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Bucharest: Day Trip to Brasov with Peles & Dracula's Castle

1. Bucharest: Day Trip to Brasov with Peles & Dracula's Castle

Enjoy a full-day car, van, or bus tour from Bucharest to the historic region of Transylvania. Uncover the influence of different cultures, including Romanian, Saxon, Turkish and Hungarian. See Dracula’s castle and Peles Castle and venture to Brasov for a guided walking tour.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel and sit back and relax on the drive to Sinaia in the Transylvanian Alps. Sinaia is known for its beautiful late 17th-Century Byzantine monastery. Visit the neo-classical Peles Castle, built on a medieval route that linked Transylvania to Wallachia. Continue to the medieval Bran Castle which is better known as Dracula’s Castle due to its association with Vlad the Impaler. Admire the castle's romantic setting on a forested hill. Gaze up at its imposing towers. Explore one of the largest in medieval town's in Romania on a walking tour of Brasov. Tour the historic streets and take in sights such as the Council Square, Black Tower and Black Church to get an idea what a typical old Transylvanian city looked like. Take in gorgeous mountain scenery as you drive back to Bucharest and are dropped off at your hotel.

Bucharest: Pub Crawl in the Old Town

2. Bucharest: Pub Crawl in the Old Town

Widely seen as one of the most promising party destinations in Europe, Bucharest is a great place to be partying and grabbing drinks with friends at very reasonable prices. Probably the most thorough experience of the nightlife in Bucharest, this pub crawl allows you to discover the best bars and clubs in the Old Town area with an experienced local guide. Over the course of at least 4 hours, after all the attendees meet up, the night will start with a warm-up bar, good for socializing and getting into the party vibe, followed by at least 3 more party venues, ideal for dancing, meeting locals and enjoying random events such as band performances or karaoke. Each of the spots has a different style, from alternative to fancy, in order to satisfy any kind of expectations and get a broader idea of the real nightlife in Bucharest. City hints and tips, free photos from the guide and various promotions are also included during the pub crawl and a party vibe is guaranteed.

From Bucharest: Transylvania's Peles & Bran Castles

3. From Bucharest: Transylvania's Peles & Bran Castles

In the morning meet the guide in Bucharest. Leave the city on the route to Sinaia. Visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania. The Peles Castle is 44 kilometers away from Brasov in Sinaia, a well-known mountain resort as well. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania where one can admire 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 with it’s famous Bran castle. Also called Dracula`s Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometers) at the entrance in the Bran – Rucar passage. The first documentation about Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Throughout history, the Castle had a strategic mission of acting as a border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the rule of the King of Hungary Sigismund of Luxemburg, then under the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In 1912 it was donated by the municipality of Brasov to the Romanian royal family and so it became their residence.

From Bucharest: Small Group Day Trip to Medieval Bulgaria

4. From Bucharest: Small Group Day Trip to Medieval Bulgaria

Start by meeting your local guide at your hotel, then drive south from Bucharest towards the Romanian and Bulgarian border. After crossing the Danube River and the Friendship Bridge, you will enter Bulgaria. On the way towards Veliko Tarnovo, stop for an exclusive visit of the Rock Hewn Churches next to the village of Ivanovo. These are Bulgarian Medieval churches, chapels and monastic cells hewn into the craggy gorge of Roussenski Lom River. Inscriptions, portraits of saints, and other restored items are from the 13th century. After this, discover Veliko Tarnovo, which was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and has a long tradition in the culture of Bulgaria. The city is rich in museums and historical sites, combined with a vivacious night life propelled by the students in one of the largest universities in Bulgaria. Take a walk on the Artisans Street where you have the chance to pass by workshops owned by Bulgarian families for generations, preserving the old traditions. You will have the chance to see a fully functional coppersmith workshop to see the production of copper plates and cups used for Turkish coffee. Hike up the Tsarevets Hill with the remains of the castle and church of Bulgarian kings. Visit the Fortress, the Patriarchal Church, the Royal Palace, and Emperor Balduin’s Tower. Next, journey to Arbanassi and step back in time while wandering the streets lined with houses and churches dating back as far as the 16th century. Take a peek into the life of rich merchants from the 17th century while visiting the Konstantsalieva House, showing the lavish but simple lifestyle of the nobility. Next, stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants serving local food and savor the famous Bulgarian cuisine. Take a brief walk in Ruse, Bulgaria’s first European style city. See the streets with curb stones and pavements, Viennese lanterns, and catering establishments. Bulgaria’s first lift was installed here in 1896. The list of monuments is vast here, counting sites like the Main Square, Palace of Justice, Catholic Boarding School, French College, the Pantheon, and the Neo-Gothic Church of Saint Paul. Following this, begin the journey back to Bucharest.

