The Real Dracula Halloween Tour – Truth and Myth of the Legend of Vlad Tepes

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halloween-2014

Day by Day Itinerary:

 


Day 1:
Wednesday, October 29th
ROUTING: BUCHAREST
– Your English-speaking specialist guide will pick you up from Bucharest Airport or another location in the city
– In the evening we will have a panoramic tour of the city and welcome dinner at Club Dracula restaurant

– Overnight in Bucharest
ACCOMMODATION: Berthelot Hotel****
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Day 2: Thursday, October 30th
ROUTING: BUCHAREST – CURTEA DE ARGES – POIENARI – SIBIU
– Breakfast in Hotel
– In the morning we will depart for Curtea de Arges – the former second capital of Wallachia. The strongholds rebuilt in the 14th century
– See its Princely Church and its frescoed interior which is one of the first examples of Romanian paintings. The Episcopal Church (the monastery) which is a recreation of the original built in 1512 -1517 by prince Neagoe Basarab (rebuilt in 1875 – 1885) and Olari Church.
– then finally reaching POIENARI CASTLE; standing on a cliff but know in ruins this is known as the real castle of Dracula (Vlad Tepes). To get to the top you must climb up its 1400 steps (takes approx. 45 minutes)
– Once you arrive to the top of the Citadel you will find that the citadel is surprisingly small, one third has collapsed down the mountainside in 1888. Entering through a narrow wooden bridge, you come across the crumbling remains of two towers within; the prism shaped one was Vlad’s ( Dracula’s) residential quarters, from here, according to the legend , The Impaler’s wife flung herself out from the window, declaring that better this way than be captured by the Turks, who were besieging the castle. Legend has it that Vlad himself escaped over the mountains on horseback.
– Evening and Dinner on your own
– Overnight in Sibiu
ACCOMMODATION: Ramada Hotel ****
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Day 3: Friday, October 31st
ROUTING: SIBIU – ALBA IULIA –  HUNEDOARA
– Breakfast in Hotel
– Start in the morning with a visit of the Old District. Sibiu is one of the most important fortified towns in Transylvania. The city is reminiscent of old European cities such as Nuremburg and it was founded in 1190 and grew to be the chief city of the Transylvanian Saxons. This amazing town, with the “Old Town” (The Big Square, the Small Square, the Ursuline Church, The Franciscan Church, The staircase Tower, the Tanners Tower, the Lier’s Bridge , the House of the Butcher’s Guild and last but not least with the amazing Bruckenthal Museum) is a gorgeous place to see.
– Then on to Alba Iulia. Having its origins back in 2nd century from Roman time, the city of Alba Iulia offers a journey through the history of Transylvania from ancient times to medieval and modern days. We’ll visit the ruins of the Roman town, the medieval fortifications, the modern fortifications made in Vauban style, the Cathoilc Cathedral – the oldest from Transylvania and the Reunion Cathedral which commemorates the Union of all Romanian provinces in a single country.
– In the afternoon arrive at Hunedoara.
– Check in the hotel and get ready for the amazing party at Hunyad’s Castle, the residence of the brave Transylvanian Governor – John Hunyad (Iancu de Hunedoara). The castle built in XV century is the biggest medieval castle from Romania and it’s also considered one of the most haunted places from Europe. Rumor has it the famous Vlad Tepes spent time here as a prisoner in the Castle

Halloween Party!!!

