Welcome to Romania! Explore our country during the best holidays in Transylvania. Discover impressive landmarks related to Vlad the Impaler, the ruthless ruler also known as Dracula. These include his birthplace, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, the iconic Bran Castle, Poienari Fortress, the ruler’s mountain retreat or Snagov Monastery, Dracula’s alleged burial place.
Holidays in Transylvania – Vampire Itineraries
Throughout the year, we organize several Vampire Holidays in Transylvania. These itineraries range from our 3-days short break to the Awarded 7-Days Dracula Tour. The short break departs on request from Cluj-Napoca and includes Sighisoara Citadel, the Medieval Saxon City of Sibiu, Corvinesti Castle and Turda Salt Mines.
Our Awarded 7-Days Vampire itinerary departs from Bucharest and, apart from the short break, also inludes Snagov Monastery, Poienari Fortress, Dracula’s Castle Hotel in Borgo Pass, Bran Castle, the Medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoara or the impressive Peles Palace. Our Vampire tours also include the Ritual of Killing of The Living Dead, performed by our team according to old customs and traditions.
The 7-Days itinerary also has a special edition including a Royal Dinner at Bran Castle and a fun Masquerade Party.
Holidays in Transylvania – Halloween Itineraries
On Halloween, we organize several types of holidays in Transylvania, ranging from 1 or 2-days short breaks including either our amazing party in Sighisoara Citadel or the unique Halloween Party at Bran Castle. You can also attend a 3-days short break from Cluj-Napoca or Bucharest and attend both parties.
For the complete experience in Transylvania, we recommend our Awarded 7-Days Halloween itinerary. Visit unforgettable highlights such as Snagov Monastery, Poienari Fortress, Corvinesti Castle, Turda Salt Mine, Dracula’s Castle Hotel in Borgo Pass, Sighisoara Citadel, the iconic Bran Castle or Peles Palace. In addition, have fun at 3 amazing parties.
Awarded Dracula tours
Best Holidays in Transylvania
Holidays in Transylvania – 3-Days Halloween From Cluj-Napoca
Escorted tour, from €599- Cluj Napoca, Transylvania, departure code: TR4.3RoHa
Halloween Party, in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place , plus Bran castle Halloween party!
The best Halloween Party from Sighisoara includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine. Open bar is availble untill 01.00 am
You can be part of the special programme including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampire Hunting, magicians shows, contests and many dark surprises.
Direct flights from London-Luton to Cluj Napoca available.
Halloween party from Dracula Castle from Bran inlcudes a night visit to the castle decorated for Halloween with VIP entrance (skip the 3 hours line) and a 3 course dinner at the hotel situated in walking distance from the party
2 days tour.
Departure from Bucharest, Sibiu or Cluj Napoca Airport(tour code: Tr4.4RoHa)
Enjoy the best Halloween Party ever in the Medieval Citadel of Sighisoara, Dracula’s birth place!
A 2 day Transylvanian short break departing from the Romanian airport of your choice, be it Bucharest, Sibiu or Cluj Napoca.
You can decide for yourself the level of classification for accommodation in the citadel, from hostel style dormitories to an exquisite 5* intimate medieval hotel.
The main highlight is the Halloween Party including a delicious traditional dinner, open bar, an excellent magicians show, vampire hunting show and The Ritual Killing of a Living Dead, providing you with a truly memorable experience. more »
Unforgettable Dracula tour with dinner at Bran Castle and a joyfully masquerade party in Transylvania
Escorted tour, with guaranteed departures from Bucharest, HB from € 1204
A Dracula Tour departing from Bucharest, intended to Dracula enthusiasts, culture and history fans, adventure seekers.
The tour includes the most important historical places related with Vlad the Impaler such as: Snagov Monastery where, Vlad was buried after his assassination; Sighisoara – Dracula’s birth place, Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, built according to Bram Stocker’s imagination and the legendary Bran Castle.
These guarantee departure tours also include a Royal Dinner at Bran Castle, in Queen Marie’s Tea House. You will also attend an unforgettable Masquerade Party, including the Ritual Killing of a Living Dead performed according to old Transylvanian tradition (as was featured on Travel Channel)
Awarded 7-Days Holidays in Transylvania
7 days of Halloween tour, HB, from € 1299 – Bucharest departure – code: RO7.BHADT
This awarded Dracula Tour from Bucharest, is included by Fodor’s Travel Guide in Top 10 Must-Do Adventures and awarded “Tour of the Year” by TourRadar.
