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Choose this 11-days Study Trip, designed for groups of 15-20 people. Transylvania Live prepared this special journey for students who want to discover our country. Visit places related to Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, or traditional mountain villages. Learn all about the history and traditions of the places you will explore.

 

Highlights:

Steam Train on Vaser Valley – discover an area devoid by human population.

Snagov Monastery – where, according to the legend, Vlad the Impaler was buried after his assassination.

Targoviste, former capital of Walachia County situated on the right bank of Ialomita River, home of Vlad Tepes old court.

The Medieval Saxon city of Brasov – it was here that Vlad led raids against the Saxon merchants

Bran Castle – also known as Dracula’s Castle, a legendary Transylvanian fortress dating back to 1377.

Sighisoara Medieval Citadel – the best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel in Eastern Europe with a UNESCO World Heritage status, Vlad the Impaler’s birth place

Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass – a hotel built upon Bram Stoker’s story, on the border of Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina. Accommodation, candle lit dinner and a camp fire with all the right stories.

Poienari Fortress – Vlad’s old and faithful citadel perched high on a cliff, more than 1,000 stairs to climb.

*Poienari Citadel is currently closed due to high bear presence in the area. For your safety, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to visit this landmark.

Sibiu – one of Romania’s most beautiful medieval cities, the former European capital of Culture in 2007, and the place where Vlad’s son is buried

Romania’s most wonderful caves: Pestera Valea Cetatii Cave ( The Valley of the Citadel cave), Meziad cave, Pestera Ursilor (Bear’s cave), Pestera Scarisoara (Scarisoara’s cave)

Babele and Sphinx – the most popular tourist destination from the country , can be reached by cable car. A lot of walking trails are available.

 

Study Trip – Transylvania Live – Brief itinerary

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Your tour begins in Bucharest. Our Transylvania Live English speaking guide will meet you at the airport and then you will drive to Snagov. Visit Snagov Monastery, built in the middle of a lake. According to the legend, this is where Dracula’s body was buried. Return to Bucharest, accommodate in a centrally located 3* hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner in a top restaurant.

The first landmark visited on your second day are the ruins of Vlad Tepes’ old court in Targoviste. After that, explore Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful royal residences in Europe. From here, drive to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. Enjoy a special dinner in the Medieval City of Brasov. During dinner, a band of professional actors will set up a show called ‘Dracula’s Wedding’.

Next, visit several places around Bran. The highlights of the day include the Valley of the Citadel cave, Rasnov Citadel from outside and Bat’s cave. Your next day includes a visit to Poienari citadel, Dracula’s trusty old citadel (*Poienari Citadel is currently closed due to high bear presence in the area. For your safety, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to visit this landmark). Get ready, because you will have to climb over 1400 stairs to reach it. From here, visit the beautiful Curtea de Arges monastery.

Your tour also includes visits to Sibiel, where you can admire the Village Museum. From here, head to Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Dracula’s birthplace. Visit the Clock Tower (which serves as history museum) and the Medieval Weapon Collection. Afterwards, drive to Turda and visit the famous Salt Mine. Enjoy a vampire menu and accommodate in a 4* Dracula themed hotel.

 

The Unforgettable Apuseni Mountains – Transylvania Live Study Trip

On your seventh day, visit unique caves in Apuseni Mountains. The highlights include Bear’s Cave, Meziad Cave and Scarisoara Cave. The latter is unique because it hosts the largest underglound glacier in the world. Accommodate at a local guest house. The next morning, visit Huda lui Papara, one of the most spectacular caves in the Apuseni Moutains. After that, head to Borgo Pass and accommodate at Dracula’s Castle hotel, built according to Bram Stoker’s imagination. Visit Dracula’s coffin in the basement of the hotel and discover dark legends while sitting around a camp fire.

After that, drive to Sacel, where you will meet Grigore, a woodscraftman who holds the secret on how to make the perfect wooden stake. Optionally, you can also visit the Merry Cemetery, unique in the world. It owes its name to the traditional wooden crosses, depicting the deceased in a cartoon like manner. The images are accompanied by carved epitaphs, which recite the brief biographies of the deceased in a funny way. Accommodate in a 3* pension in Sacel.

Next, head to Vaser Velly and enjoy a 50 km travel with a Steam Train. This transportation means will take you across an unforgettable journey. The Steam Train (or Mocanita in Romanian language) is designed to run at slow speeds, so that you can enjoy the scenery. Return to Sacel for the night. The following morning, head to Cluj-Napoca for drop-off at your booked hotel or at the airport.

 

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Book this tour now and then enjoy an unforgettable tour in Transylvania, the land of Dracula!

