Tour Transylvania definition
Tour Transylvania – our itineraries are perfect examples of Dark Tourism. This is a branch of tourism with implies traveling to places historically associated with death and tragedy. In our case, the Dracula tours include places related to Vlad the Impaler – both the real, historic character and the protagonist of Bram Stoker’s novel.
Tour Transylvania – By Country
Dracula tours in Romania
The Dracula tours in Romania are organized in order for tour goers to visit the main landmarks related to Vlad the Impaler Dracula.
The more elevated Dracula tours in Romania include also:
- accommodation Dracula themed hotels
- vampire themed menus in Dracula themed saloons
- activities and special events on Dracula/vampire theme
Example of such tours:
Vampire in Transylvania-7 days Dracula tour -The Awarded Dracula tour – a top 10 Must-Do Adventure according to Fodor travel guide.
This tour is with guarantee departure at certain dates, from Bucharest.
It is half-board and includes the special event that was featured on Travel Channel Ritual Killing of a Living Dead.
Vampire in Transylvania- 3 days short break – the escorted tour departs on request for minimum 4 tourists.
Includes a Vampire menu in a Dracula saloon with proper vampire stories and the Ritual Killing of a Living Dead.
Tour Transylvania – Itineraries in England
Dracula tour in London with a Medieval banquet at the end
Bram Stoker lived in London for a while. He used to be the secretary of Henry Irving, a famous actor. Irving was the gentleman that inspired Stoker the idea of Dracula acting like a stylish British gentleman.
In this tour you will see Dracula’s House, Highgate Cemetery, the strangling ghost of graves and vampires. You will also see the Highgate Woods where satanists and witches performed their rites in the 1970’s.
Visit the haunts of serial killer Dennis Nielsen, and much more
See more here
Dracula tours in Whitby
In the novel Dracula Whitby is the town in which the shop that caries Dracula arrive in England. The tours are organized by Whitby Dracula Society on requests.
In Whitby there is also a Dracula Experience house.
Unique tour of the history of Dracula, utilizing animated scenes, special effects and live actors
learn more here
Tour Transylvania – Itineraries in Ireland
Ireland is the birthplace of Bram Stoker, Dracula novel writer.
So there is an experience in Dublin called Bram Stoker’s Castle Dracula. Details here http://www.castledracula.ie/
Dracula tour in Slovakia
Dracula themed tour can visit various castle related to Dracula and the vampires in Slovakia.
Have you heard about the world’s most sadistic female serial killer, Elisabeth Bathory? Remembered as “The Blood Countess” or “Countess Dracula”, Elisabeth was said to be a murderess of more than 650 victims.
Some stories claim that Elisabeth had a routine of bathing in the blood of the virgins as a part of her beauty regimen. Čachtice castle was the seat of Elisabeth and its nowadays a perfect place for those who love mystical places.
Slovakia is also visited by Dracula novel readers for Orova Castle.
The top floor houses an exhibition of the films that have been shot there, starting with FW Murnau‘s classic Nosferatu the Vampire in 1922
Dracula tour in Hungary
Vlad Tepes the ruler of Walachia was kept prisoner by king Mathias of Hungary in a location near Buda castle.
The Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle was built over a 100 years ago for the 1000th birthday of the Hungarian State in 1896 for the Millennial Exhibition. The Hungarians loved so much the Transylvanian castle from Hunedoara Romania that they decided to replicate the castle in Budapest.
Local companies organize tour to this castle.
Dracula tour by type
Dracula tours can be classified by type as
- multi-day Dracula tours – varying from 4 to 10 days
- short breaks -with duration of at least one night until 3 nights
- day-tours- excursions without overnight
Dracula tour activities
Duriing a Dracula tours the following types of activities can by ordered
- Ritual Killing of a Living Dead
- Vampire diners
- Dracula shows
- which trials
- masquerade parties
- magicians shows
- knights fights
- sitting evenings
- vampire hunting shows
- fire game shows
- motorcycle excursions
- sidecar Dracula tours
- helicopter tour over Dracula’s Castle
- airplane tours over Dracula’s Castle
- Halloween Parties in Transylvania
Examples of Dracula tour
Escorted tour, with guaranteed departures from Bucharest, HB
from € 1159, code: Ro4.4RoVa
Special discounted price for July – Euro 999/person! Save up to 15% !
