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Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș & Brașov Small-Group Tour

1. Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș & Brașov Small-Group Tour

Discover the sights and notable cities of Transylvania on this guided tour from Bucharest. Visit historic castles and a medieval town as you immerse yourself in this atmospheric region. Benefit from pickup from your accommodation, then set off to explore the historic castles of Transylvania, and the medieval city of Brașov. Stop in the small town of Sinaia and visit Peleș Castle to explore the former summer palace of the Romanian royals. Continue to Bran, famous for the imposing fortress connected to the legend of Count Dracula. Hear tales about the real-life Vlad the Impaler, said to have inspired Bram Stoker. Get panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the remains of the citadel. Enjoy some free time to find keepsakes in the souvenir market, and before taking a walking tour of Brașov's medieval Old Town with a local guide. Benefit from some time at leisure before traveling back to Bucharest, and drop-off at your accommodation.

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From Brasov: Prejmer, Harman, Bran, and Rasnov Day Tour

2. From Brasov: Prejmer, Harman, Bran, and Rasnov Day Tour

Discover the architecture and history of some of Transylvania's most iconic castles on this full-day tour from Brasov. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle, and skip the long lines with your prereserved ticket. Legends, spirits, ghosts, and many mysteries are encountered as you explore the Castle. Next up, visit Rasnov Fortress, built in the 13th Century on top of a rocky hill. The Fortress' perfect vantage point over the surounding valley explains why it was has been conquered only once since 1611. Return to the Middle Ages as you go inside the fortified churches of Prejmer and Harman. Feel the bitterness of the battles fought by the villagers here against enemies attacking Transylvania. Along the way, you will be able to admire the beautiful landscapes of old Transylvania.

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Bucharest: 6-Day Transylvania and Bucovina Experience

3. Bucharest: 6-Day Transylvania and Bucovina Experience

Day 1: Bucharest to Bucovina You will be picked up by a professional guide from either your hotel in Bucharest or Otopeni Airport. From there you will endure a long drive to Bucovina, but you will benefit from a luxury Mercedes Vklass van or a similar car, making your entire vacation comfortable. You will begin by visiting the Humor Monastery and the Voronet monastery, before an overnight in Gura Humorului in a 3-star hotel (with breakfast included). Day 2: Gura Humorului, Vatra Moldovitei, Sucevita, Marginea, and Sucevita On your second day, you will visit the Moldovita Monastery, Ciumarna Passage, the Sucevita Monastery, and the Marginea Black Pottery. At the conclusion of your day you will overnight in Sucevita Village at a guest house, where you enjoy both dinner and breakfast which will consist of traditional local products. Day 3: Sucevita, Arbore, Gura Humorului, Bicaz Gorges, the Red Lake, and Brasov Your third day will begin with the Arbore Monastery, before you advance towards Bicaz Gorge, the Red Lake, and Brasov (including its old historic center). At the conclusion of your day, you will overnight in Brasov's downtown area. Day 4: Brasov, Viscri, Sighisoara, Biertan, and Brasov Day 4 will begin with a tour of the Viscri Saxon Village and fortified Saxon Church. You will then move on to explore the Sighioara Fortress, Dracula's "birthplace", and the Biertan Village. At the conclusion of your fourth day, you will once again overnight in Brasov. Day 5: Brasov, Prejmer, Poiana Brasov, Rasnov, Bran, and Moieciu Today you will visit the Prejmer Peasants Fortress, before exploring the Poiana Brasov Ski Resort and the Rasnov Fortress. You will then discover the magnificent Bran Castle, which is connected with the Dracula legend. Towards the end of your day you will explore Moieciu Village, before you once again overnight in Downtown Brasov. Day 6: Brasov, Azuga, Sinaia, Snagov, and Bucharest Your final day will begin with a Royal Rhein Winery tour in Azuga. From there you will discover Peles Castle, which is the summer residence of the royal family of Romania. Moving on, you will encounter the Snagov Orthodox Monastery, where the dreaded prince Vlad Tepes is buried. Your day will eventually conclude with your exploration of Lake Snagov, before you end your tour in Bucharest.

