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Dracula Tour - 10 days

Cultural and historical tour about Dracula and Romania. Group up to 7 persons

Dracula Tour follows the history and the legends about Dracula, the infamous character of Bram Stoker. It’s a tour destined for those who are interested in history, culture, legends but who, at the same time, still know how to enjoy life. The tour starts in Bucharest, a city first mentioned in a written document by Dracula himself. On the way to Transylvania, you’ll reach the real fortress of Vlad the Impaler and then, passing through Sibiu, you’ll see many other places related to him such as Corvin Castle, the medieval town of Sighisoara, his birthplace, the Borgo Pass, or the Bran Castle, the most visited tourist attraction of Romania.

Type: small shared group, cultural

Distance: 1770km / 1100mi

Accommodation: 3/4-star boutique hotels and superior guest houses

5 July 2022 – 14 July 2022
23 October 2022 – 1 November 2022

4 July 2023 – 13 July 2023
21 October 2023 – 30 October 2023

This tour can be organized as a private tour on any other date you prefer. In this case, the price will be provided on request.

€1799/person sharing a double room

Single Supplement: €330

Book for 3 persons and get a discount of 5%
Book for 4 or more persons and get a discount of 10%

Highlights of the tour:

Regions

  • Wallachia
  • Transylvania
  • Maramures
  • Bucovina
  • Moldova

Cities

  • Bucharest
  • Sibiu
  • Sighisoara
  • Targu Mures
  • Bistrita
  • Brasov
 

Major Sights

  • The Parliament
  • Poenari Citadel
  • Transfagarasan Highway
  • Corvin Castle
  • Vlad Dracul House
  • Borgo Pass
  • Bicaz Gorge
  • Bran Castle
  • Peles Castle

UNESCO Attractions

  • Sighisoara

Day 1
OTOPENI AIRPORT – BUCHAREST (40min drive)

Arrival in Bucharest. You’ll be transferred to your hotel where you’ll receive more details about your tour. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight in Bucharest: 4-star hotel

Day 2
FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST (1h drive)

After breakfast, a full-day sightseeing tour of Bucharest, including the visit to the famous Parliament Palace. The walking tour includes Revolution Square and the bustling old center of Bucharest. You’ll admire as well The Village Museum and famous boulevards and neighborhoods of this interesting city.

Bucharest's settlement was first mentioned in 1459, and, ever since, the town went through a series of continuous changes, representing the central scene of Romania’s political, artistic, university, financial and cultural life. Between the two world wars, due to the elegant architecture and to the elite living in Bucharest, the city was nicknamed “The Little Paris.”

During the tour of Bucharest, you’ll stop to visit the Romanian Parliament, the largest administrative building in Europe. The building is located in Bucharest's historical and geographical center, and it was built on a hill. The building, whose works were started in July 1984, includes a huge combination of monumental sculptures, gilded ornaments, decorative flooring, laced ceilings, brocade curtains, heavy carpets, tapestry, all in a succession of chambers, galleries, lavish vast rooms, and halls. It’s the perfect image of a regime detached from reality, a regime that didn’t care at all about the real needs of the Romanian society.

Located in a green area of Bucharest and inaugurated in 1936, The Village Museum is one of the most beautiful and most interesting museums in the country. It boasts old and original houses brought from different parts of the country. In The Revolution Square, you’ll get the story of the anti-communist revolution from 1989, and you’ll find out more about the hardships an entire nation had to suffer for 45 years. The day ends with what became the most bustling area of Bucharest, The Old Center. Once the place of princely families and nobles, later an area of the craftsmen, the old center became today the Mecca of bars, restaurants, and quaint cobblestone streets.

Overnight in Bucharest: 4-star hotel

Bucharest, Romania

Day 3
BUCHAREST – TARGOVISTE – POENARI – SIBIU (5-hour drive)

In the morning, you’ll set off for Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia. It is here where you’ll be able to see the famous Sunset Tower (Chindia Tower). Built at Vlad the Impaler's order, the tower offers great views over the entire city of Targoviste. Before your departure, take a stroll around the ruins of the former court and admire the Orthodox frescoes of the Princely Church.

