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Unique travel experiences - Discover the wonders of the Dobrogea region, one of the oldest in Romania.  
Dobrogea Region Traveling to Romania for the first time is like stepping into a fairy tale that unfolds before your eyes. The allure of this enchanting land lies in its rich tapestry of history, where medieval castles and charming villages create picturesque landscapes. Romania offers an authentic experience, a chance to immerse yourself in the […] Continue reading

Winter traditions in Romania and Bulgaria
Winter in Romania and Bulgaria transforms the landscapes into fairy-like wonderlands blanketed in pristine snow. Children joyfully run around, their laughter echoing through picturesque countryside scenes. Winter holds a special place in the hearts of these communities, with traditions deeply rooted in culture and history.  Christmas Traditions In Romania and Bulgaria, winter is marked by […] Continue reading

Complete Traveler's Handbook: Cluj-Napoca's Must-See Landmarks and Beyond
Cluj-Napoca is in the heart of Transylvania, a Romanian gem that seamlessly intertwines history, culture, and modern allure. The city’s Old Town, adorned with vibrant baroque facades and cobbled streets, exudes medieval charm, while an ancient fortress is a testament to its enduring past.  Cluj-Napoca’s cultural background is woven with threads of lively festivals, dynamic […] Continue reading

Top 5 easiest Romanian cooking recipes
Romania’s culinary scene is a kaleidoscope of flavors waiting to be explored. From the joyous celebrations during Orthodox holidays like Easter and Christmas to the unique dining habits across different regions, this country’s way of welcoming family, friends, and travelers with open arms will always be through delicious food!  Romanian food is a fusion of […] Continue reading

5 must-see Places in the Balkans in Winter
Winter in Romania and Bulgaria unveils a breathtaking spectacle of natural beauty and rich traditions. While not the peak tourist season, the charm of these countries during winter lies in the tranquility and authenticity they offer. From snow-draped landscapes to age-old traditions, there’s an enchanting allure waiting to be explored.  If you’re ready to embark […] Continue reading

When is the perfect time to visit Romania and Bulgaria?
Romania and Bulgaria, the cool kids of Eastern Europe, beckon you for a memorable adventure! Both countries attract travelers with their stunning and serene natural landscapes, rich history, and vibrant cultures. From medieval castles and charming villages to the picturesque Black Sea coast, be ready for a diverse array of attractions. And not to mention […] Continue reading

What to wear if you travel to Romania or Bulgaria in Winter?
Are you planning a winter getaway to Romania or Bulgaria? Exciting times ahead! As you gear up for your adventure in these beautiful Balkan countries, you must be prepared for the winter chill. Whether exploring medieval castles, sipping on mulled wine at Christmas markets, or hitting the slopes in the Carpathian Mountains, knowing what to […] Continue reading

Say “Yes” to Adventure. Discover how safe it is to travel to Bulgaria
From picturesque landscapes to charming towns, Bulgaria offers a visual feast. Imagine wandering through charming villages surrounded by lush greenery and stunning mountains. It’s a nature lover’s paradise; every corner tells a unique story. Situated in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria beckons travelers with its diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry. Bordered by […] Continue reading

Unique travel experiences - Discover the Best Christmas Markets in Romania and Bulgaria for Festive Delights
Step into the holiday season in Romania and Bulgaria, where the magic of festive cheer comes alive in the Christmas markets and fairs scattered throughout major cities. Join us as we explore and delve into these delightful destinations together! Christmas Markets in Romania Sibiu From November 17 to January 2 The Christmas Market in Sibiu’s […] Continue reading

Discovering Sinaia beyond the majestic Peleș Castle. A Complete Travel Guide
Sinaia is a perfect stop when traveling from Bucharest to Brașov and shouldn’t be missed during your trip to Romania! It’s a town that captivates visitors with its rich history, stunning landscapes, and cultural treasures. Known as the “Pearl of the Carpathians,” Sinaia is a destination beyond the famed Peleș Castle, offering hidden gems to […] Continue reading

