21 days in Romania & Rijeka Itinerary

21 days in Romania & Rijeka Itinerary

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
— 3 nights
2
Timisoara, Romania
— 2 nights
3
Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
4
Tulcea, Romania
— 1 night
5
Brasov, Romania
— 3 nights
6
Sibiu, Romania
— 4 nights
7
Rijeka, Croatia
— 3 nights

3
nights
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca ©
The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
Get some historical perspective at Coltesti Castle Ruins and Piarist Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Muzeul de Istorie Turda and Moara de Vant. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Zoology Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Church, visit Avenue of Heroes in Cluj-Napoca, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cluj-Napoca online trip itinerary builder.

Pula, Croatia to Cluj-Napoca is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Pula to Cluj-Napoca is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Pula in December; daily highs in Cluj-Napoca reach 2°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Timisoara.

Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Coltesti Castle Ruins, Muzeul de Istorie Turda, Moara de Vant
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Reformed Church of Cluj-Napoca ©
Reformed Church of Cluj-Napoca
Coltesti Castle Ruins ©
Coltesti Castle Ruins
Moara de Vant ©
Moara de Vant

2
nights
Timisoara, Romania

Timisoara ©
Timișoara is the capital city of Timiș County, and the main social, economic and cultural centre in western Romania.The third most populous city in the country, with 319,279 inhabitants as of the 2011 census, Timișoara is the informal capital city of the historical region of Banat. On the 6th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Memorialul Revolutiei, make a trip to Unirii Square, then appreciate the history behind Timisoara Historical Center, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Parcul Rozelor, then don't miss a visit to Piata Victoriei, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Timisoara attractions planner.

Drive from Cluj-Napoca to Timisoara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Timisoara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral ©
Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral
Memorialul Revolutiei ©
Memorialul Revolutiei
Timisoara Historical Center ©
Timisoara Historical Center

4
nights
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche and Patriarchal Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Ceausescu Mansion and Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at The Art Collections Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Senses Bucharest, and admire the striking features of Coral Temple.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bucharest vacation planner.

Fly from Timisoara to Bucharest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bucharest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tulcea.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Tulcea, Romania

Tulcea ©
Tulcea is a city in Dobrogea, Romania. On the 12th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Danube Delta Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, and then appreciate the history behind Monumentul Independentei.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tulcea trip planner.

Drive from Bucharest to Tulcea in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brasov.

Things to do in Tulcea

Museums · Parks · Wildlife
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The Danube Delta Museum ©
The Danube Delta Museum
Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve ©
Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve
Monumentul Independentei ©
Monumentul Independentei

3
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sinaia Monastery and Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer. Your inner history buff will appreciate Yekaterina's Gate and Fagaras Fortress. Take a break from Brasov with a short trip to Pelisor Castle in Sinaia, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Dino Parc, examine the collection at Dinosaur Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tampa, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Brasov trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tulcea to Brasov in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sibiu.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sinaia, Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, Fagaras Fortress, Dino Parc, Dinosaur Museum
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Sinaia Monastery ©
Sinaia Monastery
Pelisor Castle ©
Pelisor Castle
Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer ©
Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer

4
nights
Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu ©
Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedrala Reintregirii Neamului (Coronation Cathedral) and The Lower Town of Sibiu (orasul de jos). Discover out-of-the-way places like Cozia Monastery and Passage of Stairs. Change things up with these side-trips from Sibiu: Alba Iulia (St Michael's Roman Catholic Cathedral & Roman Castrum Ruins) and Rapa Rosie (in Sebes). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Romano Catolica, make a trip to Strada Nicolae Balcescu, step into the grandiose world of Slimnic Citadel, and identify plant and animal life at Expo Reptile Vii.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sibiu trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Brasov to Sibiu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Sibiu can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Rijeka.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Alba Iulia, Slimnic Citadel, Biserica Sfântul Mihail, Cozia Monastery, Biserica Evanghelică Fortificată
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Cozia Monastery ©
Cozia Monastery
Passage of Stairs ©
Passage of Stairs

3
nights
Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Ethnographic Museum, make a trip to Crkva Navjestenja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Jacob, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Sv. Jakova, then look for gifts at Kredenca Opatija, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at St. Vitus Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat, then look and learn at Astronomical Centre Rijeka, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rijeka road trip website.

Getting from Sibiu to Rijeka by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Sibiu to Rijeka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sibiu in December, expect Rijeka to be a bit warmer, temps between 13°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Opatija, Church on San Marino Island, Ethnographic Museum
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Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes ©
Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
Church on San Marino Island ©
Church on San Marino Island
Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat ©
Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat

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