A 5-day Itinerary – ultimate Romanian Road Trip Holiday

 

The ideal 5-day itinerary for visiting Romania: discover Bucharest and the southern part of Transylvania, a land full of history and fairy tales, castles and medieval cities. This ultimate itinerary for a trip to Romania includes all the must-see places, both on and off the beaten track! So, grab your luggage and get ready for some serious sightseeing!

 

Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest & city tour

Romania Bucharest tour

 

Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, is bursting with life, offering diversity and contrasts: glorious Belle Époque buildings, communist giants like the Palace of Parliament, the 18th century architecture of the Old Town or glass towers topped by sky bars.

 

Bucharest is the European capital with the largest number (per square mile) of clubs, bars and lounges. The Old City in particular teems with life from early in the afternoon until sunrise. In the last years, this area was fully restored and it once again looks and feels like it did between the World Wars when Bucharest had earned a new nickname – “The Paris of the East”.

 

You can either explore the city with the hop on/hop off sightseeing bus or you can opt for a private city tour. Time Travel Tourism is our specialty, that’s why we’ve designed our day tours based on certain historical themes. You can choose the Ashes of Communism Tour (visit the Palace of Parliament, learn about the last European dictator, see massive structures and unhealed scars) or the Charm of the Belle Époque Tour (Golden age, 19th century, beautiful architecture & palaces). If time allows it, you can delve into Bucharest’s traditions and enjoy a visit at the Village Museum and a wine tasting session.

 

Day 2: Bucharest – Peles Palace – Bran Castle – Brasov

Transylvania Tour form Bucharest

 

The 2nd day is about castles and medieval cities. Take a ride to Sinaia and visit the gorgeous Peles Palace, former private retreat of Romania’s royal family and currently one of the greatest art collections in Eastern Europe.

 

Next, go to Bran Castle and discover a stone giant guarding the passageway to Transylvania. While exploring the mighty castle, learn about the myth of Dracula, the stories of Vlad the Impaler and the iconic figure of Queen Mary. After having lunch, go to Brasov, a medieval gem resting at the feet of Mount Tampa and founded by the Teutonic knights in the 12th century. In Brasov, visit the Old Town with its charming streets and feasts your eyes with a breathtaking view over the entire city from atop of the White Tower.

 

Day 3: Brasov – Rasnov Citadel – Viscri – Sighisoara

Transylvania Sighisoara Viscri

 

This day is more relaxing (less driving) but with beautiful attractions nevertheless. First, stop at Rasnov Citadel, a superb medieval fortification placed on top of a hill.

 

Next, go to Viscri’s Fortified Church (UNESCO monument). Discover a village where traditions are still intact, where you can feel like you’re travelling back in time. Continue on the path of discovering local traditions and stop in Saschiz (UNESCO) to have a traditional Romanian lunch in a beautifully decorated guesthouse. The last stop of the day is Sighisoara (UNESCO), one of the best preserved medieval citadels in Europe. There are a few hotels & guesthouses right within the citadel, among the colorful streets, old workshops, fortifications, gatehouses or Boehme cafes. In a few words, Sighisoara is a medieval fairy tale.

 

Day 4: Sighisoara – Biertan – Sibiu

Sibiu Biertan Transylvania

 

The first stop of the day is at Biertan (UNESCO) and its Fortified Church. Biertan is probably one of the most beautiful Saxon villages in Transylvania. Next, head to Sibiu – another medieval marvel of Transylvania and the European capital of culture in 2007. Founded over 800 years ago by German settlers, the old city is surrounded by well-preserved 15th century fortifications. With a mix of Gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, the pedestrian free Old Town looks like medieval Vienna and was ranked as Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live by Forbes.

 

Day 5: Sibiu – Transfagarasan – Bucharest

Transfagarasan day trip

 

This day is about incredible scenery. On your way to Bucharest, cross the Carpathians on the Transfagarasan, “the best road in the world” (by Top Gear). From the highest point, near the shore of a glacier lake, you can see the entire Transylvanian Plateau (if sunny). Please keep in mind that the Transfagarasan road is open between June and October. If you’re planning your trip during November and May, you can always return to Bucharest by passing through Olt’s Valley – another amazing road that crosses the southern Carpathian Mountains.

 

 

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Itinerary details & map

Overall itinerary: Bucharest – Brasov – Sighisoara – Sibiu – Bucharest

Number of days: 5

Distance covered: approx. 800 km

Suggested type of transportation: car

 

Romania itinerary 5 days

 

 

 

Romania – Festivals, News & Events. October highlights

 

Planning to visit Romania this fall? Wondering about the things to do in Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu or other major cities this October? Unveil Romania, your travel planner & consultant, keeps you up to date with the hottest news & events in Romania: festivals, concerts, shows, exhibitions and so on.

