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Choose our amazing Halloween in Transylvania tours from Budapest. Join us on an unforgettable 10-Days Dracula experience. Depart from the Hungarian capital and then arrive in Transylvania and explore our country.
This tour departs for groups of minimum 6 people.
Ritual Killing of the Living Dead – Help a haunted spirit to gain his peace – attend the ritual of killing a vampire in this Dracula tour – find out more!
Wine Tasting in Tokaj – It was the Tokaj wine that Dracula used to serve his guests with. Also a favorite tipple of the Dumas’s musketeers.
The Magic World of Romanian Folklore – A live presentation offered by a famous Romanian ethnographer, your travel to Transylvania will enrich you’re universe with more fantastic creatures than you could ever have imagine.
Wonderful castles in Transylvania- Bran Castle and Corvinesti Castle
Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania – Bram Stoker’s imaginary castle where, in Borgo Pass, he placed the Bloody Count Dracula; accommodation, candle lit dinner and a camp fire with all the right stories.
Halloween Party in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place; lunch in the house where Vlad the Impaler was born and enjoy the best Halloween party ever. Check out the schedule here!
- Ritual Killing of the Living Dead
- “Witchery Moments” – amazing magic show, performed by two of Europe’s most innovative and dynamic magicians.
- Vampiresa Hunting – an impressive ballet performance of professional ballet dancers who were rewarded for the medal of Excellency for their cultural activity.
Halloween Party at Bran Castle – also known as Dracula’s Castle, a legendary Transylvanian fortress dating back to 1377
10-Days Halloween in Transylvania tours from Budapest – Brief itinerary
Book your Halloween in Transylvania tours from Budapest. Your 10-days tour begins at Budapest Airport. Our guide collects you and then you will drive to Tokaj, Hungary. Here, you can enjoy the famous wine which Dracula served to his guests. After that, head for Satu Mare. Enjoy a delicious welcome dinner and then accommodate in a 3* hotel. Enjoy a good night’s sleep and then drive to Sapanta. Visit the Merry Cemetery, a unique place in the entire world. The cemetery is famous because of the cartoon depictions of the deceased and the funny epitaphs carved on the wooden crosses. Your next destination is the Village Museum in Sighetu Marmatiei. After visiting this landmark, head to your accommodation in Viseul de Sus.
Your Halloween Transylvania tours from Bucharest continue in Sacel. Here, you will meet a famous woodcraftsman and then you will discover how to make the perfect wooden stake. After that, drive to Borgo Pass and accommodate at Dracula’s Castle Hotel. Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner and then gather around a huge bonefire and discover all the dark legends. In the next morning, travel to Sighisoara Medieval Citadel. Accommodate in a 3* medieval hotel and then get ready for the first Halloween Party included in your tour. The Halloween Party in Sighisoara includes events such as Vampiresa Hunting, an amazing magic show and the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, performed according to old customs and traditions.
Transylvania Tours from Budapest – Halloween Party at Bran Castle
Are you up for more fun? That’s perfect, because the next morning you are heading towards Bran Village for the second party included in your tour. First of all, explore Sighisoara Citadel and discover Dracula’s birthplace. After that, head to Bran and accommodate at 3* hotel. At 7:30 PM, join us for the ultimate Halloween Party at Bran Castle. The schedule includes a unique night tour of the castle and then an amazing Afterparty in the courtyard of the castle.
Recover from the third party and then visit Rasnov fortress. From here, drive to the Medieval Saxon city of Brasov and discover the historic center, with the famous Black Church. Next, your tour takes you to Sibiu. Visit the city and its landmarks (such as the Bridge of Liars) and then accommodate in a 4* hotel. The next day, visit Corvinesti Castle, situated in Hunedoara county. Corvinesti is the most beautiful Gothic style castle in our country. After visiting the castle, drive to your accommodation in Arad city.
From Arad, our Transylvania tours from Budapest take you back to Hungary. Visit Szeged, also known as the Sun City, and then drive to Budapest and accommodate in the Hungarian capital. On your last evening, you will enjoy a Farewell dinner and receive special Survivors’ Certificates. The next morning, drive to the airport for the return journey.
