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Our special short-break Dracula Tours have been designed around the convenient Wizz Air flights to Cluj, or scheduled flights to Bucharest. They can also be adpated for Malev flights to Târgu Mures or flights to Sibiu. These flexible tours enable you to discover the remote mountains of northern Transylvania - home of Bram Stoker's 'Count Dracula' combined with the mediaeval heartland of Transylvania or the domains of the real-life Vlad Dracula - Wallachia and the Burzenalnd around Brasov. These tours can be organised and adapted for groups or individuals alike. Group prices on request - subject to numbers. See also our BESPOKE DRACULA page for longer tailormade Dracula-themed itineraries.
Important: Please read our notes about booking holidays in Romania at the foot of the page.






"We loved Hotel Castel Dracula, it was great fun, and in a stunning location, but the horse and cart ride up through the forest was an attraction worth selling in itself. A beautiful ride and a great experience. We loved turning up to the door to the amzement of the other tourists in their cars!" D.& A.O. (East Sussex)


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Dracula Collection
Guideline Prices 2009



These are suggestions for tours
for small groups or families
throughout the year:

Prices would depend on group size.
Guidelines are indicated below.





4-5 Days BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Pint-Size Dracula

Cluj - Bistrita - Borgo Pass
(Jonathan Harker Trail) -
Târgu Mures - Sighisoara - Cluj


£ 295.00-£ 575.00 per person
subject to your group size
plus flights from
£ 75.00 per person
with Wizz - Luton to Cluj/
Targu Mures - Luton

SEE BELOW FOR FULL DETAILS





4 Days BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Weekend Dracula

Cluj - Bistrita - Borgo Pass
(Jonathan Harker Trail) - Cluj


£ 250.00-£ 425.00 per person
subject to your group size
plus flights from
£ 75.00 per person
with Wizz - Luton to Cluj


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4 Days BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Realm of Vlad the Impaler

Fully Escorted Tour
Bucharest - Târgoviste -
Curtea de Arges - Poienari -
Bran-Rucar Pass - Bran Castle
Sighisoara - Brasov -
Peles Palace - Bucharest

Prices on Request
£ 125.00 per person
from UK to Bucharest


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The Dracula Trail
- FICTION -


"Borgo" (Bargau ) Pass
Hotel Castel Dracula
Jonathan Harker's Journey
(Carriage ride to Castel Dracula)
Bistrita ("Bistritz")
"Golden Krone Inn"
(Hotel Coroana de Aur)
Cluj ("Klausenburg")
Bran Castle



The Dracula Trail

- FACT -


Bucharest
(Curtea Veche)
Targoviste
(Princely Court /
Chindia Tower)
Curtea de Arges
Arefu
Poienari Castle Ruins
Sighisoara (Schässburg)
Brasov
(Tampa Hill)
Fagaras
Snagov



“Then amongst a chorus of screams from the peasants and universal crossing of themselves, a caleche, with four horses, drove up behind us, overtook us, and drew up beside the coach. I could see from the flash of our lamps, as the rays fell on them, that the horses were coal-black and splendid animals. They were driven by a tall man, with a long brown beard and a tall hat, which seemed to hide his face from us. I could only see the gleam of a pair of very bright eyes, which seemed red in the lamplight, as he turned to us"

'Dracula' Bram Stoker


BeyondtheForest has been researching, designing and even organising Dracula themed holidays for groups and individuals for more than twelve years. The following short breaks have been designed to be incorporated into your Romania holiday or can be taken as stand alone holidays. Prices are quoted without flights for flexibility. They can be organised as links in longer itineraries or as stand alone holidays, for example in conjunction with WIZZ flights to Cluj or Targu Mures. A typical trail visiting Bistrita, the Borgo Pass and Sighisoara would work very well with a flight to Cluj, returning from Targu Mures. Please note these are examples - they can be extended or moodified as required. They can also be tailored as group tours or even incentives or treasure trails for clubs or businesses.

