Visit Transylvania with your family and let the children learn to ski at one of the best ski courses in Europe. One of the best family holiday that include visits to Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle from Transylvania.
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Transylvania skiing vacation – Best winter experience in the land of Dracula. Arrive in Cluj-Napoca and then travel to the best mountain slopes in our country and have fun!
This itinerary is great if you are experienced at ski. However, if you are a beginner, don’t worry, there are skiing courses available (not included in the tour price), which take place at Arena Platos Ski School, one of the best ski courses in Europe. Please check our schedule below for more information.
Transylvania Skiing Vacation – Highlights:
- Walking tour of Cluj-Napoca. Admire impressive medieval buildings such as St. Michael’s Cathedral
- Turda Salt Mines – with impressive halls named after kings and queens
- Accommodate at a 4* Dracula themed hotel in Turda
- Skiing days in Paltinis
- Sighisoara Medieval Citadel – Dracula’s Birthplace, founded by Saxons during the 12th Century
- Bran Castle, Transylvania’s symbol, also known as Dracula’s Castle
- Snagov Monastery, Dracula’s alleged burial place
Day 1, Welcome to the Transylvania skiing vacation!
Our guide connects with you at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, centrally located 4* hotel in Cluj Napoca, Transylvania.
Day 2, Cluj Napoca – Salt Mine- Turda ( 40 km, 40 minutes driving)
10:00 Waking tour of Cluj Napoca. Meet our English speaking guide at the reception desk at your accommodation in Cluj. With an outstanding medieval atmosphere, Cluj will surely impress you with its beautiful old buildings, Saint Michael’s Cathedral is a must see.
12:00- 13:30 Time for Lunch on personal accounts.
14:20 Prepare to descent to the heart of one of the biggest saline in Romania , the Salt Mines of Turda, with impressive halls named after kings and queens. Overnight in Turda, a small city with an intimate medieval atmosphere. Tonight accommodation is a very nice boutique hotel, castle shaped, described by our guests as medieval fantasy with beds. 4* hotel.
Accommodation: Hunter Prince, 4*
Entry fees: Salt Mine Turda
Day 3, Turda– Sibiu- Paltinis (141km, 2h20min driving) – half day Transylvania skiing vacation – ski courses in Europe
9.00 AM Morning drive to Sibiu. City tour of Sibiu.
Transylvania skiing lessons scheduled at 15:00-17.00 to Arena Platos Ski School, one of the best ski courses in Europe
Accommodation: Complex Alpina, 4*
Meals: Breakfast, dinner.
* The cost for ski lessons are not included in the price.
Day 4, Paltinis –Transylvania skiing day- ski courses in Europe
Transylvania skiing lessons scheduled at: 11:00 -12:00 and 14:00 -16:00 to Arena Platos Ski School, one of the best ski courses in Europe
Accommodation: Complex Alpina, 4*
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
* The cost for ski lessons at one of the best ski courses in Europe are not included in the price.
** The tour leader for this day is not included.
Day 5, Paltinis – Sighisoara – Paltinis, day trip to Sighisoara (3,5 hours driving)
9.00 AM Visit today 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 is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula, was born.
Accommodation: Complex Alpina, 4*
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch (packed lunch), dinner
*Please do not forget to take Packed lunch from the hotel, which is included in the price.
Day 6, Tuesday, Paltinis – Transylvania skiing vacation
Transylvania skiing lessons scheduled at: 12:00 -13:00 and 15:00 -17:00 to Arena Platos Ski School, one of the best ski courses in Europe
Accommodation: Complex Alpina, 4*
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
* The cost for ski lessons at one of the best ski courses in Europe are not included in the price.
** The tour leader for this day is not included.
Day 7, Paltinis – Bran Castle- Bucharest (174 km, 5h 51min driving)
9:00 AM Morning drive to Brasov and have a quick tour of the medieval center of the town.
Next 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 as far as 1377. Overnight in Bucharest, 3* hotel centrally located.
Accommodation: Ibis Palatul Parlamentului, 3*
Meals included: Breakfast
Recommended restaurants for dinner: Carul cu Bere, Hanul lui Manuc, Pescarus, Jaristea ( expensive)
Day 8, Transfer to Bucharest airport – End of the Transylvania Skiing Vacation for families.
10.00 -12.00 Walking tour of the old center of the town.
12.00 – 13.00 Transfer Snagov and visit 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.
13.00 – 15.40 Visit Snagov Monastery and time for lunch on personal accounts
15.40 – 16.10 Transfer to airport for your return flight
End of the Romania ski holidays for families.
