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Summer vacation itinerary in Romania

10 days in Romania: Bucharest, Curtea de Arges, Vidraru lake, Transfagarasan, Sibiu, Rasnov, Bran Castle, Brasov, Poiana Brasov, Predeal, Sinaia, Busteni

Days
1-3:
During the first 3 days use the suggested itinerary: 3 days in Bucharest

Day 4:

Rent a car and get ready to discover wonderful places like: Curtea de Arges, Transfagarasan (the road in the clouds), Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle),Brasov and many more...

You will leave Bucharest and take the A1 motorway, where you will spend approximately one hour and ten minutes before you arrive in Pitesti. After another 37 km you get to Curtea de Arges, former capital of Wallachia. Visit the Princely Court, built in the XIV th century, St. Nicholas Church and then the San Nicoara Church ruins. The main objective is the "Curtea de Arges" Monastery both because of it's beauty and the legend that surrounds it. They say that Manole, already famous, had to build his wife, Ana, in the church walls.

Curtea de Arges Curtea de Arges Curtea de Arges Curtea de Arges

Breathe deeply now that will follow the most spectacular part of the trip. At 31 km away from Curtea de Arges is the Vidraru Dam. Stop a few minutes to admire the dam, 165 m in height, that holds behind about 500 million cubic meters of water. Near the road on the left, you can visit, if time permits, the ruins of the Poenari fortress by climbing 1480 concrete steps meandering through a beech forest. From here you have a wonderful perspective that reaches from Fagaras Mountains to Curtea de Arges.

Now relax and drive accross the spectacular Transfagarasan road to the cabin Balea Lake (2034 m altitude) Admire the wild beauty of the landscape.

Vidraru Dam Poenari fortress Transfagarasan

Spend the night at the cabin Balea Lake. 

 

Day 5: Use the 5th day for hiking as Balea chalet is also a very good place to start tours in the Goat Peak (Varful Capra), Peak Vanatoarea lui Buteanu and in Saua Paltinoasa or to the Podragu or Negoiu cabins.

 

Day 6: After a tiring day it's time now to go slower. Get down at the foot of Fagaras and head toward Sibiu but is worth to stop at Balea Cascada (Balea Waterfall) cabin where you can buy a souvenir. In Sibiu dine in a patio on the pedestrian area and discover the secrets of the city which have made it famous as the European Capital of Culture in 2007. Visit sightseeing including: Tower, Catholic Church, the Brukenthal Museum and the liar's Bridge.

Sibiu Sibiu Sibiu

Day 7: Depart early morning towards Sighisoara. On the fortress hill in Sighisoara, massive walls and towers covered with tiles offers a medieval landscape. In this "museum city" you can visit the Clock Tower, the church of the former Dominican monastery, the church from the hill (Biserica din deal) and the old towers of the fortress: Skinner's Tower, Tailor's Tower, Shoemaker's Tower or the Butcher's Tower...

Sighisoara Sighisoara Sighisoara

 

Day 8:

 

From here you have a 2 hours drive to Brasov. Park near the Piata Sfatului Square. From here will be easy to visit the Black Church or the History Museum. Then you can walk around and discover the old Hirscher house. After you finish, drive to Poiana Brasov and have dinner in one of the famous restaurants there.

Find accommodation in Poiana Brasov for the next two nights.

Brasov Brasov Brasov

Day 9: Leave your baggage at the hotel where you are staying and go to discover the famous Bran Moieciu area. Make your first stop at the Rasnov fortress. From the heights of the medieval walls you will have a vast panorama of the city and surroundings. Next destination is the famous Bran castle (Dracula's Castle). From here it is worth continuing to Rucar to admire the splendid scenery. Swerve out of the way a few kilometers and enter the National Park of Piatra Craiului then visit here the Dambovicioara cave.

Bran castle Dambovicioara cave Rasnov fortress

Return to Poiana Brasov.

Day 10 In the last day of the itinerary climb to the Postavaru peak with a cable gondola. Admire the panoramic view over the city of Brasov and the Fagaras mountains. Start towards Bucharest and take the road that goes through the Prahova valley. You will go through Predeal, Sinaia and Busteni. In Sinaia you can drive to the 1400 quota to admire the view. Visit the Peles Castle and Pelisor.
   

The trip
International flights land at the Henry Coanda airport - Otopeni, 16 km from downtown. Low cost flights are landing at the Aurel Vlaicu airport - Baneasa. Cabs and buses are connecting with the city. If using a taxi take only ones agreed by the airport or order one by phone, do not be deceived by individuals even if they wear an official looking badge. 

Transportation
The city can be explored by foot, metro, bus or taxi. Cabs are cheap and the fare is displayed in exterior. Make sure the register works.

Weather:
Weather is warm with temperatures of about 30 degrees Celsius and can reach sometimes exceed 36 degrees. Rain is rare but not unusual.

Suggested accommodation: 
- Alia Accommodation Bucharest - a cheaper alternative for accommodation is the short rental apartments, located in the city center and at few steps from the Old Town. The vacation rentals feature much more space, an equipped kitchen and free WiFi.Use this link to find the best deal for you.

Suggested restaurants: 
Romania has a diverse culinary specific influenced by both the Balkan and Austro-Hungarian cuisine. Try the famous pork bone (Ciolan) with cabbage and polenta (Mamaliguta), or the hunter menu with bear meat, wild boar, deer or pheasant. Most restaurants will offer wonderful dance shows to which you will be invited to take part. 

- Caru 'cu Bere - the place where you can have the most tasty dishes and where you can enjoy the beer made after an unique recipe, originally from 1879. 
- Terasa Doamnei - this restaurant invites you to taste the Romanian cuisine in an intimate atmosphere listening traditional folk music.

Price for two persons: 
Approx. 150 Euro per day for accommodation, meals and local transport. 

Practical tips: 
- buy tickets to shows in advance
- do programming in time for visits to the House of People or Cotroceni Palace 
- ignore the too friendly girls (or you might regret it)
- use only taxis with the prices displayed and with working meters. 
- attention to your pockets in the crowded areas

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