Join us on our amazing tailor made escorted tours of Romania. Meet our guide in Bucharest and then travel across the land of Dracula and discover the best highlights. Your tour includes Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel and many other amazing places.
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Join us on our amazing tailor made escorted tours of Romania. Meet our guide in Bucharest and then travel across the land of Dracula and discover the best highlights. Your tour includes Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel and many other amazing places. In addition to these, you will also attend two amazing Halloween Parties: our special event in Sighisoara and the Halloween Party at Bran Castle. Although private tours usually allow you to choose your own departure date, this particular itinerary must depart on a set date in order to coincide with the parties.
A minimum of 4 people is required for this tour to depart
5-Days Private Escorted tours of Romania – Highlights:
The most Joyfully Halloween Party from Transylvania – in Sighisoara Citadel, Dracula’s Birthplace. Enjoy an intimate “dinner party”. Halloween party from Sighisoara was rated by our previous clients as being the best from the tour – find out the complete schedule.
- Ritual Killing of the Living Dead – help a haunted spirit to gain his peace – attend the ritual of killing a Living Dead meant to introduce you to the genuine Transylvanian folklore-as seen on Travel Channel – learn more.
- “Witchery Moments” – amazing magic show, performed by two of Europe’s most innovative and dynamic magicians.
- Vampiresa Hunting – an impressive ballet performance of professional ballet dancers who were rewarded for the medal of Excellency for their cultural activity.
Halloween Party at Bran Castle – The edifice owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. You can expect a party with a nice clubbing atmosphere.
*Please have in mind that Halloween Party at Bran Castle is organized by administration of Bran Castle. Transylvania Live is not responsible for the content of the program/ changing’s, organizing manner or even cancellation. Transylvania Live provides only with the admission logistic.
**Please be cautious if you suffer from claustrophobia, are sensitive to intermittent lights and loud noises or carrying children in arms! Also, please consider the low temperatures and the fact that the stairs and alleyways can be slippery. For your safety, please listen to the instructions of the Castle’s personnel.
The medieval citadel of Sighisoara, Vlad the Impaler’s birth place, the best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe
Snagov Monastery in Bucharest, where, according to the legend, Vlad was buried after his assassination
Bran Castle, Peles Castle – Legendary castles in Transylvania with plenty of good stories for a Dracula tour.
Rasnov Peasant Citadel – the best preserved peasant fortification in Transylvania and the largest one in Eastern Europe, first documented in 13 century
Private escorted tours of Romania – Brief itinerary
Meet our guide at Otopeni airport. From here, travel to Poienari Citadel, Dracula’s old fortress*. It takes some physical effort to reach the top, but the views are worth it. Visit Poienari and then travel to Arefu and accommodate in a 4* hotel.
Next, your private escorted tours of Romania take you to the Medieval Saxon city of Sibiu. Enjoy an amazing city tour and discover unique attractions such as the Bridge of Liars. Make sure you tell the truth when you are crossing it. At the end of the day, accommodate in a cozy 4* hotel.
The following day, travel to Dracula’s birthplace, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel. Discover amazing landmarks such as the Clock Tower History Museum, The Medieval Weapons Collection or the Covered Stairs. In the evening, join us for the best Halloween Party in Transylvania. Enjoy a shot of ‘tuica’ (Romanian ‘water of fire’ meant to put you into the right mood) and then have fun during the special events included. Attend ‘Vampiresa Hunting’ – an amazing ballet choreography – followed by a unique magic show. The highlight of this party is our Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, performed according to old customs and traditions.
Escorted tours of Romania – Halloween Party at Bran Castle
The next morning, drive to Brasov. Go on a city tour and then admire the medieval buildings. After that, your escorted tours of Romania continue in Bran Village. Accommodate in a 3* hotel situated in the vicinity of Bran Castle. At 7:30 PM, you are invited to the Halloween Party at Bran Castle. The events include a unique night tour of the castle and then a horror movie projection. After that, everybody gathers in the courtyard for the after-party.
On the last day of your holiday, head to Snagov Monastery, Dracula’s alleged burial place. Visit the unique monastery, built on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake. After that, drive to Bucharest airport for your return flight.
This is an overview of your tour. For more information, please scroll up and then use the product menu to navigate and discover the complete itinerary, inclusions, exclusions and other details.
Book your private escorted tours of Romania now and then enjoy an amazing vacation! Note, this tour is available for a minimum of 4 people. If your group is smaller or if you are a single traveler, then please check out our 3-Days Halloween Short Break.
We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form.
