Benefits

Travel in a group of maximum 6 people, experience a once in a lifetime Dracula themed tour and discover the places that inspired the vampire stories, the most important castles in Transylvania and some of Romania's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

*Guaranteed departure. (Age range: 10 -70) 

*Or you can choose a private tour.

Dracula Tour

We have prepared a real Dracula Tour that you can indulge yourself in. The tour includes the real Dracula castle of course, as well as sightseeing and heritage tours, all organized in a day by day itinerary. People that are naturally drawn by mystery will look for the legend of the most famous vampire in Transylvania, the vampire that possesses incredible powers- Count Dracula. Therefore, for eight days you will visit some of the most important landmarks that are related with the famous vampire and its origins.

Trip Activities

ancient ruins

Explore the Dacian Fortresses in the Orastei Mountains

beautiful roads

Drive on Transfagarasan Highway, know as 'The Road to the Sky'

castles

Explore the fairytale castles in Transylvania

count Dracula

Follow the footsteps of Dracula by visiting his birthplace, his fortress, the castle where he was imprisoned, and more

Itinerary

Arrival in Bucharest

Welcome to Bucharest, Romania!

Romania’s capital city was first mentioned in documents contemporary with Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), the prince that through his deeds and methods of ruling, inspired the legend of Dracula. Throughout this tour in Romania you will learn the truth behind Vlad Tepes Voivode, the descendant of an ancient Wallachian family, and how he came to be an inspiration for the novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.

The city tour will start with a visit to Bucharest’s famous attraction, the Palace of Parliament. Also known as the House of the People (Casa Poporului), the massive construction that is centrally located, is the largest administrative building in the world. Being constructed between 1984 and 1997, it currently hosts the Parliament of Romania. 

Following next is a walking tour through Bucharest’s Old Town (Centrul Vechi) considered the heart of the city thanks to its beautiful architecture and its lively atmosphere, filled with cafes, restaurants, and different tourist attractions.

 In the surroundings, you can sightsee Curtea Veche (the Old Court), the first royal court in Bucharest and one of Vlad Tepe's residential place. In the middle of the ruins, you can see the bust of Vlad the Impaler.

 

Overnight in Bucharest.

Bucharest – Targoviste Royal Court – Poenari Castle

Breakfast.

The tour from Bucharest continues with a trip to Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia back in the medieval times. Targoviste served as a Saxon colony throughout the 13th century, and due to its economic growth, it became a secondary residence for Wallachian princes during the 14th century.

The Royal court was moved from Curtea de Argeș to Târgoviște in 1431, and it was constantly refurbished through the years. The princely court was rather small before Vlad the Impaler restructured it in order to stand against enemy attacks, later on constructing Tower of Chindia. In 1395, the city was sieged and set on fire by Bayezid I, and in 1462 the Ottoman invasion was only stopped from reaching the city by Vlad the Impaler’s Night Attack.

Targoviste city tour, together with Princely Church and Chindia Tower is an introduction into the life and background of Vlad Tepes.

Next on, you will head to Poenari Fortress. The construction that was built at the beginning of the 13th century served as the residence for plenty of people; additionally it was restored by Vlad the Impaler and became one of his main fortresses. The fortress is located at an altitude of over 800 m, and in order to reach it, there are more than 1400 stone steps to climb. Often called the Vlad Tepes “Eagle’s Nest,” the fortress has been a strategic point thanks to its location.

*Due to renovations, Poenari Castle is closed and cannot be visited until 2021

 

Your day will be concluded with arriving at your accommodation “Valea cu Pesti,” a marvelous hotel located near Transfagarasan Road, where you can relax and get ready for a new day of Dracula Tour.

Overnight on Transfagarasan.

Poenari – Transfagarasan – Sibiu

Breakfast.

 

At the beginning of your day in Transylvania Romania, you can admire some stunning landscapes as you travel across the Carpathian Mountains. As Transfagarasan Road goes across the Southern Carpathians and through Fagaras, the tallest mountains in Romania reaching 2042m, spectacular sceneries are visible, and some unique photographs can be taken as there are enchanting landscapes all around.

 

Starting your tour to Transylvania, the next stop on the itinerary is visiting Sibiu. Sibiu is one of the medieval towns that, more than 600 years ago, the story of Dracula started to spread through the noblemen and merchants that inhabited the city.

Meanwhile there, you will visit Astra Museum, an open-air museum that is home to original Romanian monuments, where you can take a ride with a traditional wooden carriage as well.

The museum is home to more than 300 traditional buildings and thousands of traditional household objects, structured in five large sectors.

 

For the rest of the day, you will take a Sibiu walking tour to see how the city beautifully blends tradition with multicultural and modern elements. The journey begins in the Main Square of the town and continues with visiting some of the most famous landmarks in Sibiu: Brukenthal Museum, the “Holy Trinity” Roman Catholic Cathedral, and the Huet Square with its Evangelical Church.  You will then have a couple of hours to explore the city by yourself, to immerge with this gorgeous, historic city. 

 

Overnight in Sibiu.

Sibiu – Corvin Castle – Sarmizegetusa Regia – Densus – Deva

Breakfast.

The fourth day of your Dracula Tour will begin with visiting one of Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, Corvin Castle (or Hunyadi Castle). According to the legend, Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned in here for 7 years. Located in Hunedoara County, Corvin Castle is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. It displays an impressive Renaissance-Gothic architecture, an inner courtyard, and it is surrounded by gorgeous soaring towers and bastions.

