7-day itinerary - Transylvania road trip
Road trip in Transylvania itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival and Bucharest tour
Day 2: Road trip in Transylvania – Sibiu
Day 3: A white citadel in Romania and Corvin castle
Day 4: Biertan fortified church & Sighisoara citadel
Day 5: Fagaras citadel and Brasov
Day 6: Bran Castle and Rasnov citadel
Day 7: Back to Bucharest
Details of Transylvania road trip:
Duration: 7 days
Start and end point: in Bucharest
Note: For your rented car you will need your passport and international driving licence. When you pick up the car you will sign the contract with the car rental company and you will pay a guarantee of 100 euro. If everything is ok you will receive the guarantee back.
Road trip in Transylvania itinerary description:
Are you ready to enjoy a Transylvania road trip and discover the best of it? This region in Romania is a perfect choice for a road trip: beautiful cities, charming villages and windy roads are ready to welcome you.
This 7-day itinerary in Transylvania was designed to offer you a relaxing holiday. During this road trip, you will discover mysterious legends and exciting stories. Medieval cities and fairy tale castles will unveil themselves in front of you. Your taste buds will be charmed by the local cuisine. Beautiful landscapes will amaze you and the most important places in Transylvania will be discovered one by one!
Or you can try another multi-day trip in Transylvania.
Pick up your rented car from the airport and start your holiday in Romania with a tour of its capital, Bucharest. You will spend your first day here, so you have several options. After you check-in at your hotel, go on a self-guided walking tour in the old town of Bucharest or take your car and drive on the main boulevards.
The Parliament Palace
Don’t forget to visit the Parliament Palace. The Parliament Palace or the House of the People, as it was called during the communist regime, is one of the largest buildings in the world, with an area of 330,000 square meters and more than 3,000 rooms.
Built in the 1980s, it is the second-largest administrative building after the Pentagon. The palace is spectacular both outside and inside, decorated with luxurious furniture, colourful mosaics, massive doors, imposing sculptures, marble stairs and chandeliers and crystal lamps.
The Village Museum
Another attraction you can visit in Bucharest is the Village Museum. On the shores of Lake Herastrau, right in the middle of the Romanian capital, the visitors from everywhere, have the joy of meeting here a real “village”, with monuments and artefacts from the seventeenth century to the early twentieth century.
The “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum in Bucharest opened its doors in 1936. The permanent exhibition covers an area of 14 ha with 380 monuments, 60,000 objects in heritage collections and more than 250,000 archival documents regarding the village and its traditional life.
In the evening take a walk on Calea Victoriei, the main boulevard in Bucharest or enjoy a drink in the old town.
Accommodation in Bucharest
Interested in a special tour of Bucharest? Try our Bucharest guided tours.
If you are interested to discover the dark secrets of Bucharest, you can also book our Haunted Bucharest tour.
Bucharest it is connected with Sibiu through a beautiful road that crosses the Carpathian mountains following the Olt river.
On the way to Sibiu, you can stop to visit an old citadel in Transylvania, the Cisnadioara citadel (in Autumn the colours around it are magic). The fortress of Cisnadioara is one of the oldest and most representative monuments of the Romanesque style in Transylvania. It was built of stone between 1162 and 1223. In the centre of the fortification above the village is one of the oldest churches in the country. You must climb the hill if you want to see it.
After visiting the Cisnadioara fortress, go to Sibiu and check-in at your hotel. In the afternoon you will have time to explore the medieval city of Sibiu, the former cultural European capital. You will discover here its narrow streets, old buildings, historical walls and cosy cafes. Sibiu is one of the most beautiful cities in the region and it will be your host for the first part of this road trip in Transylvania.
Accommodation in Sibiu
After breakfast, it is time to hit the road. Take your car and drive to Alba Iulia.
Alba Iulia citadel
The day will start with a walk in the white citadel of Romania, Alba-Iulia. Alba Iulia is a star-shaped citadel full of history and beautiful meaning for the Romanian people. Here took place the big Unification of Romania after the First World War, on 1 December 1918. This date became later the national day of Romania. But the Alba Iulia’s history goes back until the Roman period.
In the afternoon, it is time to go to Hunedoara. Hunedoara is a small city in Transylvania with an industrial background. But here you can visit Corvin Castle. Corvin Castle is a medieval jewel that remained intact and it is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. You can walk on its wooden bridge, explore its dark interiors, and visit the torture museum just outside the entrance. in the evening come back to Sibiu.
Accommodation in Sibiu
Check here our escorted tour to Transylvania.
You will spend your fourth-day enjoying beautiful citadels in Transylvania and their medieval atmosphere.
Biertan fortified church
In the morning you can start with a visit to the big fortified church in Biertan, a small citadel in an isolated village. The fortified church in Biertan is the best known and most visited of the Saxon churches in Transylvania.
It was built in the 12th century and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on top of a hill, the fortified church of Biertan was built in late Gothic style on the foundations of an earlier Romanesque building. Visit its interior and take also a walk in the charming village.
The afternoon will be used for a slow walk through beautiful old houses, knights and artistic shops in the citadel of Sighisoara. Sighisoara is considered the largest medieval fortress in Europe inhabited without interruption. It is also the best-preserved city-fortress in Transylvania, which has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Explore its narrow streets and let its medieval charm get you!
In the evening come back to Sibiu.
Accommodation in Sibiu
Read also: Cities in Transylvania
It is time to leave Sibiu behind and continue your Transylvania road trip to Brasov, an important medieval town in Transylvania.
On the way to Brasov, you will admire the beautiful Carpathian mountains. Stop and visit the Fagaras fortress to discover its dark history. Fagaras Fortress is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval fortresses in Eastern Europe. It is known as “the fortress that was never conquered” – from the year 1500 until the middle of the century. XIX was besieged 15 times without success!
In the afternoon you will enjoy the mix of old towers, ancient buildings, modern pubs and nature in Brasov. This city has something for everybody! According to statistics, Brasov is the most visited city in Romania, with visitors being a large number of foreign tourists.
Brasov was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 and is considered an ancient settlement. Fortunately, we can still admire the very well-preserved medieval architecture, even today.
Accommodation in Brasov
For other haunted places in Romania try our Haunted Romania tour.
Day six will be dedicated to explore the surroundings of Brasov.
First, you will visit the best-known castle in Transylvania: Bran Castle. It is known as the famous count Dracula’s castle. Bran Castle, known for its connection with count Dracula, will tell you its story and reveal its secrets.
Dracula is a fictional character. Its name derives from the nickname given to Vlad Ţepeş, ruler of Wallachia in the medieval era. For political reasons, historians of the time describe him as a ruthless, bloodthirsty despot, which inspired Bram Stoker to create his character.
Bran Castle is a medieval building. Last century, the Brașov City Council donated the castle to Queen Maria of Romania. That is why its history is closely linked to that of the Romanian royal family.
On the way back from Bran castle, you can stop and visit Rasnov fortress, another beauty. The first mention of the fortress dates from 1335, on the occasion of a new invasion of the Tartars. Located on the commercial road that connects Transylvania with Tara Romaneasca, Rasnov became an important transit commercial centre. The view from above is beautiful, so it’s worth going up to the fortress.
Accommodation in Brasov
See here other castles in Romania that you can visit.
Your self-guided tour in Transylvania will end in Bucharest. Leave your rented car at the Henri Coanda airport and you will be transferred to your terminal, just in time to catch your plane back home.
Another option is to book a new tailor-made holiday.