Dracula Tour in Transylvania

Travel in the shadow of the Carpathians and across the wild Transylvanian landscape to discover remote Gothic ruins and fortresses, medieval castles, precipitous gorges and historic accounts of the real Dracula.

At Curtea de Arges, visit the surreal 14th-century monastery with soaring cupolas that seem to defy the laws of gravity. At Poienari Fortress, ascend the steep cliff to Vlad the Impaler’s forbidding center of command.

In Sibiu, tour the ultra-fortified Saxon city where the governors of Transylvania ruled for centuries. In Sighisoara, a resplendent medieval citadel, enjoy the spectacular view from the iconic Clock Tower. After a walking tour of the legendary Old Town, venture into the house where the Vlad the Impaler was born—now a restaurant and café—for a cup of coffee.

Proceed to the epic Bran Castle, a military fortress built in the 14th century by the merchants of Brasov to defend a precious trade route. In Brasov’s Old Town, tour the Black Church, the medieval city walls, and the culturally significant St. Nicholas Church. Sample some Transylvanian traditional food, at one of Brasov’s best restaurants.

Next, visit Peles Castle, the luxurious 19th-century royal residence of Carol I, filled to the brim with precious marble, crystal, Venetian mirrors, and extravagantly carved walls. Explore the elegant Sinaia Monastery before winding up your tour on the islet of Snagov, believed to be the final resting place of Dracula.

Highlights of the tour

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Detailed Tour Itinerary
Day 1: arrival, Bucharest city tour Click for more photos »

Day 1: arrival, Bucharest city tour

Bucharest’s first mention in historical annals, as a prominent fortress and citadel, took place in 1459. The settlement quickly became the seat of the infamous Vlad the Impaler, powerful Prince of Wallachia and real-life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Today, only a handful of medieval sites have survived the long period of Communist rule. Modern Bucharest represents a mélange of architecture from every subsequent time period, with old French and Soviet-influenced buildings providing the sharpest contrast.

Arriving in Bucharest, you’ll be introduced to your guide and settle into the comfortable Berthelot Hotel, the perfect starting point for an in-depth exploration of this magnificent modern capital. On your panoramic city tour, you’ll witness the vibrant cultural renaissance now sweeping the city.

*should you travel to Bucharest on a flight that arrives late in the afternoon or evening, the city tour can also be done the next morning

Overnight in Bucharest, Hotel Berthelot**** (centrally located)

Day 2: Bucharest – Curtea de Arges – Poenari ruins - Transfagarasan road – Sibiu Click for more photos »

Day 2: Bucharest – Curtea de Arges – Poenari ruins - Transfagarasan road – Sibiu

This morning, set out on your journey to the medieval Transylvanian city of Sibiu. On the way, pause to tour the 16th-century Curtea de Arges monastery, resting place of the Romanian royal family and one of the most breathtaking and unusual churches in all of Romania. Delve into the curious, often tragic legends attached to this highly sculptural architectural masterpiece.

Next, venture into the untamed Transylvanian countryside to tour the ruins of the atmospheric Poenari Fortress. Vlad the Impaler chose this steep, nearly impenetrable location as his safe house and castle, enslaving aristocrats arrested for treason to effectuate a full restoration of the existing structure. Climb more than a thousand steps to reach the fortress’s abandoned cliff walls, and visualize the turbulence that took place here hundreds of years ago.

On your way to Sibiu, you’ll take one of the most extraordinary roads ever built: the Transfagarasan Road, carved into the gorgeous surrounding countryside during the Communist regime. The Transfagarasan crosses the Carpathian Mountains at a high altitude, and the scenery is astonishingly beautiful. Hold on tight and enjoy the view as you wind your way around hairpin turns and over spectacular mountain passes.

Afternoon brings your arrival in Sibiu. Check into your hotel, then join your guide for a walking tour of the medieval historic district, witnessing the elaborate and ingenious fortifications put into place by the Saxons. As an important crossroads for trade, Sibiu was often besieged, and a complex system of reinforcements was devised to deter the enemy.

