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Tours in Transylvania for students - bring your group of students to the land of Dracula and discover our amazing country. Visit traditional mountain villages and find out more about our old tradition. You will also explore the most important Dracula related highlights. Our amazing study tours in Transylvania also include special events: an unforgettable Steam Train Ride and the popular Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead.


Tours in Transylvania - Special event:

Steam Train on Vaser Valley – discover an area devoid by human population.


Dracula Tours in Transylvania - 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

Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass – a hotel built upon Bram Stoker’s story, on the border of Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina. Accommodation, candle lit dinner and a camp fire with all the right stories.

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

Sibiu – one of Romania’s most beautiful medieval cities, the former European capital of Culture in 2007, and the place where Vlad’s son is buried

Romania’s most wonderful caves: Pestera Valea Cetatii Cave ( The Valley of the Citadel cave), Meziad cave, Pestera Ursilor (Bear’s cave), Pestera Scarisoara (Scarisoara’s cave)

Babele and Sphinx – the most popular tourist destination from the country , can be reached by cable car. A lot of walking trails are available.

Ritual Killing of the Living Dead - performed according with old Transylvanian tradition, as was featured on Travel Channel


Tours in Transylvania, Study Trip Romania – Brief itinerary

Day 1

Our English speaking guide picks you up from Bucharest airport. After that, drive to Snagov.

Visit the famous Snagov Monastery, build on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake.

Allegedly, Dracula’s body was buried here after his death.

After visiting the monastery, return to Bucharest and accommodate in a centrally located 3* hotel.

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

Day 2

Your Dracula tours in Transylvania continue with Targoviste. Here, you will visit the ruins of Vlad Tepes’ old court.

Targoviste Old Princely court, escorted tours Romania, tours in Transylvania
Targoviste Old Princely court, seen in these escorted tours Romania

From here, drive to Sinaia and visit Peles Castle, a stunning palace which used to serve as royal residence.

Peles Castle from Sinaia, Dracula tours in Transylvania
Peles Castle from Sinaia

After that, head for Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle from Transylvania thanks to Bram Stoker’s novel.

Visit the castle and then drive to Brasov.

Enjoy a delicious dinner and then attend ‘Dracula’s Wedding*’, a non-verbal show played by professional actors.

*This event takes place for groups of at least 5 travelers

Aerial Dracula tour from Brasov over Dracula's Castle, tours in transylvania
Bran Castle seen in this Aerial Dracula tour from Brasov over Dracula's Castle

Day 3

During your Dracula Tours in Transylvania, visit impressive places in the vicinity of Bran.

Admire the Valley of the Citadel Cave and Rasnov Citadel from outside.

After that, discover Bat’s Cave.

Day 4

On the next day of your Dracula tours in Transylvania, visit Poienari Citadel, Dracula’s old fortress.

Make sure you’re physically prepared, because you need to climb over 1400 stairs to reach the top.

However, the view from above makes the entire effort worth it.

Poenari Citadel -escorted tours in Transylvania
Poenari Citadel -escorted tours to Romania

From here, head for your next objective, Curtea de Arges Monastery.

Day 5

Continue your tour in Sibiel.

Visit the Village Museum, the biggest open air museum in Romania.

Day 6

Drive to Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Dracula’s birthplace.

Visit the Clock Tower museum and the Medieval Weapons Collection.

Sighisoara medieval citadel-Dracula tour in Romania
Sighisoara

After that, head for Turda, home of the famous Salt Mine.

Descend into the mine and visit the old galleries and then accommodate in a 4* Dracula themed hotel.

Enjoy a vampire menu for dinner and attend the unique Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, performed as seen on Travel Channel.

Turda Salt Mine seen in Dracula tours and Best of Romania tours
Turda Salt Mine seen in Dracula tours and Best of Romania tours

Tours in Transylvania – Discover Apuseni Mountains

Day 7

In the next part of your study trip Romania, discover Apuseni Mountains.

First of all, visit unique caves such as Bear’s Cave, Meziad Cave or Scarisoara Cave. Accommodate at a local guest house.

The next day begins with a visit at one of the most spectacular caves in Apuseni, Huda lui Papara.

Day 8

After that, drive to Borgo Pass the place in which Dracula castle is situated in the novel Dracula.

Accommodate at a hotel built according to Bram Stoker’s imagination – Dracula’s Castle Hotel.

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Dracula Castle Hotel from Borgo Pass

Enjoy a unique evening. Sit around a camp fire and discover the dark legends surrounding Vlad the Impaler.

Day 9

In the morning, drive to Sacel. Meet a traditional wood-craftsman who will teach you how to make the perfect wooden stake.

After that visit the Merry Cemetery. Unique in the entire world, the cemetery is famous because of the funny epitaphs carved on the wooden crosses. Each cross also depicts the deceased in a cartoon like manner. Return to Sacel and accommodate in a 3* pension.