Includes the best Halloween Party in Sighisoara Citadel, Dracula’s birthplace. Also happenings like The Ritual Killing of a Living Dead (featured on Travel Channel). Assist at a Vampire Hunting.
Party and sleep in Dracula’s Castle hotel in Borgo Pass. Visit the most important historical places related with Vlad the Impaler: Bran Castle and Poenari Fortress. Join us on the best 7 Days of Halloween itinerary!
Summer tours with guaranteed departures from Bucharest, HB from € 1159
A Dracula Tour from Bucharest, Romania intended to Dracula and history fans.
Attend the Ritual Killing of a Livig Dead (as seen on Travel Channel).
These tours includes the most important historical places related with Vlad Tepes such as: Snagov Monastery where, Sighisoara citadel- Dracula’s birthplace.
Another highlight is Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, built according to Bram Stocker’s imagination and the legendary Bran Castle. more»
Best Holidays in Transylvania – 2-Days Tour with Party at Bran Castle
2 days Short break, from € 369 – Bucharest departure, (tour code TRB.2RoHa)
Enjoy the biggest Halloween from Transylvania!
A 2 days short break with transfers from Buchaest.
Win a prize for your desguise at the dinner with traditional meals and costume contests. VIP entrance to the castle (skip the 3 hours line) and night visit to the castle decorated for Halloween.
Participate to the Halloween Party at Transylvania’s iconic image – Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. more»
Holidays in Transylvania – 3-Days Halloween Short Break from Bucharest
3 days, escorted trip, from €599 – Bucharest departure
It’s time for the ultimate Halloween Parties in Transylvania: Sighisoara Halloween party and Bran castle Halloween party?
Which will be the best? Come to Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place!
This short break includes a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel. The Halloween Party from Sighisoara includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive diner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine and accompanied by a special programme including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampiresa Hunting, magicians show and many dark surprises.
Also enjoy a night visit to Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle (decorated for Halloween) with its Halloween party, the biggest in Romania. more »
Transylvania’s Undying legend
Private Holidays in Transylvania
fom € 1299 – Bucharest departure code: Ro4.3RoVa
A private Dracula Tour in Transylvania departing from Bucharest. The tour includes historical and legendary places related with Dracula’s life and death. First of all Vlad Dracula’s birth place in the medieval citadel of Sighisoara. Also the ruins of the Poienari Fortress, the real Dracula Castle, Dracula’s refugee place from Arefu village. Finally Dracula’s tomb in Snagov Monastery. Thus enjoy a mysterious trip in Dracula’s Realm! more »
Escorted tour Romania, guaranteed departures,
HB from € 569- Cluj-Napoca departure TR 4.3RoSh
Discover the best parts of Transylvania’s legendary landmarks in shorter time, this short break in Transylvania includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Sighisoara, unique events which caught the attention of media world wide such as the live reenactment of the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, and Transylvania’s most beautiful castle – Corvinesti Castle.
The entertaining programme is complemented by the relaxing 4* accommodation, a medieval fantasy with beds and the mouth-watering vampire dinner! We bet our 9 lives you’ll love it. more»
1 Day accommodation and Halloween Party at Bran Castle,
starting from € 249 – TRB.1RoHa
Enjoy a night tour of Dracula’s Bran Castle! Meet the Wicked Fairies and get lost in their euphoric dance along with a glass of local red wine. Feel amazing being part of a dynamic Halloween Party in the grounds of Bran Castle until 4:00 am.
Accommodate in a 3* hotel near in walking distance from Bran Castle. Before visiting the castle enjoy a traditional 3 course dinner. Win a prize to the costume contest at this diner.
Immerse yourselves in the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. more »
escorted tour, departure from Bucharest
A private Dracula tour from Bucharest concentrating the most important places related to Vlad Dracul and his legend.
Snagov Monastery, Bran Castle, the Medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoara. Finally visit the outstanding city of Brasov.
Halloween in Transylvania with party at Dracula’s Castle on national television
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7-Days Halloween Tour Highlights:
Advice for Irish tourists traveling to Romania
If you’re travelling to Romania, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has the following travel advice practical tips and useful information.
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available by contacting the Health Service Executive, and that you also obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
Romania remains a safe country to visit. There are internal political tensions and visitors are advised to avoid large crowds and political demonstrations. We advise that all normal precautions be taken.
