12 days in Transylvania Itinerary

12 days in Transylvania Itinerary

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12 days in Transylvania Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  18​h
1
Sibiu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sighisoara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lacu Rosu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Brasov
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Oradea
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Cluj-Napoca
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Sibiu

Sibiu ©
Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Biserica Evanghelică Fortificată and The Lower Town of Sibiu (orasul de jos). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roman Castrum Ruins and Orthodox Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sibiu: Alba Iulia (Citadel of Alba Iulia, St Michael's Roman Catholic Cathedral, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Sfântul Mihail, don't miss a visit to Big Square (Piata Mare), wander the streets of Passage of Stairs, and examine the collection at Brukenthal National Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sibiu trip itinerary website .

Los Angeles, USA to Sibiu is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 10 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sibiu when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Sighisoara.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Alba Iulia, Biserica Sfântul Mihail, Biserica Evanghelică Fortificată
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Biserica Evanghelică Fortificată ©

2
nights
Sighisoara

Sighisoara
As a World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is visited mostly for its fortified Old Town surrounded entirely by city walls.
On the 23rd (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Sighisoara Historic Center, contemplate the long history of Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, make a trip to Torre do Relogio, then admire the landmark architecture of The Fortified Church of Biertan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Margaret Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Targu Mures Fortress, examine the collection at Palace of Culture, make a trip to Casa Vlad Dracul, shop like a local with Art & Crafts, then enjoy breathtaking views from Turnul Cismarilor, and finally explore the ancient world of Cetatea Rupea.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Sighisoara online holiday planner .

Getting from Sibiu to Sighisoara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. August in Sighisoara sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lacu Rosu.

Things to do in Sighisoara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Targu Mures, The Fortified Church of Biertan, Saxon Church, St. Margaret Church, Cetatea Rupea
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Sighisoara Historic Center
Sighisoara Historic Center
St. Margaret Church ©
St. Margaret Church
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

1
night
Lacu Rosu

Lacu Rosu ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Red Lake, explore the activities along Lacu Rosu (Red Lake), and then Head underground at Bicaz Canyon.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Lacu Rosu trip maker site .

Getting from Sighisoara to Lacu Rosu by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Brasov.

Things to do in Lacu Rosu

Parks Nature
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Lacu Rosu (Red Lake) ©
Lacu Rosu (Red Lake)
Red Lake ©
Red Lake

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nights
Brasov

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
On the 26th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Fortified Church of Harman, step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel, take an in-depth tour of Rope Street Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Rope Street - Strada Sforii, then step into the grandiose world of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), and finally find something for the whole family at Dino Parc. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, contemplate the long history of Turnul Alb, contemplate the long history of Prima Scoala Romaneasca, admire the landmark architecture of Biserica Sfântul Nicolae, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Church (Biserica Neagra), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinagoga Neologa.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brasov trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Lacu Rosu to Brasov in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Oradea.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rasnov, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, Fortified Church of Harman
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Fortified Church of Harman ©
Fortified Church of Harman
Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

1
night
Oradea

Oradea ©
Oradea the capital city of Bihor County and Crișana region, is one of the important centers of economic, social and cultural development in the western part of Romania, retaining these characteristics throughout history. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Oradea City Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Neolog Synagogue Zion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moon Church (Biserica cu Luna), admire the striking features of Black Hawk (Vulturul Negru) Palace Arcade, then step into the grandiose world of Oradea Fortress, and finally get great views at Ciuperca Hill.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Oradea trip tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Brasov to Oradea in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Oradea can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Cluj-Napoca.

Things to do in Oradea

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Oradea Fortress ©
Oradea Fortress
The Roman-Catholic Cathedral ©
The Roman-Catholic Cathedral
The Neolog Synagogue Zion ©
The Neolog Synagogue Zion

2
nights
Cluj-Napoca

Cluj-Napoca ©
The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the activities along Tarnița, stroll around Simion Bărnuțiu Central Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cetatuia Hill, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Hazsongard Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Church, then see the interesting displays at The Transylvania Museum of Etnografico, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Museum Square.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cluj-Napoca route planner .

Traveling by train from Oradea to Cluj-Napoca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church
Museum Square ©
Museum Square
Hazsongard Cemetery ©
Hazsongard Cemetery

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