All holidays shown are suggestions and prices are estimated and will vary according to actual accommodation and numbers.
Please contact our recommended travel agents for your own tailor-made itinerary, quotations and to book all services
You can find additional information about itineraries and background on both the real abd fictional Dracula on our dedicated 'Dracula' pages (link above)




Brief Encounter Pint-size Dracula


5 DAYS/ 4 NIGHTS - SAMPLE ITINERARY - CLUJ - TARGU MURES or CLUJ

This itinerary follows in the footsteps of 'Bram Stoker's character, Jonathan Harker, through remote northern Transylvania to the Count's castle, in the Borgo Pass, then takes you through the Transylvanian highlands to Targu Mures, and the birthplace of the real Dracula in the romantic, mediaeval citadel of Sighisoara. The itinerary finishes with either a rail journey to Cluj, the cultural capital of Transylvania, or a transfer to Targu Mures for one of the new flights with WIZZ air back to Luton. The whole tour been designed to fit in with the Wizz flights from Luton to Cluj. and Targu Mures. However, it can be adapted for any travel connections to Cluj, or even to Targu Mures or Sibiu, whether by plane or train, or as part of a wider holiday itinerary.


"My FRIEND, - Welcome to the Carpathians. I am anxiously expecting you. Sleep well to night. At three tomorrow the diligence will start for the Bucovina; a place on it is kept for you. At the Borgo Pas my carriage will await you and will bring you to me. I trust that your journey from London has been a happy one, and that you will enjoy your stay in my beautiful land. – Your friend, DRACULA”.

'Dracula' Bram Stoker"




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DAY 1 Collection from Cluj city or airport; ; drive along the Somes valley to Bistrita (Bistritz). Explore old Bistrita and enjoy Jonathan Harker's supper
("Robber Steak washed down with Golden Mediasch wine) at the 'Golden Krone' - the Hotel Coroana de Aur where you spend the night
WIZZ from Luton arrives in Cluj at 12:35
Alternative: transfer then afternoon local train from Cluj to Bistrita

Overnight: Hotel Coroana de Aur (Golden Krone), Bistrita (Bistritz) - bed & breakfast for 1 night
You could even dine on Jonathan Harker's meal
(optional - subject Jonathan Harker Bar being open):

"'robber steak' - bits of bacon, onion and beef, seasoned with red pepper and strung on sticks and roasted over the fire in the simple style of the London cat's-meat!  The wine was Golden Mediasch, which produces a queer sting on the tongue...”


DAY 2 'Jonathan Harker Trail'
Personal transer via the Carpathian Mittelland and the orchards above Bistrita to the woodworking village of Lunca Ilvei (2 hours)
Transfer to your waiting cart for the unique journey up the Borgo Pass. The horses wear red tassles to ward off the Evil Eye! The journey takes about 4 hours as you slowly ascend the Borgo Pass by tracks winding through the wolf-infested forests to reach the plateau ringed by the rugged peaks of the Suhard, Caliman, Bargau and Rodnei Mountains. Picnic lunch en route, or lunch beforehand at a village guesthouse.
Overnight at Hotel Castle Dracula - bed & breakfast for 1 night


DAY 3
Guided tour/ transfer by car via Bistrita and Târgu Mures to Sighisoara; a scenic journey via the Bistrita Valley and the Transylvanian Highlands.
Time for sightseeing in the old town of Târgu Mures where you can visit the beautiful art nouveau Palace of Culture
Overnight in one of the deleightful, historic hoteks in the romatic, mediaeval citadel of Sighisoara - birthplace of the real Dracula - Vlad the Impaler;
bed & breakfast for 1 night
Optional alternative: Extra nights may be booked in Sighisoara; wide selection of appropriate hotels from budhet to historic boutique hotels, or even at Castel Haller, a restored manor located near Targu Mures airport and ideal for those early flight departures.

Jonathan Harker Trail: climbing the Borgo Pass; Coronita: the original 'Golden Krone' in Bistrita; Hotel Castel Dracula
DAY 4
You have time in the morning to explore the old town and perhaps climb the clocktower for a view over the red roofs of its gingerbread' houses, cobbled alleys, stairways and gatetowers (closed mondays)., before the afternoon local express train back to Cluj. or a direct transer to Targu Mures to catch the WIZZ AIR flight to Luton at 19:25, The train winds along the Tarnave valley and over the Transylvanian Heath, a journey of about 4 hours. The optional alternatives for this suggested itineray are as follows.


