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Highlights of this Private Dracula tour 2020

Day 1  Golden Crown Restaurant  and Dracula’s Castle Hotel from Bram Stoker’s novel

  • Visit Jonathan Harker’s saloon in Golden Crown Restaurant the same where the character from Dracula novel have use it
  • accommodation in Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass built in accordance with Bram Stocker’s imagination on the border between Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina.

Day 2 Sighisoara Medieval citadel and Dracula’s birthplace

  • The Medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoaraa UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vlad the Impaler’s birth place; visit the Clock Tower Museum

Day 3 Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle from Transylvania

  • Bran CastleTransylvania’s iconic image, an impressive fortress dating back to 1377, also known as Dracula’s Castle
  • Rasnov Peasant Citadelthe best preserved peasant fortification in Transylvania and the largest one in Eastern Europe
  • The Medieval Saxon city of Brasovone of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, it was here that Vlad the Impaler led raids against the Saxon merchants

Day 4 Sibiu- European Capital of Culture (2017)

  • Fagaras citadel surrounded by the water
  • The medieval city of Sibiu – concentrating the largest number of tourist attractions in Romania, the place where Vlad the Impaler’s son, Prince Mihnea the Evil is buried
  • Liar’s Bridge -don’t tray to say a lie here – it will collapse

Day 5 Back to Cluj Napoca, Transylvania’s unofficial Capital

  • visit Alba Iulia, Vauban style citadel with its Hapsburg guards
  • Cluj Napoca city tour with Saint-Michael Catedral and its cannon ball in the walls

 

 

Brief itinerary – Best Private Dracula tour 2020

Day 1 Private Dracula tour 2020

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Dracula Castle Hotel from Borgo Pass

Your private Dracula tour 2020 begins in Cluj-Napoca. Our guide collects you from the airport and then you will drive to Bistrita Citadel. Visit Jonathan Harker’s saloon in Golden Crown Restaurant and then enjoy the meal that Bram Stoker’s character had.

Drive to Borgo Pass and then accommodate at Dracula’s Castle Hotel, built in accordance to the Irish author’s imagination.

Day 2 Private Dracula tour 2020

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Sighisoara Citadel

The next day, drive to Sighisoara. On your way, you can stop in Targu Mures. The main attraction in this town is Teleki Palace, dating back to 1797. You can also try the delicious Hungarian dishes for lunch in a traditional Hungarian restaurant.

In Sighisoara Citadel, Dracula’s birthplace visit the Clock Tower Museum, The Torture Room or The Medieval Weapons Collection. Sugestion for dinner Casa Vlad Dracul, where Vlad the Impaler was born.

Accommodate in a 3* hotel located in the heart of the Citadel.

Day 3 Private Dracula tour 2020 – Bran Castle

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Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle from Transylvania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your private Dracula tour 2020 continues in Bran. Arrive at the village and visit the famous Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle.

Visit the castle and then drive to Rasnov Peasant Citadel, the best preserved peasant fortification in Transylvania. From here, head to the medieval saxon city of Brasov.

Go on a city tour and visit landmarks such as the Black Church.
Accommodate in a medieval Dracula hotel in Poiana Brasov.

Day 4 Private Dracula tour 2020

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Liar’s Bridge from Sibiu

Continue your journey with a drive to Sibiu. En-route, stop in Faragas and admire Fagaras Citadel, one of Transylvania’s strongest fortifications.

In Sibiu, discover one of the largest concentrations of tourist attractions in our country. Enjoy a city tour and discover the Evangelic Church.

Accommodate at guesthouses in the village of Sibiel and then enjoy a traditional home cooked Saxon dinner.

Day 5 of Private Dracula tour 2020

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Cluj Saint Michael Catedral and the statue of Matias Rex

On your last day in Transylvania, return to Cluj-Napoca.

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Turda Salt Mine

On the way it could be a good idea to visit Turda’s Salt Mine one of the most beautiful underground architectural success.

