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Transylvania's Undying Legend
Study Trip

Tour code: ???????????
Departure: Bucharest

Vlad Dracul

 

 

Highlights

 

Steam Train on Vaser Valley – discover an area devoid by human population.

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 Brasovit 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

Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Passa hotel built upon Bram Stoker’s story, on the border of Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina. Accommodation, candle lit dinner and a camp fire with all the right stories.

Poienari Fortress - Vlad’s old and faithful citadel perched high on a cliff, more than 1,000 stairs to climb.

Sibiu - one of Romania’s most beautiful medieval cities, the former European capital of Culture in 2007, and the place where Vlad’s son is buried

Romania’s most wonderful caves: Pestera Valea Cetatii Cave ( The Valley of the Citadel cave), Meziad cave, Pestera Ursilor (Bear’s cave), Pestera Scarisoara (Scarisoara’s cave)

Babele and Sphinxthe most popular tourist destination from the country , can be reached by cable car. A lot of walking trails are available.

 

 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1, Bucharest - Snagov Island - Bucharest (80 km, 1h 35 min driving)
Connect with our tour guide at the airport.

Highlights: Visit Snagov Monastery, Bucharest city tour by foot.

Meals: Welcome dinner with Folk Show

Accomodation: 3* accomodation in vicinity of the old centre of Bucharest.

*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 . Your first day in Romania ends with a welcome dinner in one of Bucharest ’s top traditional restaurants.

 

 

Day 2, Sunday, Bucharest - Targoviste - Sinaia - Bran - Brasov - Bran (255 km, 5h driving)
Highlights: The ruins of Vlad Tepes' old court, Peles Castle, Bran Castle, the medieval city of Brasov

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Special Dinner - medieval menu in a Dracula Themed restaurant, 4*

Accomodation: 3* accomodation in Bran

Special Events: 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.

*Targoviste, former capital of Walachia County situated on the right bank of Ialomita River, home of Vlad Tepes old court.

*Peles Castle - The edifice was built in 1873 and is an architectural mixture of the German School and neo-renaissance style. The castle has 160 rooms, all of them opulently decorated in leather and wood from the most valuable tree species. Peles Castle is one of the best preserved and the most beautiful royal residences in Europe.

*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. Close to the castle there is a shrine set in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered the heart of Queen Maria of Romania .

 

 

Day 3, Bran (52 km, 1h 12 min driving)
Highlights: Valley of the Citadel cave, Rasnov citadel, from the outside: Bat's cave, explore Bran area - great walking trails

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Homemade Dinner

Accomodation: Pension or Guest house - very good quality accomodation

*Valley of the Citadel cave - one of the most beautiful caves of Europe, you can attend clarinet concerts

*Rasnov Peasant Citadel - the largest peasant fortification ever built in Eastern Europe

*Bat's cave - closed to the public, it is an impressive cave with numerous colonies of bats. We can visit just at the entrance




DAY 4, Bran - Poienari (126 km, 2h 36 min driving)

Highlights: Poienari Citadel, Curtea de Arges Monastery

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, traditional Romanian dinner

Accomodation: 4* hotel-pension Valley with fish - The former holiday house of Nicolae Ceausescu's son (former Romanian dictator)

Your accomodation is located on Transfagarasan road - The most crooked and challenging of Europe's roads, loved by motorcyclists. Built between 1970 and 1974 as a military route, by comunist dictator Ceausescu (after the Soviet invasion of Cehoslovakia in 1968) it snakes up the tallest peaks of the Carpathians.

*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 of the one in Curtea de Arges. The monastery is unbelievably beautiful.   

*Poienari Citadel - 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 over 1400 stairs.  

 


DAY 5, Poienari - Sibiu - Sibiel (122 km, 2h 31 min driving)
Highlights: Village Museum, stroll the street of the old village of Sibiel

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Homemade dinner

Accomodation: Guesthouse - very good quality accomodation

*Village Museum - the largest open-air museum in Eastern Europe. It is famous all over Europe for its size and especially for all the traditional old houses, built after customs from all regions of the country (Maramures, Moldavia, Valahia, Danube Delta - Dobrogea, Transylvania) each one with its special characteristics.




