Exclusive 4 day Transylvania Tour From Dublin - Hosted By Dacre Stoker, great grandnephew of Bram Stoker
Unique 3 nights, 4 days once in a lifetime "Dracula Scene Investigation" excursion from Dublin to Bucharest with Hidden Dublin Tours & Dacre Stoker
Meeting Point: Bucharest Airport
Tour Duration: 3 nights 4 days
Finish Location: Bucharest Airport
Hosted By: Dacre Stoker, the great grandnephew of Bram Stoker
Tour Size: 30 Max, online booking only
Contact: Book online | Ciara on +353 85 2088117 | bookings.hiddendublinwalks.com
*** Reasonable level of fitness required as some daily activities require hiking up hills or mountains.
***the castles we visit do not have elevators or wheelchair ramps.
All Ground transportation, including private airport pick up and drop off
Double occupancy in hotels, all breakfasts at the hotels, and all entrance to tour sights provided
CPR First Aid certified English speaking registered tour guides
Dacre Stoker host, lecture: The Mysteries Behind the Writing of Dracula, A Stoker Family Perspective, unique to Hidden Dublin Tours and present throughout the whole tour.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Flights - You must book these yourself with the details we supply (normally done on Ryanair website)
Any Meals and drinks not listed in the program
Unique, isolated and rural Transylvanian locations 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). Travel with Dacre Stoker and the team at Hidden Dublin Tours on our unique historical sightseeing tour, euphemistically referred to as Transylvania, DSI (Dracula Scene Investigation).
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). Furthermore, we will learn how and why Bram Stoker made the connection between the real Prince Vlad Dracula and his iconic fictional character Count Dracula.
The tour will include host Dacre Stoker, Bram’s great grand nephew, co author of the official sequel to Dracula entitled - Dracula the Un-Dead. 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, putting into perspective why he ruled the way he did, and how and why he became known as the “impaler.” In addition, you will also learn the connection to the 'fictional Count Dracula', as created by author Bram Stoker.
Day 1 - Arrive Bucharest
Curte Veche, Princely Palace Bucharest 14th century Old Princely Court of Vlad Dracula, built as a place or residence during the rule of Vlad III Dracula in 1459. Drive on your private coach to Targoviste.
Targoviste, Princely Court of Vlad Dracula .The 14th century fortress and Royal Court was the former voivodal residence of Wallachia. Within the fortress stands the impressive Chindia Tower built in the 15th century.
Spend the night in "Hotel King Targoviste"
Curtea de Argeş - the early capital of Wallachia, and where ruins from the 14th century mark the spot a court once stood. The main sight is St Nicholas Church, which dates from the time of Basarab I (1310–52). Many of the frescoes are originals.
The tomb of early ruler Vladislav I Vlaicu (d 1377) stands in the main room. Vlaicu's tomb was first discovered and exhumed in the 1920s.
Poenari Fortress - 1480 steps up the mountain 45 mins up, 30 mins down
Located in Arefu Arges County, the fortress was erected around the beginning of the 13th century by the rulers of Walachia. Around the 14th century, Poenari was the main citadel of the Basarab rulers. In the next few decades, the name and the residents changed a few times but eventually the castle was abandoned and left in ruins. However, in the 15th century, realizing the potential for a castle perched high on a steep precipice of rock, Vlad Dracula III the Impaler repaired and consolidated the structure, making it one of his main fortresses.
Drive time on Transfargassen 4 hours with stops along the way
Spend the night at "Hotel Vladamir Bran"
Day 3 - Visit to Bran Castle
Bran Castle, Brasov, was the Inspiration for the fictional 'Castle Dracula'. It is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia.
Visit Peles Castle - Sinaia Prahova County - The most beautifully decorated castle in Romania.
Spend the night at RIN Airport Hotel
Day 4 - Depart from Bucharest
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