Romania's greatest asset is its diversity, offering tourists who want to stray off the beaten track as much to do and see as those who want to stay well and truly on it. The routes presented are merely suggestions; travellers are encouraged to mix and match as they please!


SHARP FANGS & MOUNTAIN PEAKS 10 Days /Bucharest to Sighijoara

This is the classic route for travellers whose time is limited but who still want to experience a real Romanian sampler tour. You start off in Bucharest (p50). Most visitors take the first train heading to Bra§ov, but if you've read our chapter, you'll probably decide to stay at least a day or two in the capital. Next, head to Sinaia (pl07) en route to Bra§ov. You'll want a minimum of two days to explore Sinaia and Bu^teni (pl04), checking out the Pele; Castle (p 109) and getting in some hiking, biking or skiing at the dizzying top of these towns' cable cars.

When you feel like crowds, happening bars and urban delights again, move on to Bra§ov (p86), a bohemian paradise wrapped in a medieval cloak. Still bloodthirsty? Then get your neck over to Bran (p98) to buy your Dracula paraphernalia at the supposed Dracula's Castle. Don't miss (he nearby castle at Ra$nov (p95). There are hiking options here, but you really must get to Sighifoara (pi24). Here you can have an espresso in Vlad Tepej' birthplace (pl27) and wander around the gorgeous medieval old town. Cursing for having only given yourself 10 days in Romania, head back to Bucharest and home.

Head from Bucharest to Sinaia by train or maxitaxi (minibus), check out Bu$tenl before going to Bra;ov, and the castles at Bran and Ra$nov. Visit Sighifoara before heading back to Bucharest. You'll have travelled about 600km.


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