OPTION 1: Drive to Târgu Mures for your late afternoon flight home (WIZZ departs for Luton on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday at 19:25
OPTION 2: Afternoon train to Cluj for overnight; transfer for WIZZ flight from Cluj at 06:00 on
DAY 5
OPTION 3: Tour ends in Sighisoara; onward trains to Sibiu. Brasov and Bucharest, or night sleepers to Vienna and Budapest
Wfy not add to your holiday with one our recommended Another Europe holidays near Sibiu, or Touch of Class with Count Kalnoky near Brasov?



Brief Encounter Pint-size Dracula - Guideline Prices for 2014

Guideline prices for the Pint-size Dracula Tour from Cluj (excluding flights) based on OPTION 1 (Cluj to Targu Mures):.
Price fluctuations due to guide and transport provider and availability


Brief Encounter Tour Group size Price (£ Sterling)
4 days / 3 nights Pint-size Dracula (from Cluj) 2 people from £ 375.00 per person
4 days / 3 nights Pint-size Dracula (from Cluj) 4 people from £ 325.00 per person
4 days / 3 nights Pint-size Dracula (from Cluj) 6 people from £ 2750.00 per person
4 days / 3 nights Pint-size Dracula (from Cluj) 8 people from £ 250.00 per person

Single Room Supplement: £80.00-95.00


These prices include:
  • Accommodation with breakfast throughout
  • Private road transfers and 1st class rail travel as per itinerary
  • Jonathan Harker Trail: Horse & Cart journey incl, picnic en route
  • Local taxes & VAT

Reductions available for larger groups
Price excludes flights
Reduction if ending the tour in Sighisoara;
Allow approx. £ 70.00 per person if taking the train and extra overnight in Cluj

Adult Prices are per person sharing a double/ twin room in £ Sterling (GBP)
Further supplements may be applied by hotels nd guides for Christmas or New year bookings
Prices assume one cart for up to four people. Additional carts may be used if you are carrying a lot of luggage.

Flight priices from Luton to Cluj or Luton to Cluj returning from Targu Muresusually start at around £ 95.00 with www,wizzair.com plus baggage, credit card and booking fees
It is also possible to combine these holidays with flights arriving at Targu Mures and Sibiu.
Travel Insurance is highly recommended
Additional nights can be added in Cluj, or your holiday may be extended to include other regions of Romania
In order to avoid disappointment for popular periods such as May and June, or Christmas, it is essential to book early.




Brief Encounter Weekend Dracula
(start and finish: Cluj-Napoca)
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS - Daily Departures from Cluj (excludes flights)
This tour has been designed to fit in with the dauly WIZZ flights from Luton to Cluj

This itinerary is designed for those looking for a weekend break with a difference. It follows in Jonathan Harker'rs footsteps to Hotel Castel Dracula then returns to Cluj for the last night,
The Weekend Dracula can be organised over any period as the WIZZ flights are daily; it ca also be extended or combined with other travel arrangements. If you are planning to travel onwards through Transylvania we would recommend the PINT-SIZE DRACULA itinerary below as this will take you onwards to Sighisoara from where you can travel onwards to Brasov, Sibiu or Bucharest.

DAY 1
Arrive Cluj at 12:35 (suggested arrival with Wizz Air)
Meet & Greet service, transfer to Bistrita (2 hours) via the Somes Valley
Collection can also be from the railway station or ay of the hotels in Cluj
Overnight: Hotel Coroana de Aur (Golden Krone), Bistrita (Bistritz) - bed & breakfast for 1 night


DAY 2 'Jonathan Harker Trail'
Personal transfer via the Carpathian Mittelland and the orchards above Bistrita to the woodworking village of Lunca Ilvei between the Rodnei and Suhard mountains (2 hours)
Transfer to your waiting cart for the unique journey up the Borgo Pass. The horses wear red tassles to ward off the Evil Eye! The journey takes about 4 hours, including a picnic en route, as you slowly ascend the Borgo Pass by tracks winding through the wolf-infested forests to reach the plateau ringed by the rugged peaks of the Suhard, Caliman, Bargau and Rodnei Mountains.
Picnic lunch en route or lunch at local guesthouse on arrival.
Overnight at Hotel Castle Dracula - bed & breakfast for 1 night


DAY 3
Transfer by car down the Borgo Pass to Bistrita to catch the afternoon train to Cluj. You can spend the morning walking around the Borgo Pass, or shopping in Bistrita.
Your final night is spent in Cluj. See our BEDS sections for our recommendations.

