Halloween in Transylvania & Dracula
5 Nights / 6 Days
28th Oct 2023
Travel with us this Halloween and indulge your senses of fear. We will visit Gothic ruins, medieval castles and experience accounts of the real Dracula by visiting the fortress of Bran Castle or otherwise known as Dracula’s Castle and the Tomb of Dracula.
In addition to this we will experience Transylvania’s multi-ethnic heritage (Romanian, German and Hungarian) in the folk costumes, architecture, and cuisine. Colourful centuries old traditions are alive and well in the towns and villages of Transylvania. People here still make a living at such time-honoured occupations as shepherds, weavers, blacksmiths, and carpenters. Small family-owned shops offer antiques and fine hand made products by local artisans and artists at low prices. This tour will appeal to those who want to try something completely different from the usual mass tourist destinations.
We depart Dublin on our direct scheduled flight from Dublin to Bucharest. On arrival we are met by Frank Mackin who is leading the group and our local tour guide. We are then transferred by coach to the picturesque village of Sinaia in the heart of the Carpathian mountains We will be staying for 5 nights in our centrally located 4 star hotel.
After breakfast we travel to Castles Peles and Pelisor which was built by Queen Maria of Romania from the family of Saxe Coburg and Gotha. The setting is truly spectacular as they are surrounded by the Carpathian mountains. Our afternoon is free to enjoy Sinaia. Over the years our clients have enjoyed their stay in this beautiful town. There are excellent shops and restaurants with very reasonable prices.
Today we visit the world-famous 12th century Draculas Castle with its stunning location perched high on top of a 200 foot rock. We always visit in the morning as Count Dracula sleeps during the day so we don’t want to disturb him. We return to our hotel mid afternoon giving you plenty of time to visit the castle and explore the markets in the village of Bran.
After breakfast we depart our hotel to visit the tomb of Dracula in the remote monastery on the beautiful Lake Snagov. It is believed that Draculas decapitated body was found in the nearby woods by the monks of Snagov monastery and brought here to be buried. You can pay your respect at his tomb which is located at the altar footsteps and admire the beautiful frescoes which date back to the 15th C. We then take a stunning mountain drive passing through unspoiled Romanian villages to Targoviste, former capital of Wallachia where we can visit the 14th century Princely Court and Chindiei Watchtower. The Princely Court served as the capital of Wallachia, where Count Dracula ruled. It was here that he impaled a great many disloyal court members after inviting them to a celebratory feast. Chindiei Watchtower now houses an exhibition illustrating Count Draculas life. This town has very few tourists and has some of the cheapest shops and restaurants in Romania. We return to our hotel late afternoon allowing us plenty of time to enjoy this undiscovered historic town.
We visit the medieval city of Brasov and our local guide will do a short walking tour of the old city. It is ringed by the Carpathian Mountains and is known for its ancient Saxon walls and towers that enclose the city. Particularly impressive is the old market square and its cobbled streets. Our afternoon is free to soak up the atmosphere of this historic city.
We depart our hotel for our return flight back to Dublin
Please note that this is our planned itinerary but sometimes due to circumstances beyond our control we may have to alter it slightly.
Return direct scheduled flights – Dublin to Bucharest
Return Airport Coach Transfers
All airport Taxes and Charges & fees
5 Nights Bed & Breakfast in a 4* Hotel in the Carpathian Mountains
½ Day trip to Castles Peles and Pelisor
½ Day trip to the village of Bran and entrance to Dracula’s Castle
Day Trip to visit to the Tomb of Dracula & Visit to Targoviste
Day trip to Brasov with short walking tour.
Assistance of our local Tour Guide.
Assistance of our Frank Mackin our tour leader.
Clove of Garlic
Single room supplement