Romania may be an “off the beaten path” destination, especially for visitors coming from the U.S. However, the former Communist nation is a playground of natural beauty—full of historical castles, churches and monasteries, with many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and enjoying the diverse wildlife and charming rural villages. In addition, the capital city of Bucharest is a buzzing metropolis, steeped in history and bursting with energy. You can also visit some of the other major cites such as Braşov, Sibiu and Sighişoara—all built by the Saxons (German colonists) or take a trip to Transylvania, the home of the infamous “Count Dracula’s Castle”. In addition, Romania joined the EU in 2007 and although still not a hugely popular tourist destination, it’s the industry is growing each year. Pay a visit to one of Europe’s best-kept secret tourist destinations.
DIRECT FLIGHT TO ROMANIA WITH SAS
Fly to Romania from Chicago, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. via Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm (depending on route). With daily departures from multiple locations, you can easily find a departure to suit your travel plans. Book early to save on airfare and when you choose SAS, enjoy a 24-hour right of revocation on your flight tickets and online check-in 22 hours prior to departure. Passengers on intercontinental flights can enjoy food and drinks on board. In addition, Wi-Fi is available for a small fee. We look forward to welcoming you on board!
If you are travelling with children under 2 years (without own seat) they fly either free of charge or with a 90% discount on the flight portion of the ticket price, depending on the destination. Children from 2-11 years get a 25% discount. The discounts do not apply to taxes and fees.
ENJOY THE CITY LIFE IN BUCHAREST
Romania’s capital city may not give the greatest first impression, but with a little exploration, you’ll find that Bucharest is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Among the unfinished buildings and rubble, there are tons of trendy shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and art galleries, beautiful squares and impressive architecture. It’s also a city among change. The bitter remnants of the dictatorship are scattered throughout the city and most prominently on display at Parliament, a monument of President Ceaucescu's megalomania. At the same time, Bucharest has a thriving start-up scene, and the dynamic metropolis is Romania’s fastest growing city. It’s also full of intriguing history with a mix of European, Soviet and Balkan influences, evident in the fascinating mixture of monumental communist architecture and classical buildings from the late 18th century, nicknaming the city “The Balkan Paris” and a visit to the capital isn’t complete without viewing the Arcul De Triumf (the Triumphal Arch of Bucharest).
ROMANIA: A COMBINATION OF MOUNTAINS AND WHITE SANDY BEACHES
Traveling beyond Romania’s urban borders offers a great opportunity to experience the beautiful scenery. The country is overflowing with picturesque mountains, clean rivers and green meadows. The Carpathian Mountains play a dominant role in Romania’s landscape, encircling the scenic Transylvania region. Here, you will find some of the top hiking trails, well marked and easy to follow using the Hartă Turistica maps. Throughout your journey, be sure to stop in at the little Romanian villages, where you without a doubt will find friendly people, old churches, castles and ruins. During the winter, Romania is also one of the cheapest ski destinations in Europe, with the most popular being Poiana Braşov, located near the city of Braşov.
In addition to mountains, Romania also boasts a more than 100-mile long coastline along the Black Sea. Here, you will find lively beach resorts, ancient monuments, delicious vineyards, diverse wildlife and white sandy beaches. Evidence of the Greek culture here dates all the way back to the 7th century B.C.
DO YOU DARE TO VISIT COUNT DRACULA'S CASTLE?
A visit to Romania isn’t complete without stopping at Bran’s Castle—though more popularly known as “Dracula’s Castle”. Located in the city of Bran in the Transylvanian Alps and surrounded by mountains and beautiful green meadows, the castle itself features both a unique architecture and an intriguing history. The Saxons built it in 1382 to protect Bran against the invading Turks and is rumored to have housed Vlad Ţepeş (aka Dracula) for a few days in 1462. In addition, if you make your way past the walls of the castle you will find a collection of historic furniture and art from Western Europe from the reign of Queen Marie who lived in the castle from 1920 until the forced abdication of King Michael in 1947.