Experience the captivating culture and stunning scenery of Veliko Tarnovo
Located in Bulgaria’s heart, Veliko Tarnovo is a testament to the rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty that defines this enchanting Balkan country. With its cobbled streets and medieval architecture, this picturesque town invites visitors to step back in time and immerse themselves in an experience that transcends the ordinary. Perched on three […] Continue reading

Bucharest City Guide - A vibrant city that will surprise you!
Bucharest, the vibrant capital of Romania, is a destination waiting to be discovered by travelers seeking unique and enriching experiences. Whether you’re from the United States, Australia, or any other part of the world, this article aims to inspire you to explore the diverse and captivating aspects of this Balkan gem.  In this city guide, […] Continue reading

What to wear if you travel to Romania or Bulgaria in Autumn?
Regarding autumn travel, Romania and Bulgaria are gems waiting to be explored. These two Eastern European countries come alive with rich traditions, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cityscapes during the fall season. The cooler weather and fewer tourists make this an ideal time to visit. But one thing that can significantly influence your entire traveling experience […] Continue reading

The ultimate travel guide to Sofia: the perfect Bulgarian escape!
Sofia, the charming capital city of Bulgaria, is a destination that seamlessly blends rich history, modern vibrancy, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Nestled in the heart of the Balkans, this city has a lot to offer to curious travelers like you. From its awe-inspiring historical landmarks to delicious traditional cuisine and beautiful parks, Sofia promises […] Continue reading

The complete guide to visiting Bran Castle
Imagine a land where history intertwines with legend, the landscape is a work of art, and warm hospitality welcomes you with open arms. Romania’s Bran Castle and the surrounding Bran region are an invitation to explore a world of beauty, spirituality, and captivating legends. Bran Castle: This wooden and stone fortress was constructed to protect […] Continue reading

Enchanting Fall Escapes: Immerse Yourself in Romanian and Bulgarian Autumn Traditions
As the crisp breeze of autumn sweeps across the picturesque landscapes of Romania and Bulgaria, it carries a rich mosaic of cultural traditions and festivities that beckons travelers to embark on a captivating journey. This enchanting season is the perfect time to explore heartwarming traditions, tantalize your taste buds with local delicacies, and relish the […] Continue reading

10 reasons why you should visit Romania
Why visit Romania? This country, a land of hidden treasures and untold stories, often remains an underrated gem in the heart of Europe. While some still associate it with its communist past, the Romania of today is a vibrant tapestry of culture, history, and natural beauty waiting to be explored. In this article, we’ll delve […] Continue reading

Explore Bulgaria's Most Sacred Monasteries
Think of the Orthodox Church as this grand storyteller. Its tales are woven into the fabric of Balkan countries like Bulgaria. Now, picture the monasteries as magical time capsules. They’re not just gorgeous buildings – they’re like living history books. Imagine walls that have seen countless prayers and heard the laughter of generations.  These monasteries […] Continue reading

A journey through time: Discover Romania’s most beautiful monasteries
Religion – a cornerstone of culture, a foundation of beliefs, and a tapestry woven into people’s lives worldwide. In Romania, the Eastern Orthodox faith holds a profound significance. Religion isn’t just a set of practices; it’s an integral part of daily life. The Orthodox Church is deeply rooted in history and traditions, and religious holidays […] Continue reading

Planning a Fun and Affordable Trip to Romania and Bulgaria: Your Ultimate Travel Budget Guide
When planning a trip to Romania and Bulgaria, it’s essential to understand that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. This article is not about narrowing your focus solely on traveling with a tight budget. Instead, we aim to guide travelers in searching for and selecting the most suitable options for their needs.  Why visit Romania and Bulgaria? […] Continue reading

Uncover the secrets of Bulgaria's most beautiful National and Natural Parks
Bulgaria, a country nestled in the heart of the Balkans, is a treasure chest for natural beauty. With its diverse landscapes and rich biodiversity, the nation boasts a collection of captivating National and Natural Parks. These protected areas offer visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the wonders of nature, from pristine lakes and rivers […] Continue reading

Plan your trip stress-free with our packing list essential tips
Traveling can be a thrilling adventure, but being well-prepared is essential to ensure a stress-free experience. Imagine yourself strolling through bustling city streets or immersing in awe-inspiring natural wonders. By considering local customs, climate, and your planned itinerary and activities, you can savor each moment without worrying about forgotten essentials. A meticulously planned packing list […] Continue reading

