Over the course of this trip, we will visit the historical regions of Romania: Transylvania, Wallachia and Moldavia, to immerse ourselves into the culture and history that so much influenced Bram Stoker in writing the novel Dracula. Absorb the atmosphere, learn the history, and experience the dramatic beauty of multiple locations, together with knowledgeable guides. We will visit the Romanian capital Bucharest, the beautiful German-Saxon towns and villages in Transylvania, and we will experience the dramatic landscapes of Moldavia beyond the Carpathian Mountains.
This tour focuses on the genuine culture of Romania, and the way its essence, discovered by Bram Stoker in several books, influenced his literary creation. It is a cultural tour, but there will be nature activities as well. A particular hike, in the Carpathian Mountains, will require waterproof, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, as well as a basic hiking physical condition. All hikes and outdoor activities will depend on weather conditions and can be cancelled to prioritize safety of the participants.
With Transylvanian local guide Nora Vintila and great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker, international best-selling author Dacre Stoker.
Special Guest on the tour in June 2023: Victoria Price.
On the tour departing June 2023, a special guest will be Victoria Price, writer and public speaker, daughter of one of the most iconic and beloved horror movie actors in the world, Vincent Price. You will be able to mingle and discuss Dracula, gothic literature and horror films and film locations with Victoria and her fellow travelers, who all share a genuine interest in the horror genre.
Sibiu is Nora’s hometown, and also previously European cultural capital. Nora takes you on a pleasant and very interesting guided walk of the ”town of 1000 eyes”, as Sibiu is called. Beyond the rich local history, we discover the work of the Scottish writer Emily Gerard, who lived here between 1893 and 1895, writing the essay Transylvanian Superstitions. Gerard is the one who introduced the term ”Nosferatu” into mainstream literature and inspired Bram Stoker in the writing of his novel.
There will be a few hours of free time for lunch on your own, as well as shopping after the tour.
Afterwards, we take a short bus tour to the foothill of the Southern Carpathians.
A homemade dinner is served at a local sheep farmers’ family, who reveal their rough way of life and their constant fight against their eternal fiend: the wolf.
We gather around the bonfire for a storytelling session, with Dacre reading ”Transylvanian Vampire Tales” and Nora playing guitar and revealing some of the Romanian superstitions still vivid today.
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.
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 300 € (non-refundable).