Vlad the Impaler, the 15th Century Prince of Wallachia, was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for his book “Dracula”, one of the most famous books of all time. This tale of Vampires transformed Romania overnight into a land full of mystique and mystery! Experience a journey through Transylvania, located in the center of modern-day Romania and discover beautiful countryside and historic buildings! Our tour also takes in the city of Budapest demonstrating European diversity to the full. Travel through this undiscovered part of Europe, where you will find natural beauty and tales and witches, vampires and werewolves sitting happily alongside each other.
Day 1: Friday, Departure UK and Overnight in Cologne region
Day 2: Saturday, Departure Cologne region and overnight Linz
Day 3: Sunday, Departure Linz & arrival Budapest: Arrive in Budapest, for meet and greet by your Tour Guide and enjoy dinner in the hotel.
Day 4: Monday, Timisoara “Little Vienna”
Right after breakfast you will continue your adventure in Eastern Europe as we travel on to beautiful Timisoara. Check in to your hotel and relax. Timișoara has many aliases including Little Vienna, and lies in the far west of Romania close to the borders of Hungary and Serbia. It is an important hub of economic development, and a cultural melting pot. In the afternoon a walking tour within the old city walls, will inform you about the main historical events and architectural styles dominating Timișoara´s three main squares, Victory, Liberty and Union Squares. After some free time enjoy dinner at a local tavern in the city.
Day 5: Tuesday, Hunedoara - Sibiu
After breakfast a scenic drive takes you through picturesque countryside to the breathtaking mountains. Stop in Hunedoara to discover the Hunyadi Castle. Boasting an impressive drawbridge, a huge medieval ballroom, a beautiful interior courtyard and exceptional defensive structure, the castle is said to have been the place where Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned for a while. Tales of ghostly hauntings remain to this day. After the tour we head on to Sibiu. After check in at your hotel join your Tour Guide for a walk through this amazing city! Listed by Forbes in top 10 of the most idyllic places to live in the whole world, Sibiu was settled by Germans colonists in the 12th century and maintains its wonderful medieval atmosphere to this day. The walk starts at the Grand Square where you will find the Catholic Church, City Hall and the Brukenthal Palace, and continues with Liar’s Bridge, the Small Square and Huet Square. Dinner will take place at a local restaurant with Rumanian Specialties!
Day 6: Wednesday, Sibiu - Bran – Brasov
After breakfast you will have some time for a stroll through Sibiu and to say goodbye to this little gem! Continue for a well deserved break at the Brukenthal Palace in Avrig and enjoy coffee and buscuits. Today´s highlight is a visit to Count Dracula’s famous castle in Bran. Built in the 14th century, the castle now houses a museum dedicated to Queen Marie of Romania. Enjoy the panoramic view from its rooftop looking into Transylvania and hear the truth about Dracula. Transfer to Brasov. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 7: Thursday, Brasov –Sighisoara – Cluj Napoca
Enjoy a walking tour of Brasov, also called the ’Crown of Transylvania”. Discover the beautiful colourful old town with the Council Square and the Black Church, the largest gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. Transfer to Sighisoara, the birth place of Count Dracula. Sighisoara was settled by Germans in the 13th century and it is one of only a few medieval fortresses, still occupied today, in the world. It enjoys UNESCO listing as well. A walking tour will show you the Clock Tower and the birth house of Dracula’s vampire and you will visit the Church on the Hill. A scenic drive to Cluj Napoca then follows. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 8: Friday, Cluj Napoca – Debrecen - Budapest
Enjoy a walking tour this morning in the Old Town of Cluj Napoca and discover its landmark, Michael’s Church, built in the 14th century in a gothic style. See also the statue of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary. Continue to Debrecen, the second largest city in Hungary. Located some 135 miles east of the capital, and boasting a rich 600 year history, Debrecen is a centre of culture and science and is home to a rich variety of festivals as well as a place at the heart of a flourishing spa culture. Enjoy your first Hungarian lunch before continuing West to Budapest. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner.
Day 9: Saturday, Budapest city tour and farewell evening
Your City Guide will show you all the secrets of this impressive city, split into two by the River Danube. Buda, lying in the hills is home to the impressive Fishermen’s Bastion (entrance included), the “Citadel” and the Heroes’ Square. The flatter Pest has many cobbled streets and shopping lanes, the famous Opera House and the Parliament. You will have some free time this afternoon to wander around this wonderful city. For your farewell evening, we have arranged a traditional Hungarian Czardas Folklore Evening including traditional dinner and Gypsy music.