Uncover the ancient history and charm of Maramures & Bucovina
Let’s dive into the magic of two incredible Romanian regions: Bucovina and Maramureș. Picture this: Bucovina is nestled in the northeast, hugging the border with Ukraine, while Maramureș sprawls across the northwest, sharing its borders with Ukraine and Northern Hungary. To reach these enchanting spots, you’ve got lots of options!  Whether you hop on a […] Continue reading

Discover the hidden beauty of Sibiu with Balkan Trails
When you hear about Transylvania, the legend of Dracula comes to mind. This is, in fact, what made this region so famous amongst travelers worldwide. However, other wonders of this picturesque area will amaze you once you visit it. Transylvania has the most beautiful landscapes you can imagine. Tall mountains, covered in snow, embrace the […] Continue reading

Discover Romania's Best-Kept Secret: Jaw-Dropping Natural Parks!
Romania is renowned for its awe-inspiring natural beauty, diverse landscape, and rich biodiversity. The country offers a mesmerizing array of sights, from the majestic Carpathian Mountains to the untouched Danube Delta. Its lush forests are home to a wide range of wildlife, rare plant species, and protected areas, making Romania a haven for nature enthusiasts […] Continue reading

What to wear if you travel to Romania and Bulgaria in the Summer?
Having the right clothes can significantly enhance your travel experience when embarking on a summer adventure. Whether you’re exploring the scenic landscapes of Romania or immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Bulgaria, dressing appropriately for the season is essential. This article aims to provide valuable insights on what to wear during the summer […] Continue reading

Unique travel experiences – Romanian cuisine tour
Visiting Romania is a decision you will never regret! Romania, a hidden gem in Eastern Europe, not only captivates travelers with its breathtaking landscapes and rich history but also tantalizes taste buds with its diverse and flavorful cuisine. Embarking on a culinary adventure in this country promises a delightful exploration of traditional dishes, unique flavors, […] Continue reading

6 reasons to organize your trip through a local tour operator in Romania and Bulgaria
Experiencing new places and cultures is a thrill many of us cherish year after year. With the abundance of travel options available today, choosing the perfect one can be challenging. Nonetheless, the endless possibilities make it all the more exciting to plan your next adventure! However, as you can read in this article, planning every […] Continue reading

Go Back in Time - Visit The Amazing Fortresses and Ancient Cities of Bulgaria
Experience the splendor of Bulgarian architecture and enjoy a journey into the past. Bulgaria’s remarkable structures have stood for centuries, from awe-inspiring fortresses to peaceful monasteries, seeing empires rise and fall around them. With its stunning landscapes, wandering rivers, and ancient monuments and fortifications, it is easy to be enchanted by its beauty as you […] Continue reading

6 Amazing Experiences You Can Have on a Balkan Trails Custom Tour
Humanity has never experienced such effortless and vast travel options as we have today. And, with its myriad benefits, it’s no wonder why so many people choose to travel. From improving our mental health and providing an escape from our daily lives to experiencing new cultures and broadening our worldviews, travel has the power to […] Continue reading

What to visit in Bulgaria in Spring?
You will want to catch Spring in Bulgaria as a traveler through the Balkans! The astonishing beauty of nature is like nothing you’ve seen before, all green blooming fields, colorful gardens, golden beaches, and the mighty mountains still snow-capped on the peaks looking over the whole landscape. Sounds heavenly, right? Travelers love to see Bulgaria […] Continue reading

Unique travel experiences - Bulgaria's Culinary Tours
Take advantage of this hidden Balkan gem: Bulgaria! Well hidden in Southeastern Europe, this beautiful country is an excellent mixture between the  Black Sea coast and majestic mountains. Bulgaria has stunning landscapes, golden beaches, colorful festivals, unique traditions, and tasty cuisine! Due to its geographical position, Bulgarian food culture has been influenced since ancient times […] Continue reading

