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  • From Bucharest: Dracula Castle & Brasov Full-Day Trip

    1. From Bucharest: Dracula Castle & Brasov Full-Day Trip

    Spend a day immersing yourself in the landscapes and landmarks of Transylvania. Encounter the historic castles, rich scenery, and evocative atmosphere of this unique region.

    Start your day trip with a visit to Peles Castle, set in the scenic mountain resort of Sinaia, known as the Pearl of the Carpathians. Tour the Romanian royal family’s former summer residence, which showcases a magnificent palace in the German Renaissance style.

    Next, enjoy a walking tour of the town of Brasov. Start from its main square, and stroll around its well-kept historical center as you see sights like the Gothic Black Church, old City Hall, and the narrowest street in Europe. Encounter Bran Castle for your final tour stop, also commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. Take a walk inside its grandiose towers and down its winding narrow staircases and passages, and learn about the inf...

    Overall this is a pleasant experience that was worth the price. The drive from / to Bucharest is the longest part. That's why I feel this trip's decision to include two castles and a town is good. The long ride is not justified by a single destination. Be ready to return late (we arrived back around 21:30). Also take some snacks as the meal times can vary.

  • From Bucharest: Transylvania's Peles & Bran Castles

    2. From Bucharest: Transylvania's Peles & Bran Castles

    In the morning meet the guide in Bucharest. Leave the city on the route to Sinaia. Visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania. The Peles Castle is 44 kilometers away from Brasov in Sinaia, a well-known mountain resort as well. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania where one can admire furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, and a weaponry collections from the 15th up to the 19th century. Continue the journey to Bran with it’s famous Bran castle. Also called Dracula`s Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometers) at the entrance in the Bran – Rucar passage. The first documentation about Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Throughout history, the Castle had a strategic mission of acting as a border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the rule of the King of Hungary...

    Koka was an excellent guide and driver. He provided us with lots of useful information. It was an awesome day out. Highly recommend

  • Brown Bears and Dracula's Castle in Transylvania

    3. Brown Bears and Dracula's Castle in Transylvania

    Stop at the Libearty Brown Bear Sanctuary, which is the largest of its kind in the world. Money raised from tickets and donations contribute to the welfare of the animals. See the impressive medieval Rasnov Fortress. Its main attraction is the panoramic view over the Piatra Craiului Mountains and Brasov Depression. The 11-hour program continues to the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. Built in 1377-1382 as a fortress, it became famous after Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published and then made into a movie. Stop in Brasov, a lovely medieval town located in southern Transylvania, and enjoy a walk along its picturesque streets.

  • Bucharest: Haunted City Exploration Game and Tour

    4. Bucharest: Haunted City Exploration Game and Tour

    After purchasing your quest, you will receive a code which grants you access to the quest in the app (the app is free to download). Along the way, you'll pass by the House of the Devil, you'll find out about the organ traffickers at the Bucharest Post Office, and you'll discover many other strange places and stories of the city. The quest can be played at any hour, but it is recommended that you try it at night for the authentic haunted experience. It will take you between 1 -2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit which means you can finish it at your own pace. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, providing you with exact directions, so you won’t need a map or GPS. When you get the correct answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked, making you your own guide for this adventure. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by sel...

  • Bucharest: Dracula's Castle & Brasov Small Group Guided Tour

    5. Bucharest: Dracula's Castle & Brasov Small Group Guided Tour

    Meet your guide and fellow sightseers in Bucharest, then depart the city and head to Peles Castle. Peles, which was built between 1873 and 1914, boasts incredible Neo-Renaissance architecture and is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Admire this stunning castle, as well as the Carpathian Mountains that surround it, and learn about its rich history from your expert guide. Continue the tour to Bran Castle next, more commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. One of the most famous sights in Romania, this medieval dwelling dates back to the 14th century and is steeped in history and legend. Learn about the story of Dracula from your guide whilst marvelling at this impressive and somewhat haunting building. The final stop of the day is the charming medieval town of Brasov, nestled between the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the...

    Really good english speaking guy, Christian. I recommend this tour as there was no strict schedule to follow.

  • Bucharest: 6-Day Transylvania and Bucovina Experience

    6. Bucharest: 6-Day Transylvania and Bucovina Experience

    Day 1: Bucharest to Bucovina You will be picked up by a professional guide from either your hotel in Bucharest or Otopeni Airport. From there you will endure a long drive to Bucovina, but you will benefit from a luxury Mercedes Vklass van or a similar car, making your entire vacation comfortable. You will begin by visiting the Humor Monastery and the Voronet monastery, before an overnight in Gura Humorului in a 3-star hotel (with breakfast included). Day 2: Gura Humorului, Vatra Moldovitei, Sucevita, Marginea, and Sucevita On your second day, you will visit the Moldovita Monastery, Ciumarna Passage, the Sucevita Monastery, and the Marginea Black Pottery. At the conclusion of your day you will overnight in Sucevita Village at a guest house, where you enjoy both dinner and breakfast which will consist of traditional local products. Day 3: Suc...

