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Romania Travel Guide

Romania, a country rich in history and natural beauty, is an increasingly popular touring destination. Nestled in Eastern Europe, it offers a unique blend of medieval charm, scenic landscapes, and vibrant cultural experiences. From the legendary castles of Transylvania to the bustling streets of Bucharest, Romania presents a variety of destination tours for every traveler. Guided tours through Romania's historic towns reveal a past steeped in myth and history, including the famous Dracula's Castle. Nature enthusiasts will find tours to Romania's picturesque countryside and mountains, like the Carpathians, truly captivating. The country's diverse regions, each with its own distinct character, make Romania a multifaceted destination for tourists. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, tours to Romania offer a unique experience that combines the allure of the old world with the excitement of the new. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your Romania tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters. View Romania Tour Deals and Discounts

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Romania Tours Highlights

  • Bran Castle: Often associated with the Dracula legend, Bran Castle is a must-see for anyone touring Romania. Perched atop a rock, this 14th-century fortress offers guided tours through its mysterious rooms and secret passages, providing a glimpse into the country's medieval past.
  • Peles Castle: Nestled in the picturesque Carpathian Mountains, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German Renaissance architecture. Tours to this former royal residence reveal opulent interiors and an extensive collection of art and armor. It's a highlight in many destination tours for its fairy-tale appearance.
  • Painted Monasteries of Bucovina: These UNESCO World Heritage Sites are famous for their exterior frescoes depicting biblical scenes. Destination tours to these monasteries offer a unique insight into the religious and artistic history of Romania.
  • The Historic Center of Sighisoara: A well-preserved medieval town, Sighisoara's cobbled streets, and colorful buildings make it a favorite for guided tours. The birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the town is steeped in history and charm.

Romania Tours Travel Tips

  • Comfortable hiking or walking shoes are a must on this travel adventure. Because you will be treading over rocky terrain and cobblestones, you need sturdy, close-toed footwear.
  • Try to arrive early in the city where you begin your journey. That way you can acclimate yourself to your new environment and get used to the difference in time zones.
  • Tours to Romania often take place between April and October.
  • Peak travel times for a Romania tour are between June and August, or during the summer.
  • If you wish to avoid crowds, a trip planned in the spring or fall is best. Temperatures are pleasant during these periods and average around 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • To have access to the Internet, carry a universal plug adapter.
  • Wear conservative clothes in the summer, choosing lightweight long-sleeved blouses and shirts, and summer-friendly slacks and skirts.
  • Keep documents, such as your passport, close to you, so you can access them immediately.
  • Share your travel itinerary with friends and family so they can easily find and contact you, if necessary.

Romania Tours Things To Do

  • Bucharest, Romania
    Bucharest, Romania

    Known as the largest city and capital in Romania, Bucharest is the ideal location to start a Romania tour, as it features interesting contrasts of the new and old. One of the city's major attractions is the Palace of the Parliament, which was built in the 1980s when the Communist dictator and president, Nicolae Ceausescu, ruled.

    Best Time To Visit

    Choose to see Bucharest during the shoulder season of spring or autumn, when temperatures are pleasanter and crowds are fewer.


    You Should Know

    Resembling the Arch of Triumph in Paris, the city's Triumphal Arch was constructed in 1935. In fact, from the beginning of the twentieth century until about 1930, Bucharest was known as Little Paris. Residents, at the time, wore French-styled clothes and spoke French as well. Today, many music artists call Bucharest home, as it serves as the hub for many of the world's recording companies.

  • Constanta

    Sitting on the shore of the Black Sea, Constanta is a city whose history goes back over 2,000 years. You can learn more about this city's illuminating past by viewing exhibits at the National History and Archaeology Museum in Constanta.

    Best Time To Visit

    A trip in the spring or fall will be less expensive, and the crowds will be fewer.


    You Should Know

    The Roman Mosaics building, which sits across the way from Constanta's National History and Archaeology Museum, displays an ancient tile floor that was created in the fourth century A.D. The minaret of the Great Mahmudiye Mosque can be seen on the city's skyline. One of the church's highlights is its stunning Persian rug.

  • Bran Castle
    Bran Castle

    No tour of Romania is considered complete without a visit to Bran Castle – a stronghold that holds the legend of Dracula. The Transylvanian castle, which is about 15 miles southwest of Brasov, is a well-known landmark and monument in Romania. Count Dracula, to whom the castle's legends are based, first appeared in Irish writer Bram Stoker's novel, "Dracula," written in 1897. The Dracula myth comes from people's beliefs in vampires and ghosts in Transylvania during the period.

