Romania

A place of mythic legends and dark tales, modern-day Romania impresses with its fine collection of ancient monasteries, age-old churches and character-filled castles. But it's the unexpected delights that also shine bright. Majestic mountains, forests made for hiking, a sophisticated capital brimming with architectural beauty and chic coastal resorts ensure Romania has plenty of aces up its sleeve.

Romania Tours & Travel

All our Romania trips

Colourful house with flowers, Sighisoara

Explore Eastern Europe

18 days from
USD $2,865.00
CAD $2,910.00
AUD $2,755.00
EUR €2,085.00
GBP £1,805.00
NZD $3,260.00
ZAR R27,455.00
CHF FR2,570.00

Enjoy a fascinating tour of Eastern Europe from Hungary to Turkey. From Budapest head to Romania, Bulgaria and end up...

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Colourful house with flowers, Sighisoara

Budapest to Bucharest

10 days from
USD $1,770.00
CAD $1,915.00
AUD $1,880.00
EUR €1,295.00
GBP £1,045.00
NZD $2,095.00
ZAR R18,820.00
CHF FR1,565.00

Enjoy a fascinating tour of Eastern Europe through Hungary and Romania. Explore Budapest and Bucharest, sample local...

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Turkish tea

Eastern Europe Express

8 days from
USD $1,295.00
CAD $1,380.00
AUD $1,395.00
EUR €995.00
GBP £860.00
NZD $1,695.00
ZAR R13,060.00
CHF FR1,230.00

Enjoy a thrilling tour of Eastern Europe from Romania to Turkey. From Bucharest, head through Bulgaria and finish up in...

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St Basils cathedral, Moscow

St Petersburg to Istanbul

33 days from
USD $5,340.00
CAD $5,395.00
AUD $5,620.00
EUR €3,895.00
GBP £3,365.00
NZD $6,665.00
ZAR R51,165.00
CHF FR4,820.00

Jump aboard this amazing tour of Eastern Europe. Travel from St Petersburg to Istanbul via Moscow, Budapest, Kyiv,...

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Christmas Tree clock in Bucharest

Ice Hotel Experience

5 days from
USD $1,170.00
CAD $1,270.00
AUD $1,245.00
EUR €855.00
GBP £690.00
NZD $1,385.00
ZAR R12,460.00
CHF FR1,035.00

Visit Romania with Intrepid Travel and encounter medieval towns, Dracula’s castle and what it’s like to stay in a hotel...

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Articles on Romania

sock it to ‘em in romania

sock it to ‘em in romania

Posted on Wed, 3 Mar 2010 by Sue Elliot

In Romania Women’s Day on 8 March is celebrated much like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day in other parts fo the world. But in the town of Viscri they have [...]

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road less travelled in romania

road less travelled in romania

Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2009 by Sue Elliot

World-class gymnasts, Dracula and Ceaucescu – that’s the most many of us know about Romania. But when Intrepid’s Tina Gerets decided to study in this East European country it opened [...]

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About Romania

At a glance

Trips Available: 2
Capital city: Bucharest (population 2.4 million)
Population: 22.2 million
Language: Romanian
Currency: RON
Time zone: (GMT+02:00) Athens, Bucharest, Istanbul
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code: +40

Best time to visit Romania

July and August are the busiest months for tourists all over Europe because the weather is at its warmest. May and June are some of the best months to visit Romania, followed by September and early October as the weather is usually fine and the sites are less crowded than during peak season. Spring and autumn are considered optimal times for birdwatching in the Danube Delta. Romania has harsh winters, with most tourists choosing to travel to the ski resorts. Snow lingers as late as mid-May, and the hiking season doesn't begin in earnest until June. The resorts along the Black Sea coast get busy in late June and stay packed until mid-August. It tends to rain more in March, April, October and November.

Romania weather chart

Geography and environment

Bordered by Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary and Moldova, Romania also has a stretch of coastline along the Black Sea. Much of Romania's terrain is mountainous with the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvanian Alps occupying parts of the central and northern regions. Home to a large number of glacial and karstic lakes, rivers and lagoons, Romania's splendid scenery will take many by surprise. Considerable amounts of arable land, orchards, vineyards, rural pastures and farmland are significant features of Romania's countryside.

Top Picks

Top 5 Classic Castles of Romania

1. Bran Castle

Possibly Romania's best known castle, Transylvania's Bran Castle is linked to the legend of Dracula, although somewhat tenuously. Regardless, tourists flock in to see the heritage art, historic treasures and secret passages that all good castles are made of. A short trip from Brasov, this interesting attraction should be high on every traveller's list.

2. Hunyad Castle

Watch towers? Check. Drawbridge? Check. Dark History? Check. Hunyad Castle has all the classic hallmarks of a typical European castle. Once the prison of notorious Vlad the Impaler, Hunyad Castle's unique Gothic-Renaissance style is a result of extensive restoration after years of neglect.

3. Fagaras Castle

This ancient fortress and castle may lack the opulence of others, but is worthy of admiration for its enduring powers. Still surrounded by the moat which protected it for centuries, Fagaras Castle is a wonderful example of effective fortification - with enormous walls and towers built to withstand war and invasion.

4. Peles Castle

Nestled within the Carpathian Mountains, this gorgeous castle straight out of a fairytale is the perfect example of palatial bliss. With 30 bathrooms, an impressive collection of fine art, an extensive armour collection, manicured gardens, marble fireplaces and imposing statues, Peles Castle is one of Romania's grandest.

5. Pelisor Castle

Located within the Peles Castle complex, this castle is most famous for its decadent room made of gilded gold. Featuring Art Nouveau-style furnishings and art, plush interiors and an oak panelled lobby, Pelisor Castle certainly works its old-world charm.

FAQs on Romania

Tipping is expected by service workers who generally earn low wages and rely on tips for their livelihood. A tip of around 10% is sufficient for taxi drivers, wait and hotel staff but feel free to tip more for good service.
Travellers will be able to access the internet at cyber cafes and hotels in Romania's cities. Regional and rural areas may have less internet access but, overall, Romania is well connected to the web.
Mobile phone coverage is good in most parts of Romania but mountainous and remote areas may have patchy coverage. Be sure to activate global roaming on your phone before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile.
Most toilets in Romania are of the flushable variety. Public toilets are quite scarce in Romania and expect to pay a small fee when visiting one, as is standard practice in many other European countries.
Local transport ticket = 1.50-2 RON
Glass of local beer = 2-5 RON
Cup of coffee = 5-6 RON
Bottle of imported beer = 5-8 RON
Simple lunch in a cafe = 20 RON
Dinner at a nice restaurant = 40-50 RON
The tap water in Romania is considered safe to drink in most parts of the country unless otherwise marked. Ask your leader if you're unsure of the water quality of the region you're travelling in.
Major credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels, restaurants, boutiques and shops. Smaller retailers like family-run restaurants, market stalls and small shops may not accept credit cards so always carry enough cash to cover smaller purchases.
Travellers will be able to find ATMs throughout most of Romania, especially in large cities and tourist areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
May 1 Labour Day
May 6 Easter Monday (Orthodox)
May 20 Whit Monday
Dec 1 National Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Second Day of Christmas

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/romania/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Romania Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Romania

1. Be considerate of Romania’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

8. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Out of the Transylvania NightAura Imbarus
Leaving: Memories of RomaniaMihai Grunfeld
The SeamstressSara Tuvel Bernstein
The Land of Green PlumsHerta Muller
Under a Red SkyHaya Leah Molnar