Welcome to a great travel adventure that will take you to Eastern Europe's most infamous land of the unholy Transylvania! During six "scary and spooky" days, you will experience the perfect mix between history - involving Vlad Tepes, and mystery - surrounding the undead blood sucker, Dracula.
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 from your hotel/airport 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.
Overnight in Bucharest.
The guide will pick you up from the hotel and we will head to Snagov, where we will visit Snagov Monastery, the place 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. After that, we will continue our way to Brasov, one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. The main attraction is the medieval part of the city with the Black Church, that houses a priceless collection of Oriental rugs as well as a 4000-pipe organ. The Town Hall Square, the Franciscan Monastery, the Central Park, the Black Tower, the White Tower, Ecaterina's Gate, Schei Gate and the Rope Street - the narrowest street in Europe.
Overnight right in the historical center of Brasov.
This day is dedicated to Bran Castle, well known as Dracula's Castle. The 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.
After that, we move forward to Sighisoara citadel - Europe's best preserved medieval town!
Highlights include: Guild Tower, Venetian House (built in the 13th Century), Vlad the Impaler (Dracula)'s House, Antler House, Wood Covered Staircase, Hill Church, Hermann Oberth Square and the famous Clock Tower (Council Tower) built in the 14th century. The tower has seven foot thicks walls and was used to store ammunition, food reserves, archives and the city's treasures.
Optional: dinner in the house where Dracula was born, today a famous restaurant.
Accommodation in Sighisoara, right in the medieval citadel.
Today, we drive across Transylvania via Targu Mures and Bistrita (walk through the medieval town center) to the Borgo Pass in the Carpathian Mountains. We will enjoy amazing landscapes!
In the evening, arrival and accommodation at “Dracula Castle” Hotel. At the construction of the hotel, in the 1980 year, 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 hotel we can find the statue of legendary Bram Stoker.
In the morning, we continue our 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.
We will then head to Sibiu - European Cultural Capital in 2007.
The city tour highlights will include: Piata Mare (The Big Square), Piata Mica (The Little Square), Piata Huet (Huet Square), Iron Bridge, The Evanghelical Church and Mitropolia (The Orthodox Church).
Overnight in Sibiu medieval center.
In our 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, arrival in Bucharest capital, where we will say GoodBye! Drop off at your hotel or directly at the airport.
*Additional night in Bucharest can be added if needed, additional cost will apply.
PRIVATE TOUR by car/minivan
850 EUR/pers (group of 2 persons)
*the tour can be organized even for 1 solo traveler
*for more people traveling together, the price will be revised