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

8 days

PRICE

from €1,100

Summary

This private tour will take you on an authentic discovery of the legendary medieval Prince Vlad the Impaler whose story inspired the mythical Dracula. Our proposal for you is an honest history tour that follows the medieval traces of Vlad the Impaler with and added twist of history versus fiction, what’s true and what’s not in the legend of Dracula.

This is not the typical Dracula tour, but a real and authentic experience you'll remember for years to come. 

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 you'll visit the ruins of the princely court Vlad the Impaler built in the 15th century and a monastery he founded. Leaving Bucharest, you'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, you'll discover his birthplace in Sighisoara, seeing more medieval fortresses and Bran Castle where so much of the Dracula myth is placed. 

Tour also suited  for families and seniors. 

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

Day 1: Arrival

Transfer to the hotel.

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 City Center, a great opportunity to discover on foot this very popular area.

Afternoon visit at 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.

Optional visit at the World Record Palace of the Parliament.

Highlights: the Old Court, the Old City Center, 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.

Drive to Poenari afterwards, 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 view of the surroundings.

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

Highlights: Targoviste and Poenari Fortresses

Driving time: around 4 hours   Accommodation: guest house in Arefu


Day 4: Mythical Transylvania

If the weather allows it, we drive early morning 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.

The destination of the day is Sighisoara, the birth place 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.

Highlights: Transfagarasan, Sighisoara

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


Day 5: Sighisoara, the birth place

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.

Optional tours to the nearby medieval fortified churches of Biertan and Saschiz, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Highlights: Sighisoara

Accommodation: guest house in Sighisoara


Day 6: The myth

We leave Sighisoara early morning and travel through scenic forest roads towards the medieval Bran Castle that so many associate to 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. 

Highlights: Rupea Fortress, Bran Castle

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


Day 7: Back to Bucharest

 We head back to Bucharest on the popular Prahova Valley and 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 also stop to visit the medieval Monastery of Snagov where Vlad the Impaler was supposedly buried after being assassinated.

Highlights: Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle, Snagov Monastery

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


Day 8: Departure

Transfer to Otopeni International Airport.

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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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4.3. In the case of unforeseen events, except those mentioned at point 4.2, that could determine Us to cancel the tour before its start, the Clients will be fully reimbursed.

5. Price

At any time before a booking is confirmed, Uncover Romania Tours reserves the right to increase or decrease the prices of any of its travel products or/and services. The price of the tour can be modified by Us after signing the contract only in the case of important changes like alterations in the cost of transportation caused by an increase the fuel price, significant changes in the exchange rate of the currency in which the tour is paid or unforeseen increases of local taxes at the destination. The price cannot increase by more than 10% and cannot be modified under any circumstances in the 30 days before the start of the tour.

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The standard tours are the ones presented on www.uncover-romania-tours.com. The final price is the one mentioned on the website. The price includes the costs of accommodation and everyday breakfasts, tour leader services, transportation, including gas and driver, but also planning costs. The price does not include plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, meals except breakfast, entry fees, specialized local guides if necessary.

5.2. Tailor-made Tours Price
By tailor-made tours We understand all tours designed exclusively based on the personal preferences of the Client, according to his/her time availability, interests and budget, and communicated only to the Client. These tailor-made tours are either guided by a professional tour leader representing Uncover Romania Tours or are self-guided.

All tailor-made tours rates depend on the complexity and length of the tour. Besides the costs of the final product, including the costs of accommodation and everyday breakfasts, tour leader services, transportation, gas and driver and excluding plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, meals except breakfast, entry fees, photo or video taxes, specialized local guides if necessary, We charge an extra 10 EUR/hour for preparing tailor-made tours. Additional costs may be charged if We need to evaluate in person remote destinations or prepare adventure tours of high intensity.

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6.1. The Clients can cancel the contract partly or entirely at any time. If the reason for cancelling is attributable to them, they have the obligation to compensate Us for the prejudice caused if the cancellation takes places less than 30 days before the start of the tour. The values of the compensation cannot be more than the total price of the tour.

6.2. The Clients are the only responsible parties in case they do not follow the program of the tour or lose their official ID documents. They are responsible for securing travel and health insurance as well as paying any taxes or fees that may apply to their time in Romania.

6.3. The Clients should notify Us in writing if the present contract was not fulfilled properly maximum 5 days after the end of the tour. We have maximum 30 days to respond, mentioning the compensations that apply and identifying the guilty parties.

6.4. The Clients acknowledge all tours involve a certain amount of personal risk and that it is also their responsibility to acquaint themselves with all relevant travel information and the nature of their itinerary.

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7.2. Uncover Romania Tours  is obliged to inform the Clients as soon as reasonably possible if there is a major change in the tour itinerary. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary. When a major change is made, the Clients may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a refund of money paid on the land portion of the trip only or accepting an alternative tour offered.

