Count Dracula’s Secrets

Moldovita Monastery
Castelul Bran, Bran

9 days / 8 nights

departures on request

from 979.00 €

    Count Dracula’s Secrets

    Day 1: arrival in Romania - Bucharest

    Arrival at Bucharest International Airport.

    Welcome by your English speaking guide.

    Transfer and check-in at your hotel in Bucharest.

    Accommodation in Bucharest.

    Day 2: Bucharest - Targu Neamt - Gura Humorului - breakfast


    Departure to Targu Neamt.

    Arrival at the hotel in Targu Neamt.

    Afternoon visit of Neamt Citadel, in Moldova historical region. Built in 1359, by Petru Musat, a Moldavian Prince, the citadel successfully resisted numerous attacks by Hungarians, Turks and Polish armies throughout the time.

    Our next stop will be Ion Creanga Memorial House.

    Departure for Gura Humorului.

    Accommodation in Gura Humorului.

    Day 3: Gura Humorului - Putna - Sucevita - Marginea - Cacica - Gura Humorului - breakfast


    Today is dedicated to Bukovina region, and its marvels.

    We start the day with the one of the most important religious edifices in Romania, Putna Monastery. Isolated, in a forested area, the monastery was built by Stephen the Great, one of the most important Moldavian Princes, following his victory at Chilia over the Ottomans.

    We continue with the visit of another monastery, Sucevita.

    The largest monasteries in Bukovina region and one of the finest, it is known especially for the “Ladder of Virtues” fresco with its 32 steps to heaven. Sucevita Monastery, along with 7 other monasteries for the region, are part of UNESCO’s World Heritage.

    We return to Gura Humorului.

    Short stop to visit the village of Marginea, famous Romanian ceramic center.

    Another stop, in Cacica for photos: "Dom Polski", the Polish Cathedral in the village of Cacica.

    Transfer to our hotel.

    Accommodation in Gura Humorului.

    Day 4: Gura Humorului - Voronet - Humor - Moldovita - Borgo Pass - Bistrita - Cluj-Napoca - breakfast


    We begin the day with the visit of Voronet Monastery, also part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Constructed in 1488 by the same Moldavian Price that has built Putna Monastery, Stephen the Great, it is known as the ”Sistine Chapel of the East”. A unique feature of the monastery is the intense shade of blue of the frescoes, known as the ”Voronet Blue”.

    We continue to yet another monastery, and visit Humor Monastery, part of the Churches of Moldavia and inscribed by UNESCO in the World Heritage list, constructed in 1530. Humor Monastery is famous for its’ frescoes, the main subjects of the local mural paintings at Humor are the Last Judgement, Hymn to the Virgin and the Siege of Constantinopole.

    Departure for Moldovita. We visit the monastery, also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Departure for Cluj-Napoca, through Borgo Pass, the place where Bram Stoker placed the history of “Dracula”, his famous novel.

    Stop at “Dracula” Hotel.

    Lunch, on your own.

    Departure for Cluj-Napoca.

    Stop in Bistrita ("Bistritz" in Saxon), to admire the Evangelical Church, masterpiece of Transylvania's gothic style.

    We continue to Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania's Capital.

    Accommodation in Cluj-Napoca.

    Day 5: Cluj-Napoca - Turda - Alba Iulia - Sibiu - breakfast


    We will discover the highlights of Cluj-Napoca, the heart of Transylvania, a beautiful city with about 2.000 years of history.

    Our walking tour will include the main sights: St. Michael’s Church, Union Square, Matthias Corvinus Monument, University, Evangelical Church, Romanian National Opera, Avram Iancu Square and the Orthodox Cathedral.

    We continue the day to the city of Turda.

    In Turda we will visit one of the world’s largest salt mine museums and one of the most appreciated travel attractions in Romania, Turda Salt Mine.

    We will venture into the mine’s depth through the galleries and into the main room, carved in salt with a height of about 100 meters. Aside from the rich local history and the spectacular views, the constant yearlong temperature, around 12-14°C, and the salty air have proven therapeutic properties.

    Departure to Alba Iulia, where modern Romania’s Union took place in 1918.

    Panoramic city tour of Alba Iulia.

    Our journey continues to Sibiu, a former European Capital of Culture in 2007.

    Arrival in Sibiu.

    We start exploring this marvelous city, with a walking tour: Large Square, Little Square, Catholic Cathedral, The Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary, Orthodox Cathedral and Bridge of Lies, outside visits only.

    Transfer to the hotel.

    Accommodation in Sibiu.

    Day 6: Sibiu - Biertan - Sighisoara - breakfast


    Departure to Biertan, one of the most famous Saxon villages in Transylvania. It was the religious capital of the Transylvanian Saxons for almost 300 years, between 1572 and 1867. We will visit the local Fortified Church part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

    We continue to Sighisoara, a medieval city, considered to be the jewel of Transylvania.

    Arrival in the beautiful city of Sighisoara.

    We will discover Sighisoara, a genuine trip back in time to explore this exquisite medieval town. Narrow passageways, cobbled streets, burgher houses and the great local atmosphere, all contribute to an amazing experience.

    Our walking tour will include: the Clock Tower, House of Vlad the Impaler (here was born in 1431, Vlad the Impaler / Vlad Tepes, the legendary prince assimilated often with Dracula), Venetian House, Stag House, School Street, Scholar's Stairs and the Church on the Hill.

