• The Dracula Experience
  • The Dracula Experience
  • The Dracula Experience
  • The Dracula Experience

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from £349 per person. Book here or call us on 0207 101 4061. 

Follow in the footsteps of Dracula and discover more than real-life ghost stories!

Let us transport you deep into the stony heart of the Transylvanian countryside to a remote corner of the Carpathian Mountains where a castle looms high amongst razor-sharp peaks. Receive a cold welcome to the legendary Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, and real life setting of Bram Stoker’s sinister novel where you’ll unravel the secrets of the castle. Said to have been the possible residence of Vlad the Impaler during his bloodthirsty reign of terror, you’re invited to explore Bran Castle’s eerie corridors and deathly cold rooms at your peril!

You’ll also have the opportunity to climb up to the crumbling ruins of Rasnov Fortress and admire some truly spectacular views of the bleak Transylvanian landscape as well as visiting Targoviste, Vlad the Impaler’s seat. Discover Transylvania’s medieval towns of Brasov and Sighisoara, where Vlad Tepes was born, and even cross the water over to Snagov Monastery where Vlad the Impaler’s headless body was discovered by monks on the island.

There’s nothing to be afraid of here.


The Experience

Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest followed by an airport transfer to your boutique accommodation in the heart of the Lipscani district. Spend the rest of the day as you choose, perhaps visiting the ruins of the Old Court of Bucharest where Vlad the Impaler resided while in Bucharest or simply enjoying the wealth of bars, cafes and restaurants dotted around the old town

Day 2: Morning transfer to Transylvania via Snagov Monastery, where Vlad the Impaler was assassinated and discovered by monks who recovered his headless body. Cross the bridge over to the island on which the monastery is located and visit the tomb where Dracula was buried. Afterwards, visit the infamous Bran Castle, where Vlad the Impaler was thought to have stayed, and then on to the medieval town of Brasov for an evening of rest and relaxation in Transylvania

Day 3: Morning visit to Rasnov Fortress near Brasov to explore the crumbling ruins built by the Teutonic Knights in Transylvania which was once owned by Dracula’s grandfather, Mircea the Old. Afterwards, transfer to the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, where you can climb the old Clock Tower and walk up the Covered Staircase to the ancient Church on the Hill and wander through the cemetery. Spend the night in boutique accommodation just across Sighisoara’s main square where the young Dracula was born

Day 4: Morning transfer from Sighisoara on the ‘best road in the world’, the Transfagarasan, up to Balea Lake for lunch before travelling back to Bucharest for your final night.

Day 5: Transfer to Bucharest airport for return flight

Please Note: During the shoulder season (Apr-May; Nov-Dec), the third night is spent in Sibiu instead of Sighisoara. This is due to the shorter days during those months where road time has to be spread more evenly. All sights and activities remain the same but you wouldn’t visit Balea Lake as the Tranfagarasan is closed. Instead, during the shoulder season you will visit the town of Targoviste, which used to be the seat of Wallachia during Vlad the Impaler’s reign.

Tell me more about:  The Locations  |  The Seasons  |  The Highlights  |  The Booking Process  |  The Availability


The Price

Prices for this experience include:

Includes Transfers Airport pick-up and drop-off, all in-country transfers

Includes Accommodation 2 nights boutique B&B accommodation in Bucharest, 1 night boutique B&B accommodation in the Transylvanian town of Brasov, 1 night boutique B&B accommodation in Transylvania’s medieval town of Sighisoara (or Sibiu in shoulder season)

Includes Activities Visit and entry to Snagov Monastery, visit and entry to Bran Castle (aka. Dracula’s Castle), visit and entry to Rasnov Fortress, visit to Targoviste

Includes Other The services of a bi-lingual guide, the Dracula Experience booklet, welcome drink

Please Note: Our prices are based on two people sharing. For solo travellers, there is often a single supplement, please check the booking page of the experience for confirmation of the rates. For up-to-date prices, bookings and enquiries, please click here.


