Choose our unforgettable trips to Transylvania! This is a 5-days private Dracula tour. This tour type offers a couple of advantages over the regular trips. First of all, you can depart on any date which suits you best. Furthermore, you will travel in a small group, consisting of your friends and family only.
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Trips to Transylvania - Highlights:Bran Castle – Transylvania’s iconic image, an impressive fortress dating back to 1377, also known as Dracula’s Castle The Medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoara – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vlad the Impaler’s birth place Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass – built in accordance with Bram Stoker’s imagination on the border between Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina. The Medieval Saxon city of Brasov – one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, it was here that Vlad the Impaler led raids against the Saxon merchants Rasnov Peasant Citadel – the best preserved peasant fortification in Transylvania and the largest one in Eastern Europe The medieval city of Sibiu – concentrating the largest number of tourist attractions in Romania, the place where Vlad the Impaler’s son, Prince Mihnea the Evil is buried Medieval Accommodations – the finest selection of 3 and 4* hotels, including Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, meant to introduce the visitor to the local atmosphere.
Private Trips to Transylvania - ItineraryOur guide collects you from Avram Iancu International Airport in Cluj-Napoca. After that, you will follow into the footsteps of Jonathan Harker and travel to Bistrita. Have dinner at the Golden Crown restaurant and enjoy the same menu Bram Stoker's character had. Next, drive to Borgo Pass and accommodate at Dracula's Castle Hotel. Your next destination is Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the real life inspiration for Dracula. Explore the impressive citadel and then visit the Clock Tower Museum, The Torture Room and the Medieval Weapons Collection. Accommodate at a 3* medieval hotel.
Private Tours - Bran CastleThe next day, travel to a destination present in almost all of our trips to Transylvania: Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. Visit the impressive landmark and then travel to Rasnov Citadel. After that, travel to the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov and visit landmarks such as the popular Black Church. In the evening, accommodate in Poiana Brasov. Continue one of the best trips to Transylvania with a drive to Sibiu. En-route, stop in Faragas and then admire Fagaras Citadel, one of Transylvania's strongest fortifications. In Sibiu, discover one of the largest concentrations of tourist attractions in our country. Enjoy a city tour and then discover the Evangelic Church. After that, accommodate at guesthouses in the village of Sibiel and then enjoy a traditional home cooked Saxon dinner. On your last day in Transylvania, return to Cluj-Napoca. Enjoy a city tour, which includes Saint Michael's Cathedral. Optionally, you can have lunch in town and then we will drop you off at the airport for your return journey. This is an overview of your tour. For more information, please scroll up and then use the product’s menu to navigate to your desired section such as Itinerary, Inclusions or Exclusions.
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- At the moment of booking we require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we issue a Confirmation Letter.
- The final payment is due 60 days prior to tour departure. Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking.
|Departure date||Price per person (2 persons to one double room)||Single room supplement||Availability|
|5 day tour. Departure from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania (GMT +02:00)|
|Every Friday, on request, for a minimum of 2 people.|
- It is more comfortable
- Time saving
- You can decide the pace of the tour
- Having a tour guide helps you to have a more genuine experience
- Once you realize the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return to your country.
- People speak plenty of English in Romania and you will find the locals and the other tourists are friendly and open.
- No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.
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Friday Cluj Napoca – Bistrita – Borgo Pass
Welcome to Transylvania. You will be collected by our English speaking guide from Cluj Napoca Airport.
Transfer to Bistrita Citadel. It was here, in the medieval citadel of Bistrita, that the main character of Bram Stokers’ novel, Jonathan Harker enjoyed his last meal before confronting the Count. Visit Jonathan Harker’s saloon in Golden Crown Restaurant and should you dare, enjoy the very meal he had when in Bistrita.
You‘ll accommodate in Dracula’s Castle, a hotel built in accordance with Bram Stoker’s imagination on the border between Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina, in a breathtaking natural setting: winding roads, thick forests and picturesque Transylvanian villages. We recommend dinner at the castle.
Saturday, Borgo Pass – Targu Mures – Sighisoara
Get acquainted with Transylvania’s Szekler and Saxon influences. Morning transfer to the medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoara. Stop en-route to Targu Mures, an important Szekler centre in Transylvania, also known as “the city of roses” due to its lovely gardens. One of the main highlights is Teleki Palace, dating back to 1797, a beautiful Baroque style building with Neo Classical influences. We strongly recommend that you try for lunch the delicious Hungarian dishes specific to the area.
