- Trip Outline
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Study trip Transylvania – Brief itinerary
Dracula tours in Romania – Transylvanian customs and traditions
Why to choose a private escorted tour
- It is more comfortable
- Time saving
- You can decide the pace of the tour
- Having a tour guide helps you to have a more genuine experience
Add-on program with Transylvania Live
Choose activities you can perform before you join our tour or after you complete your itinerary. Available experiences include:
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
Poienari Fortress - Vlad’s old and faithful citadel perched high on a cliff, more than 1,000 stairs to climb
Corvinesti Castle - visit one of Romania's most beautiful castles, built in the 14th Century, the former residence of ruler Iancu de Hunedoara
The folkloric aspects of the Dracula legend are also covered: visit Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass built in accordance to Bram Stoker’s imagination and enjoy a candle lit dinner here.
In addition, the special activities prepared, all along the itinerary, bring out the essence of the genuine Transylvanian Folklore:
• The Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead (performed according to the old burying rituals in Transylvania, this event is set on stage in Turda and is meant to reveal who was dwelling the magic realms of Transylvania before Bram Stoker created the vampire legend – the event was presented by Travel Channel in the Hunt for Dracula episode as we have assisted them on a documentary based on Transylvania’s darkest legends.
Bucharest - Snagov - Bucharest (81 km, 1h 35 min driving)Welcome to Romania! Our English speaking guide welcomes you at the Bucharest Airport. Take a trip to Snagov. Visit Snagov Monastery, according to the legend, Vlad Dracul was buried here after his assassination. The architectural style of the monastery follows the architectural pattern that is characteristic to the monasteries on the Holy Mount Athos in Greece. To have a complete picture of the Romanian capital you’re invited to enjoy a delicious traditional welcome dinner. Accommodate in a charming 3* hotel.
Bucharest - Targoviste - Bran - Brasov (220 km, 4h 10 min driving)Visit Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon Targoviste - Visit the ruins of Vlad Tepes old court situated on the right bank of Ialomita River situated in the former capital of Walachia County Bran - 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 to 1377. A true fortress and once a fort guarding a commercial road, all its walls are made of stone and the rooms and narrow corridors form a labyrinth of hidden corners and secret chambers. In 1920, Queen Mary, 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. Visit the Horror Castle, a special treat dedicated for the strong-hearted located in the vicinity of the castle. In the evening, enjoy a traditional shepherd dinner in Bran Village and then head for your next stop: the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov, where you will accommodate in a 3* hotel.
Brasov - Prejmer - Brasov (36 km, 43 min driving)Visit the Fortified Saxon Church in Prejmer, UNESCO world heritage Site Visit Brasov, a city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere 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. Visit the most famous landmark of Brasov, the Black Church – the largest gothic edifice in Southern Europe dating back to 14th century. Initially called St. Virgin Mary, the church was renamed after the great fire in 1689 that blackened its walls. It hosts the largest bell in the country as well as a collection of oriental carpets dating back to 15th and 18th centuries. Lunch on individual accounts Enjoy a medieval dinner, delight yourself with the Saxon cuisine. After dinner attend 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.
Brasov - Sighisoara (120 km, 1h 40 min driving)Transfer to 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 Medieval Citadel is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, was born. Submerge yourself in the medieval atmosphere by visiting Sighisoara’s main attractions: 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 –this small but interesting museum is housed at the foot of the Clock Tower in the same room where prisoners were tortured andconfessions were extorted during the Middle Ages. Some of the amazing torture instruments and methods are on display. The Medieval Weapon Collection – very small but it contains an interesting selection of medieval weapons (swords, arrows, etc.). Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ. Have dinner in Casa Vlad Dracul Restaurant, the very place where Vlad Dracul was born, turned today into a cozy restaurant.
Sighisoara - Bistrita - Borgo Pass (200 km, 3h 30 min driving)Next stop is Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass - accommodation in a 3* hotel which was built in accordance to Bram Stokers imagination on the border between Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina, in a breathtaking natural setting. After visiting Dracula’s coffin you’ll enjoy a candle lit dinner at the castle followed by a fire camp near by, with all the right stories for a night to remember.
