Welcome to Eastern Europe s most infamous land of the unholy, Transylvania (Romania). A tour you will never forget! The tour is part history, involving Vlad Tepes, and part mystery surrounding the undead blood sucker, Dracula.
Princely Court - Dracula's Palace in Bucharest
Snagov Monastery where Vlad was buried after his assassination
The Famous Bran Castle
Sighisoara with the house where Vlad Tepes was born
Borgo Pass in the Carpathian Mountains,
Poienari - Vlad’s old and faithful citadel..
We will start to discover Count Dracula's traces at the Princely Court - Dracula's Palace in Bucharest, built in the second half of the XIVth century.
The guide will pick-you up and you will start to discover the city. The city tour includes all the important places and architectural buildings: Parliament Palace, Arch of Triumph, the former Royal Palace (nowadays the Art Museum), the Athenaeum (Romania’s most famous concert hall), the Revolution Square (where the 1989 anti - Communist revolt went nationwide), ride along Victoria Avenue, the University, the National Theatre, the Opera House, Manuc’s Inn, the medieval core of the town, the Patriarchy.
We will not unpack because our adventure just started and tomorrow...
The guide will pick you up from hotel and will go to Snagov to visit Snagov Monastery where Vlad was buried after his assassination. The monastic establishment is located on a small island of Snagov Lake so you’ll also enjoy a boat trip across the lake.
The architectural style of the monastery follows the architectural pattern that is characteristic to the monasteries on the Holy Mount Athos in Greece. Then, we will go to Brasov, one of the most beautiful cities in Romania and will visit the Black Church.
The Black Church is the largest gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul and boasts the largest church bell in Romania, which weighs seven tons.
This day is dedicated to Bran Castle, well known as Dracula's Castle. This castle came to be connected with the legend of Dracula the Vampire. It was built between 1377 and 1382, on a 60 m high rock with a strategic, military and commercial purpose. The building has four towers positioned at the four cardinal points. The walls are made of stone blocks, the rooms and narrow corridors constitute a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers, whilst in the inner courtyard there are artesian wells, connected to an underground network. The castle had both a military and a customs point purpose.
We head towards Sighisoara. Here we will visit the house where Vlad Tepes was born, now a cozy restaurant. You can serve his favorite dish and drink his Vampire red wine. Sighisoara is the best preserved medieval town in Romania.
Walking tour: visit the medieval citadel (the “Upper Town”) of Sighisoara: the Clock Tower, the Evangelical Church etc. After The city tour, we will drive across Transylvania via Targu Mures and Bistrita (walk through the medieval town center) to the Borgo Pass in the Carpathian Mountains. The landscape is amaizing.
Accommodation at the “Dracula Castle” Hotel. At the construction of the hotel, in the year 1980 the 21 members of the „Dracula” Society from London carried bricks by hand or by barrow, leaving a document with their signatures closed hermetically in an empty Scotch whisky bottle (the president at that time was Mr. Bruce Wightman). The place where the document is located is known only by the master of the „Dracula” castle from Piatra Fântânele in Romania.
In front of the hotels is the statue of legendary Bram Stocker. The hotel is situated in the mountain and has a wonderful view of the area.
In the morning continue your tour with a walk in the spectacular scenery around the hotel, and then drive southwards to Biertan Fortified Church and visit it. In 1995, the fortified church of Biertan was included in the list of the world architectural patrimony under UNESCO patronage. The eclesiastic and defence complex was built in 15th-16th centuries in the late Gothic style,with specific Renaissance element.
From Biertan, we will go to Sibiu where will overnight. City tour of Sibiu, European Cultural Capital in 2007.
In the last day in Transylvania, we will complete our tour with a visit to Poienari, Vlad’s old and faithful citadel perched high on a cliff, more than 1000 stairs to climb. In 1459, Turks captured by Vlad Tepes in revenge for killing his father and brother were made to march to this site, where they were ‘encouraged’ to build this amazing defensive fortress. It’s rightfully considered by Dracula buffs to be the ‘real’ Dracula’s castle.
In the evening will arrive in Bucharest.
-Entrance tickets to all the museums and touristic attractions included in the program.