DAY 5
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Wizz departs at 06:00.
Hotel Coroana de Aur (Golden Krone), Bistrita; Caliman Mountains & Borgo Pass: Bistrita; Piatra Fântinele in the Borgo Pass

Brief Encounter Weekend Dracula - Estimated Guideline Prices for 2014

Guideline prices for the Weekend Dracula Tour from Cluj (excluding flights):
Price fluctuations due to guide and transport provider and availability

Brief Encounter Tour Group size Price (£ Sterling)
4 days / 3 nights Weekend Dracula (from Cluj) 2 people £ 345.00-£395.00 per person
4 days / 3 nights Weekend Dracula (from Cluj) 4 people £ 295.00-£375.00 per person
4 days / 3 nights Weekend Dracula (from Cluj) 6 people £ 275.00-£325.00 per person
4 days / 3 nights Weekend Dracula (from Cluj) 8 people £ 250.00-£325.00 per person

Single Room Supplement: £60.00-90.00


These prices include:
  • Accommodation with breakfast throughout
  • Private road transfers and 1st class rail travel as per itinerary
  • Jonathan Harker Trail: Horse & Cart journey incl, picnic en route
  • Local taxes & VAT

Reductions available for larger groups
Price excludes flights
Reduction if ending the tour in Sighisoara;
Allow approx. £ 70.00 per person if taking the train and extra overnight in Cluj

Adult Prices are per person sharing a double/ twin room in £ Sterling (GBP)
Further supplements may be applied by hotels nd guides for Christmas or New year bookings

Flight priices from Luton to Cluj or Luton to Cluj returning from Targu Muresusually start at around £ 95.00 with www,wizzair.com plus baggage, credit card and booking fees
It is also possible to combine these holidays with flights arriving at Targu Mures and Sibiu.
Travel Insurance is highly recommended
Additional nights can be added in Cluj, or your holiday may be extended to include other regions of Romania
In order to avoid disappointment for popular periods such as May and June, or Christmas, it is essential to book early.





Brief Encounter Realm of Vlad the Impaler


4 DAYS/ 3 NIGHTS - SAMPLE ITINERARY - Ex BUCHAREST

This itinerary traces the legend of the real Dracula - Vlad the Impaler, from the city of Bucharest into his realm of Wallachia and the beautiful southern Carpathians. You can visit the ruins of his real castle, at Poienari, perched high on a precipice above the Arges gorge, then crossinto Transylvania to visit Brasov, Bran Castle and the mediaeval citadel of Sighisoara where he was born. This is a personal escorted tour with a professional English speaking guide so there are unlimited variations available on this theme

DAY 1:
Arrival at Bucharest Otopeni airport; transfer to the beautiful town of Curtea de Arges in the Carpathian foothills - one of the Courts of Wallachia under Prince Dracula. If time permits you can detour via Dracula's court at Târgoviste. Visit the spectacular Episcopal Church in Curtea de Arges
Overnight: Pensiunea Jankovic
The Arges Gorge with Poienari Castle
DAY 2: Drive up the Arges valley past the village of Aref to Vlad the Impaler's castle at Poienari - the genuine 'Dracula Castle' perched high above the Arges Gorge against a spectacular backdrop of the highest peaks, Dracula's wife jumped to her death from the ramparts to avoid capture by the Turks. You follow the trail of Vlad he Impaler as he fled the Turks deep into the mountains around the beautiful Bran-Rucar Pass. Visit the famous fortress of Bran Castle before continuing deep into Transylvania to the mediaeval walled-town of Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Overnight in one of the romantic, 3-star historic hotels in the citadel.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Bran Castle was recently reclaimed by the Hapsburg Family; it is uncertain whether it will contimue to be open again to the general public, though it can be viewed from outside

DAY 3: Explore historic Sighisoara before driving through the unspoilt landscape of Saxon Transylvania to the old city of Brasov - often raided by Vlad Dracula who impaled his victims on a forest of stakes across the Tâmpa Hill. Explore the bustling, historic centre with its mediaeval architecture include the massive Gothic Black Church, This is a good place for souvenir shopping, boutiques, bars and restaurants. Overnight in a historic hotel in the town centre (Casa Wagner or Bella Muzica)