Further on, you’ll be taken to the fortress of Poenari*, located in the Transylvanian Alps. Perched on top of a mountain, be careful as there are 1480 steps to be climbed! The citadel was probably built in the 14th century by the first Wallachian princes. Later on, it was modified and extended by Vlad the Impaler, whom we also know as Dracula. In addition to all the stories and legends, the site offers great panoramic views of the mountain on both sides.

The tour continues along the Transfagarasan** highway. As the second-highest road in Romania, the Transfagarasan Highway offers a route to the Carpathian Mountains alpine area. The road is 100km (62mi) from the town of Arefu (Arges County) to Carta (Sibiu County). The highest point – 2042m (6699ft) is reached at Balea Lake. It was built in just four years, between 1970 and 1974, at Nicolae Ceausescu's order, the last Communist dictator of Romania.

Once you are at the top of the mountain, Transylvania welcomes you. You’ll reach the city of Sibiu in time for dinner.

* Because the Fortress of Poenari is closed for renovation, this place will be seen from outside only. 

**between October and July, the Transfagrasan road will be changed for the road along the Olt Valley

Overnight in Sibiu: 4-star hotel

Transfagarasan Highway

Day 4
SIBIU – HUNEDOARA – ALBA IULIA – SIBIU (3h 30min drive)

Today you’ll visit Alba Iulia, a great Vauban fortification. It was the capital of Transylvania between 1541 and 1690. In the first part of the 18th century, the Austrian Empire transformed Alba Iulia into one of the region's best-defended citadels. Several of the gates have been very well preserved. The third gate, a real masterpiece, is one of them.

You’ll then be taken to Hunedoara, where you’ll visit the largest Gothic castle in Transylvania. Built in the 14th-15th centuries, the castle belonged to King Corvinus's ancestors, the Hungarian king of the 15th century. It is here that Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned on his way to Budapest.

Further on, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu. Hermanstadt, to use its German name, was founded by the Saxon colonists about 800 years ago. In a short time, Sibiu became one of the most important cities of Transylvania. Sibiu boasts several medieval squares, including the Great Square (Piata Mare), which is the largest in Romania. It is surrounded by old houses, impressive palaces such as the Brukenthal Palace, and religious constructions, including the Catholic Cathedral. The tour of Sibiu continues with the other squares, the oldest cobblestone streets, and you’ll find out more about the legend which surrounds the Bridge of Lies. The tour of Sibiu ends with the Evangelical Cathedral and the former medieval towers.

Overnight in Sibiu: 4-star hotel

Corvin Castle, Transylvania

Day 5
SIBIU – BIERTAN – SIGHISOARA (2h drive)

In the morning, you’ll set off for Sighisoara. On the way, you’ll take a detour for the UNESCO site of Biertan. Located in a beautiful rural area of Transylvania, the castle-church of Biertan is perched on a hill surrounded by old Saxon houses that preserve the medieval atmosphere. You’ll enjoy a tour of the fortress and church, where you’ll learn the history of this place, and you’ll hear some funny stories.

Sighisoara, another UNESCO site in Transylvania, is the next stop on your trip. Built by the Germans about 800 years ago, the medieval citadel of Sighisoara looks like a perfect postcard. It is the best-preserved citadel in Romania, a stunning combination of cobblestone streets, medieval walls, massive watchtowers, and old architecture. Add to these the House of Vlad Dracul, allegedly the birthplace of Dracula. You’ll visit the Clock Tower, the symbol of Sighisoara, and the Church on the Hill, one of the citadel's oldest buildings.

Overnight in Sighisoara: 3-star hotel

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Day 6
SIGHISOARA – TARGU MURES – BISTRITA – BORGO PASS (4h 30min drive)

In Targu Mures, you’ll encounter a new type of architecture, the Secession style. Developed for the first time in Germany and Austria, the style spread out into many other parts of the Western world. In Transylvania, it was introduced by the local Hungarian authorities in cities such as Targu Mures, Medias, and Cluj Napoca. One of the most impressive Secession buildings is the Culture Palace in Targu Mures – you’ll get to admire the building’s Concert Hall and visit other museums including the Art Museum.

Bistrita, founded by German colonists, is where Jonathan Harker, the character in the Dracula novel, overnights for the first time in Transylvania at the Golden Crown. Stop at the very same hotel and enjoy a delicious lunch. Afterward, you’ll take a short tour of the old town.