Romanians are friendly and welcoming people many of whom will happily converse in English
The majority of visits to Romania are trouble-free. Serious crimes involving tourists are not particularly common and most of those that do arise are petty and do not involve violence. There is no known threat of terrorism. Nevertheless, visitors to Romania are advised to take normal personal and security precautions, particularly at night.
Irish nationals do not require visas for visits to Romania.
The official currency in Romania is the RON, often called Lei. Obtaining RON prior to travel can be difficult. However, on arrival cash can be withdrawn from ATMs.
Irish visitors to Romania are encouraged to register with the Irish Embassy in Bucharest.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
You can contact the emergency services in Romania by dialing 112.
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Get a European Health Insurance Card
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
Safety and security
There have been some reports of credit and debit cards being scanned or stolen and used illegally, as happens elsewhere. Use of ATMs is generally safe but some precautions should be employed, such as only using those in department stores or hotel or airport lobbies.
As would be expected in large urban locations, there are occasional reports of pickpockets and bag snatchers operating in crowded areas. Confidence scams leading to theft of passports or wallets have also been known to arise where thieves claiming to be police approach visitors and ask for ID. The Romanian police do not generally ask people for documentation without good cause and in the event of any reason for suspicion visitors should offer to go the nearest police station.
Ideally, where they are not expected to be needed, valuables and other items such as spare jewelry, passports, driving licences, credit/debit cards and excess cash should be secured in a hotel safe.
While the water supply in Romania is not known to be contaminated, use of bottled or filtered water is recommended as a safer option.
Although a decreasing problem, Romania has a significant population of stray dogs. While these do not usually pose a danger it is strongly recommended to avoid contact with them as they can be aggressive and some could be rabid.
The Carpathian Mountains of Romania are famous for their wilderness and beauty but are also home to large populations of bears and wolves. While they try to avoid humans, it is recommended when visiting remote areas to travel in groups and to take expert advice locally.
Local laws and customs
Visitors are required to carry photo ID in Romania; a photocopy of passport or driver’s licence should suffice for this purpose.
Inappropriate or insensitive behavior or activity in public is likely to offend others and risks prosecution or even a violent reaction.
Bucharest has a good Metro system. It and other towns and cities are serviced by buses, trams and taxis which are very good value by western European standards. Romania also has a good network of inter-city trains. Motorways are not extensive.
Some Romanians drive erratically and at excessive speeds and vehicles are not always fully roadworthy. Serious road traffic accidents regularly occur. Visitors entering Romania by road or driving there should ensure that they have adequate insurance cover. Insurance companies or brokers should be consulted in advance about this, if necessary. Drivers in Romania must also be in possession of a driving license and car ownership documentation.
All vehicles must pay a general road toll. This “Roviniete” ticket can be purchased at border points and at most petrol stations throughout Romania, and should be prominently displayed on the vehicle windscreen.
The traffic police are known to apply on-the-spot penalties for infringements of traffic regulations, including the retention of driving licences for up to three months in very serious cases.
In winter, drivers should ensure that vehicles are prepared for extreme weather conditions, including fitting mandatory winter tyres.
Roads, including primary roads, can be of poor standard, badly lit, pot-holed and with barely visible markings. Appropriate precautions should be taken, especially at night.
There is zero tolerance for drink-driving and permitted blood/alcohol ratios are below those in Ireland.
In Romania, taxis are relatively inexpensive. In general it is recommended that taxis are booked using one of the various methods available, rather than hailed on the street. This is especially the case where vehicles do not have a meter or display fares. Some visitors have reported incidents of overcharging, especially from airports and major train stations – some taxi drivers will offer a fixed price to the city centre which may appear reasonable but could be significantly in excess of the normal fares in Romania. Visitors arriving at the airport are advised to decline any taxi offers in the arrivals area but instead to avail of one of the simple-to-use automated taxi ordering services in the arrivals hall.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
European Health Insurance Card
As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.
The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.
In case of a genuine consular emergency while the Embassy is closed, please leave a message with name, location and telephone number at +4021 310 2131 and the Duty Officer will call you back.
Embassy of Ireland 50-52 Buzesti St
3rd Floor, Sector 1
Tel: +40 21 3102131
Fax: +40 21 3102181
Monday to Friday 09:30 to 12:30; 14:00 to 17:00