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Choose the best Vampire or Halloween Tours 2022 and then discover our country! This 7-days itinerary includes the best Romanian highlights. For the complete Transylvanian experience, choose this journey or the 7-Days Halloween tour. Visit Dracula's birthplace, Sighisoara Citadel and then travel to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. In addition to these, you will also explore places not related to Vlad the Impaler such as Corvinesti Castle or Turda Salt Mines. Last, but not least, enjoy our Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, performed as seen on Travel Channel.
This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to depart.
7-Days Vampire and Halloween Tours 2022 in Romania - Highlights
- Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania – built in accordance to Bram Stoker’s imagination, on Borgo Pass where the Irish writer placed the castle of Count Dracula, accommodation, candle lit dinner and then a camp fire with all the right stories.
- Ritual Killing of the Living Dead – Help a haunted spirit to gain his peace – attend the ritual of killing a strigoi, as seen on Travel Channel. After that, take part in our Evening Sitting to celebrate the victory or recover from defeat – learn more.
- Sighisoara Medieval Citadel – the best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe with a UNESCO World Heritage status, Vlad the Impaler’s birth place.
- Bran Castle – also known as Dracula’s Castle, a legendary Transylvanian fortress dating back to 1377.
- Corvinestilor Castle – the greatest Gothic style castle in Romania, Corvinesti. The edifice was built in the 14th Century on the site of a former Roman camp.
- Snagov Monastery – where, according to the legend, Vlad was buried after his assassination
- Poienari Fortress – Vlad’s old and faithful citadel perched high on a cliff, more than 1000 stairs to climb.
- Vampire Treats: indulge yourself with a Vampire dinner to find out why it’s worth killing for a meal!
Vampire and Halloween Tours 2022 - 7-Days Dracula tour brief itinerary
Meet our guide in Bucharest, at Moxa Boutique Hotel. From here, drive to Snagov Monastery, Dracula's alleged burial place. The monastery is located on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake. Explore the old religious building and then return to Bucharest for your welcome dinner.
The next day, travel to Poienari Citadel and then get ready for a physical challenge. Climb over 1400 stairs and then visit Dracula's mountain refuge. The views from the top are completely worth the effort. After that, drive to Sibiu and then accommodate in a cozy 4* hotel.
Your tour continues in Hunedoara. Explore Corvinesti Castle, the former residence of ruler Iancu de Hunedoara, one of the most beautiful castles in Transylvania. After that, drive to Turda and then accommodate in a Dracula-themed 4* hotel. Enjoy a delicious vampire dinner and then attend the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, as seen on Travel Channel. Our team re-enacts this ritual according to the old customs and traditions.
Next, descend into Turda Salt Mine and then explore amazing galleries named after kings and queens. After that, head to Cluj-Napoca and admire the medieval buildings. From here, follow into Jonathan Harker’s footsteps. Reach Borgo Pass and then accommodate at Dracula’s Castle Hotel, built according to Bram Stoker’s description. Your Dracula tour continues with Sighisoara Medieval Citadel. Visit the Clock Tower, the Medieval Weapons Collection and the Torture Room.
Bran Castle, the symbol of Transylvania
On your sixth day, drive to Bran Castle, the symbol of Transylvania. Visit Bran, also known as Dracula’s Castle thanks to Bram Stoker’s novel. As a side note, during our Halloween Tours 2022 you can enjoy an amazing party at Bran Castle. After that, travel to Brasov. Accommodate in a 3* hotel. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and then attend Dracula’s Wedding, a non-verbal show, performed by a professional band.
The next morning, travel to Sinaia, the most famous mountain resort in Romania. Admire unique landscapes and then visit Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful royal residences in Europe. After that, drive to Targoviste and visit Vlad Tepes’ old royal court. Arrive in Bucharest in the evening. Your guide will drop you off at the airport or at your booked hotel.
This is an overview of your tour. For more information, please scroll up and then use the menu below the photos to navigate this tour’s details.
Book your tour now and then discover Transylvania! Follow in Vlad the Impaler’s footsteps and then uncover his dark legend during this unforgettable Dracula tour.
We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form.
- MasterCard and Visa via fax and phone.
- We also accept payments via PayPal and bank transfer.
- At the moment of booking we require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we issue a Confirmation Letter.
- The final payment is due 60 days prior to tour departure. Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking.
|Departure date||Price per person|
(2 persons to one double room)
|Price for single traveler||Availability|
|7 day tour. Departure from Bucharest (10.00 GMT +02:00)|
This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to depart!