Enjoy a Cluj-Napoca city tour, which includes Saint Michael’s Cathedral.
Optionally, you can have lunch in town and then we will drop you off at the airport for your return journey.

 

This is an overview of your tour. For more information, please scroll up and then use the product’s menu to navigate to your desired section such as Itinerary, Inclusions or Exclusions.

 

 

Book your Private Dracula tour 2020!

Book your private Dracula tour 2020 now and then discover our country! This private tour is available for groups of at least 4 people.

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 date Price per person
(2 persons to one double room)
Single room supplementAvailability
5 day tour. Departure from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania (GMT +02:00)
Every Friday, on request, for a minimum of 2 people.

€ 929

€99

Free**

 

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.

 

Private Dracula Tour from Cluj-Napoca

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Media Mentions
We’re pleased to say that Transylvania Live has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts
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Airlines with direct flights from UK to Cluj-Napoca

London  Cluj
Wizz Air (Luton)

Liverpool Cluj
Wizz Air

Doncaster Cluj
Wizz Air

The closest connections from Northern Ireland is
Dublin Cluj
Blue Air

 

 

Advice for British citizens traveling to Romania

According to British government most visits to Romania are trouble-free.

There were no cases of terrorism attacks in Romania but as the country is part of European Union terrorist attacks in Romania can’t be ruled out.

If you need to contact the emergency services in Romania call 112.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact
the British embassy from Bucharest
24 Jules Michelet,  010463 Bucharest, Romania
General enquiries+40 (21) 201 7200
Consular enquiries+40 (21) 201 7351
British Embasy Bucharest website

 

Urgent assistance
If you’re in Romania and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +40 (21) 201 7200.
If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Romania, call 020 7008 1500.

Get an emergency travel document
You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.
You can apply online for an emergency travel document.
If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.

 

Safety and security
Crime
Maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as in the UK. There is a risk of petty theft in large towns, especially Bucharest. Pickpockets and bag snatchers operate in crowded areas, particularly near exchange shops and hotels, on public transport (especially to the airport), in the main railway stations and inside airport terminals.
Organised attacks by groups can occur. The most common method by distracting victims while several people, often children, attempt to snatch watches and jewellery from pockets or from around the neck and wrist.
Valuables including passports have been stolen from hotel rooms. Use the hotel safe and carry a photocopy of the information pages of your passport as ID.
There have been reports of credit or debit cards being ‘copied’ when used for payment in some bars and restaurants.

 

Road travel
Licences and documents
If driving in Romania, make sure you have with you all documentation, including your full, valid driving licence, proof of insurance/green card (third party or above), proof of ID (passport) and proof of ownership (V5C Certificate).
If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, driving licence rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
If there’s no deal, you will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be able to drive in some European countries as a visitor after the UK has left. Check this guidance page for full information. You should also check guidance on driving in the EU after Brexit for information on other additional documents you may need to carry.
If you’re living in Romania, check the Living in Guide for information on requirements for residents.

Driving regulations
You’ll need to pay a road toll ‘Rovinieta’ to use the national roads. You can buy the vignette (sticker) at border points and at most petrol stations. The minimum cost is 3 euros for 7 days. Failure to display the sticker may lead to a heavy fine. You can find out more about prices by using the website Roviniete.ro.
Observe the speed limit at all times. Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy.
It’s illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol. The drink drive limit is zero.
Carry the following equipment: first aid kit, fire extinguisher, red warning triangles and a fluorescent jacket.
If your vehicle is damaged before you arrive in Romania, ask a Romanian customs officer or police officer to write a report on the damage so that you have no problems when leaving. If any damage occurs inside the country, a report must be obtained at the scene of the accident.

Road safety
In 2018 there were 1,867 road deaths in Romania (source: Department for Transport). This equates to 9.6 road deaths per 100,000 of population, (witch is similar with USA) and compares to the UK average of 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2018.
Road conditions are variable and secondary roads can be in a bad state of repair. Driving standards can be poor. Look out for double parked cars, people suddenly braking to avoid a pothole, horse-drawn carts, livestock and stray dogs, particularly in rural areas, running in front of the vehicle. Equip your car for extreme conditions in winter.

