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Vlad the Impaler versus Dracula Tour

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Take an original Dracula Tour for an authentic discovery of the legendary Vlad the Impaler. His real story inspired the mythical Dracula you know so well from movies, books, and pop culture.

Our tour follows the medieval legacy of Vlad the Impaler with an added twist of history versus fiction, what’s true and what’s not in the legend of Dracula. This is not another Dracula tour with invented vampires, but an itinerary of great landmarks, medieval battles, and revenge. 

The medieval prince (Vlad Tepes in Romanian) is the main protagonist of our tour. He remains one of the greatest heroes in the history of Romania. Praised for his resistance against the Ottoman Empire, Vlad the Impaler was the prince of Southern Romania in a complicated time. He often used extreme violence like impaling to secure his throne against traitors. While the practice was widely used at the time, a defaming campaign led by his enemies created a distorted reputation that later inspired the Dracula myth.

The itinerary of the Dracula Tour includes the landmarks he built or used during his short reign. The ruins of the princely courts from Bucharest and Targoviste , medieval fortresses, and Sighisoara are the highlights of the tour.

The tour is available in English and Italian. 

Tour also suited for families and seniors. 

This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.

Day 1: Arrival to Bucharest

Transfer from Otopeni International Airport.

Accommodation: hotel in downtown Bucharest

Day 2: Vlad the Impaler in Bucharest

Vlad the Impaler built a small princely palace in Bucharest more than half a millennium ago. Known today as the Old Court, these ruins are the only remaining medieval attraction in Romania's capital. Their location in the heart of the Old Town easily allows us to discover on foot the oldest part of Bucharest.

The Old Court is also part of our Half-Day Bucharest Tour .

Optional afternoon visit to the Monastery of Comana, founded by the prince in 1461.

Highlights: the Old Court, the Old Town, the Monastery of Comana

Driving time: around 1-2 hours   Accommodation: hotel in downtown Bucharest

Day 3: The truth behind the myth

We leave Bucharest early morning and head to  Targoviste to visit the ruins of Princely Court. This small town was the medieval capital of Southern Romania, and its court was fortified by Vlad the Impaler and many of the princes who fought the Ottoman Empire.

We continue to  Poenari Fortress , the iconic site the prince used when he needed to escape. Enjoying a strategic location, on a mountain route to Transylvania, the fortress lies at an altitude of 850 meters.  Today, we can reach it with a bit of exercise, going up the 1,480 steps through the dense beech forest. Your effort will be fully rewarded once you get to explore the narrow corridors of the fortress and see the panoramic surroundings.

If the weather allows it, we drive to Sibiu on the high-altitude Transfagarasan . Built during the communist regime, this 90 km road offers a breathtaking drive across the Carpathians.

Optional visit to one of the most beautiful churches in Romania,  Curtea de Arges .

Highlights: Targoviste and Poenari Fortresses

Driving time: around 6 hours   Accommodation: guest house in Sibiu

Day 4: Sighisoara, the birth place

Optional tour of Sibiu or morning for yourselves, followed by the drive to Sighisoara .

This small town is the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler who spent here the first four years of his life. Sighisoara is also a UNESCO Heritage Site and has one of the best-preserved medieval landscapes in Europe. We enjoy a walking tour, discovering the Upper Town, the Clock Tower, the Evangelical Church, and the Monastery Church. Like Brasov and Sibiu, Sighisoara too was founded by the German colonists who started coming to Transylvania in the 12th century.

What makes Sighisoara special is the fact that many of its medieval towers and enclosure walls are still standing.

Sighisoara is also part of our UNESCO Heritage Day Trip .

Highlights: Sibiu, Sighisoara

Driving time: around 2 hours   Accommodation: guest house in Sighisoara

Day 5: The myth

We leave Sighisoara early morning and drive to the medieval  Bran Castle , falsely associated with the legend of Dracula. On our way, we stop to visit Rupea Fortress , one of the largest in the region.

Afternoon for yourselves in Brasov.

Highlights: Rupea Fortress, Bran Castle

Driving time: around 3 hours   Accommodation: guest house in Brasov

Day 6: Back to Bucharest

We head back to Bucharest on the popular Prahova Valley.

Optional stop to visit  Peles Castle , one of the most beautiful in Europe. Once the summer residence of Romania’s royal family, Peles is now the most visited museum in the country. While this castle is not at all related to the Dracula myth, it's more than worth a visit before you leave Romania.

We also stop to visit the medieval Church of Snagov where Vlad the Impaler was supposedly buried after being assassinated. The actual burial place remains unknown until today.

Highlights: Snagov Church

Driving time: around 4 hours   

Easy: Easy short walks on flat terrain.

Moderate: Up to 5 km walking per day or/and optional cycling routes and easy hikes.

Intense: Up to 10 km walking per day with some inclines or/and optional cycling routes and more demanding hikes

Challenge: Hiking on uneven trails at altitudes above 1,000 meters. Longer optional cycling routes. Requires good health and physical condition.

Ultimate: Full day of hikes and/or demanding cycling tours. Requires excellent health and physical condition.

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two or three cultural sights included in the tour.

High: Cultural visits everyday of the tour.

Total: All about culture.

Moderate: At least two or three historical sights included in the tour.

High: Visits at historical monuments everyday of the tour.

Total: All about history.

Moderate: At least two hours per day spent in nature.

High: Most activities take place in nature.

Total: All about nature.

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Poenari Fortress

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Bran Castle

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Chindiei Tower, Targoviste Fortress

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Medieval tower in Sighisoara

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Targoviste Fortress

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Snagov Monastery

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The Princely Church, Targoviste Fortress

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View from Poenari Fortress

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Transfagarasan Road

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5% discount for bookings done at least three months in advance

Vlad the impaler tour.

The price below is per person and is based on two persons sharing a double room.

Discount rates for children.

Group of 2 persons:  €1,365  per person

Group of 3 persons:  €1,065  per person

Group of 4 persons:  €908  per person

Group of 5 persons:  €835  per person

Group of 6 persons:  € 720  per person

The price includes:

  • tour guide services and planning costs
  • accommodation plus breakfast every day
  • transportation costs (driver, car, gas costs, parking fees) 

The price does not include:

airfare, travel insurance

meals except for breakfast

entrance fees

other activities/tours booked by the clients

currency conversion fee (1%)

payment-related fees (1% for credit card, 4.5% for PayPal, variable for bank transfers)

Payment methods

Credit card, bank transfer, PayPal, cash (only for certain tours). The fees related to the payment methods are not included in the price.

Contact us if you’d like to get a price quotation for larger or smaller groups or a shorter/longer version of this tour.

Bucharest (or other city)

Breakfast every day

Local guest houses or boutique hotels

Around 1,100

Car or minivan

Cities: Bucharest, Sighisoara, Brasov, Sibiu

Landmarks : the medieval fortresses of Targoviste, Poenari and Rupea; Bran and Peles Castles; the churches of Snagov and Comana

Discount rates for children

vlad the impaler tour

Spent a wonderful few hours walking round Brasov with Carmen. She is extremely personable, and knowledgeable and really brought the history of the city to life. I was a little hesitant about doing the tour with my parents when it was below freezing,...

For any foreigners to Romania, Diana Condrea is the perfect guide. She speaks excellent English and has a deep knowledge of Romanian history, art and architecture. She was a fund of experience and advice about how to make the most of our 9-day tour o...

vlad the impaler tour

A visit to the scenic Poenari Fortress is a great chance to explore some intense medieval history but also a good way to exercise.

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Uncover one of the most important medieval monuments in Romania, linked to great princes like Vlad the Impaler and Constantin Brancoveanu.

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Dracula’s Trail

  • Accommodation
  • Attractions
  • Dracula tour
  • Exclusive Tour
  • Holiday in Transylvania
  • Holiday to Romania
  • Meals included
  • Medieval Castles
  • Medieval Cities
  • Private Tour
  • Saxon Villages
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  • Traditional Villages
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites


Embark on an 8-day voyage into the heart of Romania, tracing the myth and reality of the infamous Vlad the Impaler, more widely known as Dracula. “Dracula’s Trail” is designed not just as a travel itinerary but as a journey into the storied past of Transylvania and Wallachia, blending historical intrigue with cultural immersion. From the halls of Bucharest’s grand Parliament Palace to the mysterious ruins of Poenari Citadel and the legendary Bran Castle, each day unveils new facets of the Dracula legend and Romania’s rich history. Discover medieval citadels, encounter unique traditions, and indulge in the local culinary delights. This tour combines visits to iconic sites with hidden gems, such as the eerie Hoia Baciu Forest and intimate encounters with Romania’s diverse cultural tapestry, including a special visit to a Gypsy home. Expertly guided from start to finish, “Dracula’s Trail” invites you to unravel the layers of myth and history in a land steeped in legend and beauty. Join us for an unparalleled exploration of Romania, where every corner tells a story, and the legacy of Dracula looms as both a shadow and a spectacle.

The tour can be personalised according to your time and points of interest.

Itinerary : Arrival in Bucharest – Bucharest City Tour including the Parliament Palace and Ceausescu’s former residence; visit to an 80s communist apartment; exploration of Old Town and Old Princely Court – Royal Court of Targoviste – Poenari Citadel – Cozia Monastery – Sibiu Walking Tour – Corvin Castle – Turda Salt Mine – Hoia Baciu Forest – Walking tour of Cluj-Napoca – organic smoked bacon tasting with lunch – Bistrita and the Jonathan Harker story –  dinner at Golden Crown Restaurant – Visit Targu Mures Citadel – exclusive Gypsy home visit –  walking tour of Sighisoara – dinner in Dracula’s Restaurant – Saschiz Fortified Church – Bran Castle – walking tour of Brasov – Peles Castle – Snagov Monastery – departure from Bucharest


• Royal Court of Targoviste: Explore the seat of Vlad the Impaler’s power and climb the iconic Chindia Tower for panoramic views. • Poenari Citadel: Venture to the real Dracula’s castle, perched high on a mountain peak for a taste of the legendary. • Dracula Tourist Complex: A comprehensive experience with museum exhibitions and castle replicas that bring the 15th century to life. • Cozia Monastery: Admire the ancient frescoes and learn about the monastery’s historical significance in Romanian ecclesiastical history. • Corvin Castle: Explore one of Europe’s largest castles and delve into the tales of nobility and intrigue. • Turda Salt Mine: Descend into an underground world that blends history with modern leisure facilities. • Bistrita and Jonathan Harker Story: Walk in the footsteps of Bram Stoker’s characters in the town mentioned in “Dracula”. • Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit: Engage directly with the Romani culture in an authentic and respectful exchange. • Sighisoara Medieval Town: Birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, offering beautifully preserved streets and vibrant history. • Bran Castle and Snagov Monastery: Iconic Dracula-related sites that blend myth and history, providing a deep dive into the legend.

Day 1: Bucharest Arrival

Day 2: bucharest city tour with parliament palace and ceausescu residence & 80s communist apartment – royal court, day 3: targoviste royal court – poenari citadel – olt river gorges – cozia monastery – sibiu walking tour.

Today unfolds with a deep dive into Romania’s historical legacy, starting at the Royal Court of Targoviste, a pivotal site in the life of Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula. Here, explore the remnants of the court where Vlad ruled and enforced his iron-fisted policies. The complex includes several preserved structures and a tower that offers a panoramic view of the former princely compound and the town beyond. After soaking in the history of Targoviste, your journey continues to the Dracula Tourist Complex, an engaging attraction designed to immerse you in the era of Vlad the Impaler. Experience the authenticity of the 15th century through meticulously crafted decorations and architecture featuring stone and painted brick by local artisans. Inside the museum, discover a rich collection of objects that depict life during Vlad’s reign. The Throne Room, a highlight of the tour, features life-sized figures of Vlad and his nobles, set against the backdrop of elaborate medieval decor. The complex also offers educational projections, including one tailored for children, which detail significant aspects of the ruler’s life. From the ramparts, use a telescope to gaze out at the majestic Poenari Citadel and the surrounding mountainous landscape, or engage with the interactive displays including a ball-firing cannon guarded by life-sized soldier figures. Next on your itinerary is a visit to the formidable Poenari Citadel, perched high on a mountaintop and accessible by a vigorous climb. This real fortress of Vlad the Impaler offers breathtaking views and a haunting glimpse into the defensive strategies of the past. The day concludes with a serene drive towards Sibiu, culminating in a relaxing walking tour of this enchanting medieval town. Sibiu, known for its Germanic architecture, was once one of the most important fortified cities in Transylvania. Wander through its large and small squares, admire the Brukenthal Palace, and cross the famous Liars’ Bridge as your guide shares tales of the city’s rich history and cultural significance. This day’s journey through time not only reveals the stark contrasts between the legends and realities of Vlad the Impaler’s rule but also showcases the artistic and cultural heritage that Romania preserves and celebrates today.

***Summer Variation: The Transfagarasan Highway Adventure During the summer months (July to November), your journey to Sibiu takes an adventurous turn with a drive on the spectacular Transfagarasan Highway. Hailed as “the best road in the world” by Top Gear, this route offers an unforgettable experience with its stunning mountain vistas and serpentine paths. As you ascend to Balea Lake, situated at 2,034 meters, the breathtaking landscapes of Romania unfold before you. A stop at the Poenari Citadel, the real stronghold of Vlad the Impaler, adds a historical dimension to your journey. Perched high on a cliff, the citadel’s ruins offer not only a glimpse into the past but also panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Day 4: Corvin Castle – Turda Salt Mine – Hoia Baciu Forest

Day 5: cluj-napoca walking tour – organic smoked bacon tasting with home-made lunch – bistrita and the jonathan harker story – golden crown restaurant dinner, day 6: targu mures citadel – exclusive gypsy home visit – sighisoara walking tour – dinner in dracula’s restaurant, day 7: sighisoara – saxon village of saschiz with the fortified church – bran castle – brasov walking tour, day 8: peles castle – snagov monastery – bucharest departure.

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Traditional Romanian welcome dinner with Folklore Show

In the evening, you can opt to serve a traditional dinner at a local restaurant with an idyllic view, situated on the lakeshore in Bucharest’s most famous park, the Herastrau or Michael I Park. Here, you will enjoy a three-course meal dinner with wine included, and you will get a chance to discover the traditional Romanian folklore costumes while enjoying the dances of the local performers. The entire show displays authentic Romanian traditions and customs, from the sewn details on the white outfits of the dancers to the delighting music played by the local artists.

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Tour Reviews

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I booked through here because I wanted to see as much and learn as much about Dracula/Vlad the Impaler! I really enjoyed the tour and tour guide was very good and knowledgeable! I would book a tour through them again!