May 7, 2022
June 4, 2022
July 2, 2022
August 6, 2022
September 3, 2022
October 1, 2022
|€ 1159||€ 1299||Free|
|July 9, 2022 Unforgettable tour with Royal Dinner at Bran Castle*||€ 1159||€ 1299||Limited space|
|October 24, 2022|
Special Halloween Party in Sighisoara Citadel and then Halloween Party at Bran Castle included
|€ 1289||€ 1399||Free|
May 6, 2023
June 3, 2023
July 1, 2023
August 5, 2023
September 2, 2023
October 7, 2023
|€ 1159||€ 1299||Free|
|July 8, 2023 Unforgettable tour with Royal Dinner at Bran Castle*||€ 1159||€ 1299||Limited space|
*The July special edition does not include the Medieval Saxon Dinner in Sibiu and Dracula’s Wedding in Brasov. Instead, it includes a delicious Royal Dinner at Bran Castle and then an unforgettable Masquerade Party.
7-Days Vampire Tour in Transylvania - Itinerary Map
Available for free if:
- You don’t have a reflection in the mirror,
- You decompose when sunlight strikes you,
- You’re over 200 years old,
- Can use your wings to fly to Transylvania,
Well, this holiday is free for you! Come join your fellow vampires in Transylvania:-)
Blood treats not included!
- Once you realize the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return to your country.
- People speak plenty of English in Romania and you will find the locals and the other tourists are friendly and open.
- No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.
• We’re pleased to say that Transylvania Live has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts
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Awarded 7-Days Vampire in Transylvania - Highlights
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US Embassy in Romania
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District 1, Bucharest
Telephone: (+40) 21 200-3300
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Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. Medical treatment in Romania is not up to western standards. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance
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• Robbery, pick pocketing, internet scams, and credit card fraud are the most commonly reported crimes.
• Organized groups of criminals, sometimes including minors, operate in train stations, trains, subways, and busses.
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• Romania is situated in a seismically active region and has a history of devastating earthquakes, with the greatest risk occurring in Bucharest.
• Mountainous areas of the country can be subject to torrential rains and flash floods, especially in the spring and summer months.
• Streets and sidewalks are often icy and hazardous during winter.
• Avoid contact with stray dogs.
• Travelers’ checks are of limited use, but ATMs (“bancomats” in Romanian) are widely available.
There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Romania. However, the annual gay pride parades in Bucharest have been the scene of violent protests in past years.
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• Basic medical supplies are limited in Romania, especially outside of major cities.
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Road Conditions and Safety
Though Romanian traffic laws are very strict, road accidents are a real and dangerous threat for U.S. citizens visiting Romania. According to the European Union Road Federation, Romania has the highest per-vehicle rate of road fatalities of any country in the EU, a rate similar with USA.
If you chose to drive in Romania, practice defensive driving techniques.
While major streets in larger cities and major inter-city roads are generally in fair to good condition, many secondary roads are in poor repair, unpaved, poorly lit, narrow, and lacking marked lanes.
• Mountain roads are particularly dangerous when wet or covered with snow or ice. Winter snow removal is intermittent.
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• Local drivers often ignore traffic lights and crosswalk signs.
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Traffic Laws: Romanian traffic laws are very strict.
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U.S. citizens arriving in Romania for stays up to 90 days may use their U.S. state drivers’ licenses (DL) along with an International Driving Permit. The U.S. Department of State has authorized two organizations to issue international permits to those who hold valid U.S. driver’s licenses: the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the American Automobile Touring Alliance.
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Welcome to Romania ! Our English speaking guide connects with you at Moxa Boutique Hotel. Accommodate into a 3* hotel, centrally located and then prepare to immerge into the legend. Drive to Snagov to visit Snagov Monastery where, according to the legend, Vlad was buried after his assassination. The monastic establishment is located on a small island of Snagov Lake. The architectural style of the monastery follows the architectural pattern that is characteristic to the monasteries on the Holy Mount Athos in Greece . Your first day in Romania ends with a welcome dinner in one of Bucharest's top traditional restaurants.
