Dracula's Castle, Follow the legend in Transylvania, private tour from Bucharest

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  • Live Guide
  • Day Trip
  • Pickup Service
  • Private Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 12 hr

This is a private tour from Bucharest to Transilvania. From the spooky to the sublime, you can still see the best of Transylvania even without staying the night on this day trip from Bucharest. Traveling in your private group, visit the summer home of Romanian royals at storybook Peles Castle, and then conjure up images of Count Dracula at Gothic Bran Castle. The well-paced itinerary also leaves time for a stop in the medieval city of Brasov, known for its blackened church.

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Pass By: Bucharest

Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of "Little Paris"), Bucharest, Romania's largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis. Romanian legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name literarily means "joy." His flute playing reportedly dazzled the people and his hearty wine from nearby vineyards endeared him to the local traders, who gave his name to the place.

Stop At: Peles Castle

Peles Castle is the most impressive castle in Romania and a must-see attraction if you’re passionate about stories of royalty, splendid architecture and history. The summer residence of the royal family until 1948 when it was confiscated by the communist regime, the castle from Sinaia is today, like in its first years, one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. In 1866, Romania had only partially today’s size. Two of the historical provinces managed to unite, but the independence from the Ottoman Empire was still needed in order to have the union strengthened. It was Romania’s first king, Carol the 1st of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, who managed to obtain this major national goal. The Prince of Romania from 1866 and the King of Romania from 1881, Carol the 1st built Peles Castle, a royal residence that became a lifetime project until his death in 1914.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker's Dracula. Built on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold dating from 1212, Bran castle was first documented in an act issued on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Brasov) the privilege to build the Citadel. Although Stoker never visited Transylvania, the Irish author relied on research and his vivid imagination to create the dark and intimidating stomping ground of Count Dracula, leading to persistent myths that it was once the home of Vlad Tepes, ruler of Walachia. While the association with Dracula is sketchy at best, the castle continues to hold a strong attraction for all fans of the Count.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Brasov Historical Center

Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels*, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films. The location of the city at the intersection of trade routes linking the Ottoman Empire and western Europe, together with certain tax exemptions, allowed Saxon merchants to obtain considerable wealth and exert a strong political influence in the region. This was reflected in the city's German name, Kronstadt, as well as in its Latin name, Corona, meaning Crown City (hence, the coat of arms of the city which is a crown with oak roots).

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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