Our Romania vacations
Parts of rural Romania feel as though they’ve been preserved in amber for centuries. The Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania region particularly are draped in tradition, with ways of life sustained by sensitive cultural vacations that see you staying in small, family-run guesthouses that spoil you with homemade, locally sourced food. Walking the forests and peaks of the Carpathians is an adventure at any time of year, but especially in winter, with the trees thick with snow. Our most popular Romania vacations focus on bears – you can volunteer your time and efforts at one of Europe’s most respected conservation projects.
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Wolves, bears & sightseeing
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Follow the steps of Harker in search of count Dracula
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Cycle through the beauty and mystery of Transylvania
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A scenic nature tour of Transylvania
Map & highlightsThe Carpathian Mountains encircle Transylvania. These hulking peaks are draped in primeval forests where hikers may catch glimpses of large carnivores. Your best bet for seeing bears, however, is by volunteering for a week at a sanctuary, whereas birdwatchers should head east for the Danube Delta. Sighisoara has colourful 16th-century houses, while the Hollywood-esque sign in the hills outside the Saxon town of Brasov will make you double take. Slightly west, Sibiu is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, and parts of the northern Maramures region resemble a Brothers Grimm fairy tale come to life.
The giant HOLLYWOOD-style sign on Mt Tampa's woody slopes seems brashly incongruous for a 12th century walled-and-turreted Saxon town whose beguiling old quarter underscores fairytale ties to the Pied Piper story. Visit the Black Church, eastern Europe's largest Gothic church, then listen to heraldic trumpeters at midday on the medieval cafe-lined Council Square (Piata Sfatului) - reputed site of Europe's last witch-burning.
2. Carpathian Mountains
Split into ranges like the flat-topped Bucegi, the Carpathians encircle Transylvania with lonely peaks cut through by spectacular gorges walled by 300m cliffs. Hike primeval forests and alpine meadows, while scanning for wolves, bears and lynx - or 50 species of wild orchid. Traditional Szekler villages dating to the 9th century provide colourful human counterpoint.
3. Danube Delta
Europe's longest river ends its journey in an idyllic 4,200 sq-km wetland of floating reed islands, marsh and shifting sandbars by the Black Sea. It's a birdwatching nirvana with over 300 species of winged wonders from pelicans to red-breasted geese - but don't miss fishing hamlets like Crinan with its traditional reed houses, gorgeous secluded beaches at Sulina and Sfantu Gheorghe – or the renowned local fish soup!
A region that feels like a living exhibition of centuries-old rural life. Villagers dress like extras in a Brothers Grimm movie, while folk music and dance is celebrated at festivals such as August’s Hora de la Prislop. Wood craft encompasses immense ornately carved village gates or delicate musical instruments as happily as UNESCO-listed wooden churches.
One of Europe's best preserved medieval cities, Sibiu was dubbed the Red Citadel as Transylvania's first Saxon stronghold. Its bohemian blend of cobbled alleys and eye-popping squares comes with cultural treats like May's Jazz Festival, October film festival, Brukenthal gallery and Astra open-air architecture museum featuring 340 historic buildings. The strange eye-slit windows on its multicoloured houses are just as memorable.
Enchanting as a fairytale film set, Sighisoara's technicolour 16th houses nestle on cafe-lined lanes overlooked by onion-domed churches and the gorgeous medieval Clock Tower. Trace 14th century citadel walls, delve the History Museum, then get a bite at Casa Dracula – a restaurant carved from the 1431 birthplace of the infamous Vlad Tepes. The atmospheric nearby Saxon villages of Viscri and Biertan are also must-sees.