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Best of Romania tour with 4 special dinners, a show and stay in a castle style hotel
Visit Transylvania during an amazing 7-days itinerary. Choose our best of Romania tour and discover impressive highlights ranging from Sighisoara Citadel to Poienari Fortress, Bran Castle or even Turda Salt Mines. Discover the entire itinerary below.
Your best of Romania tour departs from Bucharest. Meet our guide at Moxa Boutique Hotel and then travel to Snagov Monastery. If you're familiar with the legends surrounding Dracula, this is - allegedly- the Count's final resting place. Find out if the legend is true and then return to the capital for a delicious dinner.
Continue your itinerary with Poienari Fortress, Dracula's favorite mountain refuge. Climb over 1400 stairs to reach the top. Your effort is rewarded by the spectacular views. From here, travel to the Medieval Saxon city of Sibiu and accommodate at a 4* hotel.
Other Highlights - Corvinesti, Turda Salt Mine, Sighisoara
In addition to the previously mentioned highlights, you will also visit Corvinesti Castle in Hunedoara.
Furthermore, you will travel to Turda and accommodate in a 4* Dracula themed hotel. Enjoy a vampire menu for dinner and then join us for the popular Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead*, performed acccording with old Transylvanian traditions (as seen on Travel Channel), followed by an Evening Sitting (party).
*The Ritual of Killing of The Living Dead takes place for groups of at least 4 travelers.
In the morning, visit the impressive Turda Salt Mine and then travel to Cluj-Napoca. After a brief city tour, drive to Borgo Pass and accommodate at Dracula's Castle Hotel. On the next day of the best of Romania tour, travel to Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Dracula's birthplace. Visit the Clock Tower Museum, as well as the Torture Room and the Medieval Weapons Collection.
We can't call this the 'best of Romania tour' without including Bran Castle on the itinerary. Visit the famous fortress and then travel to Brasov.
Enjoy a local taste dinner and then attend 'Dracula's Wedding*', a non-verbal show.
*This event takes place for groups of at least 5 travelers
On the last day of your tour, visit Peles Castle in Sinaia and then travel to Targoviste to visit Dracula's Old Princely Court. Arrive in Bucharest in the evening (around 7 PM, depending on traffic conditions).
This is just an overview of your tour. For more information, such as the complete itinerary or inclusions/exclusions, please scroll up and then use the menu above to navigate to your desired section.
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7 day Best of Romania tour from Bucharest (10.00 GMT +02:00)
*This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to depart.
May 6, 2023
June 3, 2023
July 1, 2023
August 5, 2023
September 2, 2023
October 7, 2023
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May 4, 2024
June 1, 2024
July 6, 2024
August 3, 2024
September 7, 2024
October 5, 2024
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This Romania escorted tour is guaranteed to depart on the dates given for a minimum of 2 persons.
Book your tour now and discover Transylvania! Follow in Vlad the Impaler’s footsteps and then uncover his dark legend during this unforgettable Transylvania Dracula tour.
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.
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.
• We’re pleased to say that Transylvania Live has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts
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Crossing international borders can be complicated and sometimes requires many different kinds of documents. Being prepared is the key to easing your way through this process, so make sure you know what documents you need, where to get them, and which ones will make your crossing quick and easy.
Lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found passports
A Canadian passport is a valuable document that you should keep in a safe and dry place at all times.
Once you report a passport lost or stolen, it is no longer valid. You cannot use it for travel.
This is to make sure that it isn’t used for fraudulent purposes.
Report the loss or theft to Canadian Embassy in Bucharest.
They may issue a replacement passport if you meet all of the requirements.
Travelling with children can be a challenge in many ways. Here is useful information you should know before you leave the country with children, as well as material on international adoption and a sample consent letter for children who are travelling without their legal guardian.
Persons under 18 or 19 years of age, depending on their province or territory of residence, are considered children and need appropriate documentation to travel abroad. The following is a list of documents that may be required:
• Canadian passport
• Consent letter confirming that the child has permission to travel abroad (e.g. when taking a trip alone or with only one parent)
• Supporting identification, such as a birth certificate or citizenship card
• Other legal documents, such as divorce papers, custody court orders or a death certificate (if one parent is deceased)
Advice for Canadian tourists traveling to Romania
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
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Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave from Romania.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days within any 180-day period
Children and travel
Romanian authorities consider a child born to a Romanian parent as a Romanian citizen. This is true even if the child was born in Canada and has a Canadian passport.
