package

In the Footsteps of Count Dracula

Location

Romania

Duration

8 days

Shared

This trip is shared with other travelers from SC (or its partners); included tour guides and transportation are for the entire group.
Departure time is fixed and prices are calculated based on max capacity, so they are fixed and per person.
$ 1139
Brief

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”, has preserved some of the most beautiful medieval towns in Eastern Europe. Experience the thrill of walking in Dracula’s footsteps, with an itinerary that will take you through all the places that carry the memory of the bloodthirsty Count.

Day 1

Bucharest 

Welcome to Bucharest! Transfer and check-in at the hotel. Explore the Little Paris of the East together with your local guide and discover the town's true gems such as the Arch of Triumph, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Palace of the Parliament, and the Patriarchal Church. Take a stroll in the Old Town and see its highlights: the Stavropoleos Church, the National Bank, the History Museum, the Lipscani street, and 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.

Overnight in Bucharest (Dinner). 

Day 2

Bucharest – Sibiu 

After breakfast, you will leave the capital to explore the legendary Transylvania. On your way towards Sibiu,
you will make a stop at Poenari Fortress for a dive into the legend of the bloody Count. Perched on a remote
peak on the cliffs of the Fagaras Mountains, the 13thC 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. Access to the citadel is made by climbing the 1,480 concrete stairs. Continue to Curtea de Arges, Curtea de Arges Monastery, an impressive Byzantine-style church that dates back to the 16thC and houses the tombs of several Romanian kings. Admire the Moorish arabesques and ornate interior while learning of the many dark legends that surround the monastery’s construction. After the visit, travel to Sibiu. Check-in and dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Sibiu (Breakfast, Dinner). 

Day 3

Sibiu 

Enjoy a walking tour in Sibiu, the largest and wealthiest walled citadel built in Transylvania in the 12thC by the German settlers.  The town has a pedestrian-friendly area, with two accessible levels: The Upper Town and the Lower Town, connected through the Stairs Passage. With its wonderful medieval atmosphere that has been preserved to this day, Sibiu was listed by Forbes in its top 10 of the most idyllic places to live in the world, and was chosen as Europe’s Cultural Capital City in 2007 together with Luxembourg. Visit the Grand Square, the Small Square, the Liar’s Bridge and the impressive Evangelical Cathedral. In the evening you will drive to Sibiel village, where you will be welcomed by the riders in a traditional way,with salt and bread. Meet one of the local families and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with lots of wine and brandy.

Overnight in Sibiu (Dinner).

Day 4

Sibiu – Sighisoara

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 an 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 arrive in Sighisoara, the town where supposedly Vlad the Impaler was born. 

Overnight in Sighisoara (Dinner).

Day 5

Sighisoara – Brasov 

Sighisoara dates back to the 13thC and impresses visitors with its wonderful medieval atmosphere. During the walking tour you will get to admire the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill and the Birth House of Dracula. It is said that Vlad Dracul, the father of Vlad the Impaler, lived in this house and that here was where the imfamous Count Dracula took his first steps. The truth can only be known during the inside tour. Next, enjoy a taste of Romanian brandies at a local wine cellar before departing to Brasov – the Crown of Transylvania. Historians mention the fact that Vlad the Impaler travelled a lot through Transylvania and never really settled in one place. This is the reason that stories about him appear in most of the Transylvanian cities.

Overnight in Brasov (Dinner).

Day 6

Brasov 

After breakfast you will depart towards Bran, where you will discover the Dracula Castle.  Hidden in the hilly forest of Bran and surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend, the castle was built by the German-Saxons in the 14thC and served as customs for many centuries between Transylvania and Wallachia. In 1920 the castle became Royal Residence, offered as a gift by the people of Brasov to Queen Marie of Romania. Now internationally known for being the place where Bram Stoker's fictional creation, *Count Dracula*, is set, the castle is the most visited place in Transylvania. Return to Brasov. The walking tour starts at the Council Square, built by the Saxons who called it the Markplatz. One of the main highlights of the city is the Black Church, Romania’s leading gothic church, and the largest one between Vienna and Istanbul; it got its name after the Great Fire in 1689. On your tour you will see also the narrowest street in Europe, the Rope Street. In the evening enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants in the Old Town.

Overnight in Brasov (Dinner). 

Day 7

Brasov – Bucharest

Drive today to Sinaia and visit the Peles Castle. Considered by many to be one of the most stunning castles in Europe, the Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture. Commissioned by King Carol I in 1873, the castle served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. From here you will travel to the town of Targoviste where you will find the famous “Princely Court”, known as Vlad the Impaler’s real palace. He lived here for 7 years as the ruler of Walachia. The palace is now in ruins with only parts of the walls still intact but next to the palace you can find the watch tower and a church which by contrast is still completely intact. The final stop of your journey will be in the footsteps of Dracula at the Snagov Monastery, near Bucharest, where the Count was murdered by the Turks and secretly buried by the monks. Arrive in Bucharest in the evening and after check-in, enjoy a farewell dinnner at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Bucharest (Dinner). 

Day 8

Bucharest

Enjoy some free time in the Romanian capital before your departure. Your driver will take you to the airport. Have a safe flight! 

Photos
  • Sibiu

  • Brasov

  • Count Dracula

  • Sighisoara

package code: RO48445
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