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.
Be immersed in Romanian folklore and tradition in historic Maramures
See Bucharest's elegant palaces and grand squares on a guided walking tour
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
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Romania go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/romania/public-holidays
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.
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.