Bucharest tours and excursions
There are several walking tours around Bucharest. From food tour to Communist Bucharest, Old Town to the Jewish neighbourhood, plenty of tours are available to take you around.
Visitors should follow the royal precedent and head for Sinaia, Romanian royalty's historic summer residence. King Carol I fell in love with Sinaia's sublime location at the foot of Mount Furnica, while visiting the monastery there in 1868, and built Peles Castle, a nearly 40-year project that was completed shortly before his death in 1914. This impressive German Renaissance-style palace with soaring gothic spires is now a museum displaying furniture, weapons, paintings and other royal possessions. Nearby is Pelisor, King Ferdinand's palace, decorated in striking art nouveau style. Trains to Sinaia leave from Gara de Nord (journey time - 1 hour 30 minutes). Many visitors stop here en route to Brasov in Transylvania, an hour farther north.Tel: +40 244 310 918.
Prahova Valley and Bran Castle
A number of operators offer day trips into the scenic Prahova Valley in the southern Carpathian mountains. This ancient route features unforgettable landscapes and is strewn with castles, including Peles Castle, the historic residence of Romanian kings, as well as Bran Castle, with its supposed links to the mythical Count Dracula. Bran Castle, a favourite residence of Queen Maria, the granddaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria, is a must-visit for anyone coming to Romania. Set in picturesque surroundings it cling to the rocks and feels just the sort of place you would find a distinguished, fictional vampire.Tel: +40 268 237 700.