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Romania - Best Tours & Trips 2019

145 trips to Romania tours from 49 tour companies. 178 reviews. 4.6/5 avg rating.
Land of castles, mountains, and medieval lore, Romania is a must visit country, still somewhat under the radar when it comes to travel in the Central European region. Though it has always been popular among fans of Bram Stoker's creation, Dracula, there is much to see beyond Transylvania! Let Stride help you find the perfect trip.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Secrets of Romania

Peregrine Adventures
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11 days
$ 256 / day
$ 3,115
From : $ 3,796
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Travel through transylvania and see the gothic churches and castles that inspired the legend behind the world’s most famous vampire, count dracula. in brasov, listen to ghost stories and legends about the black church and city fortifications
  • Visit viscri’s 15th-century fortified church and hear how this church saved locals from invaders. afterwards visit a local in her home and be entertained by stories about village life.
  • Delve into the communist past and the thriving, artistic present-day vibe of bucharest, a surprisingly dynamic city on the edge of eastern europe.
  • Experience delicious home-cooked meals and true romanian hospitality on a visit to some of the country’s lesser known towns and villages. embark on a horse and cart ride with a local coachman through a landscape of rolling hills and wildflower meadows.
Visits:
Brasov, Bucharest, Romania, Transylvania
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Monasteries and Villages of Romania

UTracks
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9 days
$ 133 / day
$ 1,199
From : $ 1,679
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Exploring the wooden churches of Maramures
  • Discovering the exquisite painted monasteries of Bucovina
  • Walking through ancient villages to gain an appreciation of the subtle landscape of the Carpathian Mountains
  • Experience genuine cultural exchange with the local people
Visits:
Bucharest, Romania
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Hiking the 3 of the most beautiful mountains of Romania

7 days
$ 210 / day
$ 1,468
From : $ 1,982
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Hiking the spectacular Canyon Valea lui Stan, with its huge walls and lots of waterfalls. Its climb is secured with metal cables and ladders which makes it all the more interesting.
  • Climbing the rocky second highest peak of Romania, Negoiu (2535m) while following a beautiful ridgeline section.
  • Climbing the highest point of Piatra Craiului (2238m), and being of one of the most beautiful ridgeline anywhere in the world accessible to ordinary hikers.
  • Hiking in Bucegi under the big walls of Bucsoiu and through the Malaiesti big chimney up to one of the highest peaks of Romania (Omu – 2507m).
  • Discovering Transylvania by visiting two of her most beautiful saxon cities: Sibiu (an European Capital of Culture in 2007) and Sighisoara (with its medieval citadel still inhabited).
  • Experiencing rural Romania both by visiting the open air museum of village from Sibiu and by hiking through the gorgeous landscape and old houses of Magura and Pestera villages.
  • Driving on “the most beautiful road in the world”, Transfagarasan, as it was called a couple years ago by the Top Gear TV series.
  • Standing on the most spectacular and highest dam in Romania, built on the river Arges.
Visits:
Bucharest, Transylvania, Romania
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Treasures of the Balkans (Summer 2019)