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Brasov: Candlelight Tour of Medieval Architecture

4. Brasov: Candlelight Tour of Medieval Architecture

Start your evening in the old town’s square and learn about the history of Brasov then walk to the Black Church, one of the biggest gothic-baroque churches in Europe. Trace the footsteps of history along the narrow pathways of Brasov by candlelight and visit Katherine’s Gate built in the 14th century and Schei Gate built almost 200 years ago. Then discover St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, considered Brasov’s most important Orthodox Cathedral. Learn about the vampire and ghost stories that haunt the city as you explore Weaver’s Bastion, one of the biggest buildings of the 14th century, the Jewish Synagogue built in 1901, and Europe’s 3rd narrowest street, Rope Street.

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From Brasov: Tour of Castles and Surrounding Area

5. From Brasov: Tour of Castles and Surrounding Area

The tour will begin at 9:00 AM 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.

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Transylvania: 2-Day Small-Group Tour from Bucharest

6. Transylvania: 2-Day Small-Group Tour from Bucharest

On your first day, start your tour in the morning at 08:00 AM with pickup from your hotel. Then head towards the Transylvania Region and cross the mighty Carpathian Mountains on your way. Arrive in Sinaia mountain resort and visit the impressive Peles Castle. Next, continue to Bran village, where Romania’s most visited sight awaits: Dracula Castle! Then head to Brasov, where you will enjoy a guided city tour and visit the famous Black Church - the biggest in the country. Then spend the night in Sighisoara city. On your second day, start in the morning after breakfast with a visit to the unique Sighisoara Citadel and the famous Dracula House. Next, visit Biertan, where you will see the biggest fortified church in Romania! Then make your way towards Sibiu City, one of the most beautiful cities in Transylvania. Visit its astonishing Old Town and afterwards continue to the beautiful Olt Valley, where you will make a final stop by the charming Cozia Orthodox Monastery. Arrive back in Bucharest in the evening, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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Sibiu Saxon Town & Brancoveanu Monastery Tour From Brasov

7. Sibiu Saxon Town & Brancoveanu Monastery Tour From Brasov

During this tour, you can enjoy the stunning scenery of the Fagaras mountains as you visit Sibiu, the Astra Museum, and the Brancoveanu Monastery. Sibiu will fascinate you with its old buildings, Gothic architecture churches, and the Bridge of Lies - where witches were thrown from in the Middle Ages. Visit Sibiu's old center and see its main sights. Then, the Astra Museum will remind you of old times with its traditional old houses, water mills, and peasant farms. Next up is the Brancoveanu Monastery, a place of peace and meditation. It is located in Sambata de Sus Village, at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains. Enter the courtyard through an alley bordered by flowers to appreciate the Monastery in all its splendor.

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Brasov: Bran and Peles Castle Day Trip From Bucharest

8. Brasov: Bran and Peles Castle Day Trip From Bucharest

Start your trip with a stop in Sinaia, also known as the Pearl of the Carpathians, home to Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful in the world, an architectural masterpiece and the former summer palace of the Romanian royal family. Drive on to Bran to visit the famous medieval castle built as a fortress, Dracula's Castle, for the citizens of Brasov with a view to defend the city. Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend, perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stoker's Dracula. After enjoying a private guided tour inside for your small group only, you will have some free time in the souvenir market. After a short drive, reach the city of Brasov filled with splendid medieval and Gothic architecture with its wealth of historical attractions. Here, you will enjoy a walking tour of the old city. After some free time to explore some more, you will start driving back to Bucharest.

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Full-Day Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Rasnov Citadel Tour

9. Full-Day Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Rasnov Citadel Tour

You’ll travel from Bucharest to Sinaia on this full-day excursion that takes you through one of the most beautiful valleys in Romania. Enjoy the experience in a small group, with a maximum of 8 people.  Visit Peles Castle, once the summer residence of Romanian kings, and now home to one of the country’s most important museums. The Castle dates from the late 19th century, and has 160 opulently decorated rooms. It is the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs, including King Carol I, who died here in 1914, as well as King Ferdinand and Queen Maria. Stopping at a mountain pass, you’ll have lunch in a typical Romanian village overlooking a small river. Continue on to Rasnov Citadel, built to help defend the villages of Transylvania. Visit medieval Bran Castle, popularly known as Dracula’s Castle. Bran Castle was built in the mid-14th century on a rock standing 60 meters high. It features 4 towers with walls made of stone blocks, and its rooms and narrow corridors form a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers. In the inner courtyard there are artesian wells, connected to an underground network.