From Bucharest: Day-Trip to Ruse, Bulgaria

5. From Bucharest: Day-Trip to Ruse, Bulgaria

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in Bucharest. After a short meet and greet, you will head off on your journey and see what this city has to offer.  On your tour, see the lasting effects of the 19th-century, a prosperous time for the city that helped create its nickname - "Little Vienna". Throughout the day you will get to admire the charm of imposing belle epoque architecture, a style totally unique to this part of the country. Your guide will introduce you to the main highlights of the city, starting at Svoboda Square - from here you will spread out throughout the city.  Visit the neo-baroque Profit-Yielding Building. Built in the 19th-century by Viennese architects, it is the home of dramatic theater in Ruse. Nowadays, it also houses a few restaurants, within which, you will get to stop for a typical lunch and dine the way the locals do. During your tour you will get to marvel at dozens of buildings with European heritage. You will get to see how the city combines several architectural styles, whilst making them harmonious at the same time. You will get to stop near the Girdap - the first privately owned bank in the country, the Opera House, School of Music, Hotel Plaza Charlino, Regional Library Building and more. Follow this up with a visit to the oldest church of Ruse - Holy Trinity Church and the Ruse Historical Museum. In the Museum, Bulgaria's rich history and traditions will reveal themselves to you  during your informative visit of the premises.  The tour will end with a relaxing walk near the majestic Danube River. The river not only gives the city its’ romantic look but also defines Ruse as a significant transport, logistics, business and cultural center of Bulgaria. You can enjoy a breathtaking panorama before departing back to Bucharest full of exceptional memories.

Bucharest: Salt Mine Day Trip

6. Bucharest: Salt Mine Day Trip

Discover two extraordinary places in Europe: Slanic Prahova Salt Mine and The Salt Mountain. First, visit the Slanic Prahova, an all-season spa resort, famous for its curative mineral waters and its spectacular Salt Mine, one of the biggest in Europe and famous for its healing effects. The salt mine hall stands at 70 meters tall and the circuit runs around the enormous pillar supporting the mine. There, admire the basso-rilievo works depicting some of the most important figures in Romanian history.  Inside the Salt Mine, you will find a small history museum, a soccer field and a children's playground. The place is also used for various sports events (athletic competitions and as training ground for sport teams), as sanatorium for the elderly and the sick or as a scenery for the film industry. After visiting the Salt Mine, the tour continues to the Salt Museum, where you can find out about the history of salt exploitation and it's biological importance.

From Bucharest: Full-Day Trip to Bulgaria

7. From Bucharest: Full-Day Trip to Bulgaria

This 12-hour excursion begins in the early morning with a pickup from your Bucharest accommodation followed by a drive to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains. Spend an enjoyable day discovering the impressive medieval settlement of Veliko Tarnovo. Veliko Tarnovo was the medieval capital of Bulgaria and is home of the Tsaravets Fortress, the strongest Bulgarian fortification of the Middle Ages. Your itinerary includes visits to the St. Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery, the only monastery in Bulgaria carved into a cliff that is still inhabited today and Arbanasi village, where the medieval architecture will transport you back a few centuries in time.