 

If you need a hand for planning your next holiday in Romania and you’re not looking for a predefined tour, we can help you create your own tailor-made itinerary, completely designed around you.

 

October highlights

 

Bucharest Auto Show. Romania festivals1-11th Bucharest Auto Show & Accessories. With a tradition of 22 years, this year’s 13th edition represents, once again, the reference event in Romanian automotive market. The event takes place in Bucharest, at Romaero Baneasa center, showcasing the latest novelties and premieres in auto & accessories industry, an effort quantified by the presence of 102 exhibiting companies.

 

The special event of this year’s edition features the SAB Air Show – the most spectacular air show of this fall. Supported by the Romanian Aeroclub, the event will include acrobatic air shows with planes, gliders, parachutes & ultralight aircrafts. For more info visit the official website of SAB.

 

4-5th Pink Martini & China Forbes concert. In 1994, pianist Thomas Lauderdale renounced his political career and founded Pink Martini, convinced that the sound of his small orchestra will have a better chance at expressing his vision of freedom and diversity. Enjoy the beautiful combination of jazz, pop, Latin-American and classical music, live in Bucharest at Sala Palatului. The second concert will take place the next day in Cluj-Napoca, at Sala Polivalenta.

 

Lord of the Dance. Romania Festivals5-11th Lord of The Dance – tour in Romania. Michael Flatley, American step dancer and producer of “Lord of the Dance” show, is the man who holds the Guinness World Record of 35 taps per second. He brought dance and art to a new level, captivating audiences worldwide with his innovative and revolutionary Irish based dance style. A defining example is the record set by his 21 consecutive shows at London’s legendary Wembley Arena, a record that still stands to this day. Today, he returns to Romania with a new show called “Dangerous Games” and will be on tour in 5 cities: Constanta (5th Oct), Bucharest (6th), Brasov (7th), Cluj-Napoca (10th) and Timisoara (11th) .

 

9-10th Perla Harghitei Rally. The 8th and also second last round of the Romanian Rally Championship is held in Harghita, an area from Transylvania that has high hills and beautiful landscapes. Start your engines folks!

 

10th BZN concert. With a brilliant career behind them, over 400 songs, millions of album copies sold, Jan and Anny from BZN return to Bucharest for what will be their final show here.

Joe Satriani. Romania festivals

 

12-13th Joe Satriani concert. The legendary guitarist included Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca for “The Shockwave tour”. The first concert will be held in Bucharest at Sala Polivalenta (12th Oct) followed by Cluj-Napoca the next day.

 

14th Morrisey concert. Live at Sala Palatului, Bucharest.

 

15th U2 – Tribute concert. The “Zen Garden” in concert with a tribute to “U2” at Hard Rock Café, Bucharest.

 

17th John Abercrombie concert. Listen to the jazz fusion, post bop and avant-garde jazz played by the American guitarist at Sala Radio, Bucharest.

 

17th Xzibit Concert. The show takes place at Club One, Bucharest.

 

Sibiu Jazz Festival22-25th Sibiu International Jazz Festival. Jazz music emerged just over a century ago and there are few jazz festivals in the world that can pride themselves for having a history longer than 4 decades. This year, the Sibiu International Jazz Festival celebrates 45 years of existence and defines itself as the most solid Romanian brand among jazz festivals.

The current edition will display the groove rhythms of the Swiss trio “Jazz Talks”, the profound sound of Italian contrabassist Niccolo Faraci and his quartet, the flamenco composer & pianist Dorantes and many more.

The main attraction of the festival comes from Cuba with a fantastic combination between jazz and Latin-American rhythms. The “Soneros de Verdad” band plays a mix of Cuban son, danzon & jazz and represents the renaissance of traditional Cuban music, following in the footsteps of the legendary band of Buena Vista Social Club. Lead singer Luis Frank and his fellow Cuban musicians are considered to be the world’s finest interprets for this type of music. If you love Jazz and Cuban music, you can’t miss their show!

For more info visit the official website of Sibiu Jazz Festival.

 

23rd Emil Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra. If you enjoyed the movie “Black cat, white cat” and like Balkan Music, don’t miss out the concert held at “Beraria H”, the largest beer house in Eastern Europe that’s able to welcome 3000 guests.

 

23rd Pendulum. Drum & base concert at Arenele Romane, Bucharest.

 

Romania Armed Forces Day. Romania Festivals25th Romania’s Armed Forces Day. The day when Romanians celebrate the liberation of Transylvania from the control of the Axis powers, in WW2. You can see military parades in all major cities, with troops dressed up in ceremonial uniforms, marching and singing on fix routes along the main boulevards.

 

27th Dulce Pontes. The queen of fado music returns to Romania with a concert at Sala Palatului, Bucharest.

 

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