The Group

2 – 16 people

Please note that the trip may not be suitable for very young children given the fast-paced nature of the experience, journey times of longer than an hour, and possible disturbance to others travelling in the group. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as we can always tailor something specific to your needs.


The Alternatives

Looking to spend more time in Transylvania? Why not consider the following:

The Transylvania Experience: Not only will you still have the opportunity to visit most of the sights offered in the Dracula Experience such as the medieval town of Sighisoara where Vlad the Impaler was born and Bran Castle, more famously known as Dracula’s Castle, but you’ll also be able to add some of the top activities of the Brown Bear Experience including a visit to the bear hide to see bears in their natural habitat and even a trip to the wonderful Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Other highlights of the Transylvania Experience include the chance to relax and unwind at the serene Inn on Balaban in the Carpathian Mountains, as well as getting involved in some traditional village activities such as shepherding, bee-keeping, rustic cookery and even truffle hunting. For more information on the Transylvania Experience please click here.

The Romania Experience: This two-week epic adventure does not only include the full Transylvania Experience above, but will also take you further north in Maramures, where you can truly take a step back in time and immerse yourself in the rural life in the village of Breb. Visit the underground amusement park at Turda Salt Mines, the traditional wooden churches, and the quirky Merry Cemetery and learn more about the communism history by a visit to the chilling Memorial of the Victims of Communism Museum. End the adventure with a few days in the tranquility of the Danube Delta, drifting on the waterways and marveling at the plethora of nature surrounding you – a naturalist’s paradise! Fore more information on the Romania Experience, click here.


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The Country

Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Romania and you’re likely to hear something along the lines of Dracula, vampires and gypsies. Yes, the spooky castles pitched on rocky hilltops are certainly vampire-worthy but the only real fangs you’re likely to be exposed to here are those belonging to the wild bears, wolves and lynx that roam the Carpathian Mountains. Once you place the stereotypes aside for a moment, you’ll soon understand how misunderstood, overlooked and vastly underestimated this country is.

From the untouched Transylvanian countryside and the beautiful mountain scenery in the Carpathian Mountains, the wooden churches and painted monasteries of Maramures and the medieval towns of Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara, to the Danube Delta’s abundance of birds and wildlife, and the magnetic buzz of the fast-paced capital of Bucharest, the variation and contrast across Romania is staggering.

Of course, there’s far too much to see in just one visit but here’s what to expect from Transylvania…



Imagine introducing a Communist dictator to Paris for 15 years, add an earthquake for good measure and you’ll end up with something similar to what you have in Bucharest. Fortunately much of Bucharest’s past beauty still remains and you’re likely to find it with every wrong turn you make. It’s a city full of surprises and it’s this contrast that makes it such a fascinating place to explore.

At first glance the city might seem a little run down with remnants of its communist past on full view, however when you look a little closer and scratch beneath the surface it is a city of stunning contrast. In fact, it is the contrast that we love so much about Bucharest, its towering communist blocks sitting right next to the most beautiful buildings showcasing wonderful examples of belle époque architecture.

You’re also likely to notice a few things other things in Bucharest — cars and dogs! Romania’s capital has an abundance of both. The latter being a sad after effect of Nicolae Ceausescu’s programme of systematisation, where he methodically moved families from their houses to purpose built communist blocks and often household pets had to be left behind.  A lot of people seem to be intimidated or put off by Bucharest, but if you can get past preconceptions you might find yourself pleasantly surprised!

All of our Bucharest hotels are based in the old district of Lipscani (pronounced locally as Lip-scan), which is the beating heart of the city and our favourite place to wine and dine in the evenings. There are tons of quaint eateries and buzzing bars, you just need to get yourself lost amongst the historic backstreets or follow our recommendations for the best places to grab a bite or a few drinks.

Accommodation in Bucharest:

Includes Z Executive Hotel

Includes Rembrandt Hotel

Includes Grand Boutique Hotel

Please Note: Accommodation will be allocated by Untravelled Paths subject to availability. In the event there is no availability we will use alternative accommodation of similar standard and quality.



