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Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peles Castle, & Brasov Old Town

1. Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peles Castle, & Brasov Old Town

Discover some of Romania's most famous castles on a guided tour from Bucharest. See Peles Castle and Bran Castle, and take some free time to stroll through the Old Town of Brasov. Following pickup from Bucharest, leave the city for Sinaia. Visit Peles Castle, the former residence of the kings of Romania. Here, admire furniture, ornamental objects, carpets, tapestries, sculptures, paintings and collections of weapons from the 15th to 19th centuries. Continue to Bran with its famous Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. Learn about the castle's history and how it had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Enjoy free time in Brasov and admire the town's houses built in the Renaissance, Baroque, Provincial and neo-Classic style. Explore the medieval fortress of Brasov, formerly one of Europe's most secure fortresses. See the preserved old wall, the Black and White Towers and the Weaver's Bastion. Also, learn about Catherine's Gate, situated near the Schei Gate in the western part of the fortress and its 4 little towers symbolizing the medieval right of life and death over the vassal's lives.

Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș Castle & Brașov Day Trip

2. Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș Castle & Brașov Day Trip

Discover the sights and notable cities of Transylvania on this guided tour from Bucharest. Visit historic castles and a medieval town as you immerse yourself in this atmospheric region. Benefit from pickup from your accommodation, then set off to explore the historic castles of Transylvania, and the medieval city of Brașov. Stop in the small town of Sinaia and visit Peleș Castle to explore the former summer palace of the Romanian royals. Continue to Bran, famous for the imposing fortress connected to the legend of Count Dracula. Hear tales about the real-life Vlad the Impaler, said to have inspired Bram Stoker. Get panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the remains of the citadel. Enjoy some free time to find keepsakes in the souvenir market, and before taking a walking tour of Brașov's medieval Old Town with a local guide. Benefit from some time at leisure before traveling back to Bucharest, and drop-off at your accommodation.

From Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles & Brasov Full-Day Trip

3. From Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles & Brasov Full-Day Trip

Escape the bustle of Bucharest and spend a day immersing yourself in the landscapes and landmarks of Transylvania. Encounter the historic castles, rich scenery, and evocative atmosphere of this unique region. Enjoy a pickup from nearby meeting points, and guided tours of these fascinating monuments. Start your day trip with a visit to Peles Castle, set in the scenic mountain resort of Sinaia, known as the Pearl of the Carpathians. Tour the Romanian royal family’s former summer residence, which showcases a magnificent palace in the German Renaissance style. Next, enjoy free time for lunch in the town of Brasov. Start exploring this fascinating Transylvanian town from its main square, and stroll around its well-kept historical center as you see sights like the Gothic Black Church, old City Hall, and the narrowest street in Europe. Encounter Bran Castle for your final tour stop, also commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. Take a walk inside its grandiose towers and down its winding narrow staircases and passages, and learn about the infamous Vlad the Impaler.

Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brașov

4. Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brașov

Immerse yourself in the legend of Vlad the Impaler, inspiration for Count Dracula, on this full-day tour of Transylvania. Discover some of the historic castles of the region, and visit the city of Brasov. Start your tour with pickup from certain pickup points in Bucharest and drive towards the region of Valahia. Discover Peles Castle situated in picturesque Sinaia, and known as the Pearl of the Carpathians. Travel through the mountain scenery to Bran, where you will visit Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. Learn the legend of the terrifying fictional Count. Move on to Brasov, located in the heart of Transylvania. Embark on a walking tour through the historical center. Encounter sights such as the Gothic church of Biserica Neagră, and the Medieval Catherine's Gate, the last remaining of the city’s defensive walls.

From Bucharest: Brasov Peles & Dracula's Castle Day Tour

5. From Bucharest: Brasov Peles & Dracula's Castle Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day small-group tour from Bucharest to the historical region of Transylvania. Uncover the influence of different cultures, including Romanian, Saxon, Turkish, and Hungarian. See Dracula’s castle and Peles Castle and venture to Brasov for a guided walking tour.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel and sit back and relax on the drive to Sinaia in the Transylvanian Alps. Sinaia is known for its beautiful late 17th-Century Byzantine monastery. Visit the neo-classical Peles Castle, built on a medieval route that linked Transylvania to Wallachia. Continue to the medieval Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle, due to its association with Vlad the Impaler. Admire the castle's romantic setting on a forested hill. Gaze up at its imposing towers. Explore one of the largest medieval towns in Romania on a walking tour of Brasov. Take in gorgeous mountain scenery as you drive back to Bucharest.

From Brasov: Tour of Castles and Surrounding Area

6. From Brasov: Tour of Castles and Surrounding Area

The tour will begin from the meeting point located in central Brasov. You will be driven in comfort to the Peasants Citadel, a medieval fortress built from at a time when Teutonic chevaliers ruled the Brasov County. Enjoy a visit around the fortress and observation point, and discover it's history and legends, stopping to take in the wonderful views of Brasov Plateau and the surrounding mountains. The journey will continue towards Bran Castle. Completed in 1388, the castle was built on a steep cliff between Măgura and Dealul Cetăţii, with an exceptional view of the nearby hills. Learn about this famous castle, especially the tales of Count Dracula as you walk the ancient halls.  Next, you will head to Sinaia, the former summer residence of the Romanian royal family. The one hour drive offers spectacular views of surrounding nature and wildlife. Then encounter Peles Castle, considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Visit an architectural masterpiece, discover it's wonderful saloons and learn about the heritage.  On the route home, you can see the view of the Transylvanian Alps, the Bucegi Mountains, and the lively resort-towns of Busteni and Predeal.

Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brasov Guided Tour

7. Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brasov Guided Tour

Enjoy a full-day trip from Bucharest to discover the Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula's Castle. Explore the city of Brasov on a guided tour and see the Peles Castle, the former home of the Romanian royal family. The first stop on your Transylvania adventure will be in the picturesque landscape of Sinaia, the so-called Pearl of the Carpathians. Here, discover Peles Castle, a masterpiece of design with unique turrets and great attention to detail. After taking in some unbelievable views across the mountains from Peles Castle, the trip continues to the medieval Bran Castle, better known as Dracula's Castle due to its association with Vlad the Impaler. In Brasov, follow your guide on a walking tour to admire sights such as Brasov's Council Square and the Black Church, one of the main attractions in Brasov.

Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Day Tour

8. Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Day Tour

Experience the allure of Transylvania's iconic tourist attractions on an exclusive small-group day tour limited to just 8 people. The adventure commences from Brasov, and en route, you'll witness the picturesque beauty of rural areas, with the Carpathian Mountains as the backdrop. The first stop is at the awe-inspiring Peles Castle, located in the charming Sinaia Town, boasting an enchanting facade that emanates luxury and elegance. You will skip the line to explore the castle's interior and bask in the magnificent ambiance. The tour also includes a visit to the Sinaia Monastery, a holy landmark renowned for its striking architecture, rich history, and spiritual significance. Next up is Bran Castle, known for its association with the legend of Vlad the Impaler, and famously referred to as Dracula's Castle. With your guide's expertise, you will discover the captivating tales behind the castle's walls and its intriguing connection to the infamous Dracula. The final stop on this remarkable tour is the scenic Rasnov Fortress, a historical site boasting breathtaking views of the Transylvanian landscape. Explore the fortress with your guide's insightful commentary, and gain a deeper understanding of its role in Romania's history. Before heading back to Brasov, you'll have the chance to indulge in the local cuisine at a traditional restaurant in Bran village. Savor the flavors of Romania's rich culinary heritage as you reminisce on your unforgettable journey through Transylvania. This tour ensures you have ample time to take amazing photos, and with skip-the-line access, you will avoid waiting in long queues. The tour will conclude at 5 pm, leaving you with cherished memories and unforgettable experiences of Transylvania's cultural heritage. Don't miss out on this exceptional opportunity to explore the best of Transylvania.

Bran: Guided Castle Tour

9. Bran: Guided Castle Tour

After meeting with your guide in Bran village, your castle tour will start. After a short introduction about the surrounding area, you will walk inside the castle and begin your journey into the past. Bran Castle has more than 50 rooms, but most of them closed between 2006 and 2009 when Queen Maria’s grandchildren inherited it from the Romanian government. There are still 19 of them currently open for the general public, as well as a secret passage. Your guide will provide you with an in-depth tour covering the history of the fortress, including many legends and vampires. You will also hear stories about Count Dracula, and the implication of Queen Maria of Romania in the restoration of this fantastic place. You can encounter the guard's room, the queen’s apartment, the king’s apartment, the catellan’s office, the music room, and the apartments of Princess Ileana and Prince Nicolae. Your tour will end in the court yard by the well, which sits right beside the time tunnel which you will be welcome to walk through afterwards.

From Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Cantacuzino Castle

10. From Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Cantacuzino Castle

Your tour will begin as you are taken by a professional guide from your hotel in Brasov. From here you will travel with a luxury Mercedes high-class van, which you will be your mode of transportation for all 3 of your sights included in the tour. You will begin with a tour of Pele's Castle, a summer residence belonging to the royal family of Romania which was built in the 19th century by Carol the First, the first king of Romania. It is the most beautiful castle in Romania, and one of the greatest in Europe. Next up you will visit Cantacuzino Castle , built by Prince Grigore Gheorghe Cantacuzino, between 1906-1911, in the neo-Romanian architectural style. He built it to use as a summer residence for his family. The Cantacuzino Castle in Bușteni is the place where the scenes from the Nevermore Academy, from the Wednesday series on Netflix, were filmed. From the castle courtyard you will be able to admire the beautiful panoramic view of the Bucegi mountains Next up you will visit Bran Castle, also known as "Dracula's Castle" and built in the 14th century. Whilst here you will learn how this castle was made famous by the Irish writer Bram Stoker. Legends, spirits, ghosts, and many mysteries will be encountered whilst visiting Dracula's Castle. Then you will have lunch at a good restaurant that our guide will recommend. In the evening, you will be returned back to your hotel with beautiful memories of the day.

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excellent tour!! highly recommended. everything was extremely well organized. easy pick up and drop off. Andrei, our guide, was fantastic. he was super friendly, open, and helpful. he also gave us more info about Romanian history and other interesting tidbits about life in Romania. the tour itself is also great - you see a lot in such a "short" time. there was ample time to browse, eat, shop, etc. highly recommended tour!!

Really enjoyed the day despite long delays in traffic returning to Bucharest which meant we didn't get back until about 21:30 which made it a long day. Coach was warm and comfortable and the guide was very good at explaining the historical background to the various sites. Peles was gorgeous in the snow and we enjoyed Bran and Brasov too. I'd recommend the trip and it was great value for the day

14 hours of fun! Our guide, Serbian, was simply amazing. Great character and attitude, made everything super interesting. It was long, starting early in the morning, but absolutely worth it, thanks to the awesome guide. I would definitely recommend this tour!

Florin was an amazing guide ! The view and the castles are a must ! I personally recommend this option for anyone who wants a good quality experience with history and legends!

A really great tour to the Castles in Bran, Pele, and Sinai from Bucharest in Romania and the Best tour guide Who is good to tell stories, humor and professionel :)