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Choose our Holidays to Transylvania and explore the land of Dracula! This 4-days tailor made itinerary includes places related to Vlad the Impaler and some of our most important historical landmarks. Tour highlights include Dracula’s birthplace – Sighisoara Citadel or the popular Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle thanks to Bram Stoker’s novel. You will also visit Snagov Monastery, founded by the ruthless ruler himself. The monastery is located on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake and is said to be Vlad the Impaler’s final resting place.

Our private holidays in Transylvania offer you the possibility to choose the most suitable date for your departure. Plan your tour according to your schedule, not the other way around! The only requirement is that this itinerary needs to start on a Thursday. Another advantage offered by private tours is traveling with a smaller group, usually including your friends and family.

We depart every Thursday, on customer request, with groups of minimum 4 people.

 

Holidays to Transylvania – Private Tour Highlights

Bran Castle – also known as Dracula’s Castle, a legendary Transylvanian fortress dating back to 1377.

Sighisoara Medieval Citadel – the best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Vlad the Impaler’s birth place.

Rasnov Medieval Citadel – the best preserved rural fortification in Transylvania and the largest one in Eastern Europe.

Snagov Monastery – where, according to the legend, Vlad was buried after his assassination.

The Medieval City of Brasov – a city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere which has played a vital role in Romania’s history, both old and new.

Holidays to Transylvania – Brief itinerary of your private experience

Your private holidays to Transylvania begin in Bucharest. Our guide collects you from the airport and then you will drive to Snagov Monastery, where Vlad the Impaler was allegedly buried. Visit the monastery and then return to Bucharest and accommodate at a 3* hotel, centrally located.

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Next morning, leave Bucharest and get ready to visit two amazing castles. First, stop in the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania, Sinaia. Admire the amazing view of the mountains and then visit Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful royal residences in Europe. After that, drive to Bran and visit Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle thanks to Bram Stoker’s novel. Continue the best holidays to Transylvania with a visit at Rasnov Citadel and then accommodate in a 4* hotel in Poiana Brasov.

Private tour – Sighisoara Citadel

Your holidays to Transylvania continue in the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov. Visit landmarks such as the Black Church and then head to Sighisoara Citadel, Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace. Check out Casa Vlad Dracul restaurant, built where Dracula’s house used to stand and then visit the Clock Tower, the Torture Room and the Medieval Collection. After that, accommodate in a 3* medieval hotel, located in the heart of the Citadel.

Morning transfer to Bucharest Airport. Please let us know the exact timing of your flight and your flight number. This way, we can track potential delays and keep you up to speed.

 

 

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This is a private tour, therefore it departs on request, for a group of minimum 2 people. Book now and then join us on an adventure you won’t forget! Discover Transylvania and follow into Dracula’s footsteps!

We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form.

  • MasterCard and Visa via fax and phone.
  • We also accept payments via PayPal and bank transfer.

  • At the moment of booking we require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we issue a Confirmation Letter.
  •  The final payment is due 60 days prior to tour departure. Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking.

 

Departures: on request, for a group of minimum 4 persons.

 

Why to choose a private escorted tour

  • It is more comfortable
  • Flexible
  • Time saving
  • You can decide the pace of the tour
  • Having a tour guide helps you to have a more genuine experience

 

 

Available for free if:
You don’t have a reflection in the mirror,
You decompose when sunlight strikes you,
You’re over 200 years old,
Can use your wings to fly to Transylvania,
Well, this holiday is free for you! Come join your fellow vampires in Transylvania:-)
Blood treats not included!

Other mentions

  • Once you realize the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return to your country.
  • People speak plenty of English in Romania and you will find the locals and the other tourists are friendly and open.
  • No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.

Media Mentions
• We’re pleased to say that Transylvania Live has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts
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Please check your itinerary below:

Itineraries

Day 1

Thursday, Bucharest

Welcome to the Romania! Our English speaking guide welcomes you at Bucharest Airport. Accommodation is in a 3* hotel, central location. Drive to Snagov to visit Snagov Monastery where, according to the legend, Vlad was buried after his assassination. The monastic establishment is located on a small island of Snagov Lake. The architectural style of the monastery follows that of the Holy Mount of Athos in Greece. For dinner we recommend one of Bucharest’s top traditional restaurants.

Day 2

Friday, Bucharest – Sinaia – Bran - Rasnov - Poiana Brasov (202 km, 3h 30 min driving)

Morning transfer to Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania. The main point of attraction is Peleş Castle, one of the best preserved and beautiful royal residences in Europe. Built in 1873, Peleş is an architectural mixture of the German School and neo-renaissance style. Continue your journey with Bran Castle, Transylvania’s legendary symbol, dating back to 1377. Bran owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. Close to the castle there is a shrine that is set in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered the heart of Queen Maria, the niece of Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Cheese tasting is strongly recommended in Bran as the village is renowned for the delicious home made traditional cheese assortments produced there. Visit next Rasnov Medieval Citadel. Standing on top of a hill and overlooking an incredible Transylvanian landscape, Rasnov is the best preserved rural fortification in Transylvania and the largest one in Eastern Europe, first documented in 13 century. Accommodation is in a medieval 4* hotel in Poiana Brasov. Dinner could be enjoyed in the medieval restaurant of the hotel.

Day 3

Saturday, Poiana Brasov – Brasov – Sighisoara (131 km, 2h 5 min driving)

Explore in the morning the medieval Saxon city of Brasov, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Visit 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. Transfer next to the medieval Citadel of Sighisoara. Founded by Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of Europe’s most beautiful and inhabited fortified cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sighisoara is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula, was born. Visit the main attractions: the Clock Tower, the Torture Room and the Medieval Weapon Collection. Accommodation is in a medieval 3 * hotel located in the very heart of the medieval citadel. For dinner we recommend Casa Vlad Dracul Restaurant, the very place where Vlad Dracul was borne, turned into a cosy restaurant.

Day 4

Sunday, Sighisoara – Bucharest (289 km, 4h 39 min driving)

Morning transfer to Bucharest Airport for the return flight.

Price includes:

The services of a professional trained English speaking guide/driver, experienced in escorting Dracula Tours

Accommodation: 2 nights in 3* hotels and 1 night in a 4* hotel, breakfasts included

Transportation: all land transfers by standard European car, admittance fee for Sighisoara Citadel

Entry fees to the following tourist attractions: Snagov Monastery, Peles Castle, Bran Castle, Rasnov Peasant Citadel, Black Church, Clock Tower – Medieval Weapon Collection – Torture Room.

  • Plane ticket
  • Airport fees
  • Photo & video tax
  • Other not mentioned.

 

 

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  1. :

    It was a super and memorable trip!
    Everything was really well organized and the flexibility was great.
    I had been hesitant to go on a guided tour since I usually am worried if it’ll be a strict agenda but that was not at all the case!
    The booking process was so professional and smooth with quick responses and service. It was impressive and was the main reason I decided to do the trip.
    The guide Alin was awesome. Always smiling, always polite, always happy and always flexible ❤️!
    The Sighisoara experience was the best… despite my leaving my passport behind! Thanks for finding it!!! The hotel Casa Wagner was lovely and comfy and the party on the first evening at Sighisoara was super.
    The staff was also very cool and fun! If you do the Dracula Ball next time be sure to let me know! I told a friend about it and we might both join (again) next year!
    The restaurant where we ate lunch the first day ( Dracula restaurant) was super.
    The Turda salt mines rocked!
    After the first party from Sighisoara citadel the second from Bran Castle was completely different and a nice experience but nothing could beat the first party so well done!;)

  2. :

    Thank you for the photos , what a party great time’s:-)
    It was a great pleasure meeting you, dancing and talking to you as well:-)
    Thank you to you and your staff for the best tour of your country anyone could wish for.
    Christian is the best, enjoyed having him as my group’s guide.
    I’ll be highly recommending your company to anyone who wishes to travel to Romania ?

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Reservations are required. We recommend booking early as tours are often sold out well in advance. You can make a reservations on-line. In case of making reservations by phone please call toll-free: 808 101 6781 (UK); 866 376 6183 (US).
You can also make reservations by fax - download and complete the booking form and send it by fax to: 0040-364-405641 or by e-mail!

We require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. When you make the reservation online you will be required to pay the deposit. You will receive an automatic response with your Holiday Booking Reference. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we proceed with the reservation for the requested services and issue the Confirmation Letter + Paid Invoice (once the amount is registered with our accounts).

The final payment is due 60 days prior departure. ( After the final payment is made we will issue Travel Voucher). Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking. To read Transylvania Live’s Terms and Conditions please visit us on line at: http://www.visit-transylvania.co.uk/terms.html .

The client is at all time entitled to cancel the Travel Contract, but must pay Transylvania Live - Expert in Transylvania a cancellation charge as stipulated below:
89 days or more prior to departure 90 EURO per person / per tour cancellation fee;
88–61 days, loss of deposit.
60–31 days will be subject to 50% of tour price;
30 days or less will be subject to 100% of tour price.

Please check with the airline company. Anyway is good to pack light, some of the hotels – historical buildings do not have elevators.

Our tours include the services of English-speaking guides.
German, French, Hungarian and Hebrew-speaking guide are also available.

We can design an itinerary at a time that suits you, to your own comfort levels and within your own budget. Please send your request by e-mail or by fax.

Yes, most of our tours operate even if there’s only one person.
Due to socialization reasons our special tours for couples require a minimum of five couples.

The tour has a general audience as it targets people interested in history, culture, customs and beliefs. Group size can be between 4-26 people. Transylvania Live is member of the responsible travel network and we are committed to operating a travel policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We operate our tours with small groups in order to minimise the negative impact on the environment and allow our guests to interact more easily with the locals, facilitate the communication with the guide. The average age of group is, most of the time, between 35-45.

We do not provide individual tickets for rail, air, boat or ferry.

A minimum age of 10 years is required on non-family programs, unless otherwise indicated on the individual tour page. A client under 18 years of age and travelling alone during the tour period shall provide Transylvania Live with written consent of his/her guardian. Clients under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. On “for couples” tours a minimum age of 20 years is required.

We only accept VISA and MASTERCARD. Please select only these two types of credit cards for the online payment.

If you pay on-line using our secure internet booking form your credit card can hold any type of currency, the amount of money to be taken will be exchanged in EURO by your bank, at their rates.
We accept USD and EURO for offline credit card payment and wire transfer.

Yes, we do offer discounts provided they travel as a group; Contact us

Yes, depending on the number of your group. Contact us

On-line bookings and payments are processed by Romcard, authorized agent for Mastercard and Visa in Romania and secured by Rapid SSL , the leading secure sockets layer (SSL) Certificate Authority enabling secure e-commerce and communications for Web sites. As a tour operator we are governed by the consumer and financial regulations of Romania and of the European Union. Romania’s legislation compels tour operators to protect tourists in case of insolvency.

Our prices include the online secure payment commissions. However depending on your bank some commissions may occur for international money transfer. Please check with your bank!

In case we’ll have a full house situation at one of the hotels, an accommodation of an equal classification or better will be booked for you. In case of closed roads due to bad weather, working situations or dangerous weather conditions the itinerary could suffer changes.

If you follow our recommendation on How to arrive (heading found for any of our holidays at the Special notes and info section at the end of the tour page. Our guide will expect you with a Transylvania Live sign. In the unfortunate case of a flight being lost or delayed and prevent you in this way from getting to your meting point in good time, please call 0040 723 565 255.

Our tour fares are based on two in one hotel room. For occupancy by one person, the "single supplement" cost specified in each itinerary will be required.

If you travel alone you have to book the tour with a single supplement; if you wish to book a double room which you want to share with another traveller, we’ll do our best to make all arrangements, but in case this is not possible, you’ll have to pay the single supplement; however it is our strongest recommendation to book the tour with a single supplement when travelling alone.

A welcoming country house, not necessarily decorated in a peasant like style; you’ll stay under the same roof with your Romanian host! In most cases dinner and breakfast are included, and rates are based on two guests per room.
They offer one bathroom for two rooms; the bathroom can be situated on the hallway.
Staying at a “traditional Maramuresean country-inn” or “a typical Hungarian-Sekler country-inn” will prove to be an unique experience.

Yes, also gluten-free, vegan. When you make the reservation of your tour please do not forget to fill in this information at Dietary Restrictions section.

American citizens do not require a visa for Romania (Romania is a member of the European Union so it shares the same legal legislation – a passport is all you need)

To check the list of the countries that require a visa please see the web site page of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mae.ro.

Romanian currency is Lei (written symbol Ron). All the places in Romania trade lei (pronunciation: lay). You can bring some of the local currency from USA or you can change here the amount of money you need (advisable due to the lower exchange rate). Credit cards are accepted in large hotels, restaurants and malls. ATM machines are available at banks, airports and shopping centers all over the country. (except in remote areas or villages). Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices. International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services. The tour guide is also responsible for helping clients with money exchange; recommend the exchange offices which charge the lowest commission.

Local Costs in a 3* restaurant: Soft Drink: $1.3; Beer: $1.7; Bottle of Wine: $8.7 - $18, 3 course dinner: $13.28 - $18.11. In shops these products can be 50% cheaper.

ATMs are available in all the cities; near by hotels, our guide will come with good advice and recommendations.
MasterCard ATM Locater– Search by address and by airport https://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp atm locator
Visa ATM Locator– Search by airport, city and country https://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/jsp/SearchPage.jsp

In Romania electric power in use is of 220 voltages, AC, usually 2 pronged.

Romania enjoys warm summers and cold winters. In summer, cool cottons are best and in the winter a warm jacket or alike is recommended. Autumn is dry and cool, with fields and trees producing beautifully colored foliage. The weather in October-November is very unpredictable, with daytime temperatures between 6°-17° Celsius (42.80 - 62.60 Fahrenheit), and night time temperatures between 3° - 10°Celsius (37.40 - 50 Fahrenheit); but it is very much possible that you will see some snowfall especially in the mountain areas.

Romanian time is EET (Eastern European Time, two hours ahead of GMT, seven hours ahead of New York and ten hours ahead of Los Angeles. Check right now what time is in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania: https://time.is/Bucharest

The dress code in Romania is the same as all over Europe (think France, Germany, UK or Italy). Wearing jeans, t-shirts/sweatshirts and athletic shoes is standard casual in Romanian. Plenty of designers’ shops are to be found in major cities: Bucharest, Cluj, Brasov, Sibiu, where people are a bit too pretentious when it comes to their outfits. Dorobanti Boulevard in Bucharest can easily be compared to Chaps Elysees in Paris when it comes to “fashionists” (costs are similar too). The malls are well supplied with designers’ clothes and with respect to the prices, a great deal of our clients found the Romanian costs to be more acceptable then the ones in US.
With regards to the restaurants’ dress code, something casual is sufficient. You can wear whatever you would wear at home.
To satisfy dress codes for churches and monasteries, men and women are requested to cover their arms and legs (no shorts above the knees or sleeveless garments).