Include Bulgaria in Your Balkan Tour

If you’re considering which country to add on your Balkan travels, then what better choice than the homeland of all vampire lore – Romania. Balkan Tales runs historic, cultural and nature tours here with great success and you only stand to win visiting. Touring with us is easy, because:

  • We provide you with native language speakers as your guide, who will translate and handle all the admissions to sights.
  • We welcome you at any point you might want – a hotel, airport or monument.
  • We include truly special places in our itinerary that are otherwise hard to discover, if you’d visit on your own.

Start planning your tour through Romania and for inspiration, look at the locations Balkan Tales highly recommends you sightsee. Have a particular request for your tour? We oblige!



Romanian Intangible Cultural Heritage

Romanian cities to visit

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  • Bucharest has the second biggest Parliament building, a huge and impressive one.
  • The Arc of Triumph, a replica of the Paris one, and the Athenaeum, a concert hall in a beautiful old building, are symbols of Bucharest as well.
  • The Dâmbovița flows through it, so stroll by the canal and take pictures of riverside scapes.

Part of the historical centre stands, with 19th century buildings, churches, and cobblestone covered narrow streets. Bucharest has a unique Village Museum, comprising old buildings, workshops, etc. showing the style of different regions and hosting festivals as well. Cotroceni Palace exhibition shows objects belonging to the royal family; the building is now the residence for the president.[/accordion-item]

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  • Sinaia takes the name of the local monastery, and is in a beautiful mountain area.
  • Carol I, Romania’s king, built Peleș Castle, as a summer residence, here.
  • Pelișor is another, more modern, residence near Peleș Castle.

The Prahova forms a picturesque valley as the setting for Sinaia. Landmarks here comprise the two palace residences, the casino, the train station, and the residence of George Enescu, an eminent Romanian composer. Franz Joseph Cliffs were equipped with stairs and rails, for climbing and enjoying the panorama of the Prahova valley. Saint Anne Cliff has traces where once icons hung; there is a grotto where a hermit was sheltered long ago.[/accordion-item]

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  • Centrally located, Brașov is in the famous Transylvanian area.
  • Poiana Brașov is a ski resort, among the most widely popular Romanian resorts.
  • A plethora of old buildings lend beauty to the city.

A panorama will unfold before you after a ride by cable car to Tâmpa mountain’s top. In the city itself, the Biserica Neagra is a Gothic church dating from 1477. Visit, too, the First Romanian School, and slowly go along Rope Street, known to be the narrowest street in the country. Catherine’s Gate is the only one remaining from Middle Ages. A more recent one, next to it, is Şchei Gate.[/accordion-item]

Important landmarks

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  • The elaborate neo Renaissance style makes this castle a gem, since its inauguration in 1883.
  • In the courtyard, the facades are hand painted.
  • Inside, the lavishness of carved wood and dainty fabrics creates an opulent ambience.

The 170 rooms of the castle will show off disparate themes, like libraries, armories, offices, galleries. Styles are also diverse. In the arms collection, over 4,000 items are comprised. The bathrooms alone are 30. The exhibits feature materials like exquisite porcelain, ivory, silver and gold, stained glass. The rugs and tapestries are beautiful. There are Oriental rugs, Sèvres and Meissen porcelain, and leather delivered from Cordoba. Overlooking the entrance is a statue of carol I. In the gardens, fountains and decorative elements like urns, marble paths, etc. delight the eyes.[/accordion-item]

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  • Bran Castle, of a fortress type, is associated with Dracula, the most famed vampire.
  • It houses the collection of art objects and furniture assembled by queen Marie.
  • Before you go up to the castle, based on a cliff, explore the open air museum.

