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Dracula Tours in Romania - Transylvania tours for students

Dracula Tours in Romania designed for large groups of students - looking for an unforgettable experience in the land of Dracula? Choose this tour, discover the most important Dracula related highlights and let your students learn more about our traditions.


Dracula Tours in Romania- Highlights

Snagov Monastery – where, according to the legend, Vlad the Impaler was buried after his assassination

Targoviste – former capital of Walachia County situated on the right bank of Ialomita River, home of Vlad Tepes old court.

The Medieval Saxon city of Brasov – it was here that Vlad led raids against the Saxon merchants

Bran Castle – also known as Dracula’s Castle, a legendary Transylvanian fortress dating back to 1377

Sighisoara Medieval Citadel – the best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel in Eastern Europe with a UNESCO World Heritage status, Vlad the Impaler’s birth place

Poienari Fortress – Vlad’s old and faithful citadel perched high on a cliff, more than 1,000 stairs to climb

Corvinesti Castle – visit one of Romania’s most beautiful castles, built in the 14th Century, the former residence of ruler Iancu de Hunedoara The folkloric aspects of the Dracula legend are also covered: visit Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass built in accordance to Bram Stoker’s imagination and enjoy a candle lit dinner here.


Discover a unique event during your Dracula Tours in Romania

The Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead - this special event was featured in a 'Hunt for Dracula' episode on Travel Channel. We perform the ritual according to old customs and traditions. During your Study Trip Romania, you will attend this event in Turda - find out more!


Dracula Tours in Romania – Brief itinerary

Dracula Tours in Romania for students - Day 1 Dracula's Tomb

Our English speaking guide collects you from Otopeni Airport, Bucharest. From here, you will travel to Snagov Monastery. According to the old legends, this unique monastic building located in the middle of Snagov Lake serves as Dracula's final resting place. Find out if the legend is true and then return to Bucharest for a delicious traditional dinner.

Accommodate at a 3* hotel.

Sinaia monastery seen in your Best of Romania tour, Dracula Tours in Romania
Snagov monastery seen in Vampire in Transylvania Dracula tour and Best of Romania tours

 

Dracula Tours in Romania for students - Day 2 Parliament Palace and Dracula Castle

On your next day visit the Parliament Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world after US Pentagon.

Bucharest-Dracula tour from Bucharest, Dracula Tours in Romania
Parliament building Bucharest seen in Vampire in Transylvania Dracula tour and Best of Romania tours

After that, drive to Targoviste and visit Vlad the Impaler’s old royal court. Then, head for Bran Castle, Transylvania’s symbol. Visit the castle and then explore the Horror Castle. Enjoy a traditional dinner in Bran Village. Drive to Brasov and accommodate at a 3* hotel.

Bran Castle aka Dracula Castle seen in Dracula tours and Best of Romania tours, Dracula Tours in Romania
Bran Castle aka Dracula Castle seen in Dracula tours and Best of Romania tours

 

Dracula Tours in Romania for students - Day 3 A Black church, a Fortified church and a Dracula show

Continue your Dracula Tours in Romania in Prejmer. Visit the Fortified Saxon Church here and, after that, explore Brasov and visit the Black Church. The most famous landmark in the city, the church got its name after a great fire blackened its walls. In the evening, enjoy a Saxon dinner and then attend ‘Dracula’s Wedding’, a silent performance staged by professional actors.

Black Church seen in Dracula tours from Bucharest, Dracula tours in Romania
Black Church seen in Dracula tours from Bucharest

 

Dracula Tours in Romania for students Day 4 Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Dracula's birthplace

Next, head to Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, where Vlad the Impaler was born. Visit the Clock Tower history museum and then explore the citadel. Discover Casa Vlad Dracul restaurant, build in the place where Dracula’s house used to be located.

Sighisoara medieval citadel-Dracula tours in Romania
Sighisoara -Clock Tower

 

Dracula Tours in Romania for students Day 5 Sleep in a Dracula Castle hotel

On your fifth day, drive to Borgo Pass and accommodate at Hotel Dracula’s Castle, built in accordance to Bram Stoker’s imagination. Enjoy a candle lit dinner and then attend a camp fire sitting and discover all the dark legends.

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Dracula Castle Hotel from Borgo Pass

 

Dracula Tours in Romania for students Day 6 Transylvanian traditions and the Merry Cemetary

Your Dracula Tours in Romania take you to Sacel. Meet a unique woodcraft-man and learn how to craft the perfect wooden stake.