When leaving Romania, Romanian children under the age of 18 must:
• travel with both parents, or with the consent of the non-travelling parent(s)
• carry a standard statement of parental consent to travel notarized by Romanian authorities (to be presented upon exiting Romania)
Children returning to their country of legal residence do not need the consent of both parents to leave Romania. They must, however, present official proof of legal residency abroad.
Safety and security
Pickpocketing, purse snatching and mugging occur, particularly in Bucharest and other urban centres. Be vigilant in crowded areas such as busy streets, public transportation, train stations and airport terminals. Avoid walking alone after dark.
Violent crime is rare.
Organized groups of thieves are particularly active in public transport hubs, such as train and bus stations, and subways.
Theft can occur on intercity trains. Don’t leave your compartment unattended. Always lock the door from the inside. Don’t travel on your own, particularly on overnight trains.
Theft from hotel rooms is common. Make sure your valuables are always locked away if leaving them in the room while you’re away.
Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times, particularly on public transportation. Avoid showing signs of affluence and carrying large sums of cash.
Individuals posing as plainclothes police officers may ask you to see your foreign currency and passports. Politely decline to cooperate, but offer to go to the nearest police station to sort out the issue.
Some bars and night clubs may try to charge exorbitant prices. Discussions about overcharging may lead to threats of violence and security guards may force you to pay.
Credit card and ATM fraud occurs. Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:
• pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
• use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
• avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
• cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
• check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements
Demonstrations occur from time to time. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.
• avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
• follow the instructions of local authorities
• monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
Spiked food and drinks
Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as the items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.
There were no acts of terrorism on Romanian territory.
However here is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorists have carried out attacks in several European cities and further attacks are likely.
Targets could include:
• government buildings, including schools
• places of worship
• airports and other transportation hubs and networks
• public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners
Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places. Be particularly vigilant if attending sporting events and during religious holidays and other public celebrations, as terrorists have used such occasions to mount attacks.
Road conditions vary throughout the country. With the exception of major city streets and intercity highways, many roads are in disrepair, poorly lit, narrow and without marked lanes.
Driving can be hazardous due to aggressive drivers, erratic driving behaviour and high speeds.
Don’t drive after dark outside of major cities due to unsafe conditions. These can include horse-drawn carts without lights and wandering livestock on the road.
Medical services and facilities
Medical services and facilities vary throughout the country. They may not be up to the standards you might expect in Canada. Private hospitals and clinics located in cities are often better staffed and equipped than public or rural facilities. Most medical facilities expect cash payment at the time of service.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
Laws & culture
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.
Canada and Romania are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Romania to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Romanian authorities.
You must carry adequate identification at all times. A photocopy of your passport is acceptable, and will help in case of loss or seizure of the original document.
Although Romanian law does not prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex, homosexuality is not widely accepted.
Illegal or restricted activities
There are harsh penalties for engaging in sexual acts with a minor. The age of consent in Romania is 18.
It is illegal to photograph government buildings and military installations, unless prior permission has been obtained from local authorities.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences of up to 15 years and heavy fines.
You must carry an international driving permit along with a valid Canadian driver’s licence in order to drive in Romania. However, your Canadian driver’s licence is only considered valid for up to 90 days. For stays longer than 90 days, you will need to exchange your driver’s license for a Romanian one.
Traffic laws are strict and local authorities carry out frequent road checks.
There is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol. Penalties are severe. Convicted offenders can expect heavy fines and jail sentences, and your driver’s licence may be confiscated immediately. It is illegal to refuse a breathalyzer test.
You must carry vehicle registration and proof of insurance.
A motorway vignette (locally known as a rovinieta) is required to travel outside major cities. You may purchase these at border points, post offices and large gas stations.
Headlights must be on at all times when driving, regardless of the time of day or weather.
Winter tires are mandatory during winter months.
You must carry a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit and a warning triangle in your car.
The use of a cellular telephone while driving is prohibited, unless it is fitted with a hands-free device.
Children under 12 cannot sit in the front seat of a vehicle.
The currency of Romania is the leu (RON).
Exchanging money on the street is illegal. You may exchange Euros in recognized establishments, such as exchange shops, banks and hotels. Carry crisp bills, as merchants may not accept well-worn or used banknotes. Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted.
The economy is primarily cash-based, but credit cards are widely accepted in major urban centres. Most retailers use PIN technology for credit cards. ATMs are widely available in major cities, but less so in smaller towns.
When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you are carrying at least €10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies.
The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible asset. This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or are in transit to a non-EU country.
