Experience Romania's extremes, from the unchanged folk traditions of the Maramures area in the north to the thriving bars of fashionable university city Cluj-Napoca. Stroll the narrow streets of baroque Brasov and discover the eclectic capital of Bucharest. Come back to go hiking in Transylvanias mountains and sunbathing on the Black Sea coast.
Seek out the medieval castles that stud the central Transylvania region. See how Romanian peasants still live off the land in the Maramures region. Follow communism's course in southern Bucharest from the sprawling Palace of Parliament to Revolution Square. Head west for the cultured city of Timisoara, and go east for the Black Sea's sandy coastline and resorts.
Walk along the wide, tree-lined boulevards past the communist palaces and classical mansions of Bucharest. Wander through the small, cobbled alleyways of the ancient city of Brasov, where red-roofed houses give way to Romania’s largest Gothic church. Explore the UNESCO-listed, fortified city of Sighisoara. And take in Cluj-Napoca, Romania’s biggest university city, where life revolves around its buzzing, cafe-lined squares.
Explore Maramures, where horse-drawn carriages rumble past wooden churches that dot rolling green hills. In Bukovina, you’ll find meticulously painted frescos in 15th-century monasteries. The Carpathian mountains traverse Transylvania and its deep forests and medieval castles. Take your binoculars to the Danube Delta Reserve to spot grey herons and great white pelicans. Or relax on sandy beaches along the Black Sea coast.