Merry Cemetery seen in Dracula tours from Budapest or Bucharest
Merry Cemetery seen in Dracula tours from Budapest or Bucharest

After that, head to Sapanta and visit the Merry Cemetery, famous for the anecdotes written on every tombstone. Accommodate in a 3* hotel in Sighetu Marmatiei.  

Dracula Tours in Romania for students Day 7 Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead

Your next destination is Cluj-Napoca. Explore one of the most important Transylvanian cities and discover landmarks such as St. Michael’s Cathedral.

Cluj Napoca seen in Dracula tours and Best of Romania tours
Cluj Napoca seen in Dracula tours and Best of Romania tours

After that, head to Turda and accommodate in a Dracula themed 4* hotel. Enjoy our delicious vampire menu for dinner and attend the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead. A group of relatives of the living dead performs the ritual according to old customs and traditions.

Ritual Killling of a Livind dead in Vampire in Transylvania -the awarded Dracula tour from Bucharest
Ritual Killing of a Living dead in a  study tour in Transylvania  with West Virginia University students

If the ritual succeeds, enjoy an evening sitting and then retire for the night.  

Dracula Tours in Romania for students Day 8 Turda Salt Mines and architectural success

In the morning, descend in the famous Salt Mine and enjoy a picnic in Turda Gorges.

Turda Salt Mine
Turda Salt Mine

After that, head for Sibiel Village. Visit the Glass Museum and then experience accommodation in Guest Houses.  

Dracula Tours in Romania for students Day 9 Corvinesti Castle  the most beautiful  Gothic castle in Eastern Europe

On the next day, travel to Hunedoara. Visit Corvinesti Castle, the former residence of ruler Iancu de Hunedoara and one of the most beautiful castles in Romania. After that, return to Sibiel and enjoy a traditional home made dinner.

Corvinesti Castle-Best of Romania tour
Corvinesti Castle

 

Dracula Tours in Romania for students Day 10 The real Dracula fortress

Your Dracula tours in Romania experience continues with Dracula’s old fortress, Poienari. It’s situated high in the mountains, so get ready to climb 1426 stairs. It’s physically demanding, but the effort is worth it.

Poenari Citadel -escorted tours to Romania
Poenari Citadel -escorted tours to Romania

Admire the amazing view from the top and then drive to Curtea de Arges Monastery. Visit the monastery and, after that, return to Bucharest and enjoy one more Romanian evening.  

Dracula Tours in Romania for students Day 11 Farewell to Romania

In the morning, our driver will transfer you to the airport for your return flight.  

This is an overview of your tour. For more information, please scroll up and then use the product menu to discover the full itinerary, inclusions, exclusions and other details. 


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Book one of the best Dracula tours in Romania now and discover the land of Dracula! We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form.

  • MasterCard and Visa via fax and phone.
  • We also accept payments via PayPal and bank transfer.

  • At the moment of booking we require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we issue a Confirmation Letter.
  •  The final payment is due 60 days prior to tour departure. Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking.

Dracula Tours in Romania for students - Departures:

  Departure on request for groups between 10-40 people. The price can vary depending on the size of your group.

Departure datePrice per person (2 persons to one double room)Single SupplementAvailability
11 day tour. Departure from Bucharest

On request

Departs on request. Suitable for groups of 10-40 people

€ 1557€ 1837Free

Why to choose a private escorted tour

  • It is more comfortable
  • Flexible
  • Time saving
  • You can decide the pace of the tour
  • Having a tour guide helps you to have a more genuine experience

 

 

 


Available for free if:

You don’t have a reflection in the mirror,

You decompose when sunlight strikes you,

You’re over 200 years old,

Can use your wings to fly to Transylvania,

Well, this holiday is free for you!

Come join your fellow vampires in Transylvania:-) Blood treats not included!

 

Other mentions

  • Once you realize the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return to your country.
  • People speak plenty of English in Romania and you will find the locals and the other tourists are friendly and open.
  • No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.

Map of the Dracula Tours in Romania - study trip in Transylvania

dracula study tour in Transylvania Romania


Media Mentions

We’re pleased to say that Transylvania Live has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts more details here


Halloween tours in Transylvania on the national news

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Highlights:


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

or

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 information Before 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 platform You 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


Examples of holidays in Transylvania

Halloween in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler, 3 days Short Break with 2 Halloween Parties

Dracula tours Romania
Dracula tours Romania

Escorted holidays in Transylvania, from €599- Cluj Napoca, Transylvania, departure code: TR4.3RoHa

Halloween Party, in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place , plus Bran castle Halloween party!

