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  • From Bucharest: Dracula Castle & Brasov Full-Day Trip

    1. From Bucharest: Dracula Castle & Brasov Full-Day Trip

    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.

    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 a walking tour of the town of Brasov. Start 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 inf...

    Overall this is a pleasant experience that was worth the price. The drive from / to Bucharest is the longest part. That's why I feel this trip's decision to include two castles and a town is good. The long ride is not justified by a single destination. Be ready to return late (we arrived back around 21:30). Also take some snacks as the meal times can vary.

  • From Bucharest: Peles, Bran Castle & Old Town Brasov Tour

    2. From Bucharest: Peles, Bran Castle & Old Town Brasov Tour

    Following pick-up, 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. Continue with a short tour of 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 symboli...

    The trip was perfect It’s was one of the best day Take the driver Marius Panzariu He is so funny And know a lot about all the details of every place we go

  • From Bucharest: Dracula’s Castle Full-Day Tour

    3. From Bucharest: Dracula’s Castle Full-Day Tour

    Immerse yourself in the legend of Vlad the Impaler, inspiration for Count Dracula, on this full-day tour of Transylvania.

    Start your tour by driving 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.

    This is was a wonderful tour and better than what I expected! We were picked up at 8 am by a Mercedes sprinter and greeted by Euguene, who was an excellent tour guide throughout. The journey to peles castle was about 2 hours but the views were on the way were enjoyable. We spent over 2 hours at Peles and and Eugene was very knowledgable about the place. Next, there was a short journey to Bran castle and this castle from the outside was stunning as were the views - breathtaking! Again, we had a personal tour of the castle while we were given free time to look around a Bran itself and have some food! Finally, another short trip to Brashov and a quick tour of the city centre which was very beautiful - this was rather short but I think it was enough! The journey back to Bucharest was 3 hours! Overall, this was excellent value for money and was an enjoyable day taking in some landmarks of Romania! Euguene and the driver were friendly, helpful and knowledge - they made this tour!

  • Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș & Brașov Small-Group Tour

    4. Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș & Brașov Small-Group Tour

    Head for the evocative landscape of Transylvania on this inclusive excursion. Tour 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 travel...

    the tour was superb! you cant go wrong with our driver/tour guide! he was simply the best!

  • Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

    5. Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

    Experience one of the top attractions during your visit to Bucharest, with a planned visit to the Parliament Palace. The Palace was ordered by Nicolae Ceaușescu, the dictator of Communist Romania and it was constructed between 1984-1997. Started during the darkest period of communism, Ceausescu's mad dream became the largest building in Europe and the 2nd largest building in the world. Start the tour by skipping the line with your fast-access ticket. Meet the Bucharest Parliament Official Guide, and begin your exploration of the building's interiors. Immerse yourself in the history and contemporary realities of this unique building during a captivating tour which covers 3 levels of the building. Begin on the ground floor where the entrance is located. Learn an array of mesmerizing facts including how the Palace has a height of 84 meters (276 ft), a floor area of 365,000 square meters (3...

    The guide and organizer waited for us, explained everything, the tour was nice, we enjoyed

  • Bucharest: Dracula's Castle and Brasov Guided Tour

    6. Bucharest: Dracula's Castle and Brasov Guided Tour

    Enjoy a comfortable ride in an air-conditioned vehicle from Bucharest to Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula’s Castle. On the journey, your local guide will tell you tales of Transylvania’s history and mythology as you journey through the majestic countryside. You'll also get to go far beyond the standard tours of Transylvania’s legendary castle by going 30 metres underground the castle to the Time Tunnel. The unique Romanian construction was designed to describe the history and culture of the Bran Castle with a state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition. To reach the tunnel, you will get into a 'stone' elevator, located right in the courtyard of the castle and which is considered to be the one of the greatest current innovation among the European museums. After the tour of the castle, you will have two hours to have lunch in Brasov, a picturesque city in the heart of the Carpathian M...

    It was very nice and almost private tour only in 4 people. We enjoyed it a lot plus our guide seemed to like Romania a lot!

  • Bran: Guided Castle Tour

    7. 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. You...

    Grig was an excellent tour guide. My three teenagers enjoyed every aspect of the castle. The stories and historical references were so interesting and we will be reading more about Queen Maria and the Romanian Royal family in the future. Thank you we highly recommend this tour!!!

