Halloween in the land of Dracula

About Tour

Bram Stoker’s Dracula „The love never dies”. You will have the opportunity to discover where the legend of Dracula told by Bram Stoker comes from and go on the Prince’s footsteps in Romania.

For the first two monetary emissions, Vlad II used his emblem, the dragon, therefore, the Romanians whose word stock is mainly Latin, nicknamed him Dracul – Dracula (from Latin Draco – onis). In Romanian Drac means Devil. This nickname turned into surname for his descendants, Vlad III, his son being known as such. Vlad Tepes (the Impaller), being the son of Vlad Dracul, one of the most important landlords of Valachia, ruled Valachia from 1456 and nowadays he is known also as Price Dracula.

1 st Day

Arrival in Bucharest

Included highlights:

  • Arrival in Bucharest (capital of the country, established in 1459 by Prince Dracula)
  • Transfer to a 3* Hotel. Accommodation.
  • Depending on the time of arrival, a short tour of Bucharest could be organized.
  • Fancy dinner at Dracula’s Club.

Included meals:
  • Dinner
2 nd Day

First chance to meet Dracula

Included highlights:

  • Visit to the ruins of Dracula’s residency.
  • Departure through Pitesti to Sibiu.
  • Proceed to Arefu (it is said that the descendants of Dracula’s soldiers are there) and visit the ruins of one of Dracula’s fortresses (at Poienari).
  • Sightseeing Sibiu - a wonderful Saxon city.
  • Accommodation at an elegant 3* Hotel in the heart of the city.
  • Nice classic dinner.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
3 rd Day

Dear ladies, candidate for Miss Transylvania

Included highlights:

  • Departure to Sighisoara, a city from the middle of Transylvania and Romania. Sighisoara lies at an intersection of mythological, mythic and historic power-lines of dracularian roots. Sure, it is also the best - preserved 15 century-walled town in Europe, the birth-place of Prince Vlad the Impaler-Dracula, the site of many witch-trials, of the school attended by Herman Oberth, inventor of the first modern rockets and developer of the Apollo program.
  • Dare candidate for "Miss Transylvania", dear ladies, knowing you will be crowned "Countess Dracula" if you win, to be the pair of the Count for one year.

4 th Day

Surviving

Included highlights:

  • Sightseeing of Sighisoara, taking part to the cultural feasts,
  • Free time to prepare for the Halloween party. This year, The Little Shop from Hell will again offer those weird "After-Life Insurances" and "Indulgences" for 5 sins each, for just a few hours; a small counter of Count Dracula Treasures may have a few items to offer (snatched from Castle Dracula), and the rarer items will be auctioned.
  • The Event will be the Investiture of Miss Transylvania (at midnight) as Countess Dracula - to be the pair of the Count for one year.
  • The "Halloweenest" costume and mask will again be rewarded, and those who could guess who the Count was - under his disguise - will receive a full tour, free, at choice. See, the problem is to survive this night (highly unlikely) and enjoy the prizes.
  • Special Halloween dinner,
  • Accommodation in Sighisoara (3* hotel).

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
5 th Day

Exploring the village under the patronage of prince Charles of England

Included highlights:

  • Departure to Viscri,
  • Visit of the fortified church
  • Lunch in a peasant house. This village is under direct patronage of Charles, prince of England and it will be nice to discover why he has chosen this forgotten village to help the community.
  • City tour of medieval Brasov, the second important city of Transylvania
  • Dinner with floor-show at "The Citadel" in Brasov.
  • Check-in.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
6 th Day

Communism and Modern Dracula

Included highlights:

  • Departure to Bucharest and sightseeing the Romanian capital (the Palace of Parliament, the second largest building in the world, after the Pentagon, belonging to the Communist dictator Ceausescu – also called The Modern Dracula, for his cruel and abusive domination; and an walking tour in the old part of Bucharest: old court).
  • Special farewell dinner in a very fancy restaurant with music and dance show, in the spirit of the period of the 30’s in Bucharest, when our capital was called “The Little Paris”.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
7 th Day

Departure home

Included highlights:

  • Check out.
  • Transfer to the airport.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast

What People Say

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What a wonderful holiday. Everything was well organised and went well.

The guide, Cristina, was excellent, good English and very knowledgeable and keen that we should see every cultural and characteristic aspect of Moldova.

