Plan a Romania Trip -Virtual tour

Merry Cemetery - Sapanta

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Enjoy the Romania Travel Highlights driving through fileds, hills and mountains from different regions. This is a guide to Romania travel plans; an estimated 12 days virtual tour through the major regions of Romania and visit from rural farmsteads to royal residences, from ancient vestiges of the local civilizations to middle ages and modern monuments, most of the included by UNESCO in the World Heritage list.The Best of Romania Tour -The map of the tour that points in 12 days most of the Romanian highlights.
Romania Tour route map
DAY 1 – Your arrival in Bucharest. Pick-up from airport or railway station. Accommodation at a youth hostel in Bucharest. The rest of the day is at your disposal. You can try to discover the night-life in Bucharest.

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DAY 2 – A whole day to discover some of the best places in Bucharest. You can choose to visit the following places: The historical center – Old Court Church (Biserica Curtea Veche) 1559 – the oldest church in town; Manuc’s Inn (Hanul lui Manuc) 1808; The ruins of the Princely Palace (Palatul Voievodal) built by Vlad the Impaler; the Old Court’s Museum; Village Museum – contains almost 70 houses, farmsteads, churches and watermills from all over Romania and gives you a fair idea of the countryside at the beginning of the 20th century; Art Museum – here you can see paintings of Rembrandt, Veneziano, Monet, Sisley, El Greco, Breughel, Rubens and the greatest Romanian artists: Grigorescu, Andreescu, Aman, Luchian, Tonitza; Cişmigiu Garden – the oldest park in Bucharest, built in 1854; Romanian Atheneum – classical music concerts hall built in 1888; Palace of the Parliament – 12 storey high building – area of 330 000 m2, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon in Washington; many other sites.

DAY 3 – 125 Km drive from Bucharest to Sinaia to visit the Peles Castle – former summer residence of the royal family, built between 1873-1883 in German neo-Renaissance, German baroque, French Rococo, Spanish-Moorish styles. Then you can visit the Sinaia Monastery – the first building in Sinaia built in Byzantine style. After 50 km you will reach Bran and stay for the night in a rural household in the mountains.

DAY 4 – Visit the Bran Castle – first time attested in 1377, built to defend the entrance in the Rucăr-Bran passage that linked Wallachia and Transylvania. 30 km drive to Brasov, Transylvania to discover the charm of the old merchants’ city. The highlights in Braşov are: The Black Church – one of the few buildings that survived the 1689 fire, is a place where you can still listen to organ concerts; Saint Bartholomeo Church – the oldest monument in Braşov, built in 1223; Saint Nicholas Church – built in 1495 is the landmark of the oldest part of the town, Schei District. Here you can visit the First Romanian School Museum, the place where some of the first Romanian books were printed in the 16th century; The Art Museum gathers beautiful crystal and porcelain as well as large collection of Oriental vases and statuettes from China, Tibet and old Persia. The night you can spent in a youth hostel in Braşov.
Homorod Fortified ChurchPelisor Castle - SinaiaVoronet Monastery - detailed view
DAY 5 – This is day to visit the fortified churches in Transylvania. The first one to visit is Prejmer which is 30 km away from Braşov. The second one is Hărman, then Homorod and Saschiz. We pass through Sighisoara to reach Biertan, the first fortress church inscribed on the World Heritage monuments’ list in 1993. All these churches were built for defense against the barbarians invasions, beginning with the Tatar invasion in 1241. They were the central point of the local German communities. Then you may go to Sighişoara, the town with the best preserved medieval atmosphere, where you can spend the night in a youth hostel.

DAY 6 – The whole day you can enjoy the citadel of Sighişoara which is still inhabited. You can visit the house where Vlad the Impaler was born in 1431 and the Clock Tower. Every step you take here is a piece of history.

DAY 7 – From the heart of Transylvania you will have head towards the outer fresco churches in Northern Moldavia. On the way, you will pass the Oriental Carpathians with spectacular landscapes, its peak apogee being, The Bicaz Gorges. No words can describe the beauty of the place. Near you will find the Red Lake formed in 1837 and known for its strange appearance as a sunk forest. The day ends in Piatra Neamţ after you may visit the Bicaz Dam (127 metres high and 435 metres long) forming a 33 km2 artificial lake.

DAY 8 – 50 km drive to Targu Neamt where you can see the fortress built in the 14th century and the memorial house of the writer Ion Creangă (1839-1889). On the way you can visit: Voroneţ Monastery ­built by Stephen the Great in 1488, known by its blue color used for the exterior paintings; Moldoviţa Monastery – built in 1532 during the reign of Petru Rareş, the monastery has 5 meters high walls and 1.2 meters thick with towers on the both sides and its dominant colors is dark red; Suceviţa Monastery – built in 1595 during the reign of Ieremia Movilă, member of an important boyar's family. Especially the exterior paintings from Suceviţa, like all the exterior paintings on Moldavian churches emphasize on the instructive role of the Saints stories. Here the specific color is green. Putna Monastery – the first monastery built during the reign of Stephen the Great between 1466-1469. Here was a very important cultural center calligraphy, miniature and embroidery workshops. In these workshops were copied and decorated the religious books of that time. Stephen the Great was buried in this monastery. You can also visit Arbore and Humor monasteries. Accommodation in a rural household.

DAY 9 – Another day, another historical region of Romania, Maramureş. The highlights of this area are the wooden churches, eight of them included on the World Heritage monuments list. The first to visit is the one from Ieud built in the 18th century; then you could go to the complex from Bârsana built in 1720 and the day ends at a farmstead with a traditional meal.

DAY 10 – A visit at the cemetery cannot be sad as long as you visit the Merry Cemetery in Săpânţa with its funny stories and paintings about the ones who passed away. Visit the wooden churches in Deseşti – built in 1770 and the one in Surdeşti – built in 1767. Accommodation provided by traditional cottages.

DAY 11 – Long way drive, through Cluj-Napoca – the ancient capital of the Roman province, Dacia – and Alba Iulia – a town with deep connections with the Romanians’ unifications (1600 and 1918) – to finally reach Sibiu – the capital of the Saxon civilization in Transylvania. You can enjoy the beautiful city center, and the surroundings of the city as well, including the Museum of Folk Technology where we'll spend the night.

DAY 12 – The way back to Bucharest crosses the Meridional Carpathians along the beautiful Olt River Valley. Visit to the Cozia Monastery – built during the reign of Mircea the Elder in 1387-1388. The grave of the Wallachian voivode is here. The last stop is Curtea de Argeş Monastery, foundation of the voivode Neagoe Basarab. The legend of how the monastery was built is one of the most known popular legends in the Romanian literature. The next stop, Bucharest, where your tour might be ended.

Note: Personalize your vacation and design your own tour, with your own travel plan, and everything may vary (price, range) exactly what you want. You can choose from a list of the best places in Romania or you can name any other place as you like. Here everything including this virtual tour plan is just an assumption (estimation) to make travel easier. You can draw up your own itinerary. You can choose when to start your journey, where to go and how many days to spend in one place. We are trying to help you to decide what sites to visit, by recommending you the following locations that we consider to be the most representative for Romania. If you want to visit something else it’s up to you.