Discover the land of Dracula on a special itinerary. Choose a fun tour of Transylvania from Budapest and visit the best highlights related to the bloody Count.
Tour of Transylvania from Budapest – Itinerary
Your unforgettable tour of Transylvania from Budapest begins at the Hungarian capital’s airport. Our guide collects you and then you will travel to Tokaj and taste the wine Dracula used to serve to his guests. From here, head to Transylvania and visit impressive highlights.
During your first day in Transylvania, the land of Dracula, visit highlights such as the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, the Village Museum in Sighetu Marmatiei. In the following days, discover Dracula’s Castle hotel in Borgo Pass, Sighisoara Citadel, Bran Castle Rasnov Fortress, the medieval Saxon cities of Sibiu and Brasov or Corvinesti Castle.
Besides the amazing highlights, attend two fun Halloween Parties taking place in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s Birthplace and at Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle.
Your tour of Transylvania from Budapest concludes in Hungary. Visit Szeged, nicknamed ‘The Sun City’ and then spend the night at a 3* hotel in Budapest. The next day, arrive at the airport for your return flight.
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Best tour of Transylvania from Budapest – Media Mentions
We’re pleased to say that Transylvania Live – expert in Transylvania has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts
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Find the best tour of Transylvania from Budapest and itineraries departing from Bucharest and Cluj
Halloween in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler – 3 days tours with 2 Halloween parties from Cluj
Halloween Party, in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place! A 3 day short break including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace. Also Transylvania’s iconic image, Bran Castle and the Medieval city of Brasov.
The Halloween Party from this tour includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine and accompanied by a special program including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampires Hunting, magicians show and many dark surprises.
Halloween in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler – 3 days Short Break with 2 Halloween parties from Bucharest
It’s time for the ultimate Halloween Party, in Sighisoara Citadel – Dracula’s birth place! A 3 day short break including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace.
The party is accompanied by a special programme including the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead, Vampiresa Hunting, Magicians Show and many dark surprises.
Also Transylvania’s iconic image, Bran Castle and one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, The Medieval Saxon city of Brasov.
The itinerary is complimented by an excellent selection of medieval 3* hotels.
Bran castle Halloween Party includes a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner washed down with fiery spirits, excellent Romanian wine. Learn
Transylvania Vampire Tour – 3 days Summer Short Break
Intended for those willing to discover the best parts of Transylvania’s legendary realms in a shorter period time.
This 3 day break includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Sighisoara, unique events which caught the attention of media world wide such as the live reenactment of the Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead.
Also Transylvania’s most beautiful castle – Corvinesti Castle. The entertaining programme is complemented by the relaxing 4* accommodation, a medieval fantasy with beds and the mouth-watering vampire dinner!
We bet our 9 lives you’ll love it. Direct flights from London to Cluj Napoca available.
Halloween Party in Transylvania and Ritual of Killing of The Living Dead
Enjoy the best Halloween ever in Dracula’s birth place – the Medieval Citadel of Sighisoara!
A 2 day self guided break departing from the Romanian airport of your choice, be it Bucharest, Sibiu or Cluj Napoca.
You can decide for yourself the level of classification for accommodation in the citadel, from hostel style dormitories to an exquisite 5* intimate medieval hotel.
The main highlight is the Halloween Party including a delicious traditional dinner, an excellent show and providing you with a truly memorable experience.Also included the Ritual Killing of a Living Dead featured on Travel Channel.
2 Days tour with Halloween Party at Bran Castle
A 2 days short break including a Bran Castle Halloween Party at Transylvania’s iconic image – Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle.
Party on castle’s property and accommodate at the hotel situated in walking distance from the Dracula castle.
A traditional Romanian dinner is provided before the Halloween party. A costume contest will award the best disguises.
VIP entrance (skip the 3 hours line) to the night visit of Bran Castle decorated for Halloween.
1 Day Halloween in Transylvania with Halloween Party at Dracula Castle in Bran
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.
Feel amazing being part of a great and dynamic Halloween Party in the grounds of Bran Castle until 4:00 am.
Accommodate in a 3* hotel near Bran Castle. Enjoy a traditional dinner and then explore Bran Castle, Transylvania’s symbol.
Experience the edifice’s unique charm and immerse yourselves in the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. more »
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Halloween Tour – Highlights
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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