In Search of Dracula-Romania Road Trip

Date: 28.09-1 .10.2017

Start time: 1:00pm

So, you think vampires are just a myth? Well, let’s find out for ourselves. We need a team made up of only the most brave and adventurous people to join us on our road trip to hunt for the king of vampires – Dracula.

What's included: 

1 night stay at the Hotel in Bran, double/twin rooms

1 night stay at the Sighisoara, double/twin/triple rooms

1 night stay at the Hostel in Bucharest double/twin rooms

visit and entry in Dracula Castle in Bran

visit and entry in Rasnov Fortress

visit and entry in Poienari Citadel

visit and entry  in Snagov Monastery

all transfers mentioned in the itinerary (minibus)

guided tour of Bucharest,

dedicated English-speaking host

 

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Start

2017-09-28 1:00pm

End

2017-10-1 2:00pm

Description

So, you think vampires are just a myth? Well, let’s find out for ourselves. We need a team made up of only the most brave and adventurous people to join us on our road trip to hunt for the king of vampires – Dracula.

Step into medieval times are we explore four fortresses in the mysterious land of Romania, that is made up of castles and beauty. Bring your garlic with you, for this is not all of the journey and on our road trip we will even hunt the vampire in the great Dracula’s castle.

If we do not find him there – fear not – for on our return we will stop over in Bucharest and go on a guided tour of the city. Keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you, for he could be anywhere!

1 night stay at the Hotel in Bran, double/twin rooms

1 night stay at the Sighisoara, double/twin/triple rooms

1 night stay at the Hostel in Bucharest double/twin rooms

visit and entry in Dracula Castle in Bran

visit and entry in Rasnov Fortress

visit and entry in Poienari Citadel

visit and entry  in Snagov Monastery

all transfers mentioned in the itinerary (minibus)

guided tour of Bucharest,

dedicated English speaking host

Price structure: Here at CKAC, we know how hard it can be to save money for that dream adventure, so that’s why we offer a deposit scheme on most of our trips. The idea is that you can pay an initial deposit for your chosen event or trip, in order to reserve your spot, but you are still left with the remainder of the payment, to pay at your own convenience, allowing you more time to save.

What’s not included: 

flights, food, drinks, items of personal matter, stress and polution 😉

Flights*:

28th September, Ryanair, London Stansted-Bucharest, 08:40-13:50

1st October, Ryanair, Bucharest-London Stansted, 16:05-17:35

Price: £82 ( checked on 28th March)

*As we have minimum and maximum numbers for each trip and we are taking bookings through various platforms, please email us on admin@curiouskatsadventures.com once you pay your deposit, to find out if your place has been confirmed and whether you can book the flights before purchasing them. 

TRANSYLVANIA:

The region of Transylvania is known for the scenic beauty of its Carpathian landscape and its rich history. It also contains major cities such as Cluj-NapocaBrașovSibiu and Târgu Mureș.

In the English-speaking world, it has been commonly associated with vampires, due to the influence of Bram Stoker‘s famous novel Dracula and its many film adaptations.

TRANSYLVANIA CASTLES:

Romania’s collection of castles and fortresses perhaps best illustrates the rich medieval heritage of the country. While castles built from the 14th to the 18th centuries are strong and austere fortresses built mainly for defense against invaders, those erected beginning in the late 1800s are imposing and luxurious. The most popular is Bran Castle, built in the mid-1300s and legendary home to Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula.

POIENARI FORTRESS:

The ruins of Poienari Fortress stand high on a cliff overlooking the Arges River, at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Built at the beginning of the 13th century by the first Walachian rulers, the castle changed names and residents a few times over the decades; eventually, it was abandoned and left in ruins. Vlad Tepes ( Vlad the Impaler) recognised the potential of the location and  he ordered that the structure be repaired and consolidated, turning it into one of his main fortresses. When the Turks attacked and captured the castle in 1462, Vlad escaped via a secret passageway leading north through the mountains.

RASNOV FORTRESS:

Rasnov Fortress is located on a rocky hilltop in the Carpathian Mountains, 650 ft. above the town of Rasnov. First mentioned in an official document in 1331, the fortress was built by Teutonic Knights as protection against invading Tartars and was later enlarged by the local Saxon population. Strategically located on the commercial route linking the provinces of Transylvania and Walachia, Rasnov differs from other Saxon fortresses in that it was designed as a place of refuge over extended periods of time. Recently, the old fortress has been restored to its former glory and today, you can visit the impressive remains.

BRAN CASTLE

We invite you to experience the history, the myth, the intrigue and the magic of this wonderful place. We hope that you will carry the spirit that makes us love Bran Castle with you, always.

Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker’s Dracula.

ACCOMMODATION

Hostel, twin/double/triple rooms

Plan of the trip (subject to change)

Thursday, 

Flight to Bucharest

Pick up from the airport

Visit in Snagov Monastery

On a tiny island in a lake just outside of Bucharest stands Snagov Monastery which local tradition states is the burial place of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

transfer to Bran, check and dinner

Friday, 

Morning visit in Bran Castle

Transfer to Rasnov Fortress – explore the crumbling ruins built by the Teutonic Knights in Transylvania which was once owned by Dracula’s grandfather, Mircea the Old.

Transfer to 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 accommodation very close to the main square where the young Dracula was born.

Dinner and drinks!

Saturday, 

Morning transfer from Sighisoara on the ‘best road in the world’, the Transfagarasan up to Balea Lake for lunch.

 Travelling to Poienari Castle (called Real Dracula`s Castle)

We will spend the afternoon exploring the ruins of the castle where Vlad the Impaler was besieged by the Turks then transfer back through the Transylvanian countryside to Bucharest for your final night.

Dinner and party in Bucharest!

Sunday 

guided tour of Bucharest

airport transfers

flight to London

INSURANCE:

You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance, so please make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and the activities that you will be participating in. In addition to your own Personal Civil liability insurance, you will need an individual insurance for multi-risk and multi-activity holidays (expenses of cancellation, research – help, repatriation, medical expenses, theft of luggage, etc.) appropriate for the activities to be undertaken as part of the holiday. The general travel insurance is often minimal and rarely adapted to the active holidays. Please check the details with your insurance provider.

DISCLAIMER and T&Cs:

By signing up to this event you confirm that you have read and consented to our terms and conditions (click to download) and waiver (click to download).

Cancellations:

Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure: http://katsadventures.com/#plx_progress_faq_section

Important Information:

Please note that we may need to contact you from time to time with important information via email. If you have booked a trip or an event with us, please ensure that you provide us with an up-to-date email address* and check your inbox regularly for any important updates, as you may miss out on critical information ( such as change of venue, time changes, etc.) or might end up missing out on the event altogether! Please note that we will not be able to process any refunds, should this happen.

We also ask that you add our email address, admin@curiouskatsadventures.com, to your contact list, in order to ensure that any vital information we send to you, doesn’t get sent to your spam or junk inbox. For further information please refer to section 2.3 of our Term & Conditions.

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