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Introducing Romania

When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit Romania is from May to mid-October, whether you want to hike through our mysterious woodland trails or discover our cultural heritage and history. The weather is mostly nice and warm, although a bit hot during July and August with some chances or rain or stormy skies. We also recommend considering April for cultural exploration.

Where to go in Romania? 
Romania has many sights to see and enjoy! The ones that should not be missed are Bucovina & Maramures, Transylvania, and the Danube Delta. Bucovina is known for its medieval monasteries (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), where you can find your inner peace but also discover many beautiful natural sights. Maramures is another famous region, due to its magnificent wooden churches, houses and carved gates, full of legends and symbols. Here you will learn the true meaning of tradition while enjoying breath-taking landscapes. Transylvania is where history comes to life: centuries-old fortified churches, citadels and Saxon houses will amaze you with their stories and architecture. Last but not least, the Danube Delta and Piatra Craiului National Park are the places where one can fuse with nature and discover the varied flora and fauna Romania has to offer. We guarantee your trip will be an unforgettable experience no matter your plans.

How many days does someone need to visit?
In order to get a real, complete feel of what Romania is like, we recommend at least three weeks. However, depending on what you chose to do, you can also plan a great trip for one week where you can narrow your sights on a few key highlights.

Romania Travel Insights

Nature and Culture in Romania: 15 Days self-guided
Nature and Culture in Romania: 15 Days self-guided

There is so much to see in Romania, and this two-week trip offers a glimpse into a country and culture where the people's connection to nature runs deep. Explore charming medieval towns, visit the castle that inspired the location of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," and take a steam train ride through the countryside. You'll discover authentic villages straight out of a fairy tale, jaw-dropping landscapes, and carefully preserved traditions.

The Villages of Romania's Bucovina and Maramures - 9 Days
The Villages of Romania's Bucovina and Maramures - 9 Days

Step back in time and immerse yourself in bygone rural traditions on this 9-day tour of the Bucovina and Maramures villages. These two regions of Romania have carefully preserved their proud heritage, which you'll experience through plenty of cultural activities. You'll discover brightly painted monasteries, intricate woodwork, and fascinating multi-ethnic customs as you explore this pretty part of the world.

Crossing villages in the Carpathian Mountains
Village to Village Walk in the Carpathian Mountains: 8 Days - self guided

Avid walkers celebrate: this village-to-village walking tour was designed just for you. Hike through national parks, great forests, and the exceptional landscapes of the Bucegi Mountains. Visit traditional villages. And take in the dark, eerie history of Bran Castle - also known as Dracula's Castle.

Catch a sunset over famous Bran's Castle outside of Brașov
Self-Drive Tour of Transylvania - 9 Days

This complete self-drive tour covers the highlights of Romania's Transylvania region and features attractions made famous by Bram Stoker's, Dracula. You will visit historic fortresses and medieval castles, linked to Vlad III Dracul, "the Impaler," himself, as well as explore medieval Saxon towns and cities. Discover the myth and legend of Count Dracula on this nine-day itinerary.

Transfagarasan Pass in the Carpathian Mountains
Carpathian Mountains & Transylvanian Citadels - 8 Days

Explore high mountains and medieval citadels on this 8-day itinerary. Discover Transylvania's rocky past and tour the Saxon citadels, a UNESCO heritage site. Visit eclectic Sibiu, Europe's 2007 Capital of Culture, stay overnight in pastoral mountain villages, and don't forget your camera for a visit to Romania's legendary Dracula's Castle.

Danube Gorges
Cycling Along the Danube - 8 Days

Hop on your bike and ride along the beautiful Danube River from Serbia to Romania on this week-long adventure. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you cycle through remote villages in the foothills of the rugged Carpathian Mountains. You'll explore Belgrade and Bucharest, get a taste of rural life in Romania's Banat region, and venture into the caves of the stunning Danube Gorges.

Romania Travel Maps

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Nature and Culture in Romania: 15 Days
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The Villages of Romania's Bucovina and Maramures - 9 Days
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Village to Village Walk in the Carpathian Mountains: 8 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Romania
Travel specialist Raluca Teodor
active 9 hours ago

Raluca Teodor

For 10 years since the moment I created the company, we haven’t missed a day in being passionate about bringing to the world the Romanian cultural heritage, history, and its fantastic outdoors. ...

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Travel specialist Jared Reisman
active 2 hours ago

Jared Reisman

I am a travel advisor for JayWay Travel and I get joy from planning amazing adventures for clients with the knowledge I've gained having traveled extensively throughout Europe. I prefer to build a...

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Travel specialist Florin Leonte
active 6 days ago

Florin Leonte

I am passionate about introducing travelers to the places, things, and people of my beautiful Romania and its sister Bulgaria. My goal is to create joyful, lifelong memories for my travelers. I am...

