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

1. 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: Day Trip to Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brașov

2. 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.

Dracula’s Castle, Peles Castle & Brasov Day Trip

3. Dracula’s Castle, Peles Castle & Brasov Day Trip

First on this day trip from Bucharest is a visit to the region of Valahia, where you will discover Peles Castle situated in picturesque Sinaia, “The Pearl of the Carpathians.” This former home of the Romanian Royal Family is a masterpiece of design, with stunning turrets and great attention to detail and providing unbelievable views across the mountains. From here, the tour will wend its way into Transylvania and towards Bran Castle, where the legend of Count Dracula is kept alive all year round. Built-in in the 13th century, Bran Castle is an intriguing hilltop fortress and one of the most famous landmarks in Romania. Tourists gather from every corner of the world to experience a guided tour of this majestic castle, which is famed to have belonged to Vlad the Impaler, the alleged inspiration for Count Dracula. Both of these names are steeped in mystery and myth, and you will delight in exploring the origin of both. Next on this fantastic day trip, you will be treated to a Brasov walking tour, which is a guided tour around a most gorgeous medieval city that is surrounded by the towering Carpathian Mountains. This Brasov city tour will take in the historical center of this gem, including the Black Church, the Council Square, and the Old Walls, as well as leaving time to explore, shop, and dine.

From Bucharest: Brasov Peles & Dracula's Castle Day Tour

4. From Bucharest: Brasov Peles & Dracula's Castle Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day small-group tour from Bucharest to the historical region of Transylvania. Uncover the influence of different cultures, including Romanian, Saxon, Turkish, and Hungarian. See Dracula’s Castle and Peles Castle and venture to Brasov for a guided walking tour.  Our first stop is Sinaia, to visit the neo-classical Peles Castle - the former summer residence of the Romanian Royal family, built on a medieval route that linked Transylvania to Wallachia. Continue to the medieval Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle, due to its association with Vlad the Impaler. Admire the castle's romantic setting on a forested hill. Gaze up at its imposing towers. Explore one of the largest medieval towns in Romania on a walking tour of Brasov. Take in gorgeous mountain scenery as you drive back to Bucharest.

Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brasov Guided Tour

5. Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brasov Guided Tour

Enjoy a full-day trip from Bucharest to discover the Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula's Castle. Explore the city of Brasov on a guided tour and see the Peles Castle, the former home of the Romanian royal family. The first stop on your Transylvania adventure will be in the picturesque landscape of Sinaia, the so-called Pearl of the Carpathians. Here, discover Peles Castle, a masterpiece of design with unique turrets and great attention to detail. After taking in some unbelievable views across the mountains from Peles Castle, the trip continues to the medieval Bran Castle, better known as Dracula's Castle due to its association with Vlad the Impaler. In Brasov, follow your guide on a walking tour to admire sights such as Brasov's Council Square and the Black Church, one of the main attractions in Brasov.

Free walking tour of Brasov

6. Free walking tour of Brasov

Walkabout Free Tours is the most popular free walking tour in town. Started as a group of friends who wanted to promote Bucharest and Brasov, the local heritage and character of Romania through personal interactive experiences. We have been doing tours for more than 8 years, our team has grown since then to many licensed guides who are fun and full of interesting stories. Discover stories and legends about the places and people of Brasov, learn more about the citadel and Dracula, step one of the narrowest streets in Eastern Europe, and hike to the Blck Tower for a great view over the most romantic city in Romania. We will take you around to see the highlights of Brasov: The Black Church and its great heritage. Council Square is a look back to the beginnings of the city. Rope Street and the mysteries that surround it. The Romantix alley of Brasov The Citadel’s Walls and the defense system. The Romanian Quarter Ecaterina’s Gate is the passage into a different culture. Our tours are interactive so get ready for some fun! See you in the council square.

Brasov: Candlelight Tour of Medieval Architecture

7. Brasov: Candlelight Tour of Medieval Architecture

Start your evening in the old town’s square and learn about the history of Brasov then walk to the Black Church, one of the biggest gothic-baroque churches in Europe. Trace the footsteps of history along the narrow pathways of Brasov by candlelight and visit Katherine’s Gate built in the 14th century and Schei Gate built almost 200 years ago. Then discover St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, considered Brasov’s most important Orthodox Cathedral. Learn about the vampire and ghost stories that haunt the city as you explore Weaver’s Bastion, one of the biggest buildings of the 14th century, the Jewish Synagogue built in 1901, and Europe’s 3rd narrowest street, Rope Street.