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.
|Departure date||Price per person
(price based on 2 persons sharing a double room)
October 26, 2021
10 day tour. Departure from Budapest (10.00 GMT + 01:00)
Including 2 Halloween Parties: Special Halloween Party in Sighisoara Citadel and Halloween Party at Bran Castle
|€ 1790||€ 1999||Departs for groups of minimum 6 people|
October 25, 2022
10 day tour. Departure from Budapest (10.00 GMT + 01:00)
Including 2 Halloween Parties: Special Halloween Party in Sighisoara Citadel and Halloween Party at Bran Castle
|€ 1790||€ 1999||Departs for groups of minimum 6 people|
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!
- 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.
10-Days Halloween Tour, Budapest Departure – Itinerary Map
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Resources for Canadian travelers
According to the Government of Canada it is important to be prepared and to expect the unexpected wherever in the world you may be. Here is helpful information on health and safety, travel documents, travelling with children and more.
Crossing international borders can be complicated and sometimes requires many different kinds of documents. Being prepared is the key to easing your way through this process, so make sure you know what documents you need, where to get them, and which ones will make your crossing quick and easy.
Lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found passports
A Canadian passport is a valuable document that you should keep in a safe and dry place at all times.
Once you report a passport lost or stolen, it is no longer valid. You cannot use it for travel.
This is to make sure that it isn’t used for fraudulent purposes.
Report the loss or theft to Canadian Embassy in Bucharest.
They may issue a replacement passport if you meet all of the requirements.
Travelling with children can be a challenge in many ways. Here is useful information you should know before you leave the country with children, as well as material on international adoption and a sample consent letter for children who are travelling without their legal guardian.
Persons under 18 or 19 years of age, depending on their province or territory of residence, are considered children and need appropriate documentation to travel abroad. The following is a list of documents that may be required:
• Canadian passport
• Consent letter confirming that the child has permission to travel abroad (e.g. when taking a trip alone or with only one parent)
• Supporting identification, such as a birth certificate or citizenship card
• Other legal documents, such as divorce papers, custody court orders or a death certificate (if one parent is deceased)
Advice for Canadian tourists traveling to Romania
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave from Romania.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days within any 180-day period
Children and travel
Romanian authorities consider a child born to a Romanian parent as a Romanian citizen. This is true even if the child was born in Canada and has a Canadian passport.
When leaving Romania, Romanian children under the age of 18 must:
• travel with both parents, or with the consent of the non-travelling parent(s)
• carry a standard statement of parental consent to travel notarized by Romanian authorities (to be presented upon exiting Romania)
Children returning to their country of legal residence do not need the consent of both parents to leave Romania. They must, however, present official proof of legal residency abroad.
Safety and security
Pickpocketing, purse snatching and mugging occur, particularly in Bucharest and other urban centres. Be vigilant in crowded areas such as busy streets, public transportation, train stations and airport terminals. Avoid walking alone after dark.
Violent crime is rare.
Organized groups of thieves are particularly active in public transport hubs, such as train and bus stations, and subways.
Theft can occur on intercity trains. Don’t leave your compartment unattended. Always lock the door from the inside. Don’t travel on your own, particularly on overnight trains.
Theft from hotel rooms is common. Make sure your valuables are always locked away if leaving them in the room while you’re away.
Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times, particularly on public transportation. Avoid showing signs of affluence and carrying large sums of cash.
Individuals posing as plainclothes police officers may ask you to see your foreign currency and passports. Politely decline to cooperate, but offer to go to the nearest police station to sort out the issue.
Some bars and night clubs may try to charge exorbitant prices. Discussions about overcharging may lead to threats of violence and security guards may force you to pay.
Credit card and ATM fraud occurs. Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:
• pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
• use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
• avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
• cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
• check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements
Demonstrations occur from time to time. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.
• avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
• follow the instructions of local authorities
• monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
Spiked food and drinks
Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as the items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.
There were no acts of terrorism on Romanian territory.
However here is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorists have carried out attacks in several European cities and further attacks are likely.
Targets could include:
• government buildings, including schools
• places of worship
• airports and other transportation hubs and networks
• public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners
Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places. Be particularly vigilant if attending sporting events and during religious holidays and other public celebrations, as terrorists have used such occasions to mount attacks.
Road conditions vary throughout the country. With the exception of major city streets and intercity highways, many roads are in disrepair, poorly lit, narrow and without marked lanes.
Driving can be hazardous due to aggressive drivers, erratic driving behaviour and high speeds.
Don’t drive after dark outside of major cities due to unsafe conditions. These can include horse-drawn carts without lights and wandering livestock on the road.
