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Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Tour

1. Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Tour

Your tour will begin as you are taken by a professional guide from your hotel in Brasov. From here you will travel with a luxury Mercedes high-class van, which you will be your mode of transportation for all 3 of your sights included in the tour. You will begin with a tour of Pele's Castle, a summer residence belonging to the royal family of Romania which was built in the 19th century by Carol the First, the first king of Romania. It is the most beautiful castle in Romania, and one of the greatest in Europe. Next up you will visit Bran Castle, also known as "Dracula's Castle" and built in the 14th century. Whilst here you will learn how this castle was made famous by the Irish writer Bram Stoker. Legends, spirits, ghosts, and many mysteries will be encountered whilst visiting Dracula's Castle. Your final stop will be to the Rasnov Fortress, built in the 13th century on top of a rocky hill creating the perfect vantage point over the surrounding valley. This unique vantage point is the reason why it was only conquered once in 1611. You will be able to admire the beautiful mountain scenery of the Bucegi Mountains, Tara Barsei, and many others. In the evening, you will be returned back to your hotel with beautiful memories of the day.

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From Brasov: Prejmer, Harman, Bran, and Rasnov Day Tour

2. From Brasov: Prejmer, Harman, Bran, and Rasnov Day Tour

Discover the architecture and history of some of Transylvania's most iconic castles on this full-day tour from Brasov. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle, and skip the long lines with your prereserved ticket. Legends, spirits, ghosts, and many mysteries are encountered as you explore the Castle. Next up, visit Rasnov Fortress, built in the 13th Century on top of a rocky hill. The Fortress' perfect vantage point over the surounding valley explains why it was has been conquered only once since 1611. Return to the Middle Ages as you go inside the fortified churches of Prejmer and Harman. Feel the bitterness of the battles fought by the villagers here against enemies attacking Transylvania. Along the way, you will be able to admire the beautiful landscapes of old Transylvania.

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From Bucharest: Dracula Castle Day Trip

3. From Bucharest: Dracula Castle Day Trip

Start your tour with pickup from your hotel in Bucharest. First, travel north to the 17th century Sinaia Monastery inspired by a church in Mount Sinai. Then, visit the splendid Peles Palace, the summer residence of Carol I, one of the greatest Romanian Kings. The next stop will be the Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle, due to it being famously associated with Dracula legend. At the end of your tour, you have the chance to see the center of Brasov, followed by the return trip and drop off at your hotel or any other place in Bucharest.

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Full-Day Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Rasnov Citadel Tour

4. Full-Day Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Rasnov Citadel Tour

You’ll travel from Bucharest to Sinaia on this full-day excursion that takes you through one of the most beautiful valleys in Romania. Enjoy the experience in a small group, with a maximum of 8 people.  Visit Peles Castle, once the summer residence of Romanian kings, and now home to one of the country’s most important museums. The Castle dates from the late 19th century, and has 160 opulently decorated rooms. It is the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs, including King Carol I, who died here in 1914, as well as King Ferdinand and Queen Maria. Stopping at a mountain pass, you’ll have lunch in a typical Romanian village overlooking a small river. Continue on to Rasnov Citadel, built to help defend the villages of Transylvania. Visit medieval Bran Castle, popularly known as Dracula’s Castle. Bran Castle was built in the mid-14th century on a rock standing 60 meters high. It features 4 towers with walls made of stone blocks, and its rooms and narrow corridors form a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers. In the inner courtyard there are artesian wells, connected to an underground network.

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Bucharest: Transylvania and Dracula's Castle 2-Day Tour

5. Bucharest: Transylvania and Dracula's Castle 2-Day Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the Count Dracula legend on a 2-day tour to Peles Castle and Bran Castle in the Transylvanian mountains. Wander the ornate rooms and gardens of former royal residences, and see Saxon houses that date back to the 16th century. The scenic drive takes you high up into the Carpathian Mountains where time has stood still at enchanting villages, and where Romanians head in the winter to ski at the mountain resort of Sinaia. Day 1: Bucharest - Sighisoara Following a pick-up from your hotel in Bucharest (or from Revolution Square at 09:00), cross the Carpathian Mountains en route to Sibiu, stopping at the Monastery of Curtea de Arges to explore the complex founded by Prince Neagoe Basarab in 1514-1517. During the summer (1 June - 15 September), the route to Sibiu takes the unique Transfagarasan Road across the Carpathians, climbing to an altitude of 2,000 meters at its highest point. Upon arrival in Sibiu, enjoy a quick tour of the medieval city center. Then, drive to Sighisoara on the picturesque Tarnava Mare River. Marvel at the beautifully preserved citadel, and wander the enclosed walls and cobblestone streets of the Old Town. See Saxon houses that date back to the 16th century, and the 9 surviving towers, including the iconic Clock Tower. From the balcony of this former main gate to the city, enjoy beautiful views across the town and countryside. Immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere at sights such as the former Church of the Dominican Monastery, where valuable relics include a fresco of the Saint Trinity, a carved altarpiece, and Oriental carpets. Day 2: Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran - Bucharest Today you will drive to Brasov to discover where Vlad the Impaler led his raids against the German Saxons. Explore the medieval city center on a tour of the Black Church, Town Hall, Black Tower, and Ecaterina Gate. Then, continue to “Dracula’s Castle,” located between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains. More commonly known as “Bran Castle,” the important monument depends on the legend of Count Dracula for its reputation, but is also acclaimed for its beauty. Learn the history of the castle, from the 14th century to the day in December 1920 when the castle was donated to Queen Marie of Great Romania. Admire the fountains, lakes, and halt terraces of the former royal summer residence, and see the "Tea House" of Queen Marie. Continue to the beautiful mountain resort of Sinaia, known as "The Pearl of the Carpathians." Here, you will visit Peles Castle, one of Romania's most exquisite palaces. Learn about the Romanian kings that used the castle as their summer residence as you admire its intricate façades and see wooden towers that reach for the sky. Discover the fountains and statues built by Viennese architects in the grounds, and imagine the balls, concerts, literary events, and theatrical performances of Romanian high society in days gone by. Wander the opulent interiors to find ebony, walnut and mother of pearl. Go to the terraces and grand outhouses of the castle complex, such as Pelisor Castle and Sinaia Monastery. Venture inside the Monastery, built by the "Spatar" (a high ranking noble of the Valahian Kingdom), Mihai Cantacuzino following his pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. The monastery contains religious icons and rare books, as well as an exhibition of pottery and porcelain that dates from the 16th to the 19th centuries. There will be time to visit the 19th-century wine cellars from Azuga, built by the Rhein family, official suppliers to the Royal Court. Purchase some authentic still wines and sparkling wines of Romania, before transferring back to Bucharest in the evening.

