2 day Halloween Tour from Bucharest
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
|PRICE|| 565 euro/person in double room|
→IMPORTANT NOTE: Single Supplement 57 euro/ person
The rugged Carpathians Mountains from Transylvania provide one of the most spectacular landscapes in Europe. Medieval villages and the remains of once-proud castles and fortresses are rapt in mystery, as if daring outsiders to uncover their secrets. We will start our tour from Bucharest, finding our way to Brasov County, to see The Black Church, one of the most impressive religious edifices in Romania, which is located in the center of Brasov City. It was built by the German community of the city in the 14th century as a Roman Catholic structure and it was known as the Church of Saint Mary.
In 1689 a great fire destroyed the interior and damaged the walls and the roof. After the renovation, the edifice was named the Black Church, mostly because of the exterior walls and roof were blackened from the fire. It stands as the main Gothic style monument in the country, as well as being the largest and one of the most important Lutheran structures. The Black Church is also known for its collection of “Transylvanian” rugs brought by Transylvanian Saxon merchants from the 15th to 17th centuries.
We continue our tour to the famous Bran Castle which is a national monument and landmark in Romania, situated near Bran, in the immediate vicinity of Brasov. Commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”, the castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie.
In the villages near Bran, until half a century ago, it was believed that there existed certain living people – “strigoi” (evil spirits) – who were leading a normal life during the day but at night, their souls left their bodies and haunted people in their sleep.
Vlad, or Dracula, was born in 1431 in Transylvania into a noble family. Bram Stoker’s classic vampire character Dracula was named after the 15th century Romanian prince Vlad Dracul III, who earned his place in history by impaling his enemies alive. Like his father, who was a member of the Order of the Dragon, when Vlad III was born, he became known as Dracula, meaning “Son of the Dragon,” or “Son of the Devil”.
During his bloody reign, Vlad impaled his victims, skewering them on tall wooden stakes and leaving them on display along the borders of his territory as a warning to discourage invading armies.
In 1931 archaeologists found a casket partially covered in a purple shroud embroidered with gold in Snagov. The skeleton inside was covered with pieces of faded silk brocade, similar to a shirt depicted in an old painting of Dracula. The casket also contained a crown, with turquoise stones and also a ring, similar to those worn by the Order of the Dragon. The contents were taken to the History Museum in Bucharest but have since disappeared without a clue, leaving the mysteries of the real Prince Dracula unsolved.
To find the origin of Halloween, we have to look to the festival of Samhain in Ireland’s Celtic past. In the first place, it was an important fire festival, celebrated over the evening of 31 October and throughout the following day. It was also a festival not unlike the modern New Year’s Day in that it carried the notion of receiving the new. To our pagan ancestors it marked the end of the pastoral cycle – a time when all the crops would have been gathered and placed in storage for the long winter ahead and when livestock would be brought in from the fields and selected for slaughter or breeding.
We cannot miss Peles Castle which is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia. It was inaugurated in 1883 and constructed for King Carol I. Construction saw a slight slowdown during the Romanian War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1877–1878.
Finally, we will arrive to Bucharest with a heart full of joy and memories.
Discover The mystery of Dracula in this unique cultural tour where you will be truly impressed by the places and monuments the historic region has to offer.
Bus / Minibus