Nestled in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and known as the gateway into Transylvania, the medieval Saxon town of Brasov is an absolute gem. A world away from the lively buzz of the capital city, Brasov provides the perfect base for exploring the Transylvanian countryside with its rural villages, fortified churches and thick forests as well as the infamous Bran Castle, would-be residence of mysterious Count Dracula.

Set against a beautiful mountain backdrop and rich in clean fresh air, the pace of life in Brasov’s Old Town is noticeably slower and more relaxed than in Bucharest and is the ideal location for those who prefer to take in the atmosphere at a leisurely pace, ambling around the cobbled streets, stopping for a hot drink in one of the clusters of quaint cafes or heading to a cosy restaurant for lunch or dinner.

The town’s distinctive medieval ambiance is reflected in its striking examples of gothic and baroque architecture, the most prominent of which has to be the Black Church with its smoke-blackened walls and looming presence over the beautiful old square in the heart of the town. All the sights worth seeing in Brasov are accessible by foot including the narrowest street in Europe and the climb up to the top of the Black Tower where the entire city unfolds before your eyes.

Accommodation in Brasov:

Includes Casa Wagner

Includes Bella Muzica

Please Note: Accommodation will be allocated by Untravelled Paths subject to availability. In the event there is no availability we will use alternative accommodation of similar standard and quality.



Aside from being the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s cult classic Count Dracula, Sighisoara has been crowned a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and has become the most popular Saxon walled citadel in Transylvania.

Founded during the 12th century, the fairytale town has been lovingly preserved over the years and still showcases the beauty of its original architecture, burgher houses and ornate religious buildings, making it one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe. Its historic cobbled streets weave their way over secluded alleyways, through tranquil squares, up and over impressive stairways and out to a view of the powerful towers and turrets that pepper the hillside and spell the town’s rich and colourful past as a Saxon fortress. 

Highlights include the Church on the Hill which boasts a collection of stunning ancient frescoes, the 13th century Venetian House and the Church of the Dominican Monastery which is famous for its architecture and ornate Transylvanian renaissance furnishings that date back to the 17th century. Most of all though, Sighisoara’s blend of fairytale magic and charming history makes for a beautiful experience that captures the imagination of its visitors who are transported back in time for an afternoon.

Accommodation in Sighisoara:

Includes Casa Wagner

Includes Pivnita lui Teo

Please Note: Accommodation will be allocated by Untravelled Paths subject to availability. In the event there is no availability we will use alternative accommodation of similar standard and quality.


Balea Lake

Perched high up in Transylvania’s Fagaras Mountains at an altitude of 2,034 meters, the glacial Balea Lake is a stunning location that will take your breath away with its changing facades throughout the year.

In the summer, the lake is reached via the Transfagarasan, a twisting snake of a road that has earned its title as ‘the best road in the world’ by Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson. The rugged alpine scenery at the top is a beauty to behold and is made even more ethereal thanks to the serene and crystal clear waters of the lake. Outdoor activities include hiking, walking and enjoying the fresh mountain air while the Balea Lake Chalet provides a wonderful spot for lunch right on the water’s edge.

Please Note: Balea Lake can only be visited from June to October as the Transfagarasan road is closed the rest of the year.



Those visiting in the shoulder months (April, May and November) will get a chance to visit the lovely town of Sibiu. Set in the heart of the Transylvanian countryside, the beautiful 12th century Saxon town represents one of the most charming areas in Romania. The winding cobbled streets, brightly coloured traditional houses and decorative bridges of the old town come together to create a picturesque chocolate-box town that provides a fairytale-like setting.

As the official European City of Culture (2007), Sibiu boasts the best-preserved architecture in Romania and its three main squares are divine with their charming façades painted in shades of warm apricot, pea green, sky blue and sunshine yellow. The quaint back alleys and stunning church-adorned squares provide the perfect opportunity to soak up the atmosphere pausing for refreshments in a string of wonderful cafés, bars and restaurants dotted in and around the main squares.