Founded by Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of Europe’s most beautiful and still inhabited fortified cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the medieval atmosphere at its best, visit the Clock Tower - built in 1360 and standing 60 meters tall on top of the citadel's hill, it hosts a museum and offers a great view over the citadel, The Torture Room and The Medieval Weapon Collection. Sighisoara Medieval Citadel is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, was born. The building still stands and it was turned into a cosy restaurant where one can taste the delicious Count’s dishes. Accommodate in a 3* hotel located in the heart of the medieval citadel.
Sunday, Sighisoara – Bran – Rasnov – Poiana Brasov
Capture the essence of Transylvania. Drive to the village of Bran to visit Transylvania’s iconic image, Bran Castle. Unrightfully called Dracula’s Castle, Bran owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. The edifice was once a fort guarding a commercial road, documentary evidence of the castle dates back as far as 1377. In 1920, Queen Maria, the niece of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, turned the castle into a beautiful summer residence. Close to the castle there is a shrine set in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered her heart. Continue your journey with Rasnov Peasant Citadel. Standing on top of a hill and overlooking an incredible Transylvanian landscape, Rasnov is the best preserved peasant fortification in Transylvania and the largest one in Eastern Europe, first documented in 13 century. Transfer next to the medieval Saxon city of Brasov, 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. The most famous landmark of Brasov is the Black Church, the largest gothic edifice in Southern Europe dating back to 14th century. For lunch we recommend Saxon’s Barrel Restaurant for the delicious Saxon dishes they offer.
Accommodate in Poiana Brasov, located at the foot of Postavaru Mountains in a magnificent mountainous natural setting, in an outstanding medieval hotel.
Monday, Poiana Brasov – Fagaras – Sibiu – Sibiel
Morning transfer to the imposing city of Sibiu, former Cultural Capital of Europe. Stop en-route to Fagaras. Fagaras Citadel is one of Transylvania’s strongest fortifications, dating back to the 15th century.
The fortified town of Sibiu has always been the centre of Romania's German minority since medieval times and it is one of Romania’s most beautiful cities. The city contains one of the largest concentrations of tourist attractions in Romania. Enjoy a city tour including the Evangelic Church, one of Transylvania’s finest examples of Gothic architecture. Built in the 14th century, the Cathedral also served as a burial place for the city’s personalities. Among others, one can visit here the tomb of Mihnea Voda cel Rau (Mihnea the Evil), Vlad the Impaler’s son, who was stabbed in the Cathedral in 1510.
You’ll enjoy the evening in the traditional village of Sibiel. Accommodate in welcoming guesthouses and enjoy a traditional home cooked Saxon dinner. Sibiel is home the largest collection of painted glass icons in Europe, the Museum in the village exhibits more than 700 items.
Tuesday, Sibiel – Cluj Napoca
Morning transfer to Cluj Napoca. Cluj was the Hungarian provincial capital and it is one of Transylvania’s most important economic, political and cultural centers. Unirii Square houses beautiful Baroques, Gothic, Renaissance and neo – Classical buildings and is dominated by Saint Michael’s Church. Enjoy a city tour including the imposing Saint Michael’s Cathedral.
For lunch we recommend Ciuleandra Restaurant, offering delicious traditional Transylvanian Cuisine and an outstanding genuine ambiance.
Transfer to the airport for the return journey.
Tour LeaderEnjoy the services of a professional trained English speaking guide/driver
TransportationBy standard European car – air conditioned gasoline and parking fees
Accommodation1 night in a 4* hotel, 2 nights in 3* hotels and 1 night in a guesthouse
Meals4 breakfasts and 1 home cooked traditional Saxon dinner in Sibiel
Entry fees to the following tourist attractionsDracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, Clock Tower, Medieval Weapon Collection and Torture Room in Sighisoara, Bran Castle, Rasnov Peasant Citadel, Fagaras Citadel, Evangelic Church in Sibiu, Glass Icon Museum in Sibiel
- lunches and most dinners
- photo & video taxes for tourist attractions
- other not mentioned
Reservations are required. We recommend booking early as tours are often sold out well in advance. You can make a reservations on-line. In case of making reservations by phone please call toll-free: 808 101 6781 (UK); 866 376 6183 (US). You can also make reservations by fax - download and complete the booking form and send it by fax to: 0040-364-405641 or by e-mail!
We require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. When you make the reservation online you will be required to pay the deposit. You will receive an automatic response with your Holiday Booking Reference. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we proceed with the reservation for the requested services and issue the Confirmation Letter + Paid Invoice (once the amount is registered with our accounts).
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Please check with the airline company. Anyway is good to pack light, some of the hotels – historical buildings do not have elevators.