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Brașov: Bike Ride & Cave Tour

6. Brașov: Bike Ride & Cave Tour

In case you have your own bike, meet your guide in Brașov's city center where you can receive assistance with renting one. Cross-country mountain bikes or e-bikes are available, you just need to provide your height. Meet your guide in the city center, get familiarized with the bikes. Start the tour through the city streets until you reach the outskirts of Brașov. From here, continue riding towards Cristian and Râșnov, passing through scenic meadows, overlooking Piatra Craiului mountains and the nearby settlement of Cristian, with its dominating church tower. Once you reach Râșnov, together with your guide, you will decide what you will do. You can go and visit the nearby Valea Cetății cave, then head back to Râșnov and visit the citadel up the hill. Or, if you feel the need to relax, you can chill at a local restaurant. At the end of the tour, head back to Brașov on your bike or take the train, if you are too tired.

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Transylvania: Two-Day Castle Tour

7. Transylvania: Two-Day Castle Tour

Join your guide for a two-day tour through the castles of Transylvania, from early medieval stone fortifications to modern, lavish royal summer residences. Depart from Cluj and head to Sighișoara. Admire the most beautiful medieval townscape in the country, so picturesque and authentic that it's often used as a film set. Visit the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the Citadel, the fortified walls and towers of the town, as well as the birthplace of the Wallachian leader Vlad Dracul, who later became known as Count Dracula in Gothic literature and film. Then travel to Râșnov Castle, a 14th century fortress built by Teutonic Knights to withstand invasion from Turks and Tartars. More a fortified village than a military outpost, Râșnov was built to protect common people from attacks and contained everything a small community of village people would need in order to survive a long siege. Learn how the castle was put to use through the centuries, undergoing several periods of reconstruction. Afterwards, head to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. Let historical fact and fiction combine as you take in the atmosphere of the place where Bram Stoker's famous early 20th century novel was set and learn about its history as the homestead of Vlad the Impaler and an important defense of the trade route between Transylvania and Walachia. Enjoy plenty of time to explore the most visited attraction in Romania, including the Bran Castle Museum. Afterwards, have dinner and head to your accommodation in Bran for the night. On day two, things get more modern with a visit to Peleș Palace, the summer residence of the Romanian royal family (and one of the most beautiful royal summer residences in Europe). Wander through a unique a modern palace built at the end at the 19th century to resemble castles from the late Middle Ages. Spot artistic masterpieces like the fresco by Gustav Klimt scattered throughout its generously furnished rooms. Then head to Kalnoky Castle, a 17th century countryside castle belonging to a family of Hungarian noblemen. Admire the true melting pot of styles that coalesce in a castle built with a mixture of late Renaissance and neoclassical architecture, surrounded by a 19th century English-style park. Drive back to Cluj later in the afternoon where your tour ends.

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The guide was super nice, he knew a lot of history and he could answer to any additional questions. I recommend it with pleasure. If you will choose, I can assure you that you will not regret. I learned a lot of new interesting things. Thank you Mr. Traian!

The tour guide, Claudiu, was excellent. He provided options based on his past experiences with the tours & gauged the time well. He was very knowledgeable about the history and interactive when appropriate. I would highly recommend this tour & this guide.

Our guide Ckaudio was excellent. Kind .. with very extensive knowledge. Responds to every request and question..recommended other things..and all with unusual comfort and ease

A very good day out! Our tour guide, Mr Rasem, was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about everything and he made this a fantastic experience for me and my partner.

Mr Rasem is very patient and kindly, also very knowledgeable about the local history and culture. We had a very memorable day.