Visit Eastern Europe in escorted tours to Transylvania and discover a world of enchanting towns, pine-covered mountains and medieval architecture.
Here is a list with the best escorted tours you can choose from.
No 10. Dracula tours from Cluj Napoca- 3 days escorted tours to Transylvania
If you want that your next trip will be one that will live long in the memory and you don’t have more than 3 days than a Dracula short break in Transylvania, departing from Cluj Napoca is the solution.
Includes the Ritual Killing of a Living Dead as was filmed by and seen on Travel Channel.
Enjoy staying in an entertaining hotel, the Dracula Castle, found in the fragrantly named town of Turda. It has bathrooms created from stone grottoes and an over-the-top medieval banqueting hall with gory murals, skeletons and skulls it seems like a medieval fantasy with bads.
Vampire Treats: enjoy a Vampire dinner, a hearty meal in a Dracula themed saloon decorated with impaled tartars (the ambiance made the food taste better), to find out why it’s worth killing for a meal!
Visit Sighisoara Citadel, birthplace of Dracula, the Charming Sibiu with its Saxon old town to understand why it was chosen European Capital of Culture. Also included is Corvinesti Castle the most beutiful baroc castle from Eastern Europe
Prices from £510 per personCheck these package holidays to Transylvania
No 9. Learn to ski in Transylvania-8 day private escorted tours to Transylvania on New Year’s Eve
Do you have active and difficult-to-impress children? How about a Tour of Transylvania with huge success to British families with New Year’s Eve party and ski lessons included? That you could visit a Transylvanian vampire castle said to have inspired the Dracula story is a bonus.
Film fans might imagine that Transylvania is a dark, foreboding region filled with mountains, creepy castles on crags, pale-faced nobles with sharp teeth and a menacing menagerie of wolves, bears and flapping bats.
The real Transylvania is more of a daylight fantasy: lost-in-time villages, sun-drenched plains dotted with Saxon fortified churches and castle ruins, and family-friendly ski slopes.
Prices from £ 1345 per personSee Transylvania skiing holiday
No 8. Transylvania’s Dark Legend –5 days private escorted tours to Transylvania, from Cluj
“Transylvania had been a familiar name as long as I could remember. It was the very essence and symbol of remote, leafy, half-mythical strangeness; and, on the spot, it seemed remoter still, and more fraught with charms.” So wrote Patrick Leigh Fermor of his romantic walk across this strange and beautiful land in 1934. And you have to check this but we assure you that is truth also nowadays.
Ans there is the dark legend of Vlad the III. Dracula was a lavishly mustachioed Wallachian prince by the name of Vlad the Impaler (1431–76). He famously earned the nickname ‘Ţepeş’ (Impaler) after his preferred form of execution: impaling the victim with a wooden stick through his buttocks.
Enjoy a private trip in which a private car with guide chauffeur is at your disposal
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No 7. Halloween Party in Transylvania, Sighisoara Citadel-2 days escorted tours to Transylvania from Cluj
Sighisoara is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula. You can visit his birth home which is now a restaurant and museum.
In the past 15 years the Halloween party with Vlad the Impaler from Sighisora was rated by tour goers as the best Halloween party in Transylvania.
Having a complex program that include magicians shows, Vampire Hunting, various contests and the Ritual Killing of a Living Dead this party also include a rich dinner and an open bar where you can order without extra payment the drinks.
Prices from £ 394 per personmore
No 6. Halloween Party at Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania-2 days escorted tours to Transylvania
The structure on Bran Castle itself fits the description of Dracula’s Castle in Bram Stoker’s writings: high above a valley atop a rock with a flowing river below. With turrets and towers poking high into the sky, Bran Castle looked straight off the pages of Dracula vampire novel.
These 2 days escorted tours include transfers from/to Bucharest, a traditional dinner in Bran, costume contest with prizes, VIP entrance to Bran Castle (skipping the 3 hours line), night visit to the castle specially decorated for Halloween and Halloween party at Bran Castle, aka Dracula’s Castle Halloween party from Transylvania.