Sunday, Bucharest – Poienari – Sibiu (309 km, 5h 20 min driving)
Morning drive to Poienari. Enjoy a morning visit of Poienari to see the ruins of Vlad's old and faithful fortress. The fortress located close to Fagaras Mountains , on a canyon formed by Arges Rives is perched high on a cliff, in fact a steep precipice. To visit the impressive fortress and admire the unique and breathless view from the top you’ll need to climb over 1400 stairs. Late afternoon arrival in Sibiu. Evening in Sibiu, the European Cultural Capital for 2007. The fortified town of Sibiu has been the centre of Romania 's German minority since medieval times and it is one of Romania's most beautiful cities. The city contains the largest concentrations of tourist attractions in Romania . Accommodate in a 4* hotel.
Monday, Sibiu – Hunedoara – Alba Iulia - TURDA (272 km, 3h 27 min driving)
We leave the impressive medieval town of Sibiu and head next to Hunedoara. Visit the greatest Gothic style castle in Romania, Corvinesti. The ediffice was built in the 14th Century, on the site of a former Roman camp. It served as a fortress until the mid 1400's, when it became the residence of Transylvania's ruler, Iancu de Hunedoara. Iancu upgraded the fortress and it soon became the most beautiful castle in Transylvania. From Hunedoara drive to Turda, a small town with an intimate medieval atmosphere, home to one of the oldest Salt Mine in Romania. Accommodate in a 4* hotel, often referred to as a medieval fantasy with beds . Delight yourself with a vampire menu for dinner , a delicious reason to travel to Transylvania ! Still, an evening to fear, you’ll attend the killing of a vampire; you’ll be part of the crowd seeking to take the bloody creature to a special place where the ritual can begin! The Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead is followed by an Evening sitting, the Romanian term is Sezatoare.
* The July edition includes a joyfully Masquerade party with a delicious dinner and Open Bar until midnight
Tuesday, Turda - Cluj-Napoca - Borgo Pass (Pasul Bargaului) (191 km, 3h driving)
Prepare to descent to the heart of one of the biggest saline in Romania, the Salt Mines of Turda, with impressive halls named after kings and queens.
Drive next to the city of Cluj Napoca to enjoy a city tour revealing beautiful medieval buildings such as Saint Andrews Cathedral. Today you'll enjoy a stunning scenery, following the steps of Jonathan Harker (Bram Stoker 's character from Dracula novel) to Borgo Pass. And here we are at Dracula's Castle in Borgo Pass, a 3* hotel which was built in accordance to Bram Stoker's imagination. Enjoy a candle lit dinner at the castle followed by a bonefire nearby, with all the right stories for a night to remember.
Wednesday, Borgo Pass - Sighisoara (198 km, 3h 29 min driving)Your Plan
Time to leave this wonderful area and head next to the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded by Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of Europe ’s most beautiful and still inhabited fortified cities. Sighisoara is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula, was born. Submerge yourself in the medieval atmosphere by visiting Sighisoara’s main attractions: The Clock Tower – built in 1360 and standing 60 meters tall on top of the citadel's hill, it hosts a museum and offers a great view over the citadel. The Torture Room –this small but interesting museum is housed at the foot of the Clock Tower in the same room where prisoners were tortured and confessions were extorted during the Middle Ages. Some of the amazing torture instruments and methods are on display. The Medieval Weapon Collection – very small but it contains an interesting selection of medieval weapons (swords, arrows, etc.). Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ.
Thursday, Sighisoara - Bran - Brasov (171 km, 2h 48 min driving)
Explore Transylvania's symbol, Bran Castle . The edifice owns its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. Documentary evidence of the castle dates back as far as 1377. Your next stop is the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov. The most famous landmark of Brasov is the Black Church, the largest gothic edifice in South-Eastern Europe . Accommodate in Brasov, 3* hotel, centrally located. Enjoy a local taste dinner and Attend Dracula’s Wedding - is a show set on stage by a professional band of actors. This is a non verbal performance. It’s very easy to understand that Dracula did not need words to charm a girl. The first time they met he appeared as a respectable noble, the second meeting revealed his true dark nature… Find out if the story has a happy ending.
*The July edition does not include Dracula's wedding but you have the opportunity to enjoy an exquisite dinner at Bran castle.
Friday, Brasov - Sinaia - Targoviste - Bucharest (192 km, 3h 44 min driving)
Morning drive to Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania . Explore the main point of attraction, the royal Peles Castle . The edifice was built in 1873 and is an architectural mixture of the German School and neo-renaissance style. The castle has 160 rooms, all of them opulently decorated in leather and wood from the most valuable tree species. Peles Castle is one of the best preserved and the most beautiful royal residences in Europe. Continue your journey with Targoviste, former capital of Walachia County situated on the right bank of Ialomita River , to visit the ruins of Vlad Tepes old court . Late arrival in Bucharest , past 7:00 pm (based on normal traffic conditions). Should you wish to, we can complete your staying with an add-on program in Bucharest.
