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From Bucharest: Peles Castle, Dracula (Bran) Castle and Brasov Full Day Tour with Transfer

1. From Bucharest: Peles Castle, Dracula (Bran) Castle and Brasov Full Day Tour with Transfer

Discover the sights and notable cities of Transylvania on this guided tour from Bucharest. Visit historic castles and a medieval town as you immerse yourself in this atmospheric region. After pickup from your accommodation in central Bucharest, set off to explore the historic castles of Transylvania, and the medieval city of Brașov. Stop in the small town of Sinaia and visit Peleș Castle to explore the former summer palace of the Romanian royals. Continue to Bran, famous for the imposing fortress connected to the legend of Count Dracula. Hear tales about the real-life Vlad the Impaler, said to have inspired Bram Stoker. Admire panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the remains of the citadel. Enjoy some free time to wander around the souvenir market, before taking a walking tour of Brașov's medieval Old Town with a local guide. Benefit from some time at leisure before traveling back to Bucharest, where you will be dropped off back at your accommodation.

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

2. 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.

Bucharest: Peles & Dracula's Castle and Brasov Full-Day Tour

3. Bucharest: Peles & Dracula's Castle and Brasov Full-Day Tour

Discover some of Romania's most famous castles on a guided day trip from Bucharest. See Peles Castle and Bran Castle and take some free time to go on a stroll through the Old Town of Brasov.  Following pickup from Bucharest by bus, leave the city for Sinaia. Relax on the drive to 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 due to its position on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Spend free time in Brasov and admire the town's houses built in the Renaissance, Baroque, Provincial, and Neoclassical 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. Learn about Catherine's Gate, situated near the Schei Gate in the western part of the fortress and its 4 little towers which symbolize the medieval right of life and death over the vassal's lives. Later, return to Bucharest for drop-off at your accommodation.

From Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles & Brasov Full-Day Trip

4. From Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles & Brasov Full-Day Trip

Escape the bustle of Bucharest and 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. Enjoy a pickup from nearby meeting points, and guided tours of these fascinating monuments. 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 free time for lunch in the town of Brasov. Start exploring this fascinating Transylvanian town 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 infamous Vlad the Impaler.

From Bucharest: 9-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

5. From Bucharest: 9-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

An adventure of a lifetime, for this 9-day tour of Romania we have chosen an assortment of rich sensory experiences, from medieval sites to a taste of the wilderness, with deep forests, vibrantly colored wildflowers and fresh mountain air (in the right season), all the way to modern exhibits, and a dash of traditional herbs and spices with the delicious foods we will be trying in every medieval town we visit. It’s the best way to understand Romania and the Romanians – Private Tour 9 days in Romania with a local guide :) Join us! Total Duration: 9 days Day 1 : Bucharest City Tour - Overnight in Bucharest What could be a greater adventure than Bucharest City Tour in a Share Tour with maximum 5 persons and having a elegant minibus for our time exploring : The Palace of Parliament or People’s House, The Bucharest National Village Museum, Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue), Revolution Square, The Bucharest Old City Centre, Rich and Poor Area in Bucharest! Itinerary steps: 6 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2 : 1. Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Poenari Castle 3. Transfagarasan Highway 4. Sibiu City Tour - Overnight stay in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3 : 1.Biertan Fortified Church 2. Sighisoara City Tour - Overnight stay in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 4 : 1. Turda Salt mine 2. Cluj Napoca City Tour (Botanic Garden) 3. Surdesti Wooden Church - Overnight in Sighetul Marmatiei Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 5 : 1. Explore Maramures all day(local market) 2. Merry Cemetery 3. Sighet Memorial Museum - Overnight in Sighetul Marmatiei Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 6 : 1. Barsana Monastery 2. Borgo Pass Road 3. Ciocanesti village - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 7 : 1. Voronet Monastery 2. Humor Monastery 3. Sucevita Monastery 4. Moldovita Monastery - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 8 : 1. Lucia Condrea - egg painted museum 2. Nicolae Popa Museum 3. Bicaz Gorges - Overnight Stay in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 9 : 1. Brasov City Tour (Black Church) 2. Bran Castle / Dracula's Castle 3. Peles Castle - Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included

