HAPPY IN TRANSLYVANIA, ROMANIA
6 NIGHTS / 7 DAYS
SHARED ROOM : FROM $1600
or $2000 Private Room
Guests are welcomed with a traditional Romanian drink prepared especially for the cold season – a shot of Romanian “water of fire” boiled with pepper will increase the interest in the delicious mouth-watering traditional dishes prepared for the Halloween party. The Master of Ceremony, one of Dracula’s many subjects, will introduce the guests to the programme of the evening making sure everyone will meet his fate!
- The services of an English speaking guide.
- Accommodation: 6 nights : 3 nights in 4* hotels, 3 nights in 3* hotels,
Day 1 – Bucharest, Moxa Boutique Hotel, 4*
Day 2 – Bucharest, Moxa Boutique Hotel, 4*
Day 3 – Brasov, Casa Wagner Hotel, 3* – centrally located
Day 4 – Sighisoara, Casa Wagner Hotel, 3*located in the heart of the citadel
Day 5 – Bran, Hanul Bran, 3* Hotel – walking distance from Bran Castle
Day 6 – Bucharest, Moxa Boutique Hotel, 4*
*Or best available at an equal classification
All hotels are centrally located.
- Transportation: all transfers inside the tour by coach, – air conditioned, depending on the number of
- Pick up: Moxa Boutique Hotel on first day of the tour, at 19:00 Bucharest local time (GMT+2)
- Drop off: Moxa Boutique Hotel on the last day of the tour.
- Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
- 1 Welcome dinner with folk show
- Special dinner at Halloween Party in Sighisoara Citadel, Dracula’s birthplace
- 3 course dinner, Open Bar from 20.00 – 00.00, dessert – Sweets Bar .
- Distilled spirits tasting at Teo’s dungeon
- Entry fees to: Snagov Monastery, Parliament Palace, Bran Castle, Clock Tower Sighisoara, Peles Castle
- Special events :
- Halloween Party in Sighisoara Citadel , including: The Ritual of Killing of a Living Dead,Witchery moments.
What’s Not Included:
Airfare to Romania
Meal not mentioned above
Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Romania.
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary are not included. Personal Drinks, any additional activities or transfers, gratuities, medical expenses or additional entrance fees to theatres, parks, museums/visitor centres not outlined in this itinerary, additional travel expenses or waiting time. Travel insurance and personal spending are travelers responsibility.
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Day 1 :
Saturday, October 28, Bucharest
19:00 – To have a complete picture of the Romanian capital you’re invited to enjoy a delicious traditional welcome dinner. Accommodate in a charming 4* boutique hotel.
Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Meals: 3 course Dinner
Entry Fee: NA
Day 2 :
Sunday, October 29, Bucharest – Snagov – Bucharest (1 hour driving)
8:30 -9.30 Breakfast
10:00 – 11.00 Visit Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.
Drive to Snagov to explore Snagov Monastery, according to the legend, Vlad Dracul was buried here after his assassination. The architectural style of the monastery follows the architectural pattern that is characteristic to the monasteries on the Holy Mount Athos in Greece. You will discover why once Bucharest was named The little Paris – Enjoy a city tour and find out why Bucharest once was called “the little Paris”.
Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Entry Fee: Snagov Monastery, Parliament Palace
Day 3 :
Monday , October 30, Bucharest –Sinaia- Brasov (183 km – 3hrs driving)
10:00 Morning drive to Sinaia and explore the royal Peles Castle, extended tour. The edifice was built in 1873 and is an architectural mixture of the German School and neo-renaissance style. The castle has 160 rooms, all of them opulently decorated in leather and wood from the most valuable tree species. Peles Castle is one of the best preserved and the most beautiful royal residences in Europe.
We will spend the night in the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov. The most famous landmark of Brasov is the Black Church, the largest gothic edifice in South – Eastern Europe. Brasov is a city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere which has played a vital role in Romania’s history, both old and new.
Three quarters of the city is surrounded by mountains, and it is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Entry Fee: Peles Castle
Day 4 :
Tuesday, October 31, Brasov – Sighisoara (117km, 2hrs driving)
10:00 Good morning party people, tonight is the night! Travel next to the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded by Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of Europe’s most beautiful and still inhabited fortified cities. Sighisoara is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, was born. Stroll around the streets of the old citadel; admire the Clock Tower, concentrating Sighisoara’s history, the beautiful Church on the Hill and the unique Covered Stairs.
We’ll make a stop at Teo’s dungeon an old distillery to find out how our TUICA/PALINCA ( the water of fire – Romanian brandy) is made. You deserve a tasting of four kinds of distilled spirits (plums gold medal,, pears silver, apples two silver medals, Vinars 1993 two gold medals), a berry liqueur and enjoy bread house with potatoes greased with lard and onions as we offered to tourists traveling on the Orient Express train.
19:50 Put on your costume and get into the mood, this is the reason for your travel to Transylvania. Prepare yourself for the best Halloween Party. You’ll enjoy a special program complemented by a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner, washed down with fiery spirits and excellent Romanian wine.
