While Romania may not be at the top of every European traveler's itinerary, it should be. It has all of the history and culture of the popular European cities, but is far less congested with tourists. Whether you want to sample some of the local wine, visit the Bran Castle, or just stand and soak in the unbeatable views of the still-untouched countryside, Romania has something for everyone.
Romania's cities are well known for their pedestrian-only areas that make it easy to get up close to historic architecture, but you can also travel just a bit out of the city to see sheep grazing in the fields and farmers traveling via horse-drawn carriage. Hotels in Romania range from five-star luxury accommodations to more intimate places that let you step outside of the tourist district and experience more of the local culture.
If you've booked one of the hotels in Bran, you'll be just a short jaunt away from the famous Bran Castle, which is believed to be the inspiration for the castle in Bram Stoker's "Dracula." Other can't-miss activities include touring the Moeciu de Sus mountain range when the weather is warm, and visiting the local ski slopes if you're visiting during the winter months. Romania hotels in Bucharest—Romania's capital and largest city—put you right in the heart of the country's history and culture. History buffs will love seeing the Palace of the Parliament, Old Town, and Revolution Square there. Round out your trip to Romania with a day trip to Transylvania, where you can sample the local fare or see the Poarta Ecaterinei.
Book hotel packages in Romania during the Christmas season if you don't mind the cold weather, and you'll be rewarded with picturesque countryside and a town lit up with holiday decorations. Take advantage of Travelocity's Bran vacation packages and you can save up to $537 when you book a hotel and flight at the same time.