We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form.

  • MasterCard and Visa via fax and phone.
  • We also accept payments via PayPal and bank transfer.

  • At the moment of booking we require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we issue a Confirmation Letter.
  •  The final payment is due 60 days prior to tour departure. Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking.

 

Departures:

Departure datePrice per person
(2 persons to one double room)
Single SupplementAvailability
11 day tour. Departure from Bucharest

On request

Price for groups of minimum 15 people

€ 1287€ 289Free

On request

Price for groups of 10-14 people

€ 1498€ 289Free

 

Why to choose a private escorted tour

  • It is more comfortable
  • Flexible
  • Time saving
  • You can decide the pace of the tour
  • Having a tour guide helps you to have a more genuine experience

 

 

Available for free if:
You don’t have a reflection in the mirror,
You decompose when sunlight strikes you,
You’re over 200 years old,
Can use your wings to fly to Transylvania,
Well, this holiday is free for you! Come join your fellow vampires in Transylvania:-)
Blood treats not included!

Other mentions

  • Once you realize the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return to your country.
  • People speak plenty of English in Romania and you will find the locals and the other tourists are friendly and open.
  • No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.

Media Mentions
• We’re pleased to say that Transylvania Live has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts
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Please check out the tour itinerary below:

Itineraries

Day 1

Bucharest - Snagov Island - Bucharest (81 km, 1h 35 min driving)

Connect with our tour guide at the airport Highlights : Visit Snagov Monastery , Bucharest city tour by foot Meals : Welcome dinner with Folk Show Accommodation : 3* accommodation in vicinity of the old centre of Bucharest * Snagov Monastery where, according to the legend, Vlad was buried after his assassination. The monastic establishment is located on a small island of Snagov Lake. The architectural style of the monastery follows the architectural pattern that is characteristic to the monasteries on the Holy Mount Athos in Greece . Your first day in Romania ends with a welcome dinner in one of Bucharest ’s top traditional restaurants.

Day 2

Bucharest - Targoviste - Sinaia - Bran - Brasov - Bran (256 km, 5h 23 min driving)

Highlights : The ruins of Vlad Tepes old court, Peles Castle , Bran Castle, the medieval city of Brasov Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Special Dinner – medieval menu in a Dracula Themed restaurant, 4* Accommodation : 3* accommodation in Bran Special Events : Dracula’s Wedding- is a show set on stage by a professional band of actors. This is a non verbal performance. It’s very easy to understand that Dracula did not need words to charm a girl. The first time they met he appeared as a respectable noble, the second meeting revealed his true dark nature… Find out if the story has a happy ending. *Targoviste, former capital of Walachia County situated on the right bank of Ialomita River, home of Vlad Tepes old court. * Peles Castle . The edifice was built in 1873 and is an architectural mixture of the German School and neo-renaissance style. The castle has 160 rooms, all of them opulently decorated in leather and wood from the most valuable tree species. Peleş Castle is one of the best preserved and the most beautiful royal residences in Europe. *Transylvania’s symbol, Bran Castle . The edifice owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. Documentary evidence of the castle dates back as far as 1377. Close to the castle there is a shrine set in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered the heart of Queen Maria of Romania .

Day 3

Bran (52 km, 1h 12 min driving)

Highlights : Valley of the Citadel cave , Rasnov citadel, from the outside : Bat’s cave, explore Bran area – great walking trails, Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Homemade dinner Accommodation : Pension or Guest house – very good quality accommodation * Valley of the Citadel cave – one of the most beautiful cave of Europe , you can attend great clarinet concerts * Rasnov Peasant Citadel - the largest peasant fortification ever built in Eastern Europe *Bat’s cave – closed to the public, it is an impressive cave with numerous colonies of bats. We can visit just at the entrance

Day 4

Bran - Poienari (126 km, 2h 36 min)

Highlights : Poienari citadel (*Poienari Citadel is currently closed due to high bear presence in the area. For your safety, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to visit this landmark), Curtea de Arges Monastery Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, traditional Romanian dinner Accommodation : 4*hotel- pension Valley with fish – The former holiday house of Nicolae Ceausescu’ s son ( the Romanian dictator ) Your accommodation is located on Transfagarasan road- The most crooked and challenging of Europe's roads, loved by motorcyclists. Built between 1970 and 1974 as a military route, by comunist dictator Ceausescu (after the Soviet invasion of Cehoslovakia in 1968) it snakes up the tallest peaks of the Carpathians. *Curtea de Arges Monastery. Curtea de Arges, one of the oldest Romanian cities, founded in the 14th century by the Romanian ruler Neagoe Basarab. According to the legend, after building the monastery the mason, Manole was sacrificed by the Romanian Ruler, to make sure that there will be no other monastery built to challenge in beauty the one in Curte de Arges. The monastery is unbelievably beautiful. *Poienari Citadel - Vlad’s old and faithful fortress. The fortress located close to Fagaras Mountains , on a canyon formed by Arges Rives isperched high on a cliff, in fact a steep precipice. To visit the impressive fortress and admire the unique and breathless view from the top you’ll need to climb over 1400 stairs.

