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From Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș Castle & Brașov Tour

1. From Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș Castle & Brașov Tour

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.

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

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

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 by bus, 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. Later, return to Bucharest with drop-off at your accommodation.

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Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle and Brasov

3. Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle and Brasov

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 Mountains. Follow your local guide on a tour of this impressive city. Visit Brasov’s Council Square, the incredible Black Church, and the city’s old defensive walls.

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From Bucharest: Dracula Castle & Brasov Full-Day Trip

4. From Bucharest: Dracula Castle & 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 your hotel, 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 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 infamous Vlad the Impaler.

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

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

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.

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Peles & Bran Small Group: 2 Transylvanian Castles in 1 Day

6. Peles & Bran Small Group: 2 Transylvanian Castles in 1 Day

Home to one of the most famous counts in literary history, Transylvania is a must-see destination on any visit to Romania. On this full-day tour from Bucharest you will visit the historic region exploring the influence of different cultures, including Romanian, Saxon, Turkish and Hungarian. After meeting your tour guide in your hotel, head to the historic region, bounded to the east and south by the dramatic Carpathian Mountains. Drive into the Transylvanian Alps to Sinaia and Brasov. Sinaia was named after the Biblical Mount Sinai and is known for its beautiful late 17th-Century Byzantine monastery. You will visit the neo-classical Peles Castle, built on a medieval route that linked Transylvania to Wallachia. A highlight of your cultural excursion will be the afternoon visit to the medieval Bran Castle. Better known as Dracula’s Castle, it is associated with the real Vlad the Impaler who became the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s famous vampire Count Dracula. The afternoon section of the tour also includes a short walk in Brasov, where you will get to sightsee the medieval town, one of the largest in Romania. Tour the historic streets and take in sights such as the Council Square, Black Tower and Black Church to get an idea what a typical old Transylvanian city looked like. At the end of the day, take in the gorgeous mountain scenery as you drive back to Bucharest and are dropped off at your hotel.

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From Bucharest: Transylvania's Peles & Bran Castles

7. From Bucharest: Transylvania's Peles & Bran Castles

In the morning meet the guide in Bucharest. Leave the city on the route to Sinaia. Visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania. The Peles Castle is 44 kilometers away from Brasov in Sinaia, a well-known mountain resort as well. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania where one can admire furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, and a weaponry collections from the 15th up to the 19th century. Continue the journey to Bran with it’s famous Bran castle. Also called Dracula`s Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometers) at the entrance in the Bran – Rucar passage. The first documentation about Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Throughout history, the Castle had a strategic mission of acting as a border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the rule of the King of Hungary Sigismund of Luxemburg, then under the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In 1912 it was donated by the municipality of Brasov to the Romanian royal family and so it became their residence.

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From Bucharest: Small Group Day Trip to Dracula's Castle

8. From Bucharest: Small Group Day Trip to Dracula's Castle

Depart Bucharest in the morning and travel by private air-conditioned vehicle to Transylvania, famed for its beautiful castles and the legend of Count Dracula. Stop in the small town of Sinaia in the Carpathian Mountains and take a guided tour of the former summer residence of the royal family of Romania at Peleș Castle. Continue over the mountains to medieval Bran Castle and learn about its links to the legend of Count Dracula with a private guided tour of the interior. Get some time to buy gifts at the souvenir market. Next, visit the town of Brasov and admire its medieval and Gothic architecture and attractions during a guided walking tour of the old city. Benefit from some free time to explore on your own before the return trip to Bucharest.

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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.

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Sighisoara: 2-Hour City Tour

10. Sighisoara: 2-Hour City Tour

Designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic. It is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was he who inspired Bram Stoker's fictional creation, Count Dracula. Stops / Cultural objectives to be visited: - The House with the Deer Antler - The Venician House - The  Church of the Convent - The Clock Tower  - The Catholic Church - The Tailors’ Tower - The Furriers’ Tower - The Butchers’ Tower - The Butchers’ Bastion - The Covered Staircase - The School Hill - The Church on the Hill (inside visit) - The German Cemetery - The Tin Moulders’ Tower - Vlad the Impaler’s birth house - Citadel’s Market place - The House with the Deer Antler

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What people are saying about Transylvania

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,201 reviews

We had a great time!! Special thanks to Marius who was an excellent tour guide!!! He was professional, had an excellent sence of humor, he got out of his ways to get us on time in all the places, even though during the Christmas season the traffic was a nightmare! The pelles castle was my favourite! You are going to really love it!!! I totally recommend booking this tour. You will not regret it!!!

Very nice and knowledgeable guide. Although unexpected traffic conditions they kept with the original plan making the tour longer but we did not miss a bit

Peles Castle is worth the detour on its own but all was well, the snow had invited itself to make the landscape exceptional.

It's a relatively long drive, but totally worth it. The first lock is gorgeous, bran could be shorter.

Our guide Mattia was great and overall we all really enjoyed the trip.