Are you ready to spend Halloween night in a very old medieval castle? Get ready to fit in the medieval atmosphere full of mystical legends. The 15th century castle is ready to host you this night and reveal to you its history and hidden secrets.
– As soon as you’ll pass the entrance gate you’ll be in a medieval world and get ready to experience it. Remember that medieval means old customs, old music, old legends and mysticism.
– During the dinner enjoy Romanian cuisine, an outdoor barbeque as well as live medieval and Romanian folk music and dancers. The special shows of medieval knights, lights and sounds will complete the evening.
– At midnight Count Dracula will invite you to his wedding – To decline is not an option.  Participate in this special show and then party all night.
– But remember, it is Halloween night and Hunyad’s Castle is one of the most haunted places from Europe, a place where nobody dare to spend the night alone. So the ghosts and spirits may join us during the night. Don’t get lost in the castle! Don’t go behind the locked doors! Don’t disturb the spirits! Otherwise…….
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Rusca ***
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Day 4: Saturday, November 1st
ROUTING: HUNEDOARA – SIGHISOARA
– For those of you who survive – Breakfast in Hotel
– For those of you who do not – well…..Happy Haunting! ( and please give Dracula our regards …ps..no refunds )
– In the morning we depart for Sighisoara; on UNESCO’s Word Heritage List and makes the perfect introduction to Transylvania.
– The Old Town or the Citadel is the only one still inhabited in Europe – a lost world and still so at the present!
– In 1431, the storey house at Museum Square 6, within the shadow of the old town’s Clock Tower, a women whose name is lost to posterity gave birth to a son called Vlad, who in later life earned the title of The Impaler , abroad better known as Dracula, derived from Dracul or the Devil – referring to his father Vlad Dracul, whom the Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund of Hungary made a knight of the order of The Dragon in 1431.
– The Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the Scholar’s Stairs, The Monastery Church, the towers of the citadel (originally fourteen), The Shoemakers Town, the Tailor’s Tower, the Tinsmiths Tower are only a few of the marvels of this place called Sighisoara .
– Overnight in Sighisoara
ACCOMMODATION: Sighisoara Hotel ***
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Day 5: Sunday, November 2nd
ROUTING: SIGHISOARA – PREJMER – BRAN – BRASOV
– Breakfast
– We leave from Sighisoara through a route which crosses beautiful old German villages we’ll arrive at Prejmer fortified church, the biggest fortress of its kind from East Europe. the biggest fortified church in the Southeastern Europe built in the 14th century. The fortress has double walls and dungeons. Inside its walls there is a church, but the interesting thing here is the honeycomb like inner wall. Every family had one small room for sheltering in case the village was attacked.
– Continue our route to Bran and visit the famous Bran Castle. Also called Dracula`s Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometres) at the entrance in the Bran – Rucar passage. The castle got its fame from Dracula`s legend written in 1897 by Bram Stoker and later on made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola.. The first documents about the Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Along the history, the Castle had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the rule of the King of Hungary Sigismund of Luxemburg, of the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In the XX century the castle was donated to the royal family and became a royal residence. The museum preserve the furniture and objects from that period.
End the day in Brasov.
– Overnight in a Brasov
ACCOMMODATION:
Casa Wagner***
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Day 6: Monday, November 3rd
ROUTING: BRASOV – SINAIA – SNAGOV – SNAGOV
– Breakfast
– Tour of the magic medieval center of Brasov. The city of Brasov is one of the oldest in Europe, dating from 1235. During the Middle Ages, Brasov was known as a powerful fortress surrounded by high stone walls and defended by bulwarks, towers and other small fortresses. The buildings and the streets in the historical centre still preserve a medieval note. Council Square, Black Church, White and Black Towers, Weaver’s Bastion and Ecaterina’s Gate are the tour highlights.
– We’ll go to Sinaia and visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania, the Peles Castle is 44 kilometers from Brasov, in Sinaia, a well-known mountain resort as well. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania where one can admire furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, collections of weapons from the 15th up to the19th centuries.
– We then depart for Snagov monastery, situated on the island of the lake with the same name.
– Visitors come here to seek the tomb of Dracula sitting in the front of the church altar.
– Vlad’s murder is believed to have occurred in the forests nearby, where the monks took the his body, since both Vlad and his father had both given money to the monastery.
– In the afternoon we arrive in Bucharest.
– Panoramic tour of the city. During the tour you’ll have the chance to see the most important sights of the Romanian Capital, such as: Triumph Arch, Victory Square, Magheru Avenue (commercial street), Royal Palace (nowadays the seat of National Art Museum), Athenaeum, Revolution Square, Calea Victoriei Avenue, Unirii Square, Parliament Palace, a “giant” built during the “golden age” of the dictatorial regime and born in the mind of a man for whom the notion of “reasonable size” did not exist. The Guinness Book of World Records lists the building in second place according to its 330,000 sq.m. surface.
– Overnight in Bucharest near to the hotel
ACCOMMODATION:
Hotel Rin ****
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Day 7: Tuesday, November 4th
ROUTING: BUCHAREST
– Breakfast in Hotel
– Transfer to Airport and the final good-bye from your Specialist Guide
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