Day 5

Poienari - Sibiu - Sibiel (122 km, 2h 31 min driving)

Highlights : Village Museum , stroll the street of the old village of Sibiel Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Homemade dinner Accommodation : Guesthoues – very good quality accommodation * Village Museum - the largest open-air museum in Eastern Europe. It is famous all over Europe for its size and especially for all the traditional old houses, built after customs from all regions of the country ( Maramures, Moldavia, Valahia, Danube Delta – Dobrogea, Transylvania), each one with its characteristics.

Day 6

Sibiu - Sighisoara - Turda (214 km, 3h 36 min driving)

Highlights : The medieval citadel of Sighisoara – UNESCO World Heritage, The clock tower and Medieval Weapon Collection, Salt mine in Turda - one of the biggest saline in Romania , it has impressive halls named after kings and queens Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Vampire menu for dinner Accommodation : 4* Dracula themed boutique hotel *Sighisoara Citadel : Stroll around the streets of the old citadel; admire the Clock Tower, concentrating Sighisoara’s history, the beautiful Church on the Hill and the unique Covered Stairs. You can even enjoy lunch in the very house where Vlad the Impaler was borne, turned today into a cosy restaurant “Casa Vlad Dracul” Restaurant. Special events : The Ritual of killing of a living dead in Apuseni Mountains followed by a Masquerade Party * The Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead (performed according to the old burying rituals in Transylvania, this event is set on stage in Apuseni Mountains, after sunset, in an old traditional house and is meant to reveal who was dwelling the magic realms of Transylvania before Bram Stoker created the vampire legend – the event was recently presented by Travel Channel in the Hunt for Dracula episode as we have assisted them on a documentary based on Transylvania’s darkest legends.

Day 7

Turda - Chiscau - Garda de Sus (Apuseni Moutains) - 271 km, 4h 30 min driving

Highlights : Bear’s Cave, Meziad Cave, Scarisoara’s Cave - it hosts the largest underground glacier in the world Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Homemade dinner Accommodation : Guesthouse - very good quality accommodation *Bear’s cave : is made out of 4 main galleries: Bones Gallery, Emil Racovita Gallery, Candles Gallery and Scientific Gallery. The access in the Scientific Gallery, located at the end of the Emil Racovita Gallery and accessible through a 30 m pit, is only opened for professional speleologists. In the 3 main galleries of Bears’ Cave accessible to the public, you will be able to discover the remains of the bear cave, through a great number of fossils, which have also given the name of the cave, but also various impressive natural formations, as stalactites and stalagmites, some of which have been given names due to the characteristics they showcase, such as: the Enchanted Castle, the Dwarfs House, the Water Lilly Lake, the Old Men’s Council and so on. *Meziad Cave : The Meziad Cave is one of the longest caves in Romania, with a length of nearly five kilometres and having more underground levels. Meziad is also one of the first arranged and electrified caves in our country for tourists’ access.

Day 8

Garda de Sus - Borgo Pass (257 km, 4h 53 min)

Highlights : Huda lui Papara Cave- one of the most spectacular caves from Apuseni Mountains, , Dracula’s Castle from Borgo Pass – built according to Bram Stocker’s imagination, Dracula’s coffin , fire camp. Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Candle lit dinner and fire camp Accommodation : 3* hotel, Dracula themed Hotel

Day 9

Borgo Pass - Sacel (119 km, 2h 5 min)

Highlights : Woodcraftsman – you can learn in Grigore’s workshop how to make the perfect wooden stake!, Wonderful Optional : Merry Cemetery – find out how a cemetery can be merry * Merry Cemetery – unique in the world, the Merry Cemetery owes its name to the wood-carved memorial crosses, decorated in vivid colours depicting the deceased in a cartoon like manner, the epitaphs candidly recite biographies of the deceased using limerick-style poetry. Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Maramuresean dinner Accommodation : 3* Pension in Sacel

Day 10

Sacel - Viseul de Sus - Sacel (42 km, 53 min driving)

Highlights : Steam Train on Vaser Valley ( Mocanita) Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Maramuresean dinner Accommodation : 3* Pension in Sacel * 50 km travel with Steam Train on Vaser Valley will be definitely a journey into the past. Maramures county is known not only for it best preserved traditions but also for its stoning natural scenery: narrow, rock lined canyons; the colourful wildlife of the mixed forests. You will emerge into aland devoid of human population, accessible only by railway.