The best Halloween Party from Sighisoara includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine. Open bar is available until 01.00 am.

You can be part of the special programme including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampire Hunting, magicians shows, contests and many dark surprises. Direct flights from London-Luton to Cluj Napoca available.

Halloween party from Dracula Castle from Bran inlcudes a night visit to the castle decorated for Halloween with Skip the 3 hours line service and a 3 course dinner at the hotel situated in walking distance from the party more»

Halloween Party in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler - Sighisoara citadel, Dracula’s birthplace!

2 days holidays in Transylvania. Departure from Bucharest, Sibiu or Cluj Napoca Airport (tour code: Tr4.4RoHa)

the best Halloween party in Transylvania

Enjoy the best Halloween Party ever in the Medieval Citadel of Sighisoara, Dracula’s birth place!

A 2 day Transylvanian short break departing from the Romanian airport of your choice, be it Bucharest, Sibiu or Cluj Napoca.

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, open bar, an excellent magicians show, vampire hunting show and The Ritual Killing of a Living Dead, providing you with a truly memorable experience. more »

Unforgettable holidays in Transylvania with dinner at Bran Castle and a joyfully masquerade party in Transylvania

Halloween in Transylvania tour with 3 Halloween parties

Escorted holidays in Transylvania, with guaranteed departures from Bucharest, HB from € 1204

Dracula Tour departing from Bucharest, intended to Dracula enthusiasts, culture and history fans, adventure seekers.

The tour includes the most important historical places related with Vlad the Impaler such as: 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 a Royal Dinner at Bran Castle, in Queen Marie’s Tea House. You will also attend an unforgettable Masquerade Party, including the Ritual Killing of a Living Dead performed according to old Transylvanian tradition (as was featured on Travel Channel) more»

Halloween in Transylvania the Awarded Dracula Tour from Bucharest with 3 Halloween parties included

Halloween torus in Transylvania

7 days tour, HB, from € 1299 – Bucharest departure – code: RO7.BHADT

This awarded Dracula Tour from Bucharest, is included by Fodor’s Travel Guide in Top 10 Must-Do Adventures and awarded “Tour of the Year” by TourRadar.

Includes the best Halloween Party in Sighisoara Citadel, Dracula’s birthplace. Also happenings like The Ritual Killing of a Living Dead (featured on Travel Channel). Assist at a Vampire Hunting.

Visit the most important historical places related with Vlad the Impaler: Bran Castle and Poenari Fortress. Party at Bran castle Halloween party. more»

Vampire in Transylvania - Dracula tours summer editions, 7 days awarded Dracula Tour from Bucharest

Vampire in Transylvania Dracula tours summer editions

summer tours with guaranteed departures from Bucharest, HB from € 1159 code: Ro4.4RoVa

Dracula Tour from Bucharest, Romania intended to Dracula and history fans.

Attend the Ritual Killing of a Living Dead (as seen on Travel Channel). These tours includes the most important historical places related with Vlad Tepes such as: Snagov Monastery where, Sighisoara citadel- Dracula’s birthplace.

Another highlight is Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, built according to Bram Stocker’s imagination and the legendary Bran Castle. more»

2 Days Holidays in Transylvania with Bran castle Halloween party

Bran Castle Halloween party

 

2 days Short break, from € 369 – Bucharest departure(tour code TRB.2RoHa)

Enjoy the biggest Halloween from Transylvania! A 2 days short break with transfers from Bucharest.

Win a prize for your desguise at the dinner with traditional meals and costume contests. Skip the 3 hours line service and night visit to the castle decorated for Halloween.

Participate to the Halloween Party at Transylvania’s iconic image – Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. more»

Halloween in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler – Short Break with 2 Halloween Parties

Bran Castle Halloween party

3 days, escorted trip, from €599 – Bucharest departure Bu 4.3RoHa

It’s time for the ultimate Halloween Parties in Transylvania: Sighisoara Halloween party and Bran castle Halloween party? Which will be the best? Come to Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place! This short break includes a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel. The Halloween Party from Sighisoara includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive diner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine and accompanied by a special programme.

The schedule includes the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampiresa Hunting, magicians show and many dark surprises.