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

Day 10

Your next Dracula Tour Romania destination is Vaser Valley. Enjoy a unique experience, a reminder of past times.

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Steam Train Experience in Transylvania, Maramures

You will go on a 50 km travel with a Steam Train (known as Mocanita in Romania). Admire the amazing scenery around you.

Take your time and snap some photos, since the train is designed to run at a slow speed. Complete your train ride and then continue your Tours in Transylvania by spending the night in Sacel.

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

Day 11

After that, head for Cluj-Napoca, where our guide drops you off at your booked hotel or at the airport.

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


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Book this tour now and then enjoy an unforgettable tour in Transylvania, 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.

Departures:

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

On request

Price for groups of minimum 15 people

€ 1287€ 289Free

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Price for groups of 10-14 people

€ 1498€ 289Free

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.

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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.

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Choose our amazing tours in Transylvania

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

Dracula tours Romania
Dracula tours Romania

Tours in Transylvania - 3-Days Halloween Short Break from Cluj

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

Tours in Transylvania - Halloween Party in Sighisoara

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

Tours in Transylvania - Vampire Itinerary with Royal Dinner at Bran Castle

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

Tours in Transylvania - Awarded 7-Days Halloween Itinerary

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

Tours in Transylvania - 7-Days Vampire Tour

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 Party at Bran Castle

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 at the entrance 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 Tours in Transylvania

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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, Dracula's Castle Hotel

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, Dracula's Castle Hotel

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, Dracula's Castle Hotel

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 out the tour itinerary below:

Itineraries

Day 1

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

Connect with our tour guide at the airport Highlights : Visit Snagov Monastery , Bucharest city tour by foot Meals : Welcome dinner with Folk Show Accommodation : 3* accommodation in vicinity of the old centre of Bucharest * Snagov Monastery where, according to the legend, Vlad was buried after his assassination. The monastic establishment is located on a small island of Snagov Lake. The architectural style of the monastery follows the architectural pattern that is characteristic to the monasteries on the Holy Mount Athos in Greece . Your first day in Romania ends with a welcome dinner in one of Bucharest ’s top traditional restaurants.

Day 2

Bucharest - Targoviste - Sinaia - Bran - Brasov - Bran (256 km, 5h 23 min driving)

Highlights : The ruins of Vlad Tepes old court, Peles Castle , Bran Castle, the medieval city of Brasov Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Special Dinner – medieval menu in a Dracula Themed restaurant, 4* Accommodation : 3* accommodation in Bran Special Events : 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. *Targoviste, former capital of Walachia County situated on the right bank of Ialomita River, home of Vlad Tepes old court. * Peles Castle . The edifice was built in 1873 and is an architectural mixture of the German School and neo-renaissance style. The castle has 160 rooms, all of them opulently decorated in leather and wood from the most valuable tree species. Peleş Castle is one of the best preserved and the most beautiful royal residences in Europe. *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 as far as 1377. Close to the castle there is a shrine set in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered the heart of Queen Maria of Romania .

Day 3

Bran (52 km, 1h 12 min driving)

Highlights : Valley of the Citadel cave , Rasnov citadel, from the outside : Bat’s cave, explore Bran area – great walking trails, Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Homemade dinner Accommodation : Pension or Guest house – very good quality accommodation * Valley of the Citadel cave – one of the most beautiful cave of Europe , you can attend great clarinet concerts * Rasnov Peasant Citadel - the largest peasant fortification ever built in Eastern Europe *Bat’s cave – closed to the public, it is an impressive cave with numerous colonies of bats. We can visit just at the entrance

Day 4

Bran - Poienari (126 km, 2h 36 min)

Highlights : Poienari citadel. Curtea de Arges Monastery Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, traditional Romanian dinner Accommodation : 4*hotel- pension Valley with fish – The former holiday house of Nicolae Ceausescu’ s son ( the Romanian dictator ) Your accommodation is located on Transfagarasan road- The most crooked and challenging of Europe's roads, loved by motorcyclists. Built between 1970 and 1974 as a military route, by comunist dictator Ceausescu (after the Soviet invasion of Cehoslovakia in 1968) it snakes up the tallest peaks of the Carpathians. *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. *Poienari Citadel - Vlad’s old and faithful fortress. The fortress located close to Fagaras Mountains , on a canyon formed by Arges Rives isperched 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 over 1400 stairs.

Day 5

Poienari - Sibiu - Sibiel (122 km, 2h 31 min driving)

Highlights : Village Museum , stroll the street of the old village of Sibiel Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Homemade dinner Accommodation : Guesthoues – very good quality accommodation * Village Museum - the largest open-air museum in Eastern Europe. It is famous all over Europe for its size and especially for all the traditional old houses, built after customs from all regions of the country ( Maramures, Moldavia, Valahia, Danube Delta – Dobrogea, Transylvania), each one with its characteristics.

