Things to do in Transylvania, Romania: The Best Historical & Heritage Tours

May 18, 2022 Lashaunda Abraham

Transylvania is a historical region in today's central Romania. Bound on the east and south by its natural borders, the Carpathian mountain range, historical Transylvania extended westward to the Apuseni Mountains. The term sometimes encompasses not only Transylvania proper, but also the historical regions of Crișana and Maramureș, and occasionally the Romanian part of Banat.
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1. Amazing Romania - Seven day private tour from Bucharest

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Our adventure tour will help you discover the true face of Romania through a fascinating tale narrated over the course of 7 days, on a tour that’s meant to help you discover the people, nature, taste, and the wilderness of the country.

Inclusions: Airport transfers, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Accommodation for 6 nights in centrally located hotels , Professional English-speaking guide, Transportation with a modern vehicle, Entrance fees , Wild animal tracking, 3 workshops, Wine tasting session

Exclusions: Airline tickets, Travel insurance, Meals not mentioned in the itinerary and alcoholic beverages, Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs, etc., Photography fees

Reviewed By stefandeutschlan

Our first private tour and we were delighted with the experience. The tour was fast-paced, which was fine for us - be ready at 8 am. We saw so much more than if we would have tried it on our own. We were lucky to have a friendly guide, Michael. He was knowledgeable and entertaining, with excellent driving skills. Our plan of visiting Romania during COVID-19 end well, and I hope to discover more in the next years.

2. 7 days Private Romania Grand Tour from Bucharest

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Experience an 7-day private tour from Bucharest to include Sibiu, Sighisoara, Bistrita, Gura Humorului, Piatra Neamt, Brasov and Sinaia. Learn how three different cultures converge in one country. Enjoy sightseeing in Bucharest, Romania's capital. Visit Dracula's birthplace, Sighisoara. See Borgo Pass, Dracula's Castle, Peles Castle, Bicaz Gorges, the magnificent painted churches from Bucovina and Wooden Churches in Maramures.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, 6 nights accommodation, Driver/guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Private tour, Transport by private vehicle

Exclusions: Tips for the tour guide/driver, Entrance fees not included, Supplement for Single Room - 150 euro to be payed locally in cash/credit card

Reviewed By Rene S

Due to the current covid situation, I had a private tour that day, which was awesome. Mathias was a great guide, has a lot of general Romanian knowledge along with historical. This made for great conversation on the way to and from the castles. I highly recommend the tour and would gladly do it again with friends and family in the future.

3. Day tour from Brasov to Bears Sanctuary Rasnov Fortress and Bran Castle

Brasov Main Square, Centrul Vechi, Brașov, Romania Transylvania Discovery Tours
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Bears Sanctuary-Rasnov Rasnov-Bran Castle. In this escorted small-group day trip we invite you to discover the bears world and two of the most important tourist attractions of Romania. You will visit The Bears Sanctuary, the famous medieval Bran Castle and the mysterious Rasnov Fortress. English Speaking Guide. You'll met your English speaking guide in Piata Sfatului- The Council Square by the water fountain at 9am. You will learn emotional stories about the brown bears born in captivity and your guide will tell frightening stories about Vlad the Impaler Dracula. You will visit Bran Castle and discover the truth behind the legend! Lunch can be arranged in Bran Village. Visit the astonishing Rasnov Fortress on the way back to Brasov. You will have the chance to see a wonderful 360 degree panorama over Barsa Land from the top of Rasnov Fortress.  Free transfer to your hotel or Brasov train station.

Inclusions: Driver, Guaranteed to skip the long lines, Hotel drop-off (selected hotels only), Professional guide, Transport by air-conditioned minivan or standard car, Fuel surcharge, Landing and facility fees, Parking Fees

Exclusions: Lunch

Reviewed By 170carolf

Autumn is a great time to visit Transylvania. One of the highlights for me was the mountain roads and seeing the bright autumn colours in the forests. The scenery is spectacular! Bogdan is an excellent tour guide who entertained me with his stories and knowledge of the castles. He is able to explain the history of the region and to answer any questions. Due to COVID, the castles were not crowded and the lines were short. The cold misty weather when I visited Bran Castle added to the spooky atmosphere.