10 reasons why you should travel to Bulgaria
Many people outside the Balkan region are surprised to discover that Bulgaria is WAY prettier than expected. Many miss out on how beautiful and diverse this country is, how the natural landscapes leave you breathless, how the beaches clear your mind, and how the people welcome you like one of their own! So, in today’s […] Continue reading

Romania's Castles Complete Guide (and their Legends)
From the fairy-tale beauty of its forests and mountains to centuries-old fortresses and castles telling the stories of a tumultuous past, Romania holds a wealth of history waiting to be explored. Throughout its history, Romania has faced several confrontations with foreign powers trying to exert control over its territory. Many empires attempted to conquer this […] Continue reading

Unique travel experiences - Learn the history and skills of Romanian pottery artisans
Countless pottery styles have developed over the centuries in Romania due to its rich history and diverse geography. In this article, we will explore the history of pottery in this Balkan region and the aesthetic of these styles. The Neolithic population used clay to create various objects, including cooking vessels, storage jars, and figurines (people, […] Continue reading

Why travel to Romania in March?
Are you dreaming of a unique travel experience in Europe? If so, Romania is a great destination, with diverse geography and experiences that will make your trip memorable! Whether you’re planning a visit to Bucovina, exploring Transylvania’s castle-lined hills, or enjoying the seaside beauty of its beaches – this East European country has something for […] Continue reading

What to wear if you travel to Romania in Spring?
Are you wondering what clothes to pack when traveling to Romania? Luckily, you stumbled upon this article that will tell you all about it! Romania is situated in the north of the Balkans, in Eastern Europe. It falls within the temperate zone, and its local climate has pronounced continental features. Dressing in layers will help […] Continue reading

Unique experiences in Romania. Explore the ancient Carpathians forests by steam train!
Romania is a destination with astonishing scenery, friendly people, and unforgettable experiences. If you’re looking for a unique adventure for your Balkan trip, we have good news: check out what the Carpathian trails offer!  The Carpathian Mountains represent more than 900 km of Romanian territory. They are shaped like an arch separating Transylvania from the […] Continue reading

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Transylvania - What do to in Transylvania in 2023
Exploring Romania is a choice you will never regret making! This country should be on the top of your travel list with its mix of spectacular nature, unique architecture, medieval cities, history, delicious cuisine, and friendly culture.  If you’re worried about safety, this might come as a surprise, but Romania is a very safe country! […] Continue reading

Is it safe to travel to Romania?
Is it SAFE to travel to Romania?  You might be surprised, but despite what you might have heard, Romania is one of the safest countries to travel to.  Romania is located in the Southeastern part of Europe, bordering the Black Sea. This country is not only astonishingly beautiful because of its nature but incredibly friendly […] Continue reading

Romanian and Bulgarian spring traditions. One more reason to visit the Balkans in spring!
One of the best seasons to visit Balkan countries is, for sure, Spring! The beginning of the season is still quite cold. But, you can easily recognize Winter’s goodbyes by simply looking around and admiring the snowdrops. Romania and Bulgaria are well known for their beautiful landscapes during this time, but also for their Spring […] Continue reading

Forget Dracula, Here Are 13 Authentic Experiences You Can’t Miss in Romania
There’s no escaping that one of Transylvania’s most recognizable exports is the legend of Count Dracula—and it’s fascinating to trace his history with a Dracula tour of all the significant places in his life. But Romania is way more than just the Transylvania of Bram Stoker’s imagination. It’s lively cities, spectacular scenery, incredible castles, fabulous […] Continue reading

Brasov - rich history in the heart of Romania
Brasov is considered to be the heart of Romania. It is one of the country’s most important economic and cultural cities, and if you are on a Romania tour, you will most likely spend some time here. Settled along one of the oldest trade routes between Wallachia, Moldavia, and Transylvania, this splendid city is full of […] Continue reading

Alba Iulia – a City of Historic Immortality in Romania!
Located in the heart of Transylvania, bordered by the clear waters of the Mures River on the east and by splendid and lofty hills on the west, surrounded by the waters of the Ampoiu River rushing through fertile fields, the city of Alba Iulia is always ready to receive enthusiastic guests and share with them countless […] Continue reading

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