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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.

Brown Bears and Dracula's Castle in Transylvania

2. Brown Bears and Dracula's Castle in Transylvania

Stop at the Libearty Brown Bear Sanctuary, which is the largest of its kind in the world. Money raised from tickets and donations contribute to the welfare of the animals. See the impressive medieval Rasnov Fortress. Its main attraction is the panoramic view over the Piatra Craiului Mountains and Brasov Depression. The 11-hour program continues to the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. Built in 1377-1382 as a fortress, it became famous after Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published and then made into a movie. Stop in Brasov, a lovely medieval town located in southern Transylvania, and enjoy a walk along its picturesque streets.

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

3. 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.

From Bucharest: Dracula Castle Day Trip

4. 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.

Bucharest: Bran & Peles Castle with Rasnov Citadel Day Trip

5. Bucharest: Bran & Peles Castle with Rasnov Citadel Day Trip

Travel from Bucharest to Sinaia on this full-day van or car excursion that takes you through one of the most beautiful valleys in Romania. Visit Peles Castle and Rasnov Citadel and uncover the secrets of Dracula's castle. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in the city center of Bucharest. Relax on the drive through Prahova Valley to Peles Castle, which was once the summer residence of Romanian kings, and now home to one of the country’s most important museums. Explore this 19th-century fortress which 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. Stop at a mountain pass to purchase 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. Drive through the scenic countryside to Bran Castle, which 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. Admire the artesian wells connected to an underground network in its its inner courtyard. Return to your accommodation in the city center Bucharest at the end of your tour.

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

6. 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.

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.

Bucharest: 8-Day Explore Transylvania Tour

8. Bucharest: 8-Day Explore Transylvania Tour

Day 1: Bucharest Your guide will welcome you to the Otopeni International Airport, where you will then be transferred to your 4-star hotel in downtown Bucharest. Day 2: Bucharest - Sibiu Your day begins in Bucharest with a panoramic tour of the city. You will encounter such sites as Free Press Square, the Arch of Triumph, Victory Square and Avenue, the Royal Palace, Revolution Square, the Village Museum, one of the most impressive open-air museums in Europe and the Palace of Parliament. You will also experience the world’s largest, heaviest and most expensive administrative building. Next, you can enjoy some free time for lunch in the amazing old town, before your tour continues with the Cozia Monastery, the oldest and most complex historical monument in Romania. You will then depart from Bucharest to the Medieval city of Sibiu, where you will be accommodated in a 4-star hotel. Day 3: Sibiu - Alba Iulia - Hunedoara - Sibiu After breakfast in your hotel, you will explore Sibiu’s Medieval charm with a walking tour through the old city center. After this, you will travel by modern bus to the beautiful city of Alba Iulia to visit the unique Alba Carolina Fortress, the largest and best-preserved fortress in Romania. Following lunch, your tour will take you to the Hunedoara region, where you can visit Hunyad Castle, a Gothic-Renaissance castle and one of the largest and most impressive castles in Europe. You will then spend the night in the same accommodation as your previous evening in Sibiu. Day 4: Sibiu - Turda - Sighisoara After breakfast on your final day in Sibiu, you will travel to the town of Turda to visit the salt mine, an impressive underground complex with history going back to Roman times and unique hypogeal scenery. After this journey to the center of the earth, your tour of Transylvania continues with Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved Medieval towns in Europe, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the conclusion of day 4, you will spend the night in a 4-star hotel in Sighisoara. Day 5: Sighisoara - Viscri - Brasov Day 5 begins with breakfast in your hotel, before a city tour of Sighisoara, a stunning medieval town and the birthplace of Dracula. Next, the tour takes you to Viscri village, another UNESCO World Heritage Site of unspoiled beauty and serenity that fascinated the Prince of Wales so deeply that he bought and restored a house there. From Viscri, your tour of Transylvania continues with another amazing Medieval city of Brasov that you will explore with a walking tour. You will later spend the night in Brasov. Day 6: Brasov - Zarnesti - Bran - Rasnov - Brasov Following breakfast in the hotel, you will travel to Zarnesti for an amazing experience, a visit to Bears Libearty Sanctuary where rescued bears live in their natural environment. Next on your adventure, you will arrive in Bran where you will visit the world famous Dracula Castle and have lunch in this intriguing land in the heart of Transylvania. You will also visit and explore the impressive hilltop Rasnov Fortress, before returning to Brasov for another night in your Brasov accommodation. Day 7: Brasov - Sinaia - Bucharest After breakfast, you will travel to Sinaia, known as the "Pearl of the Carpathians”, where you will visit the Sinaia Monastery and one of the most stunning castles in Europe, Pele's Castle. From here, you will return to Bucharest and check into your 4-star hotel for the last evening of your tour. Day 8: Bucharest Following breakfast on the last day of the tour, you can enjoy free time and explore more sights in this dynamic city that proudly displays its history alongside modern culture. You will be transferred to the airport, having created amazing memories of your time exploring Transylvania.

Brașov: Bike Ride & Cave Tour

9. 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.

From Brasov: Pele's Castle, Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress

10. From Brasov: Pele's Castle, Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress

Experience the wild beauty of Romania with a visit to the most iconic buildings in the country. After a hotel pick-up in Brasov, Your tour begins at Pele's Castle, a summer residence of the royal family. Built in the 19th century by Carol the First, it's the most beautiful castle in Romania. Then, visit the picturesque 17th century Sinaia Orthodox Monastery. Next, stop at Bran Castle, built in the 14th century and made famous by Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. Legends, spirits, and mysteries will alight your imagination whilst visiting Dracula's Castle. Here you'll have time to shop for lunch and browse the souvenir stalls. Finally, head to 13th-century Rasnov Fortress, built high atop a rocky hill. From here you can experience breathtaking views of the rugged landscape, including the beautiful mountain scenery of the Bucegi Mountains and the Tara Barsei. From here you will be returned back to Brasov with unforgettable memories.

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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!

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.

Excellent English. Very friendly. Extremely knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited. Good driver:) Highly recommend our guide!

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