18 days
$ 257 / day
$ 4,925
From : $ 6,244
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Veliko Tarnovo: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner of local specialties with wine and witness a folklore show.
    • Dubrovnik: You will be offered a varied selection of charming restaurants to choose from for your Dine-Around Evening.
    • Sarajevo: You are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savour the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture and recent struggles.
    • Sarajevo: Experience authentic Bosnian coffee and learn about the traditional ritual of coffee preparation.
    • Budapest: Dine in elegance and savour Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine during your Celebration Dinner at Gundel.
    • Dining Summary: 17 Breakfasts (B) and 10 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
    • Sofia: The Hilton Sofia features art deco-styled rooms, and is centrally located, surrounded by the South Park and set opposite the National Palace of Culture.
    • Budapest: The 5-star Corinthia Budapest Hotel is one of the grandest luxury hotels in Budapest. An impressive landmark building with an imposing Neo-classical facade and soaring glass atrium. Excellent technology and personal service ensures an elegant and luxurious stay.
    • Bucharest: Walk the cavernous halls of the vast Palace of Parliament, learn about the history and listen to amusing tales from your Local Expert.
    • Bucharest: During sightseeing with your Local Expert see University Square and the former Communist Headquarters.
    • Sinaia: Led by a local historian, witness the opulent and sumptuous décor in Peleș Castle, the fairy-tale Royal summer residence, at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains.
    • Bran: Visit the imposing medieval castle guarding the old Transylvanian border and embrace its stories, myths and legends from Count Dracula to romantic Queen Marie.
    • Brasov: Explore Town Hall Square with your Local Expert and see the Black Church.
    • Veliko Tarnovo: With your Local Expert, see the Monument of the Assens, dedicated to the Bulgarian Kings.
    • Arbanassi: At the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arbanassi, visit a traditional 17th century merchants' house and enjoy the acoustics in the Church of the Holy Nativity.
    • Veliko Tarnovo: Ascend Tsarevets, the King’s Hill, crowned by a ruined medieval citadel. Enjoy the views and imagine yourself back in the days of the Crusades when this was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.
    • Skopje: Visit the capital of Macedonia.
    • Ohrid: Walk the cobbled, narrow streets of the Old Town with your Local Expert.
    • Tirana: Meet a local resident who will show you Skanderbeg Square and walk you through their home city as they explain what it's like to live in the Albanian capital.
    • Kotor: Visit the Stari Grad, also referred to as the Old Town, perfectly positioned on a beautiful bay.
    • Dubrovnik: Your Local Expert will guide you through this ancient city, surrounded by well-preserved walls built in the Middle Ages. See Onofrio's Fountain, the Rector's Palace and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
    • Mostar: Explore the Old Town and see the Stari Most with your Local Expert.
    • Sarajevo: A Local Expert will show you the cobbled old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans, known as Baščaršija. You will also see the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and the Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated.
    • Belgrade: A Local Expert will show you St. Sava Church, Terazije Street, the national museum, national theatre, Republic Square and the Kalemegdan Fortress.
    • Palić: Visit this town sitting on the Serbian-Hungarian border. See the water tower and the art nouveau buildings by the lake.
    • Budapest: With a Local Expert, visit the colourful Matthias Church in the heart of Budapest's Castle District.
    • Budapest: Visiting the Central Market Hall is a foodie's dream. Accompanied by your Local Expert, wander three levels of stalls, brimming with mouthwatering salamis, spicy paprika, Hungarian wines and a whole lot of Pálinka.
    • Scenic Drives: Venture through Prahova Valley and pass the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains, Lake Ohrid, Bosnian Mountains. Travel through the Province of Vojvodina and Puszta Region.
    Visits:
    Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Sofia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia
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    Transylvania Tale

    15 days
    $ 90 / day
    $ 1,355
    From : $ 1,829
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Tour of Maramures Region
    • Cluj Napoca Visit
    • Entry to Viscri Fortified Church & Prejmer Fortified Church
    • Entry to Dracula's (Bran) Castle
    • Entry to Prejmer Fortified Church
    • Entry to Peles Castle
    • Entry to Plovdiv Roman Amphitheatre
    Visits:
    Budapest, Istanbul, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Turkey
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    Hungary & Romania Highlights

    G Adventures
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 237 / day
    $ 1,899
    From : $ 2,336
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Discover budapest's historic highlights and hidden gems on a guided walk
    • Select ingredients at a transylvanian market and prepare a traditional meal with a local chef
    • Immerse yourself in the haunting history of transylvania's bran castle
    • View splendid medieval frescoes inside bucharest's snagov monastery
    Visits:
    Brasov, Bucharest, Budapest, Transylvania, Hungary, Romania
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    Cycle Romania

