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From Bucharest: Peles, Bran Castle & Old Town Brasov Tour

1. From Bucharest: Peles, Bran Castle & Old Town Brasov Tour

Discover some of Romania's most famous castles on a guided tour from Bucharest. See Peles Castle and Bran Castle, and take some free time to stroll through the Old Town of Brasov. Following pickup from Bucharest by bus, leave the city for Sinaia. Visit Peles Castle, the former residence of the kings of Romania. Here, admire furniture, ornamental objects, carpets, tapestries, sculptures, paintings and collections of weapons from the 15th to 19th centuries. Continue to Bran with its famous Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. Learn about the castle's history and how it had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Enjoy free time in Brasov and admire the town's houses built in the Renaissance, Baroque, Provincial and neo-Classic style. Explore the medieval fortress of Brasov, formerly one of Europe's most secure fortresses. See the preserved old wall, the Black and White Towers and the Weaver's Bastion. Also, learn about Catherine's Gate, situated near the Schei Gate in the western part of the fortress and its 4 little towers symbolizing the medieval right of life and death over the vassal's lives. Later, return to Bucharest with drop-off at your accommodation.

From Bucharest: Peles and Dracula's Castle Full Day Trip

2. From Bucharest: Peles and Dracula's Castle Full Day Trip

Travel with your guide in the morning from Bucharest to the countryside. See famous architecture, including Dracula's Castle, and ancient architecture in Brasov before returning to your accommodation. Leave the city with your guide on the route to Sinaia. Visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania. Admire a museum of 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, famous for Bran Castle, also called Dracula's Castle, known for its significance in local and history, and literature.

Cluj-Napoca: 2.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour

3. Cluj-Napoca: 2.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a lengthy 2.5-hour walking tour through the fascinating city of Cluj-Napoca, know as Cluj for short. Visit the birth house of Matthias Corvinus, Hungary's most renowned 15th-century king, and learn fascinating stories about his life, as well as the importance of wine in the region. Continue the tour to the large Union Square to admire the classic Gothic style of the 14th-century St. Michael's Church, and the large equestrian statue of Corvinus that rests in front of it. Continue walking until you arrive at the "Street of the Intellectuals," famous for its many educational institutions, including the Babes-Bolyai University. As you walk, learn from your knowledgeable guide about the fate of the witches living in Cluj in the Middle Ages, and the formation of the Guilds. Walk past the remains of the city's defensive walls and arrive at a newer part of the old city, named the Avram Iancu Square. Admire the Orthodox Cathedral that rests here, built in the 1930s, as well as the National Theater, built in 1906 by a team of Viennese architects.

Bran: Guided Castle Tour

4. Bran: Guided Castle Tour

After meeting with your guide in Bran village, your castle tour will start. After a short introduction about the surrounding area, you will walk inside the castle and begin your journey into the past. Bran Castle has more than 50 rooms, but most of them closed between 2006 and 2009 when Queen Maria’s grandchildren inherited it from the Romanian government. There are still 19 of them currently open for the general public, as well as a secret passage. Your guide will provide you with an in-depth tour covering the history of the fortress, including many legends and vampires. You will also hear stories about Count Dracula, and the implication of Queen Maria of Romania in the restoration of this fantastic place. You can encounter the guard's room, the queen’s apartment, the king’s apartment, the catellan’s office, the music room, and the apartments of Princess Ileana and Prince Nicolae. Your tour will end in the court yard by the well, which sits right beside the time tunnel which you will be welcome to walk through afterwards.

Sighisoara: Candlelight Tour of Dracula's Home Town

5. Sighisoara: Candlelight Tour of Dracula's Home Town

Meet your guide in front of the Clock Tower museum to start your tour. After a quick introduction to the history of the Old Town, head up towards the Church on the Hill and walk through the Covered Stairs or the Stairs of the Scholars. Stroll through the narrow streets of this medieval site until you reach the old city walls to marvel at the incredible old towers and bastions that still stand and are extremely well-preserved. Listen to your guide’s in-depth description about the evangelistic church located just feet away from two of the major attractions in the city, the Clock Tower and Dracula’s house. Dracula’s house is the place where the famous Wallachian king was born in 1431, learn about the tales of the world’s most well-known vampire. The tour ends with an explanation of the Clock Tower’s history, and a recommendation from your guide for local restaurants and bars for you to spend the evening at, tasting local cuisine and meeting the locals.

Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle and Brasov

6. Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle and Brasov

Enjoy a full-day trip from Bucharest to discover the Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula's Castle. Explore the city of Brasov on a guided tour and see the Peles Castle, the former home of the Romanian royal family. The first stop on your Transylvania adventure will be in the picturesque landscape of Sinaia, the so-called Pearl of the Carpathians. Here, discover Peles Castle, a masterpiece of design with unique turrets and great attention to detail. After taking in some unbelievable views across the mountains from Peles Castle, the trip continues to the medieval Bran Castle, better known as Dracula's Castle due to its association with Vlad the Impaler. In Brasov, follow your guide on a walking tour to admire sights such as Brasov's Council Square and the Black Church, one of the main attractions in Brasov.

Sibiu: City Sightseeing Tour

7. Sibiu: City Sightseeing Tour

Experience the charm of Sibiu on a sightseeing tour of the medieval city center and see why it was named the European Capital of Culture in 2007. Stroll down narrow streets and encounter colorful buildings, peaceful courtyards and mysterious passageways. Enjoy moments of quiet in historical churches and get an amazing view, framed by the snow-capped peaks of the Făgăraș Mountains. Admire the elegant architecture on Grand Square, pass the charming Renaissance-style Haller House, and see the Brukenthal National Museum in an Habsburg palace. Admire the symbolic Council Tower, take an enchanted walk up the Passage of the Stairs in the Lower Town, and join the hustle and bustle of Cibin Market. Discover the remains of the old city walls and pass the elegant Thalia Hall, where many of the city's concerts are performed. Be amazed by the Gothic façade of the Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral on Huet Square and much more.

