Medieval Castles of Transylvania Tour: Bran, Rasnov and PelesWith: Marian 9
What you need to know about this Transylvania castles tour
- This is a small group tour (8 people max) that starts from Brasov. Duration 8:30 am - 6 pm
- Included: transport with modern car or minibus, English guide, 3 entrance fees (standard tickets). Not included: lunch, souvenirs or other expenses
- You will visit 3 major historic attractions in Romania and learn about their importance in our history: Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress and Peles Castle
- You will see local life and beautiful landscapes of Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains on this tour
- IMPORTANT: our guide-partner requires full payment of tour price in advance. Fully refundable if canceled with 3 full days in advance of tour date
Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Peles Castle is closed Mondays and Tuesday during the winter season (Oct-Apr) and on Mondays during summer season (May-Sept). If you book for these days you can only visit Peles from the outside and instead we can visit Pelisor, a smaller castle also part of the royal estate.
Check the calendar to find out exact dates.
Moments to expect in the Transylvania castles tour
Rasnov Fortress: a refuge for villagers
Our tour begins with a visit to Rasnov Fortress, an impressive 13th-century fortress built on top of a hill overlooking the plains of Transylvania. Over time villagers in the area upgraded and improved this fortress so many of them could take refuge against enemy troops. So besides high walls, defence towers and an impenetrable position, you can see how people lived in medieval times!
Bran Castle - any vampires around?
Next, we move to Romania's #1 tourist attraction, Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. We cut through all the touristy stories so you learn about this imposing 650-years-old castle perched almost impossibly on top of a cliff overlooking a crossing of the Carpathian Mts. There's a lot of history and legends in this place and we'll see what's the connection with Bram Stoker's famous novel.
A superb royal residence: Peles Castle
This gorgeous castle was the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family. Built in the late 19th century in a German Neo-Reinnassance style, the castle is also an engineering masterpiece with an interior worthy of a museum - a proper royal residence! Peles Castle is one of Romania's top attractions that you shouldn't miss for its beauty, history and views!
- Starting point: Brasov
- Nearest airport: Bucharest, Sibiu
- Nearest train station: Brasov
- Landscape: Hills, urban, cobbled stone
Reviews from travellers
Our guide - Charlie - was amazing! He guided us through the three gorgeous castles (and a tasty lunch near Bran Castle) with ease, and shared so many fascinating stories about the culture and history of Romania along the way. We were lucky in that it was just me and my daughter on the tour, so we had a very personalized experience. I highly recommend the tour!
Wonderful experience with and experienced knowledgeable guide. He knew all about Romanian history as well as Europe. Highly recommended!
Our guide was very knowledgeable about all three of the sites that we visited. The sites were all so different. Peles-ornate, over-the-top, Bran-much more simple but decorated for Halloween, and Rasnov-ruins with a great hilltop view. Our guide knew several spots from which to take some pretty cool photos and drove us down side streets to find these spots. Just be aware that you need to pay extra to take pictures inside of Peles. We bought postcards instead!
A very enjoyable trip, and doing it with a guide and transport certainly makes life easier to include these 3 sites into just one day. I enjoyed all 3 of the castles, but Peles was my favourite - it is extremely beautiful inside, and has interesting history behind it. Bran of course a must-visit in Transylvania, and despite being very touristy and busy I would say it was enjoyable. Rasnov contrasted well with the other castles, it is a very different style built by the Saxons.
Our tour of the Medieval castles of Transylvania was worth every Lei! We were picked up at our hotel and spent almost 9 hours with our guide. He continually provided us with history about the area and the site we were visiting. He was very passionate about Romania and we learned a lot! He obtained tickets to the sites with no effort by us and was well known in the area by people who were always happy to see him. The tour is something anyone visiting this area should experience. We were able to see two castles, one palace and a fortress in one day - and enjoy a nice lunch with local food in a non-touristy restaurant. He also shared stories about the mountains and Romanian Orthodox churches. The distance between the sights would not be easy for someone not familiar with the area - so thanks for the tour Romanian Friend!
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