Local laws and customs
It is illegal to change money on the streets. You should change money only in recognised exchange shops, banks and hotels.

The Romanian authorities treat all drug-related and sex offences very seriously. The age of consent is 18. If you are convicted, you can expect a prison sentence.

Homosexuality has been legal in Romania since 1996. The country has made significant progress in LGBT rights legislation since 2000 including wide–ranging anti-discriminatory laws, equalising the age of consent and laws against homophobic hate crimes. Bucharest’s annual Pride, usually accompanied by a LGBT film and art festival, has grown in recent years and is gaining the support of more public figures. Since 2017, a Pride event has also been held in the city of Cluj. The country remains generally socially conservative resulting in the majority of LGBT people not being openly gay and there being very few gay bars or clubs in Bucharest or the other main cities. You can find local information on LGBT issues in Romania on the website of ACCEPT. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.

Most airports and military bases will have signs prohibiting photography. Ask permission before photographing anything potentially sensitive (eg official buildings, police cars).

Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

Visas
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Romania.

Parental consent when travelling with minors
Some British nationals travelling with minors who hold Romanian citizenship (irrespective of whether they hold citizenship of other countries) are prevented from leaving the country without notarised parental consent from the minor’s non-travelling parent/s. While enforcement of this may vary at borders, British nationals travelling with minors who hold Romanian citizenship should obtain notarised parental consent before departure from Romania.
A list of the public notaries can be found on the website of the National Union of Public Notaries from Romania.

Healthcare
You should still get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK.
The EHIC entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Romanian nationals. If you don’t have your EHIC with you or you’ve lost it, you can call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999) to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate.
The UK government has or is seeking agreements with countries on healthcare arrangements for UK nationals after the UK leaves the EU. The NHS website and this travel advice will be updated with further information on travelling to Romania as the circumstances change.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. If you are referred to a medical facility for treatment you should contact your insurance/medical assistance company immediately.

Money
Romania is increasingly a card economy. While a growing number of businesses do accept credit cards, it may be safer to use cash due to the risk of credit card fraud. There is now a large network of ATMs that accept standard international credit and debit cards. Check with your card provider whether you will be able to use these machines.
US dollars and sterling are not always easy to exchange for local currency, especially outside Bucharest. You may have difficulties using travellers’ cheques. Scottish and Northern Irish bank notes may not be accepted in banks and bureaux de change.

 

Before you travel abroad
• tell family and friends where you’re going and leave them your contact details, insurance policy details and itinerary. Store them securely online
• ensure you have access to funds to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. Take more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card)
• find out if travellers cheques are appropriate for your destination and keep a separate record of their numbers
• invest in a good travel guide to help you plan your trip and consider using online travel forums for more detail about your destination
• check with your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad. Consider leaving your phone’s IMEI number with a friend or family member, to help block or locate the phone if there’s a problem
• if you’re going to be driving abroad, make sure your licence is current and valid and be aware of the driving laws in the country you are visiting
• if you’re travelling with children who are unaccompanied by one or both parents, check our guidance on permissions that you might need to get and check the policy of your airline or transport provider

When you’re abroad
• think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts. Don’t take risks that you wouldn’t in the UK
• don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks
• find out how to minimise your risk from terrorism and what to do if there’s a terrorist attack
• find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws. There may be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home
• be careful when taking photographs, videos or using binoculars. These activities may be misunderstood by local authorities, especially near military installations.
• store useful numbers on your phone such as the local police and the nearest British embassy or consulate
• whether you’re living abroad or visiting, be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, just as you would in the UK; the ‘Be Alarmed’ campaign gives practical advice on how to stay safe and lists the symptoms to look out for
• if you intend to take part in any adventure sports or water sports during your trip, only use properly licensed and insured operators. Before taking part, make sure you fully understand the operating instructions and satisfy yourself that adequate safety precautions are in place
• check import regulations for food and plants before you attempt to bring them back to the UK