The visit to the Roma "family" was fascinating-not a "family" visit but a meeting with the Roma head of family in his huge house ornate and wealthy and we had a delicious home make cherry juice and had a question and answer session with him. He,Robert, is a relative of the Roma king; This was very informative as I am very interested in everyone and everything but tourists need to be interested in the Roma people and way of life otherwise input wouldn't be so fascinating!!

The visit to the "old believers" village was just great-tea from a samovar and cakes and a very pleasant woman the librarian and museum custodian.

In Gaugazia we met the Museum curator and again a fascinating insight into Gaugazian history.

Much of our enjoyment and insights was enhances by Cristina who translated everything so well.

The visits to the wineries were an eye opener and the wine tasting too. I recommend tourists who go to the Cricova winery to to wear warm clothes and a scarf as we go deep down into the underground "city" to see the stored wine.

We loved the food (and all the wine).

Have you ever wanted to go on a culture-wine-food tour? In California? France? Italy? Please, have some imagination! Be a little adventurous and go on one in Romania and Moldova. 

It was my good luck to participate in a tour organized by Ways Travel, during which i checked out the many wonders of Romania and Moldova. 

Our group on the bus was an international gang of nine – a Belgian, a German, a Norwegian, an Australian, a few Americans of interesting ethnic alloys and me, dual Dutch and American citizen. What can I say, it was an experience just sitting on a bus with these people and hear their war stories and get initiated into the workings of the behind-the-scenes travel industry. 

Leader of our tribe was the fabulous tour guide Victoria, who speaks four languages, English, German, Russian, Romanian, one of those people who makes a simple bilingual person such as myself feel humble and uneducated. 

The trip was a symphony of history, food, drink, music and dance. Dancing with the Gypsies no less. I tell you, it was fabulous, it was intoxicating. We got history – a dizzying whirl of wars and battles and bloody strife. Of conquests and annexations, of armies rampaging through the countryside, raping, pillaging and impaling. We heard colorful tales about Dacian tribes, the Roman Empire, the Red Horde, the Saxons, the Ottoman Empire, the communist era under Ceausescu. And let’s not forget to mention good old Count Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, who hailed from Transylvania. Really, we deserved every drop of hootch we got along the way to recover from all the tragedies we vicariously suffered through. 

In Romania we loved the beautiful towns of Sibiu and Sighisoara. In Sighisoara we missed seeing the house where Dracula was born because a movie was being filmed and they’d closed it off for visitors. Fortunately, we had a liqueur and brandy tasting to cheer us up. We hadn’t had lunch yet and our stomachs were empty, which helped raise the mood quickly. 

A highlight was our visit to the home of a Roma family in Transylvania and learning more about their culture and lifestyle. (You can read a story about this on my blog here.) Not all Gypsies are beggars living in the streets of large cities. It’s always a good thing to be disabused of your prejudices and preconceived notions. 

We stayed in excellent hotels and lodges, as well as in a humble hostel run by a monastery. We ate fancy restaurant food as well as simple village fare. We saw exquisite as well as cheery architecture, visited opulent cathedrals as well as the modest underground monastery chapel in Orhei Vechi, not far from Chisinau. The vino flowing across the miles was a charming mix of the good, the bad and the holy. The holy being the wine we tasted in a monastery, blessed by the priests. Unfortunately, the blessing did not transform it into nectar of the gods, but the dinner there was quite gourmet, all prepared from food grown by the monks without chemical assistance. 

We also visited Transnistria, which is a rather unique place, as most of you will already know. It is also home to the famous Kvint brandy factory and would you believe, we went there for a brandy dégustation – seven varieties of brandy. It was very informative, interesting and intoxicating. It was also lunch time, but fortunately there was food. We eventually struggled out of there, back on the bus, across the border that is not a border, and traveled down to the Purcari wineries in the south of Moldova where we were treated to . . . you guessed it . . . a wine tasting. Of ten types of wine. Not just any old village plonk, either. No, we got to sip the wine of kings, queens and tsars. Our livers got a workout that day. 

I’m going to stop here. There was more, much more, but I don’t want to give away everything, because what you should do, really, is check out Ways Travel’s website at www.ways.md .

The trip was really organized to the fullest. Facilities, vehicle, driver and above all the guide Cristina really good! Moldova is very pleasant, especially the monasteries. We have come back indeed from a gastronomic journey a little tipsy. The wines and cuisine really good!

Thanks again!