- Day 1: Bucharest – the capital of Romania
- Day 2: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Brasov
- Day 3: Bicaz gorge & Red lake
- Day 4: Painted monasteries of Bucovina
- Day 5: Merry Cemetery and the wooden churches in Maramures
- Day 6: Bontida Castle & Cluj Napoca
- Day 7: Turda Salt Mine & Alba Iulia
- Day 8: Sibiu Medieval City
- Day 9: Biertan Fortified Church & Sighisoara
- Day 10: Curtea de Arges Monastery & back to Bucharest
Details of the tour:
Parliament Palace, Village museum & old town
Start your day with a tour of the Parliament Palace, the second-largest building in the world and discover the story of Nicolae Ceausescu, the communist dictator. Continue with a long walk in the Village museum, an open-air museum where you can admire old houses and unspoiled traditions.
End your trip in the city centre at the Romanian Athenaeum. Inside the beautiful concert hall, you will learn parts of Romanian history. In the evening you can experience Bucharest’s nightlife in the old town.
You will spend your night in a city centre located hotel in Bucharest.
If you are interested to discover the dark secrets of Bucharest, you can also book our Haunted Bucharest tour.
Day 1: Bucharest city tour
Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Brasov
Your first stop will be in Sinaia, a popular mountain resort where you can visit the Peles castle, hidden in the mountains. Peles castle is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe and inside it, you will discover important details about the Romanian royal family.
Continue your day with a tour inside the most famous attraction in Romania, Bran castle. Its supposed connection with count Dracula made it famous around the world. But once you go inside you will see that Bran is much more than its scary fame!
In the afternoon you will enter Transylvania and you will stop in Brasov, a beautiful medieval city. Discover Brasov on a walking tour that will show you its main landmarks and fortifications.
You will spend your night in a cosy hotel in Brasov.
If you are want to visit other places on the way from Bucharest to Brasov, try the 7 stairs canyon and Bran castle day trip from Bucharest.
Day 2: Bucharest to Brasov
Bicaz Gorge & the Red Lake
The road from Brasov to Bucovina is long, but on the way, you will get the chance to experience beautiful nature sites. Your first stop will be in Bicaz gorge, a narrow pass through the mountains.
The Red lake, your next stop, is one of the most interesting lakes in Romania. It gets its name from the reflection of the mountain nearby that at the sunset makes the water seem bloody. In the evening you will arrive in Bucovina.
Spend the night at a cosy bed and breakfast in Campulung Moldovenesc.
Ready to see other UNESCO heritage sites in Romania? Book the Unesco sites in Romania tour in 14 days.
Day 3: Brasov to Bucovina
The painted monasteries of Bucovina tour
And they will show you what beauty looks like. The Voronet Monastery, the Sistine Chapel of the East, has a mysterious colour on its walls: the Voronet blue. And the experts are still wondering how this fascinating colour has been created.
For the night you will remain at the same B&B in Campulung Moldovenesc.
Day 4: Colorful Bucovina
Merry Cemetery & the Wooden churches of Maramures
It’s time to leave Bucovina behind and head to another historical region of Romania: Maramures.
The road from Bucovina to Maramures will show you some of the most beautiful landscapes in Romania: traditional villages, breathtaking mountain views and high passes. Maramures, the best keeper of traditions in Romania will spoil you with interesting attractions and delicious food. On this day you will visit one of the weirdest places on Earth: the Merry Cemetery, a place where death has also a funny face.
On the way to the Merry Cemetery, stop and explore the Barsana monastery, one of the eight wooden churches of Maramures’ UNESCO heritage sites.
In the evening stay at a cosy hotel in Sighetu Marmatiei.
Winter is one of the best moments to visit Maramures. Read here other things to do in Romania in winter.
Day 5: Bucovina to Maramures
Bontida Castle & Cluj Napoca city
It is time to say goodbye to Maramures and prepare to explore Transylvania. Before arriving at the largest city in Transylvania, Cluj Napoca, stop and visit the Bontida castle. The Bontida castle is in restoration, but you can explore its rooms and spend some quiet time in the large park around it. In the afternoon take a long walk in the old town of Cluj Napoca, one of the most modern cities in Romania.
A hotel in Cluj Napoca will be your host for the night.
Ready to explore other cities in Romania? Read here what are the most beautiful cities in the country.
Day 6: Maramures to Cluj Napoca
Turda Salt Mine & Alba Iulia Citadel
Now that you are back in Transylvania, it is time to enjoy the best attractions in the area. On your way from Cluj Napoca to Sibiu, visit the Turda salt mine. Turda salt mine is known to be an underground amusement park. Go down to the centre of the World, play some underground football or take a boat ride on the salty lake inside the salt mine.
In the afternoon wander on the streets of Alba Iulia, the white citadel with Roman roots. Here, you can also have lunch at one of the medieval restaurants inside the citadel.
Spend your night in Sibiu.
If you liked the underground adventure in the Turda salt mine, you should also try our “Muddy volcanoes and Unirea salt mine tour” to visit the biggest salt mine in SE Europe.
Day 7: Cluj Napoca to Sibiu
Sibiu old town & Astra Museum
If you are wondering what is the most beautiful city in Romania, you are lucky because you just arrived in it. Use this day to discover Sibiu, considered one of the best cities to visit in Romania.
Have a long walk in the old town, wander on its narrow, medieval streets and visit Astra museum, the village museum in Sibiu.
One day in Sibiu is enough to fall in love with this medieval city!
Read here a list of the best cities to visit in Transylvania.
Day 8: Explore Sibiu
Biertan Fortified Church & Sighisoara Citadel
Your 10-day itinerary in Romania is almost over, but you cannot end it without visiting Sighisoara, the most beautiful citadel in Romania.
Sighisoara can be discovered on a day trip from Sibiu. Once in Sighisoara, enjoy this fairytale place and remember that this is the only inhabited citadel in Europe! A walk on its cobbled stone alleys will take you back in time.
On the way to Sighisoara, visit also Biertan, the largest fortified church in Transylvania, another UNESCO heritage site. The Sibiu-Sighisoara road passes through another medieval city: Medias. You can stop and visit Medias if you have enough time on the way back.
Spend your night at the same hotel in Sibiu
Curious to know more about Transylvania and its medieval history? Read the article Where is Transylvania?
Day 9: Sibiu to Sighisoara
Oltului Gorge & Curtea de Arges Monastery
The last of your 10 days in Romania will get you back from Sibiu to Bucharest. The road passes throughout Oltului gorge, a narrow pass between the Carpathian mountains. On the way stop and visit the Curtea de Arges monastery, considered one of the most beautiful churches in Romania. Your tour in Romania stops in Bucharest, where you will be transferred to the airport.