    Exodus Travels
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    9 days
    $ 124 / day
    $ 2,049
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Cycle through ancient villages and isolated landscapes
    • Visit UNESCO citadels and fortified churches 
    • Experience mediaeval Transylvania and modern Bucharest
    Visits:
    Bucharest, Romania, Transylvania
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    Danube Discovery Cruise

    SmarTours
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    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    15 days
    $ 233 / day
    $ 3,499
    From : $ 4,724
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Hofburg Palace (Vienna)
    • St. Martin’s Cathedral (Bratislava)
    • Matthias Coronation Church (Budapest)
    • Gypsy Concert (On Board – Budapest)
    • Old Town with Concert (Osijek)
    • Petrovaradin Fortress (Novi Sad)
    • Kalemegdan Fortress (Belgrade)
    • Iron Gates Gorge
    • Baba Vida Fortress (Vidin)
    • Palace of Parliament (Bucharest)
    • Optional Dracula’s Castle Extension
    Visits:
    Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Croatia, Lucerne, Munich, Prague, Romania, Vienna, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia
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    Moldova, Ukraine & Romania Explorer

    Intrepid Travel
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    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    13 days
    $ 207 / day
    $ 2,685
    From : $ 3,625
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Discover the incredible biodiversity of Romania’s remote Danube Delta. Take a boat through this unique ecosystem to where the river meets the Black Sea, and observe the traditional daily life of its remote communities
    • Spend time in the least-visited corner of Moldova – itself the least-visited country in Europe – in a breakaway strip of land called Gagauzia that highlights the complex cultural and historical diversity of this region
    • Moldova is famous for its wine, so sample the local tipple during a guided tour of Mileștii Mici, sitting on top of 200km of underground cellar tunnels, making it the largest quality wine collection in the world
    • Become one of the few travellers to visit Transnistria, a breakaway republic in eastern Moldova, where Soviet values are still upheld and locals continue their fight for independence
    • Explore Ukraine’s atmospheric abandoned Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on a guided tour, wander the eerie streets and among the buildings of the ghost town of Pripyat. Since the devastating nuclear disaster of 1986, nature has taken over the city, and wolves, foxes and other wildlife have been seen walking down the main streets
    Visits:
    Chisinau, Moldova, Romania, Bucharest, Ukraine
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    Highlights of Eastern Europe

    10 days
    $ 490 / day
    $ 4,899
    From : $ 6,026
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Visits:
    Bucharest, Budapest, Croatia, Romania, Belgrade, Hungary
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    Transylvania Winter Walk & Snowshoe

    Exodus Travels
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 110 / day
    $ 1,379
    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • The serene beauty of the Carpathian Mountains in Winter
    • Looking for wolf and bear tracks in the snow
    • Visiting Bran Castle, Dracula's home
    • Warm hospitality of the local people
    • Walking through the Prapastiile Zarnestilor Canyon, formed during the Jurassic Period.
    Visits:
    Transylvania, Bucharest, Romania
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    Budapest to Bucharest

    Intrepid Travel
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    10 days
    $ 183 / day
    $ 1,665
    From : $ 2,471
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Sample the famous Hungarian 'bulls blood' in Eger, the wine that supposedly gave the Hungarian army supernatural strength during their battle against the Ottoman Empire
    • Experience peasant life on a full-day tour through the countryside of Maramures, Romania's most traditional and colourful region. Don't be surprised if you see horse-drawn carts along the road
    • Learn spooky stories while travelling through beautiful Transylvania, famous for its medieval fortified churches and as the birthplace of the inspiration for the world's most famous vampire, Dracula
    • A home-stay with a local family in the Saxon/Roma town of Viscri will expose you to Romanian hospitality and some finger-licking home-cooked grub
    • Delve into the communist past and the thriving, artistic present-day vibe of Bucharest, a city often underrated by travellers
    Visits:
    Brasov, Bucharest, Budapest, Romania, Transylvania, Hungary
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    Carpathian Walking & Bears

