7-Day Romania Road Trip from Craiova to Pitesti, Brasov, and Bucharest

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Duration
7 days & 6 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
6 nights included
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7 days included
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Explore the best of Romania on a 7-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Craiova, Pitesti, Prejmer, Săcele, Bran, Brasov, Sinaia, and Bucharest. This road trip itinerary in Romania seamlessly combines exploration with relaxation.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Romania takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 2 nights in Craiova, 1 night in Pitesti, 1 night in Brasov, and 2 nights in Bucharest. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Romania. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Craiova, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Romania on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Romania. Bran Castle and Peleș Castle are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Craiova, Pitesti, Prejmer, Săcele, Bran, Brasov, Sinaia, and Bucharest, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Romania. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Romania.

Throughout your road trip in Romania, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Romania.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in Romania fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in Romania today!

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Included

Hotel, 6 nights
Rental car, 7 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Bran
Săcele - city in RomaniaSăcele
Argeș - region in RomaniaPitești / 1 night
Prejmer
Sinaia - town in RomaniaSinaia
Brasov - city in RomaniaBrasov / 1 night
Photo of the facade of the Administrative Palace of Craiova (today Dolj Prefecture and County Council), an imposing historical monument located on the territory of Craiova, Romania.Craiova / 2 nights
Antique building view in Old Town Bucharest city - capital of Romania and Dambrovita river. Bucharest, Romania, Europe.Bucharest / 2 nights

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Attractions

Photo of aerial view of the medieval Castle of Bran, known for the myth of Dracula, Romania.Bran Castle
Parcul Herăstrău (Parcul Regele Mihai I), Sector 1, Bucharest, RomaniaKing Mihai I Park (Herăstrău) CA
Photo of Peles Castle in Sinaia, Romania.Peleș Castle
Photo of Autumn Trees Landscape Of Tineretului Park In Bucharest, Romania.Tineretului Park
Photo of beautiful landscape with green trees, leaves, vintage clock and many small blue forget me not or Scorpion grasses flowers in a sunny day at the entry to Cismigiu Garden (Gradina Cismigiu) in Bucharest, Romania.Cișmigiu Gardens
Sunny Day View in the IOR Park, Bucharest, Romania , Reflection of the Nature in the Water, Nature in the Middle of The City, Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park.Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park (I O R )
Constitution Square
The amazing Park Izvor in the downtown of Bucharest city in a sunny spring day.Izvor Park
Photo of Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum, Romania.Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum
Photo of beautiful landscape view over a pond inside the Nicolae Romanescu Park in Craiova city, Romania.Nicolae Romanescu Park
Photo of national Heroes Memorial in Carol Park in Bucharest, Romania.Carol I Park
Photo of Dimitrie Ghica Park, Sinaia, Romania.Dimitrie Ghica Park
Photo of Romanian Athenaeum is a concert hall in the center of Bucharest, Romania.Romanian Athenaeum
Photo of Sinaia Monastery on Prahova Valley, Carpathian Mountains, Romania.Sinaia Monastery
Beautiful background with the famous fountain against colorful sky in central square of Bucharest, in sunset light.Bucharest Fountains
Alexandru Buia" Botanical Garden
Waterfall near the Seven ladders canyon in Piatra Mare (Big Rock)mountains, Romania.Seven Ladders Canyon
Fortified Church in Prejmer, RomaniaFortified Church Prejmer
English Park
Parcul Tineretului, Craiova, Craiova Metropolitan Area, Dolj, RomaniaParcul Tineretului
Zoo Park Craiova, Craiova, Craiova Metropolitan Area, Dolj, RomaniaZoo Park Craiova
Photo of Pelișor Castle is a small palace built in the vicinity of Peles Castle. Magnificent surroundings ,Romania .Pelișor Castle
Centrul Vechi al Craiovei
Musical Fountain, Craiova, Craiova Metropolitan Area, Dolj, RomaniaMusical Fountain

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Day 1

Day 1 – Craiova - arrival day

  • Craiova - Arrival day
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  • Parcul Tineretului
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Your road trip adventure in Romania begins as soon as you reach Craiova and pick up your car. You’ll stay in Craiova for 1 night and explore the best things to see and do, sample the local cuisine, and choose from a curated selection of the best hotels and places to stay in the city.

Craiova is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

Find your way to your hotel in Craiova. We recommend choosing a hotel in a central location for easy exploring. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM at hotels in Romania. Settle in and make plans for the evening.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Craiova. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Renowned as a restaurant, it offers an exceptional menu. This restaurant consistently impresses guests, ensuring a memorable addition to your holiday. Nestled in the heart of the city, is an ideal choice for discerning foodies seeking culinary excellence. Enjoy a delicious meal at Essenza Bar & Restaurant, a top-rated dining destination in Craiova. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider The Manor Restaurant & Lounge, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Dream On Pub. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Craiova this evening.