4. Private two days tour to Bucovina & UNESCO Painted Monasteries from Cluj-Napoca

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Discover Bucovina, a remarkable region filled with traditional houses and locals that seem to be living in another era and art treasures: the Painted Monasteries, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Inclusions: Lunch, Dinner, Professional English-speaking guide, Transportation with a modern vehicle, Accommodation in a centrally located hotel, Entrance fees

Exclusions: Meals, other than ones included in the itinerary, Personal expenses, Photography fees

Reviewed By Guthius

We took this tour and had a great time. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, and shared a lot of interesting information and history. We had a lot of fun, would definitely recommend!

5. 3-Day Explore Transylvania from Bucharest

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Transylvania is a land shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Discover the highlights of Transylvania on this multi-day, all-inclusive tour from Bucharest. Tick off all the top attractions in a pre-planned guided trip, saving you time and hassle. Highlights include a camera-ready panorama over the Carpathian Mountains, the castle of legendary ruler Vlad the Impaler (real-life inspiration for the Dracula legend), and walking tours of UNESCO-listed medieval cities. Plus, letting someone else drive the Transfagarasan Road—hailed as one of the most beautiful roads in Europe—allows you to spend more time focusing on the scenery.

Inclusions: Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, 2 nights accommodation, 1 Homemade dinner in a Transylvanian house, Fuel surcharge, Breakfast, Overnight accommodation 3-4* hotels or guesthouses, Professional English Speaking guide, Local taxes, Driver/guide, Live commentary on board, Hotel/Hostel/Accommodation pickup and drop-off, Transport by sedan/minivan vehicle, Small-group tour (maximum 6 people per group)

Exclusions: Entrance fees ( 20 euros per person), Food and drinks, unless specified, Gratuities

Reviewed By yayitssidney

We had a great time with our tour guide, Paul!! My boyfriend and I were vaccinated and decided to spend 4 days in Bucharest. We took this tour on a Sunday and due to the Covid season all the locations we visited were pretty clear. I was very appreciative that we didn't have to fight with crowds or long lines to enter the castles. This tour takes you to all the main castles/places in 12 hours. I chose this tour over the other ones offered on Tripadvisor since it gave us a good amount of time at each spot. I liked that we didn't feel rushed & got to really soak everything in. Yes, it seems long but I swear it goes by quick. Expect to walk a lot & definitely pack some easy to eat snacks. Also, don't forget like I did --- PACK COFFEE! The tour starts early and if you're not a morning person, coffee is a must. No more hesitating and just book it. Great price for a quality tour.

6. Medieval Cluj Private Tour: City Center Exploration Game

Catedrala Greco-Catolică "Sfântul Iosif", Piața Timotei Cipariu, Cluj-Napoca 400000, Romania Questo Cluj | City Games & Tours
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Embark on a quest around Cluj-Napoca by solving clues to find the lost treasure of King Matthias Corvinus, all on your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own the Tailors' Bastion, the Panoramic Cetatuie Hill, King Matthias Statue, and more. + Discover the legends of King Matthias Corvinus + Take panoramic pictures above the city + Discover the best Hungarian restaurant in town Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you buy the quest, you will receive an access code that you can use in the app. It will take you from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. The total length is about 3.5 km. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and you’re ready to go on an adventure.

Inclusions: Full flexibility: start at any hour, take a break at any time and resume later, This tour is always available. We are open 24/7, every day of the week., This is the safest tour you can book: private, no human contact, you will avoid crowds., Play offline: you DON'T NEED an internet connection to play this city game

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7. Peles Castle and Bran - Dracula's Castle - Day Tour from Bucharest

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This is the perfect tour for you if you want to allow yourself to get wrapped up in the fairytale of Peles Castle. You just might not want to leave. You can explore the rich history the castle has to offer and enjoy the stunning landscape that it was built on. You can even have a cup of tea or coffee at Cafe-Bar Regal inside the grounds while you enjoy the view of the castle. Just 50 km away, you can set foot in the impressive medieval Bran Castle that inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula novel. Discover the myth, the legend and the history of it! Peles Castle is closed on Mondays from May 12 to September 15; on Mondays and Tuesdays from September 16 to May 15; and for the month of November for cleaning and restoration. You will visit Rasnov Fortress instead.

