Dracula – The True Story of Vlad the Impaler

4 Days/3 Nights
Guaranteed Departures with 2 participants
Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Year-Round

Price Per Person Twin $885
Single Room Supplement $105

You don’t have anything to fear here in Wallachia, but tomorrow we will drive up into Transylvania to begin our journey to learn about Dracula – The True Story of Vlad the Impaler.  In fact you are here because of an Irish writer, Abraham (Bram) Stoker, author of 18 books and numerous short stories, has remained in literary history for his novel Dracula, published in 1897. The count-vampire has long since ceased to be just a literary character.

Through countless incarnations and adaptations in literature, film, theater, ballet, advertising, comics, computer games or music, Dracula has assumed an independent existence, becoming one of the most famous characters in the history of culture. A protean and ubiquitous character par excellence, there is now a children’s Dracula, another for adults, a classical version, a modern version, another post-modern version, a serious version, and one for comedy.

The success of this novel has transformed a very real province into a mythical land, associated world-wide with vampires.  But the real Dracula was not a count nor a vampire, and he never reigned in Transylvania. Saxon manuscripts dating between 1485 and 1500, and chronicles detailing the Turkish military campaign of 1461-1462 in Wallachia, as well as Slavic manuscripts from the 1480s found in Russian archives all describe him as a tyrant psychopath, who took sadistic pleasure in torturing and killing his enemies.  After five centuries the majority of Romanians consider Vlad an ideal prince!  And if you wish to find out more, this is a perfect tour for you.  Come trace the steps of Prince Vlad, Count Dracula

Your Tour Package Features include

  • Accommodations at 4-star hotels
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Transportation by modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • English-speaking Driver-Guide
  • Entrances to museums & sites in the itinerary

Your Itinerary

Day 1 – Bucharest * Curtea de Arges * Cozia * Sibiu
Pick up from your hotel and drive to Curtea de Arges, a former capital of Valahia during the 14th century, where you will visit the ruins of the Old Princely Court built by Vlad’s ancestors, and Manole’s Monastery, a 16th century architectural jewel.  On the way to Sibiu, we will stop to tour Cozia Monastery, built in the 14th century by Dracula’s grandfather, Prince Mircea The Old.  We drive through the scenic Olt Valley to reach Sibiu, once the richest town in Transylvania. We overnight at the Ramada Hotel.

Day 2 – Sibiu * Medias * Biertan * Sighisoara
Our day starts with a city tour of Sibiu which includes the Evangelic Cathedral, where Vlad’s son, Mihnea, was buried after his assassination just outside the church.  We continue on to Medias, the town where Vlad was kept prisoner by the Hungarian King Mathias Corvinus.  We continue our drive to the Saxon village of Biertan, where we tour the Fortress Church, designated one of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites.  We continue to Sighisoara and overnight at the Korona Hotel.  (B)

Day 3 – Sighisoara * Brasov * Bran * Sinaia
After breakfast, we enjoy a walking city tour of Sighisoara, the best-preserved medieval town in Romania.  We will visit the famous Clock Museum, the Armour Room and the Torture Room.  We will also view the house where Count Dracula  (Vlad the Impaler) was born in 1431.  We will finish our tour by visiting the Church on the Hill, and depart for Brasov where Vlad’s enemies – the rich Saxon merchants – lived. The Saxon settlers founded the fairy-tale town of Brasov in the 12th century, and it still preserves its beautiful medieval atmosphere created by many buildings from that time. The highlight of the city tour is a visit to the Black Church, the largest Gothic-style church in South-Eastern Europe.   Our next stop will be Bran where we tour Bran Castle – made famous by Bram Stoker’s novel as the residence of the vampire count. The castle was built by merchants from Brasov, in the 14th century, to protect the border between Valahia and Transylvania. We continue to Sinaia and overnight at the Palace Hotel. (B)

Day 4 – Sinaia * Slanic * Bucharest
After breakfast, tour the beautiful mountain resort of Sinaia, also called “The Pearl of Carpathians”. And we will visit Peles Castle, former summer residence of  King Carol I of Romania.  We drive to  Slanic, to tour the famous salt mine, known as one of the biggest salt mines in Europe. It is unique in Romania and also in Europe that the mine is formed from 14 rooms which are trapezoid in shape – with an opening of 32 meters at the base and 45 meters high. We drive back to Bucharest and your tour ends either at the airport or at one of our many fine hotels.  Why not extend your stay in Bucharest.

Price Per Person Twin $885
Single Room Supplement $105