Dracula Tour Transylvania – what’s the appeal of these itineraries and what to look for at a tour operator
Dracula tour Transylvania popularity stems mostly from Bram Stoker’s novel. In fact, this is the second most printed book in the world, surpassed only by the Bible. Bran Castle, although full of its own real and exciting history, has become as popular as it is today due to the fact that Bram Stoker used its appearance to describe Dracula’s residence.
People who chose a Dracula Tour Transylvania are inspired to visit this beautiful part of our country after reading the novel or watching Dracula movies. They want to visit the source of all the dark legends.
How to choose a Dracula tour operator?
First of all read some reviews about different tour operators on TripAdvisor! click here to read reviews
1 Cheap Dracula tour Transylvania
If you are searching for a comprehensive multi day Dracula tour Transylvania you have to choose between various tour operators. You will find plenty of cheap skimped tours if you need the cheapest prices.
Most of these organizers have just a mobile phone on their website. Chances are that these are not official tour operators recognized by Ministry of Tourism. Try to contact them and ask for the proper licences to be sent over the email.
It could be a simple driver with his own car organizing cheap Dracula tours in the main cities of Romania.
If you are a lucky person you could end up happy with this cheap solution.
2 Good value for the money Dracula tour Transylvania
If you are not searching for the cheapest Dracula tours Romania and you are rather searching for good value for the money than there are some signs by which you can recognize a serious tour operator.
First of all search the “About us” section of their website.
You should find there:
- the tourism business license
- the fiscal identification of the company, address, bank accounts, owners, managers
- the associations in which the tour operator is part and that can guarantee that this is a serious and responsible tour operator (one example in UK is Responsible Travel – check here)
- reviews from previous clients, but ideally is to check reviews from an independent reviews site like TripAdvisor
Now you have at least 3 serious tour operators that meets the above criteria.
Check the prices of the tours and see what is included.
Some of them include only guide accommodation and transportation.
The good value for the money types of Dracula tours are half board and include special events that creates the magical atmosphere necessary in a successful Dracula tour.
One good example of such special event is Transylvania Live‘s Ritual Killing of a Living Dead event. At that events tourists are invited to recreate the way in which a strigoi (Romanian name of a similar with a vampire creature) is helped to gain his after live peace and go to heaven.
Learn more about the ritual here
3 Private Dracula tours Romania
You are in a league of your own. If you are looking for personally guided day tours in and around Transylvania, extended tours of Romania and excellent tour guides, you have come to the right place!
You can choose your level of accommodation between 4 star hotels, boutiques chic accommodations or you can sleep in a castle or in a Dracula themed hotel! Just get in touch with a well chosen tour operator for that!
Learn about Holidays in Transylvania
Awarded Dracula tours
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Halloween in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler
3 days Short Break with 2 Halloween Parties
Escorted tour, 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 availble untill 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 VIP entrance (skip the 3 hours line) and a 3 course dinner at the hotel situated in walking distance from the party
Halloween Party in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler-Sighisoara citadel, Dracula’s birthplace!
2 days tour.
Departure fromBucharest, Sibiu or Cluj Napoca Airport(tour code: Tr4.4RoHa)
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 Dracula tour with dinner at Bran Castle and a joyfully masquerade party in Transylvania
Escorted tour, with guaranteed departures from Bucharest, HB from € 1204
A 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)
Halloween in Transylvania the Awarded Dracula Tour from Bucharest with 3 Halloween parties included
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.
Party and sleep in Dracula’s Castle hotel in Borgo Pass. Visit the most important historical places related with Vlad the Impaler: Bran Castle and Poenari Fortress.
Party at Bran castle Halloween party 2020.
Vampire in Transylvania-Dracula tours summer editions
7 days awarded Dracula Tour from Bucharest
summer tours with guaranteed departures from Bucharest, HB from € 1159
A Dracula Tour from Bucharest, Romania intended to Dracula and history fans.
Attend the Ritual Killing of a Livig 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 Transylvania Travel with 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 Buchaest.
Win a prize for your desguise at the dinner with traditional meals and costume contests. VIP entrance to the castle (skip the 3 hours line) 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
3 days, escorted trip, from €599 – Bucharest departure
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 including 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
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 Dracula tour Romania
Escorted tour Romania, 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 such as the live reenactment of the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, and 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
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 Romania
escorted tour, departure from Bucharest
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.
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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
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The accompanying adult must present:
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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:
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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
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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:
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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
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