Bucharest: Transylvanian Castles & Brașov Guided Day Tour

8. Bucharest: Transylvanian Castles & Brașov Guided Day Tour

We have a day full of visiting two emblematic tourist destinations for Romania: Peles Castle, the summer residence of the royal family and the famous Dracula's Castle (Bran Castle) after finding out the whole history of the two Castles from the local guide we have a short pedestrian visit of Brasov, Sfatului Square, the black church (exterior visit) After such a wonderful day we can return to Bucharest in peace!!! -Full-day tour to Transylvania from Bucharest -Get spooked on a tour of Gothic Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle -Visit the former royal residence at Peles Castle, considered one of the most beautiful of its kind in Europe -pedestrian tour in Brasov -Step inside Brasov's famous Black Church

3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

9. 3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

Explore some of the most important sites in the legendary Transylvania region of Romania on a 3-day package tour from Bucharest. With bed and breakfast accommodation in a 3-star hotel, you will explore the city of Sibiu, once ranked by Forbes Magazine as “Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live.” Visit medieval castles and monasteries, and explore the fable of Count Dracula. Day 1: Depart from Bucharest and visit the Moorish Monastery of Curtea de Argeș, built by the ruler of Wallachia, Prince Neagoe Basarab, in 1514. Continue to the small Cozia Monastery to discover one of the most important monuments of national medieval art in Romania. After a break for lunch in a traditional Romanian restaurant, drive through the stunning Translyvanian landscape to Sibiu, historic capital of the Principality of Transylvania. The former German medieval citadel, with documentation dating back to 1191, is one of the most beautiful towns in Romania, with many historic buildings that you will explore on a walking tour of the Old Town. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Romanian dinner, with overnight accommodation in Sibiu town center. Day 2: After breakfast, depart Sibiu for the Biertan commune, where you will tour one of the most important Saxon villages of fortified churches in Transylvania, including the largest fortified church in Transylvania, built between 1490 and 1524. Continue to the medieval citadel of Sighișoara, which dates back to 1280 and is home to the only medieval citadel in Europe still populated. During a walking tour, visit the city’s landmark Clock Tower for panoramic views across the ancient houses. After lunch, head to Brasov, surrounded by the Southern Carpathians. The first documented evidence of the medieval citadel dates back to 1235. Birthplace of the Romanian national anthem – and briefly renamed “Stalin City” during the Communist era – Brasov boasts beautiful Gothic churches, medieval buildings, and the narrowest street in Romania, which you will explore on a guided walking tour. Day 3: Following an overnight stay in Brasov, start your day at the city’s Black Church, built in 1383, and the most important tourist site in Brasov. Then, drive to the legendary Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), perched on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Marked as the home of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, explore the castle grounds and museum, before a traditional lunch. Continue your tour at Sinaia, a lovely mountain resort in the Prahova River valley, and visit Peleș Castle, built by the first king of Romania, Carol I. Tour the exquisite Neo-Renaissance building, built between 1875 and 1914, and end your tour of Transylvania’s architectural delights at Sinaia Monastery, founded by Prince Mihail Cantacuzino in the 17th century upon his return from a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. After exploring the Old Church and the 19th-century Great Church, drive back to Bucharest.

Bucharest: 12-Hour Tour of Peles, Dracula's Castle, Brasov

10. Bucharest: 12-Hour Tour of Peles, Dracula's Castle, Brasov

Peles Castle: Located in Sinaia (44 km from Brasov), it is considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. In the natural back drops of the Carpathian Mountains the castle is a masterpiece of German Renaissance architecture. Experience the Transylvanian life of today and of yore, in some of Europe's most well-preserved Medieval towns, and stunning castles, that famously served as the haunting backdrop to Bram Stoker's legendary novel, Dracula. The medieval town of Brasov displays rough, cobblestone streets dominated by pastel-colored houses and features Old Saxon architecture. The Carpathian Mountains and citadels create the skyline playing host to Bran, the gothic fairy-tale castle associated with Prince Vlad Tepes. The 15th-century Walachian Prince provided the inspiration for Bram Stoker's famous antagonist, and though the connection is tenuous, the deep bond of the locals with its legend is not. Then see the Black Church, the Citadel of Brasov, Ecaterina's Gate, the White and Black Towers, the Bastions of many traditional craftsmen, and Rasnov Fortress. Enjoy an unmissable taste of Old Romania!

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Marta has been a great guide! I loved the trip. Be very comfortable as it is a long journey, you spend practically the entire day outside. To my veggies and celiacs out there: bring a snack because practically all the stalls contain meat and you will only be able to eat French fries and you don't know about gluten free.

Our tour with Dani was just great! Everything was organized in a timely manner. The information during the tour was interesting and very entertaining. Thank you for the exceptionally beautiful day 😃

Beautiful day, tiring but interesting. Peleş Castle and the center of Braşov are worth it. Bran Castle is a little less so. Emanuel the guide was fantastic, kind, funny and always available.

Dani is the perfect guide for a trip of this level, I appreciated everything and I hope the best for you forever ✈️

very good guide! it would be nice to have more time to visit brazov