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The Castles Of Transylvania

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Bucharest, Romania

  • Activities

    Architectural Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $160 USD per trip
  • Duration

    12 hours

  • Avg Distance

    400 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Any day, around 8:00 am

  • Starting Location

    Bucharest

  • Price Includes

    Car, fuel, driving, guiding

  • Notes

    Not included: entrance fees for you; parking fees. Entrance fees about 55 - 63 RON/person (14-16 USD/person); -Parking per tour: Sinaia: 10 RON (2,5 USD); Bran: usually free; Brasov: 6 RON (1,5 USD).

Highlights

  • The Peles Castle - placed in one of the most picturesque sites in Romania, this castle will amaze you by the size, outstanding design and the luxury!
  • Sinaia Monastery - built in 1695; the whole town of Sinaia developed around it. We can visit the old, original church, and the new one, from 1846.
  • The Bran Castle - the famous so-called "Dracula's Castle" looks indeed, as it ought to be Dracula's Castle. A maze of corridors, staircases and rooms.
  • The Black Church from Brasov - the largest gothical style church between Vienna and Istanbul, it can hold as many as 5 thousand people!
  • The Black Tower - part of the old fortifications system of Brasov, the Black Tower offers the best location for taking pictures of the Black Church.

Guide

Trip Info

Most popular one day trip out of Bucharest. We visit the Peles Castle (former summer residence of the Romanian Royal family, today considered the most beautiful castles in Romania) and Sinaia monastery – one of the most beautiful Romanian Orthodox monasteries and the place where Arsenie Boca (the most important Spiritual teacher in our modern history) spent his last years. We also visit the Bran Castle (the so-called Dracula’s Castle) and Brasov Old City Center (the Old City Council Square, the Black Church, the Rope Street, the Black Tower, the White Tower).

Reviews

  1. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on Tripadvisor: Jean-Francois Griveau – Rennes, France “Excellente journée dans la valéée de la Prahova” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 Nous avons réservé sur internet une journée dans la vallée de la Prahova avec Adrian et avons réellement apprécié notre excursion. Il est venu nous chercher à l’hôtel à l’heure prévue et nous a ramenés après une journée de 12 heures et un périple de plus de 400 kilomètres. Adrian est quelqu’un de vraiment charmant et possède une grande connaissance de son pays. Il est très à l’écoute de ses clients et n’hésite pas à modifier le programme en fonction des demandes. A réserver les yeux fermés en toute confiance. Visited November 2014 ENGLISH translation: Traveler rating: 5 of 5 stars “Great day in the Valeee Prahova” Nov 30, 2014 We booked on the internet a day in the Prahova Valley with Adrian and we really enjoyed our tour. He picked us up at the hotel on time and took us back after a day of 12 hours and a journey of over 400 kilometers. Adrian is someone really charming and has a great knowledge of his country. It is very responsive to its customers and does not hesitate to modify the program according to the demands. To book closed eyes with confidence.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on Tripadvisor: “Brilliant tour guide” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 We had Adrian to take us around Brasov and Bran and he was fantastic. He was great value for money and went beyond the call of duty to show us some fantastic sites in Romania. Recommended without a doubt! Visited February 19th, 2015 – Nicola Rowan – Ireland

  3. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on Tripadvisor: “Adrian’s very knowledgeable, polite and his tour was great value for money!” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 Adrian was amazing. We arranged the day tour with him the day before last minute and couldn’t finalise the trip until late the eve before (due to the other couple we had arranged to go with returning to the hotel late). However Adrian was very understanding and flexible and still turned up bright and early to our hotel on the day of the tour. His knowledge is unending and we learnt a lot about everywhere we went (peles castle, sinaia monastery, bran castle and brasov) as well as the history of Romania. He is incredibly well mannered and adaptable to the needs of his clients! Highly recommend. Visited February 2015 – Christina Fulcher – England

  4. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on Tripadvisor: “one day trip” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 i was in a hurry and had no idea where to go and what to see in Romania… luckily Adrian came to the rescue and organized a stunning tour… Adrian was very informative and knowledgeable…. i highly recommend his tours. Visited February 2015 – Abdulrahman Al-Abkal – Kuweit

