Vlad the Impaler versus Dracula Tour

Activity level
1/5
Easy
CULTURE INTERACTION
2/4
Moderate
HISTORY FOCUS
4/4
Total
NATURE INTERACTION
1/4
Basic
TYPE

History Tour

LANGUAGE
DURATION

6 days

PRICE

from €800

Summary

Our Vlad the Impaler versus Dracula Tour will take you on an authentic discovery of the legendary medieval Prince Vlad the Impaler whose story inspired the mythical Dracula. This is not the typical Dracula tour with invented vampires, but a real and authentic experience you'll remember for years to come. 

Our proposal for you is an honest history tour that follows the medieval legacy of Vlad the Impaler with an added twist of history versus fiction, what’s true and what’s not in the legend of Dracula.

Considered to be one of the greatest medieval heroes in the history of the country, praised for his battles against the expanding Ottoman Empire, Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes in Romanian) is best known for drastically punishing traitors, often by impaling them, a practice not very unusual in his time.

He was, nonetheless, a fierce adversary for the expanding Ottoman Empire even with the cost of his life. His intransigence brought him many enemies, and some of the most powerful ones led a defaming campaign, creating a false reputation that will later inspire the Dracula myth.

The itinerary of the tour starts in Bucharest where we'll visit the ruins of the princely court Vlad the Impaler built in the 15th century and a monastery he founded.

Leaving Bucharest, we'll explore two of the key medieval fortifications used by the medieval prince, the princely court from Targoviste and the fortress from Poenari.

Continuing the journey to Transylvania, we'll discover his birthplace in Sighisoara, seeing more medieval fortresses and Bran Castle where so much of the Dracula myth is placed in vain. 

The tour is available in English, French, Spanish and Italian. German upon request.

Tour also suited for families and seniors. 

This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.

Day 1: Arrival to Bucharest

Transfer from Otopeni International Airport.

Accommodation: hotel in downtown Bucharest


Day 2: Vlad the Impaler in Bucharest

The tour starts in the capital of Romania where more than half a millennium ago, Vlad the Impaler built his residence known today as the Old Court. These ruins represent the oldest medieval attraction in Bucharest, located in the Old Town, a great opportunity to discover on foot this very popular area.

Afternoon visit to the Monastery of Comana, located in a nature park some 30 km from the capital. The monastery was founded by Vlad the Impaler back in 1461.

Highlights: the Old Court, the Old Town, the Monastery of Comana

Driving time: around 1-2 hours   Accommodation: hotel in downtown Bucharest


Day 3: The truth behind the myth

We leave Bucharest early morning and head to Targoviste to visit the Princely Court, the medieval capital of the historical province of Southern Romania, fortified by Vlad the Impaler during his reign like many of the princes who fought the Ottoman Empire.

We continue to Poenari Fortress, another major fortress of this medieval prince, strategically placed at an altitude of 850 meters. A dense beech forest shades the 1,480 steps that go up to the fortress, but this intense walk will be fully rewarded once you get to explore the narrow corridors of the fortress and see the panoramic surroundings.

If the weather allows it, we drive to Sibiu on one of the most panoramic mountain roads in Europe, the Transfagarasan. Built during the communist regime, with great human efforts and sacrifice, this 90 km road crosses the wild Southern Carpathians and offers us the chance to see amazing mountain landscapes.

Optional visit to one of the most beautiful medieval monasteries in Romania, Curtea de Arges.

Highlights: Targoviste and Poenari Fortresses

Driving time: around 6 hours   Accommodation: guest house in Sibiu


Day 4: Sighisoara, the birth place

Optional tour of Sibiu or morning for yourselves in the city, followed by the drive to Sighisoara.

The destination of the day is Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe with many historical attractions to keep you entertained.

Walking tour in medieval Sighisoara, discovering the narrow streets from the Upper Town, visiting the Clock Tower, the Evangelical Church, the Monastery Church and much more. Like Brasov and Sibiu, Sighisoara too was founded by the Saxons who started coming to Transylvania in the 12th century.

What makes Sighisoara special is the fact that it still has almost intact large parts of the medieval towers and enclosure walls still standing. Much of the Dracula myth is related to this small city, although Vlad the Impaler spent here only the first four years of his life before his father became the Prince of Southern Romania.

Highlights: Sibiu, Sighisoara

Driving time: around 2 hours   Accommodation: guest house in Sighisoara


Day 5: The myth

We leave Sighisoara early morning and travel through scenic forest roads towards the medieval Bran Castle, falsely associated with the legend of Dracula. You’ll soon uncover the truth behind the myth, but not before visiting one of the largest fortresses in Transylvania, Rupea, located on our route towards Bran. 

Afternoon for yourselves in Brasov.

Highlights: Rupea Fortress, Bran Castle

Driving time: around 3 hours   Accommodation: guest house in Brasov


Day 6: Back to Bucharest

We head back to Bucharest on the popular Prahova Valley.

Optional stop to visit Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Once the summer residence of Romania’s royal family, Peles is now the most visited museum in the country. While this castle is not at all related to the Dracula myth, it's more than worth a visit before you leave Romania.

On the way to Bucharest, we stop to visit the medieval Church of Snagov where Vlad the Impaler was supposedly buried after being assassinated. The actual burial place remains unknown until today.

Afternoon for yourselves in Bucharest.

Highlights: Snagov Church

Driving time: around 4 hours   Accommodation: hotel in downtown Bucharest

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Notes

Activity

Easy: Easy short walks on flat terrain.

Moderate: Up to 5 km walking per day or/and optional cycling routes and easy hikes.

Intense: Up to 10 km walking per day with some inclines or/and optional cycling routes and more demanding hikes

Challenge: Hiking on uneven trails at altitudes above 1,000 meters. Longer optional cycling routes. Requires good health and physical condition.

Ultimate: Full day of hikes and/or demanding cycling tours. Requires excellent health and physical condition.

Culture

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two or three cultural sights included in the tour.

High: Cultural visits everyday of the tour.

Total: All about culture.

History

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two or three historical sights included in the tour.

High: Visits at historical monuments everyday of the tour.

Total: All about history.

Nature

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two hours per day spent in nature.

High: Most activities take place in nature.

Total: All about nature.

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Price

5% discount from the total price for bookings done at least three months in advance

The price includes tour guide services, accommodation plus breakfast every day, transportation including driver, car and gas costs (according to the itinerary), planning costs.

The price does not include plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, entrance fees, meals except breakfast, activities booked locally by the clients themselves, currency conversion fee (1%), payment related fees (1% for credit card, 4.5% for PayPal, variable for bank transfers).

The price below is per person and can vary according to the timing of your booking. The price is based on two persons sharing a double room.

Discount rates for children under 14.

Group of 2 persons: €1,550 per person

Group of 4 persons: €990 per person

Group of 6 persons: €800 per person

Payment methods

Credit card, bank transfer, PayPal, cash (only for certain tours). The fees related to the payment methods are not included in the prices above.

Contact us if you’d like to get a price quotation for larger or smaller groups or a shorter/longer version of this tour.

Overview

TOUR STARTS

Bucharest (or other city)

TOUR ENDS

Bucharest (or other city)

INCLUDED MEALS

Breakfast every day

ACCOMMODATION

Local guest houses or boutique hotels

NUMBER OF KM

Around 1,100

TRANSPORTATION

Car or minivan

ATTRACTIONS

Cities: Bucharest, Sighisoara, Brasov, Sibiu

Landmarks: the medieval fortresses of Targoviste, Poenari and Rupea; Bran and Peles Castles; the churches of Snagov and Comana

NOTES

Discount rates for children

PRICE from

€800
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