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Travel specialist Silviu Martin

Silviu Martin

I'm Silviu Martin, an entrepreneur who is passionate about cycling and travel. My promise is to support you with my unmatched local expertise to deliver the most authentic experience possible....

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Trip Reviews for Romania

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Fall 2019 journey, Romania - Sep 22 - Oct 1, 2019

Traveler: Rod E. - Local specialist: Silviu Martin

The KimKim portal turned out to be an excellent tool to work with Silviu during the planning stages of the trip. It is easy to navigate and by keeping and allowing full access to the running dialogue, I found it a very good repository for reference and sharing with the rest of our group.

Silviu was responsive and very willing to tailor the trip to our requirements. He included everything that we had set out for him as our "wish list" for the trip and offered some options for our... read more

The KimKim portal turned out to be an excellent tool to work with Silviu during the planning stages of the trip. It is easy to navigate and by keeping and allowing full access to the running dialogue, I found it a very good repository for reference and sharing with the rest of our group.

Silviu was responsive and very willing to tailor the trip to our requirements. He included everything that we had set out for him as our "wish list" for the trip and offered some options for our consideration as we planned the journey which was very helpful landing on our final itineray.

Silviu was very accommodating during the planning phase as well as throughout the trip. He was knowledgeable about the countryside while sharing history of the various towns, villages and regions while we were on tour. The accommodations were well appointed, comfortable with great amenities and the food was beyond our expectations. The bicycles that Silviu provided and maintained were very good quality road bikes that performed excellent.

His transport vehicle was comfortable for the transfers that we made between cities.

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Silviu Martin, local specialist, responded to this review:

Rod, it was a great pleasure to design and run this cycling holiday for you and your friends. I enjoyed getting to know you and to hear your stories and I'm happy that we got to share quality time. I do hope we see each other again.

Until next time....never stop exploring. :)

Yours truly,

Silviu

Anne

Discover medieval romania - 6 days, Romania - Sep 19 - Sep 27, 2019

Traveler: Anne L. - Local specialist: Raluca Teodor

My husband and I are retired school teachers and usually plan our own trips, however because Romania is brand new to us, I checked online. When I read reviews of Raluca I was convinced to give it a try. I was not the easiest client, because first I said we like to hike. When Raluca offered us a complete hiking vacation, I saw that would be too much. So she changed our itinerary to include one all day hike in Craiului National Park and the rest exploring old Saxon villages, going in a rental... read more

My husband and I are retired school teachers and usually plan our own trips, however because Romania is brand new to us, I checked online. When I read reviews of Raluca I was convinced to give it a try. I was not the easiest client, because first I said we like to hike. When Raluca offered us a complete hiking vacation, I saw that would be too much. So she changed our itinerary to include one all day hike in Craiului National Park and the rest exploring old Saxon villages, going in a rental car. Our nine day road trip included quaint hotels and guest houses in the old town section of each village. If you want first class lodging, I suggest booking it yourself and keep to the big city hotels. But if you really want an authentic experience where you meet real people, go with Raluca. A couple of times we felt stuck and had questions. Both times Raluca answered our call right away and got us answers.

Our most memorable night was our “night in a museum” where our guest house was a farm house in the small village of Viscri, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. We have visited a couple of museum villages in Europe where they have houses set up to show how people lived 100 to 300 years ago. The beds were fine and the food very good, down home cooking, the sense of community among the other boarders was very welcoming.

I cannot do this review without mentioning a place we were fortunate to stay two nights; that was at Casa Dobre, in the village of Madura, in the Carpathian Alps. This couple were so nice, they made our stay outstanding. Most places serve you breakfast. They served dinner as well, with home made plum schnapps on the side, plus whatever beverage you wanted, including beer or wine. And both mornings they sent us off with a sack lunch, because they wouldn’t want us to starve! And the views all around them were Sound-of-Music BEAUTIFUL!

Every time we thought we might have a problem, such as with parking in the pedestrian zone of little old downtowns, where we were always booked, things were fine when we got there. We have no regrets at booking with Kimkim and Raluca at Romania Active.

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Raluca Teodor, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Ann!

Wow! This is quite a review! And what beautiful photos! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and put together this trip for you. I'm beyond happy you enjoyed it and that I could be of any help along the way.
I hope to see you again someday!

We wish you all the best,
Raluca

Sarah

Art, food, nature & history in romania, Romania - Jul 23 - Jul 30, 2019

Traveler: Sarah W. - Local specialist: Raluca Teodor

Raluca is a smart, friendly and meticulous planner who really came through for us. When we had to cut our trip short due to a death in the family, she helped us immensely and we are very grateful to her for her assistance.

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Raluca Teodor, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Sarah so much for your message! You are such a lovely person and it was a great meeting! I hope we'll see each other again someday!
Take care!
Raluca