  5. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on Tripadvisor: “Engaging bloke with superb knowledge” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 Adrian (and his driver colleague) provided a full days excursion to two castles with restaurant break in between for our party of 8. Also recommending us a super place to eat the following night. Adrian is passionate about Romania and very keen to share the good and bad of the country. He is a well traveled man with experience of different cultures and is happy to field questions about his home land. Book with confidence!! Visited January 31st, 2015 – group Christina Kuegel – England

  6. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on Tripadvisor: “The reviews are true!” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 Wow what a wonderful day we had on the castles tour! We booked last minute based on some great reviews on here! Over the course of a few hours Adrian gave us prices, times and confirmed the trip! The day was planned so well and filled with so much great information. He kept us entertained but also allowed us some quiet time. There was a wonderful balance of allowing us to enjoy the day but also ensuring that we learned something. We were a group of 8 and he managed to ensure everyone was happy! I have been on plenty of tours and Adrian goes above and beyond any other tour guide! I highly recommend to him and would indeed use him as a tour guide again! Visited January 31st, 2015 Christina Kuegel – England

  7. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on Tripadvisor: “A Wonderful Castles and Brasov Trip” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 I decided to book Adrian due to the excellent reviews on here. Sometimes I’m a bit dubious about trip advisor when you see a review written by a traveller who has only reviewed one place, yet says they have travelled to many countries – where’s your other reviews then?! but The Fixer has earned his good reputation 100% :) Adrian replied promptly to my emails, and made suggestions about the day – even offering to pick us up at 7am instead of 8am! We settled on 7.30am, and he said to check that our hotel served breakfast early so that we wouldn’t have to worry about stopping for breakfast. Adrian is very knowledgable about the history and sites in Romania – the good and the bad! He happily answered our questions, and told us about his life. He said that Romanians are very friendly, and we certainly agree as our 5 days in Bucharest went by with meeting lots of happy, talkative locals. He was very patient and allowed us time to walk around the castles after the guided tour (at the castle, Adrian waits in his car but recommends where to walk around the gardens to take nice photos). Peles Castle you have to pay to enter and receive a tour by a guide there- choose from a 45 minute 1 floor tour, or a 90 minute 2 floors tour. The monastry was interesting, Adrian showed us around and we even saw some of the 12 monks that still live there. We got to visit the small church within the grounds too. At Bran Castle, you are free to walk around on your own, allow 80 minutes if you also wish to view the torture rooms. Adrian knew good places to stop to take amazing photographs and offered to take photos of me and my boyfriend. He recommended a restaurant to eat at, whch was a pleasant, traditional Romanian. Handy if you haven’t thought to pack a lunch box! We spent 12.5 hours with hm, admittedly me and my boyfriend did have a nap in the car on the way back as we were shattered. The day involves a lot of walking if you want to see both castles and Brasov, but it’s really worth it. We went up the Black Tower in Brasov and got some wonderful photos. Adrian really knows his history, and we learnt a lot from him. He is very thoughtful, and asked us if we were too hot/cold in the car, hungry, how long was left til the next stop, opened and closed doors for us etc. Items can be left in his car when visiting the attractions. Highly recommended, and we would definitely use him again if we were to visit Romanaia (the volcanic mud and Salt Mines tour). Some tours are very expensive, but we found The Fixer to be a reasonable price. For 12.5 hours of his time and knowledge, the fuel cost it was a lovely day. We had to pay extra for the parking and entrance fees, but this was only another £12-£15, which you’d have to pay if you were going by yourself. I would say if you were going to indulge yourself on a trip to Romania then book a private tour as it is much less hassle than doing it by train/bus/walkng, and you get to see so much more. The extra knowledge you learn from your guide is invaluable! One tip: bring sensible boots/shoes with good grips so that you don’t slip in the snow! Visited January 29th, 2015 Emilia Callaghan – England

  8. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on Tripadvisor: “Pleasant company” 5 of 5 stars – Reviewed January 3, 2015 We did the One day tour in the Prahova Valley on December 31st to visit the Peles and Bran’s Castels, the Sinaia Monastery and Brasov city (the Black Church). Adrian is the best tour operator, he knows perfectly Romania and its history. You will have an answer for any question, he has a thorough knowledge of lot of things! And he is also very patient! Thanks to him, now we know a lot of interesting things about the country and the people. :) Visited December 2014 Donatella D’Alessandro – Italy

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