A Dracula Tour departing from Bucharest, intended to Dracula enthusiasts, culture and history fans, adventure seekers. The tour includes the most important places related with Vlad the Impaler.
Visit Snagov Monastery where Vlad was buried after his assassination; Sighisoara – Dracula’s birth place, Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, built according to Bram Stocker’s imagination and the legendary Bran Castle.
These guarantee departure tours also include the Ritual Killing of a Living Dead performed according to old Transylvanian tradition (as was featured on Travel Channel)
Halloween in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler-the flagship Dracula Tour with 3 Halloween Parties included
7 days, HB, from € 1289 – Bucharest departure
A Dracula Tour awarded by Fodor’s Travel Guide as a Top 10 Must-Do Adventure, the tour includes the enjoyable Halloween Party in the medieval fortress of Sighisoara Citadel, Dracula’s birthplace.
You will be witness at The Ritual Killing of a Living Dead (as seen on Travel Channel) and a Vampire Hunting show. Also have fun at the second party included in your tour. The venue for this event will be revealed soon.
Next Halloween party is in Dracula’s Castle, Bran Castle from Transylvania.
You will also visit Poenari Fortress.
2 days tour. Departure from
Bucharest, Sibiu or Cluj Napoca Airport (tour code Tr4.4RoHa)
Enjoy the best Halloween ever in Dracula’s birth place – the Medieval Citadel of Sighisoara!
You can decide for yourself the level of classification for accommodation in the citadel, from hostel style dormitories to an exquisite 5* intimate medieval hotel.
The main highlight is the Halloween Party, including a delicious traditional dinner, an excellent magicians show, the Ritual Killing of a Living Dead and providing you with a truly memorable experience.
2 days Short break, HB
€ 349 – Bucharest departure
(tour code TRB.2RoHa)
Enjoy a relaxing break in Transylvania during Halloween !
A 2 days short break including aHalloween Party at Bran Castle from Transylvania also known as Dracula’s Castle.
Escorted trip, from €569- Cluj Napoca, Transylvania, departure code: TR4.3RoHa
Halloween Party, in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birthplace!
A short break including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace.
Pay a visit to Transylvania’s iconic image, Bran Castle and the Medieval city of Brasov.
The Halloween Party includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine. There are special events like the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampire Hunting and many dark surprises.
Direct flights from London to Cluj Napoca available.
3 days, escorted trip, from €599 – Bucharest departure Bu 4.3RoHa
It’s time for the ultimate Halloween Party, in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place! A short break including a Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Dracula’s birthplace and Bran Castle, aka Dracula’s Castle from Transylvania.
Also included one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, The Medieval Saxon city of Brasov. The Halloween Party includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine and accompanied by a special program.
from € 1299 – Bucharest departure code: Ro4.3RoVa
A private Halloween Tour in Transylvania departing from Bucharest.
The tour includes historical and legendary places related with Dracula’s life and death.
Vlad Dracula’s birth place in the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, the ruins of the Poienari Fortress – Dracula’s refugee place, Arefu village and Dracula’s tomb in Snagov Monastery.
Enjoy a mysterious trip in Dracula’s Realm!
Escorted trip, guaranteed departures for at least 4 tour goers, HB from € 569- Cluj-Napoca departure
Intended for those willing to discover the best parts of Transylvania’s legendary realms in a shorter period time.
This 3 day break includes the citadel of Sighisoara and the fortified church of Biertan. Unique events which caught the attention of media world wide such as the live reenactment of the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead.
Enjoy the relaxing 4* accommodation, a medieval fantasy with beds and the mouth-watering vampire dinner! We bet our 9 lives you’ll love it.
Direct flights from London to Cluj Napoca available.
1 Day accommodation and Halloween Party at Bran Castle, starting from € 249 – TRB.1RoHa
Enjoy an unforgettable night tour of Bran Castle, meet the Wicked Fairies.