    Exodus Travels
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 206 / day
    $ 1,649
    From : $ 2,226
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • See Brown bears from a hide
    • Discover one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Europe
    • Have a unique opportunity to observe a great variety of wildlife in its natural environment
    • Hike through meadows, forests and along mountain trails
    • Stay in comfortable private guesthouse providing an authentic Carpathian experience and a very warm welcome
    Visits:
    Brasov, Bucharest, Romania, Transylvania
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    Eastern Europe Express

    Intrepid Travel
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    9 days
    $ 148 / day
    $ 1,330
    From : $ 1,796
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Immerse yourself in the communist past and vibrant present of Bucharest, a city often underrated by travellers
    • Travel through the scenic Rila Mountains in Bulgaria, mingling with monks at the 10th-century Rila Monastery
    • The village of Gorno Draglishte is home to a rich cultural heritage and a delightful community of welcoming locals. Experience the best of both worlds during a family home-stay (delicious home-cooked dinner included)
    • The ancient Roman theatre in Plovdiv’s city centre was only discovered when a landslide uncovered it in the 1970s. Explore the amphitheatre and Plovdiv's other significant sights on a guided walking tour
    Visits:
    Bucharest, Romania, Sofia, Istanbul, Bulgaria, Turkey
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    Halloween in Transylvania

    G Adventures
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    7 days
    $ 182 / day
    $ 1,274
    From : $ 1,720
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Attend a special halloween costume party in an authentic gothic castle
    • Take a peek into the ruins of dracula’s castle
    • Explore medieval towns including the old world cities of bran and bucharest
    • Learn the true story of the infamous vlad "the impaler"
    Visits:
    Bucharest, Romania
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    Top Romania Experiences and Attractions

    Top Romania Experiences

    Visiting Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, and looking out at the old stone wall that used to divide Transylvania from the Austro-Hungarian empire.

    Wandering the serpentine cobbled streets of old town Bucharest.

    Walking around the walled the town of Sighisoara and learning the history of it's creation.

    Admiring Peleş Castle, widely considered one of the best preserved and most beautiful castles in Europe.

    Seeing the Painted Monasteries.

    Visiting the open-air Village Museum outside Bucharest, to see homes transplanted from all around Romania and presented in their original forms.

    Journeying to soak up sun on the shores of the Black Sea - which has neither black sand nor water!

    Hiking among the jagged Carpathian Mountains to enjoy some fresh air.

    Taking a drive along Transfagarasan, one of the world’s most adventurous roads. 

    Cruising down the Danube River to see the Romanian countryside much as it has been for the past few centuries.

    Breathing in the fresh, salty air of the Turda Salt Mines

    Witnessing the magnificence of the wild bisons that roam Vânători Neamț Nature Park

    Eating storceag, a sturgeon soup boiled with potatoes and vegetable, topped off with egg yolk, sour cream, and a drizzle of lemon. Best eaten with company!

    Driving the Transfagaran Road — “the best driving road in the world”

    Experiencing the authentic and unadulterated taste of fruits at a local food market

    Skiing or hiking in Sinaia

    Taking photos of the wild birds found at the Danube Delta

    Walking through the fantastically intricate rooms of Palatul culturii

    Tasting the traditional and authentic flavors of Romania at Lacrimi și Sfinți in Bucharest

    Travelling through the Greek, Roman, and Ottoman empire in the historical city of Constanța

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    Romania Trip Reviews

    178 Romania Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

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    Snowshoeing in Romania

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    • Lodging 5.0
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    A really good, interesting holiday. Rather more moderate than leisurely but very enjoyable. The group had a good age range and we all got along very well. The weather was glorious for all but one day and the guest house was lovely. The food was very good and the staff were all very friendly.
    Definitely the bear sanctuary was the highlight but the whole trip was quite something. The scenery is breathtaking and the mix of ancient and modern is really interesting.

    Traian was very engaged with the group, friendly and entertaining. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Romania and was a good guide on the visit to Brasov.

    I think we all agreed that this was a more moderate than leisurely trip. We didn't always need the snowshoes and YakTraks were very useful. You do need a decent torch for the bat cave.