Bucharest: Transylvania Day Trip to Dracula Castle & Brasov

6. Bucharest: Transylvania Day Trip to Dracula Castle & 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.

From Brasov: Tour of Castles and Surrounding Area

7. From Brasov: Tour of Castles and Surrounding Area

The tour will begin from the meeting point located in central Brasov. You will be driven in comfort to the Peasants Citadel, a medieval fortress built from at a time when Teutonic chevaliers ruled the Brasov County. Enjoy a visit around the fortress and observation point, and discover it's history and legends, stopping to take in the wonderful views of Brasov Plateau and the surrounding mountains. The journey will continue towards Bran Castle. Completed in 1388, the castle was built on a steep cliff between Măgura and Dealul Cetăţii, with an exceptional view of the nearby hills. Learn about this famous castle, especially the tales of Count Dracula as you walk the ancient halls.  Next, you will head to Sinaia, the former summer residence of the Romanian royal family. The one hour drive offers spectacular views of surrounding nature and wildlife. Then encounter Peles Castle, considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Visit an architectural masterpiece, discover it's wonderful saloons and learn about the heritage.  On the route home, you can see the view of the Transylvanian Alps, the Bucegi Mountains, and the lively resort-towns of Busteni and Predeal.

Transylvania: Dracula's Castle and Birthplace Tour

8. Transylvania: Dracula's Castle and Birthplace Tour

Drive across Transylvania towards the city of Sighisoara. Here, admire the beautiful medieval cityscape in Romania. Visit the clock tower, giving you an insight in the city's history with an impressive view of the citadel, the former defensive towers and walls of the city. Admire the birthplace of the Walachian leader Vlad Dracul, who would later become known as Count Dracula. Discover his house of birth, and sample a shot of Romanian schnapps. In the afternoon, drive to Bran Castle, an impressive fortification and residence of the Romanian family. The castle is also known as Dracula's Castle. In the late afternoon, go back to Cluj-Napoca.

Bran: Guided Castle Tour

9. 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.

Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Tour

10. Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Tour

Your tour will begin as you are taken by a professional guide from your hotel in Brasov. From here you will travel with a luxury Mercedes high-class van, which you will be your mode of transportation for all 3 of your sights included in the tour. You will begin with a tour of Pele's Castle, a summer residence belonging to the royal family of Romania which was built in the 19th century by Carol the First, the first king of Romania. It is the most beautiful castle in Romania, and one of the greatest in Europe. Next up you will visit Bran Castle, also known as "Dracula's Castle" and built in the 14th century. Whilst here you will learn how this castle was made famous by the Irish writer Bram Stoker. Legends, spirits, ghosts, and many mysteries will be encountered whilst visiting Dracula's Castle. Your final stop will be to the Rasnov Fortress, built in the 13th century on top of a rocky hill creating the perfect vantage point over the surrounding valley. This unique vantage point is the reason why it was only conquered once in 1611. You will be able to admire the beautiful mountain scenery of the Bucegi Mountains, Tara Barsei, and many others. In the evening, you will be returned back to your hotel with beautiful memories of the day.

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4.7 / 5

based on 2,121 reviews

Seeing this area of Romania was very worthwhile - we agreed we could have spent many days immersed in the area around Peles Castle. The Peles Castle was stunning, Brann disappointing, but we knew in advance it would be overcrowded and a bit kitschy. Brasov was also beautiful but overcrowded on the day we went….school holiday and leading up to halloween. Our guide, Emanuel, was great and did his best to get us around the crowds. We were literally the first into Peles Castle which was marvellous. The drive back to Bucharest was stupidly busy, but again, we were warned so took it all in stride. The van did not have big enough windows to truly appreciate the views unless you were seated in the front, and in our case, an older couple grabbed those seats and refused to give them up despite our practise of rotating seats in previous tours (even though they were too big to comfortably fit those seats and crowded the driver/guide the entire way). Overall I highly recommend this tour.

A must have experience! the 1 day trip was about visiting the beautiful and historical Corvin's Castle and as well as breathing the most pure salty air inside the Turda Salty Mine. The trip was organized by Sergiu from TimisoaraCityTours . He is an excellent driver and his guidance and stories were shared in such a pleasant manner that for a moment I felt I was part of it . thank you

Everything was amazing. We really had the best guide ever, Ovi. Not only he knew all the history stuff, but he made our trip enjoyable. He gave us a tour around Peles Castle and in Brasov, as well as helped us get into Bran’s castle. We made everything on time even though it was Halloween and super crowded. Ovi, thank you for all!

If someone visit Romania this trip is a must do! Beautiful scenery, interesting local history with two castles and the city of Brasov that worth seeing. Having a nice, responsible, well informed about the history of Romania and pleasant guide like we did (Marius) made the trip even more pleasant. Defently recommended!

Coca was exceptional, his knowledge was unmatched. He was full of energy and laughter.