6 Days / 5 Nights
|Tour starts in||Bucharest|
|Tour ends in||Bucharest|
|Group size||Min 2, Max 12|
|Transportation||A/C Mini bus|
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Our Dracula tours a journey through the dramatic life of the real Prince Vlad Dracula
We honestly believe that the real life of the Dracula is far more interesting that the spooky/blood thirsty/garlic hater fictional Dracula. Vlad the Impaler only ruled for 6 years – that’s like a drop in the ocean compared to European history – but here we are, still intrigued by his incredible life, 500 years later.
Join us on our Dracula tours, to uncover the misunderstood life of a war genius, who defeated the strongest army of those times on the planet, only through terror and and fear.
- Bran Castle
- Poenari Castle -the real castle of Dracula
- Transfagarasan highway
- Snagov monastery – the grave
Day 1 – Welcome to Romania
If you arrive on the DAY 1 of the tour we can pick up from Bucharest Airport.
Explore Bucharest – the city became the capital of Wallachia during the reign of Vlad the Impaler, AKA Dracula
Visit the ruins of the Old Court of Bucharest – the real residence of our famous prince – Vlad Dracula
Dinner in the the historic center of Bucharest
Overnight in 4**** Hotel in Bucharest.
Day 2 – Targoviste, the abandoned capital
As a proof that Dracula’s spirit still lives in Romania, we will visit the Parliament Palace – a megalomaniac’s work of art. This is the second largest building in the world erected by the Communist leader Ceausescu
Drive to Targoviste, the royal court of Wallachia, until 1459 when Dracula decided to set his royal court in Bucharest. The noblemen of Targoviste supported a different prince on the throne of the country therefore being hostile to Dracula. This was punished by the newly crowned prince Dracula. All his opponents from Targoviste were arrested on the Easter day of 1457, and forced to work as slaves on the construction of Poenari Fortress – the one we will see in the day 3 of the tour.
Spend the night in the little town of Curtea de Arges a few minutes away from the most spectacular castle of Dracula – Poenari
Day 3 – The real castle of Dracula – Poenari
Visit the ruins of Poienari Castle – perched high on a rugged crag over the Arges river gorge. The 1480 stairs lead us to Dracula’s “vulture nest” fortress.
In 1462 Prince Vlad was besieged here by the Turks. He sent to the village of Arefu across the hill for help but his wife, fearful of capture, threw herself into the river far below.
The villagers came at night and managed to smuggle the Prince across the high Carpathian Mountains to the safety of Transylvania and, in return, he gave them 16 mountains as pastureland, a reward they still remember, more than 500 years later!
Transfagarasan Highway – on our way to Sibiu we will make a 1.5 hours detour on the most spectacular road in Romania, the Transfagarasan highway. The breathtaking road was built in the 80’s by the communists, using over 4000 tons of dynamite in just 4 years. (please note that the road is only open from July to October)
In the evening we arrive in Sighisoara a magnificent living medieval fortress, UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is where Vlad Dracul (the father) lived in exile at the time when his son Vlad Dracula was born.
Dinner at Dracula’s House The very house where the prince was born still exists, and we will have the chance to dine there
We spend the night in the old citadel of Sighisoara in a 400 years old hotel, across the street from Dracula’s birth house.
Day 4 – Dracula’s birth town
Day 5 – Bran Castle and Brasov
Visit Bran Castle (1377), the Castle where Bram Stoker placed Count Dracula in his novel – a castle in a pass in the Carpathian Mountains. Legends say that Dracula was imprisoned in this castle after being captured by the Hungarians in 1462. Nevertheless, Bran Castle was a strategic point in that era, and Dracula might have passed many times through the castle, but for sure, it was never his castle.
Brasov the medieval town. As a young fugitive prince, Dracula spent several years in Brasov, an important community who’s support was crucial to his return on the throne of the neighboring country, Wallachia (at that time Wallachia and Transylvania were separate countries)
We will explore the main landmarks of Brasov: the impressive Black Church, the narrowest street ever “Rope Street” , the superb Council Square, and the fairy tale Ecaterina Gate. Outside of the city walls we get to the Black Tower for an amazing view over the old Brasov.
Return to the hotel in Bran.
Day 6 – Snagov island – Dracula’s grave
Snagov Monastery – in 1476 Price Vlad Dracula was killed near Bucharest. The Monks of Snagov Monastery recovered his headless body and buried it inside their church on the little island of Snagov.
Dracula was controversial even after his death. His death is still an enigma, where some sources indicate he was assassinated by the Turks, while others claim that Dracula was killed in a “friendly fire” (complicated story, but you will learn it on the tour)
The tour ends in Bucharest at about 2 PM
End of services
5 nights in hotels (3*** and 4 ****)
museums from the itinerary
throughout the entire tour
- alcoholic drinks
We will come back
About Romania – if you’re reading this and wondering whether to take the plunge, our advice is – do it! A fantastic country, beautiful, unspoiled countryside, friendly people, incredible history and sights to see. And if you do decide to visit Romania, we can’t recommend Adventure Transylvania too highly (no, we don’t work for them!). Their motto is ”come as a tourist and leave as a friend” and that captures our experience in a nutshell. Nothing was too much trouble, and nothing was left to trouble our enjoyment of this fantastic country. Thanks guys , we hope to see you again soon