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Book your tour now and discover Transylvania! Follow in Vlad the Impaler’s footsteps and then uncover his dark legend during this unforgettable Transylvania Dracula tour.
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- 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.
Other mentions for our Transylvania skiing vacation – Romania ski holidays for families
- 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.
Price of the Romania skiing vacation for families
|Minimum 2 persons are requested in order for this tour to depart!|
|Adult traveler||€ 1269|
|Children – Age 6-12||€ 549 (sharing a double room or apartment)|
|Children – Age 13-18||€ 924 (sharing a double room or apartment)|
If you are a group please contact us to receive a personalized offer.
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Welcome in TransylvaniaOur guide conects with you at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, centrally located in Cluj Napoca: 4* hotel.
Cluj Napoca – Salt Mine- Turda ( 40 km, 40 minutes driving)10:00 Waking tour of Cluj Napoca. Meet our English speaking guide at the reception desk at your accommodation in Cluj. With an outstanding medieval atmosphere, Cluj will surely impress you with its beautiful old buildings, Saint Michael’s Cathedral is a must see. 12:00- 13:30 Time for Lunch on personal accounts. 14:20 Prepare to descent to the heart of one of the biggest saline in Romania , the Salt Mines of Turda, with impressive halls named after kings and queens. Overnight in Turda, a small city with an intimate medieval atmosphere. Tonight accommodation is a very nice boutique hotel, castle shaped, described by our guests as medieval fantasy with beds. 4* hotel.
Turda– Sibiu- Paltinis (141km, 2h20min driving)9.00 AM Morning drive to Sibiu. City tour of Sibiu. Overnight in Paltinis near Arena Platos ski slope. Ski lessons scheduled at 15:00-17.00 to Arena Platos Ski School, – half day ski
Paltinis – ski daySki lessons scheduled at: 11:00 -12:00 and 14:00 -16:00 to Arena Platos Ski School
Paltinis – Sighisoara – Paltinis9.00 AM Visit today 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 is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula, was born. Please do not forget to take Packed lunch from the hotel. (Our agency asked them to pack your lunch for the trip)
Paltinis – ski daySki lessons scheduled at: 12:00 -13:00 and 15:00 -17:00 to Arena Platos Ski School
, Paltinis – Bran Castle- Bucharest (174 km, 5h 51min driving).9:00 AM Morning drive to Brasov and have a quick tour of the medieval center of the town. Next 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 as far as 1377. Overnight in Bucharest, 3* hotel centrally located.
Tour of Bucharest and, transfer to Bucharest airport for your return flight10.00 -12.00 Walking tour of the old center of the town. 12.00 – 13.00 Transfer Snagov and visit 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. 13.00 – 15.40 Visit Snagov Monatery and time for lunch on personal accounts 15.40 – 16.10 Transfer to airport for your return flight 18:40 (so far this was the flight back to London with wizzair; if your flight is at a different hour we will modify the itinerary accordingly)
Accommodation with breakfast included
7 nights: 6 nights in a 4* hotels, 1 night in a 3* hotel
English speaking Guide and driver
Private car depending on number of travelers
4 dinners, 2 lunches, 1 packed lunch. Special: New Year’s party and festive dinner
Turda Salt Mine, Sighisoara Clock Tower, Bran Castle
Flight from Britain to Cluj Napoca
Flight back from Bucharest to Britain
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The prices for ski courses in Paltinis are from EUR 16/hour/person to EUR 29/hour/person ( private lesson). In case you have more than 1 person and you wish to book more hours, you can benefit by a special package price.
Not necessary, our team would be happy to assist you. We have a fee for this service in the amount of EUR 30. If you do not need our assistance we will provide you with the e-mail and telephone number of the Ski school.
Ski lessons are not mandatory. If you’re already a skier you can consider that time your free time to do whatever you wish. Also timings listed in the itinerary are approximate, being a private tour we can modify it to meet your needs.
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.
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 for limitations. 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. Other languages speaking guides are also available.
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Most of our tours operate with minimum 2 persons, especially private tours. Please check the information for every listed tour on our website for the minimum required number of persons.
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 8 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.
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Yes, we do offer discounts provided they travel as a group. Contact us!
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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.
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 or send an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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.
To check the list of the countries that require a visa please see the web page of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at http://www.mae.ro/en/node/2035
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: $10 - $18, 3 course dinner: $15 - $ 20. 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.
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 more pretentious when it comes to their outfits. Dorobanti Boulevard in Bucharest can easily be compared to Champs 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 than 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 motorcycles are to be collected from our Motorcycle Rental Shop in Turda (40 km away from Cluj Napoca, 31A Razboieni Street, city of Turda). Return transfer from Cluj Napoca or Targu Mures Airports to the garage in Turda available on request for an additional charge.