- MasterCard and Visa via fax and phone.
- We also accept payments via PayPal and bank transfer.
- At the moment of booking we require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we issue a Confirmation Letter.
- The final payment is due 60 days prior to tour departure. Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking.
Price per person
5 day tour. Departure from Bucharest (GMT +02:00)
This tour departs for a group of minimum 4 people
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Why to choose a private escorted tour
- It is more comfortable
- Time saving
- You can decide the pace of the tour
- Having a tour guide helps you to have a more genuine experience
Available for free if:
You don’t have a reflection in the mirror,
You decompose when sunlight strikes you,
You’re over 200 years old,
Can use your wings to fly to Transylvania,
Well, this holiday is free for you! Come join your fellow vampires in Transylvania:-)
Blood treats not included!
- Once you realize the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return to your country.
- People speak plenty of English in Romania and you will find the locals and the other tourists are friendly and open.
- No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.
5-Days Private Halloween Tour – Itinerary Map
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Before you go
- Confirm your passport is valid for 6 months from when you think your trip will end. Don’t get stranded.
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- Consider your physical and mental health. Get advice from your doctor if you’re unsure.
- See your doctor or travel clinic 8 weeks before you go for a basic health check
- Check if your medication is legal and available in the places you’re going. Take enough of your prescribed medicines to last the whole trip. Carry copies of your prescription and a letter from your doctor.
- Tell your bank you’re travelling and check if your cards will work. Have several payment options.
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- Share your itinerary with friends or family members. Give them copies of your passport
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Travel Advice for Australians visiting Romania
Keep your personal belongings close. Lock hotel and train compartment doors from the inside.
Drink spiking is an issue, especially in Bucharest’s Old Town. Don’t accept food, drinks, gum or cigarettes from people you’ve just met.
Dating and marriage scams occur.
Only use ATMs in banks, shops and shopping centres, especially at night. Always keep your credit card in sight. Be wary of people you’ve met online.
Penalties for drug offences are severe. They can include jail sentences of up to 20 years.
By law, you must always carry photo ID. Keep your passport in a safe place. Carry a photocopy.
It’s illegal to take photos of airports, military sites or other secure locations.
It’s illegal to engage in sex work or have sexual relations with a person under 18.
Same-sex relationships are legal in Romania, but not widely accepted.
The Australian Consulate in Bucharest provides limited consular and passport assistance.
You can get full consular help from the Australian Embassy in Athens.
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Please check your itinerary below:
Wednesday, Bucharest - Poienari - Arefu (182 km, 2h 38 min driving)
Morning drive to Poienari Citadel to visit the ruins of the old citadel. Built on a cliff top near Arges River, Poienari Citadel used to be Dracula's refugee place. Travel across Arefu Village and listen to the legends about Vlad the Impaler kept alive to this day by the villagers. Overnight in Arefu Village where Dracula legends are still told. According to the legend when the Turks attacked and took over the Poenari Castle in 1462, it was the villagers of Arefu who helped Vlad escape. 4* accommodation in Arefu and dinner included.
Thursday, Arefu - Sibiu (129 km, 2h 49 min driving)
Morning drive ro Sibiu, Old Saxon city surrounded by a medieval atmosphere. Sibiu is the place to put your love to test – a local legend says that the Bridge of Liars would collapse if anyone utters any lies while crossing it. Almost every building and every street in the city pretends to have witnessed several love stories, be they happy or sad. 4* Centrally located accommodation.
Friday, Sibiu - Sighisoara (93 km, 1h 50 min driving) - Halloween party in Sighisoara citadel
We leave behind the impressive town of Sibiu and head next to the medieval citadel of Sighisoara.
20 : 00 Put on your costume and get into the mood, this is the reason for your travel to Transylvania. Prepare yourself for Halloween Party. You’ll enjoy a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine and accompanied by a special program including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead ( as seen on Travel Channel),professional ballet dancers and witchery moments with 2 incredible young magicians. Find more about the program
If you survive you’ll find refuge in an outstanding 3* medieval hotel.
Saturday, Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran (145 km, 2h 20 min driving) - Halloween Party at Bran Castle
First part of the day we dedicated to a city tour of the fortified town of Brasov. Drive to Bran home of the famous Dracula’s Castle
Bran Castle is nowadays most attractive as one of Vlad Tepes’s (identified in time as Dracula) residences. It was built by Teutonic knights and then rebuilt by the people of Brasov in order to become a first defense point of Transylvania, before reaching Brasov.
