Dracula and Transylvania Travel Adventure across Romania

6 - 9 Days
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Low

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10 Years

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Let’s take you on a spooky travel adventure to the hometown of Dracula!

Bring in the cauldron – we are throwing in mystery spells, spooky fun portions, supernatural legends charms, and some challenging treasure hunts to give you an explosive travel adventure! Join us on an exciting trip through Romania as we help you explore the Gothic architecture of Transylvania, enjoy mouthwatering Bucharest cuisines, wander through stunning UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and learn more about the origin story of the world’s most powerful vampire – Dracula.

Your 8-days fun begins in Bucharest and spreads through 14 destinations in Romania before returning to the original location. You will walk down spooky paths in search of clues, solve puzzles and collect odd items that will help you explore the delights of this beautiful Vamp country. But, that’s not all! You also stand a chance to get 100%, 50%, or a 25% refund of your participatory fee when you become our first-place, second-place, or third-place winner!

If you are in for a spooky adventure, then we suggest you take this one!

Day by day

Welcome to Bucharest! Mentioned for the first time in 1459 as the "Citadel fo Bucharest", this city became the residence of the infamous Vlad the Impaler in the 15th century.

Your Bucharest city tour begins with one of the most famous tourist attractions, the Palace of the Parliament. Originally named ”House of the Republic”, the building is one of the most spectacular projects carried under the communist ruler, Nicolae Ceausescu. It was built between 1984 and 1997, and it holds the Guinness World Record for the largest administrative building in the world, measuring 240 meters in length, 270 in width, and 84 in height. The building is also known as the House of the People.

Overnight in Bucharest.

Breakfast.

We will step into the heart of Romania by visiting Targoviste, the capital of the historic region of Wallachia. After touring some of its landmarks, such as the Chindia Tower, we will leave for Poenari Castle.

Perched atop a cliff like an eagle’s nest, at an altitude of over 800 m, the Poenari Castle was built in the 14th century on an isolated peak.

A legend claims that when he came to power in Targoviste, Vlad the Impaler enslaved his enemies and political opponents and forced them to expand the castle. In the end, after months of hard labor, no one survived. Many of them were worked to death, and by the end of the project, those that were still breathing were impaled.

Overnight on Transfagarasan (Valea cu Pesti).

Breakfast.

In the first part of the day, we will take a short break from all the vampire stories in order to enjoy some of Romania's unique landscape.

The Transfagarasan road passes through the Southern Carpathians via the tallest mountains in Romania, Fagaras, reaching heights of 2042 meters. This is the perfect opportunity to take some stunning photos of the surrounding area.

We will then reach the medieval city of Sibiu,

Later we reach the city of Sibiu, one of Romania's most important cultural centers. Approximately 600 years ago, the noblemen and merchants of Sibiu started spreading the myth of Dracula and the vampire stories that we know and love today. In Sibiu, you will take a carriage ride through one of the largest open-air museums in Europe. The ASTRA Museum will provide the perfect opportunity to discover some of the local customs and traditions.

Later, you will take a walking tour through this city that beautifully mixes the historical architecture with multicultural elements. Your city tour includes visits to the Main Square of Sibiu, the Brukenthal Museum, the Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Huet Square, and the Evangelical Church.

Free time in the city center.

Overnight in Sibiu.

Breakfast.

On the fourth day, we will take a trip to the imposing Corvin Castle. Also known as Hunyadi Castle, the building displays an impressive Gothic architecture, and it is the alleged place where Vlad Tepes was imprisoned by John Hunyadi for 7 years. Corvin is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe and an important piece of history for Romania.

Your journey continues to Orastie, where you will visit the most famous of the Dacian fortresses, Sarmizegetusa Regia. Sarmizegetusa served as the most important military, religious and political center of the Dacian Empire, and it contained a citadel, residential areas, workshops, and a sacred zone. The sacred zone is one of the most important Dacian sanctuaries, and its layout resembles the one of Stonehenge. On this site, four rectangular sanctuaries, two circular sanctuaries, and a solar disk have been identified.

 

 

Your tour will continue with a trip to Densuș, a village in Hunedoara, where you will visit the Densuș Church, one of the oldest Romanian churches still standing. The church was constructed sometime during the 7th century, and inside you can find murals that date back to the 15th century and depict Jesus wearing traditional Romanian clothing.

Overnight in Deva.

Breakfast.

The Alba Carolina Citadel is the largest citadel in Romania, and it was built between 1715 and 1738 in Alba Iulia, at the center of Romania. The site on which it was built was previously home to another 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. It is one of the most representative Vauban bastion fortification in Transylvania, and it became one of the Roman Empire’s main fortifications in the area.

We will head towards the ‘center of the Earth’, trough the Transylvanian salt deposits. Turda has been used for mining salt for hundreds of years, being mentioned for the first time in 1075. In the beginning, the salt was mined manually, using pickaxes, hammers, chisels, and steel wedges. It was then carried to the surface in wicker baskets, and as the years advanced, in more modern vessels. The workers of the mine also tried using explosives, but the salt that resulted was much finer than they needed, so they abandoned the idea.

After its closing in 1932, the salt mine was forgotten until the Second World War when it was reopened and used as an anti-aircraft shelter. Up to the year 1992, when the salt mine was opened to the public. Until then, it got the status of the touristic site. The first 500 meters of Franz Joseph conveyance gallery had been used for quite a long time, as a warehouse for cheese storage.

Overnight in Cluj Napoca.

Breakfast.

Early in the morning, we will leave from Cluj in order to reach one of the most awe-inspiring villages in Transylvania, Biertan. The Biertan Fortified Church is encircled by three rounds of walls, and it served as a safe haven for the locals during invasions in the Middle Ages.

We will then head to Sighisoara, the only inhabited medieval fortress included on UNESCO’s list World Heritage Sites. With cobblestoned streets and colorful houses, Sighisoara is by far one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. Its Clock Tower, the symbol of the city, shelters a museum of medieval weapons and a torture chamber, and its rooftop is the perfect location to get a birds-eye view of the city.

Although there are no official documents to support it, many historians claim that Sighisoara is the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. His father, Vlad Dracul, lived in Sighisoara between 1431 and 1435, and official documents state that Vlad was born in the winter of 1431. You will have the opportunity to see the house where he spent the first four years of his life, today called the Vlad Dracul House.

Overnight in Sighisoara.

Breakfast.

In Brașov, we will take a walking tour of the city where we’ll explore one of the narrowest streets in the world, visit the beautiful Council Square, and finally visit a famous Gothic cathedral called the Black Church.

After 6 long days, the time to visit the famous Bran Castle has come. Here, you will discover the legend of Dracula in a full Bran Castle tour. Bran is one of the world’s spookiest medieval castles and is more commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. It was built in the 13th century, set strategically atop a 60-meter cliff, towering over the most important access route into the medieval Transylvania.

We leave behind the historic region of Transylvania and enter Wallachia, the land where Vlad Țepeș reigned.

The last stop of the day is at the Burial place of Vlad the Impaler. The name is given by the name of the lake in the middle of which it was built. One legend claims that after Vlad’s death, rival aristocratic families prevented him from being buried according to the Christian custom. Seeing this, the monks at Snagov stole the prince’s body and gave it a proper burial, but in secrecy.

Overnight in Bucharest.

Breakfast.

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

Having acquired more truths and fewer questions, we leave behind Romania and its amazing history.

What's included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights in a centrally located 4-star hotels
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Breakfasts
  • Transportation with a modern vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Not included

  • Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price.
  • Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price.