Bram Stoker would have been aware of this book and the tales of the bloodthirsty Vlad III – even though the Irish author never visited either Transylvania or Bran Castle when he wrote his iconic 1897 novel. The dark stories of the Carpathian Mountains, rich with European folklore and vampires were well-known around Europe then. And Bram Stoker was likely aware of the castle itself. At roughly 200 feet tall, located atop a cliff in central Romania, with secret tunnels and mysterious rooms, it was the perfect setting for Bram Stoker’s bloodthirsty villain, Dracula.
Now it’s the perfect setting for travel. Over 560,000 people visit the national monument annually and it is Romania’s most popular destination. Along with being the rumored inspiration for Dracula’s castle, the fortified castle was the residence of Kings and Queens. Art and furniture from these previous owners are on display.
Why Reserve Our Optional Transylvania Land Package
Add a bonus region to your Gems of Southeast Europe or Grand Danube river cruise: Transylvania! Make the most of your international airfare and indulge your wanderlust by exploring this legendary destination. Whether you’re a fan of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, are tracing your Romanian heritage or are simply interested in extending your journey, this 4-night land package, which includes visits to Sinaia, Brasov and Bucharest, is sure to inspire you.
What’s Included in Your Optional Land Package
- 2 nights in Brasov at the Kronwell Brasov Hotel (or similar)
- 2 nights in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu (or similar)
- Daily breakfast at the hotel
- Convenient transfers between your hotel and ship
- Guided tours
- The services of one of our wonderful Cruise Managers – unique in the industry
Contact your preferred travel advisor to extend your Gems of Southeast Europe or Grand Danube journey into Transylvania today!