Mini-tour of Dracula – 4 days / 3 nights
from 255 euro / person
Itinerary: Bucharest – Targoviste -Bran – Brasov – Sighisoara – Snagov – Bucharest
Overnights: Bran – Sighisoara – Brasov
Total distance: 700 km
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Day 1: Bucharest – Targoviste – Bran (200 km)
In the morning we depart to Targoviste, the capital of Wallachia during Vlad Tepes reign. The first Prince County was built by Mircea the Old, the grandfather of Dracula, Vlad Impaler did added later the same tower “Chindia” (Turnul Chindiei). A memorable day for Targoviste was when the boyars were called to a party in town and they were asked if they wanted to be relieved from their difficulties. For an affirmative answer, Vlad burnt them all so that no one would have suffered more.
We then travel to Bran, a small agricultural village that hides the most famous castle in Romania – Dracula’s Castle, built by the Teutonic Knights at the beginning of XIIIth century to defend the Rucar-Bran area, a very strategic trading street. We can visit the castle of the vampire count, full of labyrinths, staircases and secret passages, with its courtyard where we can still imagine the bodies impaled in agony, while the prince was dining (one of his habits).
We have a traditional Romanian dinner and stay in Bran overnight in an agro tourist complex situated near the castle of Dracula.
Day 2: Bran – Brasov – Sighisoara (160km)
In the morning we climb up a hill to visit the peasant citadel of Rasnov from 13th century founded by German craftsmen and merchants, called Saxons in Transylvania. We continue to the Saxon village of Viscri, hidden in the woods, with its beautiful citadel Unesco, a monument built in the 17th century.
Later we go to Sighisoara, a fortified citadel in the heart of Transylvania, inhabited since 13th century until today. Sighisoara is also the birthplace of Prince Vlad Tepes – Dracula, whose name comes from the Order of the Dragon (order of the family) because of a similarity of Romanian terms (dragon = = drac, dracula)
We serve a special dinner and spend the night in Sighisoara in a hotel located in the medieval citadel.
Day 3: Sighisoara – Biertan – Brasov (150 km)
We visit the citadel of Sighisoara, surrounded by seven towers, out of which the most famous is the Clock Tower. Next, we depart to Biertan – one of the biggest citadels-fortified churches, which was the seat of The Episcopate of Transylvania. We return to Brasov through the Saxon village of Viscri with its beautiful fortress – part of UNESCO heritage. The Transylvanian fortified towns and villages remind of the periods of Turkish and Tatar attacks which the Romanian principles had to confront (including the prince Vlad Tepes in the 15th century)
We arrive in Brasov in the evening, “the city of the crown” as it was called.
We go on a sightseeing tour in the old town of Brasov – Council Square, the Black Church, the White Tower, the Black Tower, Ecatherina and Schei gates that separated the Romanians from the Saxons in the period of Austro-Hungarian domination. We have a typical dinner and spend the night in Brasov.
Day 4: Brasov – Bucharest (170 km)
We leave early in the morning and return to the capital, Bucharest. On our way we visit the resort Sinaia with its beautiful monastery, which gave the name of the city and the most beautiful royal castle in Romania – Peles Castle, built under the reign of Carol I of Romania. Later we go through all the tourist resorts on the Prahova Valley (Predeal- the highest of the Carpathian resorts, Azuga-where are the actual wineries, Busteni).
On the way we stop at Lake Snagov, near Bucharest, where in the center, in a small island, there is a small monastery in which Dracula was buried in 1476. During a search in 1930, archeologists found that in the tomb there were only horse bones. Where is the body? Has Dracula found his peace? …
We ensure transfer to the airport for the returning flight.
The price includes:
Overnight in 3 * or 4 *
Travel by private car / van / bus with air conditioning
Tourist guide in Italian and will accompany the group for the duration of the trip
Full board from dinner on the first day of arrival until the last breakfast
Typical dinner with drinks and folk show
Inputs for the visits indicated in the program
Local taxes, residence and opening practice
Assistance 24h / 24 by the tour operators Holiday Boutique
The flight to / from Italy
Other drinks except water
Excursions not included in the program
Extras and anything not mentioned in “The price includes”
Place in room:
Single supplement: 100 euro
Children: Infants (0-2 years): Free, Child (2-12 years): In a room with two adults, 50% discount on the individual participation fee