English speaking guide services.
3 nights in 4* hotels, 3 nights in 3* hotels, centrally located
All transfers inside the tour by coach, minibus or car - air conditioned, depending on the number of travelers
Moxa Boutique Hotel, 129 Calea Victoriei, crossroads 4 Mihail Moxa Street, Sect. 1, Bucharest, on the first day of the tour at 10:00 am local time
Hotel Drop off included on the last day of the tour around 7:00 pm
6 breakfasts, 4 dinners (special dinners: dinner with vampire menu in Hunter Prince Restaurant in Turda, candle lit dinner in Dracula’s Castle).
*The July edition also includes a Royal Dinner at Bran Castle
Entry fees to
Snagov Monastery, Tirgoviste Citadel, Peles Palace, Bran Castle, Horror Castle in Bran, Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, Salt Mines in Turda, Poienari Citadel, Corvinestilor Castle in Hunedoara.
The Ritual of Killing of a Living Dead in Turda, Dracula’s wedding in Brasov (not available in the July edition), Sezatoare (Evening sitting) in Turda.
* The July edition includes a joyfully Masquerade party with a delicious dinner and Open Bar until midnight.
* The Halloween edition of the tour, includes the Halloween Party in the Medieval Citadel of Sighisoara, Dracula’s birth place – 3 course dinner, Open Bar from 20.00 – 01.00, dessert – Sweets Bar and the Halloween program and excludes the Sezatoare ( Evening sitting) in Turda. Also includes Halloween Party on the grounds of Bran Castle.
- Plane ticket
- Airport fees
- Photo & video tax
- Accommodation in the last day of the tour
- Other not mentioned.
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Reservations are required. We recommend booking early as tours are often sold out well in advance. You can make a reservations on-line. In case of making reservations by phone please call toll-free: 808 101 6781 (UK); 866 376 6183 (US). You can also make reservations by fax - download and complete the booking form and send it by fax to: 0040-364-405641 or by e-mail!
We require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. When you make the reservation online you will be required to pay the deposit. You will receive an automatic response with your Holiday Booking Reference. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we proceed with the reservation for the requested services and issue the Confirmation Letter + Paid Invoice (once the amount is registered with our accounts).
The final payment is due 60 days prior departure. ( After the final payment is made we will issue Travel Voucher). Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking. To read Transylvania Live’s Terms and Conditions please visit us on line at: http://www.visit-transylvania.co.uk/terms.html .
The client is at all time entitled to cancel the Travel Contract, but must pay Transylvania Live - Expert in Transylvania a cancellation charge as stipulated below: 89 days or more prior to departure 90 EURO per person / per tour cancellation fee; 88–61 days, loss of deposit. 60–31 days will be subject to 50% of tour price; 30 days or less will be subject to 100% of tour price.
Please check with the airline company. Anyway is good to pack light, some of the hotels – historical buildings do not have elevators.
Our tours include the services of English-speaking guides. German, French, Hungarian and Hebrew-speaking guide are also available.
We can design an itinerary at a time that suits you, to your own comfort levels and within your own budget. Please send your request by e-mail or by fax.
Yes, most of our tours operate even if there’s only one person. Due to socialization reasons our special tours for couples require a minimum of five couples.
The tour has a general audience as it targets people interested in history, culture, customs and beliefs. Group size can be between 4-26 people. Transylvania Live is member of the responsible travel network and we are committed to operating a travel policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We operate our tours with small groups in order to minimise the negative impact on the environment and allow our guests to interact more easily with the locals, facilitate the communication with the guide. The average age of group is, most of the time, between 35-45.
We do not provide individual tickets for rail, air, boat or ferry.
A minimum age of 10 years is required on non-family programs, unless otherwise indicated on the individual tour page. A client under 18 years of age and travelling alone during the tour period shall provide Transylvania Live with written consent of his/her guardian. Clients under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. On “for couples” tours a minimum age of 20 years is required.
We only accept VISA and MASTERCARD. Please select only these two types of credit cards for the online payment.
If you pay on-line using our secure internet booking form your credit card can hold any type of currency, the amount of money to be taken will be exchanged in EURO by your bank, at their rate. We accept USD and EURO for offline credit card payment and wire transfer.