Keep the evening going at Miky's Pub, a great choice for enjoying the after-dinner hours with a drink. You could also go to Gelateria SCENA, which offers a similarly pleasant setting and great drinks. Another option is Soho, which provides an inviting environment for unwinding after a busy day out.

Raise a toast to the start of your 7-day road trip in Romania!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Craiova and Pitesti

  • Pitești
  • Craiova
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Drive 129 km, 2 hours 13 min

  • Musical Fountain
  • English Park
  • Centrul Vechi al Craiovei
  • Nicolae Romanescu Park
  • Zoo Park Craiova
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On day 2 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Romania, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Craiova. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Pitesti, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Craiova, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Pitesti. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 49 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Journey into the unknown at Musical Fountain, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable park has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 1,082 reviews.

When you’re ready to continue your sightseeing, English Park is a recommended place to visit. This park is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 2,346 reviews.

Another must-see attraction in Craiova is Craiova's Old Town. Rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,001 travelers, this popular tourist destination in Craiova offers an experience you will remember.

Nicolae Romanescu Park is another popular stop on travelers' itineraries in Craiova. This park promises memorable moments of exploring. Other travelers have rated this attraction 4.7 out of 5 stars in 17,064 reviews.

Lastly, don't miss out on Zoo Park Craiova. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,465 local and international travelers, it's a popular place to visit.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Pitesti. Pitesti offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Pitesti's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Renowned for its , this restaurant presents an outstanding menu of cuisine. This distinguished -recipient is a favorite among guests, making it a worthy addition to your holiday plans. With an acclaim, it promises a dining experience you won't want to miss. Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Cornul Vânătorului, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Restaurant Matteo offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss Mansion Pub. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Pitesti.

Continue your evening by exploring the vibrant nightlife scene at West Bar & Cafe, a prime destination for a thrilling night out. Also, don’t forget to check out Cafe des Amis, a bar that offers unique local touches. Likewise, Class Lounge provides an excellent alternative for a fun evening.

Say good night to Pitesti and look forward to another great day of your road trip in Romania!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Pitesti, Prejmer, Săcele, Bran, and Brasov

  • Brasov
  • Prejmer
  • Săcele
  • Bran
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Drive 195 km, 3 hours 39 min

  • Bran Castle
  • Fortified Church Prejmer
  • Seven Ladders Canyon
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 3 of your road trip in Romania. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 3 vibrant destinations - Prejmer, Săcele, and Bran. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Brasov. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Set your GPS to Prejmer and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 44 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Prejmer beckons with new experiences!

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Fortified Church Prejmer. This church is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Prejmer, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 4,185 visitors.

Upon your arrival in Săcele, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Seven Ladders Canyon. This canyon is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 7,101 reviews.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Brasov, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Brasov. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Make sure to book a table at La Birou Bistro, a popular restaurant in Brasov. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of countless food lovers. Experience a taste of Brasov at Opus 9, a popular local restaurant. With a menu designed to impress, it promises a journey of flavors that will leave you captivated. Another top-rated restaurant to try is Mado. As a dining spot that gains consistently high praise from guests, it’s an ideal choice to enhance your time to Brasov tonight.

Following your dinner, dive into the local bar culture at Musik Cafe. Alternatively, go to Michele Pub, the perfect place for those looking to experience the best of the nightlife. Similarly, Kasho Lounge provides excellent drinks and a great atmosphere, ensuring a memorable night out.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in Romania!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Brasov, Sinaia, and Bucharest

  • Bucharest
  • Sinaia
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Drive 184 km, 3 hours 22 min

  • Peleș Castle
  • Pelișor Castle
  • Sinaia Monastery
  • Dimitrie Ghica Park
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On day 4 of your road trip in Romania, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Sinaia. In the evening, you’ll end up in Bucharest, where you will stay for 2 nights.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Sinaia. This drive usually takes around 57 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Peleș Castle, a remarkable castle where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 62,325 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Pelișor Castle. This castle has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 2,461 travelers.