Snagov Monastery and Mogosoaia Palace: Half-Day Tour

8. Snagov Monastery and Mogosoaia Palace: Half-Day Tour

Enjoy a wonderful half-day tour from Bucharest and visit 2 of Romania's most fascinating sights. Begin the tour directly at your hotel, where will you be picked up by your guide and driver. Enjoy a short drive to the first stop on the tour, the stunning Mogosoaia Palace. Built between at the end of the 17th century in what is known as the Romanian Renaissance style or, alternately, the Brâncovenesc style, the palace comprises a unique combination of Venetian and Ottoman architectural and decorative elements. Explore the beautiful palace and its surroundings, including the Gheorghe Bibescu Chapel, St. George’s Church, and the Mogosoaia greenhouses. Continue the tour with a short drive to the spectacular Snagov Monastery an important medieval monument located on an island on the Northern part of Lake Snagov. Discover the stunning interior of the monastery and find the alleged final resting place of Vlad Tepes, infamously known in the international literature as Dracula. 

From Bucharest: Day Trip to Sinaia & Peleș Castle

9. From Bucharest: Day Trip to Sinaia & Peleș Castle

Spend a relaxing day surrounded by scenic Carpathian mountains. During your tour, enjoy the audioguide commentaries of Bucharest and the main points of Romanian history, focusing on the monarchy period, which formed modern Romania. Find out about the royals’ achievements, routine, romantic stories, and gossip. First, stop at the Sinaia Monastery. Discover the oldest part of the site which dates back to the 17th century, and admire some of the original architecture. Next, discover an architectural gem of the country, Peles Castle. Built by the Romanian Royal family, the castle is a true embodiment of noble taste and intelligent engineering. See its stunning turrets and great attention to detail, as well as beautiful views over the mountains. Afterwards, enjoy some time to stroll around the famous Sinaia mountain resort. The resort is an all year round destination that urban habitats use as a hideaway from hustle and bustle. Fall in love with its picturesque panoramas and luxurious villas that sprung up here and thereafter the Royal family established their summer residence in Sinaia.

Brown Bears and Dracula's Castle in Transylvania

10. Brown Bears and Dracula's Castle in Transylvania

Stop at the Libearty Brown Bear Sanctuary, which is the largest of its kind in the world. Money raised from tickets and donations contribute to the welfare of the animals. See the impressive medieval Rasnov Fortress. Its main attraction is the panoramic view over the Piatra Craiului Mountains and Brasov Depression. The 11-hour program continues to the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. Built in 1377-1382 as a fortress, it became famous after Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published and then made into a movie. Stop in Brasov, a lovely medieval town located in southern Transylvania, and enjoy a walk along its picturesque streets.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 663 reviews

The whole group enjoyed the tour today. it was quite a long journey but it was fantastic. the driver (Peter) and the guide (Horia) are both amazing. Please keep it up. for improvements: the tour starts at 8 in the morning. So, please add the info to your page thay it’s not allowed to bring coffee inside the minibus/van to avoid delays. all in all, i highly recommend this company!!!

Christy was amazing. He was very patient with all the delays (caused by us travellers) and made sure we still had a very pleasant comfortable journey with ample time at every stops. He was very detailed with his explanations and a fun man to talk to. I would recommend this service for everyone and especially Christy as a guide.

Valentina was such a great guide and amusing we had a great experience the whole day, the castles and brasov are fantastic as well, we were gladly surprised with snow falling that day and just made the pictures look way better and felt like in old times at the castles

We enjoyed visiting both the castles and having time to walk around Brasov; there was plenty of time at each stop. Our driver/guide George was informative along the way and gave a great tour inside Peles Castle. Would definitely recommend.

My brother and I really enjoyed this trip. Everything was great and well organised. My recommendations.