If you are looking for an amazing road trip destination, look no further than Romania! My beautiful country has something for everyone. Whether you are interested in history, nature, culture or delicious food, Romania has something to offer. From Transylvania – the land of Dracula to Maramures – the most traditional region of Romania, from Transfagarasan to Danube Delta, prepare yourself to be amazed during 14 fantastic days.
Actually it’s a road trip in Romania because this best way to discover it. You can come by car or come by plane to Sibiu, rent a car and leave by plane from Bucharest. Of course, you can also do it he other way around: land in Bucharest, rent a car, take off from Sibiu airport. If you want to have an idea of the transport costs, you can see the prices for flights here and here for car rentals.
Here’s my Romania itinerary 2 weeks. You will see Transylvania (including Dracula’s Castle, of course), drive on Transfagarasan, discover charming villages and medieval citadels, lots of UNESCO sites, Danube Delta, traditional Maramures & Bukovina and the capital of Romania, Bucharest.
Day 1: Sibiu
Start from Sibiu, Romania’s little Vienna, one of my favorite city in Romania. If you come by plane, you need to land to Sibiu airport. Also make your basecamp here for the next 4 nights, because this where you will find the most options for accommodation. Just have a look here. You will do Transfagarasan, Transalpina and Alba Iulia in next days but return in the evening to sleep in Sibiu.
As for tourist attractions, Sibiu won’t let you down. Read my article to convince yourself if Sibiu is worth visiting.
Day 2: Transfagarasan will amaze you. The most beautiful road in the world, as Top Gear team called it, it’s not to be missed. Day 3: Alba Iulia +Turda
After so much driving the other day, it’s time do some sight seeing…so how about a wow citadel in Alba Iulia and an SF salt mine at Turda?
Day 4: Transalpina
Enough walking, let’s hit the road again. It’s time for the highest road in Romania, called Transalpina. The road is crossing the Carpathian Mountains and is only open during the summer months. The views from the road are stunning, with snow-capped mountains and forests as far as the eye can see. Check out Transalpina opening times here and what to see here.
Day 5: Biertan + Sighisoara
Time to slow down a little bit and discover Biertan fortified church, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church is famous for its 15th century Transylvanian Renaissance paintings and its massive fortified walls. Afterwards head to Sighișoara, the most colorful city in Romania and the largest medieval citadel still inhabited. I suggest to book 1 night accommodation right in the center of the citadel if you really want to feel its vibe. There are plenty of options here.
Day 6-9: Maramures + Bucovina
Maramures and Bukovina regions are known for traditional villages, traditional food and UNESCO monasteries and churches. The villages are all made of wood and have a very traditional feel to them. The food is also very traditional, with lots of pork dishes and fresh vegetables. The monasteries and churches are all very well preserved and are a must see for anyone visiting the area. You can see here my suggestion for what to to and where to stay in Maramures for the next 3 nights.
Day 10-11: Danube Delta
The Danube Delta is a vast and amazing territory, one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. It is a labyrinth of waterways, lagoons, channels and marshes, home to over 1,500 species of plants and animals. The Delta is also a place of great natural beauty, with its lush vegetation, winding channels and picturesque villages. It is a popular destination for birdwatchers and nature lovers from all over the world.
Day 12: Dracula’s Castle + Brasov + Peles Castle
2 castles in one day. You will see both the original Dracula Castle in Bran and Peles Castle in Sinaia. Hard to say which is more wow, trust me on this. You still have time to discover the Old Town of Brasov in-between the 2 visits while having a delicious lunch. Spend the night either in Sinaia or, if you still have time, head to Bucharest for an early start the next day.
Day 13-14: Bucharest
And here you are, almost of the end of Romania tour. Let’s make the most of it.
Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is often called the “Paris of the East” or “Little Paris”. It is a popular tourist destination, with something to offer everyone. There are museums, theaters, restaurants and nightlife. Bucharest is also a great place to shop, with a wide variety of stores and prices to suit everyone’s budget. That’s why lots of international chains opened many hotels that you can choose from for a wow stay in Bucharest.
This was my Romania itinerary 2 weeks proposal for you. If you don’t have so much time you could try the one week itinerary in Romania or my suggestion for 5 days itinerary in Romania.