Choose a luxury holiday Transylvania and then join us on a trip around the land of Dracula. Discover the best highlights in our country and have fun learning about the legends surrounding these places. On this page, read about the fascinating story surrounding Curtea de Arges Monastery and discover its builders’ fate.
Luxury holiday Transylvania – Curtea de Arges
Written documents give evidence of the fortified town of Arges since 1330, whereas during the Middle Ages, it was the second capital of Walachia. The Court of Arges citadel consists of a set of ruins among which the basements of two princely residences within a wall made of boulders taken from the river, together with the oldest church in Walachia, the Princely Church.
Built by Basarab I, the founding prince of Walachia, the Princely Church has front sides made of apparent bricks and river stones. It is decorated with painted frescoes, actually the first samples of Romanian painting (XIV c.). You’ll find here an exquisite fresco of Holly Mary pregnant.
Curtea de Arges Monastery – The Legend of Master Manole
Another impressive monument is the Curtea de Arges Monastery founded by Negoe Basarab in 1514-1517. There are two popular legends surrounding this impressive monastery. The first one revolves around the beginning of its construction. According to the legend, the builders were unable to begin their work. Everything they built a day before would crumble during the night. One night, though, the architect, Manole, saw the solution in a dream.
According to the dream, in order to be able to build the monastery, they needed to incorporate a person they loved inside its walls. He revealed this to his masons and they decided to wall in the first of their wives to show up. Sadly for Manole, this happened to be his wife, Ana. The legend ends with Manole and his masons building a wall around Ana. This would serve as the foundation for Curtea de Arges Monastery, which they were finally able to build after this.
A second legend takes place after the monastery’s completion. The Prince, worried that Manole and his team would build an even greater monastery for someone else, stranded them on the roof of Curtea de Arges. According to the legend, the masons built themselves wooden wings in an attempt to fly off the building. It didn’t work. One by one, they fell to the ground and died.
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3-Days Halloween Short Break with 2 Parties – Luxury Holiday Transylvania
Escorted tour, from €599- Cluj Napoca, Transylvania, departure code: TR4.3RoHa
Halloween Party, in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place , plus Bran castle Halloween party!
The best Halloween Party from Sighisoara includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine. Open bar is availble untill 01.00 am
You can be part of the special programme including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampire Hunting, magicians shows, contests and many dark surprises.
Direct flights from London-Luton to Cluj Napoca available.
Halloween party from Dracula Castle from Bran inlcudes a night visit to the castle decorated for Halloween with VIP entrance (skip the 3 hours line) and a 3 course dinner at the hotel situated in walking distance from the party
2 days tour.
Departure from Bucharest, Sibiu or Cluj Napoca Airport(tour code: Tr4.4RoHa)
Enjoy the best Halloween Party ever in the Medieval Citadel of Sighisoara, Dracula’s birth place!
A 2 day Transylvanian short break departing from the Romanian airport of your choice, be it Bucharest, Sibiu or Cluj Napoca.
You can decide for yourself the level of classification for accommodation in the citadel, from hostel style dormitories to an exquisite 5* intimate medieval hotel.
The main highlight is the Halloween Party including a delicious traditional dinner, open bar, an excellent magicians show, vampire hunting show and The Ritual Killing of a Living Dead, providing you with a truly memorable experience. more »
Unforgettable Dracula tour with dinner at Bran Castle and a joyfully masquerade party in Transylvania
Escorted tour, with guaranteed departures from Bucharest, HB from € 1204
A Dracula Tour departing from Bucharest, intended to Dracula enthusiasts, culture and history fans, adventure seekers.
The tour includes the most important historical places related with Vlad the Impaler such as: Snagov Monastery where, Vlad was buried after his assassination; Sighisoara – Dracula’s birth place, Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, built according to Bram Stocker’s imagination and the legendary Bran Castle.
These guarantee departure tours also include a Royal Dinner at Bran Castle, in Queen Marie’s Tea House. You will also attend an unforgettable Masquerade Party, including the Ritual Killing of a Living Dead performed according to old Transylvanian tradition (as was featured on Travel Channel)
Luxury holiday Transylvania – Awarded 7-Days Halloween Tour
7 days tour, HB, from € 1299 – Bucharest departure – code: RO7.BHADT
This awarded Dracula Tour from Bucharest, is included by Fodor’s Travel Guide in Top 10 Must-Do Adventures and awarded “Tour of the Year” by TourRadar.
