Additional days in Bucharest

Not ready to leave? If you’ve fallen in love with Bucharest and want to stay longer—or if you know ahead of time that this is where you’d like to concentrate your travel experience—it’s easy to book additional days in Romania’s exhilarating capital city. You’re free to choose an in-depth urban adventure custom-tailored to your needs.

For a comprehensive view of Romania’s traditional rural culture, take a day (or two!) to visit the incomparable open-air Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, one of the world’s finest ethnographic complexes. Amid high thatched roofs, old wooden churches, windmills, and carved gateways, you’ll find yourself immersed in the old ways—and an atmosphere of deep tranquility rarely accessible in the clamor of the modern world.

Are you seeking a quintessential art-historical experience? Tour the splendid National Museum of Art of Romania, and experience the multitude of masterpieces on display by old masters such as Tintoretto, El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Monet.

The neoclassical National Museum of Romanian History, a perfect place to while away a rainy day, contains 60 separate exhibition halls filled with treasures from Romania’s deep past: Dacian artifacts in priceless gold, rare Bronze Age statuary, the spectacular Romanian crown jewels, a replica of Trajan’s Column, and meticulously-displayed traditional textiles and costumes.

The surrounding Old Town (Centrul Vechi) has been recently restored and contains treasured examples of surviving pre-WWII architecture. It’s also a wonderful place to experience the fabulous restaurants and nightlife that Bucharest has to offer.

Near Bucharest, options abound for fascinating day trips and tours. You may choose to visit the Romanian Renaissance/Brâncovenesc Mogoșoaia Palace, surrounded by a gated park of great peace and beauty. The islet monastery at Snagov (believed to be the final resting place of Vlad the Impaler) is just a few kilometers away, and you should not miss it. Its kaleidoscopic interior and idyllic location will transport you back to a time of medieval mystery and splendor. The 17th-century Caldarusani Monastery, another option for a delightful side-trip, is encircled by a lake and forest. The complex served as an 18th-century school for religious art students and currently houses a notable and extensive collection of iconic and liturgical works.