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    Operator Exodus Travels

    Perfect combination state of mind, hikking, safety

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    • Activities 5.0
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    Hey everyone....
    I saw an add on fb...and i booked a trip in fagaras mountains on December 2016...I hesitate at first because I knew nobody......in the end, there where two perfect days with those guys....
    I felt safe all the time.....great people... willing to share their experience...
    nicu, felix, oana thank you , thank you.. thank you
    I would go with you anytime...anywhere..

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    Operator Alpine Adventure Romania

    Danube River Cruise with Dracular's castle

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
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    We thought the trip was excellent. The river boat was good and the people on the boat were VERY gracious. I loved the size of the river boat. Our TD, Dusan J, was excellent. Would have loved for him to stay with us the whole trip. He left after the cruise and we had another one for mountain portion of the trip. He was OK but I can't remember his name. He was very knowledgeable about the area. It would be better if you kept same one for all of the trip. I will take another river cruise with smarTours.

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    Operator SmarTours

    Enjoyable tour with a variety of places

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Enjoyable tour with a variety of places and cultures.

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    Operator Tucan Travel

    I love you guys!

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    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
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    I love you guys!

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    Operator Intrepid Travel

    The trip was an excellent balance of visiting sites and experiencing local culture. Accommodations were centrally located to explore the cities with very good facilities and comfort level.

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
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    We have travelled for over 35 years to various places in the world with several different tour companies. Our experience with G Adventures was excellent and met all our expectations from what had been described in the trip itinerary. The accommodations were all very good for the grade level of this trip. The organization and running of the trip was efficient and trouble free. The trip was what we had hoped for and met our expectations.

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    Romania Tours and Travel Guide

    Romania Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    Usually a stop on an itinerary that takes in several Balkan countries in a quick few days, Romania deserves more time and admiration than most travelers give it. Rising steadly since the revolution in 1989 that threw off the shackles of communism, Romania joined the European Union in 2007 but still feels distinct in language, culture, and currency.

    Romanians are especially eager to welcome travelers and show them around, whether it’s through the budding hip neighborhoods or historic streets of Bucharest (not to be confused with Budapest), to the castles and Carpathian Mountains, or out along the sandy shores of the Black Sea. Larger and more diverse than you can probably imagine, Romania is increasingly considered a must-visit Europe destination for travelers of all kinds.

    Why Visit Romania on a Tour?

    There are so many reasons to visit Romania. Whether you’re traveling alone, or with a group with different tastes and interests — Romania has something for everyone.

    Romania is one of the most bio-geographically diverse countries in the European Union. From the Danube Delta, to the Carpathian Mountains, to the beaches of the Black Sea, or the tumbling waterfalls, you’ll never struggle to find a place to hike, kayak, drive, swim, and explore. There are several tour options for thrill seekers and adventurers.

    Are you not so much of an outdoors person? Are you more of a history buff? Perfect, Romania is the place to be! Romania has seen several titanous empires — the Romans, the Greeks, and the Ottomans have all left their mark on this Eastern European nation. Several cities, like Constanța, are living museums that exhibit the country’s deep-rooted history.

    The country’s proximity to the Black Sea has allowed it grow into a cultural epicenter. Walking through the cobbled streets of Romania’s cities, you’ll notice several styles that reflect history. Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance influences are exhibited through the nation’s looming castles, while the cinder-block buildings depict the Communist rule that defined the latter half of the 20th century.

    Like strings of thread, these diverse influences are interwoven into Romania’s rich tapestry of culture and history. Check out some of the medieval tours that explore the magnificent castles that Romania is known for!

    If you prefer exploring something other than the cities, the Romanian countryside will captivate you. As tradition is very important to Romanians, you will be able to see well-preserved homes and heritage in the Saxon villages that have remained unchanged. Each village holds their own unique charm and several are even home to World Heritage Sites!

