Hora at Prislop – Traditional festival
The Sistine Chapel of the East – the famous Voronet Monastery
Merry Cemetery in Sapanta – discover how a cemetery can be merry in the picturesque and traditional area of Maramures.
Dracula’s Castle in Bistrita – the one mentioned in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”.
Famous woodcraftsman – Grigore Tulean will introduce you in the old art of wood carving
Marginea – the famous Black Pottery Centre.
Day by day itinerary:
DAY 1 Budapest – Satu Mare
Our English speaking guide welcomes the tourists at the airport. Depart to Satu Mare for accommodation and dinner in an exquisite environment.
Module: wine tasting in Tokaj, Hungary, the same wine drunken by A. Dumas’s musketeers!
DAY 2 Satu Mare – Sapanta – Prislop Pass – Ieud,
TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL HORA LA PRISLOP
DAY 3 Ieud – Bogdan Voda – Moisei – Sacel – Voronet – Sucevita
Depart to visit the famous wood church in Bogdan Voda. We’ll then arrive in Sacel and be the guests of the famous craftsman, Grigore Tulean. Drive to Sucevita for dinner. On the way we stop to visit Moisei Monument and the Voronet Monastery. Accommodate in Sucevita.
We begin the day with some shopping at the famous Black pottery Centre in Marginea. From there we’ll travel to Suceava, to visit the old Citadel and the Village Museum. The road will take us to the famous Moldovita Monastery where we’ll enjoy a monastic lunch. Accommodate in Sucevita.
Travel to Transylvania. On the way we visit The Wood Museum in Cimpulung Moldovenesc and the Hunting Museum in Vatra Dornei. Arrive in Borgo Pass, the place where Bram Stoker imagined and placed the castle of the famous Count Dracula; visit the castle and the coffin. Drive to Bistrita for accommodation. Here we’ll visit The Dogarilor Tower with an interesting puppet exposition presented by the honorable Misiuga, Baron of Dracula and have a special dinner in Jonathan Harker Saloon, the hero of Dracula’s novel.
Tip: enjoy a lunch in a special environment – the castle in Borgo Pass, the place where famous author Bram Stoker imagined Count Dracula’s Castle!
Arrive in Cluj Napoca and visit The Art Museum. Drive to Turda to see the Salt Mines and have a nice walk in the famous Turzii’s Gorges Reservations. Enjoy a special vampire menu for dinner. Accommodation in Cluj.
Riding along the valley of Aries we’ll visit the Ethnographic Museum in Lupsa and have a special traditional picnic lunch in a spectacular environment at Poarta lui Ionele Cave. Crossing Vartop Pass we’ll arrive in Crisurilor Land where we’ll visit Bears Cave and the Open Air Museum with old cars and domestic objects in Chiscau. Drive to Oradea to visit Varadinum Citadel. Accommodate.
Tip: relaxing evening in the outdoor swimming pool with thermal water of your accommodation.
DAY 8 Oradea – Budapest
It is now the time to say good-by to Romania. Depart for Budapest.
“Congratulations Transylvania Live for teaching me how to dance the “hora”. I enjoyed very much the festival; the Romanians are the friendliest people I ever met! I loved the music, the traditional costumes, the food, everything! Please send my best to Mr. Misiuga, the “Baron of Dracula “, it was a pleasure talking to someone who can tell so much about Transylvania’s past. Hope to see you again soon”. WinonaCunningham, Virginia, US
|Your guide Radu Spere:|
If you’re keen on learning more about Cont Dracula, he is the best person to ask! I’ll be honored to guide a Romanian adventure for you. It will be my pleasure to demonstrate that Romania is an excellent destination: beautiful scenery, wonderful traditions, excellent food and wine and great folklore.
Price & Departure
|Departure date||Price per person|
(2 persons to one double room)
|Single room supplement||Availability|
|8 day tour. Departure from Budapest – Ferihegy Airport, 10.00 AM (GMT +01:00)|
|August 14||€ 1499||€ 139||minimum group size is 4|
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English speaking guide.
Accommodation: three nights in 3* hotels, three nights in 4* hotels, one night in traditional country-inn, in fact welcoming peasant house (one bathroom for two rooms).
Transportation: by coach, minibus or car – air conditioned, depending on the number of travelers.
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches (Monastic lunch in Moldovita Monastery and a picnic lunch at Poarta lui Ionele Cave) and 5 dinners (welcome dinner, special dinner in Jonathan Harker saloon in Bistrita – a live band is performing in the restaurant, traditional Maramuresean dinner in Ieud, dinner with special vampire menu, dinner with a Bucovinean menu).
Entry fees to: Merry Cemetery in Sapinta, the famous church in Bogdan Voda, Craftsman Workshop, The Monument in Moisei, Voronet Monastery, Moldovita Monastery, Sucevita Monastery, Suceava Citadel, Village Museum in Suceava, Museum of Woodcraft in Cimpulung Moldovenesc, Hunting Museum in Vatra Dornei, Dracula’s coffin, Dogarilor Tower in Bistrita, Art Museum in Cluj, Salt Mines in Turda, Turzii’s Gorges Reservation, Etnographic Museum in Lupsa, Bears Cave.