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My wife was hesitant on this tour due to the name. We have traveled to several countries and have seen some great country and history but this tour really delivers on beauty of the Transylvania countryside and History. Our guide, Dan, not only looked after us but was very knowledgeable of all the areas we visited. The Castles and fortresses were magnificent. I know people have different tastes in what they like to see but in all of our travels this rates as the best vacation travel package we have ever taken. The memories will stay with us the rest of our lives. Dan became like a family member on this tour and and it was emotional and sad to have to say goodbye to him at the end. I highly recommend this tour to those who want to see the beauty of Romania’s Transylvania area and discover the legends behind Dracula.

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My sister & I knew not what to expect, & were not only pleased, but thrilled by the informational scope & interest of the tour. Our tour was a long one, encompassing Bran Castle, Targoviste Royal Court, & Snagov Monastery. Though it was around 11 hours altogether, the sites were full of historical interest & beautiful art & architecture, & our guide, Dan, was phenomenal. He was full of energy & information, & he filled us in on many interesting tidbits. History, anecdotes, facts, & cultural practices were all topics of discussion, & he was so knowledgable that we were unable to stump him with our questions! If touring in Romania, this is the service to use!

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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Dracula’s Trail tour created by Holiday to Romania. It was a perfect blend of history (both of Dracula and his inspiration Vlad the Impaler), beautiful mountain scenery, breathtaking sights like the Turda salt mines and culture. We would highly recommend a guided visit as so much would be missed otherwise.

This tour was an amazing blend of history from decades to centuries ago. We explored several sights related to Dracula and his inspiration, Vlad the Impaler. We saw breathtaking views, beautiful churches and amazing castles. I would highly recommend touring Romania with a guide and using Holiday to Romania as much would be missed otherwise.

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Dracula's Castle in Romania

Some historians believe Vlad the Impaler may have slept here.

Inside the Fortress Known as 'Dracula's Castle'

Bram Stoker never traveled to Transylvania, much less Bran Castle.

Dracula slept here. Or maybe not.

Bran Castle perches dramatically on a hill in Transylvania, its burnt-orange-tiled turrets and steeples rising above a crown of trees in Romania ’s Carpathian Mountains. Depending on what account you read, Vlad Tepes—aka Vlad the Impaler —may have spent a night or two in this 14th-century fortress as a prisoner, or he may have attacked it once.

the interior of Dracula's castle

Suits of armor guard the walls of Bran Castle.

Irish novelist Bram Stoker loosely based his fictional toothy vampire on this historical 15th-century prince, whose fondness for skewering enemies on stakes as a public warning earned him his nickname. Now visitors from all over the world descend on rural Transylvania for a chance to experience some of the eerie thrill of Stoker’s novel. Tour companies often book Bran Castle for Halloween parties, complete with “bloody” vodka shots and a DJ.

Yet, Stoker never visited Transylvania, much less Bran Castle. So how did it come to be known as Dracula’s?

“In the 1960s, when Romania was ruled by a communist government, its tourism czars decided it could be advantageous to market a place associated with Vlad Tepes," says local historian Nicolae Pepene. “They looked around at all of the available castles and decided that this castle at Bran, which guarded the one mountain pass running between Transylvania and Walachia, looked sufficiently Gothic.” (Bonus point: Poiana Brașov , a popular ski resort, is only eight miles away.)

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On a moonless fall night, the imposing castle may look like a lair for the Prince of Darkness, but in the daylight the place actually seems more fit for a queen. Which it once was. Queen Marie of Romania called the 57-room chateâu home from 1920 to 1938. Behind thick defensive walls, the castle reveals a maze of cozy rooms, nooks, and crannies; a balconied inner courtyard with a well; and even a secret stairway to a wood-paneled library.

“Its solitude appealed to me,” the eccentric royal—a granddaughter of England’s Queen Victoria—said.

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Honestly, the scariest thing here are the kitschy Vlad souvenirs on sale at the foot of the castle: fanged beer steins, gory T-shirts, and bottles of Dracula’s Blood wine.

“It doesn’t really matter that visitors to the castle have their minds full of the myth of Dracula or of tales of Queen Marie of Romania,” Pepene says. “In the end, they’ve traveled here to experience a fragment of those old times.”

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Dracula tour in Romania – 8 days

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Spend 8 days in Romania and explore the mysterious land of Transylvania. Transylvania is known to be the land of Dracula, but do you know how the legend of the famous vampire came alive and who really was he (because he was a real person that inspired the story)?

Did you feel chills and goosebumps when reading Bram Stocker’s novel? Are you curious to visit the places mentioned in the book and the castles that hosted the major life events of Vlad the Impaler, the cruel ruler known to be Dracula?

Then this is the perfect tour for you! Enjoy this 8-day itinerary in Romania for an adventure that will offer you mysterious places, breath-taking landscapes and a little bit of history.

This 8-day Dracula tour in Romania includes the places mentioned in the book connected with Dracula or with the journey of Johnathan Harker in Romania. But this is also an amazing opportunity to find out everything you want about Vlad the Impaler. On the way you will also explore the places where the major events in his life took place. (his birthplace, his castles etc)

The legends about vampires in Transylvania, ghost stories and creepy rituals interwine with the real history. And at the end you will have a full picture of this mysterious region called Transylvania.

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Bucharest
  • Day 2: Bran Castle
  • Day 3: Visit Sighisoara – the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler
  • Day 4: Borgo pass
  • Day 5: Discover Cluj Napoca
  • Day 6: Corvin Castle
  • Day 7: Poenari fortress (the real castle of Vlad the Impaler)

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Dracula tour in Romania 8 days is a private tour, so the schedule can be customized according to your needs.

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Welcome to Bucharest

Our guide will welcome you to the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will also have a private tour of Bucharest and a short introduction to the legend of Dracula. Find out who was Vlad the Impaler and what connection did he have with the most important city in Romania, Bucharest. In the evening you can enjoy the animated pubs and restaurants in the old town.

Accommodation in Bucharest

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Visit Dracula’s castle in Transylvania

Day 2 will take you to the Royal court of Vlad the Impaler in Targoviste. Visit the buildings left from centuries ago and discover why he is such a beloved figure in Romania. The Chindiei tower in Targoviste, used as a prison during the Vlad the Impaler, contains an interesting museum ablout the life of this great ruler.

After a beautiful road in the mountains, step into Transylvania and visit Bran castle, the one known as Dracula’s castle. A Dracula tour in Romania would be incomplete without this stop. The Bran castle is a medieval fortress built on a steep rock and it is considered to be the inspiration for the castle in the novel.

End your day with a tour on the narrow streets of medieval Brasov.

And don’t forget! “We are in Transylvania, and Transylvania is not England…and there shall be to you, many strange things.” – Bram Stoker,  Dracula

Accommodation in Brasov

Interested to explore other medieval places? Try the 3-day itinerary in Transylvania

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Visit Sighisoara – the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler

It is said the his son was born here. After a short tour of the city, you will have the opportunity to get lost on the colourful streets of the citadel and enjoy its romantic look.

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See where Bram Stoker’s Dracula castle really is

Spend the night in Bistrita. You can choose to stay at Golden Krone Hotel 5*, a hotel inspired by Bram Stocker’s novel, but built many years later. (it is mentioned that Johnathan Harker spent the night here before meeting the vampire )

“Count Dracula had directed me to go to the Golden Krone Hotel, which I found to my great delight, to be thoroughly old-fashioned, for, of course, I wanted to see all I could of the ways of the country.” – Bram Stoker, Dracula

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Discover Cluj Napoca

Now the city looks completely different, but you can still admire the old buildings and pebbled streets while tasting a “paprika hendl” (an old traditional recipe tasted also by Harker when he came to Cluj Napoca) in one of the many restaurants in town.

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The Corvin Castle

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The real castle of Vlad the Impaler in Romania

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Good-bye, Romania!

Say goodbye, Romania!, Good-bye, Dracula! and review all the great things you saw these days and the beautiful memories you made. Our guide will take you to the airport just in time to catch your plane back home.

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How to Visit Dracula’s Castle in Romania – Bran Castle Transylvania (2024)!

By: Author Sophie Pearce

Posted on Last updated: January 1, 2024

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Have you ever wondered where the real Dracula’s Castle is in Transylvania? The one that inspired Bram Stoker’s home of Count Dracula?

It’s called Bran Castle and it is located in Romania, tucked away in the Carpathian Mountains near the city of Brasov. 

It’s the most famous medieval castle in the entire country that sees over 800,000 visitors each year and is a must-visit attraction.

On your guided tour you can learn about Romanian royalty, Transylvanian legends, and the literary connections to the famous bloodthirsty vampire of Count Dracula.  I’m obsessed with vampire stories so visiting here was an absolute dream.

Here is a complete guide on how to visit Dracula’s Castle in Romania or Bran Castle in Transylvania! 

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Bran Castle history

There has been a fortress on this site since 1212 when the Teutonic Knights built a wooden lookout tower to keep an eye on trade routes in the area that were often under threat.

The wooden castle was destroyed by the Mongols in 1242 but was later rebuilt in stone in the 14th century. The first documented records mention Castle Bran in 1377.

King Louis I of Hungary gave permission for Saxon settlers to build this castle with their own funds as a defense against the Ottoman Empire. 

It later became a prominent strategic fortress and customs post on the mountain pass between Transylvania and Wallachia.

This was around the time that Vlad Tepes was a Prince of Wallachia and many believe that he had a connection with Bran Castle. 

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Vlad the Impaler aka the ‘real’ Dracula!

Vlad Tepes or Vlad III of Dracul, better known as Vlad the Impaler, was a ruler of Wallachia from 1448 to 1478. 

His region and trade routes were often under threat from Ottoman and Hungarian forces and he was merciless while defending his territory. 

Vlad had a tremendous appetite for brutality and is famous for committing unspeakable acts of torture against his enemies! 

It is estimated that Vlad Tepes is responsible for the deaths of over 80,000 people. His favourite form of torture was impaling his enemies on spikes hence the nickname ‘Vlad the Impaler’. He was also rumoured to drink the blood of his enemies

It was these gruesome stories that inspired Bram Stoker to create his legendary vampire and why Vlad Tepes is known as the ‘real’ Count Dracula. 

Although he is largely associated with Bran Castle, it is generally agreed that Vlad Tepes never set foot in this fortress. He may have fought in battles nearby but he didn’t live here or even visit.

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The Bran Castle Bram Stoker connection 

Bran Castle is one of the most famous medieval castles in the country and it owes a lot of its fame to Bram Stoker and his novel Dracula s et in both England and Transylvania. 

But, it may surprise you to know that Bram Stoker never visited Bran Castle or even Romania before writing his 1897 novel.

He did use descriptions of Transylvania, the legends of Strigoi’s, and the bloody stories of Vlad the Impaler to paint a spooky picture for his tale.

The funny thing is, although the medieval prince Vlad Tepes fought battles in Translyvania, there are no records of him visiting Bran Castle at all. 

In fact, he wasn’t from Transylvania. His residence was Poenari Castle in Wallachia. But, some say he visited Bran Gorge to fight.

In the novel, Dracula’s Castle is described as “…on the very edge of a terrific precipice…with occasionally a deep rift where there is a chasm and silver threads where the rivers wind in deep gorges through the forests.”. 

This is very similar to Bran Castle! But, there are a great many medieval castles in Transylvania that match this description too. 

So, I guess we’ll never know if this fortress really was the inspiration for Dracula’s Castle. But, why let the truth get in the way of a good story (and making some serious money)!

Related post – Fang-Tastic Dracula Attractions in Whitby, England !

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Queen Marie & Dracula’s Castle today 

Another reason why Bran Castle is so famous is due to the fact that Queen Marie of Romania made significant improvements to the castle in the 19th-century and made it a royal residence. She lived here until her death in 1938.

Her daughter, Princess Ileana, took up residence here afterward and established a hospital at Castle Bran during World War II.

After the Russians took over Romania, the country fell to the Red Army and converted to Communism. Once Michael I of Romania abdicated the throne, Princess Ileana and the Romanian royal family were exiled from the country in 1948. Bran Castle then became a museum.

Princess Illeana only returned to Romania in 1990. The family finally was able to take back their legacy in 2005. In 2009, the castle is now owned by Archduke Dominic of Austria-Tuscany.

Today, Bran Castle sees almost a million visitors every year who want to see the home of Count Dracula for themselves.

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How to visit Dracula’s Castle in Romania

So, if you wanted to see the home of Count Dracula for yourself, you must make a stop at Bran Castle in Transylvania. As one of the most popular castles in the country, it’s very easy to do. 

There are many ways that you can visit Bran Castle in Romania. It all depends on how much time you have and where you choose to stay during your visit!

The most popular options are visiting Bran from Brasov or the capital city of Bucharest:

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Bran Castle from Brasov 

Most travellers who visit Transylvania base themselves in Brasov to visit Bran Castle.

This is a popular ski resort/hiking town in the Carpathian Mountains and has lots to offer in terms of attractions, hotels, and restaurants. 

It’s only a 30-minute journey to Bran Castle from Brasov by road and so it’s the perfect place to stay if you wanted to visit Dracula’s Castle in Romania.

  • Driving to Bran Castle: If you have your own transport, it will be a nice and easy journey from Brasov on the DN73/E574 road. Parking is 4 Lei an hour. 
  • Brasov to Bran Castle by bus: regular buses run to Bran from Auto Gara 2 bus station in Brasov. You will need to make your way to Auto Gara 2 by Uber or bus. Then, look out for a Bran – Rasnov bus service at the station. A bus ticket to Bran costs 8 Lei (£1.35/$1.86) one way. The journey will take around 50 minutes to an hour. You’ll be dropped off in Bran village and it’s a short walk to the castle from there.
  • Brasov to Bran Castle by taxi: There is the option to take a taxi which is around £20/$30 USD one way. Uber works there but I don’t know if they would run all the way to Bran unless there’s someone wanting to be picked up. Doesn’t hurt to try though!

Read more – the very best things to do in Brasov in Transylvania

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Bran Castle from Bucharest

If you were stuck on time and can’t stay in Brasov, it’s really easy to travel from Bucharest to Bran Castle on a day trip!

There are regular train services that run from Bucharest to Brasov daily and the journey takes around 2.5 hours. From here, you can take a bus/taxi to Dracula’s Castle (as above).

I made the train journey to Brasov on a day trip from the capital and found booking train tickets really simple to do online. 

It’s the perfect option if you wanted more freedom to explore the region rather than a guided tour. 

Click here to book train tickets on the official Romanian railway website

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Bran Castle tour 

If you were stuck for time and wanted to see a couple of castles and places in one day, there is the option to book a castle tour.

As it was snowing on my visit, I personally took a castle tour from Bucharest and we visited Peles Castle, Bran Castle, and Brasov in one day! It seemed safer and quicker to me as I didn’t want to be exploring by myself in the heavy snow. 