Our tours include the services of English-speaking guides. German, French, Hungarian and Hebrew-speaking guide are also available.
We can design an itinerary at a time that suits you, to your own comfort levels and within your own budget. Please send your request by e-mail or by fax.
Yes, most of our tours operate even if there’s only one person. Due to socialization reasons our special tours for couples require a minimum of five couples.
The tour has a general audience as it targets people interested in history, culture, customs and beliefs. Group size can be between 4-26 people. Transylvania Live is member of the responsible travel network and we are committed to operating a travel policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We operate our tours with small groups in order to minimise the negative impact on the environment and allow our guests to interact more easily with the locals, facilitate the communication with the guide. The average age of group is, most of the time, between 35-45.
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In case we’ll have a full house situation at one of the hotels, an accommodation of an equal classification or better will be booked for you. In case of closed roads due to bad weather, working situations or dangerous weather conditions the itinerary could suffer changes.
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Our tour fares are based on two in one hotel room. For occupancy by one person, the "single supplement" cost specified in each itinerary will be required.
If you travel alone you have to book the tour with a single supplement; if you wish to book a double room which you want to share with another traveller, we’ll do our best to make all arrangements, but in case this is not possible, you’ll have to pay the single supplement; however it is our strongest recommendation to book the tour with a single supplement when travelling alone.
A welcoming country house, not necessarily decorated in a peasant like style; you’ll stay under the same roof with your Romanian host! In most cases dinner and breakfast are included, and rates are based on two guests per room. They offer one bathroom for two rooms; the bathroom can be situated on the hallway. Staying at a “traditional Maramuresean country-inn” or “a typical Hungarian-Sekler country-inn” will prove to be an unique experience.
Yes, also gluten-free, vegan. When you make the reservation of your tour please do not forget to fill in this information at Dietary Restrictions section.
American citizens do not require a visa for Romania (Romania is a member of the European Union so it shares the same legal legislation – a passport is all you need)
To check the list of the countries that require a visa please see the web site page of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mae.ro.
Romanian currency is Lei (written symbol Ron). All the places in Romania trade lei (pronunciation: lay). You can bring some of the local currency from USA or you can change here the amount of money you need (advisable due to the lower exchange rate). Credit cards are accepted in large hotels, restaurants and malls. ATM machines are available at banks, airports and shopping centers all over the country. (except in remote areas or villages). Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices. International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services. The tour guide is also responsible for helping clients with money exchange; recommend the exchange offices which charge the lowest commission.
Local Costs in a 3* restaurant: Soft Drink: $1.3; Beer: $1.7; Bottle of Wine: $8.7 - $18, 3 course dinner: $13.28 - $18.11. In shops these products can be 50% cheaper.
ATMs are available in all the cities; near by hotels, our guide will come with good advice and recommendations. MasterCard ATM Locater– Search by address and by airport https://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp atm locator Visa ATM Locator– Search by airport, city and country https://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/jsp/SearchPage.jsp
In Romania electric power in use is of 220 voltages, AC, usually 2 pronged.
Romania enjoys warm summers and cold winters. In summer, cool cottons are best and in the winter a warm jacket or alike is recommended. Autumn is dry and cool, with fields and trees producing beautifully colored foliage. The weather in October-November is very unpredictable, with daytime temperatures between 6°-17° Celsius (42.80 - 62.60 Fahrenheit), and night time temperatures between 3° - 10°Celsius (37.40 - 50 Fahrenheit); but it is very much possible that you will see some snowfall especially in the mountain areas.
Romanian time is EET (Eastern European Time, two hours ahead of GMT, seven hours ahead of New York and ten hours ahead of Los Angeles. Check right now what time is in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania: https://time.is/Bucharest
The dress code in Romania is the same as all over Europe (think France, Germany, UK or Italy). Wearing jeans, t-shirts/sweatshirts and athletic shoes is standard casual in Romanian. Plenty of designers’ shops are to be found in major cities: Bucharest, Cluj, Brasov, Sibiu, where people are a bit too pretentious when it comes to their outfits. Dorobanti Boulevard in Bucharest can easily be compared to Chaps Elysees in Paris when it comes to “fashionists” (costs are similar too). The malls are well supplied with designers’ clothes and with respect to the prices, a great deal of our clients found the Romanian costs to be more acceptable then the ones in US. With regards to the restaurants’ dress code, something casual is sufficient. You can wear whatever you would wear at home. To satisfy dress codes for churches and monasteries, men and women are requested to cover their arms and legs (no shorts above the knees or sleeveless garments).