  • Bucharest: Guided Ceausescu Villa Tour

    8. Bucharest: Guided Ceausescu Villa Tour

    Once having arrived in front of the Villa, your staff member will take over. Your tour begins with the dictator's private office, followed by the chess room. Following that, stroll through the villa admiring the bedrooms, family dining room, and the relaxation table. Heading upstairs, encounter another set of bedrooms which belonged to the Ceasescu couple, before you move on to the green house which houses a recreated tropical climate. This climate allows the cultivation of exotic fruits such as bananas and pineapples, including many other fruits which are not indigenous to the country. The owner of the villa was a big fan of exotic birds, which is why the garden was populated by peacocks. Last but not the least, visit the indoor pool, a work which took months to complete. The pool is decorated entirely in blue mosaic and contains flower and animal themes which are reminiscent of those...

  • Bucharest: 2-Hour City Highlights Bike Tour

    9. Bucharest: 2-Hour City Highlights Bike Tour

    You will start in the Old City Center with a visit to the oldest witnesses of Bucharest's birth and development: the Old Court Citadel, Manuc's Inn and Stravopoleos Church. After, you guide will take you to visit the most famous boulevard in Bucharest, Calea Victoriei, with its impressive architecture and grandiose buildings like Military Cercle, Telephone Palace, Royal Palace, Romanian Atheneum and more. You will then shed the city crowds and have the opportunity to relax and cool down in the Cismigiu Gardens and near Bucharest City Hall. At the end of the tour, you will see the grandiose Ceausescu's Palace and Union Boulevard, which was designed to be even longer and wider than Champs-Élysées in Paris.

    Alex gave us the option of a 4 hour tour and it was fantastic! It was a very warm day but the pace was perfect. We passed many architectural beauties and Alex gave good history of each stop. So many parks in the heart of Bucharest and we stopped for refreshments at the midway point. My wife and I are 58 years old and the pace Alex kept in the 90F/33C heat was never a problem. We highly recommend this for anyone considering. It was a top highlight of our Bucharest stay.

  • Bucharest: Pub Crawl in the Old Town

    10. Bucharest: Pub Crawl in the Old Town

    Widely seen as one of the most promising party destinations in Europe, Bucharest is a great place to be partying and grabbing drinks with friends at very reasonable prices. Probably the most thorough experience of the nightlife in Bucharest, this pub crawl allows you to discover the best bars and clubs in the Old Town area with an experienced local guide. Over the course of at least 4 hours, after all the attendees meet up, the night will start with a warm-up bar, good for socializing and getting into the party vibe, followed by at least 3 more party venues, ideal for dancing, meeting locals and enjoying random events such as band performances or karaoke. Each of the spots has a different style, from alternative to fancy, in order to satisfy any kind of expectations and get a broader idea of the real nightlife in Bucharest. City hints and tips, free photos from the guide and various pr...

    It was fantastic! So much fun. The tour guides were very friendly and made sure we all had a great night!

Rich in culture, history, and natural beauty, Romania is a fascinating destination located in Eastern Europe. From beautifully preserved medieval towns and the architectural treasures found in Bucharest, the capital city, to the mysterious legend of Dracula, expect to find an intriguing country like no other.

Start your trip by exploring the capital city, Bucharest, located in the south of the country. With a population of over 2 million, Bucharest is full of both historical sites and modern cultural attractions. Sightseeing in the capital must include the massive Palace of Parliament. Built during the Communist Era, this is one of the largest government buildings in the world. The 12 story building hosts over one thousand rooms and includes underground levels complete with a massive bunker in case of nuclear attack.

From Bucharest, it is just a short train ride to the north into the mysterious, mountainous region of Transylvania. This area is famous for being the home of Dracula. A visit to the stunning castle of Bran, a gothic wonder long associated with Dracula, is a must. Located in Sinaia, the historic Sinaia Monastery, built in 1695, is an architectural gem filled with beautiful paintings, rich details, and a museum recounting its three hundred year history. Be sure to visit the incredible Peles Castle. This was the summer home of the Romanian royal family and reflects the wealth and history associated with the past rulers of this fascinating country.

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