Our Romania holidays

Parts of rural Romania feel as though they’ve been preserved in amber for centuries. The Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania region particularly are draped in tradition, with ways of life sustained by sensitive cultural holidays that see you staying in small, family-run guesthouses that spoil you with homemade, locally sourced food. Walking the forests and peaks of the Carpathians is an adventure at any time of year, but especially in winter, with the trees thick with snow. Our most popular Romania holidays focus on bears – you can volunteer your time and efforts at one of Europe’s most respected conservation projects.

Our top Romania holidays

Carpathian Mountains holiday, conservation & culture

From £1579 to £1649
8 days inc UK flights
Wolves, bears and sightseeing
Small group2022: 14 May, 4 Jun, 11 Jun, 2 Jul, 16 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 2023: 29 Apr, 13 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct

Romania holiday, the Beauty of Yesterday

From £1425 to £1475
11 days ex flights
Small group tour to rediscover enchanting rural Romania
Small group2022: 30 May, 29 Aug, 2023: 29 May, 12 Sep

Romania adventure holiday

From £3045
14 days ex flights
An amazing tour exploring medieval Europe and Transylvania
Small group2022: 28 May, 3 Sep, 25 Sep

More holiday ideas

Transylvania self-drive holiday in Romania

From £895 to £995
14 days ex flights
Traditional Landscapes & Cultural Heritage - beyond Dracula.

Transylvania cycling holiday in Romania

From £1649 to £1879
9 days inc UK flights
Cycle through the beauty and mystery of Transylvania
Small group2022: 7 May, 14 May, 21 May, 18 Jun, 2 Jul, 30 Jul, 13 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 2023: 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 17 Jun, 1 Jul, 29 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep

Volunteering with bears in Romania

From £925
7 days ex flights
Volunteer at an inspiring bear sanctuary in Transylvania

Transylvania walking and nature holiday in Romania

From €903 to €938
7 days ex flights
A scenic nature tour of Transylvania

Transylvania holiday accommodation

From €100 to €174
per person per night
Stay at a Count's guesthouse

Transylvania winter walking & snowshoeing holiday

From £1249 to £1299
8 days inc UK flights
Wander through the mountains and forests of wintery Transylvania
Small group2022: 12 Feb, 2023: 9 Jan, 14 Jan, 11 Feb

Best time to go on holiday to Romania

Romania scorches in summer, especially in the southern and eastern lowlands, with the beach often the best place to be during July and August. May can be rainy – but it’s also when twitchers start to flock to the Danube Delta. In April, blossoming trees and wildflowers are complemented by beautiful Easter celebrations. September is the best time to visit Romania for autumn colour and an explosion of mushrooms, plus days that are still long and warm. January and February are great for winter activities like snow sports or slower explorations of pristine white wilderness.
Romania temperature and rainfall chart

Map & highlights

The Carpathian Mountains encircle Transylvania. These hulking peaks are draped in primeval forests where hikers may catch glimpses of large carnivores. Your best bet for seeing bears, however, is by volunteering for a week at a sanctuary, whereas birdwatchers should head east for the Danube Delta. Sighisoara has colourful 16th-century houses, while the Hollywood-esque sign in the hills outside the Saxon town of Brasov will make you double take. Slightly west, Sibiu is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, and parts of the northern Maramures region resemble a Brothers Grimm fairy tale come to life.

1. Brasov

The giant HOLLYWOOD-style sign on Mt Tampa's woody slopes seems brashly incongruous for a 12th century walled-and-turreted Saxon town whose beguiling old quarter underscores fairytale ties to the Pied Piper story. Visit the Black Church, eastern Europe's largest Gothic church, then listen to heraldic trumpeters at midday on the medieval cafe-lined Council Square (Piata Sfatului) - reputed site of Europe's last witch-burning.
Carpathian Mountains

2. Carpathian Mountains

Split into ranges like the flat-topped Bucegi, the Carpathians encircle Transylvania with lonely peaks cut through by spectacular gorges walled by 300m cliffs. Hike primeval forests and alpine meadows, while scanning for wolves, bears and lynx - or 50 species of wild orchid. Traditional Szekler villages dating to the 9th century provide colourful human counterpoint.
Danube Delta

3. Danube Delta

Europe's longest river ends its journey in an idyllic 4,200 sq-km wetland of floating reed islands, marsh and shifting sandbars by the Black Sea. It's a birdwatching nirvana with over 300 species of winged wonders from pelicans to red-breasted geese - but don't miss fishing hamlets like Crinan with its traditional reed houses, gorgeous secluded beaches at Sulina and Sfantu Gheorghe – or the renowned local fish soup!

4. Maramures

A region that feels like a living exhibition of centuries-old rural life. Villagers dress like extras in a Brothers Grimm movie, while folk music and dance is celebrated at festivals such as August’s Hora de la Prislop. Wood craft encompasses immense ornately carved village gates or delicate musical instruments as happily as UNESCO-listed wooden churches.