It was a long day trip and tiring but totally worth it in the end. It’s more economically friendly to your wallet, the environment, and time on your holiday. 

You can also take a guided tour from Brasov but this stops at Rasnov Fortress instead of Brasov. Each tour has ‘skip the line’ options to avoid some of the longer queues.

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  • From Bucharest – Dracula’s Castle, Peles Castle, and Brasov
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Bran Castle opening times and ticket prices

Bran Castle’s opening times in winter are typically Mondays from 12-4 pm and Tuesday – Sunday from 9 am – 4 pm. The last entry is 4 pm.

In summer, the opening times change to Mondays from 12-6 pm and Tuesday – Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm. The last entry is 6 pm. 

Bran Castle ticket prices are:

  • Adults – 45 Lei (£7.60/$10 USD)
  • Seniors – 35 Lei (£6/$7.70 USD)
  • Students – 25 Lei (£4.20/$5.50 USD)
  • Children – 10 Lei (£1.70/$2.20 USD)

As well as the standard Bran Castle tour, you can pay extra to visit some of the bonus exhibits at Bran Castle. These are:

  • Bran Castle Medieval Torture Instruments – 10 Lei (£1.70/$2.20 USD)
  • Bran Castle Time Tunnel – 20 Lei (£3.30 / $4.40 USD)

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Top tips for visiting Bran Castle

  • As one of the most famous castles in Romania, you can expect this site to be busy all year around. In the summer months, you will wait in massive lines. To avoid long queues, I would get here as early as possible.
  • If you book through a tour company like GetYourGuide, you will have a ‘skip the line’ ticket option. 
  • There is an option to pre-book tickets for Bran Castle online . But this comes at a slight premium to on-the-day tickets due to transaction fees. 
  • If you’re booking castle tickets on the day it’s easier to pay in cash as the mountain region often means card payments are tricky. 
  • There is a really steep hill to access the castle and lots of steps which may be hard for some as you explore the fortress. There is a ‘lift experience’ you can buy as an extra if you are unable to climb.
  • The castle has some really tight spaces and winding staircases, like the secret tunnel, which may be uncomfortable for those with claustrophobia.

Bran Castle Rooms

Things to do at Bran Castle

So, once you arrive at Bran Castle what is there to actually do here?! Well, you may be surprised that there is quite a lot.

As well as touring the castle, you’ll learn the legends of Transylvania, who lived here and all about the Dracula legend too. 

Here are the best things to do in Dracula’s Castle Romania.

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1. Explore the Bran Castle grounds

When you enter Bran Castle, there are large grounds at the base of the castle that is open for you to explore before you make your way up to the medieval fortress itself.

This small green area has lots of walkways and actually provides some of the best photo opportunities of Dracula’s Castle from below.

As the castle is so high up, you’ll find that the closer you get the harder it is to take photos of it. So, I would definitely spend some time admiring it from the lower grounds.

Did you know? Before her death in 1938, Queen Marie asked that her heart be interred in a chapel in the town of Balchik near the Black Sea. However, it was later moved here to Bran Castle. You can see her heart grave on the west side of the base of the fortress!

Bran Castle grounds

2. Explore the medieval rooms

There are 57 rooms at Bran Castle and your guided tour will allow you to see many of the most important ones on your visit.

They are quite spartan rooms and are mostly recreations of how the castle would have originally been furnished when it was built.

You’ll walk through sitting rooms, dining rooms, studies, bedrooms plus many exhibition rooms with medieval costumes of what the Teutonic Knights or Vlad Tepes used to wear! 

Bran Castle rooms

3. Climb the secret tunnel 

Some of Bran Castle really lives up to its spooky name and many of the stairways you climb through are really creepy!

Did you know that there is a secret tunnel in Bran Castle? In the 1920s, Queen Marie asked for some castle renovations to be made.

During the excavations, the workers discovered a secret tunnel that connected the first floor with the third. It had been there for generations and wasn’t on any map of the castle beforehand.

It was a cleverly concealed escape route behind a fireplace so that the monarch living there could break out of the castle if it was under attack!

You’ll climb through this tunnel on your visit and it can be quite uncomfortable to say the least. 

Bran Castle secret tunnel

4. Take a picture-perfect photo of the Donjon

Once you’ve seen some of the many rooms, you’ll have the opportunity to take some incredible photos of the medieval round tower and The Donjon! 

This was by far my favourite part of the tour and there are balcony windows and barracks that give you plenty of opportunities to take some brilliant photos.

It can be quite busy in Bran Castle, so you may have to be patient while the crowds make their way through but it’s totally worth the wait. 

My top tips for photography would be to get here as early as possible or visit at the last entry time and wait for the tourists to start shuffling out. You’ll most likely have it to yourself near the end. 

Bran Castle Tower

5. Admire the magnificent views of Bran & the Carpathian Mountains

Dracula’s Castle is built on a mountain top which was the perfect vantage point to scout out encroaching Ottoman enemies in medieval Transylvania. 

But, one of the great benefits of being so high up in this fortress today is that you can see breathtaking panoramic views of the Carpathian Mountains.

On your tour, you’ll make your way up to the very top floors of the castle and stand on the rooftop looking down on the village below.

Make sure to have your camera ready as these are photo opportunities you won’t want to miss! 

Bran and the Carpathian Mountains

6. Learn about the legend of Dracula

Dracula is Bram Stoker’s invention but the inspiration did come from Vlad the Impaler. Some say the inspiration for Count Dracula’s home came from this very castle!

So, you can expect there to be lots of Dracula-themed exhibits and references on your visit. Even the walk up to the castle had signs that said ‘Private Tours with “Count Dracula”, try to avoid walking alone at night’.

Since the novel, there have been hundreds of movie & TV adaptations and so you’ll find a great exhibit called ‘Dracula and the Movie Industry’ where you can see a collection of clips. One of my favourite Dracula movies is Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) starring Keanu Reaves and Gary Oldman. 

As part of this exhibit, they also have some props, costumes, and photo stills from the movies to learn more.

Dracula in the film industry Bran Castle

7. Be amazed by Transylvanian myths, storytelling & legends

Something that I found absolutely fascinating about Transylvania was how many of our modern horror stories, myths & legends originate from this region of Romania. 

I guess you could compare Bram Stoker’s Dracula to the Strigoi that are troubled spirits said to rise from the grave at night. Just like Vampires, they gain vitality from the blood of their victims and hate garlic. 

The Iele are mythical creatures like faeries or nymphs that have magic and a powerful seduction of men. They dance by moonlight and perform rituals in forest glades.

The Vârcolac or ‘wolf-person’ could be compared to a shapeshifting werewolf who has the ability to shift on a full moon. 

Also, Transylvanian dragons are a thing. Vlad the Impaler’s father took their name from the Order of the Dragon. Also, he had the nickname of the son of Dragul (the son of the Dragon).

You can learn all about these legends in their fabulous interactive exhibit. It’s amazing how many of these ancient legends still appear in modern horror stories today!

Strigoi Bran castle

8. Pay extra to see the Torture Chamber & Dungeon

Vlad the Impaler gained his moniker of ‘Impaler’ and the real ‘Dracula’ from his bloodthirsty and brutal torture habits.

So, it stands to reason that his fortresses would have lots of torture implements and a dungeon to keep his tormented prisoners in. 

Although this is not his castle, for an extra fee you can visit a torture chamber to see some of the devices that he would have used to inflict pain during that time.

Tickets cost 10 Lei per person and can pay for your ticket at the ticket counter before you go inside.

Bran Castle Torture Chamber

9. Exit through the Dracula gift shop

Would it be a tourist attraction if there wasn’t a gift shop at the end? Of course, before you leave you to have to check out the souvenirs available in the Bran Castle gift shop.

There is plenty of Dracula-themed merchandise to stick your teeth into including pens, postcards, magnets, and keyrings. There are even vampire socks and t-shirts of Count Dracula to buy!

You’ll even find some local spirits which look like potion bottles and some spooky chocolates which make great gifts.

Like any tourist attraction, souvenirs can be pricey here. So, if you’re on a budget I’d wait for the markets just outside the castle grounds on your exit. 

Bran Castle gift shop courtyard

10. Shop in the Bran Castle markets 

Before and after you visit Dracula’s Castle, you’ll walk through a cute little market stall area that is worth exploring while you’re in Bran.

It sells all sorts of tourist souvenirs, clothing, and food like local cheeses and wines that have been made in Transylvania. 

There is no café or restaurant at Bran Castle itself, but there are some hot food stalls and a café down here if you’re feeling peckish.

They also have a cheesy house of horrors that you can experience if you’re visiting for all the Dracula tourism.

I didn’t personally go inside but I have to admit I love a bit of cheese – when in Transylvania, no?

Bran Castle markets

Can you stay in Bran Castle Romania? 

Although not a regular accommodation option, the castle does often have competitions where you can win the chance to spend the night there for Halloween.

They held one with Air BnB a few years ago and you were escorted to the castle by carriage, had a banquet and they even had comfy coffins to sleep in It actually sounds like my kind of dream.

They may have competitions like this again so it’s always worth checking their website for updates.

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Where to stay near Bran Castle?

Although you can’t stay in Bran Castle, there are places to stay in Bran. Some of them even have views of Bran Castle from your window. 

Personally, I would opt to stay in Brasov over Bran and travel to Bran Castle from there. Brasov has a lot more infrastructure like hotels, restaurants, attractions, and transport links.

Click here to look up and book accommodation in Brasov

Black Tower Brasov Viewpoint

Dracula’s Castle Romania FAQs

  • Is Transylvania real? YES, Translyvania is very much a real place and it’s located in Romania! It was one of three ancient territories (Wallachia, Transylvania, and Moldavia) before the country united as one. Transylvania is the most famous region by far and has its very own flag!
  • Where in Romania is Dracula’s castle? Dracula’s Castle is located in Transylvania Romania in a little village called Bran in the Carpathian Mountain region. This is near Brasov. 
  • Is there a real Dracula’s castle? YES! Bran Castle is often seen as the ‘real’ Dracula’s Castle as Vlad the Impaler got the nickname from brutal torture escapades. It was Bram Stoker who used these stories to create his classic novel and bloodthirsty character! 
  • Why is Bran Castle so famous? There are many reasons. 1. This was a region visited by Vlad the Impaler or the real Dracula. 2. Bram Stoker used him and this castle to inspire his story D racula (1897) and 3. Queen Marie used this as her favourite royal residence until her death in 1938. 
  • Did Dracula live in Bran Castle? No. Although Vlad Tepes was the inspiration for Dracula in Bram Stoker’s novels he never visited Bran Castle. He lived in Poenari Castle in Wallachia.
  • Does anyone live in Bran Castle? Not now. It used to be home to the royal family but it is only a museum for tourists today. Bran Castle is owned by the Archduke Dominic of Austria-Tuscany.

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Dracula is so famous that almost every place in Transylvania is promoted as related to him. Of course, this is not the truth, and we, at Romanian Guided Tours , will not fall into the trap of promoting fake touristic attractions. So, our signature Dracula tour is focusing on 2 components.

The first element is focusing on the character of Vlad Dracula , or Vlad the Impaler, the real historical personage from the 15th century who inspired Bram Stoker to built the Vampire character around him. We will learn his real story from history books and visit the places related to him in Romania.

The second element is Dracula from Bram Stoker’s book . And during this part of the tour, we will visit all the important places in Transylvania mentioned in the book.

We created this itinerary starting and ending in Bucharest, but depending on your flights, we can start or end the tour in Sibiu, Cluj or Targu Mures.

The price starts from 495 EUR/person . This price is valid for a group of 8 persons and for an average price of accommodation of a maximum of 70 EUR/night for a double room, including breakfast. Please see below the price per person, depending on the group size. The hotels or guesthouses where we will stay will be chosen together; we will give you a few options and you will have the final word regarding the accommodation. Depending on the hotels you choose and the final itinerary, the price can change, so, for a custom offer please contact us.

Tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Bucharest, city tour

We will meet you at the Bucharest airport, and after the transfer to your hotel, we will start exploring Bucharest . We will visit one of the landmarks of the Romanian capital, the Parliament Palace , the second-largest building in the world.

Then we will have a walking tour in the historical district, where we will get learn our first story about Vlad the Impaler. Did you know that the first document speaking about Bucharest was issued by him? We will see the ruins of the princely court and, of course, we will not miss any important touristic attractions of the Old Town. Overnight in Bucharest. Driving distance: 40 km; driving time: 2 hours.

Day 2: Targoviste, Poenari and Balea Lake

Today we will visit more of the historical character Dracula. We will leave Bucharest and head to Targoviste , the former capital of Walachia, the country led by Vlad the Impaler. We will visit the Princely Palace and Chindia tower, part of it dating back to Vlad the Impaler’s time. Then, we will head to Transfagarasan , where, before starting driving on the famous mountain road, we will stop at Poenari, to visit the fortress perched on top of a rock. We will climb the 1480 steps to the fortress and we will learn the stories relating Vlad the Impaler to this mountain-top stronghold . Then we will start to cross the Carpathian Mountains to Transylvania on Transfagarasan road. After a few hours drive through the winding road, we will stop at Balea Lake . In his book, the writer is saying that Dracula the Vampire attended the sorcery school at Lake Hermannstad, deep in the Carpathian mountains. There is no lake Hermanstadt in Transylvania, but Hermannstadt is the German name of Sibiu, the biggest closest city to Balea Lake. In the afternoon, we will arrive in Sibiu, where we will spend the night. Driving distance: 300 km; driving time: 4.5 hours.

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Day 3: Sibiu, Medias and Cluj

In the morning we will have a walking tour of the charming city of Sibiu. We will stroll around the historic squares, learn the stories of the Bridge of Lies and we will visit the Lutheran Catedral, to see the tombstone of Vlad the Impaler son . Then we will venture deeper into Transylvania, in the search of the places mentioned in the book by Bram Stoker .

Our first stop we will be at Medias. The city is not mentioned in the book, but its wine is. On his route to Dracula Castle , the lawyer Jonathan Harker drank the “Golden Mediash” wine a so we will do. First, we will visit the medieval Saxon town and then we will have a wine tasting of the local wine.

Then, we will head to Cluj . The city, the largest in Transylvania was mentioned in the book, as being one of the places Jonathan Harker passed, before meeting Count Dracula. Overnight in Cluj. Optional visit: Turda Salt Mine. Driving distance: 200 km; driving time: 3.5 hours.

