Enjoy in 5 days the full history and legends of Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula. Enjoy dinner and spend one night in Dracula's Castle. See the birthplace and resting place of Dracula. Travel throughout Romania to various medieval cities and towns. Visit castles, fortress and more. Relax with the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off, English/Italian-speaking guide, breakfast and transportation provided by private vehicle.
ItineraryDay 1: Bucharest - Targoviste - Curtea de Arges - Sibiu Stop At: Chindiei Tower (Sunset Tower), Targoviste, Dambovita County, Southern RomaniaTravel to the capital of Wallachia, Targoviste that was also the main residence of Vlad the Impaler. The first Prince County was built by Mircea the Old, the grandfather of Dracula, Vlad Impaler did added later the same tower "Chindia" (Turnul Chindiei). Duration: 1 hourStop At: Curtea de Arges Monastery, Curtea de Arges, Arges County, Southern RomaniaJourney to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Wallachia. On request we can visit the ruins of Fortress of Poienari after climbing around 1400 stairs. The beautiful view from the top it worths the effort to arrive there. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Big Square (Piata Mare), Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Sibiu, a beautiful medieval city where Romanians and Saxons have been living peacefully for centuries and where the various religious monuments (Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants) demonstrate this peaceful coexistence. Sibiu was named European Capital of Culture in 2007 and hosts an extraordinary theater festival every year. The city fascinates thanks to its three squares (Big Square, Small and Huet Square ) that transport tourists in a real medieval atmosphere. Its towers and its 15th century bastions, but also its beautiful museums and the famous “houses with the eyes” give the visitor lovely moments. Also in Sibiu you will see one of the largest gothic evangelical churches in Transylvania.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sibiu.Day 2: Sibiu - Corvin's Castle - Alba Iulia Stop At: Castelul Corvinilor, Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaVisit the famous Castle of the Corvini, the most beautiful in Eastern Europe, a city in Gothic style, where there were celebrated historical movies just for its beauty. We will thoroughly know the Corvini family and its history. We will then see the wonderful scenery surrounding the castle. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia, Alba County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Alba Iulia, a city which is very important from the historical point of view. It is here, in fact, that the event of Great Romania was held on December 1st, in 1918. Alba Iulia is very picturesque, with its citadel, its walls and its museums. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Alba Iulia (Hotel Transilvania or similar)Day 3: Alba Iulia - Turda - Cluj - Bistrita - Borgo PassStop At: Salina Turda, Turda, Cluj County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaThe Turda Salt Mine is now a veritable history museum of salt mining. The excellent state of preservation of mining and machinery used to transport salt, together with the cautious work carried out for prepararing the mine to become a tourist attraction, have made history and legend meet harmoniously here.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Cluj-Napoca City Hall, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaEnjoy a walking tour in Cluj with its most important Squares and the Evangelical Cathedral.Duration: 1 hourStop At: BistriţaTowards evening I arrive at the city of Bistrita, whose main monument is the Lutheran church, built in the fourteenth century in Gothic style but remodeled with Renaissance elements in the second half of the sixteenth century.Duration: 1 hourStop At: TihuțaStop in Borgo Pass, the mysterious place where the vampire legend Dracula comes to lifeDuration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel (Hotel Castel Dracula or similar)Day 4: Borgo Pass - Targu Mures - Sighisoara - Brasov Stop At: Targu Mures Fortress, Tirgu Mures, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Targu Mures, a city in which the baroque style predominates. Targu Mures is dominated by the beautiful Palace of Culture, symbol of the locality, an extraordinary baroque palace. In this transylvanian city, the Hungarian community is still numerous and the architects who have worked on the design of historic buildings are all HungariansDuration: 1 hourStop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit to the city of Sighisoara, with its imposing Clock Tower. This citadel is the best preserved in Europe and, extraordinary, it is still inhabited. Since 1999 the historic center of Sighisoara is a UNESCO heritage site. Here we will admire the church on the hill, reachable after a wooden staircase called the schoolchildren’s ladder. We will also see the statue of the famous Hungarian national poet Petofi Sandor, testifying to the fact that in Sighisoara the Magyar community was in the past numerically important. Next to the statue is the beautiful Catholic church, reserved for the Hungarian community, and the tower of the shoemakers. You can have the lunch at the house where Vlad the Impaler was born (own expenses) Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Brasov, a wonderful Transylvanian town, once entirely fortified, an important cultural, tourist and commercial center. Brasov impresses with its typically German architecture, where the Gothic, the Baroque and the Renaissance intersect to give life to an interesting and culturally very lively city. Visit of the First Romanian School, which is located in the oldest district of the city, and which was inhabited exclusively by Romanians, the Schei district, interesting for the entrances into the city that were carried out in medieval times through the Caatherine’s and Schei Gate, quest last of the nineteenth century. In Brasov we will also visit the impressive Black Church, the largest evangelical Gothic church in Eastern Europe, with a 65 meter high bell tower and a length of 90 meters, the church houses the most beautiful nineteenth-century mechanical organ of Romania. We will then admire the palaces and houses of the historic center, recently restored, with the Council Square which now houses a beautiful museum, and the pedestrian Avenue of the Republic.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included,Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Brasov (Hotel Kolping or similar)Day 5: Brasov - Bran Castle - Peles Castle - BucharestStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. In the Middle Ages, Bran was exactly on the border between Wallachia and Transylvania, so it was essential for the inhabitants of Brasov to build and preserve a defensive stronghold. In the 90s of the 900 this fortress was transformed into a beautiful castle thanks to the intervention of Queen Maria of RomaniaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern Romaniavisit to the fabulous Peles Castle, the summer residence of the first king of Romania, the King Charles 1 of Hohenzollern, of German origins. The castle was beautifully designed by a Czech architect, and is famous for being one of the most modern castles in Europe at the time of its construction, between the 19th and 20th centuries. Each room is characterized by a unique style, different from the styles of the other rooms. We will also admire the Florentine room, where we will breathe a typically Italian and Renaissance atmosphere.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Snagov Monastery, Snagov, Ilfov County, Southern RomaniaStop at Lake Snagov, near Bucharest, where in the center, in a small island, there is a small monastery in which Dracula was buried in 1476. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.No accommodation included on this day.