Romania is well-known for its rich history, dating back before the time of the Greeks and Romans. Ruins from days gone by, ranging from Roman structures in Alba Iulia to remnants of Communism in Bucharest, are vivid illustrations of life in Romania through the years. Whether the museums are open-air or in exhibition halls, these are fun ways to learn more about Romanian history and folk culture.
The best-known region of Romania is Transylvania. People have vivid images of Medieval-era towns and villages, Bran Castle, and perhaps vampires when they think of Transylvania. The varied geography of Romania, from the Danube Delta to the Black Sea Coast to the Carpathian Mountains, allows visitors many great opportunities for outdoor activities and excursions.
The most popular cities for tourists who visit Romania are all ones you should make time for. Romanian vacations typically start in the capital, Bucharest. From there many people venture out to Transylvania and its mysterious Medieval cities and towns such as Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Sighisoara, and Bistrita. Other people head north and east to Moldavia, where Iasi, Suceava, and Galati are located, or to the Black Sea Coast and the seaside resorts of Constanta and Mamaia.
The best times to visit Romania are during the shoulder season, when the countryside is at its most resplendent, temperatures are pleasant but not too hot or cold, and lines at attractions are manageable. This would correspond with the time periods of late March through June, and September through October. High season at the ski resorts is from December through March, and at the Black Sea resorts in July and August.
We recommend approximately 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in Bucharest.
We recommend seeing Romania by car. For those who want to control their experiences and explore the Romanian countryside, renting a car might be ideal. You can pick up your car at the airport upon arrival in Romania. For those who want to include multiple stops in Romania but want to leave the driving to the professionals, consider hotel-to-hotel private transfer pickup/dropoff, available for a number of Romanian vacation packages.
The currency of Romania is the leu (written in shorthand as L). U.S. dollars are not accepted. Be prepared to arrive with the correct currency on hand or make sure to exchange your dollars for lei upon arrival. There are currency exchange desks at the airport and at many locations throughout the country.
About 40% of Romanians speak English on at least a conversational level, and you will find that this is more common with younger people than older people. You will find English speakers in Bucharest and other major cities, and in all major tourist areas. Don`t assume everyone can speak English, however. Be prepared to learn basic Romanian phrases like hello/goodbye, please/thank you, how much is it?, where is the bathroom?, and the numbers from 1-10. To say `Do you speak English`, say `Vorbiti in engleza?`