DAY 4:
Leave Transylvania by the Predeal Pass and Prahova Valley, stopping to visit the spectacular Royal Palace of Peles in the mountain resort of Sinaia, before continuing to the airport (or into Bucharest if you wish to extend your stay in Romania).
Bran Castle
Brief Encounter Realm of Vlad the Impaler - Guideline Prices for 2014

Guideline prices for the Realm of Vlad the Impaler Tour from Bucharest (excluding flights):
Prices are based on those charged by travel agencies or specialist tour operators
Prices for any tours from Bucharest are subject to guide availability


Brief Encounter Tour Group size Price (£ Sterling)
4 days / 3 nights Realm of Vlad the Impaler (from Bucharest) 2 people ON REQUEST
4 days / 3 nights Realm of Vlad the Impaler (from Bucharest) 4 people ON REQUEST
4 days / 3 nights Realm of Vlad the Impaler (from Bucharest) 6 people ON REQUEST
4 days / 3 nights Realm of Vlad the Impaler (from Bucharest) 8 people ON REQUEST

Single Room Supplement: £60.00-£90.00


These prices include:
  • Accommodation with breakfast throughout
  • Professional English speaking guide/ driver
  • Transport by car or minivan
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes & VAT

Adult Prices are per person sharing a double/ twin room in £ Sterling (GBP)
Supplements may apply for Christmas or New year bookings


Flight prices from UK to Bucharest from £ 125.00 return including taxes (average prices are in the range £ 195.00 - £ 245.00)
It is also possible to combine these holidays with flights arriving at Targu Mures and Sibiu.







WARNING ABOUT BOOKING DRACULA TOURS ON THE INTERNET

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is! We strongly recommend that you book your travel arrangements through a reliable, fully licensed travel agent or tour operator. You should always check ATOL licenses and bonding arrangements or travel trust schemes before booking, and you should take out adequate travel insurance. We recommend TRAVEL COUNSELLORS in the UK, Netherlands, USA, and Australia because they have unparalleled financial protection, work with a wide range of quality, fully licensed tour operators such as Cox & Kings and Sunvil, in addition to local ground operators. Their consultants also provide a superb personal service. However, there are, of course, plenty of reliable alternatives.

Please take care if booking directly with hotels or operators in Romania advertising on the web. Some of them are unlicensed or uninsured. Travel is a unique commodity because you part with your money before you receive the service. This is why it is strictly regulated and legitimate agents and operators invest heavily in licenses, bonding schemes and trust accounts where monies are held back from suppliers until you have completed your holiday. Therefore, you as a traveller are protected. It is also important to note that ATOL licenses, unlike travel trust schemes, will only cover full packages booked under one licence. For example, if you book your flights direct on the internet, then book your accommodation through a travel agency, you would not be covered under their ATOL license.

By booking direct over the internet you are always taking a risk unless you have a personal recommendation or are able to check out the operator or hotel in question. Check for a registered address, evidence of licenses and financial protection, bank account details (not only PayPal), and a fixed, rather than mobile telephone number, and for independent reviews or recommendations. We have highlighted specific problems where we have come across them. Common complaints are hotels (especially on the Black Sea) which take reservations but cancel them if a higher paying client or group comes along. Other complaints include surcharges levied on arrival, hotels that have been overbooked, transfers in unroadworthy vehicles or with dangerous drivers, and tours that so not turn out to be as advertised. Remember, Romania is a huge country. One Romanian internet company is currently advertising a Dracula Tour which finishes with a day driving from Bucovina to Bucharest via the Danube Delta and the Black Sea ... impossible, even with the fastest, most dangerous driver! So please take time to research before booking to avoid disappointment. If you are concerned about a particuar tour or operator, you can check with the Romanian Embassy or Tourist Office to find out if they are genuine.





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NOTE: If you have more than a passing interest in Dracula and Transylvania, there are several Dracula Societies in the UK and USA, including the Dracula Society, London Vampyre Society and the Ghost Club. They often organise excellent Dracula themed holidays for their members in Transylvania, and beyond. For example to the castles of the Czech Republic and Slovakia including that of the infamous Elizabeth Bathori, the 'Blood Countess' at Cachtice.








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