Medical services and facilities
Medical services and facilities vary throughout the country. They may not be up to the standards you might expect in Canada. Private hospitals and clinics located in cities are often better staffed and equipped than public or rural facilities. Most medical facilities expect cash payment at the time of service.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
Laws & culture
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.
Canada and Romania are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Romania to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Romanian authorities.
You must carry adequate identification at all times. A photocopy of your passport is acceptable, and will help in case of loss or seizure of the original document.
Although Romanian law does not prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex, homosexuality is not widely accepted.
Illegal or restricted activities
There are harsh penalties for engaging in sexual acts with a minor. The age of consent in Romania is 18.
It is illegal to photograph government buildings and military installations, unless prior permission has been obtained from local authorities.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences of up to 15 years and heavy fines.
You must carry an international driving permit along with a valid Canadian driver’s licence in order to drive in Romania. However, your Canadian driver’s licence is only considered valid for up to 90 days. For stays longer than 90 days, you will need to exchange your driver’s license for a Romanian one.
Traffic laws are strict and local authorities carry out frequent road checks.
There is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol. Penalties are severe. Convicted offenders can expect heavy fines and jail sentences, and your driver’s licence may be confiscated immediately. It is illegal to refuse a breathalyser test.
You must carry vehicle registration and proof of insurance.
A motorway vignette (locally known as a rovinieta) is required to travel outside major cities. You may purchase these at border points, post offices and large gas stations.
Headlights must be on at all times when driving, regardless of the time of day or weather.
Winter tires are mandatory during winter months.
You must carry a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit and a warning triangle in your car.
The use of a cellular telephone while driving is prohibited, unless it is fitted with a hands-free device.
Children under 12 cannot sit in the front seat of a vehicle.
The currency of Romania is the leu (RON).
Exchanging money on the street is illegal. You may exchange Euros in recognized establishments, such as exchange shops, banks and hotels. Carry crisp bills, as merchants may not accept well-worn or used banknotes. Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted.
The economy is primarily cash-based, but credit cards are widely accepted in major urban centres. Most retailers use PIN technology for credit cards. ATMs are widely available in major cities, but less so in smaller towns.
When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you are carrying at least €10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies.
The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible asset. This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or are in transit to a non-EU country.
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Please check your itinerary below:
Tuesday, Budapest - Tokaj - Satu Mare (326 km, 3h 38 min driving)
Welcome to your Dracula Tour, a Halloween in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler! Our English speaking guide picks you up from Budapest Airport and prepares you for your travel to Transylvania.
Stop for a glass of excellent wine in Tokaj, Hungary. It was the Tokaj wine that Dracula used to serve hisguests with! For a little Dutch-courage and, for sure, with higher spirits you’ll reach Romania and stop in Satu Mare for accommodation in a 3* hotel.
Along with a welcome dinner, you’ll receive your talisman: a cross carved by a famous popular craftsman to keep your body safe and your spirit alive, as well as a survival certificate (which you’ll have stamped as you progress through the itinerary) to recognize your courage!
Wednesday, Satu Mare - Sapinta - Sighetul Marmatiei –Viseul de Sus (154 km, 3h 6 min driving)
Your first morning in Romania! Drive to Sapanta, close to the Ukrainian border, home of the merriest cemetery in the world! Unique in the world: the Merry Cemetery owes its name to the wood-carved memorial crosses, not only decorated in vivid colors depicting the deceased in a cartoon like manner, the epitaphs candidly recite biographies of the deceased using limerick-style poetry.
Next stop is Sighetul Marmatiei where a famous ethnographer, will take you into the magical world of Romanian folklore on your visit to the Village Museum.
You’ll spend the evening in Viseul de Sus. Delight yourself with stories of the haunted houses of that area to better catch the spirit of this Halloween tour!
Thursday, Viseul de Sus - Sacel – Borgo Pass ( Pasul Tihuta- Fantanele) (142 km, 2h33min driving)
Vampire tour show In Sacel you’ll make a truly necessary friend: Grigore Tulean, a famous woodcraftsman. He’ll teach us how to make the perfect wooden stake which, in Sighisoara, will be used in order to kill a vampire! Travel to borgo Pass next and step into Jonathan Harker’s shoes.
We’ll stay in Dracula’s Castle, a 3* hotel which was built in accordance to Bram Stokers imagination.
Friday, Borgo Pass – Sighisoara (198km, 3h25min driving)
Aren’t you happy to see the light of the day again?! Drive to Sighisoara, the best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe and a UNESCO heritage site, but probably most important for you it is Vlad Dracula's birth place!
