Between the vibrancy of Bucharest and the gothic majesty of Transylvania lies a landscape marked by natural beauty.
Romania is famous for Transylvania, home to the castle that inspired Bram Stoker’s horror classic. But the more you travel the Romanian countryside, the better you’ll understand there’s more to this region than sharp-fanged ghouls. Explore vast gothic castles and exquisitely preserved churches and towers. Search through markets in bucolic hamlets for an assortment of traditional arts and crafts. Traverse pristine mountains and valleys, meadows covered in wildflowers and river deltas filled with wildlife. Relaxing at the end of each day with a glass of Romanian wine in your hand, you’ll wonder how so much splendour could go unnoticed under the shadow of Dracula’s castle.
Romania travel highlights
The story might be fictional, but the castle is all too real. Learn the real history behind the castle that inspired Bram Stocker’s Dracula.
Palace of Parliament
Built under the dictatorship of the last leader of Romania’s Communist Party, the ‘People’s House’ stands as a testament to power gone mad.
Viscri Fortified Church
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lutheran fortified church in Viscri stands as one of the most beautiful monuments in Transylvania.
Romania’s communist heritage and medieval history is marked in the capital’s wealth of monuments, architecture, churches and museums.
Dripping with history, a day might not be enough to visit Sibiu’s Tower of Stairs, the Liar’s Bridge, and the historic Upper Town.
Otherwise known as ‘The Woodlands’, travel by horse and cart through meadows to explore this ethnic Hungarian-Szekler village.
Turda Salt Mine
Visit a quirky underground amusement park that originally opened in 1075, featuring a Ferris wheel, a mini-golf course, tennis courts, and even an underground lake.
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Romania travel FAQs
• Australia: No, not for stays of less than 90 days
• Belgium: No, not for stays of less than 90 days
• Canada: No, not for stays of less than 90 days
• Germany: No, not for stays of less than 90 days
• Ireland: No, not for stays of less than 90 days
• Netherlands: No, not for stays of less than 90 days
• New Zealand: No, not for stays of less than 90 days
• South Africa: No, not for stays of less than 90 days
• Switzerland: No, not for stays of less than 90 days
• United Kingdom: No, not for stays of less than 90 days
• USA: No, not for stays of less than 90 days
All visitors must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of their arrival.
We recommend you check in with your local consulate for the latest up-to-date information on visa requirements.
Romania’s an excellent country to visit all year round. Peak tourist season is in June and August when the sun’s out, while ski season runs from December to March when the snow starts to fall. A trip in April and May is the best time for birdwatching in the Danube Delta, while September and October is the best time for budding sommeliers, with various wine-tasting festivals across the country. Note that the summers get hot, as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104F), and the winters get cold, potentially below freezing, but it all depends on the experience you’re looking for.
A 5-10% tip is customary for good service.
You’ll have no problems with Wi-Fi in Romanian cities, but more rural areas will become patchier. Internet cafes are common in cities and larger towns.
As long as you’ve enabled international roaming with your service provider you should have no trouble getting reception in Romania’s urban centres. More rural areas have less consistent coverage, and mountainous regions are especially notorious for signal drop-outs.
Clean public toilets can be hard to find outside major cities. In villages and hamlets, use toilets in hotels or restaurants when you have the chance. Public toilets will often come with a small fee of about US$0.50c (1 or 2 lei) so keep small bills handy to pay attendants on your way through.
Coffee = US$1.50 (6.50 lei)
Beer at a bar = US$1 (5 lei)
Short taxi ride = US$1 (5 lei)
Simple meal at a local restaurant = US$5 (20 lei)
Dinner in a high-end hotel restaurant = US$25 (100 lei)
These price estimates were last updated December 2017.
It may appear clean, but water from mountain springs is not always drinkable. It should be purified or filtered first, and only when it’s deemed safe by a guide or local authority. While tap water is safe to drink, locals will tell you otherwise. They generally drink bottled water. You can help the environment by trying to avoid bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Your leader or hotel can tell you where to find filtered water.
Major credit cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants and shops in Bucharest and other cities, but towns and hamlets should be considered as mostly cash economies.
In major cities, ATMs are readily available in banks and shopping centres. They should not be relied on in rural areas, where they are few and far between.
While homosexuality has been decriminalised in Romania, and Bucharest is largely tolerant, LGBTQI individuals and couples should be cautious of public displays of affection across most parts of the country. Romania does not have any legal provisions for same-sex partners, but they are making progress in adopting anti-discrimination laws.
The Bucharest-based Accept Association (www.acceptromania.ro) is an NGO that defends and promotes the rights of gays and lesbians in Romania. Each year in June the group organises the Bucharest Pride Festival, with films, parties, conferences and a parade.
Yes. All Peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For more information on insurance, please go to Travel Insurance.
Jan 1: New Year’s Day
Jan 6: Epiphany
Apr 17: Orthodox Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day
June 5: Whit Monday
Dec 1: National Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Second Day of Christmas
For a current list of public holidays in Romania go to https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/romania/public-holidays/
While no vaccinations are required to enter Romania, it is always recommended that you visit your doctor or travel clinic for up to date advice and make sure to schedule vaccinations 4-6 weeks before your departure date, as some require time to become effective.
1. Hepatitis A (transmitted through contaminated water)
2. Hepatitis B (transmitted through blood and other bodily fluid)
3. Rabies (transmitted through bites of infected mammals)