Day 6

Sibiu - Sighisoara - Turda (214 km, 3h 36 min driving)

Highlights : The medieval citadel of Sighisoara – UNESCO World Heritage, The clock tower and Medieval Weapon Collection, Salt mine in Turda - one of the biggest saline in Romania , it has impressive halls named after kings and queens Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Vampire menu for dinner Accommodation : 4* Dracula themed boutique hotel *Sighisoara Citadel : Stroll around the streets of the old citadel; admire the Clock Tower, concentrating Sighisoara’s history, the beautiful Church on the Hill and the unique Covered Stairs. You can even enjoy lunch in the very house where Vlad the Impaler was borne, turned today into a cosy restaurant “Casa Vlad Dracul” Restaurant. Special events: The Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead (performed according to the old burying rituals in Transylvania), this event is meant to reveal who was dwelling the magic realms of Transylvania before Bram Stoker created the vampire legend – the event was recently presented by Travel Channel in the Hunt for Dracula episode as we have assisted them on a documentary based on Transylvania’s darkest legends.

Day 7

Turda - Chiscau - Garda de Sus (Apuseni Moutains) - 271 km, 4h 30 min driving

Highlights : Bear’s Cave, Meziad Cave, Scarisoara’s Cave - it hosts the largest underground glacier in the world Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Homemade dinner Accommodation : Guesthouse - very good quality accommodation *Bear’s cave : is made out of 4 main galleries: Bones Gallery, Emil Racovita Gallery, Candles Gallery and Scientific Gallery. The access in the Scientific Gallery, located at the end of the Emil Racovita Gallery and accessible through a 30 m pit, is only opened for professional speleologists. In the 3 main galleries of Bears’ Cave accessible to the public, you will be able to discover the remains of the bear cave, through a great number of fossils, which have also given the name of the cave, but also various impressive natural formations, as stalactites and stalagmites, some of which have been given names due to the characteristics they showcase, such as: the Enchanted Castle, the Dwarfs House, the Water Lilly Lake, the Old Men’s Council and so on. *Meziad Cave : The Meziad Cave is one of the longest caves in Romania, with a length of nearly five kilometres and having more underground levels. Meziad is also one of the first arranged and electrified caves in our country for tourists’ access.

Day 8

Garda de Sus - Borgo Pass (257 km, 4h 53 min)

Highlights : Huda lui Papara Cave- one of the most spectacular caves from Apuseni Mountains, , Dracula’s Castle from Borgo Pass – built according to Bram Stoker’s imagination, fire camp. Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Candle lit dinner and fire camp Accommodation : 3* hotel, Dracula themed Hotel

Day 9

Borgo Pass - Sacel (119 km, 2h 5 min)

Highlights : Woodcraftsman – you can learn in Grigore’s workshop how to make the perfect wooden stake!, Wonderful Optional : Merry Cemetery – find out how a cemetery can be merry * 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. Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Maramuresean dinner Accommodation : 3* Pension in Sacel

Day 10

Sacel - Viseul de Sus - Sacel (42 km, 53 min driving)

Highlights : Steam Train on Vaser Valley ( Mocanita) Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Maramuresean dinner Accommodation : 3* Pension in Sacel * 50 km travel with Steam Train on Vaser Valley will be definitely a journey into the past. Maramures county is known not only for it best preserved traditions but also for its stoning natural scenery: narrow, rock lined canyons; the colourful wildlife of the mixed forests. You will emerge into aland devoid of human population, accessible only by railway.

Day 11

Sacel - Cluj-Napoca (147 km, 2h 17 min driving)

Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch Accommodation : not included

Price includes

Tour leader

The services of a professional English speaking guide.


Transportation

All transfers inside the tour by microbus or coach, with private driver,  depending on the number of the travellers.


Accommodation

10 nights: 2 nights in a 4* Hotel, 3 nights in 3* Hotels, 2 nights in 3* Pension and 3 nights in guest houses – very good quality accommodation.


Meals

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


Entry fees to

Snagov Monastery, the Ruins of Tirgoviste Citadel, Bran Castle, Black Church, Clock Tower, Medieval Weapon Collection and Torture Room in Sighisoara, Woodcraftsmen in Sacel, the Village Museum in Sibiu, Evangelic Church in Sibiu, Icons on Glass Museum in Sibiel, Ruins of Poienari Citadel, Pestera Valea Cetatii Cave ( The Valley of the Citadel cave), Meziad cave, Pestera Ursilor (Bear’s cave), Pestera Scarisoara (Scarisoara’s cave)


Special events included

The Ritual of Killing of a living Dead

Dracula’s Wedding*

*This event takes place for groups of at least 5 travelers

One place free of charge (single occupancy) for tour conductor.