Day 4: Cluj, Bistrita, Borgo Pass

Our Dracula tour will continue with a walking tour in Cluj. Then, we will head to Bistrita, another destination mentioned in the book. Is this city where Jonathan Harker spent his first night in Transylvania. We will have a walk in the Old Town, and after lunch, we will continue our journey to Borgo Pass. After a few hours drive, we will reach the Borgo Pass. Is there where Bram Stoker positioned Dracula Castle. In reality, there is no castle there ( Bran Castle is in another part of Transylvania). But the mountain landscape is as it was described in the book: astonishing. At the Borgo Pass, we can visit a nearby monastery, and climb to an observation point to enjoy a 360 degrees view of the mountain scenery. We can have a short hike in the area or we can have a sheepfold picnic straight on the mountain pasture. Overnight at Borgo Pass or Colibita Lake. Driving distance: 180 km; driving time: 3 hours. Optional day Trip : Bucovina and the Painted monasteries. If you like, we can add an extra day to our trip, to visit Bucovina and the painted monasteries.

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Day 5: Targu Mures and Sighisoara

Our Dracula tour is getting closer to the main Dracula attractions in Transylvania. We will leave Borgo Pass and head to Sighisoara. Before reaching Sighisoara, we will stop in Targu Mures, a beautiful city in the heart of Transylvania, with a mixed Romanian and Hungarian population. We will have a short walk in the town to admire the elegant Secession-style buildings, including the beautiful Culture Palace. In the afternoon, we will reach Sighisoara, the lovely medieval citadel, where the historical character Vlad Dracula was born. We will take some time to explore the citadel, we will climb the iconic Clock Tower, and we can dine at the restaurant at Dracula birthplace. Overnight in Sighisoara Driving distance: 200 km; driving time: 3.5 hours.

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Day 6: Brasov and Dracula’s Castle

We will leave Sighisoara and head to Brasov . This former Saxon city was a place where Vlad the Impaler lived for a few years. Also, he sieged the city, when he had some fiscal issues with the Saxons of Brasov. In Brasov, we will have a walking tour of the city, and we will see the house where apparently Vlad’s mistress lived.

Then, we will reach the highlight of our Dracula tour: Bran Castle or Dracula’s Castle. We will leave Brasov and after less than one hour we will arrive in Bran. We will explore Dracula’s Castle and we will discover its long history.

Apparently, Vlad the Impaler never lived there, but this castle is best matching the description of the castle in the book. We will spend the night in Bran, and if available, we will choose hotel offering rooms with a Castle view. Driving distance:150 km; driving time: 2.5 hours.

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Bran Castle

Day 7: Peles Castle, Snagov monastery and Bucharest

In our last day of Dracula tour, we will visit Peles Castle . The Castle, the first residence of the Romanian Royal family, doesn’t have any connections with Dracula, but as you are in Romania, is worth visiting. After Peles, we will drive to Snagov , near Bucharest. There, we will visit the monastery raised in the 14th-century on an island in the middle of the lake. There are voices saying Vlad the Impaler was buried there, but so far, no evidence was found. After the Snagov Monastery, we will head to Bucharest, for the end of our trip. Driving distance: 200 km; driving time: 2 hours.

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Transylvania Dracula Tour - 8 Day Trip Beyond the Legend



The Real Story Behind - Legendary Transylvania Dracula Tour

Trip activities, ancient ruins.

Explore the Dacian Fortresses in the Orastei Mountains

beautiful roads

Drive on Transfagarasan Highway, known as 'The Road to the Sky'

Explore the fairytale castles in Transylvania

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Follow the footsteps of Dracula by visiting his birthplace, his fortress, the castle where he was imprisoned, and much more

Immerse yourself into Romania's rich history

In Search of Dracula - discover Bucharest

Breakfast: included on all days except the first day

On the first day of your Transylvania Dracula tour, our tour guide will pick you up at 09:00 AM from your place for a city tour of Bucharest. The Palace of the Parliament , the most notable structure in the city and a reminder of the communist era, is the first stop on your day trip across Bucharest. Alternatively referred to as the House of the People, this magnificent structure broke into the Guinness World Records as the world's second-largest building, right behind the Pentagon. Your guide will explain to you the dark details that made the creation of the enormous marble rooms possible.

Lunch: At your expense

A sightseeing visit to Bucharest's Old Town, which is home to several historical landmarks, architectural treasures, and notable structures, will round up your day in the city. You may tour Curtea Veche, also known as the Old Court, which was the first royal court in Bucharest and the home of Vlad Tepes. The bust of Vlad the Impaler stands in the centre of the ruins. 

Dinner: At your expense

You have the freedom to spend the rest of your evening as you please.

Overnight in Bucharest

Following the Footsteps of Vlad Tepes (Dracula)

Breakfast: At the hotel

Journey deeper into the history of Dracula with a visit to Targoviste, a former Wallachian capital. Targoviste served as a Saxon colony throughout the 13th century, and due to its economic growth, it became a secondary residence for Wallachian princes during the 14th century.

After being relocated from Curtea de Arges to Târgu Giurgiu in 1431, the Royal Court underwent constant renovations. The princely court was quite tiny before Vlad the Impaler reorganised it to resist enemy attacks and later built the Tower of Chindia . Bayezid I assaulted and burned down the city in 1395, while Vlad the Impaler's Night Attack in 1462 was the only thing that prevented the Ottoman army from reaching the town. 

The Targoviste city tour serves as an introduction to Vlad Tepes's life and history, along with the Princely Church and Chindia Tower. 

*From November through July, Curtea de Arges Monastery tour and overnight stay in Sibiu will take the place of the excursion to Poenari Castle and Transfagarasan Highway. 

You will then proceed to the 13th-century Poenari Fortress .

Vlad the Impaler rebuilt it, making it one of his principal strongholds. nearly 1400 steps must be climbed to get to the citadel, which is nearly 800 metres above sea level. Known as Vlad Tepes's "Eagle's Nest," the fortress's location has made it a strategic point. 

*Poienari Fortress is shuttered and closed until 2024 due to renovations.

Travelling across the Carpathian Mountains at the end of the day allows you to take in some breathtaking scenery. The Transfagarasan Highway passes through the 2042-meter-tall Fagaras Mountains, which are Romania's highest mountains. From there, stunning scenery is seen, and since there are captivating landscapes around, some unique pictures can be captured.

When you get to your Sibiu accommodation, your day comes to an end. You can relax there and prepare for the next day of your Transylvania Dracula Tour . 

Dinner: At your expense 

You have the freedom to spend the rest of your evening as you wish.

Overnight in Sibiu

Explore a Medieval Gem: Sibiu City Tour

Sibiu is one of the mediaeval cities where the history of Dracula first started spreading over 600 years ago among the merchants and aristocrats who inhabited the city. You will visit the Astra Museum , an outdoor museum with authentic Romanian monuments, in the meantime. There's also the option to travel in a classic wooden carriage. 

The museum, which is divided into five sizable parts, is home to thousands of vintage household items and over 300 historic buildings. 

The remainder of the day will be spent on a walking tour of Sibiu, where you will see how the city seamlessly integrates heritage, multiculturalism, and modernity. The tour begins in the town's Main Square and continues with visits to some of Sibiu's most notable landmarks: the Brukenthal Museum, the "Holy Trinity" Roman Catholic Cathedral, and Huet Square, which houses the Evangelical Church.  You will then spend a few hours exploring the city on your own to fully immerse yourself in this beautiful, historic city.  We've put up a list of activities to do in Sibiu during your leisure time. 

You are free to spend the rest of your evening as you desire.

Dracula's Imprisonment & Dacian Secrets: Corvin Castle and Sarmizegetusa Regia

The fourth day of your Transylvania Dracula Tour will begin with a visit to one of Dracula's castles, Corvin Castle (or Hunyadi Castle). According to the legend, Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned here for seven years. Corvin Castle is among the largest mediaeval castles in Eastern Europe. It features remarkable Renaissance-Gothic architecture, an inner courtyard, and stunning soaring towers and bastions. Vlad the Impaler grew up with the future king of Hungary, Mathias Corvin, and Corvin Castle was their home while they received their military education. 

You will then travel to the Orastie Mountains to see the ruins of Sarmizegetusa Regia , a legendary Dacian citadel. Sarmizegetusa Regia was the Dacian Empire's primary military, religious, and political centre two thousand years ago. The fort included residential sections, workshops, and a holy zone. The sacred zone is one of Dacia's most significant sanctuaries, with a layout comparable to Stonehenge. Seven temples were uncovered at the site, including two circular temples, five rectangle temples, and an andesite altar. However, only the foundations of these structures have survived up to this point. 

The guided tour continues with a visit to Densus Village. Once there, you will see Densus Church, which is one of Romania's oldest churches. The church was reportedly built in the 7th century, and the murals inside date from the 15th century, depicting Jesus Christ in typical Romanian attire. 

According to one hypothesis, the Densus Church was a pagan temple since the altar is closer to the south than the east, the roof is fashioned like a dove, and the lion sculptures are connected by their tails. Another suggestion is that the cathedral was built as a mausoleum for Roman general Longinus Maximus.

Dinner: At the hotel at your expense

Overnight in Deva

From Deva to Alba Iulia's Fortifications and Turda's Salt Mine Wonders

Your day will begin with a guided tour of Alba Iulia, a city in the centre of Romania. Alba Carolina base, Romania's largest mediaeval stronghold, was built between 1715 and 1738. The site had formerly housed the other two fortifications: the Roman Castle of Legio XIII Gemina and the Bălgrad Mediaeval Citadel.

The mediaeval fortress was part of Prince Eugene of Savoy's fortification system, which was built to protect the Habsburg Empire's recently gained regions. Alba Carolina Citadel is one of Transylvania's most representative Vauban bastion fortifications. It was also a major stronghold for the Roman Empire in the region. 

Your following destination will be Turda, where you will see a salt mine that extends about 45 kilometres. Turda has been used for salt mining for hundreds of years and was first recorded in 1075. Turda Salt Mine is now a tourist destination, as it is one of the world's most fascinating underground destinations. The mine is an excellent destination for a fun family outing. Turda Mine offers mini-golf, ping pong, bowling, ferris wheel rides, and boat rides on the underground lake. 

Overnight in Cluj Napoca

Discover the history of Dracula in Cluj-Napoca – Biertan church – Sighisoara

After leaving Cluj, you will travel to the nearby Saxon settlement of Biertan Fortified Church, which is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site . The church is a magnificent example of mediaeval architecture, dating from the 13th century and with late-gothic design, all enclosed by three high defensive walls. 

The only inhabited mediaeval stronghold in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mediaeval citadel of Sighisoara , is the next stop on the guided tour. Stroll through the old buildings lining the fortress's winding cobblestone streets until you get to the city's emblem, the Clock Tower. The tower houses a torture room and a collection of well-preserved mediaeval weapons. The fortress was constructed in the twelfth century and reinforced once more in the fifteenth. 

For those curious about Dracula's origins , Vlad the Impaler is said to have been born in the mediaeval fortress of Sighisoara. Vlad Dracul spent the first few years of his life in the home of his father in this little Transylvanian village. Therefore, you will have time to visit the place where the ruthless Wallachian ruler lived the first years of his life.

Overnight in Sighisoara

Transylvania Dracula tour in Brasov – Bran Castle – Snagov Monastery

Brasov is the first stop on the itinerary for the day. After arriving, you will proceed on a city tour to explore some of Brasov's great sights. You will visit Council Square, stroll down Rope Street, one of the tiniest streets in all of Eastern Europe, and discover the mysteries of the Black Church, a gothic-style church. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Transylvania nowadays is Brasov, which was once one of the richest mediaeval cities in the region. 

The tour proceeds with a visit to the renowned Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. Often referred to as Dracula's residence, this mediaeval castle is among the spookiest in all of Europe. Constructed in the 13th century atop a 60-meter cliff, Bran Castle protected the main entrance to Transylvania. You will discover more about the Romanian royal family, their relationship to Queen Mary, and the castle's new-age legends here.

After leaving the Castle of Dracula, you will return to Wallachia, the ancient territory that was home to Vlad the Impaler.

On the route to the "Dracula castle," if time permits, we'll visit Rasnov fortress, which dates back to 1335 according to mediaeval records, which is another stronghold that commands the surrounding area. The location of the stronghold is marked with a Hollywood sign inviting tourists to take a tour of the castle.

The day ends with a visit to Snagov Monastery , which is said to be the burial place of Vlad the Impaler. Snagov Island is a small island. 

*There are a lot of rumours and traditions about Vlad's burial site, which is unknown. The tale holds that Vlad the Impaler was set free by his daughter and taken to Italy rather than being slain by the Ottomans.

The most commonly recognised legend is that rival aristocratic families prevented Vlad the Impaler from being buried in a Christian manner following his murder. Consequently, the monks of Snagov Monastery secretly took his body so they could bury him according to custom. 

The Transylvania Dracula tour is close to the end

Time to say goodbye to Bucharest and Transylvania. Your flight itinerary will determine when you should depart.

We sincerely hope you will have a fantastic stay and go home knowing even more about the captivating history of Dracula . 

Captivating Transylvania: Beyond Dracula's History

The charm of Transylvania is far more than this Dracula tour can deliver. Beneath the ghost legends and captivating history lies a stunning landscape, vibrant arts and culture, and hospitable citizens.

Ready to delve deeper into Romania's magic? Contact Rolandia to turn your Transylvanian dream into reality! Whether you crave adventure, cultural immersion, or a relaxing escape, Romania's diverse regions have something for every traveller. We can't wait to have you here and show you everything Romania has to offer!

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Concorde Hotel is located on the Franceză Street, one of the oldest streets in Bucharest. Coffee shops, parks, restaurants, shopping and business centers, public transport stations - everything within walking distance. A perfect start for your explorations!

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With a design specific to the boutique hotel concept, Art Hotel Sibiu is a "journey" among new and old textures and materials, preserved for hundreds of years, which now breathe at the same pace. Art Hotel is the newest 4-star hotel in the heart of Sibiu, situated on Centumvirilor Street, 200m from the Great Square, bordered by the fortification walls of medieval Sibiu.

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The hotel is perfectly suited for both business and leisure accommodations and will inspire you with it's sumptuous interiors and modern facilities designed to suit all your business trip needs, while being close to the must-see corners of the city center.

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Three generations united by the same red thread. We build for each other. We involuntarily seek the hidden beauty. We follow the simple rule of life: be present! Always in the front line, always assumed! And when progress meets the colors and textures of past generations, life sits nice, simple, and good. We are three generations who have worked continuously for life.

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Built in the early 16th century, the house hosts today the Pension **** Georgius Krauss. Here, the famous notary Georgius Krauss lived and wrote the history of Sighisoara and Transylvania.

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During the tour: If any attraction cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control, the attraction will be replaced on-site.

Cobblestone streets are frequent, so please pack some comfortable shoes.

The traffic jams and staying in line are often frequent in some regions.

Single supplement is mandatory for solo travelers. 


