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Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peles Castle, & Brasov Old Town

1. Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peles Castle, & Brasov Old Town

Discover some of Romania's most famous castles on a guided tour from Bucharest. See Peles Castle and Bran Castle, and take some free time to stroll through the Old Town of Brasov. Following pickup from Bucharest, leave the city for Sinaia. Visit Peles Castle, the former residence of the kings of Romania. Here, admire furniture, ornamental objects, carpets, tapestries, sculptures, paintings and collections of weapons from the 15th to 19th centuries. Continue to Bran with its famous Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. Learn about the castle's history and how it had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Enjoy free time in Brasov and admire the town's houses built in the Renaissance, Baroque, Provincial and neo-Classic style. Explore the medieval fortress of Brasov, formerly one of Europe's most secure fortresses. See the preserved old wall, the Black and White Towers and the Weaver's Bastion. Also, learn about Catherine's Gate, situated near the Schei Gate in the western part of the fortress and its 4 little towers symbolizing the medieval right of life and death over the vassal's lives.

Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș Castle & Brașov Day Trip

2. Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș Castle & Brașov Day Trip

Discover the sights and notable cities of Transylvania on this guided tour from Bucharest. Visit historic castles and a medieval town as you immerse yourself in this atmospheric region. Benefit from pickup from your accommodation, then set off to explore the historic castles of Transylvania, and the medieval city of Brașov. Stop in the small town of Sinaia and visit Peleș Castle to explore the former summer palace of the Romanian royals. Continue to Bran, famous for the imposing fortress connected to the legend of Count Dracula. Hear tales about the real-life Vlad the Impaler, said to have inspired Bram Stoker. Get panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the remains of the citadel. Enjoy some free time to find keepsakes in the souvenir market, and before taking a walking tour of Brașov's medieval Old Town with a local guide. Benefit from some time at leisure before traveling back to Bucharest, and drop-off at your accommodation.

From Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles & Brasov Full-Day Trip

3. From Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles & Brasov Full-Day Trip

Escape the bustle of Bucharest and spend a day immersing yourself in the landscapes and landmarks of Transylvania. Encounter the historic castles, rich scenery, and evocative atmosphere of this unique region. Enjoy a pickup from nearby meeting points, and guided tours of these fascinating monuments. Start your day trip with a visit to Peles Castle, set in the scenic mountain resort of Sinaia, known as the Pearl of the Carpathians. Tour the Romanian royal family’s former summer residence, which showcases a magnificent palace in the German Renaissance style. Next, enjoy free time for lunch in the town of Brasov. Start exploring this fascinating Transylvanian town from its main square, and stroll around its well-kept historical center as you see sights like the Gothic Black Church, old City Hall, and the narrowest street in Europe. Encounter Bran Castle for your final tour stop, also commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. Take a walk inside its grandiose towers and down its winding narrow staircases and passages, and learn about the infamous Vlad the Impaler.

Bucharest: Palace of Parliament Tickets and Guide

4. Bucharest: Palace of Parliament Tickets and Guide

Once arrived at the venue, your host will make sure you accommodate and introduce you to the guide. Pass the metal detectors, your first stop will be in the Honor Hallway, a place full of torsos representing some of the most representative Romanian kings from the Middle Ages to the modern days like Vlad Dracula. Next step will be the enormous hallways and the rooms that are named after of some of the most important Romanian artists, poets and writers : N. Balcescu, M. Kogalniceanu etc. Throughout the tour you will admire the Pink room dedicated to ONU meetings, the Music Hall, location where some of world's biggest artists performed, and the impressive Ceausescu's balcony with the wonderful view of UNIRSI Boulevard. Your tour will end in something that is believed to be Europe's biggest ballroom, comparable to the size of four football fields attached one to the other.

Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

5. Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

Experience one of the top attractions during your visit to Bucharest, with a planned visit to the Parliament Palace. The Palace was ordered by Nicolae Ceaușescu, the dictator of Communist Romania and it was constructed between 1984-1997. Started during the darkest period of communism, Ceausescu's mad dream became the largest building in Europe and the 2nd largest building in the world. Start the tour by skipping the line with your fast-access ticket. Meet the Bucharest Parliament Official Guide, and begin your exploration of the building's interiors. Immerse yourself in the history and contemporary realities of this unique building during a captivating tour that covers 3 levels of the building.  Begin on the ground floor where the entrance is located. Learn an array of mesmerizing facts including how the Palace has a height of 84 meters (276 ft), a floor area of 365,000 square meters (3,930,000 sq ft), and how it is the heaviest building in the world. Then, head up to the 1st level where the main meeting rooms are located together with the Ballroom.  As you admire the interiors and architecture, find out about how the building contains almost 500 chandeliers, over 1400 mirrors and ceiling lights, 35 million cubic feet of marble, and 32 million cubic feet of wood together with carpets and other decorations make this building a place like no other. Listen to other mind-boggling facts including how the building has 8 underground levels, the last one being a nuclear bunker, linked to the main state institutions by 20 km of catacombs.

