21 days in Romania & Rijeka Itinerary

21 days in Romania & Rijeka Itinerary

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21 days in Romania & Rijeka Itinerary

Start: Pula, Croatia
Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Timisoara, Romania
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Tulcea, Romania
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Brasov, Romania
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Sibiu, Romania
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
7
Rijeka, Croatia
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
End: Pula, Croatia

3
nights
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca ©
The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
Appreciate the collections at Zoology Museum and Muzeul de Istorie Turda. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Coltesti Castle Ruins and Reformed Church of Cluj-Napoca. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Poarta de su' Feleac, pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Church, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and wander the streets of Avenue of Heroes in Cluj-Napoca.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cluj-Napoca online visit planner .

Pula, Croatia to Cluj-Napoca is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Pula in December, things will get slightly colder in Cluj-Napoca: highs are around 2°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Timisoara.

Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Moara de Vant, Muzeul de Istorie Turda, Coltesti Castle Ruins
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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, then make a trip to Unirii Square, then don't miss a visit to Timisoara Historical Center, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Parcul Rozelor, don't miss a visit to Piata Victoriei, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Timisoara holiday planner .

You can drive from Cluj-Napoca to Timisoara in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In December in Timisoara, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Timisoara

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

4
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Patriarchal Cathedral and Coral Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History and Ceausescu Mansion. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Cotroceni Palace (Palatul Cotroceni), and explore the world behind art at The National Museum of Art of Romania.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Bucharest visit planner.

Getting from Timisoara to Bucharest by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Bucharest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tulcea.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums Tours Wildlife
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Ceausescu Mansion ©
Ceausescu Mansion
Patriarchal Cathedral ©
Patriarchal Cathedral

1
night
Tulcea, Romania

Tulcea ©
Tulcea is a city in Dobrogea, Romania. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Danube Delta Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, and then don't miss a visit to Monumentul Independentei.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tulcea tour planning website .

Drive from Bucharest to Tulcea in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Brasov.

Things to do in Tulcea

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve ©
Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve
The Danube Delta Museum ©
The Danube Delta Museum
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sinaia Monastery and Prima Scoala Romaneasca. Dino Parc and Dinosaur Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Brasov: Fagaras Fortress (in Fagaras) and Pelisor Castle (in Sinaia). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Yekaterina's Gate, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tampa.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brasov journey planning tool .

You can drive from Tulcea to Brasov in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a bus 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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Pelisor Castle ©
Pelisor Castle
Sinaia Monastery ©
Sinaia Monastery
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Catedrala Reintregirii Neamului (Coronation Cathedral) and Biserica Evanghelică Fortificată. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cozia Monastery and St Michael's Roman Catholic Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sibiu: Roman Castrum Ruins (in Alba Iulia) and Rapa Rosie (in Sebes). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Passage of Stairs, contemplate the long history of The Lower Town of Sibiu (orasul de jos), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Sfântul Mihail, and don't miss a visit to Slimnic Citadel.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sibiu online trip planner .

You can take a bus from Brasov to Sibiu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Sibiu sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Rijeka.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Alba Iulia, Biserica Evanghelică Fortificată, Slimnic Citadel, Cozia Monastery, Rapa Rosie
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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). Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Ethnographic Museum, contemplate the long history of Crkva Navjestenja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Jacob, then pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Sv. Jakova, then look for gifts at Kredenca Opatija, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at St. Vitus Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat, then see the sky in a new way at Astronomical Centre Rijeka, and finally get engrossed in the history at Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rijeka road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Sibiu to Rijeka with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sibiu in December: high temperatures in Rijeka hover around 13°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride back home.

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Opatija, Church on San Marino Island, Ethnographic Museum
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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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