When they think of Romania, most people think of Transylvania (and the legend of Dracula!). However, there is so much more to this fascinating country than its gothic horror. Take a local culture tour to experience the country’s vast forests, painted monasteries and medieval towns. We also recommend visiting the museums and galleries of Bucharest to get a taste of Romania’s beautiful art history.
“The willingness of the villages to engage with the strangers was amazing. As we hiked across the beautiful villages, we were often stopped by villagers and farmers who told us about their lives. The hospitality shown to the tourists had no bounds. We experienced this first hand by invitations for baptism ceremony and a house party where we enjoyed limitless servings of plum brandy (strong alcoholic spirit produced in Romania), delicious food and taking part in their traditional dancing.Francois Bellard who shepherded us was amazing and we want to thank him profusely for his guidance. We have done many guided tours and must acknowledge that he has raised the bar on good guiding. He was patient, gentle and quick to recognize our needs. Our enjoyment was his prime concern and he did all within his power to make this happen. The attentiveness and sincerity he showed to the villages in listening to their ramblings demonstrated his deep love for the people and the land has adopted (Francois is French). He truly connected us to the locals by not taking the liberty of answering questions posed by us without directing them to the locals first. Francois is truly the best of the best – a guide par excellence.”
“What a beautiful cruise! The cruise ship was of a high standard. Accommodation was nice and the service level was generally very good, with all staff being very accommodating. Great way to see Europe and plenty of opportunities to disembark the ship and explore the local areas. 5 out of 5 stars!”
“I absolutely loved my journeys and adventure in Romania. From the self-guided days at the start to the guided trek in the northern mountains & valleys of Romania. Fascinating! A step back in time. So much to see and take in. Rural, alpine scenes dotted with gorgeous quaint rickety villages and churches and monasteries along the way, to help break up the challenge of the trekking. Unfortunately we experienced the result of too much rain so the routes were extremely muddy and challenging to negotiate. But it all added to the fun and unforgettable experience. Guide Radu was just the best. A natural. Knowledgeable, helpful, always pleasant and fun. A great friend to steer us along the way and keep us in order!”
When you think about Romania, chances are you immediately think of Transylvania and the mysterious Dracula. However, the country has so much more to offer its visitors than this legend. Romania is full of historic medieval towns, colourful streets, gorgeous castles, and Communist-era architecture. The country also offers beach resorts on the Black Sea and thermal spas among the Carpathian Mountains. If you’re looking for a charming destination steeped in rich history and fascinating culture, a holiday in Romania should sit at the top of your list.
Experience the magic and myth of Bran Castle
Visit the salt mines and underground cathedral of Salina Targu Ocna
Walk the colourful streets of Sibiu
Chase waterfalls in the Cindrel Mountains
Explore the halls of Peleș Castle
Drive the incredibly twisty roads of the Transfagarasan Highway
Climb the clock tower in Sighisoara for unparalleled views of the medieval town
If flying into Bucharest, the capital city, be aware that the top tourist sites of Transylvania are a couple of hours away. Romania is a very large country, so be sure to plan accordingly.
You can’t miss Covrigi, a traditional Romanian snack that is similar to a pretzel. Covered in seeds or filled with jam, they make the perfect inexpensive snack as you roam city streets.
Romanians are extremely friendly and enjoy interacting with travellers. English is spoken in large cities, but locals love any attempt to use Romanian. Some topics are still taboo in Romania, however, including homosexuality.
Taxis are inexpensive and a great way to travel around Romania. However, be careful of scam artists. Always make sure the taxi uses a meter, otherwise set an agreed price before travelling.
Take extra caution when travelling through Romanian nature, particularly if camping. A bear sighting is quite common around small towns, and the country features Europe’s largest population of wolves.
Romania has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Romania before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in the country , do check out our Romania Travel Guide for more information.