Halloween in Transylvania (Southbound)

7 Days | Spend your spookiest Halloween ever in haunting Romania

4.9 out of 5 based on 8 reviews submitted.
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Even without its bloodcurdling myths of Dracula, werewolves, haunted castles and curses, Romania is an atmospheric destination. And no more so on the spooky holiday of Halloween. Let us introduce you to the beauty of ancient Bucharest, the haunting beauty and mythology of Sighisoara, and spooky Bran Castle (aka Dracula’s castle) in Brasov. For a spine-tingling adventure this Halloween, don’t look past this adventure in Transylvania. Mwahahaha.

Trip overview

Map of Halloween In Transylvania (Southbound) including Romania
Start
Cluj Napoca, Romania
Finish
Bucharest, Romania
Theme
Festival
Destinations
Romania
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
WMSH
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Transylvania conjures up images of haunted castles, gothic churches and vampires. Where better to spend time around Halloween than in the 12th-century town of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Count Dracula? Things are about to get medi-evil
  • Break out your scariest costumes for a spooky Halloween party in Cluj Napoca, the former capital of the historical principality of Transylvania
  • Protect yourself against devils and demons with a visit to the Turda Salt Mines, a fascinating museum showcasing the history of salt in the region complete with an underground amusement park
  • Delve into the communist past and the thriving, artistic present-day vibe of Bucharest, a city often underrated by travellers. The grand architecture of the 1980’s Palace of the Parliament is particularly awe-inspiring
  • A stopover in the traditional Saxon village of Viscri exposes you to Romanian hospitality and some finger-licking home-cooked food

Is this trip right for you?
  • Autumn weather in Romania can be cooler than expected, especially at higher altitudes. Please consider the time of year you wish to travel and your suitability for that season.
  • Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together if you'd like to get cosy. Also, please note that many hotels and guesthouses only offer shared bathrooms rather than en-suite facilities.
  • This trip takes place around Halloween in October. If you would like to visit Romania during a different time of year you may want to check out our trip 'Budapest to Bucharest' (trip code WMSB) or the epic 'Eastern Europe Explorer' (trip code WMSEC), which continues further south into Bulgaria.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Itinerary

Map of Halloween In Transylvania (Southbound) including Romania

Inclusions

Meals

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Train, Private vehicle, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights)

Activities
  • Turda - Salt Mines Tour
  • Cluj Napoca - Halloween Party in Cluj
  • Cluj Napoca - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Viscri - Fortified Church
  • Viscri - Sock Project Visit
  • Viscri - Local Home Cooked Lunch
  • Bran Castle - Tour
  • Brasov - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Bucharest - Walking Tour with Local Guide
Add on activities
  • Cluj Napoca - Museum of Transylvanian History - RON10
  • Cluj Napoca - Botanical Garden - RON15
  • Sighisoara - Church on the Hill - RON5
  • Sighisoara - The Clock Tower - RON16
  • Sighisoara - Church of the Dominican Monastery - RON10
  • Sighisoara - Covered Stairway - Free
  • Brasov - The Black Church - RON15
  • Brasov - Cable Car to Mt Tampa - RON25
  • Bucharest - Bike Tour - EUR25
  • Bucharest - Palace of Parliament Tour - RON60
  • Bucharest - Romanian Athenaeum - RON10
  • Bucharest - Former Ceauşescu Residence - RON55
  • Bucharest - Village Museum - RON30

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Important notes

1. Please note that this itinerary may have multiple departures on the same date. Your group size will still be capped at a maximum of 16 travellers, however in some locations you may overlap with other groups, such as in overnight stays, and of course at the Halloween Party itself.
2. A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.
3. This trip travels in a southbound direction, starting in Cluj Napoca and ending in Romania's capital Bucharest. This trip is also available in the opposite direction, travelling northbound from Bucharest, ending in Cluj Napoca in time for the Halloween Party.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 8 reviews submitted.
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Christie · Traveled October 2023
A fantastic and beautiful taste of Transylvania myths, legends, and history.
Review submitted 06 Nov 2023

Martha · Traveled October 2023
This trip could have really been cheesy and focused on only the Dracula legend but instead i was immersed into the culture like a local. Having lunch in a home cellar in Viscri was the cherry and could not have gotten that if i would have booked an independent trip. The tour leader went above and beyond to make sure we had options to try on our free time and inside tips to make the most of our time.
Review submitted 08 Nov 2023

Holly · Traveled October 2022
The "Halloween in Transylvania" trip ( 7 days in Romania) was amazing! Our group leader, Anastasiia was excellent- fun, responsible, creative and relaxed at the same time. I had a great time and will remember the places I visited (Cluj, Sighasoara, Viscri, Brasov, and Bucharest) for many years ahead!
Review submitted 07 Nov 2022

Lauren · Traveled October 2022
Excellent seasonal tour, especially for those who have not previously visited Romania. My highlights were the Halloween party, Bran Castle and the home-cooked meal in Viscri.
Review submitted 07 Nov 2022

Bethany · Traveled October 2022
This trip was so much fun! You really get to see some beautiful parts of Romania. My favourite place was definitely brasov there was so much to see!
Review submitted 05 Nov 2022
Halloween in Transylvania (Southbound)
From
AUD $2,290