Also enjoy a night visit to Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle (decorated for Halloween) with its Halloween party, the biggest in Romania. more »

Transylvania’s Undying legend - Private Holidays in Transylvania

private tours of Transylvania

5 days Private Dracula Tour from Bucharest

fom € 1299 – Bucharest departure code: Ro4.3RoVa A private Dracula Tour in Transylvania departing from Bucharest. The tour includes historical and legendary places related with Dracula’s life and death. First of all Vlad Dracula’s birth place in the medieval citadel of Sighisoara.

Also the ruins of the Poienari Fortress, the real Dracula Castle, Dracula’s refugee place from Arefu village. Finally Dracula’s tomb in Snagov Monastery. Thus enjoy a mysterious trip in Dracula’s Realm! more »

Vampire in Transylvania – 3 days Holidays in Transylvania

short break in Transylvania

Holidays in Transylvania, guaranteed departures, HB from € 569- Cluj-Napoca departure TR 4.3RoSh

Discover the best parts of Transylvania’s legendary landmarks in shorter time, this short break in Transylvania includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Sighisoara, unique events which caught the attention of media world wide.

These events include the live reenactment of the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead. Furthermore, visit Transylvania’s most beautiful castle –Corvinesti Castle.

The entertaining programme is complemented by the relaxing 4* accommodation, a medieval fantasy with beds and the mouth-watering vampire dinner! We bet our 9 lives you’ll love it. more»

One Day Halloween in Transylvania with Halloween Party at Bran Castle

short break Bran Castle Halloween party

1 Day accommodation and Halloween Party at Bran Castle, starting from  € 249 – TRB.1RoHa

Enjoy a night tour of Dracula’s Bran Castle! Meet the Wicked Fairies and get lost in their euphoric dance along with a glass of local red wine. Feel amazing being part of a dynamic Halloween Party in the grounds of Bran Castle until 4:00 am.

Accommodate in a 3* hotel near in walking distance from Bran Castle.  Before visiting the castle enjoy a traditional 3 course dinner. Win a prize to the costume contest at this diner. Immerse yourselves in the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. more »

Vampire in Transylvania – 4 Day Private Dracula Tour from Bucharest

dracula tours short break in Transylvania

escorted tour, departure from Bucharest code Ro4.5RoHa A private Dracula tour from Bucharest concentrating the most important places related to Vlad Dracul and his legend.

Snagov Monastery, Bran Castle, the Medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoara. Finally visit the outstanding city of Brasov. more»

 

Please check your itinerary below:

Itineraries

Day 1

Bucharest - Snagov - Bucharest (81 km, 1h 35 min driving)

Welcome to Romania! Our English speaking guide welcomes you at the Bucharest Airport. Take a trip to Snagov. Visit Snagov Monastery, according to the legend, Vlad Dracul was buried here after his assassination. The architectural style of the monastery follows the architectural pattern that is characteristic to the monasteries on the Holy Mount Athos in Greece.
To have a complete picture of the Romanian capital you’re invited to enjoy a delicious traditional welcome dinner. Accommodate in a charming 3* hotel.

Day 2

Bucharest - Targoviste - Bran - Brasov (220 km, 4h 10 min driving)

Visit Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon
Targoviste - Visit the ruins of Vlad Tepes old court situated on the right bank of Ialomita River situated in the former capital of Walachia County
Bran - Explore Transylvania’s symbol, Bran Castle. The edifice owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. Documentary evidence of the castle dates back to 1377. A true fortress and once a fort guarding a commercial road, all its walls are made of stone and the rooms and narrow corridors form a labyrinth of hidden corners and secret chambers. In 1920, Queen Mary, the niece of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, turned the castle into a beautiful summer residence. Close to the castle there is a shrine set in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered her heart.
Visit the Horror Castle, a special treat dedicated for the strong-hearted located in the vicinity of the castle. In the evening, enjoy a traditional shepherd dinner in Bran Village and then head for your next stop: the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov, where you will accommodate in a 3* hotel.

Day 3

Brasov - Prejmer - Brasov (36 km, 43 min driving)

Visit the Fortified Saxon Church in Prejmer, UNESCO world heritage Site
Visit Brasov, a city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere which has played a vital role in Romania’s history, both old and new. Three quarters of the city is surrounded by mountains, and it is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Visit the most famous landmark of Brasov, the Black Church – the largest gothic edifice in Southern Europe dating back to 14th century. Initially called St. Virgin Mary, the church was renamed after the great fire in 1689 that blackened its walls. It hosts the largest bell in the country as well as a collection of oriental carpets dating back to 15th and 18th centuries.
Lunch on individual accounts
Enjoy a medieval dinner, delight yourself with the Saxon cuisine. After dinner attend Dracula’s Wedding -is a show set on stage by a professional band of actors. This is a non verbal performance. It’s very easy to understand that Dracula did not need words to charm a girl. The first time they met he appeared as a respectable noble, the second meeting revealed his true dark nature… Find out if the story has a happy ending.

