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Bucharest to Peles Castle & Bran Castle Private Tour (1-day tour)

Private day tour from Bucharest to top Romanian destinations: Peles Castle and Bran Castle in Transylvania, in the comfort of a private car (12 hours).

Peles Castle Bran Castle 1-day private tour

Tour type: history, heritage, culture

Peles Castle, essential Romanian landmark, former summer residence of the Romanian royal family, considered one of the most beautiful European 19th century princely residences
Bran Castle, famous due to the story of Count Dracula, but outstanding for what it truly is, a genuine 14th century citadel witness to the turbulent history of the region
scenic landscapes of the ‘Transylvanian Alps’, the Carpathians

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Tour Information

12 hours – traffic or bad weather conditions may influence tour duration

250 EUR/tour/1-2 people
270 EUR/tour/3 people
please send your inquiry for larger groups

Activity level
medium physical demands; please consider that visit of Bran Castle requires climbing quite many stairs

What’s included
– hotel pick-up and drop-off
– transportation by private car, a 2017 Volkswagen Golf air conditioned, for up to 3 people/ air conditioned minivan for larger groups 
– guide/driver fee
– all parking fees and fuel

What’s extra
– admission fees (50 Lei/adult at Peles Castle for the standard tour; 45 Lei/adult at Bran Castle; reduced tickets available for children, students and seniors age 65+).
– the food & drink you choose to buy during the tour; consider the cost of 2-course meal at local restaurant around 70-90 Lei/person, or 15-20 Eur/person.

Pick-up, drop-off
at your hotel or other pre-agreed location in Bucharest

! Peles Castle is closed for visitors on Mondays all year round. When Peles Castle is not open we can still see it from exterior and take pictures, and in addition we visit the old town of the medieval Transylvanian town of Brasov.

!Please be aware that the tour takes normally around 12 hrs, in which half the time is the driving for the round trip. On weekends, holidays, and generally the peak season (July-August) traffic congestion may occur.

Note: like all my tours, this tour is very flexible and can be adapted to your interest and physical condition. For instance, we may skip Bran Castle and replace it with a stroll around the historical center of the medieval Saxon town of Brasov, which is lovely. We may replace Peles Caste (when it is not open on Mondays) with Rasnov Citadel etc.

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Set off from Bucharest heading to Sinaia, popular mountain resort in the Carpathian Mountains, two hours drive north of Bucharest. Visit Peles Castle in Sinaia, foundation and favorite residence of Carol I, the first King of Romania. Inside, the interiors and exceptional collections of decorative art are the original ones. The romantic castle, terraced gardens and surrounding mountain scenery provide plenty of photo opportunities. Before leaving, you may like to sip a coffee while sitting on the terrace overlooking Peles Castle and the mountains.

Then we resume our journey crossing the Carpathians into Transylvania to Bran area. After lunch to a local restaurant, visit Bran Castle, explore the intricate complex of rooms and passageways and learn about Prince Vlad Dracula, one of the most fascinating characters in the Romanian history who inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

We will have time to browse the bazaar at the foot of Bran Castle for souvenirs, and enjoy a local sweet, the traditional Hungarian “kurtos kalacs” before leaving. Evening return to Bucharest.

To request a guided tour or get more information, please use the form below. I will answer every message personally within the next 24 hours, providing details of availability, booking and payment. 

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