Not included: plane ticket, airport fees, photo & video tax and other not mentioned.
We’re pleased to say that Transylvania Live – expert in Transylvania has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts
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Best selling tours in Europe
7 days, escorted Dracula tour, HB, from € 1289 – Bucharest departure – code: RO7.BHADT
A literary Dracula Tour included by Fodor’s Travel Guide in Top 10 Must-Do Adventure, the tour includes the funniest Halloween Party in Sighisoara Citadel, Dracula’s birthplace.
Attend happenings like The Ritual Killing of a Living Dead (as seen on Travel Channel),Vampiresa Hunting , sleeping in Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, and visit the most important historical places related with Vlad the Impaler, Bran Castle and Poenari Fortress. more»
from € 599 – Cluj Napoca, Transylvania, departure (tour code TR 4.3RoHa)
Halloween Party, in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place! A 3 day short break including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace, Transylvania’s iconic image, Bran Castle and the Medieval city of Brasov.
The Halloween Party includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine and accompanied by a special programme including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampiresa Hunting, Romanian Folk Show and many dark surprises.
3 days from € 599- Bucharest departure (tour code Bu4 .3RoHa)
It’s time for the ultimate Halloween Party, in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place! A 3 day short break including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace.
Furthermore, visit Transylvania’s iconic image, Bran Castle and one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, The Medieval Saxon city of Brasov.
The itinerary is complimented by an excellent selection of medieval 3* hotels.
The Halloween Party includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine.
Enjoy a special programme including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampire Hunting, Romanian Folk Show and many dark surprises.
HB from € 569- Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca departure ( code: TR 4.3RoSh)
Intended for those willing to discover the best parts of Transylvania’s legendary realms in a shorter period time, this 3 day break 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.
In addition, 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. Direct flights from London to Cluj Napoca available.
- 5 day Private Dracula Tour from € 1299 -Bucharest departure (tour 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.
Visit Vlad Dracula’s birth place in the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, the ruins of the Poienari Fortress – Dracula’s refugee place, Arefu village and Dracula’s tomb in Snagov Monastery.
Enjoy a mysterious trip in Dracula’s Realm!
HB from € 559 – Bucharest departure (code: TR 4.3RoBu)
Intended for those who would like a weekend getaway, this private escorted break is also an ideal after business programme. You only need a weekend to discover the very essence of Transylvania: the legendary Bran Castle, Sighisoara Citadel, Dracula’s birth place and the outstanding medieval city of Brasov. The trip is based on the low cost flights available from London to Bucharest, every Friday.
a party and 2 transfers from Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu or Cluj Napoca
Enjoy the best Halloween ever in Dracula’s birth place – the Medieval Citadel of Sighisoara! A 2 day self guided 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, an excellent show and providing you with a truly memorable experience.
2 days Short break, HB, € 349 – Bucharest departure (tour code TRB.2RoHa)
Enjoy a relaxing break in Transylvania during Halloween ! A 2 days short break including a Halloween Party at Transylvania’s iconic image – Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle.
1 Day accommodation and Halloween Party at Bran Castle, starting from € 249 (code TRB.1RoHa)
Enjoy an unforgettable night tour of Bran Castle, meet the Wicked Fairies and get lost in their euphoric dance along with a glass of local red wine. Watch a horror movie projection and feel amazing being part of a great and dynamic Halloween After Party in the grounds of Bran Castle until 4:00 am.
Accommodate in a 3* hotel near Bran Castle. Enjoy a traditional dinner and then explore Bran Castle, Transylvania’s symbol. Experience the edifice’s unique charm and immerse yourselves in the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula.
5 hours programme, from €264 / couple
Sightseeing of Bucharest and Dracula’s Tomb from Snagov Island. and an unforgettable evening in a Dracula Restaurant: indulge yourself with a Dracula dinner to find out why it’s worth killing for a meal!
The tours and are designed to show you the beautiful architecture and monuments of the so called “Little Paris”. The sidecar can carry two passengers, one in the sidecar and another riding pillion. We hope you’ll try the sidecar and pillion as they each offer a different perspective.
You will be chauffeured in a sightseeing tour of Bucharest with stops for pictures in the main points of attraction. This is a fabulously fun Dracula Tour from Bucharest viewed from the nostalgia of an original vintage sidecar.
Departures: from Monday to – Friday at 14.00; Saturday – Sunday at 10.30
Press about us
The prestigious Fodor’s Travel guide, placed Halloween in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler – Dracula Tour in Top Ten Must-Do-Adventures that will make 2007 a year to remember.
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The itinerary of the Vampire in Transylvania – Dracula tour was a major source of inspiration for a documentary that was broadcast-ed on Travel Channel.
Transylvania Live Dracula Tours -The world’s best vampire-spotting locations according to Lonely Planet.
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We had a wonderful time and are very happy that we chose Transylvania Live. I also wanted to let you know that it was really nice to meet the people from Transylvania Live during our party in Turda.
I will be sure to recommend you to any friends who might ask about Romania. Thank you again for all of your help, and most of all your patience with all of my many questions!!! Multumesc!!!!
Damon B, New York, USA
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