*please note the Transfagarasan road is only open between June and September. If your tour is outside this period, you will travel on the road going along the Olt river valley

Overnight in Sibiu, Hotel Casa Levoslav**** (located in the Old Town)

Day 3: Sibiu – Biertan fortified church – Sighisoara Click for more photos »

Day 3: Sibiu – Biertan fortified church – Sighisoara

Departing the fascinating town of Sibiu, you’ll recommence your journey on the way to the Biertan fortified church (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Biertan is representative of the highly fortified architectural style employed throughout Transylvania during the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries, when townspeople built and maintained “peasant fortified churches” with the intention of scrambling safely inside and locking heavy doors in case of attack.

Next, you’ll proceed to Sighisoara, one of the only inhabited European citadels still in existence. Take a guided walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town and peruse the History Museum, housed inside the picturesque 13th-century clock tower. Climb the 17th-century covered wooden staircase to explore the Church on the Hill.

Sighisoara is significant to history as the famed birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Born here in 1431, he became the absolute ruler of Wallachia and feared enemy of the Turks beginning in the 1450s. His childhood home is still in good repair; in fact, it is now home to the restaurant Vlad Dracul.

Overnight in Sighisoara, Hotel Sighisoara*** (located inside the Citadel)

Day 4: Sighisoara – Bran Castle – Brasov Click for more photos »

Day 4: Sighisoara – Bran Castle – Brasov

After breakfast, you’ll set out for one of the most renowned sites in all of Romania: Bran Castle (famously called Dracula’s Castle). Because his fictional portrayal of Dracula’s castle matches Bran so closely, it is widely believed that Bram Stoker must have used descriptions of it to create the fictitious home of Count Dracula.

Outside the castle, you’ll have the chance to try an array of traditional foods: handmade cheeses, pálinka (plum and pear brandy), and traditionally-produced ham and sausages.

Next, journey to the beautifully-preserved medieval town of Brasov, in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the Old Town, where you’ll discover the Black Church, the Old Town square, and city walls built in the Middle Ages. You’ll have free time to absorb the unparalleled atmosphere in one of Brasov’s many charming cafés.

In the evening, enjoy a dinner in one of the best restaurants in town – a great opportunity to sample Transylvanian traditional food.

Overnight in Brasov, Hotel Armatti*** (located in the Old Town)


Day 5: Brasov – Peles Castle – Snagov – Bucharest Click for more photos »

Day 5: Brasov – Peles Castle – Snagov – Bucharest

In the morning, depart Brasov and travel amidst breathtaking mountain scenery to Sinaia, where you’ll visit Peles Castle, the staggering 19th-century royal residence. Famous for its unbridled opulence, the interior is encrusted with breathtaking crystal embellishments and carvings in the rarest and most exotic types of wood.

Nearby, pause to admire the Sinaia Monastery before continuing on to the 14th-century Snagov Monastery, widely considered to be the final resting place of Vlad Dracul.

By late afternoon or evening, return to Bucharest.

Overnight in Bucharest, Hotel Berthelot**** (centrally located)

Day 6: Bucharest, departure

Departure. Included transfer to the airport.

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What people have said:

We really had a super trip through Romania.  Adi is a very personable, friendly, and knowledgable guide.  He was eager to please and happy to accomodate photo and bathroom stops and other similar requests. Of the sights we visited, Peles was for me the most impressive.  It is easily the most beautiful castle I have ever visited.  All of the hotels were very nice; the locations were superb.  It doesn’t get any better than … read more

Keli Bedics & family (United States)

This was a tour I booked at the last minute. What I liked about the process was that I had immediate feedback from your company on any questions I had. You were also very prompt in letting me know about what was going on such as a Best Western Hotel you booked to replace Hotel Casa Humor in Gura Humorului because of our late booking. The one small negative on … read more

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Frequently asked questions

1 Dracula tour in Transylvania

What is included with this tour?

