ROMANIA: ORTHODOX EASTER
10 DAYS // APR 26 – MAY 6, 2016
Bordered by Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary and Moldova, Romania also has a stretch of coastline along the Black Sea. Much of Romania's terrain is mountainous with the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvanian Alps occupying parts of the central and northern regions. Home to a large number of glacial and karstic lakes, rivers and lagoons, Romania's splendid scenery will take many by surprise. Considerable amounts of arable land, orchards, vineyards, rural pastures and farmland are significant features of Romania's countryside.
Bucharest was first mentioned in official documents in 1459 during the rule of Vlad III or Vlad the Impaler, a character who inspired Bram Stoker to write the novel Dracula which is now a global phenomenon, being one of the first things associated with Romania. In Bucharest you will see what is left of Vlad’s princely court and you will hear more about him while in Transylvania.
Romanian (limba romana) is the official language of Romania. The name Romania, and its derivatives, come from the Latin word 'Romanus,' a legacy of Roman rulers who took control of ancient Dacia in 106 A.D. Romanian retains a number of features of old Latin, such as noun cases, which other Romance languages dispensed with a long time ago.
87% Romanian Orthodox, with Greek and Roman Catholic, Reformed/Lutheran, Unitarian, Muslim and Jewish minorities.
The best times to visit in terms of climate are the end of April to the beginning of July as temperatures are mild and pleasant. Summers can be hot especially in Southern Romania, including Bucharest, but along the Black Sea Coast, sea breezes offer moderate temperatures.
Bring light and lightweight comfortable clothes for the days and something medium weight to layer with in the cooler evenings. As always, bring a thin, waterproof shell - chances are you will not need it, but you never know. Wear good walking shoes.
Romanian cuisine is an eclectic mix of different cultural influences with elements from Turkey, Germany, Hungary all easily discernible.
Traditionally, Romanian food tends to be stodgy and meat-based, revolving around dishes such as ciolan afumat (smoked pork knuckle with beans), mamaliga (cornmeal polenta) and carnaţi de pleşcoi (mutton sausages).
Breakfasts almost always include eggs, either soft-boiled, hard-boiled, fried or scrambled, and omelettes filled with either cheese, ham or mushrooms are also frequently served.
Romania uses the Romanian Leu. Major credit cards are widely accepted in the main tourist centers with a surcharge.
PASSPORT and visa REQUIREMENTS
US citizens do not need a visa to enter Romania and may stay up to 90 days. A passport valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond intended stay is is required.
The voltage is generally 220 V, and outlets will fit the two-pin plug known as the Europlug.
Country Dialing Code
Telephone Country code is +40