19 days in Croatia & Romania Itinerary

19 days in Croatia & Romania Itinerary

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19 days in Croatia & Romania Itinerary

Start: Opatija, Croatia
bus:  15​min
1
Rijeka, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Sibiu, Romania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Sighisoara, Romania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Brasov, Romania
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
5
Sisak, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 45​min
End: Opatija, Croatia

3
nights
Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Explore Rijeka's surroundings by going to Church Of St. Trinity (in Novi Vinodolski), Stari Toc Selce (in Selce) and Ivanina Kuca Bajke (in Ogulin). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Trsat Castle, stop by Samovar Tea Shop, get engrossed in the history at Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral, and make a trip to The Islamic Center of Rijeka.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rijeka itinerary builder site .

Opatija to Rijeka is an approximately half hour bus ride. You can also drive. In December, daily temperatures in Rijeka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Sibiu.

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Stari Toc Selce, Church Of St. Trinity, Ivanina Kuca Bajke
Highlights from your plan
Trsat Castle ©
Trsat Castle
The Governor's Palace ©
The Governor's Palace
The Islamic Center of Rijeka ©
The Islamic Center of Rijeka

2
nights
Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu ©
Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sibiu: Castelul Corvinilor (in Hunedoara) and Citadel of Alba Iulia (in Alba Iulia). The adventure continues: make a trip to Big Square (Piata Mare), enjoy breathtaking views from Turnul Sfatului (The Tower of the Council), wander the streets of Passage of Stairs, and delve into the distant past at Turnul Pielarilor.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sibiu trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Rijeka to Sibiu with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rijeka to Sibiu. Traveling from Rijeka in December, things will get little chillier in Sibiu: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sighisoara.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Citadel of Alba Iulia, Telescaun Paltinis, Castelul Corvinilor
Highlights from your plan
Castelul Corvinilor ©
Castelul Corvinilor
Big Square (Piata Mare) ©
Big Square (Piata Mare)
Brukenthal National Museum ©
Brukenthal National Museum

2
nights
Sighisoara, Romania

Sighisoara ©
As a World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is visited mostly for its fortified Old Town surrounded entirely by city walls.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Torre do Relogio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church on the Hill, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sighisoara Historic Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway, take in the exciting artwork at Art & Crafts, delve into the mystery of Casa Vlad Dracul, get a taste of the local shopping with The Spoonman, then take an in-depth tour of The History Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Fortified Church of Biertan.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sighisoara online route planner .

Traveling by car from Sibiu to Sighisoara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Sighisoara, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Brasov.

Things to do in Sighisoara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

The Fortified Church of Biertan
Highlights from your plan
Art & Crafts ©
Art & Crafts
Sighisoara Historic Center
Sighisoara Historic Center
Torre do Relogio ©
Torre do Relogio

3
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brasov: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) (in Bran), Peles Castle (in Sinaia) and Crucea Caraiman (in Busteni). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Church (Biserica Neagra), tour the pleasant surroundings at Poiana Brasov, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tampa, and don't miss a visit to Council Square.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brasov trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sighisoara to Brasov takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sisak.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Rasnov Citadel, Crucea Caraiman, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Poiana Brasov, Peles Castle
Highlights from your plan
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Peles Castle ©
Peles Castle
Black Church (Biserica Neagra) ©
Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

2
nights
Sisak, Croatia

Sisak ©
Sisak is a city and episcopal see in central Croatia, located at the confluence of the Kupa, Sava and Odra rivers, 57km southeast of the Croatian capital Zagreb, and is usually considered to be where the Posavina (Sava basin) begins, with an elevation of 99 m. Change things up with these side-trips from Sisak: Jasenovac Memorial and Museum (in Jasenovac) and Lonjsko Polje Nature Park (in Kutina). The adventure continues: examine the collection at the Old Town, make a trip to Siscia - ancient Roman city, and take in the views from Stari most.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sisak itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Brasov to Sisak. The time zone difference when traveling from Brasov to Sisak is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Bucharest.

Things to do in Sisak

Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, Jasenovac Memorial and Museum
Highlights from your plan
the Old Town ©
the Old Town
©
"Mali Kaptol"

3
nights
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 17th (Tue), admire the striking features of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then stroll around Herăstrău Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bucharest journey planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Sisak to Bucharest with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament