In the footsteps of Dracula: find out the fascinating mix between historic reality, legend and fiction. The tour leads you on the main areas related to the Count Dracula character that Bram Stoker perfected. His 1897 novel "Dracula" invented world’s most well-known vampire to this day.
Tour type: Discover Tour
Itinerary: Bucharest - Brasov - Dracula Land / Tihuta Pass - Cluj-Napoca - Sibiu - Curtea de Arges - Bucharest
Group pick up from "Henri Coanda" Airport, Bucharest.
Bucharest was mentioned for the first time in a document dated 1457, during prince Vlad Dracul's reign.
Short city tour of Bucharest, with the visit of the Old Town (attractions in the Lipscani/Historical Centre: Manuc's Inn, the ruins of the Old Princely Court, former Vlad Dracul's Palace), Victoriei Boulevard with the Romanian Atheneum - the capital cultural landmark, the Royal Palace, the Cantacuzino Palace, Kretzulescu church, Stavropoleos church.
In the evening a traditional Romanian restaurant will be the place where you will enjoy the Romanian hospitality.
Accommodation in Bucharest
Bucharest - Snagov - Targoviste - Bran - Brasov (~305km)
On the footsteps of Vlad Dracul/Dracula: visiting Snagov Monastery, where, according to the legend the Walachian Prince Vlad the Impaler, son of Vlad Dracul rests for eternity.
Targoviste, the old capital of Walachia - visit the XVth century Chindiei Tower, part of the old Royal Court complex, built during Vlad Dracul's reign.
Transfer to Bran, visiting the famous Bran Castle, considered to be Prince Vlad Dracul's residence.
Brasov - short city tour with the visit of the City Council Square, Black Church (Brasov's landmark, over 500 years old, the largest Gothic church in SE Europe), Ecaterina's gate, a fairy-looking medieval tower - part of the last preserved original city gates.
Dinner in Brasov
Accommodation in Brasov.
Brasov - Praid - Tihuta Pass / Dracula's Castle (~345km)
After breakfast: travel to the Corund/Praid ethnographic area to reach the so-called "Dracula Land".
Tihuta Pass is situated at the meeting point between Transylvania and Moldavia; breathtaking landscapes can be seen along a spectacular and difficult mountain road. Bram Stoker placed the action of his novel around Dracula’s Castle, located in the Tihuta Pass (old name Bargau/Borgo pass), the gateway to Count Dracula's realm. A “mise en scene” showing a dramatised episode from Dracula’s life will be performed in the evening.
Dinner in Tihuta.
Accommodation at Dracula's Castle Hotel, Tihuta
Tihuta Pass - Cluj-Napoca - Sighisoara (~360km)
Cluj-Napoca city tour with the visit of St Michael's gothic church, Benedictine Monastery, Museum Square, Unification Square.
In the afternoon, arrival in Sighisoara, a fortified city in the heart of Transylvania, visit of the best preserved continously inhabited fortress in SE Europe: Vlad Dracul's birth house – where the Walachian Prince was actually born six centuries ago, Stag House, Clock Tower, Church on the Hill, Gothic Venetian House, Covered Stairs. Sighisoara (Schässburg in German) is the best preserved medieval citadel in Romania and offers a genuine feeling of a medieval fortress.
Dinner with a "bloody" menu in Vlad Dracul's birth house, now hosting a restaurant. Optional: visit of the torture room set in this house.
Accommodation in Sighisoara.
Sighisoara - Sibiu (~105km)
Transfer to Sibiu.
Mihnea the Bad, Vlad Dracul's son, was killed on the steps of the imposing Evangelical Church in Sibiu, and his tombstone can be seen inside. City tour of the medieval centre of Sibiu, one of Romania’s most attractive cities: Large Square with Brukenthal Palace, Haller House, Catholic Church and Council Tower - symbol of the city; Small Square with Luxembourg House, Liar's Bridge, House of Arts; Huet Square with the Evangelical Church and Cetatii/ Fortress Street. Considered in its earlier days one of the best fortified citadels in Europe, Sibiu offers the best mix between a medieval atmosphere and a modern outlook.
*Optional: dinner with traditional menu and folk show in a rural pension, in Sibiel (22 km from Sibiu), including visit of the Glass Icons Museum unique in Europe, over 700 exhibits.
Accommodation in Sibiu
Sibiu - Curtea de Arges - Bucharest (~385km)
Leaving Sibiu for Curtea de Arges.
Visit of the monastery of Curtea de Arges, a masterpiece of Romanian architecture and also a place of legend: the legend of the craftsman Manole, who had to sacrifice his own wife and build her inside the monastery walls, as a condition for the church to last for eternity.
Transfer to Poenari fortress (subject to availability), former residence of Vlad Dracul, a place where he actually lived. 1400+ challenging steps are to be climbed before reaching the remote Poenari fortress built on the cliff. Rewards after the brave climb: the breathtaking views from the top of the cliff, the ruins of the Vlad Dracul castle, which show a place full of history, myth, and speak for the Prince deeds which associated him with the Dracula character.
Farewell festive dinner
Accommodation in Bucharest.
Transfer to the "Henri Coanda" Airport Bucharest.
Good bye, Romania !