5. Sibiu

One of Europe's best preserved medieval cities, Sibiu was dubbed the Red Citadel as Transylvania's first Saxon stronghold. Its bohemian blend of cobbled alleys and eye-popping squares comes with cultural treats like May's Jazz Festival, October film festival, Brukenthal gallery and Astra open-air architecture museum featuring 340 historic buildings. The strange eye-slit windows on its multicoloured houses are just as memorable.

6. Sighisoara

Enchanting as a fairytale film set, Sighisoara's technicolour 16th houses nestle on cafe-lined lanes overlooked by onion-domed churches and the gorgeous medieval Clock Tower. Trace 14th century citadel walls, delve the History Museum, then get a bite at Casa Dracula – a restaurant carved from the 1431 birthplace of the infamous Vlad Tepes. The atmospheric nearby Saxon villages of Viscri and Biertan are also must-sees.


Those interested in Romanian culture will find plenty to savour among its beautifully preserved, living medieval towns and villages, particularly in the Maramures region, where they sometimes feel almost frozen in time. In the countryside many people still profess a belief in witchcraft and ancient folk tales abound. The UNESCO-listed painted churches of Maramures are a major cultural attraction, and you will find traditional handicrafts everywhere, from hand-woven shawls to homemade (and very potent) tuica. You can even stay with a genuine count for an introduction to Romania’s culture and history.


The Transylvania region will forever be linked with Dracula, but once you’ve got the obligatory wander around Bran Castle out of the way, there’s much more to holidays in Transylvania than just Bram Stoker’s classic novel. You can drive between pretty Saxon villages, watching out for horse-drawn carts laden with hay. There are magnificent medieval towns to explore such as Brasov and Sibiu, and abundant hiking in the Carpathians. And there are guided woodland treks with naturalist guides that show you how to track wild bears, as well as throwing in the chance to see them up close in a sanctuary.

Carpathian Mountains

The Carpathian Mountains are one of Europe’s most significant mountain chains, yet relatively under-explored. Where they pass through Romania, surrounding Transylvania, they form pristine walking terrain. You can hike from hay meadows to isolated mountain hermitages, gazing out over sunny pastures near Brasov. The Zarnesti Gorge in Piatra Craiului National Park offers a dramatic contrast, while other Carpathian Mountains holidays might take you deep into the forests where expert guides track wolves and bears. Horse riding and mountain biking are also good ways to explore, and if you visit in winter, a highlight could be a sleigh ride in the snow.

More about Romania

Family holidays in Romania

Romania can seem like a fairy tale come to life: dark forests full of mysterious predators; picturesque villages; ancient and ruined castles surrounded by myth. We don’t want to dwell on the Dracula stories, but kids will undeniably be drawn into the ghoulish legends around Transylvania, while also loving the chance to pitch in with tasks such as milking cows or stacking hay alongside a friendly farmer. Family holidays in Romania can also feature the Black Sea coast or hiking in the mountains between spring and autumn, while winter is all about tracking wild animals in the snow.


Forget the vampire bat nonsense – the wildlife in Romania is in the mountains and forests, not the castles. Predators prowl these primeval landscapes, including lynx, owls and wolves. If you want to see bears, your best chance is by volunteering at a bear sanctuary in the Carpathian Mountains set up to protect and rehabilitate animals that have escaped cruelty in zoos, circuses and cages. If birds are more your thing, the vast Danube Delta is a twitcher’s delight, and yes, there are bats, with lots of colonies in mountain caves – but they’re after bugs, not your blooood.

Types of holidays & vacations in Romania

Walking holidays in Romania immerse you in pristine, serene landscapes: the forested slopes and karst valleys of the Carpathian Mountains; Apuseni National Park; or iconic routes such as the Enchanted Way. You can also mix your trekking with snowshoeing in the winter. Wildlife is a big attraction in Romania, whether that’s the myriad birdlife in the Danube Delta or the shy predators stalking the forested Carpathians. And in winter, the snowfall makes this scenery even more fairy tale-like. Crackling fires and plum brandy warm you up after chilly days exploring by skis, snowshoes or sleighs.
Travel Team
If you'd like to chat about Romania or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help.
[Culture: David Stanley] [Transylvania: Alexander Slash] [Carpathian Mountains: Cinty Ionescu] [Family holidays: Gabriel] [Wildlife: Chris Kearney] [Types of holidays: Majkl Velner]
Photo credits: [Page banner: andrea floris] [Culture: David Stanley] [Transylvania: Alexander Slash] [Carpathian Mountains: Cinty Ionescu] [Family holidays: Gabriel] [Wildlife: Chris Kearney] [Types of holidays: Majkl Velner]