in Romania, explore the Delta and observe nature in its purest form.
Bucharest, the capital city of Romania and by far the biggest city in the country, is an exceptional tourist destination encompassing monumental buildings of communist architecture, national museums and, squares and parks. A few of its most prominent landmarks are the Palace of the Parliament, the Village Museum, the Old Center and the Michael I Park (formerly known as Herastrau).
Brasov was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1234, and over the centuries it was home for both Saxons and Romanians. The cultural mixture turned Brasov intro a beautiful medieval town, conquering the hearts of every tourist that enters the city. The best places to visit in Brasov are the Black Church, The White and the Black Tower, Strada Sforii (Rope Street) and the city center.
Cluj-Napoca is the heart of Transylvania, and if you want to visit Transylvania, Cluj is the best place to start from. The main landmarks of the city are Cluj-Napoca Botanical Garden, Visit St. Michael's Church, Central Park, and the Old Town Hall. Besides walking tours through the city, you should look forward to the events and festivals hosted in Cluj-Napoca.
Iasi is the second largest city in Romania and is known to be the cultural capital of the country and the capital of the Romanian youth (2019-2020). Iasi is also the home of oldest Romanian university, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, and to the first engineering school, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University. There are many things to do in Iasi, but you should start by visiting the Palace of Culture, the "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University Library, and the Iasi National Theatre.
Sibiu, with its medieval town and preserved way of life, got into Forbes "Europe's Most Idyllic Places To Live Europe's Most Idyllic Places To Live." The city acquired the title of European Region of Gastronomy in 2019 and will host a food culture festival between 12-15 September. Besides the food festival, you should look forward to the Christmas Market and the Astra Film Festival. While in Sibiu, you should visit the Brukenthal Avrig Palace, The ASTRA Museum and walk around the city on its stone-paved streets.
Solo traveler or not, the best way to experience Romania to its fullest is with professional guidance. Romanians are generally warm and welcoming, and in urban areas, people are able to speak at least English. If you're planning to only stay in the big cities, you should get around just fine. As a solo traveler and even more as a group, you should only adventure out of the major cities on your own, only if you have a straight road to a major touristic destination; otherwise, you could easily get lost. Unfortunately, you can't get anywhere close to the hidden gems of Romania by using public transport.
To avoid getting lost in the countryside get in touch with a local travel agency prior to traveling to Romania. The best travel itineraries are obtained only through intense brainstorming, research, and site inspections. Going for trial and error might ruin your vacation, and even an experienced traveler would need practical information such as the travel gear you need to access particular areas. Therefore you should benefit from the network, experience, and knowledge of a DMC(Destination Management Company) / tour operator to have the best experience in Romania.
Your time in Romania is very precious, and we are going to use our experience and knowledge to suggest you the best itineraries for the best experience.
Starting from Bucharest
As a Bucharest Travel Agency, we have prepared tours to meet all your expectations. Our professional travel guides would show you the Palace of Parliament and the capital's best landmarks in a Bucharest City Tour. Of course, we have prepared a special Bucharest Communist Tour if you would like to explore the remains of the Ceausescu Regime in Romania.
If you don't have much time on your hands, you can choose a day trip from Bucharest. If you're looking to visit the most popular places in Romania, then you should check our day trip to Bran Castle which also includes the Peles Castle and a visit to the medieval city of Brasov. You may also opt for a Transfagarasan road trip, that will take you to the Vidraru Dam and Balea Lake, or a trip to Zarnesti Bear Sanctuary to see the bears and then go to the Bran Castle.
Choose to spend 8 days in Romania, and you have the possibility to tour Romania and visit all its major landmarks. Besides Bran Castle you should really look forward to seeing The Alba Carolina Fortress from Alba Iulia, visiting the medieval city of Sibiu and the well-preserved villages of Maramures in a Classic Tour of Romania.
For people that want to explore the myth of Count Dracula in detail, there is also an 8 days Dracula Tour that's focussing on the locations that were used as an inspiration for the vampire legends.
Starting from Cluj Napoca
As a Cluj Travel Agency, we're fully prepared to offer a complete Cluj City Tour to every traveler. The geographical position that Cluj has makes it the best place to land for the people that are interested in visiting Transylvania. In one day you can visit Corvin Castle and Alba Carolina Fortress, or you can visit Turda Salt Mine, Alba Carolina, and Rimetea. Even more, you may opt for exploring the cultural diversity of Transylvania in one day and visit Sighisoara, Biertan fortified church, Medias and the gypsy community villages. Also, from Cluj, you can go on a 3 days complete tour of Transylvania or visit the Northern parts of Romania in a tour of Maramures and Bukovina.
Starting From Iasi
As an Iasi Travel Agency, we're going beyond showcasing the landmarks of Romania's Cultural Capital in a full Iasi city tour. The city of Iasi is a hidden gem that few people get to hear about. There is also a lot of potential for day trips. From Iasi you can have a day trip to Bukovina and visit the Painted Monasteries (UNESCO World Heritage Sites); have a Day trip to Neamt and visit the bison reserve, Neamt Fortress, and Agapia Monastery; go hiking in Bicaz Gorges or visit Chisinau and Cricova Winery.
Besides day trips, you can also go for a 4 days tour from Iasi through the Romanian historical region of Moldova and the Republic of Moldova.