Included services and features:

  • The possibility of having your itinerary customised in any way you desire before the tour starts, at no extra charge
  • Great flexibility regarding changes to the daily itinerary even after the start of the tour
  • A private, licensed English speaking guide/driver, available throughout the tour
  • All guide’s expenses (meals, accommodation, etc.)
  • Private transportation in air conditioned car
  • All car expenses, such as gasoline, parking and road tolls
  • Complimentary wireless internet access in the car, so that you can stay in touch with your loved ones even while traveling
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary, with guided visits. If you wish to add any sight on the go, the guide will always be available with information during the visit
  • Accommodation as per the hotel list on the itinerary page (we can also offer a different selection of hotels, based on your preference)
  • Breakfast every day
  • Coffee break at the “Casa Vlad Dracul” in Sighisoara, Dracula’s birth house
  • One included dinner in Brasov, a great opportunity to taste some of the best traditional food in Transylvania
  • Airport transfers

Not included:

  • Airfare to and from Romania
  • Meals or beverages, other than the included ones
  • Photo fees (some sights require the payment of a fee for allowing you to take pictures – they are mostly inexpensive, around 2 or 3 euro/sight)

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Where do the tours start?

Our tours start in either Sofia (Bulgaria) or Bucharest (Romania). Both cities have well-connected international airports. However, we can also customise the tours to start in a different city, if that better suits your flight arrangements. Alternative airports include Varna or Burgas (in Bulgaria) or Sibiu, Cluj Napoca, Iasi and Targu Mures (in Romania).

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What are the departure dates?

We do not have set departure dates. All our tours are private and organised on request. The dates when you start and end the tour are entirely up to you.

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I like one of the tours, but I’d like to make some changes to the itinerary. Is it possible?

Of course. All our tours are customisable. We can make changes to one itinerary, join 2 itineraries together, or you can just tell us about the places you want to see, and we’ll make a whole new itinerary just for you! Customising a tour comes at no extra charge.

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I would like to change some of the hotels that come with the tour. Can I do that?

Definitely. The hotels are always up to you. We can upgrade the standard selection of hotels, or if you are on a budget, we can also offer cheaper accommodation options.

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I see that in most cases, only breakfast is included. Why is that?

Having meals included means that you would have to be at a certain restaurant at a certain time just so that you don’t miss a pre-booked meal. This takes away from one of the great advantages of a private tour: flexibility. Not having a restaurant pre-booked gives you great freedom to set your own pace each day, add or skip some sights as you go, etc.

To ensure maximum flexibility throughout your trip, meals are usually planned as you go. Your guide knows the best restaurants in each area you travel through and will make suggestions based on the kind of meal you’d like to have.

The meals we include are the ones that come with an important cultural element: home-cooked meals where you can interact with locals, lunches at homes of artists where you learn more about a specific form of art, or refreshments such as the ones offered during the home visit with the Gypsy family.

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Do your tours include any insurance related services?

No. We recommend to all of our clients to  carry a medical insurance that would cover any health-related costs that might incur while on the trip. Insurance for trip interruption and lost/stolen luggage is also recommended.

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Do I have to pay for the guide’s meals?

No. The guide will have a meal allowance, which will cover his meals. Furthermore, the guide will only join you for meals if you ask him to – if you’d rather be on your own for lunch and/or dinner, that is perfectly fine.

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How about changes of itinerary on the fly? Can we do that?

Changes on the fly can be done to a certain extent. You can always choose to skip a meal or a sight, or swap for a totally different sight altogether. Alterations of itinerary that imply hotel changes are subject to rooms availability. Also, please note that in the case of last minute hotel cancellations, sometimes the hotel may charge late-cancellation penalties which can be up to 100% of the reservation cost. Additional costs generated by on-the-fly changes will be billed separately.

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