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Best of Romania tour with 4 special dinners, a show and stay in a castle style hotel

Join us on this amazing best of Romania tour! Choose a special itinerary blending Dracula related legends with our culture and history.

This tour includes 4 special dinners and several memorable accommodations including a castle style hotel.

Meet our experienced guide at Moxa Boutique Hotel in Bucharest. From here trave to Snagov Monastery, an impressive monastic building located in the middle of Snagov Lake. Find out if the legend about Dracula’s burial here is true and then return to Bucharest and enjoy a traditional dinner.

In the morning travel to another Dracula related landmark, Poienari Fortress, the Count’s mountain retreat. Climb to the top, enjoy the spectacular views and then drive to Sibiu. Enjoy a tour of the Medieval Saxon city and accommodate at a 4* hotel.

*This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to depart.  


Other Highlights – Corvinesti, Turda Salt Mine, Sighisoara

best of Romania tour Sighisoara

In addition to the previously mentioned highlights, you will also visit Corvinesti Castle in Hunedoara.

Furthermore, you will travel to Turda and accommodate in a 4* Dracula themed hotel. Enjoy a vampire menu for dinner and then join us for the popular Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, performed acccording with old Transylvanian traditions (as seen on Travel Channel), followed by an Evening Sitting (party).

In the morning, visit the impressive Turda Salt Mine and then travel to Cluj-Napoca. After a brief city tour, drive to Borgo Pass and accommodate at Dracula’s Castle Hotel. On the next day of the best of Romania tour, travel to Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Dracula’s birthplace. Visit the Clock Tower Museum, as well as the Torture Room and the Medieval Weapons Collection.

We can’t call this the ‘best of Romania tour’ without including Bran Castle on the itinerary. Visit the famous fortress and then travel to Brasov.
Enjoy a local taste dinner and then attend ‘Dracula’s Wedding‘, a non-verbal show.

On the last day of your tour, visit Peles Castle in Sinaia and then travel to Targoviste to visit Dracula’s Old Princely Court. Arrive in Bucharest in the evening (around 7 PM, depending on traffic conditions).

This is just an overview of your tour. For more information, such as the complete itinerary or inclusions/exclusions, please scroll up and then use the menu above to navigate to your desired section.


Departure dates

Departure datePrice per person
(2 persons to one double room)
Price for single travelerAvailability
7 day Best of Romania tour from Bucharest (10.00 GMT +02:00)

*This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to depart.  

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€ 1181€ 1299Free

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€ 1181€ 1299Free

Departure Guaranteed

This Romania escorted tour is guaranteed to depart on the dates given for a minimum of 2 persons.

 

Book Now!

Book your tour now and discover Transylvania! Follow in Vlad the Impaler’s footsteps and then uncover his dark legend during this unforgettable Transylvania Dracula tour.

We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form.

  • MasterCard and Visa via fax and phone.
  • We also accept payments via PayPal and bank transfer.

  • 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.

 

 

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.

Media Mentions

• We’re pleased to say that Transylvania Live has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts
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7-Days Vampire Tour – Highlights:


Advice for Australians traveling abroad

According with Australian government the following advice are to be followed:

Before you go

  • Confirm your passport is valid for 6 months from when you think your trip will end. Don’t get stranded.
  • Get comprehensive travel insurance to cover you and your gear. Get insurance that’s right for you and covers your activities in the places you’ll go. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.
  • Consider your physical and mental health. Get advice from your doctor if you’re unsure.
  • See your doctor or travel clinic 8 weeks before you go for a basic health check
  • Check if your medication is legal and available in the places you’re going. Take enough of your prescribed medicines to last the whole trip. Carry copies of your prescription and a letter from your doctor.
  • Tell your bank you’re travelling and check if your cards will work. Have several payment options.
  • If you’ll drive overseas check out the local traffic laws and practices. You’re likely to need an International Driving Permit (IDP) as well as your Australian driver’s licence.
  • Share your itinerary with friends or family members. Give them copies of your passport

 

Travel insurance

Holidays don’t always go as planned. If you’re going overseas, travel insurance is as important as a passport. Without it, you or your family could suffer financially if things go wrong. No matter who you are, where you’re going and what you’re doing, get insurance.