Day 11

Sacel - Cluj-Napoca (147 km, 2h 17 min driving)

Meals : Breakfast, Packed Lunch Accommodation : not included

Price includes:

The services of a professional English speaking guide.

Transportation: all transfers inside the tour by microbus or coach, with private driver,  depending on the number of the travellers.

Accommodation:10 nights:

2 night in a 4* Hotel, 3 nights in 3* Hotels, 2 nights in 39 Pension and 3 nights in guest houses – very good quality accommodaton.

Meals: 10 breakfasts and 10 dinners (2 special dinners: dinner with Vampire menu, candle light dinner and camp fire in Borgo Pass) and 10 packed lunches.

Entry fees to: Snagov Monastery, the Ruins of Tirgoviste Citadel, Bran Castle, Black Church, Clock Tower, Medieval Weapon Collection and Torture Room in Sighisoara, Dracula’s Coffin in Borgo Pass, Woodcraftsmen in Sacel, the Village Museum in Sibiu, Evangelic Church in Sibiu, Icons on Glass Museum in Sibiel, Ruins of Poienari Citadel, Pestera Valea Cetatii Cave ( The Valley of the Citadel cave), Meziad cave, Pestera Ursilor (Bear’s cave), Pestera Scarisoara (Scarisoara’s cave)

Special events included:

The Ritual of Killing of a living Dead

Dracula’s wedding

One place free of charge (single occupancy) for tour conductor.

Not included:

  • plane ticket
  • airport fees
  • photo & video tax
  • other not mentioned.

 

 

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    To see and be in the same places described in Stoker’s “Dracula” was an amazing feeling.
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Reservations are required. We recommend booking early as tours are often sold out well in advance. You can make a reservations on-line. In case of making reservations by phone please call toll-free: 808 101 6781 (UK); 866 376 6183 (US).
You can also make reservations by fax - download and complete the booking form and send it by fax to: 0040-364-405641 or by e-mail!

We require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. When you make the reservation online you will be required to pay the deposit. You will receive an automatic response with your Holiday Booking Reference. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we proceed with the reservation for the requested services and issue the Confirmation Letter + Paid Invoice (once the amount is registered with our accounts).

The final payment is due 60 days prior departure. ( After the final payment is made we will issue Travel Voucher). Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking. To read Transylvania Live’s Terms and Conditions please visit us on line at: http://www.visit-transylvania.co.uk/terms.html .

The client is at all time entitled to cancel the Travel Contract, but must pay Transylvania Live - Expert in Transylvania a cancellation charge as stipulated below:
89 days or more prior to departure 90 EURO per person / per tour cancellation fee;
88–61 days, loss of deposit.
60–31 days will be subject to 50% of tour price;
30 days or less will be subject to 100% of tour price.

Please check with the airline company. Anyway is good to pack light, some of the hotels – historical buildings do not have elevators.

Our tours include the services of English-speaking guides.
German, French, Hungarian and Hebrew-speaking guide are also available.

We can design an itinerary at a time that suits you, to your own comfort levels and within your own budget. Please send your request by e-mail or by fax.

Yes, most of our tours operate even if there’s only one person.
Due to socialization reasons our special tours for couples require a minimum of five couples.

The tour has a general audience as it targets people interested in history, culture, customs and beliefs. Group size can be between 4-26 people. Transylvania Live is member of the responsible travel network and we are committed to operating a travel policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We operate our tours with small groups in order to minimise the negative impact on the environment and allow our guests to interact more easily with the locals, facilitate the communication with the guide. The average age of group is, most of the time, between 35-45.

We do not provide individual tickets for rail, air, boat or ferry.

A minimum age of 10 years is required on non-family programs, unless otherwise indicated on the individual tour page. A client under 18 years of age and travelling alone during the tour period shall provide Transylvania Live with written consent of his/her guardian. Clients under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. On “for couples” tours a minimum age of 20 years is required.

We only accept VISA and MASTERCARD. Please select only these two types of credit cards for the online payment.

If you pay on-line using our secure internet booking form your credit card can hold any type of currency, the amount of money to be taken will be exchanged in EURO on our expense.
We accept USD and EURO for offline credit card payment and wire transfer.