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Castles of Romania Where Vlad the Impaler Lived

Vlad the Impaler , one of the cruelest rulers of the Walachia region of Romania, has become a tourist attraction in Transylvania. His popularity stems from the “ Dracula ” novel and the movies based on the story.

It is believed that Bram Stoker drew inspiration from one of Romania’s castles, Bran. As he delved into the region’s history, he acquired more knowledge about Vlad the Impaler and his family. At that time, Vlad was known as Vlad Drăculea, a name not too dissimilar from the character’s name.

Throughout his life, Vlad the Impaler resided in several citadels from which he governed the region. Let’s focus on some of the main ones, which you can still visit this year.

We recommend you spend at least 2 days in Transylvania to fully enjoy it . Our tour will take you to see the house where Vlad the Impaler was born and the famous castle.

Born in Sighisoara

The story reveals that Vlad the Impaler, born in Sighișoara , had parents in the form of Vlad Dracul, the ruler of Walachia at the time, and a Transylvanian noblewoman. Even in those days, the city served as a beautiful trading center.

This area served as the outskirts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and they brought in many German ethnics to defend the border. These individuals, known as the Transylvanian Saxons, profoundly shaped the architecture of Sighișoara and the entire region.

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You can admire this architecture for yourself when you come to visit book your tour today.

Vlad the Impaler: The Royal Court of Târgoviște

There is a misconception that Vlad the Impaler referred to as Dracula , ruled the Transylvania region. The region he ruled is further south. His Royal Court was not placed in one of the castles of Romania but in the city known today as Târgoviște .

You can visit the monastery, the ruins, and the restored towers of the citadel. Târgoviște is only 80 km away from Bucharest which makes it great for a one-day trip.

Vlad the Impaler Concealed at the Poenari Citadel

As he was known as a cruel ruler, even more so than his father, Vlad the Impaler had a difficult relationship with the noblemen. He even punished a part of them by constructing a citadel from an older outpost overlooking the Argeș River.

This became the Poenari Citadel , where in the future year it is said that Vlad the Impaler hid from Turkish armies. From the Transfăgăraș road below the citadel is almost unnoticed, but from the citadel level, the view is breathtaking.

Keep in mind that the Citadel is not always open and there are around 1480 steps to climb to get to the top. But the view is worth it.

Vlad the Impaler’s Life

Even if he was the ruler of a large and important area of what now is Romania, Vlad the Impaler had to retreat or run from enemies, many times in his life. This meant that he inhabited different citadels and castles in Romania .

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All are great destinations for your holiday .  You can enjoy the stories and the architecture around these settlements if you plan a tour across Transylvania.

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Some say that Transylvania sits on one of Earth's strongest magnetic fields and its people have extra-sensory perception. Vampires are believed to hang around crossroads on St. George's Day, April 23, and the eve of St. Andrew, November 29. The area is also home to Bram Stoker's Dracula, a fictional character: undead, centuries-old vampire, Transylvanian nobleman. Driving along Transylvania's winding roads through dense, dark, ancient forests and over mountain passes makes it easy to get caught up in the tale.

Tales of the supernatural had been circulating in Romanian folklore for centuries when Irish writer Bram Stoker picked up the thread and spun it into a golden tale of ghoulishness that has never been out of print since its first publication in 1897. To research his immortal tale, Stoker immersed himself in the history, lore and legends of Transylvania, which he called a "whirlpool for the imagination."

Count Dracula was inspired by one of the best-known figures of Romanian history, Vlad Draculea, nicknamed Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), who was the ruler of Walachia during mid-1400s. Born in 1431 in Sighisoara - Transylvania, Vlad resided most of his adult life in Walachia (southern Romania).

Tracking Dracula

Travel Journal: "In the Footsteps of Dracula."

Although Bram Stoker - the author of Dracula novel - never traveled to Romania, he crammed his book with descriptions of many real locations that can still be visited in present-day Romania. They include Sighisoara medieval citadel - birth place of Vlad the Impaler, Bran (Dracula) castle, Borgo Pass, town of Bistrita.

Other Dracula sites include: the Old Princely Court (Palatul Curtea Veche) in Bucharest, Snagov Monastery , where, according to legend, Vlad's remains were buried; the ruins of the Poenari Fortress (considered to be the authentic Dracula's Castle); the village of Arefu where Dracula legends are still told, the city of Brasov where Vlad led raids against the Saxons merchants, and, of course, Bran Castle.

Some tours also cover the folkloric aspects of the fictional Dracula. For instance, visitors can eat the exact meal Jonathan Harker ate at The Golden Crown in Bistrita and sleep at Castle Dracula Hotel, built no so long ago on the Borgo Pass at the approximate site of the fictional Count's castle.

Places to explore

  • Walachia Rulers Old Princely Court - Bucharest
  • Snagov Monastery
  • Targoviste Fortress
  • Poenari Fortress
  • Arefu Village
  • Town of Brasov
  • Bran (Dracula's) Castle
  • Sighisoara Citadel
  • Town of Bistrita
  • Borgo Pass (Pasul Tihuta)

Bucharest On September 20, 1459 Prince Vlad Tepes (Dracula) signed a document attesting the existence of Bucuresti (Bucharest). It is the oldest known document that confirms the city's origin under the name of Bucharest. Bucharest is laden with historical charm – from the streets of the Old Town, to the grand architecture of the late 1800s and the lush green of Cismigiu Park. The city also claims a large number of museums, art galleries, exquisite Orthodox churches and unique architectural sites.

Old Princely Court Palatul Curtea Veche Address: Strada Franceza 25 - 31 Telephone: (+4) 021 315.68.58 Hours: Curently Closed for restoration work At the southern edge of Bucharest Old Town sit the remains of the Old Princely Court, commisioned in the 15th century by Prince Vlad Tepes, ruler of Walachia. According to local lore, Vlad kept his prisoners in dungeons beneath his palace. The palace reached it glory at the end of the 17th Century, during the reign of Prince Constantin Bracoveanu. Little remains today from the 6-acres former residence of Walachia's rulers. The Old Princely Court Museum was established in 1972 when an archaeological dig revealed the remains of the fortress, along with Dacian pottery and Roman coins, evidence of Bucharest's earliest inhabitants. The oldest document attesting to the city's origin under the name of Bucuresti was discovered here. It was issued on September 20, 1459 and signed by Prince Vlad Tepes. Next to the palace stands the Old Court Church ( Biserica Curtea Veche ), dating from 1559 and considered to be the oldest, still standing, in Bucharest. For two centuries, the church served as coronation ground for Romanian princes. Some of the original 16th century frescoes have been preserved.

Snagov Monastery Manastirea Snagov Where: 28 miles north of Bucharest Address: Strada Mânăstirea Vlad Ţepeş, Siliștea Snagovului Nearest train station: Bucuresti Nord Nearest bus stop: Snagov / Silistea Snagovului

In 1458 - more than one hundred years after the original church was built - Prince Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) ordered thick defending walls, a dungeon and an escape tunnel to be built. A plaque inside the church marks the grave with the presumed remains of one of Walachia bravest rulers - Vlad Draculea - the Impaler. At the end of the 17-th Century Snagov island was also home to a printing house. Under the supervision of abbot Antim Ivireanul numerous books in Romanian, Greek, Slavonic and Arabic saw light in Snagov. The monastery is located on an island on lake Snagov, access: pedestrian bridge or boat. Monastery Snagov more info

Targoviste – Princely Court Curtea Domneasca Targoviste Where: 55 miles northwest of Bucharest Nearest train station: Targoviste Address: Calea Domneasca 181 Telephone: (+4) 0245 613.946 Open: Tue. – Sun. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Town of Targoviste served as the capital of Walachia from 1396 until 1714. This 14th century stonghold, dominated an enormous Watchtower Turnul Chindiei is the place where Prince Vlad Draculea impaled many disloyal noblemans (boyars) after inviting them to a celebratory feast. Chindiei Watchtower now houses an exhibition illustrating Vlad's life.

Poenari Fortress Cetatea Poenari Location: village Căpățânenii Pământeni ,   Walachia Region – Southern Romania Where: 120 miles northwest of Bucharest Nearby large town: Curtea de Arges (18 miles south) Nearest train station: Curtea de Arges Nearest bus stop: Arefu Access to the ruins of Vlad's castle is currently restricted / fortress closed to visitors. Reason: preservation works. Tentative re-opening: summer 2024. At the present time 1,462 steps must be climbed to reach Vlad's castle, perched - like an eagle's nest - on top of Mt. Cetatuia. To facilitate acces to the fortress, there are plans to build a tram car (cremaillere).

The remnants of Poienari Fortress stand high on a cliff overlooking the Arges River, at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Built at the beginning of the 13th century by the first Walachian rulers, the castle changed names and residents a few times over the centuries; eventually, it was abandoned. Vlad recognized the potential of the location and upon taking over the throne of Walachia, he ordered that the structure be consolidated, turning it into one of his main fortresses. When the Turks attacked and captured the castle in 1462, Vlad escaped via a secret passageway leading north through the mountains. Although the castle continued to be used after Vlad's death, in 1476, it was eventually abandoned again in the first half of the 16th century and left to the ravages of time and weather. In 1888, a major landslide brought down a portion of the castle which crashed into the river far below. The castle underwent repairs in the late 1960s. Sections of its walls and towers stand to this day. Prince Vlad Dracula Castle ( Cetatea Poenari ) more info .

Village Arefu Where: 115 miles northwest of Bucharest / 16 miles north of Curtea de Arges Access: car, bus or train to Curtea de Arges then bus or taxi

Many inhabitants of Arefu trace their ancestry back to the loyal minions of Vlad Tepes himself. Legend has it that when the Turks attacked and took over the Poenari Castle in 1462,the villagers of Arefu helped Vlad escape. Spend a night with the locals and listening to centuries-old folk tales. Homestays and B&Bs are available in Arefu and nearby villages.

Brasov Where: 110 miles north of Bucharest Nearest train station: Brasov Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded by Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of their seven walled citadels ( Siebenburgen ), Brasov still exudes a distinct medieval ambiance. Vlad the Impaler had strong connections with Brasov and a love-hate relationship with its citizens. In 1456 (September 6) Vlad made an understanding with Brasov Merchants Guild to whom he promised that in exchange for refuge in Brasov, if needed, he will offer support against the Ottomans. On April 29, 1459 Vlad impaled 41 Brasov merchants for not complaying to the Reciprocal Privileges Agreement concluded between Transylvanian and Walachian merchants. But Walachia's best-known medieval ruler was very much in love with a Saxon lady from Brasov, named Katarina Siegel. He intended to marry Katarina and requested Pope Pius II to annul his marriage with his wife Anastasia Holszanska, niece of Queen of Poland. Many historical sources suggest that Vlad's Brasov residence was located somewhere on Strada Constantin Lacea , just south of Ecaterina Gate.

Bran Castle Castelul Bran Where: 110 miles north of Bucharest / 19 miles southwest of Brasov Access: car or, train or bus to Brasov then, bus from Brasov to Bran train or bus to Predeal then, taxi from Predeal to Bran Bran Castle more info

Sighisoara Citadel Where: 190 miles northwest of Bucharest Nearest train station: Sighisoara Founded by Transylvanian Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara is, arguably, Europe's most authentic and best-preserved medieval citadel. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic. Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia (1456 - 1462) was born in Sighisoara in 1431. The house in which Vlad was born, almost 600 years ago, is located in Sighisoara's Citadel Square, steps to the impressive Clock Tower. This ocher-colored structure is where Vlad lived with his father, Vlad Dracul (more about the story of name Dracul) until 1435 when they moved to Targoviste. A wrought-iron dragon hangs above the entrance. The ground/ first floor is today a popular restaurant, while the rooms on the second floor are used for a small exhibit of medieval weapons. Vlad Dracul House ( Casa Vlad Dracul ) Address: Strada Cositorarilor 5

Town of Bistrita Where: 270 miles northwest of Bucharest Nearest train station: Bistrita

Located at the foot of the Bargau Mountains, not far from the Borgo Pass ( Pasul Tihuta in Romanian) which connects the provinces of Transylvania and Moldavia, the town of Bistrita is one of the oldest in the region. Archeological findings indicate that the area has been inhabited since the Neolithic age, long before Bram Stocker chose it as the setting of his fictional Dracula's castle.

In Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula, a young Englishman, Jonathan Harker, visits Bistrita and spends a night at the Golden Krone Hotel ( Hotelul Coroana de Aur ) on the eve of St. George's Day before continuing his journey east to Count Dracula's castle. Although no such hotel existed when the novel was written, a hotel with the same name has since been constructed; it is arguable the best in town and welcomes visitors from all over the world.

Saxon colonists, who settled here in 1206, helped develop the town into a flourishing medieval trading post. First mentioned in 1264 as Villa Bistiche, the name was later changed to Civitas Bysterce. Soon enough, Bistritz , as it was known to its German inhabitants, became one of Transylvania's most important Saxon citadels (Siebenbürgens*).

Today, the old town's quaint 15th and 16th century merchants' houses, the remains of the 13th century fortress walls and a generally unhurried pace have preserved some of Bistrita's medieval atmosphere.

Borgo Pass Pasul Tihuta Where: 280 miles northwest of Bucharest / 14 miles northeast of Bistrita Access: car only.

Borgo Pass ( Bargau in Romanian), made famous in the opening chapter of Bram Stoker's Dracula, is an oft-trod passageway through the Carpathian Mountains in northern Transylvania. Located near the small township of Tihuta, the pass peaks at 3,840 feet.

The Bargau Valley encompasses some of the most beautiful unspoiled mountain scenery in the Carpathians with picturesque traditional villages located in valleys and on hillsides, ideal bases for hiking, riding or discovering their vivid tapestry of old customs, handicrafts and folklore.

Here, you will step into a realm that the fictional Mina Harker described in her diary as "a lovely county; full of beauties of all imaginable kinds, and the people are brave, and strong, and simple, and seem full of nice qualities."

Dracula – Beyond the Legend

Bram stoker's inspiration.

Vlad Tepes was born in 1431 in the fortress city of Sighisoara. His father, Vlad Dacul, was the military governor of Transylvania and had become a member of the Order of the Dragon a year before. The Order, similar to the Order of the Teutonic Knights, was a semi-military and religious organization established in 1387 in Rome in order to promote Catholic interests and crusades.

The Order is relevant for the legend, mainly because it explains the name of Dracula.

Benefiting from the friendship of the Hungarian king, Sigismund I of Luxembourg, Vlad II Dracul, the father of Vlad Tepes, spent his youth at the royal court and later distinguished himself as a brave knight in the fight against the Ottoman Empire.

For his deeds, the Order of the Dragon was bestowed upon him, hence the title Dracul (the Latin word for dragon is draco ). While in medieval lure dragons served as symbols of independence, leadership, strength and wisdom, the biblical association of the devil with the serpent that tempted Adam and Eve gave the snake-like dragon connotations of evil. Thus, the Romanian word Dracul stands in English for both dragon and devil.