DAY 6, Sibiu - Sighisoara - Turda (214 km, 3h 36 min)
Highlights: The medieval citadel of Sighisoara – UNESCO World Heritage, The clock tower and Medieval Weapon Collection, Salt mine in Turda - one of the biggest saline in Romania , it has impressive halls named after kings and queens.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Vampire menu for dinner

Accommodation: 4* Dracula themed boutique hotel

*Sighisoara Citadel: Stroll around the streets of the old citadel; admire the Clock Tower, concentrating Sighisoara’s history, the beautiful Church on the Hill and the unique Covered Stairs. You can even enjoy lunch in the very house where Vlad the Impaler was borne, turned today into a cosy restaurant “Casa Vlad Dracul” Restaurant.

*Special Events: The Ritual of Killing of a Living Dead in Apuseni Mountains, followed by a Masquerade Party

*The Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead (performed according to the old burying rituals in Transylvania, this event is set on stage in Apuseni Mountains, after sunset, in an old traditional house and is meant to reveal who was dwelling the magic realms of Transylvania before Bram Stoker created the vampire legend – the event was recently presented by Travel Channel in the Hunt for Dracula episode as we have assisted them on a documentary based on Transylvania’s darkest legends.

 

 

DAY 7, Turda - Chiscau - Garda de Sus (Apuseni Mountains) ( 284 km, 4h 55min driving)
Highlights: Bear's Cave, Meziad Cave

Scarisoara Cave - it hosts the largest underground glacier in the world

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Homemade dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse - very good quality accommodation

*Bear's Cave: is made out of 4 main galleries: Bones Gallery, Emil Racovita Gallery, Candles Gallery and Scientific Gallery. The access in the Scientific Gallery, located at the end of the Emil Racovita Gallery and accessible through a 30 m pit, is only opened for professional speleologists.

In the 3 main galleries of Bears’ Cave accessible to the public, you will be able to discover the remains of the bear cave, through a great number of fossils, which have also given the name of the cave, but also various impressive natural formations, as stalactites and stalagmites, some of which have been given names due to the characteristics they showcase, such as: the Enchanted Castle, the Dwarfs House, the Water Lilly Lake, the Old Men’s Council and so on.

*Meziad Cave: The Meziad Cave is one of the longest caves in Romania, with a length of nearly five kilometers and having more underground levels. Meziad is also one of the first arranged and electrified caves in our country for tourists' access.

 

 

DAY 8, Garda de Sus - Borgo Pass (257 km, 4h 50 min driving)                               Highlights: Huda lui Papara Cave - one of the most spectacular caves from Apuseni Mountains

Dracula's Castle from Borgo Pass - build according to Bram Stoker's imagination, Dracula's coffin, fire camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Candle lit dinner and fire camp.

Accomodation: 3* hotel, Dracula themed Hotel

 



De la Paf - Operă proprie, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3882202DAY 9, Borgo Pass - Sacel (119 km, 2h driving)                                                                       Highlights: Woodcraftsman - you can learn in Grigore's workshop how to make the perfect wooden stake!

Optional: Merry Cemetery - find out how a cemetery can be merry

*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.

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Maramuresean dinner

Accommodation: 3* Pension in Sacel 

 

 

Day 10, Sacel - Viseul de Sus - Sacel (42 km, 50 min driving)                                    Highlights: Steam Train on Vaser Valley (Mocanita)

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Maramuresean dinner

Accommodation: 3* Pension in Sacel

*50 km travel with Steam Train on Vaser Valley will be definetly a journey into the past. Maramures country is known not only for its best preserved traditions but also for its stoning natural scenery: narrow, rock lined canyons, the colourful wildlife of the mixed forests. You will emerge into a land devoid of human population, accessible only by railway. 

 

 

Day 11, Sacel - Cluj-Napoca (147 km, 2h 15min driving)                                                   Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch

Accommodation: not included  

 

 

 


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Halloween in Transylvania Tour

I justwanted to let you know that we all enjoyed the trip very much. Our guide, Sorin, was very knowledgable with a great sense of humor, and our driver, Stephan, was very skilled, and also very personable. As I mentioned, all in all, 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, NY, USA

 

Sorin, group leader says: It’s a great satisfaction for me to guide this tour and share all my knowledge on Transylvania’s history and legends, and also create a special fairytale, funny atmosphere.

 

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