ROMANIA

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As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Romania in a way like no other. One of the largest countries in Eastern Europe, Romania is a magical land of mountains, marshes and medieval history. The forested Carpathian Mountains stretch through the centre of the country, with meadowed valleys and woodlands filled with wildlife. Romania is home to the rare European bison and Europe’s largest population of brown bears, while scores of deer and elk roam free. In the south you’ll find the dreamy Danube, which turns into a wetland haven of birds and fish before spilling into the Black Sea, fringed with powdery white beaches. The striking landscapes are strewn with ancient monasteries, fairy-tale castles and Transylvanian villages that take you back to the Middle Ages. Our Romania tours will take you from the romantic Belle-Époque streets of Bucharest to the looming Bran Castle in Braşov and deep into the mountains to explore the enchanting town of Sinaia.Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

With enchanting villages and fairytale castles perched high in the mountains and meadows, we'll show you why Romania is much more than the medieval land of Dracula.

Romania at a

glance

Currency

Romanian leu

Winter avg temp

2°C

Summer avg temp

32°C

Time Zone

GMT +3

Capital City

Bucharest

Language

Romanian

Good Morning

Buna dimineata

Good evening

Bună seara

From the romantic Belle-Époque streets of Bucharest to the looming Bran Castle in Braşov, Romania is a magical land of mountains, meadows and medieval history. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and explore striking landscapes, ancient monasteries, fairytale castles and Transylvanian villages.

Our top 3 things to do in Romania

When you take a trip to Romania with Trafalgar, we’ll reveal all the best things to do in Romania, from exploring the Carpathian Mountains to visiting ancient Bran Castle.

Explore the Belle-Époque atmosphere of Bucharest

Once known as the ‘Little Paris of the East’, Bucharest’s streets are dotted with beautiful Belle-Époque architecture. Our Local Specialists will take you beyond the famous landmarks such as the Arcul de Triumf, to discover historic architecture built in a time before the World Wars.

See the immense Palace of the Parliament

Towering to a height of 84 metres and weighing over four billion kilograms, the Palace of Parliament is enormous. Located in Bucharest, it’s the world’s heaviest building and the second-largest administrative building (after the Pentagon). We’ll take you on an insider tour, with more than 3,000 rooms to explore.

Take a shot of the local Pálinka

Pálinka (or Țuică) is a traditional fruit brandy hailing from the Middle Ages. In Romania, it’s made with fermented plums and enjoyed as a shot before meals and a toast at celebrations. We’ll show you the best places to enjoy a taste of the country’s favourite national drink.

Best museums in Romania

A Romania holiday with Trafalgar takes you to the country’s top museums, with extensive collections of Romanian art and an excellent display of Romanian peasant history.

National Museum of Art of Romania

Located in the Royal Palace in Bucharest, the National Museum of Art of Romania houses an extensive collection of art by Romanian and international artists. Many of the pieces were collected by the Romanian royal family, including works by Rembrandt, El Greco and Monet.

MNAC National Museum of Contemporary Art

The National Museum of Contemporary showcases the works of Romania’s greatest contemporary artists along with international artworks. It’s located in a glass wing of the Palace of Parliament, one of the world’s largest administrative buildings, and the top floor of the building has a great lookout over Bucharest.

Museum of the Romanian Peasant

Housed in a red brick building from 1912, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant displays the history and culture of the Romanian countryside from the past four centuries. It contains over 100,000 items, including terracotta pottery, religious icons, traditional clothing and hand-painted Easter eggs.

Best food in Romania

One of the best parts of a Romania tour package with Trafalgar is the delicious Romanian cuisine, featuring juicy meats, sour soups, and plenty of garlic and fresh herbs.

Sarmale

These Romanian cabbage rolls are one of Romania’s most-loved national dishes. They’re made from sour cabbage filled with beef, pork, bacon, rice and fresh herbs, baked in tomato juice until golden, and best served with a side of sour cream.

Ciorba de Burta

Ciorba de Burta is a traditional Romanian soup, made with beef tripe, garlic and sour cream. It’s wonderfully creamy and sour from a splash of vinegar, and you can find it in almost any restaurant in Romania. Our Local Specialists will show you the best places to sample this local delicacy.

Mici

Head to a summer picnic in Romania and you’re sure to find mici cooking on a hot charcoal grill. These small skinless sausages or made from ground lamb, beef or pork and mixed with garlic and spices. Served with fresh bread and mustard, mici is a favourite of Romanian cuisine.

Phrasebook

It’s useful to learn a few phrases in Romanian, the national language of Romania. It’s highly appreciated by the locals, and any effort will earn you a lot of smiles.

Waterproof coat

Romania can experience rain throughout the year, so come prepared with a raincoat or a small umbrella.

Romanian leu

Using Euros for cash payment is generally not accepted in Romania. It’s best to come prepared with Romanian leu, the official currency of Romania.

Comfortable shoes

Whether you’re trekking through the mountains or roaming the cobbled streets, you’ll need a comfortable pair of shoes on your trip to Romania.

Adaptor plug

In Romania, the power plugs and sockets are of type F, with standard European 2-pin plugs. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

What to pack for Romania

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

Road Trip Adventures

Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to Romania Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Romania and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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