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Please check out your tour itinerary below:

Itineraries

Day 1

Friday Cluj Napoca – Bistrita – Borgo Pass

Welcome to Transylvania. You will be collected by our English speaking guide from Cluj Napoca Airport. Transfer to Bistrita Citadel. It was here, in the medieval citadel of Bistrita, that the main character of Bram Stokers’ novel, Jonathan Harker enjoyed his last meal before confronting the Count. Visit Jonathan Harker’s saloon in Golden Crown Restaurant and should you dare, enjoy the very meal he had when in Bistrita. You‘ll accommodate in Dracula’s Castle, a hotel built in accordance with Bram Stoker’s imagination on the border between Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina, in a breathtaking natural setting: winding roads, thick forests and picturesque Transylvanian villages. We recommend dinner at the castle.

Day 2

Saturday, Borgo Pass – Targu Mures – Sighisoara

Get acquainted with Transylvania’s Szekler and Saxon influences. Morning transfer to the medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoara. Stop en-route to Targu Mures, an important Szekler centre in Transylvania, also known as “the city of roses” due to its lovely gardens. One of the main highlights is Teleki Palace, dating back to 1797, a beautiful Baroque style building with Neo Classical influences. We strongly recommend that you try for lunch the delicious Hungarian dishes specific to the area. Founded by Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of Europe’s most beautiful and still inhabited fortified cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the medieval atmosphere at its best, visit the Clock Tower - built in 1360 and standing 60 meters tall on top of the citadel's hill, it hosts a museum and offers a great view over the citadel, The Torture Room and The Medieval Weapon Collection. Sighisoara Medieval Citadel is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, was born. The building still stands and it was turned into a cosy restaurant where one can taste the delicious Count’s dishes. Accommodate in a 3* hotel located in the heart of the medieval citadel.

Day 3

Sunday, Sighisoara – Bran – Rasnov – Poiana Brasov

Capture the essence of Transylvania. Drive to the village of Bran to visit Transylvania’s iconic image, Bran Castle. Unrightfully called Dracula’s Castle, Bran owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. The edifice was once a fort guarding a commercial road, documentary evidence of the castle dates back as far as 1377. In 1920, Queen Maria, the niece of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, turned the castle into a beautiful summer residence. Close to the castle there is a shrine set in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered her heart. Continue your journey with Rasnov Peasant Citadel. Standing on top of a hill and overlooking an incredible Transylvanian landscape, Rasnov is the best preserved peasant fortification in Transylvania and the largest one in Eastern Europe, first documented in 13 century. Transfer next to the medieval Saxon city of Brasov, which has played a vital role in Romania’s history, both old and new. Three quarters of the city is surrounded by mountains, and it is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. The most famous landmark of Brasov is the Black Church, the largest gothic edifice in Southern Europe dating back to 14th century. For lunch we recommend Saxon’s Barrel Restaurant for the delicious Saxon dishes they offer. Accommodate in Poiana Brasov, located at the foot of Postavaru Mountains in a magnificent mountainous natural setting, in an outstanding medieval hotel.

Day 4

Monday, Poiana Brasov – Fagaras – Sibiu – Sibiel

Morning transfer to the imposing city of Sibiu, former Cultural Capital of Europe. Stop en-route to Fagaras. Fagaras Citadel is one of Transylvania’s strongest fortifications, dating back to the 15th century. The fortified town of Sibiu has always been the centre of Romania's German minority since medieval times and it is one of Romania’s most beautiful cities. The city contains one of the largest concentrations of tourist attractions in Romania. Enjoy a city tour including the Evangelic Church, one of Transylvania’s finest examples of Gothic architecture. Built in the 14th century, the Cathedral also served as a burial place for the city’s personalities. Among others, one can visit here the tomb of Mihnea Voda cel Rau (Mihnea the Evil), Vlad the Impaler’s son, who was stabbed in the Cathedral in 1510. You’ll enjoy the evening in the traditional village of Sibiel. Accommodate in welcoming guesthouses and enjoy a traditional home cooked Saxon dinner. Sibiel is home the largest collection of painted glass icons in Europe, the Museum in the village exhibits more than 700 items.