7.3. Uncover Romania Tours  reserves the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of the itinerary.

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Travelers under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by a legal guardian or an escort above 18 years old named by the legal guardian. One legal guardian or escort cannot be responsible for more than two minor travelers. In the case of more challenging adventure tours, You will need to specify whether You suffer from a medical condition which may affect your ability to complete the travel arrangements.

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You must have a valid passport and have obtained the visa by yourself. Citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area or the United States of America do not need a visa to stay in Romania for a period of maximum 90 days. Citizens with simple passports from other 58 countries are exempted from the Romanian visa requirement. Check the 58 countries here

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The travel insurance is compulsory for all our Clients and should be taken out before the departure date. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. The travel insurance is not included in the price of our travel products and/or services. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip or you will not be able to join the trip without it.

11. Validity

The prices advertised on www.uncover-romania-tours.com are based on costs in effect at the time of posting to the website. Uncover Romania reserves the right to alter prices of any travel product and/or services at any time prior to receipt of the first installment. Changes, revisions, or other amendments may be made to the offers from www.uncover-romania-tours.com before a booking is confirmed, and such changes, revisions or amendments shall be incorporated herein as of the date of such amendment

12. Flexibility

The Clients acknowledge that the type of travel products and/or services booked requires considerable flexibility and acknowledges that they will permit reasonable alterations to their booking. The Client acknowledge that the routes, itineraries, types of transportation or schedules may be modified without prior notice due to various circumstances or events, such as sickness or mechanical breakdown, extreme nature phenomena in the location where the product and/or service will be operated, flight cancellations, strikes and other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances which are beyond the control of Uncover Romania.

If We make a major change We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary. When a major change is made you may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a refund of money paid on the land portion of the trip only or accepting an alternative tour offered.

We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control.  In such emergency circumstances the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by You. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itinerary such as visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights.

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All our tours except the self-guided ones are run by a tour leader representing Uncover Romania Tours. The decisions of the tour leader are final on all aspects likely to affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the tour. If the Clients fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or affects the well-being or mobility of the group, the tour leader may ask the Clients to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. The Clients must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and also agree to travel in accordance with responsible tourism guidelines.

14. Acceptance of risk

While we design only tours with a high level of safety, the Client acknowledges all tours involve a certain amount of personal risk and that it is also his or her responsibility to acquaint yourself with all possible relevant travel information and the nature of his or her itinerary.

15. Liability

Uncover Romania Tours is not responsible for any damages, expenses, losses, or claims which are attributable to the fault of any Client, the unforeseeable or unavoidable act or omission of a third party unconnected with the provision of any travel products and/or services or a force major event.

Uncover Romania Tours is liable to the Clients for any damage caused to them by the failure to perform or the improper performance of the contract unless the failure or the improper performance is due to or arises from factors attributable to the consumer or to any third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for, are unforeseeable or unavoidable; nor shall Uncover Romania Tours be liable for any failure to perform or improper performance of the contract due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control , the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which Uncover Romania Tours, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall.

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16. Financial protection

We will provide security for the money You paid for the travel products and/or services booked from us and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency, based on our OMNIASIG Insurance Policy number 27171.

17. Photos and marketing

You agree to let Us use images of yourself taken during the trip for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose as long as these images do not offend your dignity. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes. You are entitled to deny the use of these images for this purpose based on the stipulations of the Romanian Law 677/2001.

18. Claims and complaints

If the Clients have a complaint about the tour he or she should inform the tour leader in order that he or she can attempt to rectify the matter. If satisfaction is not reached through these means then any further complaint should be sent in writing to Us within 5 days of the end of the tour.

19. Governing law

The laws of Romania govern these Booking Conditions to the fullest extent allowable. Any disputes in connection with a trip or these Booking Conditions must be initiated in the courts of Romania.

20. Updating of terms and conditions

Uncover Romania Tours reserves the right to update and/or alter these terms and conditions at any time, and it is the Clients' responsibility to be familiar with them. The latest terms and conditions can always be found on www.uncover-romania-tours.com and will supersede any previous versions.

Price

The price includes accommodation plus breakfast every day, transportation including the driver and the gas costs, tour guide services and planning costs. The price does not include plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, entry fees, meals except breakfast, specialized local guides if necessary.

The prices below are per person and can vary according to the timing of your booking and the age of the tour participants (discount rates for children). The prices are based on 2 persons sharing a double room.

We offer discount rates for families.

Group of 4 Persons: €1,200 per person

Group of 6 Persons: €1,100 per person

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

ATTRACTIONS

Cities: Bucharest, Sighisoara

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

NOTES

Discount rates for children

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