The Dracula Experience

Romania · November 26 - 30 2020

Follow in the footsteps of the myth and legend of Dracula, from his place of birth to his final resting place.

Overview

Let us transport you deep into the stony heart of the Transylvanian countryside to a remote corner of the Carpathian Mountains. Receive a cold welcome to the legendary Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, and real life setting of Bram Stoker’s sinister novel where you’ll unravel the secrets of the castle. You’ll also have the opportunity to climb up to the crumbling ruins of Rasnov Fortress and admire some truly spectacular views of the bleak Transylvanian landscape. Discover Transylvania’s medieval towns of Brasov and Sighisoara, where Vlad Tepes was born, and even cross the water over to Snagov Monastery where Vlad the Impaler’s headless body was discovered by monks on the island.

Included
  • ALL TRANSFERS
  • ALL ACCOMMODATION
  • 2 nights in Bucharest
  • 1 night in Brasov
  • 1 night in Sighisoara
  • *During the shoulder seasons (Apr-May, Nov), you will be staying in Sibiu instead
  • MEALS
  • All breakfasts
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Visit and entry to Snagov Monastery
  • Visit and entry to Bran Castle
  • Visit and entry to Rasnov Fortress
  • Visit to Balea Lake (summer season)
  • Visit to Targoviste (cusp season)
  • THE SERVICES OF A BI-LINGUAL GUIDE
  • UNTRAVELLED PATHS EXPERIENCE EBOOKLET

Hosts

Highlights

Visit Bran Castle

Visit Bran Castle

Perched up tall and ominous, with narrow corridors and hidden staircases, the Bran Castle certainly fits as home to the legend of Dracula. Steeped in history and legend, there is much to take in.

Sighisoara

Sighisoara

Birthplace Vlad III Dracula, Sighisoara is one of the best preserved medieval saxon towns in Romania. Cobbled streets lined with colourful buildings, it's impossible not to be charmed by this fairytale-like town.

The Transfăgărășan

The Transfăgărășan

Jeremy Clarkson famously referred to the Transfăgărășan as the "best round in the world" due to endless turns as it winds its way up to the picturesque Balea Lake. The truly incredible engineering feat took 4 years to build.

Rasnov Fortress

Rasnov Fortress

The fortified citadel of Rasnov is perched up high above what is now the new town. Believed to have been build in the early 13th century by Teutonic knights the fortress was only conquered once in 1612.

Location

Romania

Overview

Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Romania and you’re likely to hear something along the lines of Dracula, vampires and gypsies. Yes, the spooky castles pitched on rocky hilltops are certainly vampire-worthy but the only real fangs you’re likely to be exposed to here are those belonging to the wild bears, wolves and lynx that roam the Carpathian Mountains. Once you place the stereotypes aside for a moment, you’ll soon understand how misunderstood, overlooked and vastly underestimated this country is.

DID YOU KNOW

  • Romania comes from the Latin ‘Romanus’ meaning ‘citizen of the Roman Empire’

  • The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is the second largest building in the world

  • The Carpathian Mountains are home to 60% of Europe’s Brown Bear population

  • Transylvania translates to ‘the land beyond the forest’

The Plan

Day 1: Arrive in Bucharest

Arrival in Bucharest followed by an airport transfer to your boutique accommodation in the heart of the Lipscani district. Spend the rest of the day as you choose, perhaps visiting the ruins of the Old Court of Bucharest where Vlad the Impaler resided while in Bucharest or simply enjoying the wealth of bars, cafes and restaurants dotted around the old town.

Day 2: Travel to Brasov via Snagov and Bran Castle

Morning transfer to Transylvania via Snagov Monastery, where Vlad the Impaler was assassinated and discovered by monks who recovered his headless body. Cross the bridge over to the island on which the monastery is located and visit the tomb where Dracula was buried. Afterwards, visit the infamous Bran Castle, where Vlad the Impaler was thought to have stayed, and then on to the medieval town of Brasov for an evening of rest and relaxation in Transylvania,

Day 3: Travel to Sighisoara via the Rasnov Fortress

Morning visit to Rasnov Fortress near Brasov to explore the crumbling ruins built by the Teutonic Knights in Transylvania which was once owned by Dracula’s grandfather, Mircea the Old. Afterwards, transfer to the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, where you can climb the old Clock Tower and walk up the Covered Staircase to the ancient Church on the Hill and wander through the cemetery. Spend the night in boutique accommodation just across Sighisoara’s main square where the young Dracula was born.

*Please note that during the cusp season (April-May and November), you will be travelling to Sibiu for the night.

Day 4: Travel back to Bucharest via Transfagarasan* road and Poenari Castle

Morning transfer on the ‘best road in the world’, the Transfagarasan, up to Balea Lake for lunch before travelling back to Bucharest for your final night.

*Please note that during the cusp season (April-May and November), the Transfagarasan road is closed, so you will be travelling back on the Olt Valley. The bonus is that you will get to visit Targoviste, Vlad the Impaler's Princely Court.

Day 5: Final day and transfer back to the airport

Transfer to Bucharest airport for return flight.