Day 1: Arrive
Upon arrival we went to pick up our rental car. However, when getting to the Avis counter, we were rejected because we did not have an International Driver’s License. We were unaware of this because it was not mentioned in our booking. She said that we could try asking other companies but if we were to get stopped by the police, they would potentially cut up our driving license. We took the risk when EuropeCar agreed to give us a rental with our normal stateside license.
We arrived late so only had time to check-in to our hotel and then eat dinner. We walked around the city for a little bit before eating at Caju, which came recommended by a friend. It was delicious!
Day 2: Bucharest
We purchased a day travel card on the metro to get us around the city. We started by seeing the Palace of Parliament. Entry is by guided tour only. The tours start about every hour. We had just missed a tour and didn’t feel like waiting around for an hour so we decided not to go in since we weren’t really that interested. We went to a nearby restaurant to have an early lunch.
After lunch, we took the metro to Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum. This open air museum is adjacent to Herastrau Park and the Arch of Triumph.
We finished our day by going to Old Town where we had a few drinks. We then made our way to dinner at Caru’cu Bere. This came highly recommended on Trip Advisor. It has a nice interior and dance performers while you eat. Be sure to make a reservation in advance as they are usually fully booked.
Day 3: Transylvania
We left Bucharest around 8AM. We drove through the Carpathian Mountains to our first stop at Peles Castle (Sinaia Castle) which is The Royal Family’s Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. The Castle is closed in November for cleaning so we just walked around the outside. We went in Pelisor Caslte instead. It is right next to it and is just a smaller version.
After this, we drove toward the main touristic sight in Transylvania, Dracula’s Castle (Bran Castle). Before arriving, we took a break to eat lunch at Club Vila Bran. This provided a great view of the castle from afar. After going in the castle we took a hike up the mountain across from the castle to get a better view of the outside.
We then went to Rasnov Fortress, the best well-preserved medieval stronghold in Romania. Lastly, we headed to Brasov where we walked around the city center and had dinner. After dinner, we drove back to Bucharest.
Day 4: Black Sea
Constanta was a 3-hour drive from Bucharest. The drive is very boring since there is nothing to look at. Be aware that there is a toll on the way so bring cash. Once we got to the sea, we parked our car and walked along the water where we looked at the old Casino.
After taking some pictures, we continued along the walkway and stopped at the fishing pier to eat lunch. We then went up to walk around the main center square. There is not a whole lot to see or do. We did end up going into the aquarium before we left but it was very small and not at all worth it. After, we headed back to Bucharest and had dinner in the city.
Day 5: Depart