Bucharest: Therme Bucuresti Entry Ticket with Transfers

6. Bucharest: Therme Bucuresti Entry Ticket with Transfers

Indulge in a relaxing, hassle-free day at the spa during your trip to Bucharest. Enjoy a convenient hotel pickup and transfer to the Therme Spa Bucharest, located in the north of the city. This is the biggest indoor wellness center in Europe and is definitely a must-visit attraction during your stay.  Upon your arrival, benefit from your skip-the-line admission ticket. This pass will give you access to all the 2 areas of the Spa: Galaxy and The Palm. The spa complex boasts 10 thermally heated pools, 11 saunas, 16 water slides, and the biggest botanical garden in Romania. After this, take advantage of the curative infra-red effects while relaxing on the bed or savor a cocktail at the pool bar. After you have replenished your energy, the driver will transfer you back to Bucharest. Drop-off at Baneasa Shopping Mall or Otopeni Airport can be arranged upon request.

Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brașov

7. Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brașov

Immerse yourself in the legend of Vlad the Impaler, inspiration for Count Dracula, on this full-day tour of Transylvania. Discover some of the historic castles of the region, and visit the city of Brasov. Start your tour with pickup from certain pickup points in Bucharest and drive towards the region of Valahia. Discover Peles Castle situated in picturesque Sinaia, and known as the Pearl of the Carpathians. Travel through the mountain scenery to Bran, where you will visit Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. Learn the legend of the terrifying fictional Count. Move on to Brasov, located in the heart of Transylvania. Embark on a walking tour through the historical center. Encounter sights such as the Gothic church of Biserica Neagră, and the Medieval Catherine's Gate, the last remaining of the city’s defensive walls.

Bucharest: Palace of Parliament Tickets and Guided Tour

8. Bucharest: Palace of Parliament Tickets and Guided Tour

Known in the past as the Casa Republicii, then Casa Poporului, but not for the people, it is the main symbol of the Communist Era, meant to house the ministries, the Communist party offices or apartments of high functionaries. It was built starting 1984 on the safest place in the city, considering the high risk for earthquakes, has 12 storeys and 4 underground levels. Along the tour you will pass by the most important rooms in the building, conference halls, balcony with the great view of the main square, main staircases, large hallways and impressive galleries. You will be surprised by the lavishly decorated interiors, all made by local materials (marble, crystal, carpets, curtains, stucco) and by the local craftsmen.

Therme-entrance ticket and transfer pick-up and drop-off

9. Therme-entrance ticket and transfer pick-up and drop-off

You have the opportunity to relax at the largest wellness spa in Europe You have included the pick-up from the hotel in the center or from fixed points in the area where you are staying At the therme you have your ticket on a line intended for reservations and includes 2 zones Galaxy and The Palm. The spa complex has 10 thermally heated swimming pools, 11 saunas, 16 water slides and the largest botanical garden in Romania. you will enjoy the services included in these two areas with the possibility of relaxing at the bar and the restaurant area with extra payment At the end of the relaxation at the time established in the reservation, the driver will wait for you in the parking lot to bring you to your initial destination You can agree to stop at Otopeni airport, Baneasa Feeria mall or on the route without deviating Thank you for your choice!

Bucharest: Guided Ceausescu Villa Tour

10. Bucharest: Guided Ceausescu Villa Tour

Once having arrived in front of the Villa, your staff member will take over. Your tour begins with the dictator's private office, followed by the chess room. Following that, stroll through the villa admiring the bedrooms, family dining room, and the relaxation table. Heading upstairs, encounter another set of bedrooms which belonged to the Ceasescu couple, before you move on to the green house which houses a recreated tropical climate. This climate allows the cultivation of exotic fruits such as bananas and pineapples, including many other fruits which are not indigenous to the country. The owner of the villa was a big fan of exotic birds, which is why the garden was populated by peacocks. Last but not the least, visit the indoor pool, a work which took months to complete. The pool is decorated entirely in blue mosaic and contains flower and animal themes which are reminiscent of those from Ancient Rome. Discover all of this, squeezed into just one house that was far from people eyes. It was a house a where a dictator's family was living the high life, as the rest of the population were starving.

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Incredible experience, Andreea was amazing! Having a tour guide that grew up during the fall of communism gave us an unforgettable insight into the history of communism in Romania. Clearly very knowledgable about what she was talking about and was able to convey that information in a clear, concise and sometimes funny way! The personal stories you hear on a tour like this from someone that has lived through the real history can teach you more than you could imagine. A must do…

excellent tour!! highly recommended. everything was extremely well organized. easy pick up and drop off. Andrei, our guide, was fantastic. he was super friendly, open, and helpful. he also gave us more info about Romanian history and other interesting tidbits about life in Romania. the tour itself is also great - you see a lot in such a "short" time. there was ample time to browse, eat, shop, etc. highly recommended tour!!

Really enjoyed the day despite long delays in traffic returning to Bucharest which meant we didn't get back until about 21:30 which made it a long day. Coach was warm and comfortable and the guide was very good at explaining the historical background to the various sites. Peles was gorgeous in the snow and we enjoyed Bran and Brasov too. I'd recommend the trip and it was great value for the day

14 hours of fun! Our guide, Serbian, was simply amazing. Great character and attitude, made everything super interesting. It was long, starting early in the morning, but absolutely worth it, thanks to the awesome guide. I would definitely recommend this tour!

A really great tour to the Castles in Bran, Pele, and Sinai from Bucharest in Romania and the Best tour guide Who is good to tell stories, humor and professionel :)