Dracula Tour - Dracula Beyond The Legend

For those enticed by mystery, for those who believe there are people who possess miraculous powers, for those passionate by the uncanny, we will, for eight days, discover the places that inspired the vampire stories and the legend of Dracula.

What's Included?

*Transfer: Airport-Hotel-Airport
*Accommodation in a double room
*Half-board (breakfast and dinner)
*Festive Dinners
*Entrance fees and filming/photography fee (where permitted)
*Specialized tour guide (fluent in English, French, German) available on the entire tour
*Transport by car (air conditioning), minibus or coach/bus.

Duration

8 days

Destination Covered

Romania

Best Suited

All, Budget, Families, Groups, Honeymoon, Kids, Luxury, Solo travellers
Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest

Welcome to Bucharest, a city first certified in documents contemporary with Vlad Țepeș, the prince whose personality and deeds inspired the legends of Dracula. If you really want to find out how someone can give rise to such a dramatic story as that of Count Dracula, you need to know the truth about Vlad Tepes Voivod, descendant of an ancient Romanian family, chased by curses, an idealist and the ever-present prototype of the adamant legislator. On the first evening of our travel through our Dracula tour discovering the history of Count Dracula you will enjoy a genuine Romanian experience in a famous restaurant specialized in local cuisine.
Accommodation in 4* hotel

Day 2: Bucharest – Târgoviște Royal Court – Poenari Castle

We step into the heart of Romania, heading to Târgoviște, the capital of the region called Walachia in the Middle Ages. Back in the day when violence was common practice, Prince Vlad Țepeș managed to frighten Europe with his cruelty. We’ll discover his ancestors, and later on we climb the 1480 steps up to Poenari Castle, also known as the Vlad Țepeș Castle.For locals this is the real Dracula castle.
Accommodation in 3* hotel

Day 3: Poenari Castle – Sibiu (Transylvania) – Astra Museum

Today we’ll continue our experience in the Poenari Castle area and see places where the beauty of the landscapes chases away any thoughts associated to vampire stories. However, in this part of the world the popular legends speaking of moroi, the local name for vampires, are stronger than anywhere. Strange rituals and a well concealed fear are part of the local’s existence. Later we reach the city of Sibiu, where about 600 years ago, helped by Gutenberg’s intervention, the noblemen and merchants spread out the history of Dracula. A carriage drive through Astra Museum, one of the greatest open-air museums in Europe is the perfect opportunity to see local customs and architecture.
Accommodation in 4* hotel

Day 4: Sibiu – Corvin Castle – Alba Carolina Fortress

The life of the Romanian Prince Vlad Tepes was all adventure and drama. Today we shall visit the Corvin Castle. The Castle, displaying an impressive Gothic architecture was the place where Vlad Țepeș was briefly imprisoned by Corvin, the rival family. We’ll then visit another monument, closely related to Romania’s medieval history, the best preserved defense fortress in Romania: Alba Carolina Fortress.
Accommodation in 4* hotel

Day 5: Alba Carolina Fortress – Biertan Fortified Church – Sighișoara Citadel

It is inevitable that the Gothic architecture of Transylvanian monuments should inspire in travelers a mixture of admiration and a sense of awe. We experience such feelings when facing the fortified Church of Biertan, for instance, encircled by three rounds of walls, dominating the surroundings from afar. We then reach Sighișoara, whence the origins of Dracula emerged, his family name being Draculea ( In Ro., drac means devil or devilish creature). Here, the medieval feel is more pervasive than anywhere else, inspired by century-old buildings and narrow winding cobblestone streets. We enter the medieval atmosphere by participating in a traditional dinner with dishes cooked on recipes dating back hundreds of years.
Accommodation in 4* hotel

Day 6: Sighisoara Citadel – Viscri Village – Bran Castle (Dracula Castle) – Râșnov Fortress – Brașov

We remain in Transylvania, the land populated – by Hollywood producers at least – with vampires and monsters, which in fact hides stories much more frightening than those made up by screenwriters. It was in search of these stories that Prince Charles from of Great Britain came to visit Romania, his favorite area being Viscri, a small traditional Romanian village. Today’s sightseeing objective : Bran Castle, which has entered the top of the world’s spookiest places as The Dracula Castle. We then visit the Râșnov Fortress, the place where history and legend gave birth to such awe-inspiring stories.
Accommodation in 3* hotel

Day 7: Brașov- Black Church – Peles Castle – Iulia Hasdeu Castle – Bucharest

We leave behind the historic region of Transylvania and enter Walachia, the land where Vlad Țepeș reigned; his brief age of glory changed the very history of Romania. Next, we’ll visit Peles Castle one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, a creation of the last representatives of the Romanian royalty. We then reach a tunique place, Iulia Hașdeu’s Castle, a true esoteric centre, built according to directions received during spiritism sessions by Hașdeu, from his prematurely deceased daughter.
Accommodation in 4* hotel

Day 8: Transfer Airport

Having acquired more truths and fewer questions, we leave behind Romania and its amazing history.
GUARANTEED DEPARTURES:

Fri 18 APR Fri 25 APR 2015
Fri 16 MAY Fri 23 MAY 2015
Fri 20 IUN Fri 27 IUN 2015
Sun 25 JUL Sun 1 AUG 2015
Sun 22 AUG Sun 29 AUG 2015
Sun 19 SEP Sun26 SEP 2015
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