The open air museum and park show peasant structures, like barns and cottages, from all corners of Romania. The castle, being of fortress type, has served as defence, first in Ottoman times, and it belonged to Hungarian kings, too. Romanians regained it in 1533, and much later, in 1920, it was turned into a royal residence. Queen Marie loved visiting it. Bran Castle has been restituted to the heir of Princess Ileana, Queen Marie’s daughter.[/accordion-item]

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  • It is located in Săpânța, and has gained fame for the colorful tombstones there.
  • Each stone is covered with paintings in naive style, giving information about the person buried.
  • Now this is a museum in open air, in the Maramureş county.

The beginning was laid by a local artist, who painted the first stones. His tomb, with a unique epitaph on his tombstone, is also there. His creation has been extended, in compliance with local culture. Colorful pictures and funny epitaphs cover the tombstones. Maramureş is in the northeast part of the Carpathians, along the upper part of the Tisa river.[/accordion-item]

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  • The Carpathians are the second longest European range, extending for 1,599 kilometres.
  • Mineral water springs are among its riches, with the most famous ones in the Cerna Valley.
  • The virgin forests and the wild animals, like brown bears, chamois, lynxes, etc. make the range even more precious.

The Romanian Carpathians attract with Alpine landscapes and comparatively easy accessibility. Moldoveanu, the highest peak in the Romanian section, rises to 2,544 metres. The Transfagaras Road, extending from north to south, crosses the highest part of the range, between Moldoveanu and Negoiu, the second highest peak. In surface of virgin forests, Romania ranks second after Russia for Europe, mostly thanks to the Carpathians. Nature parks form part of the Carpathians area: Apuseni, Bicazului Gorges, Călimani, Ceahlău, Piatra Craiului, Retezat. Baile Herculane, the main health resort, established in Roman times, is in Cerna Valley.[/accordion-item]

What to do in Romania

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  • For hiking, the Carpathians attract with verdant forests and majestic views.
  • The nature parks in the mountains show off caves, gorges, volcanic lakes, rivers, and beautiful villages.
  • Transylvania, the household name with tourists, owing to its history, invites, bordered by mountains on the east and south.

Around Transylvania, the mountain scapes are the most appealing. Apuseni is a caver’s paradise, with cave fauna and prehistoric finds. Bicas Gorges is a park for kayakers and fishing enthusiasts. Calimani abounds in pines and junipers, as well as uniquely shaped stones to which legends are attached. In Piatra Craiului, the limestone ridge is especially breathtaking and great for trekking. In Retexat, peaks are of diverse height, as impressive as the biodiversity.[/accordion-item]

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  • The Carpathians are auspicious for winter sports, so there are a host of resorts to go to in winter.
  • The ski slopes length totals 220.4 kilometres, and the number of ski lifts is 154.
  • Poiana Brașov is the most eminent resort, which is also close to the Bran Castle.

The top resorts for skiing and snowboarding are Sinaia, Poiana Brașov , Transalpina, Predeal, Parang. Poiana Brașov is at 1,200 metres, and over it Postavaru peak rises. It also boasts an artificial skating ring, cable cars, a gondola. Sinaia is just 125 kilometres from Bucharest, at 800 metres altitude, in the Bucegi mountains. Predeal is the highest town resort for skiing, at 1,000 metres.[/accordion-item]

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  • Romania boasts long history and sites with the UNESCO list of heritage ones.
  • Bucharest is a hub for old buildings, the impressive Parliament and numerous parks.
  • The Danube Delta abounds in diversity and merits special visits, also as a heritage spot of UNESCO.

For mountain scapes and picturesque cities and towns, visit Transylvania. Bran Castle there is unmissable, with the attached legend about Dracula. Brașov is another gem of Transylvania. The seaside boasts Constanta and its seaside resort Mamaia. Constanta’s old casino is a landmark to see at all costs. Formerly exploited salt mines, now a museum, like Salina Turda in Turda, and Salina Veche in Slănic, show the equipment and environment with which miners worked. In Salina Veche, the clean air has a healthy effect.[/accordion-item]

Welcome to Romania!

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