  • Transylvania: Cultural Full Day Trip

    7. Transylvania: Cultural Full Day Trip

    Escape the chaos of Bucharest on this full-day tour to Transylvania. Following a hotel pick-up, travel through Carpathian Mountains to the mountain town of Sinaia, where you will explore the medieval Peles Castle. Continue to beautiful Sinaia Monastery, an excellent example of late 17th-Century architecture, and famous for the magnificent art it contains. After a late lunch, journey to Brasov, home of Bran castle, famously thought to be the home of, and inspiration for, Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. You will enjoy many other icons of old Brasov, including Council Square, Council Tower, Weavers' Bastion, the Black Church, and more. The Black Church is a perfect embodiment of the Gothic reputation that surrounds Transylvania. For those who enjoy history, there will also be a visit to the first Romanian school in Transylvania, where you will find Romania’s first printing press, along with ...

    The guide did a wonderful job, the vehicle was comfortable and we had a splendid time. With gratitude

  • Halloween in Transylvania: 7-Day Tour

    8. Halloween in Transylvania: 7-Day Tour

    Day 1: Arrival – Bucharest City Tour If you arrive in Romania for the first time, the first city to greet you is Bucharest. Experience an atmosphere that will be quite similar to many other capitals: new buildings, historical monuments and the hustle-bustle of a restless city. It’s here that your journey to a parallel world starts, one populated by vampires, mythical creatures and, weird phenomena. Only a few kilometers away from Bucharest you will reach a charmed islet in the middle of a lake, with a small chapel inhabited by only one monk. The former church is now in the depths, covered by water. Legend has it that on stormy days its sunken bell can be heard tolling. The evening is devoted to the old historical center; the narrow streets nowadays filled with stylish bistros and cafés that used to be witnesses to public trials whose merciless judge was the Wallachian prince Vlad the Im...

  • Bucharest: 2-Day Tour of Transylvania & Halloween Party

    9. Bucharest: 2-Day Tour of Transylvania & Halloween Party

    Day 1: Bucharest - Sinaia - Brasov - Bran Get picked up directly from your hotel in Bucharest and travel around Transylvania with your guide. First, travel to Sinaia, a mountain resort nestled in the historical region of Muntenia. Visit the exquisite Peles Castle, surrounded by forest and situated at the foot of the breathtaking Bucegi mountains. Admire the castles wooden Viennese decorations that adorn the castle. Next, travel to the charming city of Brasov, where you will visit the Black Church, a celebrated Gothic site that acquired its name after being blackened by smoke from the 1689 great fire. Next, take a walk through the town and admire the clock tower and fortifications.  Then, go to your 3-star hotel and get dressed up as the spookiest ghoul you can for the Halloween party at Bran castle. Get to know the history of the notorious castle that’s shrouded in my...

  • Day Trip to Transylvania - all you need to see!

    10. Day Trip to Transylvania - all you need to see!

    During a visit to Transylvania, you'll discover this area is home to over 50 castles, fortresses and fortified churches. The road to the first castle leads you to fairytale landscapes with an abundance of forests and mountains. The road takes you to the heart of the mountains. In Sinaia you'll have the chance to enjoy the Peles Castle tour.  The castle is famous for the fact that it used to be the residence of the royal family, and will deeply impress you with its beautiful courtyard and amazing architecture. It's considered as being a real crown jewel. Bran Village is the next one on the list, and you'll have the chance to see Bran Castle, known all over the world as “Dracula’s Castle”. Built at about 60m high between 1377 and 1382, it's a combination of remarkable architecture and unique Gothic elements. In the beginning, the castle served as a defense point. It was built in order to ...

Frequently asked questions about Bucharest

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days?

    2 or 3 nights will probably be enough in Bucharest, but why not stay a little longer to enjoy day trips to Romania's nearby historic sites? Sinaia, Brasov, and Transylvannia are all unmissable!

  • Where to stay?

    Most of Bucharest's tourist attractions and sights are located downtown, as are its best places to eat and drink. Of the 3 squares there, Universitatii is the most pleasant for visitors. There is also Unirii Square, which is the shopping district, and Romana Square is well-connected though more residential.

Good to know

  • Language
    Romanian
  • Currency
    Romanian leu (lei)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +40
  • Best time to visit
    It's best to visit from April through June, and also September and October, when you can avoid the hot, dry summer and cold winter, instead enjoying sightseeing in milder temperatures.

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What people are saying about Bucharest

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,883 reviews

I enjoyed Marius the guide a lot as the tour guide and driver! The anecdotes, history and personal opinions he told us on the way and at the castles, streets and gardens were very clear and very interesting. I HIGHLY recommend this tour to everyone! And consider booking the 2 or 3-day tours since they are more flexible and allow you to experience the places and Romania itself much better. I would only suggest talking more peacefully about the roads and them bad drivers :))

Overall this is a pleasant experience that was worth the price. The drive from / to Bucharest is the longest part. That's why I feel this trip's decision to include two castles and a town is good. The long ride is not justified by a single destination. Be ready to return late (we arrived back around 21:30). Also take some snacks as the meal times can vary.

Nice places to see, it seems a long day but totally worth the while. The lunch could be made shorter if there were options to preorder ahead, to save some time.

I enjoyed a trip which included a variety of destinations with a knowledgable and attentive host He always made himself available to us when we wanted help

The tour was good. The tour guide had good knowledge of the sites and was very humorous as well. Definitely recommend this tour