Romania Discover a land of Saxon history, pristine Transylvanian forest and the legend of Count Dracula View All Romania Holidays

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Fergus Jones
Romania Travel Specialist

Romania might be an EU member but much of the country remains a bucolic time warp. Here travellers discover a land of densely forested mountains, deep natural gorges, perfectly-preserved medieval towns and a world-class selection of castles, ranging from the fairytale to the imposing, dark Gothic.

Transylvania’s rugged mountains and inviting valleys are home to Saxon churches and idyllic villages, where locals still wear traditional dress as they walk beside horse-drawn carts. Perched on a clifftop in the heart of the region (and at the top of many Romania visitor’s hit list), Bran Castle stokes the imagination as home of the country’s most famous resident, Count Dracula.

Travellers with an interest in Soviet-era history can trade the vampiric legends for evidence of Ceausescu’s communist regime in Bucharest. The capital, Bucharest, is a city of contrast with the colossal Palace of Parliament and glorious belle époque architecture. Tree-lined boulevards, orthodox churches, 18th-century monasteries and well-manicured parks vie for attention.

Holiday Types


City Breaks
City Breaks
Spend a few days based in the heart of a city and explore its highlights with our local guides.
Fly-Drives
Fly-Drives
Great for independent travellers, hire a car on our fly-drive holidays and explore at your own pace.
Group Tours
Group Tours
Join a small group of like-minded travellers and travel on a fully-guided group tour.
Short Breaks
Short Breaks
Our top trips to experience a destination, even if you don't have a few weeks to spare.
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Bucharest
Top Destination
Bucharest
Bucharest is a city of contrasts, boasting the colossal Palace of Parliament and glorious examples of Belle Epoque architecture. Explore the old quarter, Lipscani, also the centre of the city's pulsating nightlife, and the green lung of the city, Cismigiu Gardens, on whose lake you can row across in the summer and skate on in the winter.
Bucovina
Top Destination
Bucovina
Elegant architecture and wide-brimmed, pointed roofs make the Bucovina Painted Monasteries among Romania's most attractive, but the intricate and vibrant painted murals that cover the outer walls make them some of the prettiest examples of history and culture in all of Romania.
Brasov & Bran Castle
Top Destination
Brasov & Bran Castle
The streets of Brasov are brimming with a wide array of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture and the town is set to a backdrop of the Southern Carpathian Mountains. From here, gothic Bran Castle is just a short drive away, making it the ideal place from which to pay Dracula a visit and explore Transylvania’s iconic hill-top castle.
Sighișoara
Fergus Jones's Recommendation
Sighișoara
From its fortified medieval walls that rise to protect an interior city of cobblestone streets to its picturesque location on the Târnava Mare River, Sighișoara is one of the prettiest cities in the whole of Romania. Founded in the 12 century by Transylvanian Saxons, much of the original medieval architecture and charm remains, and the city has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site
Zarnesti
Fergus Jones's Recommendation
Zarnesti
Romania is a haven for wildlife and is one of the only places left in Europe that is still home to ‘big carnivores’ (wolves and brown bears)! Visit the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in the Transylvanian town of Zarnesti, or set off with a wildlife guide to try tracking bears in the wild.

Popular Destinations in Romania

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   Bucharest
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   Bucovina
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   Brasov & Bran Castle



Specialist Recommendations

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   Sighișoara
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   Zarnesti


Regent Romania Specialist


Fergus Jones
Romania's legend of Dracula holds an appeal for a variety of travellers, and there's something to enchant everyone in this country. Children will lap up discovering the legend of the infamous Count, while literary fans are appeased with the chance to explore and walk through the towns and landscapes which inspired Bram Stoker. We even run a Halloween in Transylvania small group tour each year which explores the history of the legend and visits the key sites during the festivities of Halloween.

Fergus's Tips
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For a unique sleep, stay at the boutique Castle Daniel, a centuries-old castle steeped in Transylvanian history blending original detail with modern furnishings.
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Visit the painted medieval monasteries in the Bucovina region, boasting 15th- and 16th-century frescoes.
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Thrill-seekers should drive the legendary, winding Transfagarasan highway through the Carpathian Mountains.




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