Accommodation choices in Sibiu:

Includes Casa Luxemburg

Includes Huet Residence

Includes The Council

Please Note: Accommodation will be allocated by Untravelled Paths subject to availability. In the event there is no availability we will use alternative accommodation of similar standard and quality. Sibiu is only visited in April, May and November.

Tell me more about:  The Itinerary  |  The Seasons  |  The Highlights  |  The Booking Process  |  The Availability


The Season

With increasingly long summers and winters, the climate in Romania is rather extreme and plays host to some scorching months as well as a period of severe cold and snow, which is why the Dracula Experience does not run through the winter months. Spring, summer and autumn however offer beautiful weather on the whole, the finer details of which are mentioned below. Of course, the ideal time to book your Dracula Experience has to be in and around the end of October in the spirit of Halloween.

April: April offer a mixed bag in terms of weather. There’s normally a fair bit of snow around but it’s also not unusual to find yourself enjoying a coffee outside in a Transylvanian town’s café with the sun beating down with surprising strength on to both your face and the snow-covered streets.

May: The weather in May is pleasant as the intense heat of the summer is yet to arrive. However, it’s not unusual for the weather to change quite drastically in Transyvlania, particularly on higher ground so it’s a good idea to pack layers just in case! The other plus side to travelling in the spring is the presence of stunning wildflowers and butterflies that fill the Transylvanian countryside.

June, July & August: In the full swing of summer, visiting Transylvania in June, July and August affords long hot sunny days and blue skies with little chance of rain. While temperatures can soar to around 40 degrees in Bucharest, the Transylvanian countryside tends to be a little cooler so you can enjoy wandering around Transylvania’s beautiful medieval towns of Brasov and Sighisoara.

September & October: September and October are wonderful months to visit Transylvania as the temperatures have cooled off substantially but glowing sunshine and clear blue skies still prevail. Of course the end of October sees the arrival of Halloween, and what better place to celebrate all things spooky than in the land of Dracula? Now that really will send shivers down your spine.

November & December: The tail end of autumn and the beginning of winter are a good time to visit Transylvania as the crowds will be long gone. The weather can be a bit of a mixed bag depending on the year so you might be greeted with unseasonable sunshine or even some snow.

Please Note: During the shoulder season (Apr-May; Nov-Dec), the third night is spent in Sibiu instead of Sighisoara. This is due to the shorter days during those months where road time has to be spread more evenly. All sights and activities remain the same but you wouldn’t visit Balea Lake as the Tranfagarasan is closed. The bonus? You get to see another beautiful Transylvanian town!

Want to see Dracula’s Castle over winter? Why not try our Transylvania Christmas Markets Experience or our Ice Hotel Experience.


The Duration & The Calendar

The Dracula Experience takes place over four nights and five days and typically commences every Thursday during the season. However, the arrival and departure times of your chosen flights may well affect the exact duration of your stay. Many use the flexibility of booking their own flights to add an additional night or two (or three) in Bucharest at the beginning and/or end of the experience to make the very most of their time in Romania.

The calendar on the BOOK NOW page shows exactly when trips are available throughout the season. As well as displaying which trip dates are fully booked or available, the calendar also highlights specific dates that have been discounted or are on special offer. Click here to see available dates and rates on our calendar.

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The Highlights

There are plenty of reasons why we think you would be mad to miss out on exploring Transylvania on the Dracula experience, but here are a few of our personal trip highlights to help make your mind up…

The Dracula Connection: Transylvania’s link to the bloodthirsty Count Dracula has always been the main draw for many in visiting the area, and with plenty of history, sights and atmosphere you’ll certainly be getting what you bargained for. Along with Dracula’s Castle in Bran every sight you visit has a connection with Vlad the Impaler and will be brought to life with stories and information delivered from your guide to help paint a clear picture of who the man behind Dracula really was. It’s all fascinating stuff but more than just a famous ghost story and we hope you’ll fall in love with Transylvania like we have!