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No 5. Best of Romania-7 days escorted tours to Transylvania with Royal dinner at Bran Castle
These small group tours with guaranteed departures from Bucharest and special dinners included this tour goes toward forbidding castles coated in snow and back dropped by majestic mountains; whimsical villages clustered with small pastel-colored huts; cobbled streets flanked by antique shops and medieval clock towers.
Visit the magnificent Corvin Castle at Hunedoara to see an icon of Transylvania. Patrick Leigh Fermor, who travelled through the region on his long walk from France to Turkey, called the castle “fantastic and theatrical”.
Also included Poenari fortress considered by some the real Dracula’s Castle (in fact a fortress), Bran Castle, the medieval city of Sibiu, the European capital of culture, Evening Sitting traditional Romanian party, Turda Salt Mines number one in the list of 10 Of The Coolest Underground Places In The World (Business Insider )
But the most startling of all Transylvania’s other worlds are the Saxon villages built by the 12th-century immigrants.
Prices from £ 1040 per personCheck these package holidays to Romania
No 4. Vampire in Transylvania-7 days escorted tours to Transylvania with Ritual Killing of a Living Dead
Count Dracula, a fictional character in the Stoker novel, was inspired by one of the best-known figures of Romanian history, Vlad Dracula, nicknamed Vlad the Impaler, who was the ruler of the Romanian province of Walachia in the mid 1400s.
In Transylvania Leigh Fermor’s account of Transylvania in 1934 still holds true: “The rhythm of life had remained many decades behind the west – a hundred years, perhaps.” Still truth nowadays. Head for Sighisoara to see a way of life that hasn’t changed in centuries.
Included in the tour are Corvinestilor Castle – the greatest Gothic style castle in Romania, Corvinesti, the Ritual Killing of the Living Dead – attend the ritual of killing a strigoi and an Evening Sitting afterwards to celebrate the victory or recover from defeat ( learn more), stay in a Castle Dracula themed hotel and indulge yourself with a Vampire dinner to find out why it’s worth killing for a meal!
Prices from £ 1040 per personCheck these package holidays to Transylvania
No 3. Halloween in Transylvania-3 days with 2 Halloween parties, from Bucharest
Those who have visited Romania know the truth: this is one of Europe’s most unspoiled lands
Visit the mountain-framed city of Brasov and the stunning medieval settlement of Sighisoara, a Unesco world heritage site and the birthplace of Wallachian prince, Vlad Draculea, the infamous “Vlad the Impaler” who had a predilection for skewering enemies on wooden poles and, very loosely, inspired Stoker’s entirely fictional Count Dracula.
The intimate and sophisticated Halloween party in Sighisora, considered the best Halloween party in Transylvania includes Ritual Killing of a Living dead, costume contest, Howling at the moon contest, magicians show, Vampire Hunting show a rich dinner and an open bar.
Visit the rural area of Bran and party at Bran Castle. Even without the draw of the vampire myth, this is spectacular countryside of huge forests, lakes, churning rivers and rolling hills that rise into the Carpathian Mountains.
The Bran Castle Halloween party is the biggest Halloween party in Transylvania. The party is taking place after a night tour of the castle decorated for Halloween and populated with glamorous witches.
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No 2. Halloween in Transylvania-3 days with 2 Halloween parties, from Cluj
Recently named “Best Region to Travel in 2016” by Lonely Planet, the central region of Transylvania makes a great introduction to the country. It offers a plethora of medieval cities, Saxon villages, and fortified churches.
Sighisoara citadel is perfect to explore on foot and get lost amidst the cobbled walkways. And the Halloween party in Sighisoara organized by Transylvania Live is considered the best Halloween party in Transylvania.
Imagine then Dracula in Bran Castle flounced above its maze of passageways and secret staircases while swishing his cape in a sinister ‘prince of darkness’ sort of way.
Dracula’s Castle Halloween party from Bran is taking place after a charming night visit to the Castle decorated for Halloween.
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No 1. Halloween in Transylvania-7 days with 3 Halloween parties included
This tour was awarded Tour of the Year in 2019 by Tour Radar and placed in a Top 10 Must-Do Adventure by Fodor’s Travel guide.
