Serbian and Romanian Honeymoon
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Oct 29, 2012 6:40 AM Last Post By: werwanderers
Oct 10, 2012 11:30 PM
Serbian and Romanian HoneymoonHola!
I am sure if you have read my earlier posts, you would know what we r planning for our Honeymoon in March'13. We r plannign a 20-21 day trip, allocating 10 days each to Serbia and Romania.. While I am more or less sure on Serbia, I am a little unsure on Romania.. (decided based on opinions!)
How safe is it for Indians? Things to do...? What place should we keep as our base point in Romania? Any ideas, suggestions etc..?
Oct 10, 2012 11:55 PM
1Romania is a very safe country and I'm sure you will be fine, but do be wary that some people may take you for Roma and there is a fair amount of descrimination against the Roma ethnic group. Just be vigilant and respectful and I'm sure you will be OK!
In terms of where to visit, I would suggest using Brasov as your base and exploring the surrounding area. It depends on the kind of things you want to see--but there are a lot of wonderful attractions that are easily accessible from there. Sighisoara, Sibiu, the Peles Castle are three of Romania's more interesting and beautiful locations in my opinion and are easy to get to from Brasov (itself a very nice place). The Maramures region and the area around Suceava are also worthwile!
Oct 11, 2012 12:22 AM
2So do you suggest I keep Brasov as my base point? Book a hotel in Brasov.. and explore everything for a week or so from there..?
Oct 11, 2012 2:49 AM
3Hi, you can better read a bit about the country, decide what kind of things you want to do and see (cities/countryside/mountains/sea/delta etc), make an itinerary and than ask here for further suggestions. Because it is very difficult to answer your question 'what to do and see in Romania'; you can spend a lot of weeks in Romania but it all depends on your interest. So read some, make a basic plan, tell us your interest and we can help you better!
Oct 12, 2012 10:59 AM
4so i did some research on Romania and I have read that Bucharest is not really a great place to go. In fact, Brasov and Transylvania seem like 'the' places to go. We both like adventure, sports and beaches.. night life, of course..
So can you suggest things to do based on our interests? Are there any beaches n stuff there? And football?
We r city bred but love mountains and forests...n wat should we keep as our base point in Romania?
Oct 12, 2012 12:12 PM
5Bucharest is a special city, some hate it, some love it. Although the latter are a minority. For nightlife it should be good, lot of bars and clubs there. It is an interesting city. You probably like Brasov better. Its a nice city, enough things to do and the mountains nearby. There is a lot of hiking to do in the mountains, for example the Bucegi mountains, although i am not sure about the weather. In March, it still can be very cold with lots of snow in the mountains.
Yes, there are beaches in Romania, but i wouldn't advice to go there, again because of the weather.
I shouldn't base myself in 1 place. Go for example to Bucharest for some nightlife, after that go to Brasov and the nearby mountains, continue your way to medieval Sighisoara (especially nice when it snows) and explore some of the villages. Then go to Sibiu for city sightseeing or to Cluj and the neighbouring Apuseni mountains, which are a little bit lower and therefore maybe better accessible for hiking. March is just not a very good month for sports and beaches.
For the best hiking opportunities or other sport related things to do in the mountains in march, maybe someone else can give you any good advice.
Have a nice trip,
Oct 13, 2012 9:22 AM
6So its gona b snowing in March end-April first week in Romania?! Wow, dats an unexpected surprise. So I would definitely hav to pack for Thermals, as well!
How many days should I ideally give to Romania, in comparison, to Serbia? Based on this.. I can plan an itinerary..
Oct 13, 2012 12:10 PM
Oct 13, 2012 2:50 PM
8If you come from Serbia and you like beaches, you can pass through the Cazanele Dunarii - Herculane area, or Oradea, where there are thermal waters. The Cazanele Dunarii area is great and Oradea is a beautiful city and with excellent food.
Then you may set your base in Brasov or in Sibiu. For Football, seek for matches of the National Team or Steaua Bucharest on National Arena in Bucharest.
Other places of interest would be Maramures, Northern Moldavia and possibly Danube Delta. Distances are quite large.
I recommend you to travel by train and, for short distances, to rent a car. Roads are quite busy.
Seaside is not advisable at that time
Oct 13, 2012 4:56 PM
9I would also advice going to Timisoara. I would be ther first city you encounter if you travel by train from Serbia into Romania. I think it is one of the more interesting cities in Romania.
I would also consider Alba Iulia, Cluj Napoca, Sibiu, Sighisoara, and as the previous poster said, Brasov is very nice.
Bucharest has its charms, but it is not the place I would want to spend my entire holiday at.
Oct 13, 2012 10:45 PM
10wow! there r sooo many options now and I am frankly quite confused on how exactly do I go abt planning my Romanian itinerary..
So maybe I should start with Oradea, devote a day or two there.
Head to Timisoara? spend two days there
take a train down to Bucharest, spend two days there
head to Brasov..
n den m confused.. should I go to Maramures or Sibiu or Sighisoara?
N also the best way tor reach from Serbia to Romania is trains?
Oct 14, 2012 5:54 AM
11If you're coming from Serbia by public transport you will almost certainly have to go through Timisoara.
So spend a day in Timisoara.then catch a train to Sibiu.
Stay in Sibiu for 2-3 days - visit the city and do one-two day trips (choose between the old Romanian villages in the nearby Marginimea Sibiului area, the old German villages with fortress churches, the medieval monasteries on the Olt valley etc.).
If you like winter sports (and extreme mountain scenery) try to get to Balea waterfall (by car) then take the cable car to the tiny resort at Balea lake; stay there 1-2 days
Get back down and head to Brasov (by bus) for another 3-4 days - visit the city and do day trips (to Sighisoara, to Rasnov fortress+Bran castle, to Harman and Prejmer fortress churches)
Finally head towards Bucharest by train, with a stop along the way in Sinaia to see Peles castle.
Spend the final days in Bucharest.
- a daily minibus from Belgrade to Timisoara ;
- bus from Belgrade to Vrsac (border town) then train to Timisoara ;
- bus from Belgrade to Kikinda (another border town), cross-border train to Jimbolia then train to Timisoara ;
Oct 14, 2012 9:56 AM
12Ktack, a big thanks for your tips! I m planning my itinerary very much based on the suggestions provided by you.. really helpful! Looks like u've been to Romania often!
Maybe, if u've been to these places, can you suggest us some accommodation in these places too..?
Oct 14, 2012 11:01 AM
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