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Our most recommended Western Romania Castle & Palace Tours

Bucharest: Bear Sanctuary, Bran Castle, and Brasov Day Trip

1. Bucharest: Bear Sanctuary, Bran Castle, and Brasov Day Trip

Discover the best of Romania's nature and history on this full-day trip from Bucharest. Encounter brown bears at a bear sanctuary, visit Bern (Dracula's) Castle, and explore the city of Brasov. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to your first stop of the day, Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Here, get up close and personal with bears that have been rescued from captivity, have your photo taken with them, and watch them eat. Next, continue to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. See for yourself why the castle has become Romania's number one tourist attraction and why it is one of the most expensive venues in the world. Finish your tour in Brasov, where history, music, and good food meet. Enjoy some free time to explore the city at your own pace before getting dropped off at your hotel in Bucharest at the end of the day.

Bratislava: 6-Hour Carpathian Wine Tour and Tasting

2. Bratislava: 6-Hour Carpathian Wine Tour and Tasting

Be picked up from the lobby of your hotel and embark on the journey towards the Small Carpathian Wine Region. This area is located on the south-eastern slopes of the Small Carpathians and is one of the eight winegrowing regions of Slovakia. Arrive at the Red Stone Castle, one of the most romantic castles of Slovakia, with vast cellars which were once used as warehouses for copper. To enter, you can pay an additional fee. Continue towards the historical town of Modra. Modra is famous for being the birthplace of Slovakian national hero Ludovit Stur, who fought for the autonomy of Slovakia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Stur also had a significant influence on the revival of the Slovak language and introduced the Slovak language standard. Learn more about his importance in Slovak history as you wander around the medieval town center. Next, visit Pezinok, the capital city of Slovak wine production. Enjoy a walking tour in the historical city center of Pezinok with the option of entering the Majolica Pottery Factory. Continue towards the small town of Svaty Jur to discover its charming streets. Finally, visit a local vineyard and see the traditional production of local wine, free from colorants or additives, by local farmers. Sample this local fine wine with a small snack before returning to Bratislava at approximately 6:00 PM.

Day Trip to Sighisoara Rupea Fortress Viscri from Brasov

3. Day Trip to Sighisoara Rupea Fortress Viscri from Brasov

Discover Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its medieval fortress, which is still inhabited to this day. Learn about the fortress’ history, from its construction in 1280 to the history of the site it was built upon. View the former Saxon settlement and its famously well preserved walled Old Town, which earned Sighisoara its distinction as a UNESCO site. Experience the beauty of Rupea Fortress, recently restored in 2014 and originally built by the Saxons and first documented in the 1300s. Learn about the history of the surrounding site, one of the oldest archaeological sites in Romania, where signs of human settlement date back to 5500 BC - 3500 BC. Travel to Viscri (Deustchweisskirch), known throughout Europe because Prince Charles purchased a house in the village in 1996. Visit the village, which attracts 15,000 tourists annually and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in Viscri’s beautiful sights while learning about its history as a former Saxon village. See the famous Viscri fortified church, originally built in 1100.

From Bucharest: Vlad the Impaler Royal Court Private Tour

4. From Bucharest: Vlad the Impaler Royal Court Private Tour

Forget about legends and travel to see Vlad the Impaler's Royal Court and his Fortress in Poienari village, where Vlad use to hide the country's gold. Stop to see Curtea de Arges Monastery, a real beauty of the Royal Family, and where the graves of the Romanian Kings are located. See the biggest dam in Romania nearby, Vidraru Dam, and get ready to take pictures. You will travel by private car and have your own guide while visiting some of the most historical and interesting sites in the area. Travel to Targoviste Fortress, one of the most important medieval monuments in Romania with a history that goes back to the 15th century. Explore the former princely court, that was used as a residence by some of the most famous princes of Southern Romania, including Constantin Brancoveanu and the legendary Vlad the Impaler who built the emblematic Chindia Tower. Learn the history of Tragoviste, from its small beginnings as a fortress to its expansion to a princely residence by Vlad Dracul. Move on with a walk up to Chindia Tower, the symbol of the princely court of Targoviste. Admire the view from the tower’s balcony, especially the ruins of the two princely palaces, and also observe the silhouette of a church dated back to 1415. Finish walking around what remains of the palace and visit the two churches that still survive in the area, the small Holly Friday Church and the Great Princely Church, the only monument built in the 15th century in Southern Romania still conserved in its original form. Reach the old town of Curtea de Arges, with its rich and eventful history, and see the ruins of the Wallachian princely court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well the famous Arges Monastery. Learn the interesting and sad history of the sites from the guide. Enjoy visiting Poenari Castle, a perfect stop for history lovers and fans of Dracula. Experience the perfect chance to discover the wildlife in Transylvania.

Brown Bears and Dracula's Castle in Transylvania

5. 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.

Transfagarasan Road Trip with Curtea de Arges

6. Transfagarasan Road Trip with Curtea de Arges

Visit the Curtea de Arges Monastery on this 12-hour trip. Completed in 1517, it serves as the necropolis of the Romanian royal family. Continue the drive on a highway that crosses the Carpathian Mountains. Next on the itinerary is cliff-top Poenari Castle, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. Vlad the Impaler forced many of his enemies and political opponents to work on expanding the castle. Near the castle make another stop to see Vidraru Dam: at 525 feet, it is one of the tallest dams in Europe. A highlight of the tour is a drive on the Transfagarasan Highway. At the northernmost point of the tour, enjoy a short hike near Balea Lake.

From Bucharest: Transfagarasan Highway Private Day Trip

7. From Bucharest: Transfagarasan Highway Private Day Trip

Discover the most scenic high-altitude road in Romania named by Top Gear "the best road in the world" with this Transfagarasan Day Trip from Bucharest. Visit the Curtea de Arges Monastery and see the mighty Poenari Citadel. Your first stop will be in the town named Curtea de Arges, at the bottom of the Fagaras Mountains to see the remarkable ruins of the Wallachian princely court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well the famous Arges Monastery. Next, head to the foot of the Poenari Citadel, a stronghold that became famous thanks to Dracula's Legend. Climb the 1480 stairs that lead up to the castle. Continue to the spectacular Transfagarasan Highway and experience the incredible views and stunning scenery that this paved mountain road offers.

From Timisoara: Corvin Castle and Turda Salt Mine Day Trip

8. From Timisoara: Corvin Castle and Turda Salt Mine Day Trip

Departing from Timisoara, travel to Hunedoara, where you'll do a tour of Corvin Castle, one of the most impressive castles in Europe. Go up the towers, see the torture room, and be impressed by this mesmerizing place. Then, go to Turda Salt Mine, a magical place located in the heart of Transylvania and surely the most spectacular underground place in Eastern Europe. Formed more than 13 million years ago, these salt deposits are now part of a museum, located 120m underground. A truly unique experience that you cannot miss.

Bucharest: Wild Brown Bears and Dracula's Fortress Tour

9. Bucharest: Wild Brown Bears and Dracula's Fortress Tour

Discover the top attractions in Romania on this guided tour. You’ll see the resting place of kings, Curtea de Arges Monastery, visit the true home of Dracula, Poienari fortress, see wild brown bears waiting by the road, and more. The tour will start with a visit to Curtea de Arges Monastery, found in the former capital of Romania, Arges. You’ll see the ruins of the Wallachian princely court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well as the famous Arges Monastery. Learn all about this important historical monument and its interesting, but sad story, from your guide. Next up is one of Romania’s top attractions, Poenari Castle. This was the original castle of Vlad the Impaler, who inspired the story of Dracula. As you climb up the 1480 stairs that lead up to the castle, you’ll be walking in the steps of Dracula! From there, it’s on to Vidraru Dam, which forms Lake Vidraru. Completed in 1966 on the Argeș River, the arch dam was primarily built to produce hydroelectricity. The dam's height is 166 meters, the arch length 305 meters, and it can store an incredible 465 million cubic meters of water. Near Vidraru Dam is the final sight of the day: wild brown bears! You’ll be amazed by these great animals, calmly relaxing by the road. Finally, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, your mind filled with all the incredible sights from the day.

Bucharest: Day Trip to Seven Ladders Canyon and Bran Castle

10. Bucharest: Day Trip to Seven Ladders Canyon and Bran Castle

Feel the rush of breathtaking waterfalls in Seven Ladders Canyon and immerse yourself in the mystery of Count Dracula at Bran Castle, on a day trip in Bucharest. Drive from your accommodation in Bucharest to the car park in Timișu de Jos. Listen to the sound of crunching leaves underfoot as you walk 40 minutes through the forest to the Seven Ladders Canyon. Explore the awesome land form, climbing beside its waterfalls. Stop for lunch and grab a bite before visiting Bran Castle. Enter into the mysterious castle, made famous by the legend of Count Dracula, and learn about its history. Finish the day driving back to your accommodation through the mountains.

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What people are saying about Western Romania

Such an amazing tour! we visited several places, each with a meaningful historical background for the country, specially about Vlad Tepes legacy. Tour guide was very friendly and kept a nice conversation and profesionalism, even when Poenari castle was closed, he filled the time with other nice places around and the oportunity to try traditional food, I learnt a lot thanks to his knowledge of every place we saw.

A great day without stress. we had ample time everywhere and a super guide who had a huge knowledge of the country and the attractions. However, one should mention in the description, it is a good idea to have a snack with, as lunch is very late. And takes part of the time in Brasov.

The tour was amazing! Nicolas is a very knowledgeable guide who prioritizes the guest experience. I definitely recommend checking it out! Very fun adventure that I would do again.

Mr Rasem is very patient and kindly, also very knowledgeable about the local history and culture. We had a very memorable day.

Perfect day. Andreï is a great guide... attentive, friendly, competent. Recommended without hesitation.