The Transylvanian Countryside: Transylvania offers so much more than old ghost stories. With beautiful landscapes teaming with nature and perfectly preserved medieval towns rich in history and culture, this is one of the last places in Europe where you’ll find living remnants of medieval tradition and custom.

Ancient fortified villages and isolated hamlets are surrounded by rolling pastures dotted with haystacks, and meadows carpeted with hundreds of wildflowers. Peasant culture and rural life is apparent at every twist and turn – the locals get around by horse and cart, grass is cut using traditional scythes, shepherds roam the countryside and water is taken from the communal village well. Frozen in time yet utterly self-sufficient, the inhabitants of these remote dwellings have honed the ancient arts of weaving, pottery and bread-making over the centuries, and still make a living from time-honoured occupations including shepherding and carpentery.

The Transylvanian Towns: Transylvania’s collection of medieval towns is one of its biggest strengths and once you’ve had the opportunity to stroll around their cobbled streets and soak up the olde-worldy atmosphere you’ll soon see why. Surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains and dotted with clusters of rural villages, fortified churches and thick forests, the old towns of Brasov and Sighisoara are an absolute pleasure to spend time in. These medieval Saxon towns and particularly the ancient citadel of Sighisoara ooze charm, history and culture and will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a long ago fairytale where ghosts and vampires are very much alive.

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The Grapevine

Don’t just take our word for it… have a read through the 5* reviews our past guests have left on Facebook and Trustpilot.



The Booking Process

So you’ve found the perfect experience for you… what happens next? Just follow the steps below…

Includes Enquiry form: Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.

Includes Confirmation: We will get back to you within 24 hours answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking. 

Includes Booking form: Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.

Includes Payment: As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 6 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 25% deposit will be taken. The outstanding balance is then taken 6 weeks before travelling. Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 6 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions.

Includes Final confirmation: Shortly after you paid, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalized itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!


The Flights

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Bucharest with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

Includes London Heathrow                      Includes Bristol

Includes London Gatwick                          Includes Doncaster                  

Includes London Stansted                         Includes Glasgow

Includes London Luton                              Includes Dublin

Includes Birmingham                                 For other airports click here

Your airport transfers are 100% flexible allowing you the freedom to arrive and depart at any time you choose on the arrival/departure date whether that be at 6am in the morning or 11pm at night.

For those wanting to book additional nights at the beginning or end of the trip please note that your airport pick-up and drop-off will still be included provided that you book your accommodation for the extra nights directly through us. If not you will need to organise your own transfers to and from the airport. Please contact us if you need advice or assistance.

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The Personality

This Dracula Experience in Transylvania is suitable for all ages and tastes from the young to the young at heart. It also matches with the below travel personalities and groups so you can find out whether you not this is the right fit for you:

Includes The Culture Vulture

Includes The Explorer

Includes The Busy Bee


The Group 

The Dracula Experience is a wonderful long weekend escape to the mysterious land of Transylvania suited to all groups including families and even solo travellers who are keen on following in the footsteps of the bloodthirsty Vlad the Impaler.

Includes The Couple

Includes The Friends

Includes The Family

Includes The Solo Traveller

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The Enquiry Form

If you’d like to learn more about this experience, you’d like to check availability and prices or you have questions that need answering simply fill out the form below with all the required details using the calendar to let us know which dates you’re interested in. Once submitted, we will get back to you with confirmation and/or next steps within 24 hours.

Single Supplement: Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers there is a £25 single supplement per night (£100 total for the experience).

Extra Nights: If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you. For the extra nights organised through us, the airport transfer will still be included.

Please Note: For those who want to see Dracula’s castle in the winter months check our our Transylvania Christmas Markets Experience or our super cool Ice Hotel Experience.

Special offers are highlighted in orange. Super special offers are highlighted in yellow.

The Exclusive Halloween date (November 1st) is highlighted in red and includes tickets to the Bran Castle Halloween party.

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