Dracula, the title of Vlad Tepes,translates as Son of Dracul .

Moreover, the ceremonial uniform of the Order – black cloak over red accouterment – was Bram Stocker' source of inspiration for Count Dracula's look.

But how did Bram Stoker's story turn into a myth? A partial explanation is provided by the circumstances under which the book was written and received. A genuine epidemic of "vampirism" had hit Eastern Europe at the end of the 17th century and continued throughout the 18th century. The number of reported cases soared dramatically, especially in the Balkans. Then, the epidemic traveled west to Germany, Italy, France, England and Spain. Travelers returning from the East would tell stories about the undead, which helped keep the interest in vampires alive. Western philosophers and artists tackled the issue ever more often. Bram Stoker's novel came as the pinnacle of a long series of works based on tales coming from the East. Back then, most readers were certain that the novel had been inspired by real facts and that its story was perhaps just a bit romanticized.

Who was Vlad Dracula?

An intriguing figure in the fifteenth century.

by Benjamin Hugo Leblanc - EPHE-Sorbonne (Paris) & Laval University (Quebec) Count

Dracula is more than 100 years old and still alive! Of course, almost everybody has heard about this Nosferatu: through movies featuring Max Schreck, Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee or Gary Oldman; in several books, including the recent Vampire Chronicles of Anne Rice, or even in bedtime stories told to us in our childhood. We all have an idea of who or what the Count is. However, on the other hand, Vlad Tepes (Dracula), the historical figure who inspired Bram Stoker's novel, is definitely less well-known.

Vlad Tepes was born in December 1431 in the fortress of Sighisoara, Romania. Vlad's father, governor of Transylvania, had been inducted into the Order of the Dragon about one year before. The order — which could be compared to the Knights of the Hospital of St. John or even to the Teutonic Order of Knights — was a semi-military and religious society, originally created in 1387 by the Holy Roman Emperor and his second wife, Barbara Cilli. The main goal of such a secret fraternal order of knights was to protect the interests of Christianity and to crusade against the Turks. The boyars of Romania associated the dragon with the Devil and decided to call Vlad's father "Dracul," which in the Romanian language means "Devil;" "Dracula" is a diminutive, meaning "the son of the Devil." In the winter of 1436-1437, Dracul became prince of Walachia (one of the three Romanian provinces) and took up residence at the palace of Targoviste, the princely capital. Vlad followed his father and lived six years at the princely court. In 1442, in order to keep the Turks at bay, Dracul sent his son, Vlad, and his younger brother, Radu, to Constantinople (today Istanbul) as hostages of the Sultan Murad II. Vlad was held there until 1448. This Turkish captivity surely played an important role in Dracula's upbringing; it must be at this period that he adopted a very pessimistic view of life and learned the Turkish method of impalement on stakes. The Turks set Vlad free after informing him of his father's assassination in 1447. He also learned about his older brother's death and how he had been tortured and buried alive by the boyars of Targoviste.

When he was 17 years old, Vlad Tepes (Dracula), supported by a force of Turkish cavalry and a contingent of troops lent to him by Pasha Mustafa Hassan, made his first major move toward seizing the Walachian throne. Vlad became the ruler of Walachia in July of 1456. During his six-year reign, he committed many cruelties, hence establishing his controversial reputation.

His first major act of revenge was aimed at the boyars of Targoviste for not being loyal to his father. On Easter Sunday of what we believe to be 1459, he arrested all the boyar families who had participated at the princely feast. He impaled the older ones on stakes while forcing the others to march from the capital to the town of Poenari. This fifty-mile trek was quite grueling and no one was permitted to rest until they reached their destination. Dracula then ordered the boyars to build him a fortress on the ruins of an older outpost overlooking the Arges River. Many died in the process. Dracula, therefore, succeeded in creating a new nobility and obtaining a fortress for future emergencies. What is left of the building today is identified as Poenari Fortress ( Cetatea Poenari ).

Vlad Tepes adopted the method of impaling criminals and enemies and raising them aloft in the town square for all to see. Almost any crime, from lying and stealing to killing, could be punished by impalement. Being so confident in the effectiveness of his law, Dracula placed a golden cup on display in the central square of Targoviste. The cup could be used by thirsty travelers, but had to remain on the square. According to the available historical sources, it was never stolen and remained entirely unmolested throughout Vlad's reign. Crime and corruption ceased; commerce and culture thrived, and many Romanians to this day view Vlad Tepes as a hero for his fierce insistence on honesty and order. It's worth mentioning that most written sources regarding his reign are based on the numerous propagandistic pamphlets spread by the Germans with the help of their new invention, the printing press.

In the beginning of 1462, Vlad launched a campaign against the Turks along the Danube River. It was quite risky, the military force of Sultan Mehmed II being by far more powerful than the Walachian army. However, during the winter of 1462, Vlad was very successful and managed to gain several victories. To punish Dracula, the Sultan decided to launch a full-scale invasion of Walachia. His other goal was to transform this land into a Turkish province. He entered Walachia with an army three times larger than Dracula's. Finding himself without allies and forced to retreat towards Targoviste, Vlad burned his own villages and poisoned the wells along the way, so that the Turkish army would find nothing to eat or drink. Moreover, when the Sultan, exhausted, finally reached the capital city, he was confronted by a most gruesome sight: hundreds of stakes held the remaining carcasses of Turkish captives, a horror scene which was ultimately nicknamed the "Forest of the Impaled." This terror tactic, deliberately stage-managed by Dracula, was definitely successful. The scene had a strong effect on Mehmed's most stout-hearted officers, and the Sultan, tired and hungry, decided to withdraw (it is worth mentioning that even Victor Hugo, in his Legende des Siecles, recalls this particular incident). Nevertheless, following his retreat from Walachian territory, Mehmed encouraged and supported Vlad's younger brother, Radu, to take the Walachian throne. At the head of a Turkish army and joined by Vlad's detractors, Radu pursued his brother to Poenari Castle on the Arges River. According to legend, this is when Dracula's wife, in order to escape capture, committed suicide by hurling herself from the upper battlements, her body falling down the precipice into the river below, a scene exploited by Francis Ford Coppola's production. Vlad, who was definitely not the kind of man to kill himself, managed to escape the siege of his fortress by using a secret passage into the mountain. He was, however, assassinated toward the end of December 1476.

The only real link between the historical Dracula (1431-1476) and the modern literary myth of the vampire is the 1897 novel. Bram Stoker built his fictional character solely based on the research that he conducted in libraries in London. Political detractors and Saxon merchants, unhappy with the new trade regulations imposed by Vlad, did everything they could to blacken his reputation. They produced and disseminated throughout Western Europe exaggerated stories and illustrations about Vlad's cruelty. Vlad Tepes' reign was, however, presented in a different way in chronicles written in other parts of Europe. (Excerpts from a feature published in Issue #5 of Journal of the Dark , by Benjamin Leblanc).

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• Princely Court of Targoviste , early capital city of Wallachia where Vlad Dracula held residence before he settled to Bucharest; the vestiges of the Princely Court of Targoviste are more impressive and better preserved than those in Bucharest. • Poenari Citadel , the secluded stronghold of Prince Dracula the Impaler. Enlarged and strengthened by Vlad The Impaler himself, Poenari was a fortified stronghold in the mountains, at the northern border of Wallachia. Poenari Citadel was the last refuge of Vlad The Impaler before he fled to Transylvania. • Bran Castle , famous due to the links with Dracula’s story, but outstanding for what it truly is, a genuine feudal castle evocative of the local history • The Transylvanian medieval burg of Brasov where Dracula undertook punitive raids against the Saxons • Snagov Monastery , alleged burial site of Vlad Dracula -valuable monument of medieval sacred art with outstanding frescoes

Tour Information DURATION 2 days/1 night PRICE 590 EUR/tour/1-3 people ACTIVITY LEVEL moderately heavy physical demands – please be aware that visit of Poenari Citadel and Bran Castle require climbing quite many stairs (1480 steps at Poenari Citadel – a 45 minutes climb) WHAT IS INCLUDED – Hotel pick-up and drop-off – Transportation by private car, a good 2017 Volkswagen Golf, air conditioned – All parking fees and fuel – Tour guide & driver fee WHAT’S EXTRA – Traveler accommodation for 1 night at hotel/guesthouse in Bran – Meals & drinks of your choice. Consider around 16 EUR/person the cost of two-course meal to a local restaurant. – The admission fees to attractions. Consider a total of 75 Lei/person, equivalent of 16 EUR/person. – The optional photo fees at Princely Museum in Targoviste (15 Lei/camera), Peles Castle (35 Lei/camera), Snagov Monastery (15 Lei) are not included. PICK-UP, DROP-OFF at your hotel or other pre-agreed location in Bucharest

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Program Day 1 Bucharest – Targoviste – Poenari – Bran (total driving distance 350 km)

We set off heading the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, where the first rulers of the medieval Principality of Wallachia established residence. First stop in the town of Targoviste , where Vlad Dracula held court before moving it to Bucharest. Visit the museum complex, explore the vestiges of the Princely Court and learn about life and deeds of Vlad Dracula. We resume our tour to Poenari. Lunch break to a local restaurant in the town of Curtea de Argesand time permitting, short visit of one of the most iconic monasteries in Romania, the monastery of Curtea de Arges . Continue through the rural area of Arges River Valley, arrival at the foot of the mountains where the ruins of  Poenari Citadel stand high overlooking the area. The 1480 steps may be a challenge, but once there, you will be rewarded by the stunning scenery. Explore all the nook and cranies and learn the stories of Poenari. In the afternoon we continue to Bran, on a drive across the mountains, following the scenic  Rucar-Bran Pass . Overnight in Bran rural area.  

Day 2 Bran – Brasov – Snagov Monastery – Bucharest  (total driving distance 210 km)

In the morning, set out to visit Bran Castle , a 14th century citadel. Explore the twisting passages and corridors and learn more about Count Dracula. Later, transfer to Brasov  where we take our time to enjoy a walk around the medieval Old Town. After lunch to one of the local restaurants, return toward Bucharest, following this time the road on Prahova Valley. The last stop of the tour is the secluded Snagov Monastery , located on an island on Snagov lake, north of Bucharest. The monastery was fortified by Voivode Vlad Dracula as part of his defensive system, in his daring attempt to confront the encroaching Ottoman power. Allegedly, the tomb of  Vlad Dracula is right inside the church, facing the altar. Back to Bucharest.

The vestiges of the Princely Palace of Dracula in Targoviste, Romania

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Poenari Castle: The Castle of Vlad the Impaler

Poenari Castle: The Castle of Vlad the Impaler

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Vlad the Impaler’s real name is Vlad III Dracula . Some believe that Irishman author Bram Stoker’s novel , Dracula, was based off the life of Vlad the Impaler. It is unknown for certain whether this was Stoker’s intention, but there are quite a few similarities between Count Dracula and Vlad.

According to the novel, however, Count Dracula lived on a castle that towered over an ominous hill somewhere dreary in Transylvania – Bran Castle is often advertised as “Dracula’s Castle” because it fits the description from Stoker’s novel, even though Stoker had never actually seen or heard of the castle in real life.

If you head out to Bran Castle, you can learn a little more about Vlad and Stoker’s story of Dracula. But don’t be fooled: Bran Castle was not Vlad III Dracula’s castle. Bran Castle is an impressive and beautiful building that is definitely worth a visit, but it was not where Vlad lived.

Vlad the Impaler’s castle was in near the small town of Arefu, not too far from Bran Castle. Bran Castle is located on the border of what was Wallachia and Transylvania. Vlad was ruler of Wallachia, and his castle was in Wallachia. Vlad’s castle was Poenari Castle. It is located in the middle of present-day Romania, about 100 miles northwest of Bucharest.

Poenari Castle sits on top of a cliff that overlooks the Arges River. It was originally home to the Basarab rulers. The Basarabs were an important royal Wallachian family. They helped found the Principality of Wallachia and gave the country its first line of Princes. It also happens that their blood line was closely related to that of the Musatin rulers of Moldavia.

When the Basarbs lived in the Castle, it was known as Castle Arges. After that, the castle changed named and hands several times and was eventually abandoned and left to deteriorate. The castle was essentially forgotten.

Vlad the Impaler Moves In

Legend has it, Vlad was hunting by the Arges River and happened upon the old Poenari Castle . It was in ruins, but it sat magnificently atop the cliff Mount Albina. The cliff was surrounded by the river, with the Castle having a magnificent view of the surroundings.

Vultures and other preying birds swarmed around, and there was not a person in sight. Vlad saw this Castle and was immediately captivated, dreaming up all the possibilities for his future inhabitance. What he imagined straightaway was using this Castle to build a defensive fortress, restoring the building to the glory it once had.

Vlad had all these grand plans for the Castle, but he had one problem: he needed money. As the story goes, in Romanian Fairy Tales and Legends written by E.B. Mawr , Vlad asked his boyars (boyars were the highest rank in aristocracy, just below the prince) for the money, and the refused.

Vlad condemned his men, and said to them:

“You would not give me the money I needed,” he said, “well, keep it! I will not have you killed to chastise you for your revolt, but I condemn you all, just as you are, to build with your own hands a Fortress on the top of Mount Albina .

I wish it to be the largest, the best built, and the most impregnable of all which I possess. You will not leave the mountain until all is finished. My soldiers, have the right of life and death over you, to force you to carry out my instructions.”

Like slaves, they were forced into labor. First, they built walking paths. Masons, stonecutters, carpenters, blacksmiths and other tradesmen were also commissioned for the job of restoring the castle. Men and women, and people of all ranks and ages – even children – were working on Vlad’s Castle. It is said that Mount Albina looked like an anthill, with a constant flow of tireless human traffic.

No matter what the weather was outside, everyone was to restore Poenari Castle without cease. Vlad would come by the Castle and inspect even the most minute of details, making sure that everything was done according to plan and according to his orders. When it was finally ready, Vlad moved in.

Although this paints a rather dark picture of Vlad the Impaler , he was still loved by many. Many of the people of the surrounding village of Arefu served Vlad personally. When Vlad’s Castle was attacked in 1462, the people offered him refuge, helping him escape from the Turks.

After Vlad’s Death

When Vlad died in 1476, the Castle continued to be in use for about the next 100 years. After that, however, the Castle was abandoned once again. It was left again to ruins and was in disrepair by the 17th century. The size and location of this Castle made it difficult for people to live in it. No one cared for the castle after it went into disrepair, and then on January 13, 1913 an earthquake struck.

It caused a landslide on Mount Albina and sent large parts of Poenari Castle crashing down in the Arges River. Two more earthquakes caused further damage, one in 1940 and a second in 1976. Since then, some repairs have been made to the walls and towers.

