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Join us on the best Halloween Transylvania experience. Choose this amazing short break and discover our country. This tour departs from Bucharest and it includes an unforgettable party taking place in Bran Village.
3-Days Halloween Transylvania Tour - Highlights:
Special Dinner in Sighisoara Citadel – a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits
The Medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoara – Dracula’s birth place, the best preserved medieval citadel in Europe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Night visit to Bran Castle with skip the line service – also known as Dracula’s Castle, a legendary Transylvanian fortress dating back to 1377. Usually on Halloween there is a 3 hours cue which we will skip
Special Dinner with Halloween Party Program at Hanul Bran Restaurant
- Ritual Killing of the Living Dead – Help a haunted spirit to gain his peace – attend the ritual of killing a strigoi
- “Witchery Moments” with Eduard & Bianca – amazing magic show, performed by two of Europe’s most innovative and dynamic magicians.
The Medieval Saxon city of Brasov – one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe
3-Days Halloween Transylvania Tour – Brief itinerary
The best Halloween Transylvania itinerary begins in Bucharest. Our experienced tour guide collects you from Moxa Boutique Hotel. After that, you will travel to Sighisoara Citadel, Dracula's birthplace and accommodate in a Medieval 3* hotel. In the evening, enjoy a special dinner.
The next morning, stroll around the streets of Sighisoara and then visit the main attractons, including the Clock Tower Museum. After that, head for the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov and then admire the old buildings, such as the Black Church, the largest Gothic edifice in South-Eastern Europe. The church got its name after a massive fire blackened its walls.
Halloween Transylvania in Bran Village - Party Program
Your 3-Days Halloween Transylvania short break continues in Bran Village. Join us and attend the best Halloween Party Program.
Accommodate in a 3* hotel in the vicinity of Dracula’s Castle. At 7 PM, enjoy a unique night tour of Bran Castle. After that, join us at Hanul Bran Restaurant for a delicious Vampire Dinner.
At around 10 PM, once everyone enjoys their dinner, attend our Halloween Party Program. Take advantage of the Open Bar Menu available between 10 PM and 2 AM.
- “Witchery moments” with Eduard & Bianca - two of Europe’s most innovative and dynamic magicians. They can make the impossible possible combining magic and illusions with dance, ballet, comedy and much more
- The Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead – performed according to the old burring ritual in Transylvania meant to reveal who was dwelling the magic realms of Transylvania prior to vampires. You’ll attend the re-enacted 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 event will familiarize the guests with the Romanian terminology associated with the living dead – the strigoi and moroi.
*Please take into consideration the following: If the rate of new COVID- 19 cases goes over 3% in Bran you might be required by authorities to present the proof of vaccination or a negative result of a COVID-19 test.
**If the rate of new COVID-19 cases goes over 6% in Bran, you will be required by authorities to present the proof of vaccination.
On your third day, drive to Bucharest airport for the return journey. Note that, due to heavy traffic, arrival will be late in the evening, at about 5 or 6 PM.
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Book this tour now and then follow in Dracula’s footsteps! During this short break, visit Sighisoara Citadel, followed by Brasov and then Bran village. Attend two unforgettable Halloween Parties. 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.
Halloween Transylvania - Departures:
|Departure date||Price per person (based on double occupancy for 2 people travelling together )||Price for Single traveller||Availability|
|3 day tour. Departure from Hotel Moxa, 10.00 am (GMT +02:00)|
|October 29, 2021||€ 599||€ 666||limited spaces|
These tours are guaranteed to depart on the dates given, as we do not insist on a minimum number of bookings before departure.
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.
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US Embassy in Romania
4-6, Dr. Liviu Librescu Blvd.
District 1, Bucharest
Telephone: (+40) 21 200-3300
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There were no terrorist acts in Romania.
However credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Europe. All European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules [with regards to best practices and safety inspections] are regularly enforced, though some tourism-related activities (such as rock climbing and extreme sports) are less regulated than in the U.S. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available in near major cities.
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
Reported types of crime include:
• 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.
• Money exchange schemes often involve individuals posing as plainclothes policemen who approach you, flash a badge, and ask for your passport and wallet. Insist on the presence of a uniformed police officer and request that any issues be resolved at the police station.
• If traveling on an overnight train, travel with a companion and in the highest class available.
• Do not leave your personal belongings unattended; stow them securely out of sight.
• Use ATMs located inside banks. You should check ATM machines for any evidence of tampering before use.
• Be extra cautious of your surroundings if using an internet café.
• Use cash wherever possible in lieu of credit cards.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.
• 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.
Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.
Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
• Basic medical supplies are limited in Romania, especially outside of major cities.
• Hospitals often lack nursing care and assistance for the elderly.
• Most prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are available in Romania but are often sold under different names.
• Response times for emergency services vary widely depending on the region of the country and nature of emergency.
It is strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
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.