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Please check your itinerary below:
Meet your tour guide at Moxa Boutique Hotel. Your tour in Romania begins with a short drive to Snagov Monastery, an impressive religious building located on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake. The architectural style of the monastery follows the architectural pattern that is characteristic to the monasteries on the Holy Mount Athos in Greece . Your first day in Romania ends with a welcome dinner in one of Bucharest's top traditional restaurants.
Sunday, Bucharest – Poienari – Sibiu (309 km, 5h 20 min driving)
In the morning, enjoy your breakfast and then drive to Poienari fortress*, a mountain refuge preferred by medieval rulers such as Vlad the Impaler. You need to climb over 1400 stairs to reach the top, but the view worth every penny. From here, drive to the Medieval Saxon city of Sibiu. Discover the amazing attractions this city has to offer, including the famous ‘Liars Bridge’. Accommodation in 4* hotel, centrally located.
Monday, Sibiu – Hunedoara – Alba Iulia – Turda (272 km, 3h 27 min driving)
Your tour in Romania continues with Hunedoara. Visit Corvinesti Castle, an impressive Gothic style construction which used to serve as the residence of ruler Iancu de Hunedoara. Explore the medieval beauty and head next to Alba Iulia. You will overnight in Turda in a 4* boutique hotel, often referred by our previous guests as a medieval fantasy with beds. Since you are in the heart of Transylvania, you cannot leave without a Dracula themed dinner. Keeping the “strigoi” atmosphere join us for the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, followed by an Evening Sitting (‘Sezatoare’ in Romanian language).
Tuesday, Turda – Cluj-Napoca – Pasul Tihuta (191 km, 3h driving)
Morning visit of Turda Salt Mine, one of the most popular highlights in Romania. Here we are on the surface again prepared to explore the next Transylvanian city - Cluj-Napoca; discover amazing medieval buildings such as Saint Andrews Cathedral. From here we head North carried by a stunning scenery up to Borgo Pass and accommodate at Dracula’s Castle Hotel, in the past known as Tihuta hotel. Enjoy a delicious candle lit dinner followed by a bonfire.
Borgo Pass – Sighisoara (198 km, 3h 29 min driving)
Today we’ll enjoy medieval taste at the highest level visiting Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can’t miss the Clock Tower Museum, The Torture Room and the Medieval Weapons Collection. In the past the Clock Tower was named the Gate Tower and was used for the council’s meetings and for storing Sighisoara’s archive and thesaurus. Nowadays The Clock Tower is the main attraction for visitors.
Thursday, Sighisoara – Bran – Brasov (171 km, 2h 48 min driving)
“Ramai cu bine” Sighisoara! Welcome to Bran Castle! With a very controversial status: “To be or not to be Dracula’s Castle” Bran Castle offers you its tumultuous history, from being a fortress meant to guard the border between Transylvania and Wallachia to the period when Queen Mary transformed it into a Royal Residence and to nowadays as a worldwide known museum… if the walls could talk. Drive next to the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov. Among the amazing medieval buildings, you can find the most popular attraction of this city, The Black Church. In the evening, enjoy a local taste dinner and attend ‘Dracula’s Wedding’, a non-verbal performance staged by a professional band of actors.
Friday, Brasov – Sinaia – Targoviste – Bucharest (192 km, 3h 44 min driving)
Your last day of the tour brings you to Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania. Explore the famous Peles Castle, one of the best-preserved Royal Residences in Europe. From here, travel to Targoviste and visit the ruins of the Old Princely Court, this where several medieval rulers – including Vlad the Impaler - used to reside and run the country from. Transfer to Bucharest airport for your returning flight. Estimated arrival in Bucharest 07:00 PM.Your last day of the tour brings you to Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania. Explore the famous Peles Castle, one of the best-preserved Royal Residences in Europe. From here, travel to Targoviste and visit the ruins of the Old Princely Court, this where several medieval rulers – including Vlad the Impaler - used to reside and run the country from. Transfer to Bucharest airport for your returning flight. Estimated arrival in Bucharest 07:00 PM.
Tour LeaderEnglish speaking guide
Accommodation3 nights in 4* hotels, 3 nights in 3* hotels, all accommodation hotels are centrally located
Meals6 breakfasts, 4 dinners ( 3 course dinner). This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request
TransportAll transfers inside the tour by coach, minibus or car - air conditioned, depending on the number of travelers
Entry fees toSnagov Monastery, Poienari citadel, Peles Castle, Bran Castle, Salt Mines in Turda, Corvinesti Castle in Hunedoara, Clock Tower in Sighisoara.
- Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price. You can organize your flights separately at any point.
- Others not mentioned
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 rate. 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).