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We are 2-3 Indian PhD students in the U.S planning a 5-6 day trip in Romania after attending a conference in Istanbul. Our main interest is to explore a medieval town or two in the heart of the transylvannian forest and spend a couple of days in a rural village in the carpathians. We have come up with this itinerary and would appreciate your suggestions on whether it can work/is practical (since we've never travelled in easter europe before)...and if you have any better suggestion/alternative:-

day 1 & 2- go straight to Brasov (via Bucharest) from Istanbul by train and spend the two days in the town/surroundings

day 3- go to Sibiu/Sighiosara from Brasov by train, spend the night there

day 4 & 5- take the train to Baia Mare, spend these 2 days in the maramures and see a painted monastery in Bucovina

day 6- return to bucharest, stay overnight

day 7- fly back

1. any suggestions? improvements?

2. Sibiu or sighiosara?

3. which village should we use as base in maramures? baia mare or another?

4. is this all doable/recommended by train? or would we be better of looking for a driver/guide who can drive us around (we know only elementary german)? are the journeys more scenic by train or by road???

5. what is the safety/crime situation like? we are Indians, so is there any concern about ethnic/racial trouble?

would be grateful for your help!



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We are planning a holiday to Bucharest and Sibiu towards the end of December with 3 nights in each city, is there more to visit and do in Sibiu?



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Dear friends,

first I wish you a warm Welcome to our beautiful country!You will,indeed,enjoy your visit as it will be unique!So:my advice is to spend 1-2 days in Bucharest(plenty of reviews,here on TripAdvisor),go by train/bus to Brașov stay there,travel during the day to Sinaia(Peleș Castle is a must!), Râșnov,Moeciu,Bran.All seeble by local buses and in the proximity(50km,max).From Brașov you can get a bus to Sigișoara(approx 100km),see it in a day,return to hotel,or book in Sighișoara and get the train back to Bucharest from there.ALL places reviewed here.As for the rest,leave it for your next visit as you may be in trains/buses most of your stay in Romania.Consider that from Bucharest to Borșa(real Maramureș,not Baia-Mare,nothing to see) the train takes 12 hours.Literally...

Crime problems,none,but still tke care at late hours on hidden streets,the rest are safe.Racism,no.Good luck!!!!

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Dear friends,

please read my reply to the "help" post and ask me any details,would gladly help.Take care!

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