Halloween in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaller - Transylvanian tour with a Halloween party in Dracula's birthplace
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Departure: Bucharest
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 IN SEARCH OF
Vlad the Impaler
  DRACULA TOUR IN TRANSYLVANIA


Ritual Killing of the Living DeadHighlights:

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

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

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.

 

 

Day by day itinerary:


DAY 1, Bucharest

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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.

 

 

DAY 2, Bucharest - Targoviste - Bran - Brasov (220 km, 4h 10 min driving)

Maramures - landscapeVisit 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.

 

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DAY 3, Brasov - Prejmer - Brasov (36 km, 43 min driving)
Vampire tour show

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.


DAY 4, Brasov - Sighisoara (120 km, 1h 40 min driving)

Transfer to the Medieval Citadel of Sighisoara. Founded by SaxoSalt Mines- compelled to take a mirror reflection testns 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.


DAY 5, Sighisoara - Bistrita - Borgo Pass (200 km, 3h 30 min driving)
Sighisoara - the citadel

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.





DAY 6, Borgo Pass - Sacel - Sapanta - Sighetu Marmatiei (220 km, 3h 55 min driving)

Peles castle in Transylvania, courtesy of Romanian Tourism Ministry

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.

 

 

DAY 7, Sighetu Marmatiei - Cluj-Napoca - Turda (210 km, 3Bran castle in Transylvania, courtesy of Romanian Tourism Ministryh 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.

 

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DAY 8, Turda - Turzii Gorges - Sibiel (155 km, 2h 40 min driving)

Hunedoara Castle

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.

 


DAY 9, Sibiel - Sibiu - Sibiel (40 km, 42 min driving)

Dracula Tour - Good bye party

Visit the Village Museum, the largest outdoor exhibition of peasant settlements from all over Romania.

Visit the city of Sibiu – 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. Home of many beautiful parks which brilliantly connect with the medieval buildings. The city has two levels: the 'upper town', which contains most of Sibiu's historic sights, and the 'lower town', which is a charming wasteland of old houses and cobbled squares.

Connecting the upper and lower towns are dozens of tunnels, stairways and hidden passageways. The Large Square (Piata Mare) marks the heart of the city and it's home to shops, restaurants, pubs and some top tourist attractions. Enjoy a walk on the famous Bridge of Liars, visit the Evangelical Cathedral, an impressive gothic structure with five pointed towers dating back to 1520. On the steps of the cathedral, Vlad the Impaler’s son, prince Mihnea the Evil was stabbed to death. His tomb can be visited inside the cathedral.

Return to Sibiel for a delicious traditional home made dinner.

 

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DAY 10, Sibiel - Poienari - Curtea de Arges - Bucharest (335 km, 5h 20 min driving)

Dracula Tour - Good bye party

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.

 

DAY 11, Bucharest

Transfer to the airport in the morning.

 

 

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