Includes the best Halloween Party in Sighisoara Citadel, Dracula’s birthplace. Also happenings like The Ritual Killing of a Living Dead (featured on Travel Channel). Assist at a Vampire Hunting.
Party and sleep in Dracula’s Castle hotel in Borgo Pass. Visit the most important historical places related with Vlad the Impaler: Bran Castle and Poenari Fortress.
Party at Bran castle Halloween party 2020.
Summer tours with guaranteed departures from Bucharest, HB from € 1159
A Dracula Tour from Bucharest, Romania intended to Dracula and history fans.
Attend the Ritual Killing of a Livig Dead (as seen on Travel Channel).
These tours includes the most important historical places related with Vlad Tepes such as: Snagov Monastery where, Sighisoara citadel- Dracula’s birthplace.
Another highlight is Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, built according to Bram Stocker’s imagination and the legendary Bran Castle. more»
Luxury Holiday Transylvania – 2-Days Tour with Halloween Party at Bran Castle
2 days Short break, from € 369 – Bucharest departure, (tour code TRB.2RoHa)
Enjoy the biggest Halloween from Transylvania!
A 2 days short break with transfers from Buchaest.
Win a prize for your desguise at the dinner with traditional meals and costume contests. VIP entrance to the castle (skip the 3 hours line) and night visit to the castle decorated for Halloween.
Participate to the Halloween Party at Transylvania’s iconic image – Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. more»
3 days, escorted trip, from €599 – Bucharest departure
It’s time for the ultimate Halloween Parties in Transylvania: Sighisoara Halloween party and Bran castle Halloween party?
Which will be the best? Come to Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place!
This short break includes a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel. The Halloween Party from Sighisoara includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive diner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine and accompanied by a special programme including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampiresa Hunting, magicians show and many dark surprises.
Also enjoy a night visit to Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle (decorated for Halloween) with its Halloween party, the biggest in Romania. more »
Transylvania’s Undying legend
Luxury holiday Transylvania – Private Itinerary
5 days Private Dracula Tour from Bucharest
fom € 1299 – Bucharest departure code: Ro4.3RoVa
A private Dracula Tour in Transylvania departing from Bucharest. The tour includes historical and legendary places related with Dracula’s life and death. First of all Vlad Dracula’s birth place in the medieval citadel of Sighisoara. Also the ruins of the Poienari Fortress, the real Dracula Castle, Dracula’s refugee place from Arefu village. Finally Dracula’s tomb in Snagov Monastery. Thus enjoy a mysterious trip in Dracula’s Realm! more »
Luxury holiday Transylvania – 3-Days Vampire Tour from Cluj-Napoca
Escorted tour Romania, guaranteed departures,
HB from € 569- Cluj-Napoca departure TR 4.3RoSh
Discover the best parts of Transylvania’s legendary landmarks in shorter time, this short break in Transylvania includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Sighisoara, unique events which caught the attention of media world wide such as the live reenactment of the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, and Transylvania’s most beautiful castle – Corvinesti Castle.
The entertaining programme is complemented by the relaxing 4* accommodation, a medieval fantasy with beds and the mouth-watering vampire dinner! We bet our 9 lives you’ll love it. more»
1 Day accommodation dinner and Halloween Party at Bran Castle with VIP Entrance (skip the 3 hours line) starting from € 249 – TRB.1RoHa
Enjoy a night tour of Dracula’s Bran Castle! Meet the Wicked Fairies and get lost in their euphoric dance along with a glass of local red wine.
Feel amazing being part of a dynamic Halloween Party in the grounds of Bran Castle until 4:00 am.
Accommodate in a 3* hotel near in walking distance from Bran Castle. Before visiting the castle enjoy a traditional 3 course dinner.
Win a prize to the costume contest at this dinner.
Immerse yourselves in the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. more »
escorted tour, departure from Bucharest
A private Dracula tour from Bucharest concentrating the most important places related to Vlad Dracul and his legend.
Snagov Monastery, Bran Castle, the Medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoara. Finally visit the outstanding city of Brasov.
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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.
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Penalties for drug offences are severe. They can include jail sentences of up to 20 years.
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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.
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