Transfer from Cluj Napoca (or Targu Mures Airport) to Turda available at an extra cost
1 transfer: EURO 35
Return transfer: EURO 60
Transfers from other airports available on request.
Please let us know in advance should you require these services.
Every Adventure Motorcycle Tours rental includes:
– use of BMW R1200 GS, BMW F800GS, BMW F850GS or BMW G650 GS (single) motorcycles.
– The motorbikes are endowed with top case. Side cases available for rent at an extra cost.
– The Third party Liability in respect of motor vehicles is provided (which is the Compulsory Insurance against Civil liability).
– Unlimited mileage
– Chain lock or disk lock
– All of our motorcycles are passenger friendly. Pillion (passenger) free of charge
– Secure storage for your luggage for the rented period
Extra cost side bags:
2-3 days: EURO 20/day
4-6 days: EURO 17/day
7 – 14 days: EURO 14/day
Over 14 days: EURO 11/day
– Helmets available for rent (although we suggest you bring your own for fitment and comfort)
– CASCO insurance (comprehensive insurance providing full coverage in case of accident) - 20 € /rental day/motorcycle – A cash deposit of €500 for BMW G650GS or € 1500 for BMW F800GS and BMW 1200GS will be required for bike damage security or loss of accessories. The amount will be refunded at the end of the programme should the bike be returned on time, undamaged and with a full fuel tank.
It is recommended to purchase a travel insurance policy specially designed for adventure holidays.
At an additional cost services of support car and driver/mechanic are available. The mechanic will accompany you in order to ensure the motorcycle service and the security checks and to intervene in case of emergency.
Mechanic services: 90 EURO/day + accommodation and meals
Support car following you on your itinerary: 569 EURO/week + gasoline and parking fees
The support car will be driven by the mechanic. For some sectors pillions could travel in the support car, depending on pillions number and seats available.
A day of rental equals a calendar day, rental hours: 09:00 am to 06:00 pm, closed on Sunday, (and Saturday in low season).
The motor bike will be delivered to the hirer with a full tank of fuel, clean and in perfect state of functioning. The renter will return the bike in the same conditions along with its documents and accessories, at the end of the programme, at the time and place stipulated by the contract.
Vehicles returned with a less than full gas tank will be subject to a refueling charge. (€ 12 plus fuel cost will be charged.) Should the hirer return the bike unclean, the cost of the cleaning services will be applied.
The loss of tools/documents/ accessories will be also charged.
Yes, every motorcycle has a safety and mechanical inspection prior to every rental. We have trained technicians on premises. All motorcycles are maintained to manufacturers' specifications and our technicians are very well acquainted with all rented bikes. Your safety is our #1 priority.
Every renter is provided with an emergency telephone number at pick-up. In case of a mechanical breakdown our staff will arrange for towing to Adventure Motorcycle Tours – Transylvania Live location or repair facility.
For all the bikes, the minimum age required is 21 years old. The client must hold a full, unrestricted motorcycle license and a minimum 1 year of riding experience. The passenger must be over 14 years of age.
You must have a valid motorcycle license to rent a motorcycle from Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live. The license from your country is sufficient - you don't have to get an international drivers license.
GPS Garmin Zumo 350LM series are available for rental. Price depends on the number of days of rental.
2-3 days – EURO 18/day
4-6 days – EURO 16/day
7-14 days – EURO 13/day
Over 14 days – EURO 10/day
All models have power outlets built into the fairing that allow you to plug in your Global Positioning Unit.
Certain vehicles provide for lockable storage.
Rented motorcycles are permitted across the Romanian borders as long as the Motorcycle is returned to Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live’s rental location. However, Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live’s approval is compulsory. Please mention this request on the booking form.
Yes, Adventure Motorcycle Tours – Transylvania Live location offers free, safe and secure storage of your luggage and personal items during your rental.
Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live can provide you with a side-car motorcycle on request. Please contact us for more details.
Adventure Motorcycle Tours – Transylvania Live has a good selection of helmets, gloves or rain suites for rent. Please note that the rental of these accessories depends upon availability. However we suggest you bring your own for fitment and comfort.
2-3 days – EURO 10 /day
4-6 days – EURO 8/ day
7-14 days – EURO 6/day
Over 14 days – EURO 5/day
Yes, for your own safety, and per Romanian law, both you and your passenger are required to wear a certified helmet at all times when you ride our motorcycle.
Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live has started in 1995 and continues to be closely managed by the founder.
Beginners should start with an entry level motorbike. BMW G 650 GS is the perfect choice.