    If Romania’s bio-geographical, cultural, and historical diversity didn’t convince you to immediately book a flight, this will: Romania is rated one of the cheapest destinations in Europe. Visiting the country is extremely good value for money. Although the Romania is part of the European Union, their currency is the Romanian Lei (RON). Currently, USD$1 is equivalent to RON4.25 (Updated May, 2019). What a steal!

    Romanian cuisine

    Eastern European cuisine is often attributed with potatoes, meat… and more potatoes. Romania is not exempt from this stereotype. The national dish is sarmale, a cabbage roll stuffed with pork and rice.

    However much like the country’s buildings, Romania’s food reflects its history. German, Hungarian, Austrian, Greek, and Turkic influences shape Romanian cuisine, so you might encounter familiar tastes, but also experience totally new combinations!

    Vegetables and fruits are also included in Romanian cuisine. In fact, Romanians pride themselves on their fresh produce, which is free from any genetic modifications. Want to know what a tomato really tastes like? Visit a local farmer’s market, and try it out for yourself!

    Romanian food is the perfect comfort food, but the nation is also noted for their gastronomy. The Sibiu region, known for its culinary festivals, was awarded the European capital of gastronomy this year! If you want to try traditional food with a modern twist, Sibiu is the place to be.

    In fact, each region in Romania offers their own twist on traditional cuisine. If you ever find yourself near the Black Sea, try Ciorbă de Peste, a fish soup. The version served near the Danube Delta is made from a variety of freshwater fish that are native to the area.

    Fancy something a little more adventurous? Romania uses the “whole-animal” concept, so you’ll be able to try out some dishes out of the ordinary. Try Ciorba de Burta, which is made of beef tripe, or Cighiri, which is fried hog stomach filled with ground pork, liver, heart, lungs, onion, eggs, and garlic.

    Romanians eat three times a day, with dinner being their biggest meal. Don’t be surprised if you start eating at 10pm. If you’re invited to dinner at home, be prepared to be stuffed. The host will provide you with an abundance of food, and will expect to be complimented on their cooking. You are expected to finish your plate, as leaving leftovers may be a sign of disrespect.

    No matter what you eat, make sure you arrive to the dinner table with an empty stomach, as most meals are served with a hearty side of mămăligă (polenta, which is boiled cornmeal, similar to grits) and cheese!

    Romania and Dracula

    The first thing that pop into people’s minds when you say “Romania” is usually Dracula.

    The inspiration for Bram Stoker’s character is Vlad Tepes (also known as Vlad the Impaler), who ruled the region from 1456 to 1462. To this day, his reputation is controversial, as he was notorious for impaling his enemies, but also brought prosperity with his rule.

    Bran Castle, also called Dracula’s castle, is a looming fortress often associated with Bram Stoker’s novel. However, if you want to visit the castle Vlad Tepes lived for most of his life, visit Poienari Fortress. This impenetrable fortress stands on a cliff overlooking the Arges River. If you visit the fortress, be prepared for the 1,462 steps that lead up to the castle’s ruins.

    25 miles north of Bucharest lies Snagov Monastery, which is where the presumed ruins of Vlad Tepes lies. It can be accessed by a pedestrian bridge or a boat, as the monastery is located on an island within Lake Snagov.

    Sighișoara is one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Cobbled streets, gothic castles, and intricately designed churches define this town. It is also known for being the birthplace of Vlad Tepes.

    While a lot of the tourist attractions in Romania capitalise on its ties to pop culture, it’s important to note that Romania has a lot to offer, other than vampires.

    What are Romanians like?

    The society is hierarchical, with respect given to the elderly. Family and tradition is highly treasured in Romanian society. For this reason, they participate in very elaborate ceremonies to celebrate their culture..

    When you first meet a local, they are generally reserved and quiet. Refer to elders as Domnul (“Mr.”) and Doamna (“Mrs.”).  When you develop of personal and close relationship, you can refer to them by their first name, and they’ll open up to you more.