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Bucharest: Transylvania and Dracula's Castle 2-Day Tour

10. Bucharest: Transylvania and Dracula's Castle 2-Day Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the Count Dracula legend on a 2-day tour to Peles Castle and Bran Castle in the Transylvanian mountains. Wander the ornate rooms and gardens of former royal residences, and see Saxon houses that date back to the 16th century. The scenic drive takes you high up into the Carpathian Mountains where time has stood still at enchanting villages, and where Romanians head in the winter to ski at the mountain resort of Sinaia. Day 1: Bucharest - Sighisoara Following a pick-up from your hotel in Bucharest (or from Revolution Square at 09:00), cross the Carpathian Mountains en route to Sibiu, stopping at the Monastery of Curtea de Arges to explore the complex founded by Prince Neagoe Basarab in 1514-1517. During the summer (1 June - 15 September), the route to Sibiu takes the unique Transfagarasan Road across the Carpathians, climbing to an altitude of 2,000 meters at its highest point. Upon arrival in Sibiu, enjoy a quick tour of the medieval city center. Then, drive to Sighisoara on the picturesque Tarnava Mare River. Marvel at the beautifully preserved citadel, and wander the enclosed walls and cobblestone streets of the Old Town. See Saxon houses that date back to the 16th century, and the 9 surviving towers, including the iconic Clock Tower. From the balcony of this former main gate to the city, enjoy beautiful views across the town and countryside. Immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere at sights such as the former Church of the Dominican Monastery, where valuable relics include a fresco of the Saint Trinity, a carved altarpiece, and Oriental carpets. Day 2: Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran - Bucharest Today you will drive to Brasov to discover where Vlad the Impaler led his raids against the German Saxons. Explore the medieval city center on a tour of the Black Church, Town Hall, Black Tower, and Ecaterina Gate. Then, continue to “Dracula’s Castle,” located between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains. More commonly known as “Bran Castle,” the important monument depends on the legend of Count Dracula for its reputation, but is also acclaimed for its beauty. Learn the history of the castle, from the 14th century to the day in December 1920 when the castle was donated to Queen Marie of Great Romania. Admire the fountains, lakes, and halt terraces of the former royal summer residence, and see the "Tea House" of Queen Marie. Continue to the beautiful mountain resort of Sinaia, known as "The Pearl of the Carpathians." Here, you will visit Peles Castle, one of Romania's most exquisite palaces. Learn about the Romanian kings that used the castle as their summer residence as you admire its intricate façades and see wooden towers that reach for the sky. Discover the fountains and statues built by Viennese architects in the grounds, and imagine the balls, concerts, literary events, and theatrical performances of Romanian high society in days gone by. Wander the opulent interiors to find ebony, walnut and mother of pearl. Go to the terraces and grand outhouses of the castle complex, such as Pelisor Castle and Sinaia Monastery. Venture inside the Monastery, built by the "Spatar" (a high ranking noble of the Valahian Kingdom), Mihai Cantacuzino following his pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. The monastery contains religious icons and rare books, as well as an exhibition of pottery and porcelain that dates from the 16th to the 19th centuries. There will be time to visit the 19th-century wine cellars from Azuga, built by the Rhein family, official suppliers to the Royal Court. Purchase some authentic still wines and sparkling wines of Romania, before transferring back to Bucharest in the evening.

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We met Gabi in the morning on the scheduled time. Went to the stunning Peles Castle, after we stopped for lunch, I had a tradicional Romenian stew, it was beautiful! After lunch we went to Bran Castle and then we stopped in Braşov for a bit. Gabion was very informative during the entire journey. Thank you.

The tour was amazing . Our guide Gaby was really knowledgeable about all the locations & gave us detailed information on history of the castles & brasov . The duration of the trip is really long, It was around 16 hours because it was Halloween weekend . Overall we totally loved it .

If you’re thinking about Dracula’s castle tour then do this one and go to the royal castle as well. I personally thought the royal castle was better than Dracula’s and our tour guide was brilliant. She was very knowledgeable and an excellent host.

Amazing night, cut short due to covid but still had a fun time round the castle, they had surprises in each room which made it unique fron a general tour and had drinks after.

Absolutely brilliant. A great 12 hour day with a very knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend