Being Romania’s most legendary region, Transylvania's natural charms sweep from villages frozen in time to valleys and forests. Add medieval cities, ancient Roman ruins and hospitable people, and you've got a one-of-a-kind destination that continues to enchant travelers looking for a glimpse into a more traditional Europe. Explore mysterious Transylvania at it's most iconic time of year - Halloween. And to top off this once in a lifetime experience we will dress in our scary best for a Halloween party at Bran Castle.
- Step back in time in medieval towns and villages
- Watch the myths and legends of Transylvania unfold before your eyes
- Walk the narrowest street in the country
- Step in Vlad the Impaler's footsteps
- Embrace your inner Ghoul at Bran Castles Halloween Party
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel for the evening. We will enjoy a welcome dinner together this evening to get acquainted.
Accommodations: Hotel Epoque
We begin with a walking tour of the Old Town and discover the 500-year old history of the city – connected to Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) himself. We explore the highlights of Romania’s capital, including the second largest building in the world, the Palace of Parliament. In the afternoon, we discover why Bucharest was formerly known as “little Paris” as we stroll through the cobblestone-paved streets and eclectic neighborhoods. We will stop for lunch in Bucharest and then in the afternoon we will visit a winery. Tonight sleep in a countryside manor in the wine region.
Accommodations: Ferma Dacilor
Today we head to the fairytale Peles Castle in Sinaia, the former summer royal residence, discreetly nested in the mountains. After we awe at how modern kings and queens used to live, we get a different feeling as we arrive at the Bran Castle. With a rich and controversial history, we try to debunk the real mystery behind the fortress commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”.
We will check into our hotel to give you time to spookify yourself before we head over to Bran Castle. Your Bran Castle Halloween Party begins with an exclusive night tour of the castle. After that, enjoy the biggest Halloween party in Transylvania in the Castle of Dracula.
Accommodations: Conacul Bratescu
In the morning we gather our strength and take a quick hike up to Rasnov citadel, where we go back in time and immerse ourselves in the middle ages by experiencing hands-on the challenges of everyday life as a commoner. Next we take a break to visit the Libearty Sanctuary nearby, which provides sustainable habitat and visiting conditions for an important part of wildlife in Transylvania – the brown bear. The journey continues and we reach Brasov, a former trading post city located right in the middle of the mountains. Here we walk through the narrowest street in the country, we visit the Black Church – an important turning point in religious affairs during medieval times – and we discover the foundation of the very first Romanian school.
Accommodations: Bella Muzica
Tampa Mountain stands tall watching over Brasov and we begin our morning with a slow climb to its top for a birds-eye view of the area, reaching our very own Hollywood-like sign. After lunch, we head to Viscri, one of the most charming villages in Romania, that managed to preserve its authenticity and traditions so much that even Prince Charles visits almost every year. The 12th-century fortified church built by the Saxon community is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the monument is remarkable for its white color walls, that were strengthened several times to resist enemies’ invasions. Here, we have the opportunity to meet local artisans such as blacksmiths or bakers and to engage in a hands-on workshop with them. In the evening a farm-to-table dining experience awaits in a restored Saxon barn and we listen to the stories of their tumultuous medieval past.
Accommodations: Viscri 125
Welcome to Sighisoara, one of the most beautifully preserved inhabited citadels in the world! This UNESCO gem is home to medieval buildings, hidden chambers, burgher houses, towers and ornate churches full of myths and legends. It is here that Vlad the Impaler was born, who served as inspiration for one of the biggest legends in international folklore, Count Dracula. A must-see event that takes places every year here is the medieval festival, when, for a week, the old town is packed with knights, princesses, dances, performances and music. Also, on our way from Viscri to Sighisoara, we make a quick stop in Saschiz to visit the fortified church, also part of UNESCO Heritage List.
Accommodations: Casa Savri
We continue our adventure in Transylvania’s countryside by visiting two historically important villages: Biertan and Malancrav. The first has the largest fortified church, dating back to the 15th century, that has a unique and complex door locking mechanism, a church organ with almost 1,300 pipes and a marital room where couples used to be locked until solving their problems. The second one is now home to the largest Saxon community in the country, dating back to the 14th century. We stop by to speak with local women artisans who specialize in weaving textiles and old stories.
Accommodations: Copsa Mare Guesthouse
First stop of the day is Transylvania's very own natural Disneyland found in the Turda Salt mine, used for the past 2000 years.
Our next stop is the Vauban citadel of Alba-Iulia, where we take a guided tour that depicts 2000 years of history, from ancient Roman times up to Romania’s Union Day (hence the name similarity). People consider it the spiritual capital of the country with numerous historical events that have taken place here.
Accommodations: Cardinal Hotel
We start our day with a vist ot Corvin's Castle, one of the most haunted castles in Europe. Then we continue to Sibiu.
Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centers in the country, being named the European Capital of Culture in 2007, Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live in by Forbes and the European Gastronomy Capital in 2019. It was formerly the center of Transylvanian Saxons and has a rich history as a major trading center. We take a walking tour of the town’s many squares to observe the well preserved medieval fortifications, churches, German buildings, towers and bastions. This city is home to Astra National Museum of Folkloric Traditional Civilization, a startling travel through time, founded to define our own ethnic culture within the Austro-Hungarian Empire multiculturalism.
Accommodations: Hotel Imparatul Romanilor
Situated between Sibiu and Brasov, we find the small village of Carta, with one of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Europe, built in the 12th century by monks that arrived here with the Teutonic Knights. Here we find out about its histories of invasions, destructions and how it became abandoned. On our way to the last legendary place of the tour, we drive on Top Gear’s favorite road in the world: Transfagarasan highway, the passage between Transylvania and Wallachia, an entwined road that cuts right through the mountains. At the top we make a stop to revel in the breathtaking landscape around us while having a picnic of locally sourced food. The road finishes when we reach Poenari Fortress, the real outpost of Vlad the Impaler. This monument will make you work if you want to see it as it is reachable only after climbing 1476 steps, but the stunning views from the peak are more than worth it!
Accommodations: Hotel Posada Vidraru
We head back to Bucharest for the last day of our tour, but not before we stop by the Princely Court in Targoviste – the medieval capital and true seat of power during Vlad the Impaler.
Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure in Bucharest and this evening we will meet for a lovely farewell dinner.
Accommodations: Hotel Epoque
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There are a few walking tours at a relaxed pace. You should be able to walk comfortably for a few hours on uneven terrain.
Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies
Besides being an excellent tour leader, Debbie is our office manager. She will often be the person helping you with the all the details of your tour. Debbie is equally as organized on tour as she is in the office and will make sure everything is well taken care of. She loves photography and you will often find her off taking pictures of all the amazing sights you will see.
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Epoque will conjure up a memorable experience for business and leisure travellers alike. Nestled in an oasis of serenity in the very heart of Bucharest, Epoque brings together all the attributes of a de luxe sojourn: suite-only lodging facilities with ample living and bedroom areas, a fine dining restaurant, a state-of-the-art SPA and a premium Conference & Events Center.
The Dacian farm has become in time, a place of story, where the past catches up with the present only to remind us, from time to time, that ancestral values must be carefully preserved and passed on with pride.
Viscri 125 is a traditional Saxon farm, built as a fortress, with the main house facing the street, continued by the annexes, and with a large wooden barn closing the main courtyard in the back. Behind the barn, the vegetable garden is continued by the orchard that climbs a gentle slope passed the creek. In time, the courtyard was joined to the one next door, at Viscri 126, and the one at Viscri 124, resulting in a generous oasis of tranquillity and greenery.
Casa Savri is a class a historic monument building, which is an integral part of the world heritage protected area (UNESCO). Each room has a unique style, both in terms of furniture and décor elements. Each room also has its own bathroom with the best facilities.
Copsamare Guesthouses offers a perfect haven for relaxation and discovery in the heart of Transylvania. All houses have been restored according to the traditional architecture , decorated with local furniture and provided with the comfort of modern lifestyle. A very special atmosphere welcomes you in a cozy and comfortable environment.
Elegance and style, in a setting embellished by the green of nature, Cardinal Hotel was opened in order to serve as a place of relaxation and good mood for all those who cross its threshold. Their services are constantly developing and improving, with a firm desire to transform every second spent by customers, under the roof of the Cardinal Hotel, into a unique, unforgettable moment.
Welcome to a place whose history returns in time to the nineteenth century. The charm, elegance and desires that come true are the main features of the '' Imparatul Romanilor'' Hotel. Reconstructed in 1895, the hotel is an architectural monument with an invaluable cultural value. Built in harmony with the medieval city Hermannstadt, it wants to offer its guests an unforgettable experience.
Set in an elegant Tudor-style building overlooking Lake Vidraru, this tranquil hotel on a mountainside property. Straightforward rooms feature free Internet access and flat-screen TVs; some provide balconies with mountain views.
Brătescu Mansion is a different place, in Bran. They have built a boutique hotel that would offer a pleasant experience, be able to inspire. Each room has a unique design, a story. The Brătescu mansion has a story.
Enter the ambiance of the late nineteenth century in a typical central European city, handcuffed in the medieval walls of the Transylvanian fortress Kronstadt. Bella Muzica Hotel is located in a 400-year-old building, with neoclassical-inspired architecture, completely renovated and arranged for its new destination, while preserving the architectural elements that have ensured its charm over the centuries. Located in the historic center of Brasov, Bella Muzica Hotel is waiting for you to spend a special stay in an ambiance full of history.
Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
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