Day 4

Brasov - Sighisoara (120 km, 1h 40 min driving)

Transfer to the Medieval Citadel of Sighisoara. Founded by Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of Europe’s most beautiful and still inhabited fortified cities with UNESCO European heritage site status. Sighisoara Medieval Citadel is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, was born.
Submerge yourself in the medieval atmosphere by visiting Sighisoara’s main attractions: The Clock Tower – built in 1360 and standing 60 meters tall on top of the citadel's hill, it hosts a museum and offers a great view over the citadel. The Torture Room –this small but interesting museum is housed at the foot of the Clock Tower in the same room where prisoners were tortured andconfessions were extorted during the Middle Ages. Some of the amazing torture instruments and methods are on display. The Medieval Weapon Collection – very small but it contains an interesting selection of medieval weapons (swords, arrows, etc.). Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ.
Have dinner in Casa Vlad Dracul Restaurant, the very place where Vlad Dracul was born, turned today into a cozy restaurant.

Day 5

Sighisoara - Bistrita - Borgo Pass (200 km, 3h 30 min driving)

Next stop is Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass - accommodation in a 3* hotel which was built in accordance to Bram Stokers imagination on the border between Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina, in a breathtaking natural setting.

Enjoy a candle lit dinner at the castle followed by a fire camp near by, with all the right stories for a night to remember.

Day 6

Borgo Pass - Sacel - Sapanta - Sighetu Marmatiei (220 km, 3h 55 min driving)

In Sacel you’ll make the acquaintance of a renowned woodcraftsman, Grigore Tulean. The art of woodcarving is best preserved in Maramures, well known region in Europe for the impressive wood carved gates. Among others, you can learn in Grigore’s workshop how to make the perfect wooden stake!
Drive to Sapanta and visit the Merry Cemetery. Unique in the world, the Merry Cemetery owes its name to the wood-carved memorial crosses, decorated in vivid colours depicting the deceased in a cartoon like manner, the epitaphs candidly recite biographies of the deceased using limerick-style poetry.
You will accommodate in Sighetu Marmatiei, in a centrally located 3* Hotel.

Day 7

Sighetu Marmatiei - Cluj-Napoca - Turda (210 km, 3h 55 min driving)

Leave Maramures region and head back to Transylvania, to visit the city of Cluj Napoca, Transylvania’s historic capital, the 3rd largest Romanian city tracing its origins back to the 2nd century AD. Cluj is an important university centre housing the largest and most diverse university in Romania. Among major highlights Saint Michael’s Cathedral is a must see – one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Romania.
Transfer to Turda and accommodate in a 4* Boutique Hotel, a medieval fantasy with beds. Delight yourself with a vampire menu for dinner, a delicious reason to travel to Transylvania and attend the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead – performed according to the old funeral rituals in Transylvania. The event is meant to reveal who was dwelling the magic realms of Transylvania prior to Bram Stocker’s vampires.

Day 8

Turda - Turzii Gorges - Sibiel (155 km, 2h 40 min driving)

Prepare to descend to the heart of one of the biggest salt mines in the country – Turda Salt Mines, with impressive halls named after kings and queens.
Enjoy a picnic lunch in Turzii’s Gorges (individual accounts), one of the most important natural reservations of the Apuseni Mountains, well known among mountain lovers, home to various species of butterflies and caves hiding bats from the day light (the students can stop in a local market in Turda to buy all the necessary food for the picnic).
In the afternoon, drive to the Saxon village of Sibiel.Visit the Icon on Glass Museum in Sibiel, the largest one in Europe. Accommodate in Guest Houses and enjoy a traditional Saxon home made dinner.

Day 9

Sibiel - Hunedoara - Sibiel (226 km, 2h 30 min)

Visit the Village Museum, the largest outdoor exhibition of peasant settlements from all over Romania. Head next to Hunedoara. Visit the greatest Gothic style castle in Romania, Corvinesti. The ediffice was built in the 14th Century, on the site of a former Roman camp. It served as a fortress until the mid 1400's, when it became the residence of Transylvania's ruler, Iancu de Hunedoara. Iancu upgraded the fortress and it soon became the most beautiful castle in Transylvania.
Return to Sibiel for a delicious traditional home made dinner.