Inclusions: Bottled water, WiFi on board, Air-conditioned vehicle, Parking Fees, Hotel / Hostel / Accommodation pickup and drop-off

Exclusions: Lunch, Entrance fees

Reviewed By Micheysq1

It was our first time in Romania and my boyfriend REALLY wanted to see a castle and we found this day tour. We had a great time, despite a little bit of rain. Alex was a great driver and tour guide and we felt safe throughout the entire ride.

8. Peles Castle, Bran - Dracula's Castle & Brasov - Private Day Tour from Bucharest

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This is your chance to discover what makes Transylvania one of the most famous, mysterious and breathtaking places you have ever been to. You will take a walk in the bohemian Peles Castle and learn about Romania's Royal family. At just 1 hour away, you will enter in a more mysterious place that inspired Dracula's myth and legend. For the last attraction you will stroll around a beautiful Saxon town that is rich in history. You can admire its architecture, walk through the narrowest street in Europe, go inside the gothic style Black Church that dates back to the 15th century or go up the watch towers that surround the town and take in the view. These are just a few of the things you can do in this charming place. Peles Castle is closed on Mondays from May 12 to September 15; on Mondays and Tuesdays from September 16 to May 15; and for the month of November for cleaning and restoration. You will visit Rasnov Fortress instead.

Inclusions: Bottled water, Air-conditioned vehicle, WiFi on board, Private transportation, Fuel surcharge, Parking Fees, Hotel / Hostel / Accommodation pickup and drop-off

Exclusions: Lunch, Entrance fees

Reviewed By Micheysq1

It was our first time in Romania and my boyfriend REALLY wanted to see a castle and we found this day tour. We had a great time, despite a little bit of rain. Alex was a great driver and tour guide and we felt safe throughout the entire ride.

9. Dracula's Castle Full-Day Tour from Bucharest with Pickup

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This full day trip is the best way to discover the famous area of Transylvania and it includes the most important and unique tourist attractions in Romania: Sinaia with its Peles Castle, emblem of the Romanian royalty, a highly valuable historical and artistic monument, the fascinating Bran Castle built in the 13th century, wrapped in the legend of Count Dracula and one of the most visited cities in Romania - Brasov. Find out why Sinaia bears the name of the holy mount Sinai and find out the legends that cover Bran & Brasov area.

Inclusions: Private tours in Peles Castle & Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) for your small group only, Bottled water in the vehicle, Live commentary on board, Professional local guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off (for all the city center hotels), Guaranteed to skip the long lines, Walking tour in Brasov, Transport by private vehicle, Air-conditioned vehicle, Entrance fees for Peles Castle and Bran Castle

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Lunch, Gratuities for your local guide / driver, Photo fees at the Peles Castle

Reviewed By duncanmM2444ZR

Whilst more costly than applying direct to the venue we were able to visit on the same day (rather than with 24 hours plus notice). Excellent tour. An astounding and thought provoking attraction.

10. Private Tour from Brasov to the Bears Sanctuary, Rasnov Fortress and Bran Castle

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Private Day Tour to the Bears Sanctuary-Rasnov Rasnov-Bran Castle. In this escorted private day trip we invite you to discover the bear's world and two of the most important tourist attractions of Romania. You will visit The Bears Sanctuary, the famous medieval Bran Castle and the mysterious Rasnov Fortress.  You'll meet your English speaking guide at your hotel in Brasov at 9 am. You will learn emotional stories about the brown bears born in captivity at the Bears Sanctuary and your guide will tell frightening stories about Vlad the Impaler Dracula. You will visit Bran Castle and discover the truth behind the legend! Lunch can be arranged in Bran Village.  Visit the astonishing Rasnov Fortress on the way back to Brasov. You will have the chance to see a wonderful 360-degree panorama over Barsa Land from the top of Rasnov Fortress. Transfer to your hotel in Brasov.

Inclusions: Driver/ English speaking qualified guide, Guaranteed to skip the long lines, Live comment in the car, Transport by air-conditioned minivan or private vehicle., Local taxes, parking fees, Private Tour , Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off

Exclusions: Lunch, entrance fees.

Reviewed By 170carolf

Autumn is a great time to visit Transylvania. One of the highlights for me was the mountain roads and seeing the bright autumn colours in the forests. The scenery is spectacular! Bogdan is an excellent tour guide who entertained me with his stories and knowledge of the castles. He is able to explain the history of the region and to answer any questions. Due to COVID, the castles were not crowded and the lines were short. The cold misty weather when I visited Bran Castle added to the spooky atmosphere.

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