Day 1: We will start of in Bucharest where you will be met by your English speaking tour guide at the international airport. On the way to your hotel enjoy a basic tour of the city. For tonight's dinner you will be welcomed to "Club Dracula" to enjoy an amusing evening in this unique restaurant. The atmosphere soaks up the with Dracula lovers, both the fictional Bram Stoker's character to the Vlad himself, from the servers to the plates and even the wall paper. Overnight: Crystal Palace****. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Today we are off to Snagov Monastery, where they say the tomb of Dracula lays. To visit you must cross the kilometer long lake by boat. Vlad's murder is believed to have occurred in the forests nearby, where the monks took the his body, since both Vlad and his father had both given money to the monastery. Next, we depart for Poenari Castle, which is referred to as the real Dracula Castle. Now in ruins this castle sits on a cliff which demands a hike up the 1,400 stairs to reach the top. This is where the famous scene took place when Dracula's wife flung herself from the window into the murk waters opting death over being captured by the Turks. It is said that Vlad escaped by horse back through the mountain during this ferocious attack. We will head to Bran Castle, often referred to as "Dracula Castle". Although in history it is said he may have set foot in the residence once during a siege of the castle. Overnight in Curtea de Arges, Montana Guesthouse***. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Today we are onto Sighisoara, the birth place of Dracula. This ancient citadel is among one of the only still inhabited in Europe. An appropriate stay for Halloween night. This evening will have many festivities planned for your special night (costumes, masks, fangs, fake blood, etc). Enjoy a special dinner tonight. Start with a campfire and traditional plum brandy, we then move inside for a traditional meal including bacon, home made sausages, all fried on the camp fire with red wine, followed by a traditional Romanian Folk show, with dancers and a party. Overnight in Bran, Cheile Gradistei Hotel ***. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: After breakfast in the hotel we will pass to Rasnov to visit the Peasant Citadel founded in 1225 by the Teutonic Knights, with beautiful mountains of the Barsei land. Then onto Sinaia to see its stunning Palace "The Pearl of the Carpathians. Also you will get a chance to see Pelisor Castle and the Sinaia Monastery. We then depart for Brasov, and have short walking tour of the bustling historic center. Overnight in Brasov, Casa Wagner Hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 5: We start the day visiting the fortified Saxon Churches in Prejmer and Harman. Prejmer fortified church is the biggest fortress of its kind in Eastern Europe; built in the 14th century. The fortress has double walls and dungeons. Inside its walls there is a church, but the interesting thing here is the honeycomb like inner wall. Every family had one small room for sheltering in case the village was attacked. We continue our route to Bistrita and a short visit of the city which is the setting for much of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, we follow by Borgo Valley where we will find the Hotel Castle Dracula in Piatra Fantanele. This evening will be a special Dracula themed dinner. Accommodation: Hotel Castle Dracula ***. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: Depart for Sighisoara. En-route we will stop in Targu Mures, one of the great Magyar Cities of Romania. Arrival in the afternoon to Sighisoara. The old medieval city is included on UNESCO's Word Heritage. The Old Town or the Citadel is the only one still inhabited in Europe - a lost world and still so at the present! In 1431, the store house at Museum Square 6, within the shadow of the old town's Clock Tower, a women whose name is lost to posterity gave birth to a son called Vlad, who in later life earned the title of The Impaler , abroad better known as Dracula, derived from Dracul or the Devil – referring to his father Vlad Dracul, whom the Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund of Hungary made a knight of the order of The Dragon in 1431. Highlights of the Citadel include The Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the Scholar’s Stairs, The Monastery Church, the towers of the citadel (originally fourteen), The Shoemakers Town, the Tailor’s Tower, the Tinsmiths Tower are only a few of the marvels of this place called Sighisoara. Transfer to the hotel and get ready for the Halloween Party. Tonight will be a special dinner and Halloween Party with a Dracula Show, Costume contest and a lot of surprises. Overnight in Sighisoara, Sighisoara hotel***. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 7: Depart from Sighisoara to Sibiu. Sibiu is one of the most important fortified towns in Transylvania. The city was founded in 1190 and grew to be the chief city of the Transylvanian Saxons. This amazing town, with the "Old Town" (The Big Square, the Small Square, the Ursuline Church, The Franciscan Church, The staircase Tower, the Tanners Tower, the Liar’s Bridge , the House of the Butcher’s Guild and last but not least with the amazing Bruckenthal Museum) are a few highlights of Sibiu. Continue our route to Bucharest through Olt Valley who pass the Carpathians Mountains offering beautiful landscapes to the traveler. On the route stop at Cozia Monastery; erected by Mircea cel Batrân in 1388 and boasting his tomb, is one of the most valuable monuments of national medieval art and architecture in Romania. Continue to Bucharest. Arrival and overnight in Bucharest. Accommodation: Crystal Palace Hotel ****. Includes: (B).
Day 8: After breakfast in the hotel transfer to airport and the final good-bye from your Specialist Guide. Includes: (B).
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