Day 10

Sibiel - Poienari - Curtea de Arges - Bucharest (335 km, 5h 20 min driving)

Enjoy a morning visit of Poienari, Vlad’s old and faithful fortress (Poienari Citadel is currently closed due to high bear presence in the area. For your safety, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to visit this landmark). The fortress located close to Fagaras Mountains, on a canyon formed by Arges River is perched high on a cliff, in fact a steep precipice. To visit the impressive fortress and admire the unique and breathless view from the top you’ll need to climb 1426 stairs.
Travel to Curtea de Arges. Visit Curtea de Arges Monastery. Curtea de Arges, one of the oldest Romanian cities, founded in the 14th century by the Romanian ruler Neagoe Basarab. According to the legend, after building the monastery the mason, Manole was sacrificed by the Romanian Ruler, to make sure that there will be no other monastery built to challenge in beauty the one in Curte de Arges. The monastery is unbelievably beautiful.

Day 11

Bucharest

Transfer to the airport in the morning.

Tour Leader

The services of a professional English speaking guide


Transportation

All transfers inside the tour by microbus or coach depending on the number of the travelers


Accommodation

1 night in a 4* Hotel, 7 nights in 3* Hotels and 2 nights in guest houses in Sibiel


Meals

10 breakfasts and 10 dinners (2 special dinners: dinner with Vampire menu, candle light dinner and camp fire in Borgo Pass) and 7 packed lunches


Entry fees to

Snagov Monastery, the Parliament Palace, the Ruins of Tirgoviste Citadel, Bran Castle, Terror House in Bran, Black Church, Prejmer Fortified Church, Clock Tower, Medieval Weapon Collection and Torture Room in Sighisoara, Woodcraftsmen in Sacel, the Merry Cemetery, Salt Mine in Turda, the Village Museum in Sibiu, Evangelic Church in Sibiu, Icons on Glass Museum in Sibiel, Ruins of Poienari Citadel, Argesului Monastery


Special events included

Killing of a living Dead
Dracula’s Wedding

One place free of charge for tour conductor.

The price does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Some of the lunches
  • Photo & Video taxes for the tourist attractions
  •  All items not specified at Trip Inclusions.

 

 

Add-on program with Transylvania Live

Choose activities you can perform before or after your tour. Available experiences include:

BUCHAREST

  1. :

    Our adventures in Transylvania are an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
    Every second was a reminder of how lucky I was to be a part of this.
    We were able to see sights that people will never even get the chance to see.
    I mean, come on! Climbing to Dracula’s fortress, how many people in the world can say they have done that too!
    The experience was priceless!
    On top of this, we were also able to study Dracula while here!
    I had found the book fascinating and interesting, however I did not fully appreciate it until this trip.
    Our visits to both literary and historic sights complimented the text and in my opinion, brought it to life.
    The additional activities, such as our visits to Dracula’s dungeons and the bonfire, also contributed in that they placed us in the horror and allowed us to experience the characters’ fears firsthand.
    Aside from Dracula, the historic landmarks of Romania was also an added bonus.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the different churches, exploring the streets, and the different museums.
    It is also worth noting that Stefan is an amazing tour guide and genuine human being.
    He went above and beyond to make each and every people as happy as they could be.
    I have never seen someone work so hard and be so dedicated to his job as our tour guide and friend.
    Thank you for this experience.
    I am so grateful and I hope that you can continue to provide this experience to others.
    It was a priceless experience that I will always remember!

  2. :

    While studying the novel Dracula in Romania and Transylvania I had an amazing time and an unforgettable experience which really helped me better understand the setting and context of the book overall.
    I had never really thought about Romanian food, culture or mannerisms before going to Romania itself even when reading a book where one major setting was Transylvania.
    It was fascinating to learn about all these things and to be better able to then understand the story of Dracula by learning.
    It was also fascinating to see the setting of the Borgo Pass come to life and truly give a real life Dracula experience of being up in the mountains at night and feel some of the isolation and separation described in the book.
    One final thing I enjoyed was learning about the historical background of Dracula in terms of Vlad Tepes and understanding the terrifying reality that helped mold the scary fiction.