Yes, we do offer discounts provided they travel as a group; Contact us

Yes, depending on the number of your group. Contact us

On-line bookings and payments are processed by Romcard, authorized agent for Mastercard and Visa in Romania and secured by Rapid SSL , the leading secure sockets layer (SSL) Certificate Authority enabling secure e-commerce and communications for Web sites. As a tour operator we are governed by the consumer and financial regulations of Romania and of the European Union. Romania’s legislation compels tour operators to protect tourists in case of insolvency.

Our prices include the online secure payment commissions. However depending on your bank some commissions may occur for international money transfer. Please check with your bank!

In case we’ll have a full house situation at one of the hotels, an accommodation of an equal classification or better will be booked for you. In case of closed roads due to bad weather, working situations or dangerous weather conditions the itinerary could suffer changes.

If you follow our recommendation on How to arrive (heading found for any of our holidays at the Special notes and info section at the end of the tour page. Our guide will expect you with a Transylvania Live sign. In the unfortunate case of a flight being lost or delayed and prevent you in this way from getting to your meting point in good time, please call 0040 723 565 255.

Our tour fares are based on two in one hotel room. For occupancy by one person, the "single supplement" cost specified in each itinerary will be required.

If you travel alone you have to book the tour with a single supplement; if you wish to book a double room which you want to share with another traveller, we’ll do our best to make all arrangements, but in case this is not possible, you’ll have to pay the single supplement; however it is our strongest recommendation to book the tour with a single supplement when travelling alone.

A welcoming country house, not necessarily decorated in a peasant like style; you’ll stay under the same roof with your Romanian host! In most cases dinner and breakfast are included, and rates are based on two guests per room.
They offer one bathroom for two rooms; the bathroom can be situated on the hallway.
Staying at a “traditional Maramuresean country-inn” or “a typical Hungarian-Sekler country-inn” will prove to be an unique experience.

Yes, also gluten-free, vegan. When you make the reservation of your tour please do not forget to fill in this information at Dietary Restrictions section.

American citizens do not require a visa for Romania (Romania is a member of the European Union so it shares the same legal legislation – a passport is all you need)

To check the list of the countries that require a visa please see the web site page of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mae.ro.

Romanian currency is Lei (written symbol Ron). All the places in Romania trade lei (pronunciation: lay). You can bring some of the local currency from USA or you can change here the amount of money you need (advisable due to the lower exchange rate). Credit cards are accepted in large hotels, restaurants and malls. ATM machines are available at banks, airports and shopping centers all over the country. (except in remote areas or villages). Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices. International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services. The tour guide is also responsible for helping clients with money exchange; recommend the exchange offices which charge the lowest commission.

Local Costs in a 3* restaurant: Soft Drink: $1.3; Beer: $1.7; Bottle of Wine: $8.7 - $18, 3 course dinner: $13.28 - $18.11. In shops these products can be 50% cheaper.

ATMs are available in all the cities; near by hotels, our guide will come with good advice and recommendations.
MasterCard ATM Locater– Search by address and by airport https://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp atm locator
Visa ATM Locator– Search by airport, city and country https://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/jsp/SearchPage.jsp

In Romania electric power in use is of 220 voltages, AC, usually 2 pronged.

Romania enjoys warm summers and cold winters. In summer, cool cottons are best and in the winter a warm jacket or alike is recommended. Autumn is dry and cool, with fields and trees producing beautifully colored foliage. The weather in October-November is very unpredictable, with daytime temperatures between 6°-17° Celsius (42.80 - 62.60 Fahrenheit), and night time temperatures between 3° - 10°Celsius (37.40 - 50 Fahrenheit); but it is very much possible that you will see some snowfall especially in the mountain areas.

Romanian time is EET (Eastern European Time, two hours ahead of GMT, seven hours ahead of New York and ten hours ahead of Los Angeles. Check right now what time is in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania: https://time.is/Bucharest

The dress code in Romania is the same as all over Europe (think France, Germany, UK or Italy). Wearing jeans, t-shirts/sweatshirts and athletic shoes is standard casual in Romanian. Plenty of designers’ shops are to be found in major cities: Bucharest, Cluj, Brasov, Sibiu, where people are a bit too pretentious when it comes to their outfits. Dorobanti Boulevard in Bucharest can easily be compared to Chaps Elysees in Paris when it comes to “fashionists” (costs are similar too). The malls are well supplied with designers’ clothes and with respect to the prices, a great deal of our clients found the Romanian costs to be more acceptable then the ones in US.
With regards to the restaurants’ dress code, something casual is sufficient. You can wear whatever you would wear at home.
To satisfy dress codes for churches and monasteries, men and women are requested to cover their arms and legs (no shorts above the knees or sleeveless garments).