20:00 It’s time for your Halloween party, put on your costume and get into the mood, this is the reason for your travel to Transylvania. Plenty of opportunities for you tonight: attend Vampiresa Hunting, enjoy Witchery Moments, performed by two famous magicians, witness the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, performed according to old Transylvanian folklore and listen to your guide’s good advice, and you might just escape without being impaled! The best Halloween party idea, don’t you think? If you survive, you’ll find refuge in a 3* hotel.
Saturday, Sighisoara – Bran (139 km, 2h 13 min driving)
Getting up in the morning after a party is always a hard thing to do! That’s why we will have a late departure to Bran. After a tour of the medieval citadel of Sighisoara and visit of Clock Tower and Medieval Weapon collection drive to Bran and prepare for the last Halloween Party, a true marathon!
19:30 Attend the ultimate Halloween Party at Bran Castle - also known as Dracula's Castle! Enjoy an unforgettable night tour of Bran Castle, meet the Wicked Fairies and get lost in their euphoric dance along with a glass of local red wine. Watch a horror movie projection and feel amazing being part of a great and dynamic Halloween Afterparty in the courtyard of Bran Castle until 4:00 am.
Sunday, Bran – Rasnov – Brasov ( 40 minutes driving)
This peasant refuge, Rasnov fortress, 15 kilometres away from Brasov was built in order to defend the peasants in the surroundings. It has resisted a great number of sieges and only opened its gates to the invaders once, when the lack of water forced the defenders to give in. The 150 deep fountain inside the citadel tells a lot about this story of resistance.
Drive to the medieval Saxon city of Brasov to visit the historic town center and its famous gothic Black Church, the best-known monument in the city. The edifice holds the largest organ in Europe, which was partially destroyed during the great fire of 1689. It was here, in the city of Brasov where Vlad led raids against the Saxon merchants.
Monday, Brasov – Fagaras- Sibiu (145 km, 2h 19 min driving)
For a walk on the famous Bridge of Liars you’ll travel to Sibiu, a city with a wonderful medieval charm, excellent views of the surrounding landscape and great food. Accommodate in a 4* hotel. Enjoy a traditional dinner in one of the oldest restaurants in Sibiu.
Tuesday, Sibiu - Deva - Hunedoara - Arad (339 km, 4h driving)
Today you’re invited to pay a visit to another legendary castle in Transylvania, Corvinesti Castle.
Drive to Hunedoara where the legendary Corvinesti Castle is waiting for your visit. The greatest t Gothic style castle in Romania, Corvinesti was built in the 14th Century, and it was here that Vlad the Impaler, Dracula was brought up. Spend the evening in Arad, accommodation in a 4* hotel.
Wednesday, Arad - Szeged - Budapest ( 274 km 3h driving)
Dracula Tour - Good bye party! The last day of your Halloween tour. Please allow yourself an extra 5 minutes in bed to think about your adventure in Dracula’s kingdom, wasn’t it soul captivating? Travel to Budapest, Hungary’s capital. On the way stop to Szeged also called Sun City, enjoy a city tour.. Accommodate in 3* hotel in Budapest, central located. During your farewell dinner your survivors’ certificate will be handed over, as well as the certificate proving that Transylvania does exist and it’s not quite the Utopia people imagine.
It’s time to take your soul back home ... hopefully. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
English speaking guide services
7 nights in 3* hotels, 2 nights in 4* hotels
All transfers inside the tour, by coach, minibus or car – air conditioned, depending on the number of travelers
9 breakfasts, 9 dinners (3 special dinners: Candle lit dinner in Dracula’s Castle, Festive Halloween dinner in Sighisoara, Saxon dinner in Sibiu) and wine tasting in Tokaj
Entry fees to
Merry Cemetery in Sapinta, Village Museum in Sighet, famous craftsman Grigore Tulean, Dracula’s Castle, Clock Tower, Medieval Weapon Collection and Torture Room in Sighisoara, Bran Castle, Corvinestilor Castle in Hunedoara
Halloween party in Sighisoara and special entertaining program, Halloween party at Bran Castle
We are glad to let you know that you will receive a t-shirt from Transylvania Live, as a souvenir. Please provide us with your size.
- plane ticket
- airport fees
- photo & video tax
- other not mentioned
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 by your bank, at their rate.
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).