This half board awarded tour departing from Bucharest goes toward Transylvania and visit Brasov, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Turda, Bistrita with
Dracula’s Castle Hotel from Borgo pass.
You will also stay in Dracula the Hunter prince hotel and more important the Halloween events are to die for too!
History oozes out of Sighisoara narrow lane-ways that twist upwards past brightly colored buildings, through arches and a covered stairway into the medieval town square. Here is kept Sighisoara Hallowen party with Vlad the Impaler
Bran Castle was so inspiring once; look at the description of the castle in Bram Stoker Dracula novel: “The castle was built on the corner of a great rock so that on three sides it was quite impregnable …… To the west was a great valley, and then, rising far away, great jagged mountain fastnesses”-that’s the one, isn’t it? So let’s enjoy the second party in this escorted tour in Transylvania, Bran Castle Halloween party, after a night visit to the fortress decorated for Halloween.
The third Halloween party is usually kept in Dracula Castle Hotel from Borgo Pass. The hotel was built in the 80 in the very same spot in which Bram Stoker placed Dracula’s home in his famous novel. Some British volunteers from Dracula society from London have helped the erection of this Dracula castle hotel by transporting bricks back in the 80.
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Advice for British citizens traveling to Romania
According to British government most visits to Romania are trouble-free.
There were no cases of terrorism attacks in Romania but as the country is part of European Union terrorist attacks in Romania can’t be ruled out.
If you need to contact the emergency services in Romania call 112.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the
- British embassy from Bucharest
- 24 Jules Michelet, 010463 Bucharest, Romania
- General enquiries+40 (21) 201 7200
- Consular enquiries+40 (21) 201 7351
- British Embasy Bucharest website
If you’re in Romania and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +40 (21) 201 7200. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Romania, call 020 7008 1500.
Get an emergency travel document
You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. You can apply online for an emergency travel document. If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.
Safety and security Crime
Maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as in the UK. There is a risk of petty theft in large towns, especially Bucharest. Pickpockets and bag snatchers operate in crowded areas, particularly near exchange shops and hotels, on public transport (especially to the airport), in the main railway stations and inside airport terminals. Organised attacks by groups can occur. The most common method by distracting victims while several people, often children, attempt to snatch watches and jewellery from pockets or from around the neck and wrist. Valuables including passports have been stolen from hotel rooms. Use the hotel safe and carry a photocopy of the information pages of your passport as ID. There have been reports of credit or debit cards being ‘copied’ when used for payment in some bars and restaurants.
Road travel Licences and documents
If driving in Romania, make sure you have with you all documentation, including your full, valid driving licence, proof of insurance/green card (third party or above), proof of ID (passport) and proof of ownership (V5C Certificate). If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, driving licence rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020. If there’s no deal, you will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be able to drive in some European countries as a visitor after the UK has left. Check this guidance page for full information. You should also check guidance on driving in the EU after Brexit for information on other additional documents you may need to carry. If you’re living in Romania, check the Living in Guide for information on requirements for residents.
You’ll need to pay a road toll ‘Rovinieta’ to use the national roads. You can buy the vignette (sticker) at border points and at most petrol stations. The minimum cost is 3 euros for 7 days. Failure to display the sticker may lead to a heavy fine. You can find out more about prices by using the website Roviniete.ro. Observe the speed limit at all times. Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy. It’s illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol. The drink drive limit is zero. Carry the following equipment: first aid kit, fire extinguisher, red warning triangles and a fluorescent jacket. If your vehicle is damaged before you arrive in Romania, ask a Romanian customs officer or police officer to write a report on the damage so that you have no problems when leaving. If any damage occurs inside the country, a report must be obtained at the scene of the accident.
In 2018 there were 1,867 road deaths in Romania (source: Department for Transport). This equates to 9.6 road deaths per 100,000 of population, (witch is similar with USA) and compares to the UK average of 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2018. Road conditions are variable and secondary roads can be in a bad state of repair. Driving standards can be poor. Look out for double parked cars, people suddenly braking to avoid a pothole, horse-drawn carts, livestock and stray dogs, particularly in rural areas, running in front of the vehicle. Equip your car for extreme conditions in winter.