Yes, we do offer discounts provided they travel as a group; Contact us
Yes, depending on the number of your group. Contact us
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Our prices include the online secure payment commissions. However depending on your bank some commissions may occur for international money transfer. Please check with your bank!
In case we’ll have a full house situation at one of the hotels, an accommodation of an equal classification or better will be booked for you. In case of closed roads due to bad weather, working situations or dangerous weather conditions the itinerary could suffer changes.
If you follow our recommendation on How to arrive (heading found for any of our holidays at the Special notes and info section at the end of the tour page. Our guide will expect you with a Transylvania Live sign. In the unfortunate case of a flight being lost or delayed and prevent you in this way from getting to your meting point in good time, please call 0040 723 565 255.
Our tour fares are based on two in one hotel room. For occupancy by one person, the "single supplement" cost specified in each itinerary will be required.
If you travel alone you have to book the tour with a single supplement; if you wish to book a double room which you want to share with another traveller, we’ll do our best to make all arrangements, but in case this is not possible, you’ll have to pay the single supplement; however it is our strongest recommendation to book the tour with a single supplement when travelling alone.
A welcoming country house, not necessarily decorated in a peasant like style; you’ll stay under the same roof with your Romanian host! In most cases dinner and breakfast are included, and rates are based on two guests per room. They offer one bathroom for two rooms; the bathroom can be situated on the hallway. Staying at a “traditional Maramuresean country-inn” or “a typical Hungarian-Sekler country-inn” will prove to be an unique experience.
Yes, also gluten-free, vegan. When you make the reservation of your tour please do not forget to fill in this information at Dietary Restrictions section.
American citizens do not require a visa for Romania (Romania is a member of the European Union so it shares the same legal legislation – a passport is all you need)
To check the list of the countries that require a visa please see the web site page of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mae.ro.
Romanian currency is Lei (written symbol Ron). All the places in Romania trade lei (pronunciation: lay). You can bring some of the local currency from USA or you can change here the amount of money you need (advisable due to the lower exchange rate). Credit cards are accepted in large hotels, restaurants and malls. ATM machines are available at banks, airports and shopping centers all over the country. (except in remote areas or villages). Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices. International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services. The tour guide is also responsible for helping clients with money exchange; recommend the exchange offices which charge the lowest commission.
Local Costs in a 3* restaurant: Soft Drink: $1.3; Beer: $1.7; Bottle of Wine: $8.7 - $18, 3 course dinner: $13.28 - $18.11. In shops these products can be 50% cheaper.
ATMs are available in all the cities; near by hotels, our guide will come with good advice and recommendations. MasterCard ATM Locater– Search by address and by airport https://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp atm locator Visa ATM Locator– Search by airport, city and country https://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/jsp/SearchPage.jsp
In Romania electric power in use is of 220 voltages, AC, usually 2 pronged.
Romania enjoys warm summers and cold winters. In summer, cool cottons are best and in the winter a warm jacket or alike is recommended. Autumn is dry and cool, with fields and trees producing beautifully colored foliage. The weather in October-November is very unpredictable, with daytime temperatures between 6°-17° Celsius (42.80 - 62.60 Fahrenheit), and night time temperatures between 3° - 10°Celsius (37.40 - 50 Fahrenheit); but it is very much possible that you will see some snowfall especially in the mountain areas.
Romanian time is EET (Eastern European Time, two hours ahead of GMT, seven hours ahead of New York and ten hours ahead of Los Angeles. Check right now what time is in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania: https://time.is/Bucharest
The dress code in Romania is the same as all over Europe (think France, Germany, UK or Italy). Wearing jeans, t-shirts/sweatshirts and athletic shoes is standard casual in Romanian. Plenty of designers’ shops are to be found in major cities: Bucharest, Cluj, Brasov, Sibiu, where people are a bit too pretentious when it comes to their outfits. Dorobanti Boulevard in Bucharest can easily be compared to Chaps Elysees in Paris when it comes to “fashionists” (costs are similar too). The malls are well supplied with designers’ clothes and with respect to the prices, a great deal of our clients found the Romanian costs to be more acceptable then the ones in US. With regards to the restaurants’ dress code, something casual is sufficient. You can wear whatever you would wear at home. To satisfy dress codes for churches and monasteries, men and women are requested to cover their arms and legs (no shorts above the knees or sleeveless garments).