Travel insurance is especially important if you need medical assistance. Healthcare overseas can be very expensive. Most countries won’t give you free care, or subsidise the cost of your care. You, or your insurer, must usually pay full price.

 

Travel Advice for Australians visiting Romania

Safety

Keep your personal belongings close. Lock hotel and train compartment doors from the inside.

Drink spiking is an issue, especially in Bucharest’s Old Town. Don’t accept food, drinks, gum or cigarettes from people you’ve just met.

Dating and marriage scams occur.

Only use ATMs in banks, shops and shopping centres, especially at night. Always keep your credit card in sight. Be wary of people you’ve met online.

 

Local laws

Penalties for drug offences are severe. They can include jail sentences of up to 20 years.

By law, you must always carry photo ID. Keep your passport in a safe place. Carry a photocopy.

It’s illegal to take photos of airports, military sites or other secure locations.

It’s illegal to engage in sex work or have sexual relations with a person under 18.

Same-sex relationships are legal in Romania, but not widely accepted.

 

Local contacts

The Australian Consulate in Bucharest provides limited consular and passport assistance.

You can get full consular help from the Australian Embassy in Athens.

Read more advice for Australian traveling abroad!

 

Please check your itinerary below:

Itineraries

Day 1

Saturday, Bucharest

Meet your tour guide at Moxa Boutique Hotel. Your tour in Romania begins with a short drive to Snagov Monastery, an impressive religious building located on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake. The architectural style of the monastery follows the architectural pattern that is characteristic to the monasteries on the Holy Mount Athos in Greece . Your first day in Romania ends with a welcome dinner in one of Bucharest's top traditional restaurants.

Day 2

Sunday, Bucharest – Poienari – Sibiu (309 km, 5h 20 min driving)

In the morning, enjoy your breakfast and then drive to Poienari fortress*, a mountain refuge preferred by medieval rulers such as Vlad the Impaler. You need to climb over 1400 stairs to reach the top, but the view worth every penny. From here, drive to the Medieval Saxon city of Sibiu. Discover the amazing attractions this city has to offer, including the famous ‘Liars Bridge’. Accommodation in 4* hotel, centrally located.

Day 3

Monday, Sibiu – Hunedoara – Alba Iulia – Turda (272 km, 3h 27 min driving)

Your tour in Romania continues with Hunedoara. Visit Corvinesti Castle, an impressive Gothic style construction which used to serve as the residence of ruler Iancu de Hunedoara. Explore the medieval beauty and head next to Alba Iulia. You will overnight in Turda in a 4* boutique hotel, often referred by our previous guests as a medieval fantasy with beds. Since you are in the heart of Transylvania, you cannot leave without a Dracula themed dinner. Keeping the “strigoi” atmosphere join us for the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, followed by an Evening Sitting (‘Sezatoare’ in Romanian language).

Day 4

Tuesday, Turda – Cluj-Napoca – Pasul Tihuta (191 km, 3h driving)

Morning visit of Turda Salt Mine, one of the most popular highlights in Romania. Here we are on the surface again prepared to explore the next Transylvanian city - Cluj-Napoca; discover amazing medieval buildings such as Saint Andrews Cathedral. From here we head North carried by a stunning scenery up to Borgo Pass and accommodate at Dracula’s Castle Hotel, in the past known as Tihuta hotel. Enjoy a delicious candle lit dinner followed by a bonfire.

Day 5

Borgo Pass – Sighisoara (198 km, 3h 29 min driving)

Today we’ll enjoy medieval taste at the highest level visiting Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can’t miss the Clock Tower Museum, The Torture Room and the Medieval Weapons Collection. In the past the Clock Tower was named the Gate Tower and was used for the council’s meetings and for storing Sighisoara’s archive and thesaurus. Nowadays The Clock Tower is the main attraction for visitors.

