In the footsteps of Count Dracula
Visit one of the most fascinating and undiscovered regions in Eastern Europe, with an outstanding history and culture, Transylvania, or the “Land behind the forests”, preserving some of the most beautiful medieval towns in Eastern Europe. Experience the thrill of walking in Dracula’s footsteps, with an itinerary that takes you through all the places that carry the memory of the bloodthirsty Count.
Welcome to Romania! As soon as you set foot on the wonderful Romanian land, in Otopeni International Airport, meet your local guide and driver who will take you to your hotel located in the heart of Bucharest. On the way to the hotel, have a preview of what you are about to discover here with a panoramic tour of the city that takes you by the House of the Free Press, The Romanian Arch of Triumph, through The Victory Square, The Roman Square and finally to The University Square.After making yourself comfortable in your hotel room, go out on a walking tour in the Old Town and visit the ruins of the Old Princely Court, known as Dracula’s residence, where it is said that Vlad Dracula kept his prisoners. Before the evening falls, refresh your spirit by getting to know the people who will accompany you in this adventure, at a welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant.
As you wake up in the heart of the “Little Paris of the East”, enjoy a tour of the city renowned for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and belle-époque architecture, including a visit to the Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the World, following The Pentagon . After a tour of the magnificent, elegant interior of the palace, displaying the wealth of Romania in stone, marble and wood from the Romanian mountains and forests, you will leave the capital to explore the more historical part of the country, the legendary Transylvania. On your way towards Sibiu, you will make a stop at Poenari Fortress for a dive in the legend of the bloody Count. Perched on a remote peak on the cliffs of the Fagaras Mountains, the 13th century ruined Castle of Poenari bears an uncanny resemblance of the fictional castle depicted by Bram Stocker as Dracula’s residence, and to this day remains pristine and almost inaccessible. Afterwards you will continue towards Sibiu, where after the check-in you will have dinner at the hotel. Provided that the weather allows it, the road to Sibiu will be through the panoramic Transfagarasan Highway, the most spectacular alpine road in Europe.
Start today with a tour of the luring city of Sibiu, listed by Forbes in top 10 most idyllic places to live in the whole world. Sibiu was chosen Europe’s Cultural Capital City in 2007 together with Luxembourg. The town was settled by the German colonists in the 12th century and preserves until today it’s wonderful medieval atmosphere. The walking tour starts at the Grand Square where you will find the Catholic Church and the Brukenthal Palace, and continues with the Liar’s Bridge, the Small Square and Huet Square. After spending some free time as you wish, you will be taken to the small town of Sibiel, where you can enjoy a ride with a country side chariot and afterwards a delicious traditional dinner including wine and plum brandy (Țuica) at the locals, accompanied by an amazing folklore and costumes tradition.
In the morning you will depart for a day trip down history lane. The first stop will be the Hunyadi Castle in Hunedoara. The greatest Gothic-style castle in Romania, it was the residence of one of Transylvania’s greatest rulers, Iancu de Hunedoara, who upgraded it from fortress to the stunning castle we see today. Boasting an impressive drawbridge, a huge medieval ballroom, a beautiful interior courtyard and exceptional defensive structure, the castle is said to have been the place where Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned for a while, and legends about ghosts haunting it still go around. After leaving Hunedoara you will visit the city of Alba Iulia, the memorable place of the Great Union of Romania. Here you will visit the impressive Orthodox Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Cathedral, the oldest standing cathedral in Romania. Most importantly, you will take a tour of the Habsburgic citadel, also known as Alba Carolina Citadel, in the time of the Roman occupation. In the evening you will return to Sibiu and have dinner at the hotel.
This morning, after breakfast you will leave Sibiu and head to The Fortified church of Biertan, one of the largest and most impressive strongholds in Transylvania, that looks like taken out of a fairy tale. Set in a spectacular landscape, perched high on a hill and surrounded by vineyards, the fortified church bears an enchanting love story. Legend has it that couples seeking divorce were locked for 2 weeks in the Prison Tower, being forced to share everything, and that after that most of the couple decided to give up the idea of divorcing. After visiting the fortress, enjoy a picnic in the middle of nature and a relaxing wine tasting at Biertan. In the afternoon, you will go to Sighisoara, the birth place of count Dracula and one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Sighisoara was settled by the Germans in the 13th century and it is one of the few still inhabited medieval fortresses in the whole world, being also protected by UNESCO. During the walking tour you will visit the Clock Tower, the birth house of Dracula and the Church on the Hill. In the evening, enjoy dinner at Dracula’s restaurant, set in the very house where the Count was born.
As you wake up in the heart of Sighisoara, take a last breath of the unique medieval atmosphere and then head to the village of Bran. Here you will visit the most famous castle in Eastern Europe – the Dracula Castle. The castle was built by the German Saxons in the 14th century and served as customs for many centuries between Transylvania and Wallachia. The surroundings of Bran Castle represent the element that inspired the Irish writer, Bram Stocker, to set his vampire fiction in Transylvania in the first place. Live the outstanding experience of meeting „Count Dracula”, but make use of the garlic necklace you will receive as a gift from the tour guide in order to protect you from the enticing, bloodthirsty Count. In the afternoon discover the beautiful and colorful old town with the Council Square and the Black Church, the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.
After the extraordinary experience of the last days, continue your cultural incursion with a visit to the amazing Peles Castle in Sinaia, one of the most beautiful castles in the world. It was built at the end of the 19th century by the German King Carol I and served as summer royal residence until 1947. Today the castle is an outstanding museum preserving the original furniture, decorations and paintings. After some free time at leisure, you head towards South, to Snagov Island, where it is said that Dracula was burried. Say good-bye to count Dracula and drive to Bucharest.In the evening you will be transferred back to Bucharest, where you can enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in the historic Old Town.
On your last day in Romania, enjoy some free time at leisure, go shopping or explore the Old Town in your own way until the departure time. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport, say farewell to the guide and board on your flight back home. We hope you will have enjoyed your vacation and take with you long-lasting beautiful memories from this legendary adventure!