    Best Time To Visit

    See the Bran Castle from March to May or from September to November, when the crowds subside.


    You Should Know

    The writer of the "Dracula" novel, Bram Stoker, never set foot in Romania. He was able to depict Dracula's Castle from an illustration in the book, "Transylvania: Its Product and People," which was written by Charles Boner and published in London by Longmans in 1865.

  • Sighisoara

    With its colorful buildings, pedestrian-friendly Old Town, and fascinating historical sites, Sighisoara, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a delight. Located in Transylvania, the town's history spans all the way back to the twelfth century. At that time, the king of Hungary was pleading for the Saxons to migrate to the area to defend its borders. The Saxon settlement led to the building of this fortified and fairytale city.

    Best Time To Visit

    Avoid summer crowds and opt to see Sighisoara in the spring or fall.


    You Should Know

    The town features some excellent museums, dedicated to Sighisoara's history, one of which is located in the town's clock tower. Climb up to the top of the tower to see the city from up high. A torture museum is also located next door. The colorful facades of the buildings make it a joy to stroll through and around Old Town. The site is also the birthplace of Vlad III, also called Vlad the Impaler, or Vlad Dracula. Vlad's father ruled nearby Wallachia. However, during Vlad's birth, his father was exiled in Transylvania.

  • Hasmas National Park – Bicaz Gorges
    Hasmas National Park – Bicaz Gorges

    Standing tall in Hasmas National Park, the Bicaz Gorges are 1,000-foot Jurassic limestone rocks that create one of the most spectacular road passes in the world. The road, Cheile Bicazului, is a popular scenic drive in the park. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit the Bicaz Gorges and Hasmas National Park in the spring or autumn, so you have more time to appreciate the scenery.


    You Should Know

    If you like to kayak or fly-fish, you will want to visit Red Lake (Lacul Rosu) in the park. A landslide, in 1837, created the beautiful lake. Hikers also like trekking around the body of water. You can see a unique view of Romania's Eastern Carpathian Mountains when you drive through the Bicaz Gorges.

  • Praid Salt Mine
    Praid Salt Mine

    Located in the village of Praid, the Praid Salt Mine is one of the country's most famous mines. The mine's microclimate produces an average temperature of about 16 degrees Celsius or 61 degrees Fahrenheit. The mine is rich in the pale-blue gas, ozone, and is noted for its healing salts.

    Best Time To Visit

    You can go anytime to the Praid Salt Mine. However, to experience fewer crowds, go during the shoulder seasons of spring or autumn.


    You Should Know

    The air in the mine is known to treat chronic sinusitis, pulmonary emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and chronic kidney disease. Mine treatments include climatotherapy and speleotherapy, which involve inhaling the mine's air. The practice of sports play is also encouraged in the mine. While in Praid, you can also visit the biggest saltwater lido in the country. People use the pool to find relief for rheumatism or related disorders.

  • Brasov

    The Gateway to Transylvania, the medieval city of Brasov is the most-visited city in Romania. People like the romantic and relaxing mood of Brasov, which features the narrow streets of cobblestone and thirteenth-century architecture. When sightseeing, start at the Piata Sfatului square, which actually has an "arc" design. Home to rainbow and ornate facades, the "square" is an ideal place to people-watch or take a peaceful stroll.

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit Brasov during the shoulder season of fall or spring. If you visit during the early morning hours, you will have the public space all to yourself.


    You Should Know

    Perched on the Tampa Mountain is the name of Brasov in white letters. To get to the top of the incline, you can either take a cable car or one of two walking trails. It takes about an hour to reach the summit if you hike. Make sure you are wearing comfortable and sturdy hiking boots.

  • Sibiu

    Known as the "City with Eyes," Sibiu is a well-loved tourist attraction, drawing interest from both foreign and domestic travelers. The city is known for its gastronomical specialties, history, and its iconic houses "with eyes," which gave the city its nickname. The city has been named by Forbes as the eighth-most idyllic city to live worldwide.

    Best Time To Visit

    Add Sibiu to your travel itinerary for a fall or spring trip.