Sinaia Monastery is another must-visit attraction. This renowned monastery offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 11,273 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Beyond the above-mentioned sites, you also have the opportunity to visit Dimitrie Ghica Park. This well-loved park boasts a 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 15,547 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Bucharest, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Bucharest.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from previous guests, making it a must-visit addition to your holiday experience. This awardee is a highly recommended choice for an unforgettable meal. Make sure to reserve a table at Coftale Specialty Coffee Shop, an iconic dining spot in Bucharest. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of PAPILA, a popular restaurant in Bucharest. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Hanu' Berarilor Casa Oprea Soare, a hidden gem nestled in Bucharest. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Continue the enjoyment post-dinner at QP Pub, a cherished local gathering spot renowned for its welcoming atmosphere. Similarly, Control Club offers a vibrant space for indulging in well-crafted drinks and engaging conversation. You may also want to check out Wicked Bar. This bar is a favorite among both locals and visitors looking for a delightful evening out filled with laughter and fun.

Relax and recharge in preparation for another adventurous day in Romania!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Bucharest

  • Bucharest
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Drive 28 km, 1 hour 31 min

  • Tineretului Park
  • Carol I Park
  • Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park (I O R )
  • Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum
  • King Mihai I Park (Herăstrău) CA
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Day 5 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Bucharest for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Tineretului Park, a remarkable park where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 37,293 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Carol Park. This urban park has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 16,367 travelers.

Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park is another must-visit attraction. This renowned park offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 31,456 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Beyond the above-mentioned sites, you also have the opportunity to visit Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum. This well-loved natural history museum boasts a 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 18,035 reviews. In a single year, approximately 150,001 visitors add this sightseeing spot to their travel itineraries.

When there’s still energy left for exploring, King Mihai I Park (Herăstrău) CA awaits. If you’ve been interested in experiencing a park, this is a top pick rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 60,313 previous visitors.

You can learn more about Bucharest today by going on a tour. Bucharest offers many top-rated tours and unique experiences that will inspire you. You can browse and select your favorites below.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Bucharest's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

This popular restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, ensuring an essential addition to your holiday itinerary. With a recognition, it promises an exceptional dining experience not to be missed. Don’t miss out on dining at Hanu' Berarilor Casa Elena Lupescu, a top-rated dining destination in Bucharest. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Stadio Unirii, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Osho. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Bucharest this evening.

Let the evening flow smoothly from dinner to drinks at Manasia Hub, a top-rated bar in the area. For other recommendations, Origo provides a perfect setting for rounding out your night with style and great drinks. Likewise, The PUB Bucharest offers a memorable night with diverse drink options and excellent service.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Romania!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Bucharest and Craiova

  • Craiova
  • Bucharest
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Drive 237 km, 3 hours 56 min

  • Romanian Athenaeum
  • Cișmigiu Gardens
  • Izvor Park
  • Bucharest Fountains
  • Constitution Square
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Dive into day 6 of your remarkable road trip in Romania. Today you will explore Bucharest, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Craiova. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

When you’ve had your share of Bucharest, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Craiova. Your travel time is around 2 hours 57 min.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Romanian Athenaeum. This concert hall is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 14,073 visitors.

Cișmigiu Gardens is another popular attraction you could visit today. This park has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 37,082 visitors.

Izvor Park is also highly recommended by travelers. This park has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 19,327 visitors.

Bucharest Fountains is an attraction you won’t want to miss. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 9,675 reviews.

Another attraction you have the opportunity to visit today is Constitution Square. This point of interest has received an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 19,443 travelers.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Craiova. Craiova offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Craiova. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. With a recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure. Make sure to reserve a table at Restaurant Baba Novac, an iconic dining spot in Craiova. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of One Garden, a popular restaurant in Craiova. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Pizza Peter's, a hidden gem nestled in Craiova. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Cap off your culinary experience with a visit to some of the most celebrated bars in the area. For instance, Da Vinci stands out as an excellent choice for a post-dinner cocktail. Alternatively, Old Court Biergarten offers an ideal atmosphere to enjoy the pleasures of the night. Street Cafe is also a great option that provides a perfect setting for a relaxing evening.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Romania!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Craiova - departure day

  • Craiova - Departure day
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  • Alexandru Buia" Botanical Garden
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Day 7 of your road trip in Romania is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Craiova before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

As you approach the end of your journey in Romania, take a moment for some retail therapy in Craiova’s celebrated shopping district. Thanks to your stay’s premier location, you can easily visit the city’s commercial hubs and wander through its diverse range of local shops without rushing.

Whether you’re on a hunt for an ideal present to give to your friends or family or looking for a personal memento to remind you of Romania, a variety of items are waiting for you. Hold onto the magic of Romania with these wonderful souvenirs, ensuring your memories never fade.

Before you conclude your road trip in Romania, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Craiova.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from previous guests, making it a must-visit addition to your holiday experience. This awardee is a highly recommended choice for an unforgettable meal.

You’ll then say farewell to Craiova. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Romania!

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