7:30 pm / The Ultimate Halloween Party at the Bran Castle – also known as Dracula’s Castle! Enjoy an unforgettable night tour of Bran Castle, meet the Wicked Fairies and get lost in their euphoric dance along with a glass of local red wine. Watch a horror movie projection and feel amazing being part of a great and dynamic Halloween After Party in the courtyard of Bran Castle until 4:00 am. There will be installed a big heated tent. Admission on Bran Castle property is available from 07:00 pm, you will set up departure hour with your tour guide.
Sunday, Bran - Snagov - Otopeni Airport (Bucharest)
Travel to Snagov. Cross the lake to visit Snagov Monastery, the place where it is believed Vlad Dracula was buried. It is now time to say goodbye to Romania. Transfer to the airport for your return flight. ( Estimated time of arrival at Otopeni 4PM)
English speaking guide services
2 night in 4* hotels, 2 nights in 3* hotels
All transfers inside the tour by coach, minibus or car – air conditioned, depending on the number of travelers
4 breakfasts , 1 dinner in Arefu village
Entry fees to
Bran Castle, Clock Tower, Medieval Weapon Collection and Torture Room in Sighisoara, Snagov Monastery
Halloween party at Bran Castle and Halloween Party in Sighisoara
*Please have in mind that Halloween Party at Bran Castle is organized by administration of Bran Castle. Transylvania Live is not responsible for the content of the program/ changing’s, organizing manner or even cancelation. Transylvania Live provides only with the admission logistic.
**Please be cautious if you suffer from claustrophobia, are sensitive to intermittent lights and loud noises! Also, please consider the low temperatures and the fact that the stairs and alleyways can be slippery. For your saftey, plese listen to the instructions of the Castle’s personnel.
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- Lunches, dinners and other not mentioned.
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Reservations are required. We recommend booking early as tours are often sold out well in advance. You can make a reservations on-line. In case of making reservations by phone please call toll-free: 808 101 6781 (UK); 866 376 6183 (US).
You can also make reservations by fax - download and complete the booking form and send it by fax to: 0040-364-405641 or by e-mail!
We require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. When you make the reservation online you will be required to pay the deposit. You will receive an automatic response with your Holiday Booking Reference. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we proceed with the reservation for the requested services and issue the Confirmation Letter + Paid Invoice (once the amount is registered with our accounts).
The final payment is due 60 days prior departure. ( After the final payment is made we will issue Travel Voucher). Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking. To read Transylvania Live’s Terms and Conditions please visit us on line at: http://www.visit-transylvania.co.uk/terms.html .
The client is at all time entitled to cancel the Travel Contract, but must pay Transylvania Live - Expert in Transylvania a cancellation charge as stipulated below:
89 days or more prior to departure 90 EURO per person / per tour cancellation fee;
88–61 days, loss of deposit.
60–31 days will be subject to 50% of tour price;
30 days or less will be subject to 100% of tour price.
Please check with the airline company. Anyway is good to pack light, some of the hotels – historical buildings do not have elevators.
Our tours include the services of English-speaking guides.
German, French, Hungarian and Hebrew-speaking guide are also available.
We can design an itinerary at a time that suits you, to your own comfort levels and within your own budget. Please send your request by e-mail or by fax.
Yes, most of our tours operate even if there’s only one person.
Due to socialization reasons our special tours for couples require a minimum of five couples.
The tour has a general audience as it targets people interested in history, culture, customs and beliefs. Group size can be between 4-26 people. Transylvania Live is member of the responsible travel network and we are committed to operating a travel policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We operate our tours with small groups in order to minimise the negative impact on the environment and allow our guests to interact more easily with the locals, facilitate the communication with the guide. The average age of group is, most of the time, between 35-45.
We do not provide individual tickets for rail, air, boat or ferry.
A minimum age of 10 years is required on non-family programs, unless otherwise indicated on the individual tour page. A client under 18 years of age and travelling alone during the tour period shall provide Transylvania Live with written consent of his/her guardian. Clients under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. On “for couples” tours a minimum age of 20 years is required.
We only accept VISA and MASTERCARD. Please select only these two types of credit cards for the online payment.
If you pay on-line using our secure internet booking form your credit card can hold any type of currency, the amount of money to be taken will be exchanged in EURO by your bank at their rates.
We accept USD and EURO for offline credit card payment and wire transfer.
