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before being mentioned by Bram Stoker in 1896, Dracula,
the Prince of the Dark, has been a historical character.
Son of Vlad Dracul (Knight of the Order of the Dragon-1431)
and grandson of Mircea cel Batran (Mircea the Old),
king of Wallachia (1386-1418), Vlad Tepes adopted a
totalitarian leadership, introduced a very strict order
in Wallachia, strengthened the army and helped the trade
with the neighbouring countries. He was merciless towards
those who went against him, had they been noblemen (boieri)
or of a lower status. Externally, he fought The Ottoman
Empire, against which he scored famous victories.
Surnamed "Vlad the Impaler" because of his
cruel method of impaling both disobeying nobles, enemies
and thieves, Vlad was respected by all simple people.
Legend says that in his times, someone could leave in
night time a purse full of gold coins in a crossroad
and find it untouched next morning.
We offer you a fantastic Dracula tour in Transylvania
on the footprints of Dracula - legendary, fictional
and historical. Discover the legends of Dracula handed
down from generation to generation. See the places where
the vampire of 19th century author Bram Stoker's novel
"Dracula" roamed, and the road Jonathan Harker
took to reach the vampire's castle. Learn about the
real Prince Vlad, and see the authentic "Dracula's
castle" and palace. On this Dracula tour you can
combine legend, fiction, and truth to create a "Dracula"
of your choice!
And don't forget your clove of garlic to keep you protected....
Poienari, the real fortress of Dracula
* Sighisoara, the birthplace
of Vlad the Impaler
* Borgo Pass, where is located
the action of the novel "Dracula"
* Bran Castle
* Vlad the Impaler's tomb
in the Snagov Monastery
Climbing and walking skills**
tour takes you to Wallachia
Bucharest - Pitesti - Curtea de Arges (150 km)
and greet at Bucharest international airport. Departure
for Curtea de Arges. Dinner and overnight in a 3* hotel
in Curtea de Arges.
Poienari fortress, location of Dracula, hanged-up on a
Curtea de Arges - Sibiu (150 km)
to Poienari, the location of the real fortress of Vlad
the Impaler (Vlad Tepes). Visit the fortress (about 1490
stairs on a high hill, to access it). Most of the itinerary
is through a nice forest.
Back to Curtea de Arges and visit the Monastery Curtea
de Arges, related to the legend of Master Manole; it is
the monastery where Romanian Kings are buried. Lunch in
to Sibiu (named Hermanstadt by the Saxon colonists). Visit
old centre (Evangelical Cathedral, where Dracula's son,
Prince Mihnea the Bad was killed after a service in 1510,
the Liars' Bridge etc.). Dinner and overnight in a rural
guesthouse in Marginimea Sibiului.
tour across Transylvania
Sibiu - Biertan - Sighisoara (100 km)
the open-air ASTRA museum, offering an impressive collection
of all rural techniques (wooden grape presses, wind and
water mills, etc.). Lunch in a traditional Romanian tavern
in the museum. Drive
to Sighisoara, the birth place of Prince Vlad Tepes (Dracula),
a well preserved Saxon medieval town still inhabited.
tour: the Clock Tower (the 1648 clock still keeps time)
shelters the History Museum with a rich collection of
medical and pharmaceutical objects and instruments, Transylvanian
ceramics, a scale model of the town, an exhibition relating
the experiments of Herman Oberth, born in Sibiu county,
who was the inventor of the multi step missile with liquid
propellant, the ancestor of the Apollo rocket. Continue
with the Torture Room and the Museum of antique weapons
(swords, firearms etc.).
Dinner and overnight in a 3* hotel (newly refurbished
Saxon house) in Sighisoara.
Sighisoara - Targu-Mures - Bistrita
- Pasul Bargau (Borgo Pass) (200 km)
Today, we travel to the Eastern Carphatians through the
Borgo Pass, where Bram Stoker located the action of his
novel Dracula in Romania. On the way, we stop in Targu
Mures to visit the Palace of Culture.
in a restaurant in Bistrita, where we taste the popular
Dracula's meal (not too bloody, please!).
Drive to Borgo Pass; in the afternoon free time: you can
take an easy walk on the high pastures to enjoy the beautiful
Dinner and accommodation in the 3* hotel "Castle
Dracula" in Borgo Pass .
to Dracula's Transylvania homeland
Pasul Bargau - Bistrita - Reghin - Targu Mures - Sighisoara
- Brasov - Bran ( 330 km)
Departure to Bran. Stop for lunch in a restaurant between
Sighisoara and Brasov.
to Bran. On the way stop and visit the Saxon fortress
Rasnov, located on a 150m high hill, dominating the surrounding
plane. The fortress, erected in the 13th century by the
Saxon colonists, has been recently restored.
Dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Bran area.
new spots of Dracula history
Bran - Rasnov - Brasov - Bran (60 km)
Visit the Bran Castle, often wrongfully attributed to
prince Vlad Tepes. Perched on a rock, the castle dominates
the valley connecting the southern province of Wallachia
with Transylvania. Developed by Saxon settlers since the
13th century, this was once a vital trade route. Castle's
inside architecture is quite impressive.
Drive to Brasov. Lunch in a restaurant in the downtown.
City tour. Visit the Council Square and the Black Church,
the greatest Gothic church between Wien and Istanbul.
Its name comes from the damage sustained in the Big Fire
in the town (1689).
Back for dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in
Dracula tour end of story. Is he really in his grave?
Bran - Predeal - Bucharest (170 km)
Departure to Bucharest. Stop in Sinaia, "the Pearl
of the Carpathians", a mountain resort offering both
sport and leisure facilities. Visit Peles Castle, former
summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family, home to
a large art and furniture collection. Lunch in a restaurant.
to Snagov to visit the Monastery on the Island Snagov
where, according to the legend, the decapitated Vlad Tepes
was buried. We'll use boats to get there.
Drive to Bucharest. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight
in a 3* hotel.
Bucharest, Prince Dracula capital
Bucharest in place (30 km)
City tour of Bucharest, the little Paris of
the '30s: the University Square, the Princely Court,
Lipscani Street (the former merchants' street), the Village
Museum. Lunch in a restaurant. Continue visits: the Palace
of the Parliament (Ceausescu's new palace), the second
building in the world after the Pentagon if opened
for visits at that moment.
to the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, where you'll discover
a very special presentation of Romanian peasant environment
Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant with folk
programme and accommodation in a 3* hotel.
God we are still alive! This time Dracula missed his midnight
permitting, last visits in Bucharest or shopping. Transfer
to Bucharest international airport for departure.
days / 8 nights
guesthouses (ocasionally, bathrooms shared between
tourists) and hotels
Rates do not apply during Easter, Chrismas and the
New Year period.
2. According to the opening hours for some visited
sites (e.g. museums), this programme can be applied
as it is if Day 1 is Monday, Friday or Sunday. If
Day 1 differs, some visits or activities will be
3. Price does not include: extra taxes for cameras
and filming (requested in some places - e.g. the
monasteries), personal drinks off the boarding,
TOUR 2017 RATES
lodging: 3 nights in rural guesthouses and 5
nights in hotels (on a double room basis occupancy)
- boarding: full board (as specified in the
- entry tickets for the visits included in the
- transport and transfers in Romania by car,
minibus or coach
- all road and parking taxes
- transport of luggage
- English speaking attested tour guide
- all taxes
on request for other group sizes or discounts
for children under 12