Soon you’ll enjoy the beauty of the villages along the road and then, the exotic Carpathian Mountains. You’ll reach the Dracula Castle Hotel located in Borgo Pass. Although mentioned in the Dracula novel, the building was built much more recently.

You’ll spend the night in a mountain village.

Overnight in Bucovina: 4-star hotel

Targu Mures, Transylvania

Day 7
BORGO PASS – BICAZ – BRASOV (6h 30min)

Today is going to be a long day. You’ll be able to admire the beautiful landscape of the Carpathian Mountains for the whole day. You’ll pass through the Bicaz Gorge where you’ll admire the wonders of nature. Not far away, you’ll stop for a short visit to the Red Lake. You’ll be told the interesting legend of the lake and you’ll enjoy a short walking tour.

The evening is dedicated to Halloween. In the evening, you’ll be taken to Bran where you’ll explore the famous castle of Bran*, the most visited tourist landmark in Romania. Built about 800 years ago when Transylvania was controlled by Hungarian kings, the castle became a major attraction in the ’60s when it became known as “Dracula’s Castle.” You’ll get to admire its beautiful rooms renovated by Queen Marie of Romania, and you’ll be told the story of Dracula.

Overnight in Brasov: 4-star hotel

*excepting the Halloween period, Bran Castle will be visited the next day

Bran Castle, Transylvania

Day 8
BRASOV – SINAIA – HARMAN – BRASOV (2h drive)

It’s time to leave Transylvania behind, but only for a short time. You’ll cross the mountains back into Wallachia, and you’ll stop in Sinaia, also known as the Pearl of the Carpathian Mountains. You will be literally overwhelmed by the splendor of Peles Castle (ground floor exhibition)*. Built at Carol I's request, the first king of Romania, Peles Castle is considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. The unique architecture and exquisite interiors are matched only by the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains.

At noon stop at Harman Saxon village located pretty close to Brasov and visit the stunning Harman fortified church. The construction dates back to 1240, and 200 years later, the fortification walls were constructed. The church served as a worship place for the locals but also as a shelter during the invasions. The visit of the fortified church from Harman is like stepping back in time. You’ll discover how the Saxons lived here, and you’ll admire their medieval dwellings and their church.

The last stop is Brasov, a city built by the German colonists about 750 years ago. It boasts wonderful medieval architecture. Surrounded by massive walls, towers, and gates, the city was also protected against different invasions by the mountains' steep hills. Located on an important trade route, the city developed quickly. The residents built one of the most impressive Gothic churches between Vienna and Istanbul, today is known as the Black Church**.

Peles Castle is closed on Mondays. The Rasnov fortress or the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni may be used as alternatives.

** During the cold months, between November and April, the Black Church will be seen only from outside.

Overnight in Brasov: 4-star hotel

Peles Castle, Sinaia, Romania

Day 9
BRASOV – RASNOV – SNAGOV – BUCHAREST (3h 40min)

Dracula Tour continues with the peasant fortress of Rasnov. Built more than 800 years ago, perched on the top of a high hill, the fortress of Rasnov was conquered only once. Today, it offers a great panoramic view over Transylvania.

The tour will end with the mysterious Snagov Monastery. Probably built for the first time in the 14th century, the present church, located on a beautiful island, dates back to the 16th century. Today, the Snagov Monastery is famous throughout the world thanks to Vlad the Impaler's personage, a great historical figure for Romanians, while for foreigners is the infamous vampire known as Dracula.

In the afternoon, you’ll reach again the capital city of Romania, where our Dracula Tour ends.

Overnight in Bucharest: 4-star hotel

Snagov Monastery, Romania

Day 9
BUCHAREST – OTOPENI AIRPORT (40min drive)

You’ll be transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule.

End of the tour

€1710/person sharing a double room

Single Supplement: €285

Book for 3 persons and get a discount of 5%
Book for 4 or more persons and get a discount of 10%

Included:

  • Airport/hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by modern car
  • Accommodation for 9 nights in 3/4-star hotels and superior B&Bs
  • Breakfast for each morning
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • Entrance fees to sites included in the program
  • Liability insurance

Not Included:

  • Flight ticket
  • Hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
  • Other meals except for those mentioned
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

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