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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: Dracula Castle, Peles & Brasov Full-Day Trip

2. 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.

Bucharest: Transylvania Day Trip to Dracula Castle & Brasov

3. 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

4. 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: Halloween Party at Bran Castle

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

Bran: Guided Castle Tour

7. 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.

Transylvania Bran Castle 2–Day Halloween Party

8. Transylvania Bran Castle 2–Day Halloween Party

Saturday: Bucharest - Bran  Drive to Bran and stay over in a 3* hotel (or best available at equal classification). 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 Sibiu: Day Tour to Brasov and Dracula's Castle

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

In the morning, drive all the way to Bran, enjoying a nice view of the Carpathian mountains along the way. Visit Bran castle and discover the mysterious legend of Dracula on your own. Take time for lunch. In the afternoon, head to Brasov, the 7th largest city in Romania. The city provides a mix of wonderful mountain and medieval history with German influences in the old town. On a 2-hour walking tour, discover the historical and cultural highlights of Brasov the “Crown City". Admire the Weavers' Bastion and go to the 4-foot-wide Rope Street (Strada Sforii). Check out 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 the city on your own. After your free time, return to Sibiu.

Transylvania: Dracula's Castle and Birthplace Tour

10. 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.

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Experiência incrível e inesquecível! Guia e motorista muito simpáticos e alto astral! Começamos a viagem 07h45 e tivemos em média: 1h30 no castelo Peles, 1h00 no castelo de Bran, chegamos para almoçar em Brasov às 15h00 e ficamos lá 2h00 (infelizmente não tínhamos tempo suficiente para conhecer a parte alta da cidade, que aparentemente é incrível)! Chegamos de volta em Bucuresti às 21h15 no centro da cidade.. Super recomendo!

Ovi our guide was fantastic! The tour was a great way to see a different part of Romania from Bucharest. It was a lovely, small group. Great variety of sites. Great information from Ovi, and the perfect amount of time at each site. Fun day!

Great! Out tour guide, Eugene, was very educated, told us a lot about history of Romania while moving in a comfortable bus from Buchurest to Transylvania. Also, very helpful and gave us quite enough free time, too. Highly recommended!

Very nice trip, a lot of exiting emotions, perfect views, the guide is a perfect and clever guy! Definitely will recommend this to everyone!)

Pele's castle was really beautiful and Brasov too. Bran castle was nice from the outside but more like a bad haunted house on the inside.