Visiting Poenari Castle

Since 2009, Poenari Castle has been administered by the Arges County Museum . Today, however, you cannot enter Poenari Castle. Bears roam the area and access is restricted. The tentative re-opening date of the Castle and Fortress is scheduled for 2022.

There are also plans in the owrks to build a tram car that brings tourists up to the Fortress, because currently tourists have to walk up 1,462 steps to get to the top — which is like walking up the Statute of Liberty four times!

So, for now, you cannot actually visit Poenari Castle, but you can put this one on your bucket list for future trips to Romania!

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  • Uncover the myths and legends surrounding Vlad the Impaler
  • Visit Vlad's birthplace in Sighisoara
  • Explore the renowned Bran Castle, inspiration to Bram Stoker
  • Round off the trip at Snagov Monastery, alleged burial place of Vlad
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The True Story of Vlad the Impaler

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Fergus Jones

Delve into the history surrounding Romania’s most infamous historical figure, Vlad the Impaler – or as he is more commonly known 'Count Dracula' – on this 7 day tour of Transylvania. Discover Sibiu’s Evangelic Cathedral where Vlad’s son was buried after his assassination, explore the town of Medias where he was kept prisoner by the Hungarian king, enjoy a walking tour of the fabulously preserved town of Sighisoara where he was born and visit dramatic Bran Castle - made famous by Bram Stoker’s novel as the residence of the vampire count.

This is a tailor-made itinerary escorted by a private driver/guide.

Tour Itinerary


Fly to Bucharest, transfer to a centrally located hotel and check-in for a 2 night stay. 

  • Hotel Description

The Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

Today enjoy a guided city tour around Bucharest and learn of its connections to Vlad the Impaler. Located at the southern edge of Bucharest Old Town, the Old Princely Court is a historic site commissioned in the 15th century by Prince Vlad Tepes, ruler of Walachia. This palace was known for its dungeons, where prisoners were allegedly held. Little remains today but established in 1972, the Old Princely Court Museum showcases the archaeological findings from an excavation that unveiled the fortress's remains and the oldest document attesting to the city's origin under the name of Bucuresti was discovered here. It was issued on September 20, 1459 and signed by Prince Vlad Tepes himself. (B)

Curtea de Arges Monastery

Meet your private driver/guide this morning and set off to uncover the myths and legends of Vlad the Impaler. Travel to Curtea de Arges Monastery, a captivating blend of Byzantine and Romanian architecture. Admire the ornate interiors, royal tombs, and tranquil gardens in this cultural and historical gem. On the way to Sibiu, stop to visit Cozia Monastery, built in the 14th century by Dracula's grandfather, Prince Mircea The Old. Journey through the beautiful Olt Valley to Sibiu, once the richest town in Transylvania. Check in for an overnight stay in Sibiu. (B)

Corvin Castle

Enjoy a city tour of Sibiu, which includes the Evangelic Cathedral - where Vlad's son, Mihnea, was buried after his assassination just outside the church. After the tour, travel to the outskirts to visit the Village Museum, the largest open-air museum in southeastern Europe. Continue to the historically significant Corvin Castle and learn about its connections to Vlad the Impaler's life. It is one of the most beautiful Gothic castles in Transylvania.. The Corvin family built this castle and were family friends of Vlad's father, and both were part of the same mediaeval order. While Vlad also spent some some time imprisoned in dungeons of Corvin Castle. Continue to Medias, the town where Vlad was kept prisoner by the Hungarian king Mathias Corvinus. Continue to the Saxon village of Biertan and visit the fortress church that is one of Romania's UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. Arrive in Sighisoara and check in to your hotel for an overnight stay. (B)

The Council Square, Brasov

In the morning, take a walking city tour of Sighisoara, the best-preserved medieval town in Romania. Visit the famous Clock Tower Museum, The Armour Room, The Torture Room and the house where Vlad the Impaler was born in 1431, as well as the Church on the Hill. The next stop will be Bran to visit Bran Castle – made famous by Bram Stoker's novel as the residence of the vampire count. The castle was built by the merchants from Brasov in the 14th century to protect the border between Valahia and Transylvania. Depart for Brasov where Vlad’s enemies, the rich Saxon merchants, lived. The Saxon settlers founded the fairytale town of Brasov in the 12th century and it still boasts a beautiful medieval atmosphere created by many Middle Age buildings. The highlight of the city tour is a visit to the Black Church, the largest gothic style church in southeastern Europe. Check in to your Brasov hotel for an overnight stay. (B)

Peles Castle

After breakfast, continue to Sinaia, a beautiful mountain resort known as “The Pearl of Carpathians”. Visit the Peles Castle - former summer residence of Carol the 1st - a king of Romania. Continue to Snagov Monastery, which is rumoured to be the burial place of Vlad, although according to latest archaeological studies his tomb has not been identified yet. Travel back to Bucharest for the last night. (B)

Calea Victoriei, National Library in Bucharest

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

Price Includes

  • Return international flights from the UK to Romania
  • All taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation in three/four-star hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as specified on itinerary (B=breakfast; L=Lunch; D=dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation as specified
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide  as specified 
  • All entrance fees on sightseeing tours as specified

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Additional meals

Price Notes

  • Price is based on two people sharing
  • International flights from the UK are based out of London in economy class. Regional flights may be available - please call us for details

This is an example itinerary staying at our preferred three/four-star hotels, accompanied by a guide price. If you would like alternative options staying at upgraded hotels, or if you have a higher or lower budget than the guide price, please ring one of our travel specialists on 0207 666 1244 and we can tailor this trip to suit your precise requirements.

Tour Route Map

  • Romania, Bucharest
  • Romania, Sibiu
  • Romania, Sighisoara
  • Romania, Brasov
  • Romania, Sinaia

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Concorde Old Bucharest Hotel

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Dracula's Castle (Bran Castle), Transylvania

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Dracula the bloody truth tour- Private Dracula Tour, 4 days from Bucharest


  • Trip Type - Bucharest Departure , Dracula Tours , Private Tour , Romania short break , Short Breaks , Tours , Transylvania short break
  • Activities Dracula Experience
  • Group Size No size limit - No size limit
  • Reviews 3 Reviews
  • Locations Bran , Brasov , Bucharest , Sighisoara
  • Trip Duration 4 Day(s) 3 Night(s)
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Choose an amazing private trip to Romania. Discover the dark legends surrounding Dracula and have fun exploring our country.

Advantages of a Private Trip to Romania

Unlike the regular itineraries, each private trip to Romania offers two important advantages: the ability to depart on a date which suits you best and to travel with friends or family only.

We depart every Thursday, on customer request, with groups of minimum 4 people.

Private Trip to Romania - Highlights

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 Europe, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Vlad the Impaler’s birth place.

Rasnov Medieval Citadel – the best preserved rural fortification in Transylvania and the largest one in Eastern Europe.

Snagov Monastery – where, according to the legend, Vlad was buried after his assassination.

The Medieval City of Brasov – a city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere which has played a vital role in Romania’s history, both old and new.

Private Trip to Romania – Your experience in short

Day 1  The best private trip to Romania begins in Bucharest. Our guide collects you from the airport and then you will drive to Snagov Monastery, where Vlad the Impaler was allegedly buried. Visit the monastery and then return to Bucharest and accommodate at a 3* hotel, centrally located.

Sinaia monastery seen in your Best of Romania tour, private trip to romania

Day 2 Next morning, leave Bucharest and get ready to visit two amazing castles. First, stop in the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania, Sinaia. Admire the amazing view of the mountains and then visit Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful royal residences in Europe.

Peles Royal Castle interior, private trip to romania

After that, drive to Bran and visit Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle thanks to Bram Stoker’s novel.

Aerial Dracula tour from Brasov over Dracula's Castle-airplane, private trip to romania

Continue this amazing private trip to Romania with a visit at Rasnov Citadel and then accommodate in a 4* hotel in Poiana Brasov.

Rasnov Citadel seen in Airplane Dracula tour from Brasov over Bran Castle, private trip to romania

Your Private trip to Romania  continues in the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov. Visit landmarks such as the Black Church.

Brasov seen in Vampire in Transylvania Dracula tour and Best of Romania tours, private trip to romania

Head to Sighisoara Citadel, Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace. Check out Casa Vlad Dracul restaurant, built where Dracula’s house used to stand and then visit the Clock Tower, the Torture Room and the Medieval Collection. After that, accommodate in a 3* medieval hotel, located in the heart of the Citadel.

Sighisoara medieval citadel-Dracula tour in Romania

Morning transfer to Bucharest Airport. Please let us know the exact timing of your flight and your flight number. This way, we can track potential delays and keep you up to speed.

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Book your private trip to Romania now!

This is a private tour, therefore it departs on request, for a group of minimum 2 people. Book now and then join us on an adventure you won’t forget! Discover Transylvania and follow into Dracula’s footsteps!

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  • At the moment of booking we require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person . Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we issue a Confirmation Letter .
  •  The final payment is due 60 days prior to tour departure. Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking.

Why to choose a private escorted tour

  • It is more comfortable
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  • You can decide the pace of the tour
  • Having a tour guide helps you to have a more genuine experience

Available for free if

  • You don’t have a reflection in the mirror,
  • You decompose when sunlight strikes you,
  • You’re over 200 years old,
  • Can use your wings to fly to Transylvania,

Well, this holiday is free for you! Come join your fellow vampires in Transylvania:-) Blood treats not included!

Other mentions

  • Once you realize the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return to your country.
  • People speak plenty of English in Romania and you will find the locals and the other tourists are friendly and open.
  • No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.

Map of the 4 days private Dracula tour from  Bucharest

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Advice for British citizens traveling to Romania

According to British government most visits to Romania are trouble-free.

There were no cases of terrorism attacks in Romania but as the country is part of European Union terrorist attacks in Romania can’t be ruled out.

If you need to contact the emergency services in Romania call 112.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the British embassy from Bucharest 24 Jules Michelet,  010463  Bucharest, Romania General enquiries +40 (21) 201 7200 Consular enquiries +40 (21) 201 7351 British Embasy Bucharest website

Urgent assistance If you’re in Romania and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +40 (21) 201 7200. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Romania, call 020 7008 1500.

Get an emergency travel document You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. You can apply online for an emergency travel document. If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.

Safety and security Crime Maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as in the UK. There is a risk of petty theft in large towns, especially Bucharest. Pickpockets and bag snatchers operate in crowded areas, particularly near exchange shops and hotels, on public transport (especially to the airport), in the main railway stations and inside airport terminals. Organised attacks by groups can occur. The most common method by distracting victims while several people, often children, attempt to snatch watches and jewellery from pockets or from around the neck and wrist. Valuables including passports have been stolen from hotel rooms. Use the hotel safe and carry a photocopy of the information pages of your passport as ID. There have been reports of credit or debit cards being ‘copied’ when used for payment in some bars and restaurants.

Road travel Licences and documents If driving in Romania, make sure you have with you all documentation, including your full, valid driving licence, proof of insurance/green card (third party or above), proof of ID (passport) and proof of ownership (V5C Certificate). If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, driving licence rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020. If there’s no deal, you will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be able to drive in some European countries as a visitor after the UK has left. Check this guidance page for full information. You should also check guidance on driving in the EU after Brexit for information on other additional documents you may need to carry. If you’re living in Romania, check the Living in Guide for information on requirements for residents.

Driving regulations You’ll need to pay a road toll ‘Rovinieta’ to use the national roads. You can buy the vignette (sticker) at border points and at most petrol stations. The minimum cost is 3 euros for 7 days. Failure to display the sticker may lead to a heavy fine. You can find out more about prices by using the website Observe the speed limit at all times. Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy. It’s illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol. The drink drive limit is zero. Carry the following equipment: first aid kit, fire extinguisher, red warning triangles and a fluorescent jacket. If your vehicle is damaged before you arrive in Romania, ask a Romanian customs officer or police officer to write a report on the damage so that you have no problems when leaving. If any damage occurs inside the country, a report must be obtained at the scene of the accident.

Road safety In 2018 there were 1,867 road deaths in Romania (source: Department for Transport). This equates to 9.6 road deaths per 100,000 of population, (witch is similar with USA) and compares to the UK average of 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2018. Road conditions are variable and secondary roads can be in a bad state of repair. Driving standards can be poor. Look out for double parked cars, people suddenly braking to avoid a pothole, horse-drawn carts, livestock and stray dogs, particularly in rural areas, running in front of the vehicle. Equip your car for extreme conditions in winter.

Local laws and customs It is illegal to change money on the streets. You should change money only in recognised exchange shops, banks and hotels.

The Romanian authorities treat all drug-related and sex offences very seriously. The age of consent is 18. If you are convicted, you can expect a prison sentence.

Homosexuality has been legal in Romania since 1996. The country has made significant progress in LGBT rights legislation since 2000 including wide–ranging anti-discriminatory laws, equalising the age of consent and laws against homophobic hate crimes. Bucharest’s annual Pride, usually accompanied by a LGBT film and art festival, has grown in recent years and is gaining the support of more public figures. Since 2017, a Pride event has also been held in the city of Cluj. The country remains generally socially conservative resulting in the majority of LGBT people not being openly gay and there being very few gay bars or clubs in Bucharest or the other main cities. You can find local information on LGBT issues in Romania on the website of ACCEPT. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.

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Visas If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Romania.

Parental consent when travelling with minors Some British nationals travelling with minors who hold Romanian citizenship (irrespective of whether they hold citizenship of other countries) are prevented from leaving the country without notarised parental consent from the minor’s non-travelling parent/s. While enforcement of this may vary at borders, British nationals travelling with minors who hold Romanian citizenship should obtain notarised parental consent before departure from Romania. A list of the public notaries can be found on the website of the National Union of Public Notaries from Romania.

Healthcare You should still get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Romanian nationals. If you don’t have your EHIC with you or you’ve lost it, you can call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999) to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate. The UK government has or is seeking agreements with countries on healthcare arrangements for UK nationals after the UK leaves the EU. The NHS website and this travel advice will be updated with further information on travelling to Romania as the circumstances change. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. If you are referred to a medical facility for treatment you should contact your insurance/medical assistance company immediately.

Money Romania is increasingly a card economy. While a growing number of businesses do accept credit cards, it may be safer to use cash due to the risk of credit card fraud. There is now a large network of ATMs that accept standard international credit and debit cards. Check with your card provider whether you will be able to use these machines. US dollars and sterling are not always easy to exchange for local currency, especially outside Bucharest. You may have difficulties using travellers’ cheques. Scottish and Northern Irish bank notes may not be accepted in banks and bureaux de change.