Day 5

Tuesday, Sibiel – Cluj Napoca

Morning transfer to Cluj Napoca. On the way Alba Iulia fortress is not to be missed. Also a visit to Turda Salt Mine would be an excellent option. Cluj was the Hungarian provincial capital and it is one of Transylvania’s most important economic, political and cultural centers. Unirii Square houses beautiful Baroques, Gothic, Renaissance and neo – Classical buildings and is dominated by Saint Michael’s Church. Enjoy a city tour including the imposing Saint Michael’s Cathedral. For lunch we recommend Ciuleandra Restaurant, offering delicious traditional Transylvanian Cuisine and an outstanding genuine ambiance. Transfer to the airport for the return journey.

Price includes

  • The services of a professional trained English speaking guide/driver.
  • Transportation by standard European car – air conditioned gasoline and parking fees.
  • Accommodation: 1 night in a 4* hotel, 2 nights in 3* hotels and 1 night in a guesthouse
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts and 1 home cooked traditional Saxon dinner in Sibiel
  • Entry fees to the following tourist attractions: Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, Clock Tower, Medieval Weapon Collection and Torture Room in Sighisoara, Bran Castle, Rasnov Peasant Citadel, Fagaras Citadel, Evangelic Church in Sibiu, Glass Icon Museum in Sibiel.

Not included:

  • airfare
  • lunches and most dinners
  • photo & video taxes for tourist attractions
  • other not mentioned

 

Add-on program with Transylvania Live

Choose special activities and then complete them before or after your tour. Available experiences include:

  1. :

    A most amazing and unforgettable holiday: one of the very best
    We were trying to piece together how we would get around Romania to all the sights we wanted to see in two weeks, given the complex system of rail schedules, when I stumbled upon a Fodor’s review of Transylvania Live tours on the internet.
    I knew Fodor’s were highly reputable, and somewhat high end, so I figured they were right in their review.
    We are not ‘high end’ travelers, but after making inquiries to the extremely helpful Hertha and her team at Transylvania Live, we booked into what turned out to be one of the very best holidays of our lives.
    We were met by our guide, Claudio, at the hotel in Bucharest we had booked ourselves and taken to the first of the (uniformly excellent) hotels on the tour. He spoke something like five languages and was extremely knowledgeable about everything and everywhere we went and developed a firm friendship with him over our tour, including him in all our non tour activities.
    The tour was an amazing combination of history and Dracula references.
    I don’t want to give much away, but it completely lived up to the marketing on the Transylvania Live website.
    We were toured around in a Mercedes Benz van and Claudio was extremely flexible about spending more time here and there if we really liked a location.
    Aside from the scheduled tour, we met people in the countryside and saw parts of Romania we would never have seen if we tried to do it by ourselves.
    In every location, despite the fact that we were there in a somewhat slow season (Sept 2013), everything was turned on for us – hospitality was faultless.
    The Dracula-inspired entertainments were also not skimped.
    And when we unexpectedly met the Transylvania Live team one day, it was amazing and they were all incredibly friendly.
    This was quite literally a holiday that you would refer to as ‘holiday of a lifetime’ – and we are not ‘tour’ people.

    Romania is a stunning country, made all the more amazing for us by the people at Transylvania Live. We both 100% recommend this tour. Ask for Claudio if you can get him – he is a truly lovely man.

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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: http://www.visit-transylvania.co.uk/terms.html .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATMs are available in all the cities; near by hotels, our guide will come with good advice and recommendations.
MasterCard ATM Locater– Search by address and by airport https://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp atm locator
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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).