125 Years of Dracula:
England & Scotland


with Dacre Stoker, great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker


UK
May 22th-28th 2022

Dacre Stoker, the great grandnephew of the author Bram Stoker, is organizing a literary expedition to celebrate 125 years since the novel Dracula was published. For the past 15 years, Dacre has made a thorough analysis of his uncle's work and discovered exciting details in his research and writing of his famous novel.
England and Scotland are the destinations for this celebratory expedition, as this is where Bram Stoker spent much of his writing time. Dacre is himself a best-selling author and continues the family's literary tradition, he reveals exciting facts about each local connection to the writing of the novel Dracula throughout the journey.
During this trip we will visit places that played a big role in Bram Stoker's life, in his research and writing of the novel. We will experience the coastal town of Whitby, with its iconic abbey ruins. We will also explore Cruden Bay in Scotland, the picturesque fishing village where Bram wrote most of Dracula. There will be other interesting stops on our journey, to provide a perspective of the history and culture of the area. The highlight of the trip is the celebratory dinner at the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel on May 26, exactly 125 years after the novel came into print.

Good to know before the tour!

Some of the hikes in Whitby and Cruden Bay are strenuous and will require waterproof, above the ankle, footwear. May’s weather in Yorkshire and coastal Scotland can be unpredictable, so waterproof rain gear and layers are recommended.

With Transylvanian local guide/tour manager Nora Vintila and great grand nephew of Bram Stoker, international best selling author Dacre Stoker.

Grand team

Day 1

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Saturday May 22st / Manchester - York - Whitby
Celebration dinner under Whitby Abbey
Meet your jubilee host Dacre Stoker, tour guide Nora Vintila and your fellow travelers at Manchester Central Station, on your way to Whitby. Lunch is served on the road, in charming York. We arrive in Whitby in the afternoon and check in at a central hotel.
Dacre leads a leisurely evening stroll through the city to get acquainted with the Gothic atmosphere that attracted his famous relative, Bram Stoker, during his holiday in 1890. After a celebratory dinner at the Albert’s Eatery, we take a walk up the 199 steps to St. Mary's Churchyard to the place where Lucy Westenra met Count Dracula in the novel.

Day 2

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Sunday May 23rd / Whitby
Dracula locations
We start the day with a walking tour to visit the iconic attractions related to “Dracula”: Royal Crescent, Whitby Abbey, St. Mary’s Church, 199 steps, Whitby train station, Bram Stoker bench and Whitby Museum. Together with Dacre, we are led by a knowledgeable local guide. Lunch is served at Duke of York Pub, at the foot of the 199 steps below Whitby Abbey. Free time to visit the local shops after lunch. An excursion to Robin Hood's Bay reminds us of the plot of the novel, as we take "a capital 'severe tea' in a sweet little old- fashioned inn", just like Mina Murray and Lucy Westenra. Back in Whitby, explore the local cuisine and enjoy dinner on your own or in the company of your fellow travelers.

Day 3

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Monday May 24th / Whitby - Edinburgh
Edinburgh whiskey & history


On the way to Edinburgh, we will make a coffee stop at Alnwick Castle, a filming location of Harry Potter and Downtown Abbey. We continue our way north and arrive in Edinburgh in the early
afternoon. Lunch is served at the award-winning restaurant, Scotch Whiskey Experience, followed by an exciting tour that gives us the impression of being in a distillery where we get to taste a "dram" of whiskey.
Dacre gives a talk on Bram Stoker's friendship with Scottish personalities such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
For those who wish, there is enough time to visit even the impressive Edinburgh Castle, to get an overview of Scotland's history and culture (entrance fee is not included, your tour guide can help you buy tickets). Dinner on your own.

Day 4

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Tuesday May 25th / Edinburgh - Cruden Bay
Scotland's East Coast

A unique experience awaits, stepping into Edinburgh's hidden history at Real Mary King's Close. On this one-hour tour, we will experience over 400 years of history and discover the stories from myths and legends to the deadly plague epidemic, as we dig into Edinburgh's dark past.
We then travel from Edinburgh to Cruden Bay. Lunch is served on the road. We arrive at the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel in Cruden Bay in the afternoon, where Bram Stoker himself was a guest in 1893.
We are joined by the local author Mike Shepherd, who has written a book about Bram Stoker's summer visits to this area, and another with Dacre about Slains Castle's history, for an orientation walk around the village. Dinner is served at the hotel, followed by an audiovisual presentation with Dacre and Mike on "Bram Stoker's Cruden Bay Experiences".

Day 5

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Wednesday May 26th / Edinburgh - Cruden Bay
Cruden Bay 125 years of Dracula

Today we celebrate 125 years since the novel "Dracula" was published. This requires a champagne breakfast! We then start at the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel with an exciting beach walk with Mike Shepherd recreating Bram Stoker's daily “writing inspiration” walks. Enjoy the places Bram visited when he wrote "Dracula". We will also visit places mentioned in two of his novels based in Cruden Bay, The Mystery of the Sea (1902) and The Watters Mou (1895).
Back at the hotel for lunch, after which we continue our walk to the ruins of Slains Castle, whose interior is considered the source of inspiration for the description of Dracula's Castle. We have a great view of the facade, while Dacre and Mike reveal pictures of the octagonal room shown in Chapter 2 of Dracula (access to the ruins is prohibited due to safety risks).
Enjoy some free time to explore Cruden Bay at your own pace, or to re-read some of the pages of the novel to get into the mood of the celebration. A festive dinner will be served later at the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel, to celebrate the big day. Dacre unveils a memorial plaque for the novel's celebration.

Day 6

Thursday May 27th / Glasgow
Haunted theatre

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We check out from Cruden Bay and take the train southwards. We arrive in Glasgow, where we find out even more interesting details from Stoker's life, and visit the theatre said to be one of the most haunted in the world. Check in at a hotel in Glasgow and farewell dinner.

Day 7

Saturday May 28th / Glasgow
Last day

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Check out from the hotel after breakfast or continue your stay in Scotland with more cultural activities on your own. La revedere, see you in Transylvania next time!

PRICE

for a group of 15-30 pers: 2680 €/pers, including:


- accommodation 7 nights in double occupancy in top rank hotels
- transfers by private coach
- activities, entrance fees according to program
- Dacre Stoker as tour leader & Dracula expert
- Nora Vintila as a tour manager & Transylvanian history expert
- meals according to program: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners, including 1 coffee/pers on the 2 longer bus rides, excluding all beverages, except for the welcome drinks mentioned in the program
The price excludes: flight, insurance, single room supplement, beverages, gratuities for staff (tips), flight, excursions or activities other than those mentioned.
Single room supplement: 395 €

Please note that all activities are subject to change, due to local conditions and to the pandemic situation. We can assure you that Experience Transylvania and Dacre Stoker strive for the perfect experience for you as a guest, which is why we might change certain activities for better or more appropriate ones, in case the itinerary, the weather conditions or the safety of the sites impose that case.


Deadline for Early Bird bookings (100 € discount): December 15th 2021



Seats on this tour are limited!

By submitting your booking request, you simply inform us of your wish to join this tour. At the moment, this submission does not involve any obligations for you as a tentative guest. The contract between you as a traveler and Experience Transylvania as an organizer starts only when you’ve received the final program, along with the terms & conditions, and when you’ve paid your booking fee amounting 200 € (non-refundable).