10 Of The Best Day Trips To Take From Bucharest, Romania - Updated 2024

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If you want to get rid of all the work in searching for the best places to visit from Romania, you ought to consider our recommendations from this article. All these trips can be done in one day, and because some of them have a few attractions in common, you can find a way to schedule a full five days, visiting Transylvania, Northern Bulgaria, Constanta and some of the other places, near Bucharest.

1. Day trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest (from USD 86.0)

Veliko Tarnovo - Varosha quarter
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This full day tour of Bulgaria features lovely sights, at the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. The day will start with traveling to Veliko Tarnovo, the medieval town nestled at the bottom of the mountains, then you will explore the Tsaravets Fortress, the strongest Bulgarian fortification from the Middle Ages, St Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery, the last inhabited monastery carved into a cliff, and Arbanasi Village. Get the chance to learn about the history of Bulgaria, through the knowledgeable guide that leads a small group through the attractions.

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Full Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest

Duration: 12 hours

184 reviews

2. Private day trip to Constanta from Bucharest (from USD 82.0)

Constanta Cazino
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Visit the ancient city of Constanta, on the beautiful shores of the Black Sea and the seaside resort of Mamaia, during this private, day-long trip. The day will begin with exploring the part of Constanta that overlooks the coastline. Your personal guide will then lead the tour to the Museum of Archaeology and History, that features an impressive collection of vases and jewelry. The day continues with examples of impressive architecture: the largest mosque in Romania, Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral, and the Art Nouveau Casino. The trip ends with a visit to the Pearl of the Black Sea, the Mamaia resort. You’ll have time to relax and experience the beach before heading back to Bucharest.

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Constanta and Mamaia Day Trip from Bucharest

Duration: 9 hours

39 reviews

3. Private tour: Full-day Bucharest city tour (from USD 181.0)

Visit Bucharest’s most fascinating landmarks, while on a private, guided tour for an entire day. The tour begins by exploring the Place of Parliament and learning about the Stalinist and Neoclassical architecture that was used to create the second largest building in the world. The day continues with a stop at the Village Museum, in the heart of the city. You will feel as though you are truly in a real Romanian village as you explore the animated houses, churches, windmills, and watermills. The tour concludes with a visit to three of Bucharest’s most famous intersections—University Square, Victory Square, and Revolution Square.

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Private Bucharest city tour visit the Palace of the Parliament & Village Museum

Duration: 6 to 8 hours

20 reviews

4. Castles of Transylvania: Private day trip from Bucharest (from USD 137.0)

Find out for yourself why Transylvania is known for their historical castles on this private day tour. Learn the amazing stories behind the fortresses while you follow your knowledgeable guide around their winding hallways and mysterious corridors. Explore two infamous castles—Bran’s Castle, Peles Castle—between strolling through the historic towns associated with them, all under 12 hours!

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Castles of Transylvania: Private Day Trip from Bucharest

Duration: 12 hours

183 reviews

Bucharest Tour Guide

Crinu Ivan

Crinu Ivan

I have been a registered national guide since 2018 and I have provided over a hundred local tours in Bucharest. At least a dozen trips to different areas of Romania such as Transylvania, Dobrogea, or the seaside. Looking forward to going on tours with you!

5. Explore northern Bulgaria on a day trip from Bucharest (from USD 153.0)

BG Basarbovo rock monastery 12
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Explore northern Bulgaria, with an experience filled with unforgettable scenery, historical landmarks, and local hospitality. The day begins with crossing the Friendship Bridge, to check out the Basarabov Rock Monastery, built entirely inside a cave! The day continues to the scenic Veliko Tarnovo where you can learn about the story of the four Asan kings and take in the notable Fortress that features monuments, paintings, literature, and arts and crafts. The day continues with a guided tour of Ruse Town, a location filled with tourist attractions and culture. The day ends back in Bucharest.

