Transylvania Unearthed – Halloween Edition
Is there a better time to explore Romania’s most (in)famous region than during Halloween? We don’t think so. Yeah, this is indeed the place that popularized the vampire myth, but there’s so much more to this charming swath of Europe beyond the spooky stuff. Incredible Gothic architecture, lush forests, captivating little villages filled with friendly people, and gorgeous cities like Sighisoara and Brasov. And on Halloween itself, we’ll even treat you to a costume party inside a genuine Transylvanian castle. Scared yet? Don’t be. Your CEO is always there to hold your hand.
Ruins of Dracula’s Poenari Castle visit. Sibiu orientation walk. Halloween party at haunted Hunyad Castle. Sighisoara orientation walk and free time. Prejmer Fortress visit. Brasov orientation walk and free time. Bran Castle evening visit with wine tasting and show. Peles Castle visit. Bucharest orientation walk. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Attend a special Halloween costume party in an authentic Gothic castle, take a peek into the ruins of Dracula’s castle, explore medieval towns like Brasov and Sighisoara with a little extra time, learn the true story of the infamous “Vlad the Impaler”
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Group Size Notes
Max 16, avg 12
8 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Train, private bus, public bus.
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Hotels (8 nts).
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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON TOUR
All prices are per person, in Romanian New Lei, and amounts and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.
Museum of the Romanian Peasant – RON6.00
Palace of Parliament tour – RON15.00
Brukenthal Museum RON12
Museum of Traditional Folk Civilisation RON15.00
Bucura lake – free
Retezat national park – free
History museum RON2.50
Breite oak tree reserve – free
Rasnov Fortress RON15.00
Black Church RON7.00
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Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.
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Day 1 Bucharest
There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Bucharest/Sibiu (1B)
With time, opt to head out of town and visit the open air museum of Traditional Folk Civilization.
Poenari Castle Visit
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Sibiu/Hunedoara (1B)
Come in costume to a party at Hunyad’s Castle, rumoured to be one of the most haunted places in Europe. Watch Count Dracula’s wedding at midnight and continue the festivities well into the night.
Hunyad’s Castle Halloween Costume Party
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Hunedoara/Sighișoara (1B)
Take a slow morning to rid yourself of all of the Halloween demons you may have picked up at the haunted Hunyad Castle.
Then continue on to Sighisoara, a small town with a fortified medieval centre.
Opt to sample some Romanian cuisine—the Casa Dracula (original home of Vlad) is now a restaurant specializing in hearty meat and game dishes of the region.
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Sighișoara (1B, 1D)
Enjoy more of the city and the surrounding countryside before an exclusive event in the evening at Bran Castle. Enjoy a wine tasting and show in this creepy setting.
Bran Castle Halloween Event
Day 6 Sighișoara/Braşov (1B)
En route to the city of Brasov, stop off to visit the Prejmer Fortress, a fortified church from the 13th century.
Get to know the city on an orientation walk and check out Bran Castle, impressively situated on a rock outcrop.
Use some free time in Brasov to explore the baroque architecture and beautiful squares.
Prejmer Fortress Visit
Bran Castle Visit
Stop at the Prejmer Fortress en route.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Braşov (1B)
Enjoy a full free day to explore this quaint city.
Day 8 Braşov/Bucharest (1B)
Enjoy free time to explore Bucharest’s many attractions, including one of its best museums, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant.
Opt to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in the city’s international cuisine.
Peleș Castle Visit
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Bucharest (1B)
Depart at any time.