Get lost in their euphoric dance along with a glass of local red wine.
Feel amazing being part of a great and dynamic Halloween After Party in the grounds of Bran Castle until 4:00 am.
Accommodate in a 3* hotel near Bran Castle. Enjoy a traditional dinner and then explore Bran Castle, Transylvania’s symbol.
escorted tour, departure from Bucharest
A 4 day private Halloween tour concentrating the most important places related to Vlad Dracul and his legend. Tour goers are visiting Snagov Monastery, Bran Castle, the Medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoara, the outstanding city of Brasov.
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Advice for European people traveling abroad
Check what travel documents you’ll need to cross the border into another EU country.
Find out what documents you need for your spouse, children or other relatives if they are not EU nationals.
When travelling to or from a non-Schengen country, like Romania, you must show a valid ID or passport. Before travelling, check what documents you must have to travel outside your home country and to enter the non-Schengen country you plan to visit.
Documents for minors travelling in the EU
In addition to their own valid travel document (passport or ID card), if Romanian minors are travelling accompanied only by an adult other than their parents/legal guardian(s), they must have written consent to travel signed by both parents and/or legal guardian(s) and certified by a notary.
This consent must state:
- the itinerary
- the dates of the journey
- the identification of the accompanying adult
The accompanying adult must present:
- the above mentioned consent signed by both parents
- an extract of their own judicial record
- if applicable, the documents proving the quality of the person (e.g. a flight attendant) designated by the transport company
If they are travelling with one of their parents, they must show written consent (certified by a notary) from the other parent allowing them to leave the country. This consent is not necessary if the accompanying parent can prove:
- that custody of the minor was granted by a court
- that the other parent is deceased
- that the other parent has been declared as missing or their parental rights have been revoked
Minors can leave Romania without presenting the declaration, even where there is no consent from either of the parents or the legal guardian, if:
- the minor Romanian citizen moves to his / her residence to the country of destination
- the accompanying adult justifies the need for the trip by the fact that the minor is to receive medical treatment which is not possible in Romania and without which his/her life or health would be in serious danger. This must be backed up by documentary evidence, either issued or endorsed by the Romanian medical authorities, stating the time period and state(s) where the treatment is to take place.
- the accompanying adult justifies the need for the trip by the fact that the minor is travelling for educational purposes or to participate in an official competition. This must be backed up by documentary evidence stating the time period and the state(s) where the minor will study or compete.
Other than their own valid travel document, no particular extra official authorization is required for minors of other EU countries to enter Romania.
Package travel and linked travel arrangements
As a holidaymaker booking a package holiday and/or linked travel arrangements, you benefit from a high level of consumer protection under EU rules. If you buy a package, you have well-defined rights before and throughout the booking process, and up until your holiday ends, for example the right to pre-contractual information, the organiser’s liability for the proper performance of travel services included in your package and insolvency protection. These rights apply to packages purchased online or face-to-face, from a tour operator, travel agent, or any other trader that is acting as the organiser of the package.
Package travel – different types of packages give you the same rights
When you book a package holiday, you buy a combination of two or more different types of travel services for the same trip or holiday. These services can include transport, accommodation, car hire, or under specific conditions any other tourist service. Your package may be pre-arranged – consisting of a number of services combined by a tour operator or travel agent – or you may have a more customised package by choosing the services yourself before the contract is concluded. In both cases, EU rules apply as long as your travel package was purchased in a certain way.
What is package travel?
Your travel is considered as a package when:
1. You book travel services put together by or with the help of a trader, such as a tour operator or an online or offline travel agency under a single contract
2. You book travel services under separate contracts with individual providers and one of the following conditions is met:
you buy services at a single point of sale (such as a travel agency, a call centre or a website) and you select the services before agreeing to pay, i.e. before you conclude the first contract. This is the case, for example, where different travel services are put into a shopping basket or are otherwise selected before a contract is concluded.