Yes, we do offer discounts provided they travel as a group; Contact us
Yes, depending on the number of your group. Contact us
On-line bookings and payments are processed by Romcard, authorized agent for Mastercard and Visa in Romania and secured by Rapid SSL , the leading secure sockets layer (SSL) Certificate Authority enabling secure e-commerce and communications for Web sites. As a tour operator we are governed by the consumer and financial regulations of Romania and of the European Union. Romania’s legislation compels tour operators to protect tourists in case of insolvency.
Our prices include the online secure payment commissions. However depending on your bank some commissions may occur for international money transfer. Please check with your bank!
In case we’ll have a full house situation at one of the hotels, an accommodation of an equal classification or better will be booked for you. In case of closed roads due to bad weather, working situations or dangerous weather conditions the itinerary could suffer changes.
If you follow our recommendation on How to arrive (heading found for any of our holidays at the Special notes and info section at the end of the tour page. Our guide will expect you with a Transylvania Live sign. In the unfortunate case of a flight being lost or delayed and prevent you in this way from getting to your meting point in good time, please call 0040 723 565 255.
Our tour fares are based on two in one hotel room. For occupancy by one person, the "single supplement" cost specified in each itinerary will be required.
If you travel alone you have to book the tour with a single supplement; if you wish to book a double room which you want to share with another traveller, we’ll do our best to make all arrangements, but in case this is not possible, you’ll have to pay the single supplement; however it is our strongest recommendation to book the tour with a single supplement when travelling alone.
A welcoming country house, not necessarily decorated in a peasant like style; you’ll stay under the same roof with your Romanian host! In most cases dinner and breakfast are included, and rates are based on two guests per room.
They offer one bathroom for two rooms; the bathroom can be situated on the hallway.
Staying at a “traditional Maramuresean country-inn” or “a typical Hungarian-Sekler country-inn” will prove to be an unique experience.
Yes, also gluten-free, vegan. When you make the reservation of your tour please do not forget to fill in this information at Dietary Restrictions section.
American citizens do not require a visa for Romania (Romania is a member of the European Union so it shares the same legal legislation – a passport is all you need)
To check the list of the countries that require a visa please see the web site page of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mae.ro.
Romanian currency is Lei (written symbol Ron). All the places in Romania trade lei (pronunciation: lay). You can bring some of the local currency from USA or you can change here the amount of money you need (advisable due to the lower exchange rate). Credit cards are accepted in large hotels, restaurants and malls. ATM machines are available at banks, airports and shopping centers all over the country. (except in remote areas or villages). Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices. International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services. The tour guide is also responsible for helping clients with money exchange; recommend the exchange offices which charge the lowest commission.
Local Costs in a 3* restaurant: Soft Drink: $1.3; Beer: $1.7; Bottle of Wine: $8.7 - $18, 3 course dinner: $13.28 - $18.11. In shops these products can be 50% cheaper.
ATMs are available in all the cities; near by hotels, our guide will come with good advice and recommendations.
MasterCard ATM Locater– Search by address and by airport https://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp atm locator
Visa ATM Locator– Search by airport, city and country https://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/jsp/SearchPage.jsp
In Romania electric power in use is of 220 voltages, AC, usually 2 pronged.
Romania enjoys warm summers and cold winters. In summer, cool cottons are best and in the winter a warm jacket or alike is recommended. Autumn is dry and cool, with fields and trees producing beautifully colored foliage. The weather in October-November is very unpredictable, with daytime temperatures between 6°-17° Celsius (42.80 - 62.60 Fahrenheit), and night time temperatures between 3° - 10°Celsius (37.40 - 50 Fahrenheit); but it is very much possible that you will see some snowfall especially in the mountain areas.
Romanian time is EET (Eastern European Time, two hours ahead of GMT, seven hours ahead of New York and ten hours ahead of Los Angeles. Check right now what time is in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania: https://time.is/Bucharest
The dress code in Romania is the same as all over Europe (think France, Germany, UK or Italy). Wearing jeans, t-shirts/sweatshirts and athletic shoes is standard casual in Romanian. Plenty of designers’ shops are to be found in major cities: Bucharest, Cluj, Brasov, Sibiu, where people are a bit too pretentious when it comes to their outfits. Dorobanti Boulevard in Bucharest can easily be compared to Chaps Elysees in Paris when it comes to “fashionists” (costs are similar too). The malls are well supplied with designers’ clothes and with respect to the prices, a great deal of our clients found the Romanian costs to be more acceptable then the ones in US.
With regards to the restaurants’ dress code, something casual is sufficient. You can wear whatever you would wear at home.
To satisfy dress codes for churches and monasteries, men and women are requested to cover their arms and legs (no shorts above the knees or sleeveless garments).