    You Should Know

    Stairs divide the Upper Town and Lower Town of Sibiu. Historically, the wealthy Saxons lived in Sibiu's city center on the upper tier while the peasants lived in the lower section in colorful and small houses. Another must-see attraction - the Orthodox Cathedral in Sibiu features grand frescoes and murals covering its interior walls.

  • Peles Castle
    Peles Castle

    Set in the Carpathian Mountains, close to the town of Sinaia, Peles Castle sits along a medieval path that connects Wallachia and Transylvania. It was built between 1873 and 1914 for King Carol I. The castle covers 3,400 feet and features 170 rooms.

    Best Time To Visit

    See the castle during the spring or autumn.


    You Should Know

    The structure features paintings, furniture, gold, silver, stained glass, and tapestries. The rooms in the palace and castle are lavishly detailed. One of the distinguished rooms in the castle is the Hall of Honor, which was finished in 1911. The hall spans three floors. The walls in this section feature carved woodwork made of exotic woods and walnut while alabaster sculptures, bas-reliefs, and stained-glass panels round out the section's interior amenities.

Romania Tour Packages

Each season in Romania offers distinct experiences for travelers. Whether you prefer the vibrant festivals of summer or the tranquil beauty of autumn, Romania has something special to offer for your next touring destination. Spring brings a burst of color with its wildflowers and verdant landscapes, ideal for nature walks and rural exploration. Winter transforms the country into a snowy paradise, perfect for skiing in the Carpathians or enjoying the festive atmosphere of Christmas markets. The varying seasonal landscapes provide diverse opportunities for photography, outdoor activities, and cultural events, ensuring that every visit, regardless of the time of year, is unique and memorable. In Romania, each season unfolds its own charm, inviting travelers to return and discover new aspects of this enchanting country.

  • Spring (March to May)

    Spring (March to May) brings mild weather and blooming landscapes, ideal for sightseeing and countryside tours. This season is perfect for touring the Carpathian Mountains, as the melting snow reveals lush greenery and wildflowers.

  • Summer (June to August)

    Summer (June to August) is the peak tourist season, characterized by warm weather and vibrant festivals. Tours to the Black Sea coast are popular during this time, offering sun, sand, and sea. Guided tours of cities like Bucharest are lively, with numerous cultural events.

  • Autumn (September to November)

    Autumn (September to November) is a visually stunning time for tours to Romania. The foliage in the countryside turns into a spectacular array of colors, and the harvest season in regions like Transylvania offers unique cultural experiences.

  • Winter (December to February)

    Winter (December to February) transforms Romania into a snowy wonderland. It's an excellent time for guided tours to ski resorts in the mountains. Despite the colder weather, winter festivals and Christmas markets in major cities add a magical touch to tours during this season.

Romania Tours Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is in a Romania Tour?

    Romania tours allow travelers to explore the traditions, history, and foods of Romania as well as the country's natural sites. Romania escorted tours last from 7 days to as long as 21+ days and include interesting and exciting activities each day of the trip. 

  • What Is Included in a Romania Tour?

    Whether you arrange a private or group tour, you will be escorted by a knowledgeable and English-speaking tour guide. All-inclusive packages feature a personal guide, some meals, prices for attractions, and airport and hotel transfers.  

  • What is the Best Romania Tour Experience?

    The best Romania tour is the tour that meets your travel interests, availability for travel, and budget. Therefore, you should plan your trip with an experienced Romania tour representative – someone who is familiar with the sights and attractions of Romania who can guide you in the right direction.

  • How Much Do Romania Tours Cost?

    A Romania tour package that covers a week's travel usually is about $525 per person. Be sure, when you plan your trip, to inquire about unpublished discounts and check the differences in pricing for shoulder season and peak season travel.

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Reviews for Romania Tours and Vacations

Our 25-day Balkan tour was everything we hoped for - comfortable ground transportation, excellent hotels, delicious meals - and surprisingly knowledgeable guides, versed in details of the people, history, geography, economy, legends and politics of the eight countries we visited. A nice balance of old-town districts, historic sites, open countryside and beautiful water-front resorts. We particularly enjoyed the tour's pacing, which filled our mornings with travel and touring but allowed free time for exploring or resting on many afternoons.

Jim R

Overall, a satisfied Cosmos customer, the only complaint I have is about the Ramada hotel in Sofia , Bulgaria . Rooms need a major renovation.

Aneta H

We are very pleased. Prices are typically lower than booking with the operator.

Santos M

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