TRIPS - Transylvania
HALLOWEEN IN TRANSYLVANIA
Our Ultimate Halloween Dracula tour blends fact and fiction, It can be arranged for any groups or societies on request, or we can adapt the following itinerary as a tailormade holiday over Halloween. We make our way through the wilderness of northern Transylvania. We do not fool you with the fake castle at Bran, nor do we expect you to spend Halloween in the safety of an international ski resort! Rather, we take you in the footsteps of Jonathan Harker to track down Count Dracula in the remote Borgo Pass, Our tour starts Cluj, the cultural capital of Imperial Transylvania.
The Hungarians called it 'Kolozsvar', the Saxons 'Klausenburg'. But we have no time to explore it treasures just yet since we have a train to catch, to take us to old Bistritz (Bistrita) where we dine, and spend a night in the 'Golden Krone'. There is barely time to pray for forgivemness since, despite the warnings, we must push on further and deeper into the remote Carpathians to seek out the Vampire Count in his homeland. We ride through the infamous orchards of the Mitteland (in springtime ' a bewildering mass of fruit blossom') and ascend into the Bargau Mountains. When the road becomes impassable we transfer to horses and carts to ascend the 'Borgo Pass', by cart and forest tracks following in the footsteps of Jonathan Harker ever deeper into the wolf-ridden forest. We pause at a woodcutters hut for a picnic before finally reaching the summit as the day draws to a close. The nght is spent in the pass, at Hotel Castel Dracula, legendary home of Count Dracula. For those that have survived so far, we journey onwards through the beautiful, but mysterious, Transylvanian Highlands. Note the numerous roadside crosses, protection for travellers. We pass near to 'Dracula' village to reach the old 'Hungarian' city of Targu Mures. Our Halloween tour reaches its apogee in the extravagant 'Vampires Ball' amidst the fortified citadel of Târgu Mures - we are even expecting a visit from the Count himself. After all, this was the place where the last witch was burned in Transylvania! The following morning we venture into the historic domains of Vlad the Impaler to visit his birthplace in Sighisoara, perhaps the best preserved mediaeval walled town in central or eastern Europe. Those on the 5 day tour will leave us now, travelling by train back to Cluj for a final night before their early morning flight back home. For those on the extended tour we explore Sighisoara and enjoy lunch in one of the Saxon villages before spending a night in one of the historic hotels in the old citadel. In the morning we travel onwards to Biertan where we visit the impressive UNESCO listed fortress church. Our final leg takes over the Transylvanian heath back to the lights of Imperial Cluj for one more night.
We also organiza week-ends of 2 days/1 night or 3 days/ 2nights with a Hallowwen Party in the medieval fortress of Tirgu-Mures. For groups. Contact us!