Before you travel abroad • tell family and friends where you’re going and leave them your contact details, insurance policy details and itinerary. Store them securely online • ensure you have access to funds to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. Take more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card) • find out if travellers cheques are appropriate for your destination and keep a separate record of their numbers • invest in a good travel guide to help you plan your trip and consider using online travel forums for more detail about your destination • check with your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad. Consider leaving your phone’s IMEI number with a friend or family member, to help block or locate the phone if there’s a problem • if you’re going to be driving abroad, make sure your licence is current and valid and be aware of the driving laws in the country you are visiting • if you’re travelling with children who are unaccompanied by one or both parents, check our guidance on permissions that you might need to get and check the policy of your airline or transport provider

When you’re abroad • think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts. Don’t take risks that you wouldn’t in the UK • don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks • find out how to minimise your risk from terrorism and what to do if there’s a terrorist attack • find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws. There may be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home • be careful when taking photographs, videos or using binoculars. These activities may be misunderstood by local authorities, especially near military installations. • store useful numbers on your phone such as the local police and the nearest British embassy or consulate • whether you’re living abroad or visiting, be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, just as you would in the UK; the ‘Be Alarmed’ campaign gives practical advice on how to stay safe and lists the symptoms to look out for • if you intend to take part in any adventure sports or water sports during your trip, only use properly licensed and insured operators. Before taking part, make sure you fully understand the operating instructions and satisfy yourself that adequate safety precautions are in place • check import regulations for food and plants before you attempt to bring them back to the UK

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Thursday, bucharest.

Welcome to the Romania! Our English speaking guide welcomes you at Bucharest Airport. Accommodation is in a 3* hotel, central location. Drive to Snagov to visit 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 that of the Holy Mount of Athos in Greece. For dinner we recommend one of Bucharest’s top traditional restaurants.

Friday, Bucharest – Sinaia – Bran - Rasnov - Poiana Brasov (202 km, 3h 30 min driving)

Morning transfer to Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania. The main point of attraction is Peleş Castle, one of the best preserved and beautiful royal residences in Europe. Built in 1873, Peleş is an architectural mixture of the German School and neo-renaissance style. Continue your journey with Bran Castle, Transylvania’s legendary symbol, dating back to 1377. Bran owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. Close to the castle there is a shrine that is set in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered the heart of Queen Maria, the niece of Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Cheese tasting is strongly recommended in Bran as the village is renowned for the delicious home made traditional cheese assortments produced there. Visit next Rasnov Medieval Citadel. Standing on top of a hill and overlooking an incredible Transylvanian landscape, Rasnov is the best preserved rural fortification in Transylvania and the largest one in Eastern Europe, first documented in 13 century. Accommodation is in a medieval 4* hotel in Poiana Brasov. Dinner could be enjoyed in the medieval restaurant of the hotel.

Saturday, Poiana Brasov – Brasov – Sighisoara (131 km, 2h 5 min driving)

Explore in the morning the medieval Saxon city of Brasov, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Visit 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. Transfer next to the medieval Citadel of Sighisoara. Founded by Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of Europe’s most beautiful and inhabited fortified cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sighisoara is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula, was born. Visit the main attractions: the Clock Tower, the Torture Room and the Medieval Weapon Collection. Accommodation is in a medieval 3 * hotel located in the very heart of the medieval citadel. For dinner we recommend Casa Vlad Dracul Restaurant, the very place where Vlad Dracul was borne, turned into a cosy restaurant.

Sunday, Sighisoara – Bucharest (289 km, 4h 39 min driving)

Morning transfer to Bucharest Airport for the return flight.

Price includes

Tour leader

The services of a professional trained English speaking guide/driver, experienced in escorting Dracula Tours


2 nights in 3* hotels and 1 night in a 4* hotel, breakfasts included


All land transfers by standard European car, admittance fee for Sighisoara Citadel

Entry fees to the following tourist attractions

Snagov Monastery, Peles Castle, Bran Castle, Rasnov Peasant Citadel, Black Church, Clock Tower – Medieval Weapon Collection – Torture Room.

  • Plane ticket
  • Airport fees
  • Photo & video tax
  • Other not mentioned.
  • Vintage biplane flight in Bucharest
  • Flying lesson with a vintage biplane in Bucharest
  • Champagne Flight – Helicopter flight for two
  • Experience with a rally car in Bucharest
  • Vintage Sidecar – Dracula tour from Bucharest
  • Evening at the casino for 2

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Prithi Narasimhan – January 18, 2019 :

It was a super and memorable trip! Everything was really well organized and the flexibility was great. I had been hesitant to go on a guided tour since I usually am worried if it’ll be a strict agenda but that was not at all the case! The booking process was so professional and smooth with quick responses and service. It was impressive and was the main reason I decided to do the trip. The guide Alin was awesome. Always smiling, always polite, always happy and always flexible ❤️! The Sighisoara experience was the best… despite my leaving my passport behind! Thanks for finding it!!! The hotel Casa Wagner was lovely and comfy and the party on the first evening at Sighisoara was super. The staff was also very cool and fun! If you do the Dracula Ball next time be sure to let me know! I told a friend about it and we might both join (again) next year! The restaurant where we ate lunch the first day ( Dracula restaurant) was super. The Turda salt mines rocked! After the first party from Sighisoara citadel the second from Bran Castle was completely different and a nice experience but nothing could beat the first party so well done!;)

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Timothy Tilley – January 21, 2019 :

Thank you for the photos , what a party great time’s:-) It was a great pleasure meeting you, dancing and talking to you as well:-) Thank you to you and your staff for the best tour of your country anyone could wish for. Christian is the best, enjoyed having him as my group’s guide. I’ll be highly recommending your company to anyone who wishes to travel to Romania ?

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Philip Brown – June 23, 2020 :

Took the tour and enjoyed it very much. The guide was super knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. This was a great trip from head to toe. Highly recommend

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We require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. When you make the reservation online you will be required to pay the deposit. You will receive an automatic response with your Holiday Booking Reference. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we proceed with the reservation for the requested services and issue the Confirmation Letter + Paid Invoice.

When is my balance due?

The final payment is due 60 days prior departure. ( After the final payment is made we will issue Travel Voucher). Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking. To read Transylvania Live’s Terms and Conditions, please visit us on line at: .

My work is unpredictable and I might be force to cancel my trip at some point. Can you briefly state your Cancelation Policy?

The client is at all time entitled to cancel the Travel Contract, but must pay Transylvania Live - Expert in Transylvania a cancellation charge as stipulated below: 89 days or more prior to departure 90 EURO per person / per tour cancellation fee; 88–61 days, loss of deposit. 60–31 days will be subject to 50% of tour price; 30 days or less will be subject to 100% of tour price.

What are the baggage requirements/ limitations?

Please check with the airline company for limitations. Anyway is good to pack light, some of the hotels – historical buildings do not have elevators.

Do you provide an English-speaking guide for the tour?

Our tours include the services of English-speaking guides. Other languages speaking guides are also available.

Can you arrange a private tour for our family?

We can design an itinerary at a time that suits you, to your own comfort levels and within your own budget. Please send your request by e-mail.

Do you operate tours even if there is only one participant?

Most of our tours operate with minimum 2 persons, especially private tours. Please check the information for every listed tour on our website for the minimum required number of persons.

Could I please have some information on average age of group? How large (or small) the group is?

The tour has a general audience as it targets people interested in history, culture, customs and beliefs. Group size can be between 4-26 people. Transylvania Live is member of the responsible travel network and we are committed to operating a travel policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We operate our tours with small groups in order to minimise the negative impact on the environment and allow our guests to interact more easily with the locals, facilitate the communication with the guide. The average age of group is, most of the time, between 35-45.

Can you provide individual tickets for rail, air or ferry?

We do not provide individual tickets for rail, air, boat or ferry.

What is your Child Policy?

A minimum age of 8 years is required on non-family programs, unless otherwise indicated on the individual tour page. A client under 18 years of age and travelling alone during the tour period shall provide Transylvania Live with written consent of his/her guardian. Clients under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What currency do you accept?

If you pay on-line using our secure internet booking form your credit card can hold any type of currency, the amount of money to be taken will be exchanged in EURO by your bank, at their rates. We accept USD and EURO for offline credit card payment and wire transfer.

What credit cards do you accept for the on line payment?

We only accept VISA and MasterCard. Please select only these two types of credit cards for the online payment.

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes, depending on the number of your group. Contact us

Is my money safe?

On-line bookings and payments are processed by Romcard, authorized agent for Mastercard and Visa in Romania and secured by Rapid SSL , the leading secure sockets layer (SSL) Certificate Authority enabling secure e-commerce and communications for Web sites. As a tour operator we are governed by the consumer and financial regulations of Romania and of the European Union. Romania’s legislation compels tour operators to protect tourists in case of insolvency.

If you pay on-line using our secure internet booking form your credit card can hold any type of currency, the amount of money to be taken will be exchanged in EURO by your bank at their rate. We accept USD and EURO for offline credit card payment and wire transfer.

Do you offer discounts for senior citizens, members of certain associations?

Yes, we do offer discounts provided they travel as a group. Contact us!

How do I get to Transylvania Live meeting point?

If you follow our recommendation on How to arrive (heading found for any of our holidays at the Special notes and info section at the end of the tour page. Our guide will expect you with a Transylvania Live sign. In the unfortunate case of a flight being lost or delayed and prevent you in this way from getting to your meting point in good time, please call 0040 723 565 255.

Is my money safe when I pay online on Transylvania Live's payment server?

What is a “traditional maramuresean country-inn” or “a typical hungarian–sekler country-inn”.

A welcoming country house, not necessarily decorated in a peasant like style; you’ll stay under the same roof with your Romanian host! In most cases dinner and breakfast are included, and rates are based on two guests per room. They offer one bathroom for two rooms; the bathroom can be situated on the hallway. Staying at a “traditional Maramuresean country-inn” or “a typical Hungarian-Sekler country-inn” will prove to be an unique experience.

What commissions do I have to pay besides your announced prices?

Our prices include the online secure payment commissions. However depending on your bank some commissions may occur for international money transfer. Please check with your bank!

Since I am coming from the U.S. would I need a passport with me while in Romania?

American citizens do not require a visa for Romania (Romania is a member of the European Union so it shares the same legal legislation – a passport is all you need)

What countries require a visa?

To check the list of the countries that require a visa please see the web site page of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at

What is the local currency in Romania?

Romanian currency is Lei (written symbol Ron). All the places in Romania trade lei (pronunciation: lay). You can bring some of the local currency from USA or you can change here the amount of money you need (advisable due to the lower exchange rate). Credit cards are accepted in large hotels, restaurants and malls. ATM machines are available at banks, airports and shopping centers all over the country. (except in remote areas or villages). Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices. International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services. The tour guide is also responsible for helping clients with money exchange; recommend the exchange offices which charge the lowest commission.

Can the accommodations or the itinerary suffer any changes?

In case we’ll have a full house situation at one of the hotels, an accommodation of an equal classification or better will be booked for you. In case of closed roads due to bad weather, working situations or dangerous weather conditions the itinerary could suffer changes.

Are ATMs available?

ATMs are available in all the cities; near by hotels, our guide will come with good advice and recommendations. MasterCard ATM Locater– Search by address and by airport atm locator Visa ATM Locator– Search by airport, city and country

What is the voltage of the electric power system in Romania?

In Romania electric power in use is of 220 voltages, AC, usually 2 pronged.

What’s the climate like in Romania, what clothes should I wear?

Romania enjoys warm summers and cold winters. In summer, cool cottons are best and in the winter a warm jacket or alike is recommended. Autumn is dry and cool, with fields and trees producing beautifully colored foliage. The weather in October-November is very unpredictable, with daytime temperatures between 6°-17° Celsius (42.80 - 62.60 Fahrenheit), and night time temperatures between 3° - 10°Celsius (37.40 - 50 Fahrenheit); but it is very much possible that you will see some snowfall especially in the mountain areas.

What is the time zone for Romania?

Romanian time is EET (Eastern European Time, two hours ahead of GMT, seven hours ahead of New York and ten hours ahead of Los Angeles. Check right now what time is in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania:

What clothes should we pack? Will we be OK with jeans for the tour? How should we plan to dress for dinner? What is the dress code? Could we shop for clothes?

The dress code in Romania is the same as all over Europe (think France, Germany, UK or Italy). Wearing jeans, t-shirts/sweatshirts and athletic shoes is standard casual in Romanian. Plenty of designers’ shops are to be found in major cities: Bucharest, Cluj, Brasov, Sibiu, where people are a bit too pretentious when it comes to their outfits. Dorobanti Boulevard in Bucharest can easily be compared to Chaps Elysees in Paris when it comes to “fashionists” (costs are similar too). The malls are well supplied with designers’ clothes and with respect to the prices, a great deal of our clients found the Romanian costs to be more acceptable then the ones in US. With regards to the restaurants’ dress code, something casual is sufficient. You can wear whatever you would wear at home. To satisfy dress codes for churches and monasteries, men and women are requested to cover their arms and legs (no shorts above the knees or sleeveless garments).

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Royal fans shocked to learn King Charles is related to 'real-life Dracula'

Royal Family fans have been shocked to learn King Charles III is related to Dracula .

Both Charles and his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II , can trace their ancestry back to Vlad the Impaler (Vlad III), a 15th-century Romanian prince infamous for his brutal method of impaling enemies on stakes.

Vlad III was also known as Vlad Dracula, being the illegitimate son of Vlad II Dracul. 'Dracul' translates to 'the Dragon', a title Vlad II earned due to his membership in the Order of the Dragon. 'Dracula' signifies 'son of Dracul'.

The character of Dracula from Bram Stoker's novel, published in 1897, is believed by some to have been inspired by Vlad III.

However, historians suggest that Stoker merely borrowed the name and based the character more on the blood-sucking vampires found in Romanian folklore.

As per Romania Tour Store , Charles is the great-grandson 16 times removed of Vlad III, through Queen Mary, the consort of George V. Charles himself has acknowledged this connection in the past and even visited the Carpathian Mountains in Romania for a TV show in 2011. He also purchased and renovated a farmhouse in Transylvania in 2006.

Charles has engaged in charity work in the region and mentioned having a "bit of a stake in the country" due to his family ties. In 2017, he was invited by the mayor of the city of Alba Iulia to accept the honorary title of Prince of Transylvania.

A recent post on X/Twitter highlighting the link between Charles and Vlad the Impaler has garnered 70,000 likes, with many fans of the Royal Family expressing surprise at this revelation.

Various commenters couldn't resist making the same quip, linking this revelation to the official portrait of Charles that was unveiled in May. One commented: "The bloody horses running wild in London and the fires of war painting make so much more sense now."

Another quipped: "That opens some new questions about the meaning of that red portrait." Meanwhile a third remarked: "The painting makes sense now."

People are only just realising how King Charles


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