From  £870
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore Bran Castle
  • Discover Sibiu’s Evangelic Cathedral
  • Walk through the medieval walled city of Sighisoara
  • Learn more about the history of Vlad the Impaler
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Halloween in Transylvania

6 Day Tour, from £870 per person

Delve into the history surrounding Romania’s most infamous historical figure, Vlad the Impaler – or as he is more commonly known, Count Dracula – on this 6-day tour of Transylvania. Discover Sibiu’s Evangelic Cathedral where Vlad’s son was buried after his assassination, explore the town of Medias where he was kept prisoner by the Hungarian king, enjoy a walking tour of the fabulously preserved town of Sighisoara where he was born and, of course, visit dramatic Bran Castle - made famous by Bram Stoker’s novel as the residence of the vampire count.

 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO BUCHAREST
FLY TO BUCHAREST
Fly to Bucharest and transfer to Novotel Bucharest City Centre (****) for overnight stay. Embark on a tour of some of Bucharest’s important sights. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the ornate Caru' cu Bere Restaurant, one of the most famous restaurants in Bucharest. (D)
DAY 2
BUCHAREST TO SIBIU
BUCHAREST TO SIBIU
This morning leave Romania’s busy capital behind for Targoviste, which was the Royal capital of Wallachia from 1418 until 1659, when it was then moved to Bucharest. The ruins of the former royal court remain the town’s leading attraction and was known as Vlad Tepes’ (Dracula) real palace. He lived here for 7 years as the ruler of Wallachia and is said to committed many atrocities here.  Much of the place now lies in ruins with only parts of the walls still intact, although next to the palace lies a watch tower and a church , which are completely unscathed. Travel to Curtea de Arges, a former capital of Wallachia during the 14th century and visit the ruins of the Old Princely Court, built by Vlad’s ancestors, and Manole’s Monastery, an architectural jewel from the 16th century. On the way to Sibiu, stop to visit Cozia Monastery, built in the 14th century by Dracula's grandfather, Prince Mircea The Old. Journey through the beautiful Olt Valley to Sibiu, once the richest town in Transylvania and check in to the Hotel Imparatul Romanilor (***). (B)
DAY 3
SIBIU TO SIGHISOARA
SIBIU TO SIGHISOARA
Explore the city of Sibiu and see the huge gothic Evangelic Cathedral, where Vlad's son, Mihnea, was buried after his assassination just outside the church. Continue to Medias, the town where Vlad was kept prisoner by the Hungarian king Mathias Corvinus. Experience a tangible sense of the past in the Saxon village of Biertan with its fortress church that is one of Romania's UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. In the late afternoon arrive in the medieval walled city of Sighisoara, where a walking tour will reveal the famous Clock Tower Museum, The Armour Room, The Torture Room and the house where Vlad the Impaler was born in 1431. On the night of Halloween dine in the house, where Dracula was born, now conveniently a restaurant. Overnight in the Hotel Sighisoara (***) located on the main square. (B,D)
DAY 4
SIGHISOARA TO BRASOV
SIGHISOARA TO BRASOV
In the morning, travel to Brasov where Vlad’s enemies – the rich Saxon merchants lived. The Saxon settlers founded the fairytale town of Brasov in the 12th century and it still boasts medieval old stone walls, imposing watch towers and orange-tiled roofs. The first stop of the day is Rupea and Rasnov Fortress, perched atop hills. The next stop is Bran Castle, seemly clinging to a bluff not far from Brasov. This former fortress on the border of Transylvania and Wallachia is said to have been Bram Stoker’s inspiration for the residence of the vampire count in his famous novel. Explore its Gothic rooms and corridors full of furniture and ornaments belonging to former Queen Marie of Romania. Overnight in the Hotel Casa Wagner (***) which is located in a handsome building located on the Old Town Square, dating from 1477 and formerly a German bank. (B)
DAY 5
BRASOV TO BUCHAREST
BRASOV  TO BUCHAREST
This morning uncover the history of this pretty town with its fairy-tale turrets and cobbled streets. The highlight of the city tour is a visit to the Black Church, the largest gothic style church in south-eastern Europe and so called because of a fire in 1689m which blackened its outer walls. Stop by Azuga and visit the famous wine cellars wine cellars built in 1892 by the Rhein family, who supplied the Romanian Royal Court between the two world wars with its delicious sparkling wines. Here enjoy a lunch with wine-tasting. In the afternoon continue to Sinaia, a beautiful mountain resort known as “The Pearl of Carpathians”. Here explore Peles Castle, former summer residence of King Carol the 1st. Its neo-Renaissance exterior and carefully planned interiors where each room is decorated in a different style, including Turkish, Venetian, Moorish and French never fails to enthral each visitor. The final stop of the tour is rather appropriately said to be the burial place of Vlad the Impaler at Snagov Monastery. Enjoy a spooky farewell dinner at the Count Dracula Club in Bucharest. Overnight at Novotel Bucharest City Centre (****). (B,L,D)
DAY 6
FLY TO THE UK
FLY TO THE UK
Free morning before transfer to airport for flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

6 day tour, from £870 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with British Airways direct from London Heathrow
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide/driver
 

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
 

Price Notes

Single supplement: £135
Itinerary Dates  
29 Oct 2016
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03 Nov 2016

Tour Route Map


  1. Romania, Bucharest
  2. Romania, Sibiu
  3. Romania, Sighisoara
  4. Romania, Brasov
  5. Romania, Bucharest

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