• It is common for pedestrians, animals, cyclists, and horse-drawn carts to share a road with motor vehicles, especially in rural areas.
• Parked vehicles often block sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to walk in the streets.
• Cross only at crosswalks and exercise vigilance as crosswalks are generally poorly marked.
• Local drivers often ignore traffic lights and crosswalk signs.
Maintain vigilance when driving to avoid hitting pedestrians in the streets.
Traffic Laws: Romanian traffic laws are very strict.
• The traffic police can confiscate any form of a driver's license or permit for 1-3 months and request payment of fines at the time of the infraction.
• Police are required to give all drivers involved in an accident a breathalyzer test on the scene.
• Refusal to take a breathalyzer test may result in criminal penalties regardless of whether or not alcohol was involved.
• Wearing a seat belt is mandatory.
• Children under 12 years of age may not be transported in the front seat.
• Use of mobile phones while driving is banned, with exception of hands free systems.
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.
If entering Romania by vehicle you need to purchase a road tax badge known as “rovinieta” at the border crossing point. Proof of insurance and a car registration document are required when purchasing the "rovinieta." Drivers of vehicles registered abroad who are not in possession of a valid international insurance document must buy short-term insurance at the border.
Roadside help, vehicle assistance, towing services: Dial 9271
Ambulance, fire brigade, police: Dial 112.
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Please check your itinerary below:
Bucharest – Sighisoara (287 km, 4h 30m driving)
10:00 AM: Welcome to Romania! Our English speaking guide collects you from Moxa Hotel, Bucharest.. Transfer to the Medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoara. Founded by Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of Europe’s most beautiful inhabited fortified citadels, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sighisoara is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, the Romanian ruler also know as Dracula was born. Enjoy a delicious vampire dinner in a medieval restaurant.
Sighisoara – Brasov – Bran (166 km, 2h 40 min driving)
Enjoy medieval charm at its best, visit Sighisoara's main tourist attractions: The Clock Tower, standing 60 meters tall on top of the citadel's hill, it hostst a museum and offers a great view over the citadel.Travel next to the Medieval Saxon city of Brasov, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, home to the impressive Black Church, the largest Gothic edifice in South Eastern Europe.
Time for everybody to get rest before dinner and before exploring Bran Castle, Transylvania's iconic image.
18.30 – Hanul Bran Hotel situated near by Bran Castle (300 meters away): You are welcomed with a traditional Romanian drink – a shot of Romanian “water of fire”
19.00 – 20.00 Night tour of the Bran Castle decorated for Halloween and populated with wicked ferries and nice witches
20.00 – 22.00 Vampire Dinner – 3 course meal -at Hanul Bran restaurant.
22.00 - 02.00 Halloween party program and Open Bar Menu (free drinks according to the menu until 02.00) at Hanul Bran Restaurant situated near by Bran Castle (300 meters away)
- “Witchery moments” with Eduard & Bianca - two of Europe’s most innovative and dynamic magicians. They can make the impossible possible combining magic and illusions with dance, ballet, comedy and much more
- The Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead – performed according to the old burring ritual in Transylvania meant to reveal who was dwelling the magic realms of Transylvania prior to vampires. You’ll attend the re-enacted 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. The event will familiarize the guests with the Romanian terminology associated with the living dead – the strigoi and moroi.
Bran – Bucharest (172 km, 3h driving)
Transfer to Bucharest Airport for the return journey. Arrival in Bucharest around 5-6 PM, depending on traffic.
*Please have in mind that accommodation for the last day of the tour is not included.
**Airport/Hotel drop off included
A professionally trained English speaking guide
2 nights in 3* hotels, centrally located accommodation
- 2 breakfasts
- One Festive Halloween dinner in Sighisoara including a 3 course meal
- One Traditional Transylvanian dinner in Bran including a 3 course meal
Entire land transfers based on standard European car, microbus, coach, depending upon the number of travelers.
Moxa Hotel Bucharest, centrally located,, on first day of the tour, at 10:00 am Bucharest local time (GMT+2).
You will meet our tour guide at the reception desk. Later pick up is not available.
Airport/Hotel on the last day of the tour. Estimated arrival time: 05:00 - 06:00 pm Bucharest local time (GMT+2), based on normal traffic conditions.
Entry fees to the following tourist attractions
Clock Tower in Sighisoara
- Special Dinner in Sighisoara Citadel
- Halloween party program and Open Bar Menu (free drinks according to the menu until 02.00) at Hanul Bran Restaurant situated near by Bran Castle (300 meters away)
- Plane ticket
- Airport fees
- Photo & video tax
- Accommodation on the last day of the tour
- Other not mentioned
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If the client is forced to cancel the trip due to COVID-19 lockdown the amount paid by the client will be refunded, if requested, as soon as possible and no later than 30 days from the moment of written request. No cancellation fee is applied. The amount can also be used as credit for future trips.
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
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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).