  3. :

    Never in my life did I ever think about going to Romania, let alone going there and studying Dracula.
    I personally feel that going to Turda and learning the “Killing of the Living Dead” ritual, going to Sighisoara and dining in Vlad Tepes’s birthplace, climbing the 1426 steps to Vlad’s ruined fortress, and many other experiences are some of the most potent memories I will hold dear to me.
    Learning about the literary figure Dracula parallel to our tour on the historical Vlad Tepes is an experience unlike any other, and I am immensely glad that I was able to go.

  4. :

    Studying Dracula while in Transylvania helped bring the book to life. Not only did we get to see the settings for the beginning of the novel, but we were also able to learn the history behind the real life Dracula, Vlad the Impaler. The entire trip enriched my experience of the novel by bringing to life the setting of the book. Thank you for all of your hard work.

  5. :

    I believe that studying in Transylvania was an extremely rewarding experience.
    There are few ways that, as an English major (or for a literature class) someone can get hands-on experience.
    However, this journey provided exactly that: we were able to learn about our required material in a way that was very interesting and fun and always left us wanting to learn more.
    I really enjoyed how we learned about the Romanian culture and folklore, in addition to the Dracula literary and historical facts.
    All in all, I loved this experience and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to study abroad.

  6. :

    This trip was absolutely fantastic.
    Much more than I expected it to be, and that’s saying a lot because I had high hopes.
    Stefan is a fantastic guide, and I, for one, liked seeing all the churches.
    There isn’t actually anything I can think of that I didn’t like, and so much that stands out that it’s hard to name anything in particular.
    But the best was definitely our night at Turda with the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead and party afterward.
    Overall, it was easily among the best experiences I’ve ever had, and I thank everyone involved!

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Reservations are required. We recommend booking early as tours are often sold out well in advance. You can make a reservations on-line. In case of making reservations by phone please call toll-free: 808 101 6781 (UK); 866 376 6183 (US).
You can also make reservations by fax - download and complete the booking form and send it by fax to: 0040-364-405641 or by e-mail!

We require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. When you make the reservation online you will be required to pay the deposit. You will receive an automatic response with your Holiday Booking Reference. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we proceed with the reservation for the requested services and issue the Confirmation Letter + Paid Invoice (once the amount is registered with our accounts).

The final payment is due 60 days prior departure. ( After the final payment is made we will issue Travel Voucher). Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking. To read Transylvania Live’s Terms and Conditions please visit us on line at: https://visit-transylvania.eu/terms.html .

The client is at all time entitled to cancel the Travel Contract, but must pay Transylvania Live - Expert in Transylvania a cancellation charge as stipulated below:
89 days or more prior to departure 90 EURO per person / per tour cancellation fee;
88–61 days, loss of deposit.
60–31 days will be subject to 50% of tour price;
30 days or less will be subject to 100% of tour price.

Please check with the airline company. Anyway is good to pack light, some of the hotels – historical buildings do not have elevators.

Our tours include the services of English-speaking guides.
German, French, Hungarian and Hebrew-speaking guide are also available.

We can design an itinerary at a time that suits you, to your own comfort levels and within your own budget. Please send your request by e-mail or by fax.

Yes, most of our tours operate even if there’s only one person.
Due to socialization reasons our special tours for couples require a minimum of five couples.

The tour has a general audience as it targets people interested in history, culture, customs and beliefs. Group size can be between 4-26 people. Transylvania Live is member of the responsible travel network and we are committed to operating a travel policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We operate our tours with small groups in order to minimise the negative impact on the environment and allow our guests to interact more easily with the locals, facilitate the communication with the guide. The average age of group is, most of the time, between 35-45.

We do not provide individual tickets for rail, air, boat or ferry.

A minimum age of 10 years is required on non-family programs, unless otherwise indicated on the individual tour page. A client under 18 years of age and travelling alone during the tour period shall provide Transylvania Live with written consent of his/her guardian. Clients under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. On “for couples” tours a minimum age of 20 years is required.

We only accept VISA and MASTERCARD. Please select only these two types of credit cards for the online payment.

If you pay on-line using our secure internet booking form your credit card can hold any type of currency, the amount of money to be taken will be exchanged in EURO by your bank, at their rate.
We accept USD and EURO for offline credit card payment and wire transfer.

Yes, we do offer discounts provided they travel as a group; Contact us

Yes, depending on the number of your group. Contact us

On-line bookings and payments are processed by Romcard, authorized agent for Mastercard and Visa in Romania and secured by Rapid SSL , the leading secure sockets layer (SSL) Certificate Authority enabling secure e-commerce and communications for Web sites. As a tour operator we are governed by the consumer and financial regulations of Romania and of the European Union. Romania’s legislation compels tour operators to protect tourists in case of insolvency.