Local laws and customs
It is illegal to change money on the streets. You should change money only in recognised exchange shops, banks and hotels.
The Romanian authorities treat all drug-related and sex offences very seriously. The age of consent is 18. If you are convicted, you can expect a prison sentence.
Homosexuality has been legal in Romania since 1996. The country has made significant progress in LGBT rights legislation since 2000 including wide–ranging anti-discriminatory laws, equalising the age of consent and laws against homophobic hate crimes. Bucharest’s annual Pride, usually accompanied by a LGBT film and art festival, has grown in recent years and is gaining the support of more public figures. Since 2017, a Pride event has also been held in the city of Cluj. The country remains generally socially conservative resulting in the majority of LGBT people not being openly gay and there being very few gay bars or clubs in Bucharest or the other main cities. You can find local information on LGBT issues in Romania on the website of ACCEPT. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.
Most airports and military bases will have signs prohibiting photography. Ask permission before photographing anything potentially sensitive (eg official buildings, police cars).
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
Visas If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Romania.
Parental consent when travelling with minors
Some British nationals travelling with minors who hold Romanian citizenship (irrespective of whether they hold citizenship of other countries) are prevented from leaving the country without notarised parental consent from the minor’s non-travelling parent/s. While enforcement of this may vary at borders, British nationals travelling with minors who hold Romanian citizenship should obtain notarised parental consent before departure from Romania. A list of the public notaries can be found on the website of the National Union of Public Notaries from Romania.
You should still get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Romanian nationals. If you don’t have your EHIC with you or you’ve lost it, you can call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999) to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate. The UK government has or is seeking agreements with countries on healthcare arrangements for UK nationals after the UK leaves the EU. The NHS website and this travel advice will be updated with further information on travelling to Romania as the circumstances change. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. If you are referred to a medical facility for treatment you should contact your insurance/medical assistance company immediately.
Romania is increasingly a card economy. While a growing number of businesses do accept credit cards, it may be safer to use cash due to the risk of credit card fraud. There is now a large network of ATMs that accept standard international credit and debit cards. Check with your card provider whether you will be able to use these machines. US dollars and sterling are not always easy to exchange for local currency, especially outside Bucharest. You may have difficulties using travellers’ cheques. Scottish and Northern Irish bank notes may not be accepted in banks and bureaux de change.
Before you travel abroad for escorted tours to Transylvania
• tell family and friends where you’re going and leave them your contact details, insurance policy details and itinerary. Store them securely online
• ensure you have access to funds to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. Take more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card)
• find out if travellers cheques are appropriate for your destination and keep a separate record of their numbers
• invest in a good travel guide to help you plan your trip and consider using online travel forums for more detail about your destination
• check with your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad. Consider leaving your phone’s IMEI number with a friend or family member, to help block or locate the phone if there’s a problem
• if you’re going to be driving abroad, make sure your licence is current and valid and be aware of the driving laws in the country you are visiting
• if you’re travelling with children who are unaccompanied by one or both parents, check our guidance on permissions that you might need to get and check the policy of your airline or transport provider
When you’re abroad in escorted tours to Transylvania
• think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts. Don’t take risks that you wouldn’t in the UK
• don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks
• find out how to minimise your risk from terrorism and what to do if there’s a terrorist attack
• find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws. There may be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home
• be careful when taking photographs, videos or using binoculars. These activities may be misunderstood by local authorities, especially near military installations.
• store useful numbers on your phone such as the local police and the nearest British embassy or consulate
• whether you’re living abroad or visiting, be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, just as you would in the UK; the ‘Be Alarmed’ campaign gives practical advice on how to stay safe and lists the symptoms to look out for
• if you intend to take part in any adventure sports or water sports during your trip, only use properly licensed and insured operators. Before taking part, make sure you fully understand the operating instructions and satisfy yourself that adequate safety precautions are in place
• check import regulations for food and plants before you attempt to bring them back to the UK
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