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

1. From Bucharest: Peles and Dracula's Castle Full-Day Tour

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.

From Brasov: Tour of Castles and Surrounding Area

2. 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.

From Brasov: Small-Group Brown Bear Watching Tour

3. From Brasov: Small-Group Brown Bear Watching Tour

After pickup from the meeting point in central Brasov, you’ll head straight into the Transylvanian forest for your brown-bear-watching adventure. Among the world’s largest carnivores, male brown bears can weigh up to 750 pounds, with an estimated 5,500 individuals living in the Carpathian region of Romania.  After arriving in the forest, your guide, an experienced forest ranger, will take you on a 20-minute walk to the hideaway from which you’ll watch the bears. Gaze out into the forest, keeping your eyes peeled for the massive creatures, alongside the other varied fauna that live in the region, from wild boar to deer and lynx. All the while, your guide will fill you in on fascinating information about the peculiarities of the region’s wildlife and ecosystem. Afterwards, you’ll head back to the meeting point in Brasov.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs with Hotel Pickup

4. From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs with Hotel Pickup

Start with a pickup from your hotel, apartment, or another place of your choice in Krakow at the time you specify. From there the duration of the trip from Krakow to Zakopane is approximately 2 hours. About 20 minutes from Zakopane lies the town of Chochołów. This village is famous for its wooden houses which look almost identical. Settlers have traditionally washed the wooden walls of buildings with soap, which happens twice a year in the periods before Christmas and Easter. Thanks to this cleaning, the buildings that are many years old look like new. In the vicinity of Chochołów, there are places where highlanders produce sheep's cheese traditional to this region of Poland. This cheese is called "Oscypek", and as part of your trip, you will learn about its production history whilst tasting it. The town of Zakopane is the capital of the Polish mountains. Each year, this place attracts many tourists who want to experience the unique style of Górlaskie culture, which is expressed through architecture, food, music, style of speech, and clothing. In the town center lies "Krupówki" Street, and you will be given time for independent exploration and a possible lunch. This street is the market square of Zakopane, where you can find many good restaurants which serve local food, as well as souvenir shops. Zakopane also boasts cable-car access, and from the top of the "Gubałówka" Mountain, you can glimpse the Polish Tatra Mountains. After exploring Zakopane and the surrounding area, your driver will transport you to the thermal pools in Bukowina Tatrzańska. Whilst there, relax and feel the health properties of thermal water. The admission ticket to the Bukovina Thermal Pools includes themed areas for children and adults so that everyone can enjoy their time equally.  After returning to the parking lot, your driver will take you to your desired location in Krakow.

From Brasov: Bear Watching in the Wild

5. From Brasov: Bear Watching in the Wild

Meet your driver-guide at your hotel in Brasov in the late afternoon and make a 30 minute drive in an air-conditioned vehicle to the forest. Gain fascinating insights into the lives of brown bears as you travel. Learn how their sharp sense of smell is vital in ensuring their survival and how they can grow to enormous sizes, with some males reaching up to 770 pounds (350 kgs).  Meet the ranger who will outline the rules you must follow in order to respect the bears' habitat and stay safe. Then walk about 20 minutes or drive with a jeep to the observatory where you can observe the bears as they go about their everyday life. Take photos of the bears interacting, playing, and resting.  After about two hours, return to the vehicle and get dropped off back at your hotel in Brasov with wonderful memories of these amazing creatures.

Transylvania Bran Castle 2–Day Halloween Party

6. Transylvania Bran Castle 2–Day Halloween Party

Saturday: Bucharest - Bran  Drive to Bran and stay over in a 4*pension, 10 minutes walking from Bran Castle. Enjoy a delicious traditional dinner and then go on a night tour of the iconic Dracula's Castle. Afterward, join the party in a tent mounted in the courtyard. Sunday: Bran - Brasov - Bucharest Take a morning drive to the medieval Saxon city of Brasov - a city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere, which has played a vital role in Romania’s history, both old and new. Three quarters of the city is surrounded by mountains, and it is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. Visit the most famous landmark of Brasov, the Black Church - the largest gothic edifice in southern Europe dating back to 14th century. Initially called St. Virgin Mary, the church was renamed after the great fire in 1689 that blackened its walls. It hosts the largest bell in the country as well as a collection of oriental carpets dating from the 15th and the 18th centuries. 

From Brasov: Halloween Party at Bran Castle

7. From Brasov: Halloween Party at Bran Castle

Dress up as the spookiest ghoul you can, and get picked up from your accommodation in Brasov at 7.30 PM. Get to know the history of the notorious castle that’s shrouded in mystery on a spooky two hour guided tour. Be welcomed into the castle by Prince Vlad the Impaler himself, and explore the chilly rooms that will be filled with prince and princesses from the Middle Ages.  Then, enjoy some blood-red wine and then continue your evening with a party in the castle garden. Dance and drink the night away in a large tent with your fellow ghouls.  Lastly, get taken back to your accommodation in Brasov.

Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Tour

8. 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.

Brasov: Brown Bear & Wildlife Watching

9. Brasov: Brown Bear & Wildlife Watching

Head deep in the forests surrounding Brasov. The vehicle that will pick you up and bring you to the forest will stop approximately 200-300 meters away from the observation hide. Walk for a short distance to the hide and then wait quietly, for the wildlife to come out. Everything is real and wild. Please note that there is no 100% guarantee that you will spot any wildlife, but statistically, there are very high chances to spot brown bears, and also lynx, foxes, wolves, and wild boars. Once the sun is setting and it is getting darker, start making your way back and return to Brasov, as you will not be able to see anything in the dark and walking through the forest during the night can be dangerous. The meeting time is set according to the dusk time and can, therefore, vary a little. The starting time for this adventure runs from 6 PM in mid-summer time to 3 PM in November, when the days have already become very short.

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

10. 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.

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4.3 / 5

based on 347 reviews

We first visited Bran Castle in the morning and early afternoon. We then went to Brasov where we took a walking tour of the city. The tour was done by a very knowledgeable guide who told us some interesting history and anecdotes regarding Transylvania. The tour leader was very kind and helpful for the whole duration of the excursion. I absolutely recommend!

Lovely day trip from Bucharest. Easy way to see all the attractions of the area in a short period of time. Our guide, Adrian was very knowledgeable and gave the best recommendations (go with him for lunch break in Bran and you won’t be sorry).

Claudio was a great guide - friendly, very informative, accommodating. If you want to do 2 castles, 1 monastery and a fortress in a day without being knackered and stuck in ticket queues, I would recommend this tour!

A fantastic tour with a guide who knows a lot about the country and its history. Nice car with air conditioning great stories about the places we visited and very helpful with all questions Thank you so much

Quite a nice trip, lots of nice views. The disadvantages are crowds of people in castles, which spoils the overall impression and tiring bus ride, but otherwise very nice. Great guide, I recommend it :)