From Sibiu: Day Tour to Brasov and Dracula's Castle

8. From Sibiu: Day Tour to Brasov and Dracula's Castle

Brasov (pronounced Bra-shov), known as Kronstadt in German or Brassó in Hungarian, is the 7th largest city in Romania. It is located almost in the center of the country and surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. The city provides a mix of wonderful mountain scenery in the nearby Poiana Braşov, and medieval history with German influences in the old town. Admire the beauty of Brasov through a 2-hour walking tour. During your medieval journey in the “Crown City” you will discover its historical and cultural sightseeings. Admire the Weavers' Bastion and go to the 4-foot-wide Rope Street (Strada Sforii). This was initially used as an access route by firefighters. Visit also Brasov Synagogue and see the Catholic Church, Post Orchard, White Tower and Black Tower. The city tour ends with some free time for you to explore on your own and have lunch. After the free time, depart for Bran Castle and the mysterious legend of Dracula, the last stop before the return drive to Sibiu via Brasov.

Sibiu: Medieval City Exploration Game

9. Sibiu: Medieval City Exploration Game

Go on a quest around Sibiu's famous towers by solving clues that will unlock fascinating stories and locations. You will follow a less crowded path around the old citadel, explore hidden passages, and discover the amazing life stories of the ancient locals. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that locations is unlocked. After you purchase the quest, you will receive an access code that you can use in the app. Along the way, you’ll find fascinating stories of the towers that strongly influenced the history and evolution of this city. This challenge takes roughly 1.5 to 2-hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. The total length is about 3.5 km. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and you’re ready to go on a city adventure. This is a fun and unique way to acquaint yourself with the city of Sibiu and a fun day out for you, your family and friends. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

10. 3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

Explore some of the most important sites in the legendary Transylvania region of Romania on a 3-day package tour from Bucharest. With bed and breakfast accommodation in a 3-star hotel, you will explore the city of Sibiu, once ranked by Forbes Magazine as “Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live.” Visit medieval castles and monasteries, and explore the fable of Count Dracula. Day 1: Depart from Bucharest and visit the Moorish Monastery of Curtea de Argeș, built by the ruler of Wallachia, Prince Neagoe Basarab, in 1514. Continue to the small Cozia Monastery to discover one of the most important monuments of national medieval art in Romania. After a break for lunch in a traditional Romanian restaurant, drive through the stunning Translyvanian landscape to Sibiu, historic capital of the Principality of Transylvania. The former German medieval citadel, with documentation dating back to 1191, is one of the most beautiful towns in Romania, with many historic buildings that you will explore on a walking tour of the Old Town. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Romanian dinner, with overnight accommodation in Sibiu town center. Day 2: After breakfast, depart Sibiu for the Biertan commune, where you will tour one of the most important Saxon villages of fortified churches in Transylvania, including the largest fortified church in Transylvania, built between 1490 and 1524. Continue to the medieval citadel of Sighișoara, which dates back to 1280 and is home to the only medieval citadel in Europe still populated. During a walking tour, visit the city’s landmark Clock Tower for panoramic views across the ancient houses. After lunch, head to Brasov, surrounded by the Southern Carpathians. The first documented evidence of the medieval citadel dates back to 1235. Birthplace of the Romanian national anthem – and briefly renamed “Stalin City” during the Communist era – Brasov boasts beautiful Gothic churches, medieval buildings, and the narrowest street in Romania, which you will explore on a guided walking tour. Day 3: Following an overnight stay in Brasov, start your day at the city’s Black Church, built in 1383, and the most important tourist site in Brasov. Then, drive to the legendary Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), perched on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Marked as the home of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, explore the castle grounds and museum, before a traditional lunch. Continue your tour at Sinaia, a lovely mountain resort in the Prahova River valley, and visit Peleș Castle, built by the first king of Romania, Carol I. Tour the exquisite Neo-Renaissance building, built between 1875 and 1914, and end your tour of Transylvania’s architectural delights at Sinaia Monastery, founded by Prince Mihail Cantacuzino in the 17th century upon his return from a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. After exploring the Old Church and the 19th century Great Church, drive back to Bucharest for the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Transylvania

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I was reading so many things about Serban that I really wanted to have him as my guide... and I did! Honestly? I wanted to give this experience 5 stars from the moment he spoke to me. He was wonderful throughout! His sense of humour and his energetic personality made this one of the best parts of my trip in Romania. Definitely recommend this tour, you won't regret it! Some things were of course unavoidable, like traffic in the roads and big crowds at the places we visited, but these kinds of things can happen even if you make the trip on your own. It was still enjoyable, since Serban didn't allow for anyone to get bored since he was cracking up jokes all the time. My only advice: DO NOT BE LATE for pick-up, because they don't wait, and rightfully so, since there are deadlines that must be met. Yes, they contact you and give you a chance to come, but they can only do so much since there are other people who were on time, waiting to begin their excursion.

Very good tour, the guide was knowledgeable and very good at time management. Having the skip-the-line included was really handy, especially for Bran castle. I recommend!

Absolutely loved how George didn't make you feel like this was just another tour or he was just another tour guide. He's a real local and has amazing knowledge

The tour guide Riga was well versed and then driver Dio was excellent. The van was in good condition and clean.

Amazing tour with an excellent guide! Had a really good time and I would definitely suggest this tour.