Dacre Stokers' Dracula Tour of Romania and Transylvania
September 10-16, 2018
Travel with Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker’s great grand nephew on a historical sightseeing tour euphemistically referred to as Transylvania, DSI (Dracula Scene Investigation) as we dig into the deep, rich and complex history of Romania to understand the truth and the origins of the Vampire myth and how they relate to the real Prince Vlad Dracula III (1431-1476). Learn how and why Bram Stoker made the connection between the real Prince Vlad Dracula and his iconic fictional character Count Dracula.
Isolated, rural Transylvanian locations, and ethnic diversity have created a wide variety of superstitions which inspired Irish author Bram Stoker to write one of the most famous novels in the English language Dracula (1897). While learning about who the real Vlad Dracula lll was, you will tour historical attractions in Romania with connections to Vlad, and a few without any Dracula connections. In the process we will “set the story straight” and explain why Vlad was so effective and revered as a ruler and to put into perspective why he ruled the way he did, and how and why he became known as the “impaler.”
Preliminary Day-By-Day Itinerary*
SUN 9/9 – Arrive Bucharest. Dinner at Casa Doina Restaurant (considered the best traditional restaurant in the country). MON 9/10 - Bucharest - Bran - Brasov. Dinner at Luther Brasserie in Brasov. TUE 9/11 - Brasov (tour, visit Black Church) - Sinaia (lunch at a Hunter's Restaurant, visit Peles Castle) - Brasov WED 9/12 - Brasov - Viscri village (visti fortified church and traditional lunch). Arrive Sighisoara. Afternoon visit of Teo's Cellar with brandy tasting followed by dinner at Casa Vlad Dracul Restaurant. THU 9/13 - Sighisoara. Morning tour with inside visits at Clock Tower, Torture Chamber, Weapons Gallery and Church on the Hill. Rest of the day free. Dinner in the cellar of Sighisoara Hotel FRI 9/14 - Sighisoara - Biertan Fortified Church (inside visit) - Sibiu (tour, visit Evangelichal Cathedral). Dinner at local restaurant SAT 9/15 - Sibiu - Curtea de Arges (visit Monastery) - Poenari Castle (inside visit) - Targoviste (visit Old Princely Court) - Bucharest. Farewell dinner at Caru cu Bere Restaurant (the oldest in town) SUN 9/16 - Depart Bucharest * Details and highlights will be added to the above as they are confirmed with our tour operator, and are subject to change
First night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bucharest (4 stars) Two nights at the Aro Palace Hotel in Brasov (5 stars) Two nights at the Sighisoara Hotel in Sighisoara (3 stars) One night at the Ibis Hotel in Sibiu (3 stars) Last night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bucharest (4 stars)
$2499 per person USD in sharing double/twin room Single Room supplement: $290 USD Rates include all hotel accommodations, all internal transportation, all sightseeing, many meals, services of professional, licensed, English speaking guides and all taxes. International air transportation is NOT included and is additional. Air quotes can be provided upon registration. Optional, comprehensive travel insurance is available and highly recommended. The cost will be provided upon registration. A deposit of $ per person is required at the time of registration, with the balance of payment due by .