Halloween in Transylvania
Transylvania. The name itself is enough to send an icy chill down the spine of even the most fearless adventurer. Now imagine being there, in person, when the clock clangs midnight… on Halloween! At odds with its creeptacular reputation, Romania ranks as one of Europe’s most charming and underexplored regions, beguiling visitors with its stunning Gothic architecture, enveloping forests, and friendly people. But as idyllic as it is by day, the real fun happens at night – particularly Halloween, when we’ll treat you to a costume party in an authentic castle. Think you’re not afraid of the dark? You will be.
Ruins of Dracula’s Poenari Castle visit. Sibiu orientation walk. Halloween party at haunted Hunyad Castle. Sighisoara orientation walk. Visit Rupea. Brasov orientation walk. Bran Castle visit. Bucharest orientation walk. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Attend a special Halloween costume party in an authentic Gothic castle, take a peek into the ruins of Dracula’s castle, explore medieval towns including the Old World cities of Brasov and Bucharest, learn the true story of the infamous “Vlad the Impaler”.
The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
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While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Group Size Notes
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hotels (6 nts).
For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.
GETTING TO HOTEL ROYAL BUCHAREST:
Arriving on Bucharest International Airport.
There is an Express Bus Line number 783. It takes approximately 40 mins from the airport to the city centre and you get off at the last stop ‘PIATA UNIRII’. Hotel Royal is located 5 – 10 minutes walking from this stop. Just cross the bridge and turn right onto Unirii Boulevard after a few minutes turn left to Bulevardul Mircea Vodă.
The rate for a taxi from the airport should be no more than 3.5 RON per km or about 60 RON in total, which is between 14 and 15 EUR. BEWARE of the scammer taxi drivers! If you choose to take a taxi, make sure that the price is marked, the meter is on, and ask for a receipt before agreeing to go. Most drivers are ok. There are, however, several that approach on the arrivals level who are not authorized and will try to rip you off. Make sure to exit the airport on the arrivals level to find the authorized drivers.
•Light windproof/waterproof jacket
•Small towel and swimwear
•Personal clothing for mild to cold weather (See also “What to Take” and “Local Dress” sections of this dossier)
•Sturdy walking shoes
•Watch or alarm clock
•Camera and memory cards
•Cover for backpacks
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. That said, keep in mind that as a fast-paced trip, there may not be adequate time for laundry service to be completed. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ‘emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2).
Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program, and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day, depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €30-40 per person, per week can be used.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON TOUR
All prices are per person, in Romanian New Lei, and amounts and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.
Bucharest’s National Art Museum- RON 10.00
Open-air Village Museum- RON 6
Museum of the Romanian Peasant – RON 8.00
Palace of Parliament – RON 25.00
Brukenthal Palace, European Art Gallery – RON 20.00
Museum of Traditional Folk Civilisation – RON15.00
Bucura lake – free
Retezat national park – free
History museum – RON 10
Breite oak tree reserve – free
Rasnov Fortress – RON15.00
Black Church – RON 6.00
Safety and Security
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.
Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.
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Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.
The medical questionnaire can be found online at:
A Couple of Rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
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2 Chief Experience Officers (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Allow USD130-170 for meals not included.
6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
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Day 1 Bucharest
There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Bucharest/Sibiu (1B)
With time, opt to head out of town and visit the open air museum of Traditional Folk Civilization.
Poenari Castle Visit
Stop at Poenari Castle en route.
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Sibiu/Braşov (1B)
Get to know the city on an orientation walk and check out Bran Castle, impressively situated on a rock outcrop.
Use some free time in Brasov to explore the baroque architecture and beautiful squares.
Bran Castle Visit
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
Day 4 Braşov/Sighișoara (1B)
Journey on to Sighisoara through a route that winds through beautiful old german villages. Stop for a visit at Rupea citadel, a 13th century fortress. After arriving in Sighisoara, take a tour of the old town, and learn about the birth story of Vlad “The Impaler”.
Opt to sample some Romanian cuisine—the Casa Dracula (original home of Vlad) is now a restaurant specializing in hearty meat and game dishes of the region.
Sighișoara Old Town Visit
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Sighișoara/Hunedoara (1B, 1D)
Come in costume to a party at Hunyad’s Castle, rumoured to be one of the most haunted places in Europe. Watch Count Dracula’s wedding at midnight and continue the festivities well into the night.
Hunyad’s Castle Halloween Costume Party
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Hunedoara/Bucharest (1B)
Enjoy free time to explore Bucharest’s many attractions, including one of its best museums, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant.
Opt to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in the city’s international cuisine.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Bucharest (1B)
Depart at any time.