 

You will then head on to Orastie Mountains, to visit the ruins of Sarmizegetusa Regia, an important Dacian fortress that served as the most important military, religious and political center of the Dacian Empire at the time. First mentioned in 1575, the fortress had a citadel, residential areas, workshops, and a sacred zone. The sacred zone is one of the most important Dacian Sanctuaries; its layout is similar to Stonehenge. On the site were discovered seven temples: two round and five rectangular temples and an andesite altar. However, only the foundation of these monuments has been preserved until today.

 

The guided tour continues with a trip to Densus Village in Hunedoara, where you can visit Densus Church, considered one of the oldest church in Romania that religious services are still performed. The church is supposedly constructed sometimes in the 7th century and the murals inside date from back in the 15th century, portraying Jesus Christ wearing traditional Romanian clothing.

One hypothesis claims that Densus Church was a pagan temple because of: the altar that is closer to South than East, the roof that is shaped like a dove and the lion statues that are united by their tails. Another hypothesis is that the church was built as a mausoleum to the Roman general Longinus Maximus.

Overnight in Deva.

Deva – Alba Carolina – Turda – Cluj Napoca

Breakfast.

Your day will begin with a guided tour of Alba Iulia, a city situated at the center of Romania. A famous landmark is Alba Carolina Citadel, the largest medieval citadel in Romania, built between 1715 and 1738. The site was previously home to other two fortifications: the Roman Castle of Legio XIII Gemina and the Bălgrad Medieval Citadel.

The medieval fortress was part of a fortification system created by Prince Eugene of Savoy designed to ensure the defenses of the newly conquered provinces of the Habsburg Empire. Alba Carolina Citadel is, therefore, one of the most representative Vauban bastion fortifications in Transylvania and one of the Roman Empire’s main fortifications in the area

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Next stop will be at Turda, where you will visit the salt mine that covers an area of almost 45 kilometers. Turda has been used for salt mining for hundreds of years, being mentioned for the first time in 1075. Today Turda Salt Mine is a touristic destination being one of the most interesting underground places in the world. The mine is the perfect location for fun or for a family trip. Mini-golf, ping pong, bowling, Ferris Wheel rides, boat rides on the underground lake, all these entertainment activities are available at Turda Mine.

Overnight in Cluj Napoca.

Cluj – Biertan – Sighisoara

Breakfast.

You will depart from Cluj and head to Biertan Fortified Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is located in a near Saxon village. Surrounded by three tall defensive walls, the church dates back from the 13th century and features a late-gothic architecture, representing a stunning medieval masterpiece.

 

The guided tour continues with the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, the only inhabited medieval fortress in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a walk along the fortress’s winding cobblestone streets lined with historical buildings until you reach the Clock Tower, the symbol of the city. The tower is home to a well preserved medieval weapon museum and a torture chamber. The citadel was built in the 12th century and further fortified in the 15th century.

 

For those interested in Dracula’s birth, Sighisoara medieval citadel is known to be the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler; therefore you will have time to visit the place where the ruthless Wallachian ruler lived the first years of his life.

 

Overnight in Sighisoara.

Sighisoara – Brasov – Bran – Snagov Monastery

Breakfast.

The first destination for the day is the city of Brasov, a highly visited location in Romania. Once there, you will take a city tour to discover some of Brasov’s numerous attractions. You will take a walk on one of the narrowest street in Eastern Europe (Strada Sforii), explore the Council Square and delve into the secrets of the gothic style church, the Black Church.

 

The tour continues with visiting Bran Castle also known as Dracula’s Castle, one of the spookiest medieval castles in Europe- often referred to as the home of Dracula, the character from Bram Stoker's novel. Bran Castle was built in the 13th century on a 60-meter cliff, guarding the most important access route into Transylvania.

You will depart from the Castle of Dracula and head back to the historical region of Wallachia; the land reigned by Vlad the Impaler. The final stop for the day is Snagov Monastery, located on the small Snagov Island, where Vlad the Impaler is supposedly buried.

 

*The place where Vlad was buried is uncertain and many stories and legends are hovering around it. According to the legend, Vlad Tepes was not killed by Turks, but he was freed by his daughter and brought to Italy.

The most widely accepted legend depicts that Vlad the Impaler could not be Christianly buried after his assassination because of the rival aristocratic families and that the Snagov Monastery monks stole his body in secret, to bury him in a proper traditional way.

 

Overnight in Bucharest.

Bucharest – Departure

Breakfast.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport according to your flight hours.

 

*If you're interested in spending the  Halloween in Transylvania check out our Halloween tour in Transylvania.

What's included

  •   Airport Transfers
  •   Accommodation for 7 nights BB, in centrally located hotels
  •   Professional English-speaking guide
  •   Entrance fees for the sights included in the itinerary
  •   Transport by private car/minivan

 

What's not included

  •   Airline tickets
  •   Travel insurance
  •   Meals, other than mentioned in the itinerary and alcoholic beverages
  •   Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  •   Photography Fees
  •   Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs etc.

 

Good to know

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  • Special notes

    During the tour: If any attraction cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control, the attraction will be replaced on-site.

    Cobblestone streets are frequent, so please pack some comfortable shoes.

    The traffic jams and staying in line are often frequent in some regions.

  • Accomodation

    Centrally located 3* hotels, with the possibility to upgrade to 4* or 5* hotels in some cities.

    For each city, we chose the best available option in terms of quality.

  • Departure

    You will be picked up at 10:00 AM.

We recommend

Although Romania has a unique beauty in each season, for this tour we recommend:

Dracula Tour | 8 days in Transylvania

  • 21 October 2019 - 28 October 2019
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