Halloween Party in Transylvania
19:50 You are welcomed with a traditional Romanian drink – a shot of Romanian “water of fire” boiled with pepper.
Open Bar Menu between 20:00 – 00:00
Dungeon 20:30 After Life Insurance ceremony, a great opportunity to get to know each other and admire every Halloween costume from the party
Dungeon 21:00 “Vampiresa Hunting”. You will find yourself transcended in a world dominated by fear, struggles and hideous characters. Find out if the story has a happy ending. An impressive ballet performance of professional ballet dancers led by Emilia and Dorin Mirea, who were rewarded with the medal of Excellence for their cultural activity.
Dungeon 21:30 “Witchery moments” with Eduard & Bianca – two of Europe’s most innovative and dynamic magicians. They can make the impossible possible combining magic and illusions with dance, ballet, comedy and much more! At the age of 20, they impressed a whole country at Romania’s Got Talent with their fantastic performances full of creativity, showmanship and danger. This will be a hell of a night!
Don’t forget to refill your glass. Maybe a vervaine cocktail before The Ritual of Killing of a Living dead will do good…–
Terrace 22:30 The Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead – performed according to the old burring ritual in Transylvania meant to reveal who was dwelling the magic realms of Transylvania prior to vampires.
You’ll attend the re-enacted killing of a vampire; you’ll be part of the crowd seeking to take the bloody creature to a special place where the ritual can begin, The Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead. The event will familiarize the guests with the Romanian terminology associated with the living dead – the strigoi and moroi.
Terrace 24:00 A glass of champagne and Best Howl at the moon competition will delight us afterwards.
The culinary event of the evening is the Halloween Sweets Bar delicious as fresh blood.
The Master of Ceremony will reward the ones who really did their best for the Halloween Costumes! The Halloween Costume will receive awards (Romanian genuine handcrafts to remember you of this incredible night).
Back in the dungeon: Devilish dancing until dawn!
A bottle of good Romanian wine for the last person standing!
*Taking in consideration that some of the events included in the Halloween Party program will be outdoor, please bring a jacket with you for the party.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel in the heart of the medieval citadel
Meals: Breakfast, 3-course Dinner plus Open Bar (alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
between 20:00 – 00:00, dessert – Sweets Bar.
Entry Fee: Halloween Party, Clock Tower Museum in Sighisoara, Teo’s dungeon
Day 5 :
Wednesday, Nov 1, Sighisoara – Bran (141 km, 2hrs driving)
11:00 Explore Transylvania’s symbol, Bran Castle. The edifice owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. Documentary evidence of the castle dates back to 1377. A true fortress and once a fort guarding a commercial road, all its walls are made of stone and the rooms and narrow corridors form a labyrinth of hidden corners and secret chambers. In 1920, Queen Mary, the niece of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, turned the castle into a beautiful summer residence. Close to the castle there is a shrine set in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered her heart. Lunch on personal
accounts. Visit the Horror Castle, a special treat dedicated for the strong-hearted located in the vicinity of the castle.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel , 300 meters far from Bran Castle
Entry Fee: Bran Castle, Horror Castle
Day 6 :
Thursday, November 2, Bran –Bucharest (186 km -3hrs driving)
R9:00 Breakfast and transfer back to Bucharest. Rest day.
Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Day 7 :
Friday, November 3 – departure
Terms and Conditions
Group Trip Cancellations.
If YCSMH has to cancel a group trip because a country has closed its borders, everyone will have a choice of receiving a refund or being rolled over to another group trip. The decision to cancel a group trip will be determined by myself and our local guides.
DEPOSITS PAID- CANCEL WITH NO REPLACEMENT
If you cancel a booking and cannot find a replacement the FULL deposit amount will be lost from the original person making the reservation.
DEPOSITS PAID- CANCEL WITH A REPLACEMENT – $100 Penalty
If YOU cancel and find your own replacement that “helps” but it doesn’t alleviate the time and effort I must spend to get your replacement up to speed (answer questions and send previous emails). A $100 fee will be charged if you cancel and find your own replacement.
FULL PAYMENTS PAID- CANCEL WITH NO REPLACEMENT- 90 DAYS BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE
Full payments for all Happy trips are due 90 days before departure. If you cancel the trip you will not be eligible to receive a refund. You will need to file a claim with your insurance provider. As a rule most tour vendors, charter companies and hotels require full payment 90 days before arrival. Once we have made reservations MOST resorts, Charter companies, rental shops, etc hold YCSMH financially responsible (i.e. we have to pay them, hence we expect YOU to pay us).
FULL PAYMENTS PAID- CANCEL WITH A REPLACEMENT- 90 DAYS BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE
In the event of a cancellation, YCSMH will gladly help find a replacement but the responsibility to find the replacement is that of the person canceling. If you find a replacement to fill your spot you will be eligible for a full refund minus a $100 fee.
If YCSMH finds you a replacement you will receive a refund minus the trip deposit. As I mentioned there is a considerable amount of time and effort spent to send out emails to your replacement to get them up to speed.
I hope this helps clarify our terms as we all navigate through this post pandemic world. For those of us who are passionate travelers the small inconveniences of testing, insurance and entry requirements are well worth it.
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