- the services are sold to you at an inclusive or total price
- the services were advertised/sold as a “package” or similar
- travel services are combined after the conclusion of a contract under which you are entitled to choose from a selection of different travel services, for example a travel package gift box
Click-through package: you buy services from separate travel companies through a linked online booking process where the first company transmits your name, email address and payment details to the second company and the second contract is concluded within 24 hours of the first contract
A combination of a travel service, such as accommodation, and another tourist service, such as a guided tour, admission to a concert or sports event, or rental of sports equipment, can only be classed as a package if the other tourist service accounts for 25% or more of the overall value of the trip, or if that service is an essential feature of the trip.
Package travel – your right to clear and accurate informationBefore you book a package, the point of sale (booking website or app for example) or your travel agent must give you all the standard information about the package, such as the:
- travel destination (itinerary, dates and duration of the stay, details of any transfers, visits or excursions) and a list of services included
- name and contact details of the organiser of the package and, where it is sold through a retailer, of the retailer
- total price, inclusive of all taxes and where applicable all additional fees, and the payment arrangements
- information on how to terminate the contract before the start of the package on payment of an appropriate termination fee
Information on passport and visa requirements
Information on complaint-handling procedures, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms and, where appropriate, the ADR entity, and the online dispute resolution platformYou should also receive clear information on your rights, based on an EU standardised form, explaining that you have been offered a package and outlining your rights.
Package travel – changes to or termination of the contract
Price increase: The organiser may increase the price of the package only if specific costs rise (for example, fuel prices). This must be clearly explained in the contract and cannot be applied any later than 20 days before the start of the package. If the price increase is more than 8% of the total price of the package, you have the right to end the package contract without a termination fee.
If you cannot travel you may:
- Transfer the package to another person: under certain conditions, you can transfer your package to another person, although you can be charged a reasonable fee for this, up to the actual cost incurred by the organiser to transfer your package travel contract.
- Terminate the contract: the organiser may however deduct a reasonable fee from your refund, depending, in particular, on the timing of your cancellation.
These rights are independent of any rights you may have under a cancellation insurance policy that you have taken out.
Cancellation by the organiser: Under normal conditions, if the organiser cancels the sale before the start of your package, you are entitled to a refund and compensation, where appropriate.
Cancellation in exceptional circumstances: If a natural disaster occurs or if there are serious security problems at your holiday destination that are likely to affect the package, the organiser may cancel the package. As a traveller, you are also free to cancel your package free of charge for the same reasons. In these cases, you are entitled to a full refund of any payments you’ve made but you are not entitled to additional compensation.
Package travel – liability for proper performance of travel services
The organiser is responsible for the proper performance of all travel services included in your package.
If a travel service can’t be provided as agreed, for example if a provider can’t carry out an agreed service or can’t do so in the agreed form (such as providing transport to or from your destination, providing the agreed type of accommodation, or carrying out a guided tour that you booked), the organiser has to resolve the problem at no extra cost to you.
If it is impossible to make alternative arrangements or you reject the arrangements offered to you on valid grounds, and the package includes your transport (such as air travel), the organiser must offer to repatriate you. If the travel services do not reach the agreed standards and this cannot be resolved on the spot, you may also be entitled to compensation.
Package travel – assistance to travellers
If you get into difficulty during your package holiday, for example if you have health problems or lose your passport, the organiser has to give you assistance, such as information on health services or on consular assistance, and should help you find alternative travel arrangements if necessary.
Liability for booking errors
These rules apply to packages and LTAs.
When you book a holiday, the responsible trader (the travel agent or online travel agency) is liable if any of the following occurs during the booking process:
- technical defects in the booking system
- errors made by the retailer if they are responsible for arranging the booking of a package or of travel services which are part of linked travel arrangements
- Traders are not responsible for any booking errors made by you, or problems which are deemed unavoidable or are due to extraordinary circumstances.
Protection in case of bankruptcy
These rules apply to package travel and LTAs.
If the trader you booked your holiday with goes bankrupt, you are protected by insolvency protection. This can be a fund, an insurance or any other mechanism in place in your EU country. This will refund any payments you may have made and will, if required, repatriate you if transport was included in your package
Learn more on the official European Union site