Our prices include the online secure payment commissions. However depending on your bank some commissions may occur for international money transfer. Please check with your bank!

In case we’ll have a full house situation at one of the hotels, an accommodation of an equal classification or better will be booked for you. In case of closed roads due to bad weather, working situations or dangerous weather conditions the itinerary could suffer changes.

If you follow our recommendation on How to arrive (heading found for any of our holidays at the Special notes and info section at the end of the tour page. Our guide will expect you with a Transylvania Live sign. In the unfortunate case of a flight being lost or delayed and prevent you in this way from getting to your meting point in good time, please call 0040 723 565 255.

Our tour fares are based on two in one hotel room. For occupancy by one person, the "single supplement" cost specified in each itinerary will be required.

If you travel alone you have to book the tour with a single supplement; if you wish to book a double room which you want to share with another traveller, we’ll do our best to make all arrangements, but in case this is not possible, you’ll have to pay the single supplement; however it is our strongest recommendation to book the tour with a single supplement when travelling alone.

A welcoming country house, not necessarily decorated in a peasant like style; you’ll stay under the same roof with your Romanian host! In most cases dinner and breakfast are included, and rates are based on two guests per room.
They offer one bathroom for two rooms; the bathroom can be situated on the hallway.
Staying at a “traditional Maramuresean country-inn” or “a typical Hungarian-Sekler country-inn” will prove to be an unique experience.

Yes, also gluten-free, vegan. When you make the reservation of your tour please do not forget to fill in this information at Dietary Restrictions section.

American citizens do not require a visa for Romania (Romania is a member of the European Union so it shares the same legal legislation – a passport is all you need)

To check the list of the countries that require a visa please see the web site page of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mae.ro.

Romanian currency is Lei (written symbol Ron). All the places in Romania trade lei (pronunciation: lay). You can bring some of the local currency from USA or you can change here the amount of money you need (advisable due to the lower exchange rate). Credit cards are accepted in large hotels, restaurants and malls. ATM machines are available at banks, airports and shopping centers all over the country. (except in remote areas or villages). Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices. International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services. The tour guide is also responsible for helping clients with money exchange; recommend the exchange offices which charge the lowest commission.

Local Costs in a 3* restaurant: Soft Drink: $1.3; Beer: $1.7; Bottle of Wine: $8.7 - $18, 3 course dinner: $13.28 - $18.11. In shops these products can be 50% cheaper.

ATMs are available in all the cities; near by hotels, our guide will come with good advice and recommendations.
MasterCard ATM Locater– Search by address and by airport https://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp atm locator
Visa ATM Locator– Search by airport, city and country https://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/jsp/SearchPage.jsp

In Romania electric power in use is of 220 voltages, AC, usually 2 pronged.

Romania enjoys warm summers and cold winters. In summer, cool cottons are best and in the winter a warm jacket or alike is recommended. Autumn is dry and cool, with fields and trees producing beautifully colored foliage. The weather in October-November is very unpredictable, with daytime temperatures between 6°-17° Celsius (42.80 - 62.60 Fahrenheit), and night time temperatures between 3° - 10°Celsius (37.40 - 50 Fahrenheit); but it is very much possible that you will see some snowfall especially in the mountain areas.

The dress code in Romania is the same as all over Europe (think France, Germany, UK or Italy). Wearing jeans, t-shirts/sweatshirts and athletic shoes is standard casual in Romanian. Plenty of designers’ shops are to be found in major cities: Bucharest, Cluj, Brasov, Sibiu, where people are a bit too pretentious when it comes to their outfits. Dorobanti Boulevard in Bucharest can easily be compared to Chaps Elysees in Paris when it comes to “fashionists” (costs are similar too). The malls are well supplied with designers’ clothes and with respect to the prices, a great deal of our clients found the Romanian costs to be more acceptable then the ones in US.
With regards to the restaurants’ dress code, something casual is sufficient. You can wear whatever you would wear at home.
To satisfy dress codes for churches and monasteries, men and women are requested to cover their arms and legs (no shorts above the knees or sleeveless garments).

The tour has a general audience as it targets people interested in history, culture, customs and beliefs. Group size can be between 4-26 people. Transylvania Live is member of the responsible travel network and we are committed to operating a travel policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We operate our tours with small groups in order to minimise the negative impact on the environment and allow our guests to interact more easily with the locals, facilitate the communication with the guide. The average age of group is, most of the time, between 35-45.