Dracula’s Mini Tour in 4 days
In this journey you will follow Vlad The Impaler’s footsteps, better known as Dracula. You will see his place of birth, you will cross the city he has traveled to, where he put hundreds of enemies to death and agony. You will see what was once the capital of Wallachia, Targoviste, and today’s capital, Bucharest, the city where one of the great residences of Vlad the Impaler. There is also the extraordinary city of Brasov, Romania’s most beautiful medieval town, and close to it we will find Bran, with its famous castle of Dracula, which was built for defensive purposes. Initially it was a military fortress, but it became a castle only later, thanks to the refined taste of Queen Mary. We will finish the tour by visiting the monastery Snagov, which is located on an island in the middle of the beautiful lake with the similar name. Here, according to some historians, Vlad Dracula would be buried, but there is still no certainty about this historical figure so that the mysterious legend of Dracula continues to fascinate us.
Day 1: Bucharest – Targoviste – Sibiu
In the morning we leave Bucharest and head to Sibiu. On the way we will stop at Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia, where we will see one of Vlad Dracula’s princely residences, with a 15th century tower that has been perfectly preserved. When we arrive in Sibiu, however, we will visit the historical center very well, with its towers, its museums, its places of worship. It has been revived in the Middle Ages because Sibiu acted as the European Capital of Culture in 2007, and it played a very important economic and confessional role in the 15th and 16th centuries, and then reached its highest development during the seventeenth century, when the governor of Transylvania decided to settle permanently in this beautiful city. Overnight in Hotel Ramada 4* or Continental Forum 4* in the city center (or similar)
Day 2: Sibiu – Castle of Corvini – Alba Iulia – Sibiu
After breakfast we leave Sibiu to head to another part of Trasylvania so we can visit the extraordinary Corvini Castle, an imposing Gothic building where Vlad Dracula has spent some particularly difficult moments. We will therefore know the connection between the Corvino family and the Impaler. We’ll have lunch and then go to Alba Iulia to visit and appreciate a city that will astonish us for its citadel, its fortification walls, its welcoming population. We will then return to Sibiu where we will stay in the same 4* hotel that is very close to the Old Town. So, after dinner, if anyone wants to, we can have a walk on the streets of the city center and thus breathe a typical medieval atmosphere.
Day 3: Sibiu – Biertan – Sighisoara – Brasov
We will leave Sibiu and head to Brasov. There are two important stops on the route: the first one in Biertan and the second one in Sighisoara. Biertan is a Saxon village of ancient origins, a charmful place thanks to its fortified Gospel Church, Unesco Monument, and thanks to its welcoming population. We will then leave the charming Biertan to discover the beauties of another city, Sighisoara, whose old town is a UNESCO heritage, a place which tourists love because it is one of the few fortified cities founded in the 12th century still inhabited. We will see its painted houses with bright colors, the famous Clock Tower, its worship places, both Catholic and Evangelical, and the famed school ladder. We will then find out how it is possible to have lunch at Vlad Dracula’s house. This mysterious historical character, in fact, was born right in the heart of Transylvania and spent here, in Sighisoara, the very first years of his life. Then there is another stop to visit Rupea’s fortress externally. We will arrive in Brasov where we’ll visit the old town with its imposing black church, dating back to the end of the 14th century. Overnight at the House of Dracula Hotel 4*.
Day 4 Brasov – Bran – Peles – Bucharest
We leave the beautiful Brasov and head to Bucharest. We’ll stop at Bran and finally visit the famous castle founded by Teutonic knights during the twelfth century which became the favorite residence of the generous and beloved Queen Mary in 1920. It is a Gothic, mysterious and elegant building, typically medieval at the exterior, traditionally Roman in point of interior decoration. After we leave Bran, we go to Snagov to visit the monastery which probably shelters Vlad Dracula’s tomb. The monastery is located in a beautiful place on an island surrounded by a lake, and while visiting the monastery, we will discover what the famous Vlad created in this area of Wallachia during the fifteenth century. Then we return to Bucharest and we will accompany you to or near your hotel.
- Overnight in 4 * hotels with breakfast
- Entrance fees at the museums
- Transport with modern air conditioned private car/minivan (based on the number of tourists)
- Professional english speaking tourguide
- 1 traditional dinner at a peasent’s house with wine and local alcoholic drinks
Services not included:
- Lunch/dinner (if not specified in services included)
- Photo/Video fees at the museums where applicable