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Romania itinerary help and suggestions !!

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Romania itinerary help and suggestions !!

Hi

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!

thanks/regards

Andrews

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1. Re: Romania itinerary help and suggestions !!

dear Andrews, if you go in Romania, rent a car. You can visit the Black Church in Brasov, old town, resort Poiana Brasov, Bran Castle, Rasnov, Peles Castle is very beautiful.People are good and are not racists. Sibiu is a beautiful city.

Bucovina is very beautiful in summer, the monasteries are full of summer flowers and green grass.

I hope that I was useful

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Dear Pascu R

Thanks a lot for your help!

S.A

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1. You may go Bucharest - Olt River Defile - Sibiu - Sighisoara - Maramures - Bukovina - Neamt county (the county to the south of Bukovina) and return to Transylvania by Bicaz Pass (amazing canyon), Harghita and Covasna counties and only then to Brasov, as the road from northern Moldavia (Bukovina) to Bucharest is pretty dull and going on the same way twice (I mean Bucharest - Brasov) is also boring. Anyway, the road is long and there are many other interesting cities along, as Cluj-Napoca, the capital of Transylvania.

There is also the variant to return from Sighisoara through Agnita and then by Transfagarasan, a mountain road that was named by Top Gear "the best road in the world" (see Wikipedia or Youtube videos).

2. Sighisoara has a nice natural scenery but is a small town. Sibiu is large (I mean the historical part), has many museums, etc but is located in a flat area and surrounded by neighbourhoods of commieblocks. Both are filled with Romanian and foreign tourists almost all the time. I would chose Sighisoara, as I'm a nature lover.

3. Baia Mare is a nice medieval city but is not in the historical region of Maramures, although it was made its county capital during Communism. I think that is more interesting to sleep in a village than in Baia Mare, which is an industrial city. Maramures villages are placed in very picturesque mountain landscapes, but there are not hotels, only pensions. If you want to stay at hotel, Borsa is a great mountain resort but is at distance from other objectives (on the pass to Bukovina). Chose a village on Iza valley, like Ieud, Rozavlea or Bârsana, who are knwon for their traditions and Unesco Heritage wooden churches.

4. By car is far better as you can stop where you want and don't have to wait hours for the train and by car is more scenic too.

5. There is not any danger, but you should pay attention to swindlers, especially in Bucharest. Ask the taxi drivers the price (most of the cars take 1,39 Leu/km but there are some more expensive). Also there is not any problem concerning racial issues.

Andrei

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