Not included:

  • plane ticket
  • airport fees
  • photo & video tax
  • other not mentioned.

 

 

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  1. :

    To see and be in the same places described in Stoker’s “Dracula” was an amazing feeling.
    Even learning about the culture of Romania was very eye opening.
    Stefan was a fantastic guide!
    His knowledge and passion for history truly made travelling around Romania even better than I could have imagined!

  2. :

    My experience in Transylvania is definitely one that I will remember forever.
    I had such an incredible time on our historical and literary journey that traced the steps of both Vlad Tepes and Dracula.
    I loved learning about the vampire folklore and participating in traditional Romanian activities.
    Exploring the various cities with close friends made this trip even more special.
    We all experienced this together, and created a close bond.
    The trip enlightened me on the historical aspects of Vlad the Impaler and the type of leader he was.
    It was interesting drawing connections between the historical and literary figures.
    I truly enjoyed my time learning about Romanian culture and history while bringing literature to life.

  3. :

    Studying Dracula in Transylvania was never something I expected to do during my lifetime but I am very glad that I have had the opportunity.
    Exploring Romania and Transylvania while learning about the history of “Vlad the Impailer” and connecting the literary Dracula to real life places was absolutely amazing.
    I had no idea what to expect when I signed up for this trip but my expectations were completely blown away.
    I am so grateful to have had the chance to explore some of the many cities in Romania and become immersed in a culture that is so different from my own.
    I loved hearing the traditional stories and legends of the country and learning what “Vlad the Impailer” means to the people of Romania.
    I could not have asked for a more wonderful eye opening experience.
    I hope to someday return to this beautiful country and I look forward to sharing many of the new stories and facts I have learned upon my return home.

  4. :

    Transylvania Live made studying literature come to life! Exploring Transylvania by taking the path Johnathan Harker took to Dracula’s castle really made the novel come to life. Exploring the castle ruins of Vlad Tepes, dining by candle light and listening to stories about Vlad and Dracula were incredible experiences that helped deepen my love of Dracula. Staying in small local towns, dining on authentic food and meeting the locals was a great way to learn about Romanian culture and experience a new way of life. Our tour guide, Stefan, was extremely knowledgeable about Dracula in the novel as well as Vlad Dracul, whom the character was semi-based on and we owe it all to him for making our trip such a memorable one!

  5. :

    The trip throughout Romania was fantastic!
    It was a lot of fun and was great for learning more about Dracula and Vlad the Impaler.
    I definitely enjoyed the trip, even if it was quite rigorous! I think the only thing that I grew tired of was so many churches.
    They were all beautiful but the Black Church and the most beautiful church in Romania were two that I would not want to miss.
    There were so many I can’t remember them all!
    But thank you so much for putting this all together, dancing and partying with you guys was one of the best nights, if not THE best night, on the trip.
    Thank you so much for all your hard work, Hertha! I had an absolute blast!

  6. :

    I honestly could not have imagined how amazing studying Dracula in Romania would be.
    Of course, I knew a lot about the literary Dracula and I loved being immersed in the world of the novel.
    But I had no idea how much I would enjoy the history behind Vlad the Impaler. That was really fascinating for me.
    I loved going to all the different cities and being immersed in the culture, and it definitely made me much more interested in and open to the information and the stories Stefan was telling us.
    My favorite part was eating in the house where Dracula was born and Stefan telling us the stories of Vlad the Impaler’s deeds in that room.
    We did so much in so short a time, and I loved it.
    Also, Stefan was absolutely amazing and we all adored him.
    He really made the trip more than we could have ever asked for and he went above and beyond for us at every turn.
    We’re really thankful to both of you for making this experience so fantastic.

  7. :

    Studying Dracula in Transylvania was absolutely amazing.
    Being able to see the lands and learn about the people that inspired Bram Stoker gave me an entirely new perspective and appreciation for all of the effort an author puts into his or her work. In addition, the historical insight we gained completely changed the way I now approach and appreciate the work.
    Understanding the context of a novel takes a flat book of paper and turns it into glorious meaning, imagery and symbolism.
    My mind has been opened to all of the ways literature teaches us about ourselves and the world that affects us.

  8. :

    My favorite part of being in Romania while studying Dracula was being able to experience both the real and the fictitious.
    I was immersed in an entirely new culture by learning their own customs.
    Taking part in the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead was something special that I’ll never forget!
    This experience was unlike anything else I’ve ever done and will never forget it.

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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 on our expense.
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.

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.

Romanian time is EET (Eastern European Time, two hours ahead of GMT, seven hours ahead of New York and ten hours ahead of Los Angeles. Check right now what time is in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania: https://time.is/Bucharest

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).

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!