Borgo Pass - Sacel - Sapanta - Sighetu Marmatiei (220 km, 3h 55 min driving)In Sacel you’ll make the acquaintance of a renowned woodcraftsman, Grigore Tulean. The art of woodcarving is best preserved in Maramures, well known region in Europe for the impressive wood carved gates. Among others, you can learn in Grigore’s workshop how to make the perfect wooden stake! Drive to Sapanta and visit the 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. You will accommodate in Sighetu Marmatiei, in a centrally located 3* Hotel.
Sighetu Marmatiei - Cluj-Napoca - Turda (210 km, 3h 55 min driving)Leave Maramures region and head back to Transylvania, to visit the city of Cluj Napoca, Transylvania’s historic capital, the 3rd largest Romanian city tracing its origins back to the 2nd century AD. Cluj is an important university centre housing the largest and most diverse university in Romania. Among major highlights Saint Michael’s Cathedral is a must see – one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Romania. Transfer to Turda and accommodate in a 4* Boutique Hotel, a medieval fantasy with beds. Delight yourself with a vampire menu for dinner, a delicious reason to travel to Transylvania and attend the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead – performed according to the old funeral rituals in Transylvania. The event is meant to reveal who was dwelling the magic realms of Transylvania prior to Bram Stocker’s vampires.
Turda - Turzii Gorges - Sibiel (155 km, 2h 40 min driving)Prepare to descend to the heart of one of the biggest salt mines in the country – Turda Salt Mines, with impressive halls named after kings and queens. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Turzii’s Gorges (individual accounts), one of the most important natural reservations of the Apuseni Mountains, well known among mountain lovers, home to various species of butterflies and caves hiding bats from the day light (the students can stop in a local market in Turda to buy all the necessary food for the picnic). In the afternoon, drive to the Saxon village of Sibiel.Visit the Icon on Glass Museum in Sibiel, the largest one in Europe. Accommodate in Guest Houses and enjoy a traditional Saxon home made dinner.
Sibiel - Hunedoara - Sibiel (226 km, 2h 30 min)Visit the Village Museum, the largest outdoor exhibition of peasant settlements from all over Romania. Head next to Hunedoara. Visit the greatest Gothic style castle in Romania, Corvinesti. The ediffice was built in the 14th Century, on the site of a former Roman camp. It served as a fortress until the mid 1400's, when it became the residence of Transylvania's ruler, Iancu de Hunedoara. Iancu upgraded the fortress and it soon became the most beautiful castle in Transylvania. Return to Sibiel for a delicious traditional home made dinner.
Sibiel - Poienari - Curtea de Arges - Bucharest (335 km, 5h 20 min driving)Enjoy a morning visit of Poienari, Vlad’s old and faithful fortress. The fortress located close to Fagaras Mountains, on a canyon formed by Arges River is perched 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 1426 stairs. Travel to Curtea de Arges. Visit 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.
BucharestTransfer to the airport in the morning.
The services of a professional English speaking guide.
Transportation: all transfers inside the tour by microbus or coach depending on the number of the travelers.
Accommodation: 1 night in a 4* Hotel, 7 nights in 3* Hotels and 2 nights in guest houses in Sibiel.
Meals: 10 breakfasts and 10 dinners (2 special dinners: dinner with Vampire menu, candle light dinner and camp fire in Borgo Pass) and 7 packed lunches.
Entry fees to: Snagov Monastery, the Parliament Palace, the Ruins of Tirgoviste Citadel, Bran Castle, Terror House in Bran, Black Church, Prejmer Fortified Church, Clock Tower, Medieval Weapon Collection and Torture Room in Sighisoara, Dracula’s Coffin in Borgo Pass, Woodcraftsmen in Sacel, the Merry Cemetery, Salt Mine in Turda, the Village Museum in Sibiu, Evangelic Church in Sibiu, Icons on Glass Museum in Sibiel, Ruins of Poienari Citadel, Argesului Monastery.
Special events included:
Killing of a living Dead
One place free of charge for tour conductor.
The price does not include:
- Some of the lunches
- Photo & Video taxes for the tourist attractions
- All items not specified at Trip Inclusions.
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
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).