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Explore Northern Bulgaria Day Trip from Bucharest

Duration: 12 hours

6 reviews

6. Private day tour to salt mine in Slanic Prahova and muddy volcanoes with bonus Lacerta Winery (from USD 179.0)

This private tour begins with a scenic walk into the second largest salt mine in Europe, then exploring the Unirea Salt Mine in the historic town of Slanic Prahova. The guide will then lead you to the Lacerta Winery, in the town of Finesti. The wines produced here are known for their rich and complex taste and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in wine tastings. The day ends with a trip to the Berca Mud Volcanoes, in Buzau County. Although these are not typical, intimidating volcanoes, they are still a majestic sight to be seen. The day ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

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Salt Mine, Mud Volcanoes, and Wine Tasting Private Day Tour

Duration: 9 to 12 hours

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7. Discover Sibiu with a private day trip from Bucharest (from 158 USD) (from USD 254.26)

best day trips from bucharest | discover sibiu with a private day trip from bucharest (from 158 usd)

This journey starts with a drive on the spectacular Olt River Valley, where the historical Cozia Monastery can be found. The trip will then lead to Sibiu itself, considered as one of the most idyllic European places to live in. The walking tour led by a professional guide will make you understand why the city is so famous. Be prepared to be amazed by beautiful landmarks such as the Brukenthal Palace, Jesuit Church, Old City Hall tower, Evangelical Church and Liars Bridge - the first iron cast bridge in the country. The last stop would be Sibiel Village, where the largest glass icons museum in Transylvania is located.

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Private Day Trip to Sibiu from Bucharest

Duration: 14.0 hour

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8. Scenic road trip: Transfagarasan Day Tour from Bucharest (from 106 USD)

scenic road trip: transfagarasan day tour from bucharest (from 106 usd)
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Drive down to one of the most beautiful roads in Romania and admire the most breathtaking natural landmarks. As you pass through Transfagarasan Road, you’ll get a glimpse of the Carpathian Mountains. Then, you can marvel at the crystal clear and serene waters of Balea Lake, along with the peaks and valleys that surround it. You’d also get to see the Vidraru Dam, where boat trips are offered during summer. Lastly, you can explore the Curtea de Arges Monastery’s tombs, where previous monarchs are buried. This 12-hour tour lets you experience both the richness of the country’s history and the abundance of its natural beauty.

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Transfagarasan Road Day Tour from Bucharest - Klook

Duration: 12hrsDuration

9. Transylvania Castle tour (from USD 42.0)

Experience two spectacular displays of architecture on this 12-hour day trip: Bran Castle, the 13th-century infrastructure known as “Dracula’s Castle” and the masterpiece from the Neo-Renaissance era, Peles Castle. Travel from Bucharest to Transylvania on a state of the art, climate-controlled bus, as you take in the romantic views and impressive forests. The day will start with a guided tour of “Dracula’s Castle” to learn more about the famous vampire, followed by seeing the masterful architecture of Peles Castle. The day will end with the opportunity to explore the medieval town of Brasov. Jump back on the bus, and you will be dropped off directly at your hotel.

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From Bucharest, Transylvania Castle Full-Day Tour

Duration: 12 hours

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10. Full day tour of Dracula’s Castle, LiBEARty Brown Bear Sanctuary, Brasov town and Rasnov Fortress (from USD 118.0)

Romania-1961 - Rasnov (Interesting Story)
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Experience majestic brown bears in their natural habitat on this day tour in Transylvania. The day will start with a trip to the LiBEARty Brown Bear Sanctuary, where guests will be able to explore 69 acres (27.9 hectares) of oak forest and experience the actual environment of brown bears. The sanctuary will be followed with a view of the architectural wonder, the Rasnov Fortress, a peasant castle from the 13th century. The tour will make two more stops, one to the historical Bran’s Castle known as “Dracula’s Castle” and the city of Brasov. The day will end back in Bucharest.

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Brasov, Bran Castle, Bear Sanctuary, and Rasnov Fortress Tour

Duration: 11 hours

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Schedule a full week to take in all these wonderful tours!

If you want to visit Romania and take a day trip to get to know the country better, you might struggle in choosing the best tour. If you’re taking a seven-day vacation, you’ll have the opportunity to schedule most of these private tours, and you’ll experience the best of Romania.

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