    This marvelous Medieval Citadel, listed as UNESCO World Heritage, remains the only medieval citadel in Europe, entirely and continuously inhabited, since its construction.

    Transfer to the hotel.

    Accommodation in Sighisoara.

    Day 7: Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - breakfast


    Brasov short walking city tour visiting: City Hall and The Black Church considered the icon monument of Brasov

    Our journey continues to Bran, the location of another magnificent castle, the famous Dracula Castle.

    Visit Bran Castle, which is listed among the most famous castles on Earth and connected to the Legend of Dracula is today one of Romania’s most prestigious tourist icons.

    The first fortified construction at the site of Bran Castle dates from 1211. Throughout the centuries, the castle had many owners, including Queen Mary of Romania. Today, the owner is the Archduke Dominic of Habsburg. Among the most famous guests of the castle, was Vlad the Impaler (or Vlad Tepes, the legendary prince assimilated often with Dracula) in 1462, on his way to Visegrad, the place where he was incarcerated for 12 years.

    We continue to Sinaia.

    In Sinaia we will visit Peles Castle, Romania’s most beautiful castle, former Romanian Royal Family summer residence. Today a very rich museum, architectural masterpiece built in German style, between 1875 and 1914.

    Transfer to the hotel.

    Accommodation in Sinaia.

    Day 8: Sinaia - Bucharest - breakfast, dinner


    Departure to Bucharest.

    We will start exploring Bucharest, the capital city of Romania.

    Visit of the Parliament Palace, continuing with a panoramic tour of Bucharest.

    Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant in Bucharest, an incursion in the fabulous Romanian cuisine and wines.

    Accommodation in Bucharest.

    Day 9: Bucharest - departure from Romania - breakfast


    Transfer to the airport, according with your flight schedule.

    Departure from Bucharest International Airport.

    Price per person in (€) EURO, at 5* hotels / 4* hotels / 3* pensions, available on demand for a group of 15-20 tourists:

    in double room shared            979 EUR/person

    in single room                        1259 EUR/person

    Price includes:

    • 8 nights accommodation in standard double or single room, breakfast included:

      • Bucharest - 1 night;
      • Gura Humorului - 2 nights;
      • Cluj-Napoca - 1 night;
      • Sibiu - 1 night;
      • Sighisoara - 1 night;
      • Sinaia - 1 night;
      • Bucharest - 1 night.

    *5 / 4 / 3 star service at the hotels in Romania, exact locations to be confirmed upon availability;

    **accommodation upgrades are available, if needed, please advise;

    ***the hotels are rated after local standards.

    • Transportation in dedicated modern air conditioned car/minivan, from arrival at Bucharest International Airport until your departure from Bucharest International Airport, except the periods with time at leisure (morning, afternoon or evening);

    *transportation in modern, comfortable car or minivan, according with size of the group.

    • Meals:

      • 8 B, breakfasts, at your hotels;
      • 1 D, dinner, at a local restaurant.

    *the restaurants will provide good, quality meals and service.

    • English speaking guide;

    *guide will be also driver for group of 7 tourists or less;

    **separate driver, for group of 8 tourists or more;

    ***other languages available for the guide, upon request: French, German, Italian, Spanish or others, please contact us.

    • City tours or panoramic tours and visits in the following locations:

      • Bucharest;
      • Targu Neamt;
      • Gura Humorului;
      • Putna;
      • Sucevita;
      • Marginea;
      • Cacica;
      • Voronet;
      • Humor;
      • Moldovita;
      • Borgo Pass;
      • Bistrita;
      • Cluj-Napoca;
      • Turda;
      • Alba Iulia;
      • Sibiu;
      • Biertan;
      • Sighisoara;
      • Brasov;
      • Bran;
      • Sinaia.
    • Local and government taxes in Romania (except the taxes issued by Immigration Authorities);
    • Travel assistance.

    **all services will be accommodated by professional staff that will try to ensure a great travel experience!

    Price does not include:

    • Any air tickets to Romania and from Romania as well as their airport taxes;
    • The drinks, except those mentioned express;
    • Any expense of personal nature;
    • Any optional tours or activities;
    • Camera and video camera fees, where applicable;
    • Visa fees and visa arrangements;
    • Tips/gratuities;
    • Any type of insurance;
    • Any cost element which is not expressly mentioned in the chapter “Price includes”.

    ***Important notes

    Please remember that it’s your responsibility to carry the proper travel documents. Also, make sure to see your doctor before your trip for a check-up and ensure that you have valid travel insurance.

    1.   All visa (if needed) requirements must be fulfilled and these are entirely your responsibility.

    2.   Make sure you have your passport with you at all times, some visits require presenting it upon arrival. Try to bring at least one copy of your passport and visa (if needed) and keep all documents safe.

    3.   The program can suffer changes up to 20% in case of modifications in the flight schedule, bad weather or other major force events, taking first into consideration the safety of the tourists and, if possible, without altering the general structure of the trip.

    4.   Some of the museums in Romania are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

    5.   This program will act as a contract between parties and / or will be considered as an addendum to a contract already valid.

    6.   The offer presented above and all the services proposed are subject to availability upon your firm request. No reservations have been made for your trip as of this moment. The rates presented above are subject to change without prior notice according to the regulations and currency fluctuations.