Bran Castle

Dracula Tour – 10 days

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Dracula Tour follows the history and the legends about Dracula, the infamous character of Bram Stoker. The tour starts in Bucharest, a city first mentioned in a written document by Vlad the Impaler. On the way to Transylvania you will reach the real fortress of Vlad the Impaler and then, passing through Sibiu you will see many other place related to him such as the Corvin Castle, the medieval town of Sighisoara, his birth place, the Borgo Pass or the Bran Castle, the most visited tourist attraction of Romania.

Category:
Tour type

small group shared tour by car/minibus

Price

1581 Euro per person based on double occupancy

Discounts for online bookings

5% for 2 persons, 8% for 3 persons, 10% for 4 persons or more

Single room supplement

255 Euro

Duration

10 days / 9 nights

Operating Days

See departure dates below

Starting time

08:00 am in the first day

Return time

Around 08:00 pm in the last day

Language

English (other languages available on request for an additional fee)

Not included

Hotel Extras; Flight tickets; Tips; Other meals except for breakfast, Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites, Halloween party: €45 (available just for the October tour)

Included

Due to the presence of bears in the area, Poenari Citadel is temporarily closed for visitors’ safety (including the access to the fortress) until the situation is remedied. 

Itinerary:

Day 1: BUCHAREST

Arrival in Bucharest – the capital of Romania. Pick-up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. In the evening you meet your tour guide and the fellow travelers.

Overnight in Bucharest.

Day 2: FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST

The day starts with a tour of Bucharest, the capital city of Romania since 1859.

The tour will include the famous Revolution Square, where thousands of people put an end to a 45-year-long vicious Communist regime.

In the Old Town, you’ll get to roam its quaint little streets packed with restaurants, bars, inns, and many buildings with outstanding architecture.

The tour of Bucharest continues with the famous Parliament, also known as the Palace of the People. Built at the command of Ceausescu, the former Communist leader, the Palace is the world’s largest civilian administrative building, as well as certainly having been the most expensive to build.
After lunch, you’ll be taken to the northern part of Bucharest. On the way, you’ll enjoy a driving tour while you admire the wide, green boulevards, the impressive private houses and impressive monuments such as the Aviators’ Statue and the Arch of Triumph.

The Village Museum is the last stop of the day. Inaugurated in 1936, this outdoor museum boasts old traditional houses representative of the whole country, and in a short period of time you’ll be able to admire the many different architectural styles that contribute to Romania’s fascinating architectural heritage.

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 3: BUCHAREST – TARGOVISTE – POENARI – SIBIU

In the morning you’ll set off for Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia. It is here that you’ll be able to see and climb the famous Sunset Tower (Chindia Tower). Built at the order of Vlad the Impaler, 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, Transfagarasan offers route to the alpine area of the Carpathian Mountains. It was built in just four years, between 1970 and 1974, at the order of Nicolae Ceausescu, 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.

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

Overnight in Sibiu

Day 4: SIBIU – HUNEDOARA – ALBA IULIA – SIBIU

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

The next visit is 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 best defended citadels of the region. Several of the gates have been very well preserved, the third gate being a real masterpiece.

Further on, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu, a 800 years old city founded by Saxon colonists. Sibiu boasts several medieval squares, including the Great Square (Piata Mare) which is the largest of its kind in Romania. The tour of Sibiu continues with the other squares, the oldest cobblestone streets, visit of the Evangelical Cathedral and the former medieval towers. You’ll find out more about the legend which surrounds the Bridge of Lies.

Overnight in Sibiu.

Day 5: SIBIU – BIERTAN – SIGHISOARA

In the morning you’ll set off for Sighisoara. On the way you’ll make 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 which preserve the medieval atmosphere. You’ll enjoy a tour of the fortress and church, where you’ll learn the history of this place as well as 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 watch towers and old architecture. Add to these the House of Vlad Dracul, allegedly the birth place of Dracula. You’ll visit the Clock Tower, the symbol of Sighisoara, and the Church on the Hill, one of the oldest buildings of the citadel.

Overnight in Sighisoara

Day 6: SIGHISOARA – TARGU MURES – BISTRITA – BORGO PASS

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. Afterwards 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 where you can visit his dungeon . . . at your own risk!
You’ll spend the night in a mountain village.

Overnight in Borgo Pass

Day 7: BORGO PASS – BICAZ – BRASOV

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 the nature. Not far away you’ll stop for a short visit of the Red Lake. You’ll be told the interesting legend of the lake and you’ll enjoy a short walking tour.

Overnight in Brasov

Day 8: BRASOV – SINAIA – HARMAN – BRASOV

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’ll visit the local monastery, the oldest building in the town. Further on, you’ll be literally overwhelmed by the splendor of Peles Castle*. Built by the order of Carol I, 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 themselves.

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 walls of fortification were constructed. The church served as a worship place for the locals but as a shelter, as well, during the Ottoman invasions. Visiting Harman fortified church will be like steping back time as you will discover how the Saxons used to live here by admiring their authentic, 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 steep hills of the mountains. Located on an important trade route, the city developed quickly, and the residents built one of the most impressive Gothic churches between Vienna and Istanbul, today known as the Black Church**.

* Peles Castle is closed on Mondays between May 16th and September 15th. For the rest of the year it is closed on both Mondays and Tuesdays. Each year the castle is closed for the entire month of November. Pelisor Castle 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

Day 9: BRASOV –RASNOV – SNAGOV – BUCHAREST

The 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 Dracula tour ends with 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 the personage of Vlad the Impaler, who for Romanians is a great historical figure 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

Day 10: BUCHAREST – AIRPORT

Today you’ll be transferred to the airport according to your schedule.

End of the tour.

UNESCO Monuments

Biertan fortified church, the medieval citadel of Sighisoara

Departures for 2017:

  • 11 Jul 2017 – 20 Jul 2017
  • 22 Oct 2017 – 31 Oct 2017

Departures for 2018:

  • 10 July 2018 – 19 July 2018
  • 21 October 2018 – 30 October 2018

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

Important

TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

Notes

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

Please note that the order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions as well as on the visiting program switch from summer to winter season.

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