Day 10: Sunday, Departure & Overnight in Regensburg region
Day 11: Monday, Departure Regensburg & Overnight in Aachen region
Day 12: Tuesday, Departure Aachen & Arrival in UK
HOTEL EXPO CONGRESS 4****, Budapest
Featuring a free sauna, a free hot tub and a free fitness centre, the Expo Congress Hotel, next to the Hungexpo / Budapest Exhibition Centre, is situated in the green belt of Budapest. Free WiFi access is available. Each room comes with a telephone and a TV, while the bathroom is fitted with a shower or a bath. You can enjoy a drink at the Sky Bar on the 12th floor or in the inviting lobby bar on the ground floor. The hotel also provides 24-hour reception services.
HOTEL TIMISOARA 4****, Timisoara
Hotel Timisoara is in the cultural and historic center of Timisoara, overlooking Opera Square. It has spacious and elegant accommodations with free Wi-Fi internet access. Delicious drinks are served in the art-deco lobby bar and guests can relax in the intimate atmosphere. English breakfast is served at the restaurant, and you can try the famous local beer Timisoreana here. Hotel Timisoara also features a lobby with a business center with free Wi-Fi internet access. A collection of Romanian contemporary art is available in the public areas of the hotel.
HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL FORUM 4**** CITY CENTRE, Sibiu
In a historic building in the center of Sibiu, the 4-star Continental Forum has elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi. Delicious pastry and confectionery specialties are available at the TeKaffe, along with some tea, coffee and cappuccino. Continental Forum Sibiu is only a 3-minute walk from the Brukenthal Museum and Piata Mare.
ANAHOTEL SPORT & SPA 4**** Brasov:
Picturesquely located at the foot of the Postavarul Mountain, next to ski slopes and amidst a pine forest. Ana Hotels Sport Poiana Brasov provides cozy and pleasant rooms with superb views and LCD TVs. Free WiFi is available in all public areas. The spa centre at Hotel Sport features an indoor pool with hydro-massage, a gym, saunas and an outdoor hot tub. Various massages and treatments are offered as well, for a surcharge. The hotel's restaurant serves Romanian, Hungarian and international dishes and features a terrace with views of the nearby ski slopes. The medieval city of Brasov is only 15 km away and Bran Castle, said to be the castle of Count Dracula, is only 25 km from Poiana.
HOTEL GRAND NAPOCA 4****, Cluj-Napoca
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, the hotel has a sun terrace and views of the river. Each room includes a TV with cable channels. Every room includes a private bathroom.
Look what's included!
11 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Platinum Class travel with extra leg room
Excursions and visits as stated
1 x overnight with half board at a 4* hotel in Cologne region
1 x overnight with half board at a 4* hotel in Linz region
1 x overnight with half board at a 4* hotel in Regensburg region
1 x overnight with half board at a 4* hotel in Aachen Region
3 x overnights with breakfast at the 4* Hotel Expo in Budapest
1 x overnight with breakfast at the 4* Hotel Timisoara in Timisoara
1 x overnight with breakfast at the 4* Hotel Continental Forum in Sibiu
1 x overnight with breakfast at the 4* Hotel Ana Hotel Sport & Spa in Brasov
1 x overnight with breakfast at the 4* Hotel Grand Napoca in Cluj Napoca
2 x Dinner at your hotel in Budapest (upon arrival)
1 x Hungarian Czardas Folklore Evening (3 course dinner & live music)
1 x dinner at a local restaurant in Timisoara (3 course menu with mineral water)
1 x dinner at a local restaurant in Sibiu (3 course menu with mineral water)
1 x dinner at your hotel in Brasov (3 course menu with mineral water)
1 x dinner at your hotel in Cluj Napoca (3 course menu with mineral water)
1 x coffee & cake at the Brukenthal Summer Residence in Avrig
Guided Walking Tour in Timisoara
Entrance & Tour Hunyadi Castle
Guided walking tour of Sibiu
Guided walking tour of Brasov
Entrance & Tour of Dracula´s Castle in Bran
Guided walking tour of Sigisoara
Guided City tour of Cluj Napoca
Guided City tour of Budapest
Tour Guide for the whole duration of the tour (from/till Budapest)