    When you become more familiar, you can greet your Romanian friends with two kisses, one on each cheek, starting with the left. If you are invited into a Romanian’s home, you can bring flowers. However, make sure you give an odd number of flowers, as even numbers are used for funerals.

    Romanians have a keen sense of humor that may take some time to get used to. Their jokes can be ironic and devoid of political correctness, but their humor is good-natured. Be prepared to be a subject of their joke; no one is safe — not even themselves, as they often poke fun at themselves as well.

    Cultural Travelers Will Be In Their Element

    There are certainly family-friendly events and activities, though many foreign travelers are not yet bringing their families, and most will require a fair amount of walking (and may not be appropriate for strollers due to uneven streets and sidewalks). 

    In Bucharest, by far the largest city, the city has some crime, primarily in the form of pick-pocketing when it comes to tourists. It is safe to walk the streets at night, in fact you can really experience the Romanian love for late night dinners this way. As always, try not to display high value property or make yourself a target, and you’ll most likely have no problems.

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    What’s the Weather Like in Romania?

    Romania has four distinct seasons, with freezing winters, and scorching summers. Mountainous areas and the northern part of Romania, such as Maramures and Bucovina tends to be colder, while the southern region (Bucharest, Black Sea Coast) can be incredibly torrid, especially in the summer.

    When is the Best Time to Visit Romania?

    Each season in Romania has its own unique charm — it all depends on what you want to experience during your time in Romania.

    The climate from January to March is incredibly frigid — which makes it ideal for winter activities. There are several ski resorts in Romania. If you’re doing a tour of the medieval castles during this time, the temperature sets the mood. If the dreary cold gets you down, don’t fret! Warm yourself up with a piping hot bowl of soup.

    In April, the spring blossoms bring new energy and color to the country — especially after all that snow! Meadows, gardens, and hills are colored with the flowers, perfectly complementing the Easter celebrations that happen throughout the region.

    May in Romania is notorious for rain. Visitors may actively try to avoid this climate, but this time of the year is magical, as that’s when the birds start to stir at the Danube Delta.

    June to August marks the most popular time for tourists to visit Romania. Be prepared for the sweltering hot weather — especially if you’re in the southern region. This is the best time to hike the Carpathian mountain range — the weather is much milder up there, and it’s the perfect way to escape the bustling cities!

    If you’d prefer to escape the crowds, September to October is a great time to visit Romania. You’ll also get to witness autumn in full swing around September.

    There is no “best time” to visit Romania — it all depends on what your curiosities are, and which parts of the country you want to discover! From skiing, to kayaking, to walking and hiking, each season offers a different aspect of what makes Romania so unique.

    Currency & Costs in Romania

    Though they are formally part of the European Union, Romania has yet to adopt the Euro as their currency, instead using the Romanian ‘lei’ (often signified as RON). The lei is a relatively stable currency, usually in the area of 4 lei for $1.

    This makes Romania a cost-friendly European destination, as a meal can be anywhere from $5-$10, and beer and wine are often just $2-$4.

    Prices are higher for tourist-heavy activities like visiting the castle and ‘traditional’ dinners in big cities, but on the whole you can stretch your budget a lot farther when traveling in Romania than in Western European countries like Switzerland.

    Safety & Security in Romania

    For the most part, Romania is a safe country. In smaller towns and villages, the biggest hurdle to feeling completely comfortable will be the language barrier, as many older Romanians may not have a strong grasp of English. In major cities or top tourist sights, expect English in abundance, as well as police presence.

    Overall, transportation is safe, but make sure you check your meters if you’re traveling by taxi. Scams and rip offs are rare, but if you ever encounter a driver who refuses to use a meter, there are several other transportation options, such as the train, bus, or Uber in the cities.

    Of course, as with visiting any foreign country, be careful with your valuables and watch your pockets. With the proper precautions, you should be good to go.

    While Romania is welcoming for all kinds of travelers, those who love to immerse themselves in new cultures and history will greatly enjoy Romania. Romania has also become a top spot for music festivals in the summer months.

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