Day 6

Thursday, Sighisoara – Bran – Brasov (171 km, 2h 48 min driving)

“Ramai cu bine” Sighisoara! Welcome to Bran Castle! With a very controversial status: “To be or not to be Dracula’s Castle” Bran Castle offers you its tumultuous history, from being a fortress meant to guard the border between Transylvania and Wallachia to the period when Queen Mary transformed it into a Royal Residence and to nowadays as a worldwide known museum… if the walls could talk. Drive next to the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov. Among the amazing medieval buildings, you can find the most popular attraction of this city, The Black Church. In the evening, enjoy a local taste dinner and attend ‘Dracula’s Wedding’, a non-verbal performance staged by a professional band of

Day 7

Friday, Brasov – Sinaia – Targoviste – Bucharest (192 km, 3h 44 min driving)

Your last day of the tour brings you to Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania. Explore the famous Peles Castle, one of the best-preserved Royal Residences in Europe. From here, travel to Targoviste and visit the ruins of the Old Princely Court, this where several medieval rulers – including Vlad the Impaler - used to reside and run the country from. Transfer to Bucharest airport for your returning flight. Estimated arrival in Bucharest 07:00 PM.Your last day of the tour brings you to Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania. Explore the famous Peles Castle, one of the best-preserved Royal Residences in Europe. From here, travel to Targoviste and visit the ruins of the Old Princely Court, this where several medieval rulers – including Vlad the Impaler - used to reside and run the country from. Transfer to Bucharest airport for your returning flight. Estimated arrival in Bucharest 07:00 PM.

Accommodation

3 nights in 4* hotels, 3 nights in 3* hotels, all accommodation hotels are centrally located.


Tour leader

English speaking guide services.


Meals

6 breakfasts, 4 dinners ( 3 course dinner)This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request.


Transport

All transfers inside the tour by coach, minibus or car – air conditioned, depending on the number of travelers.


Entry fees to

Snagov Monastery, Poienari citadel, Peles Castle, Bran Castle,  Salt Mines in Turda, Corvinesti Castle in Hunedoara, Clock Tower in Sighisoara.

  • Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price. You can organize your flights separately at any point.
  • Others not mentioned

Reservations are required. We recommend booking early as tours are often sold out well in advance. You can make a reservations on-line. In case of making reservations by phone please call toll-free: 808 101 6781 (UK); 866 376 6183 (US).
You can also make reservations by fax - download and complete the booking form and send it by fax to: 0040-364-405641 or by e-mail!

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 (once the amount is registered with our accounts).

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: https://www.visit-transylvania.co.uk/terms.html .

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.

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

Our tours include the services of English-speaking guides.
German, French, Hungarian and Hebrew-speaking guide are also available.

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 or by fax.

Yes, most of our tours operate even if there’s only one person.
Due to socialization reasons our special tours for couples require a minimum of five couples.

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.

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

A minimum age of 10 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. On “for couples” tours a minimum age of 20 years is required.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

Our tour fares are based on two in one hotel room. For occupancy by one person, the "single supplement" cost specified in each itinerary will be required.

If you travel alone you have to book the tour with a single supplement; if you wish to book a double room which you want to share with another traveller, we’ll do our best to make all arrangements, but in case this is not possible, you’ll have to pay the single supplement; however it is our strongest recommendation to book the tour with a single supplement when travelling alone.

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.

Yes, also gluten-free, vegan. When you make the reservation of your tour please do not forget to fill in this information at Dietary Restrictions section.

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)

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 www.mae.ro.

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.

Local Costs in a 3* restaurant: Soft Drink: $1.3; Beer: $1.7; Bottle of Wine: $8.7 - $18, 3 course dinner: $13.28 - $18.11. In shops these products can be 50% cheaper.

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 https://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp atm locator
Visa ATM Locator– Search by airport, city and country https://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/jsp/SearchPage.jsp

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

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.

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: https://time.is/Bucharest

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).