CITY OF CONTRASTS
14 days / 250 participants
17 workshops / 6 speakers
One amazing experience

2016, August 1-15

Info

Located between Transylvania’s Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea, Bucharest is the capital city of Romania and it is one of the largest cities in Southeastern Europe with a population of 2,2 million inhabitants.
Romania joined the EU in 2007, and the sense of a new vitality in Bucharest is obvious. The city has changed a lot and it has become a very interesting mix of old and new.
The currency of Romania is Leu (Lei – plural).
Cash can be easily exchanged at any bank or currency exchange office (Casa de Schimb).

Typical Costs

  • Accommodation
  • Food and Drink
  • Transportation
  • Activities
  • Money Saving Tips
Accommodation
Hostel dorm rooms or guesthouses cost between 7 Eur and 13 Eur per person. A double room in a midrange hotel or pension cost about 20 – 35 Eur per person.
Food and Drink
The prices are higher in the city center or in trendy bar, while in the pubs are lower. Average prices for alcohol and cocktails are:
  • a bottle of beer from 1,40 Eur to 2,80 Eur
  • a shot of vodka or whiskey (usually 40ml or 50ml) from 2,80 Eur to 3,70 Eur
  • a cocktail is around 5,00 Eur and non alcoholic 3,50 Eur
  • in dance clubs a bottle of beer costs between 2,30 Eur and 3,50 Eur and a shot around 2,80 Eur
Eating out is definitively cheaper then what you are used from your place:
  • a quick pizza starts from 4,10 Eur
  • cheap lunch menu in average downtown restaurant costs 4,50– 7 Eur and is available from Monday to Friday.
Transportation
PublicTransport: Bucharest has a very complex network of buses, trams, trolleys and metro. The ticketing system uses contactless smart cards, called Activ cards. The night buses are also available. They run between 23:00 to 01:00 and 5:00 to 6:00 every 30 minutes, from 1:00 to 5:00 every 1 hour. Public transfer bus, trolleys, trams tickets can be bought in ticker box only, as rechargeable Activ Card. The following short ticket options are available:
  • one ride – 0,30 Eur
  • 24-hour ticket – 1,80 Eur
Metro – underground train bought in ticket box only, as rechargeable Activ Card:
  • one ride ticket – 0,50 Eur
  • 10 rides ticket – 2,30 Eur
Taxi: We always recommend to ask your guide to arrange the taxi, anyhow if you are not at a guided activity then it is always better to call a taxi by phone when you want to catch a taxi on the street. Don’t forget check fee on door and existence of taxi meter, there are regular taxis charging 0,32 Eur/km and airport taxis 0,80 Eur/km.
Activities
Most museums and attractions cost between 20-40 RON/ 4.5-9.5Euros
Money Saving Tips
Check the meter when taking cabs. First make sure that the car has a meter and then double-check on the fare before taking the cab. In Bucharest, taxi fares are found on the car doors. Rates per km are usually around 1.39 Lei. Try to avoid the 3.50 Lei or higher fees. It is recommended to talk to someone from the organizing team if you need more help.

Top Things to See / Do

Visit the Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral – As one of the most religious countries in Europe, it should be no surprise that there are churches, cathedrals, and monasteries everywhere, many of which date back several centuries. This particular cathedral in Bucharest still has all of its original interior paintings and icons, in addition to some beautiful frescoes.

Explore Bucharest – With several centuries of architecture in this city, there is a really interesting display of old and new. There are plenty of museums, cemeteries, historical sites, shopping centers, and architectural sights to check out here.

See the Danube Delta – Flowing over 1,700 miles from its source, this is Europe’s second largest and best preserved delta. There is so much wildlife to see here, and the hiking is surreal. You can go bird watching and fishing as well.

Shop at a traditional crafts fair – Every year during the month of June, there is a huge craft fair held in Bucharest. People come from all over Romania to sell goods and provide demonstrations. You can see pottery molding, woodcarving, glass blowing, rug and textile weaving, embroidery, and egg painting.

Hike at Mount Tampa – Towering above Brasov, this is one mountain that is riddled with interesting history. It’s easy to hop on a cable car, and check out the view from the top, as well as explore with the defensive fortress. Many people like to go hiking here and visit the Brasov sign.

Descover Brasov – My favorite place in Romania, this historic city is the launching pad for trips to “Dracula’s castle.” There’s great hiking around here, a beautiful historic center, and beautiful medieval streets.

Hunt for Dracula in Sighisoara – Founded during the 12th century, this town is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. A world heritage site, there is a mass of towers, ornate churches, and burgher houses to see throughout the cobbled streets. This is also the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, otherwise more commonly known as Dracula.

Visit Peles Castle – Not too far from Brasov is Sinaia, the site of Peles Castle. The castle itself was constructed between 1873 and 1914 as a getaway spot for the monarch. The building is lavishly decorated, and serves as a great indication of the luxurious lives these rulers enjoyed. A visit to the ground floor of the castle costs $6 USD, but goes up in price for tours of additional floors.

Legal info – Do I need a VISA?

NO. for European citizens

YES. Please consult the list of states whose citizens, holders of simple passports, are required a visa upon entry on the Romanian territory. http://www.mae.ro/sites/default/files/file/pdf/formulare-consulare/Vize/2014.06.09_annex_1_en_conf_reg_509-2014.pdf

Short-stay visa (symbol C)
I. General information:
It allows nationals to require the entry on the Romanian territory, for other reasons than immigration, for an uninterrupted stay or for more stays the duration of which does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period prior to each day of stay on Romania’s territory. This type of visa can be issued for one or several entries.
http://www.mae.ro/en/node/2046

HOW TO APPLY FOR VISAS
http://www.mae.ro/en/node/2060

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