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Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit

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Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit
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icon4 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the legends of Transylvania with a visit to Bran Castle and Râșnov Fortress. Departing from Braşov, the half-day hour tour begins with a stop at Râșnov to explore its imposing, 13th-century fortress. Next up is Bran Castle, also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’ — a hilltop estate that conjures up visions of howling wolves and bats fluttering in the moonlight. Wander the castle’s Gothic chambers and learn about its ties to Bram Stoker’s undead antihero. Upgrade when booking your experience and extend your tour to the beautifully ornate Peleș Castle.
  • Bran Castle and Râșnov Fortress tour from Braşov, led by a professional guide
  • Travel into Romania’s Transylvania region to visit Bran Castle, known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’
  • Visit Râșnov Fortress, a 13th-century fortress-village perched on a hilltop
  • Choose to return to Braşov after Bran and Râșnov, or opt to visit Peleș Castle

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Letting someone else drive around Transylvania gives you more time to focus on the stunning scenery.
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Professional guide
Round-trip transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Brasov city only
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Entrance fees to Bran Castle and Râșnov Fortress: LEI 40, around €8.5,entrance fee to Rasnov Fortress: LEI 17, around €3.5,entrance fee to Peles Castle: LEI 30 (the standard tour) around €7
3-4-hour tour extension to Peles Castle (if option not selected)
Entrance fee to Peleș Castle and Pelisor Castle
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Casa Sfatului , Piața Sfatului 28, Brașov 500025, Romania

The History Museum, Piata Sfatului Square

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Please arrive 10 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.We let you know about the pick up time from the hotel with 1 day before!
Explore two of Transylvania’s most impressive citadels and discover why the region is steeped in mysterious lore. Your professional guide will pick you up in central Braşov for the ride south to Râșnov, situated among the stunning Bucegi Mountains.

Learn about the storied history of Râșnov Fortress (admission at your own expense), a walled stone compound designed to ward off attacks by the fierce Tartars and used as a refuge for local villagers during medieval warfare. Explore the time-worn courtyards, ramparts and well of the 13th-century fortress built by the Teutons. Opt to have lunch in Râșnov if you like (own expense).

A short drive brings you to Bran Castle, nicknamed ‘Dracula’s Castle’ for its ties to Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic tale and its bloodthirsty villain. The high stone walls and red turrets of this hilltop citadel come into view as you approach the secluded castle, set among the dramatic backdrop of the Carpathians.

Enter if you dare, after paying the site fee (own expense), and wander through the castle’s many well-preserved rooms and chambers with your guide. Gothic furnishings and details help set the scene for ghastly legends of all that happened here, including the imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler. This 15th-century prince was notorious for his bloodthirsty campaigns against invading Turks and is said to have inspired Stoker’s malevolent Count Dracula.

If you’ve had your fill of vampiric lore, your guide will drive you back to Braşov at this point. If you’ve booked the upgrade for more, continue on to the nearby Peleș Castle.

The expansive, Bavarian-style Peleș Castle was built among a lush forest to house Romania’s royalty in the 19th century and is among the most beautiful in Europe. A guide will lead you through many of its immaculate, ornate rooms, still adorned with luxuriant furnishings and décor.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Rasnov Citadel
Explore two of Transylvania’s most impressive citadels and discover why the region is steeped in mysterious lore. Your professional guide will pick you up in central Braşov in a car or minivan for the 30-minute ride south to Râșnov, situated among the stunning Bucegi Mountains. Learn about the storied history of Râșnov Fortress, a walled stone compound designed to ward off attacks by the fierce Tartars and used as a refuge for local villagers during medieval warfare. Explore the time-worn courtyards, ramparts and well of the 13th-century fortress built by the Teutons. Opt to have lunch in Râșnov if you like (own expense).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
A short drive brings you to Bran Castle, nicknamed ‘Dracula’s Castle’ for its ties to Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic tale and its bloodthirsty villain. The high stone walls and red turrets of this hilltop citadel come into view as you approach the secluded castle, set among the dramatic backdrop of the Carpathians. Enter if you dare, after paying the site fee (own expense), and wander through the castle’s many well-preserved rooms and chambers with your guide. Gothic furnishings and details help set the scene for ghastly legends of all that happened here, including the imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler. This 15th-century prince was notorious for his bloodthirsty campaigns against invading Turks and is said to have inspired Stoker’s malevolent Count Dracula.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Peles Castle
If you’re thirsty for more, extend your tour by 3 to 4 hours and continue on to the nearby Peleș Castle (book the option). The expansive, Bavarian-style Peleș Castle was built among a lush forest to house Romania’s royalty in the 19th century and is among the most beautiful in Europe. A guide will lead you through many of its immaculate, ornate rooms, still adorned with luxuriant furnishings and décor. You’ll also have the chance to tour the neighbouring Pelișor Castle, a smaller royal residence decked out in art nouveau finery.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Small group tour
  • Sturdy hiking footwear recommended
  • Crowded in high season (July - August)
  • MONDAY BRAN CASTLE IS OPENED AT 12:00.
  • Peles Castle is closed MONDAY! Tuesday we can visit only the ground floor! Pelisor Castle is closed MONDAY and TUESDAY! More info about the admission time: peles.ro
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • RASNOV FORTRESS IS CLOSED FROM 3rd of February 2020 for 22 months! Anyhow, we could visit the outside walls and exterior court. We visit other site, instead (eg. The St Bartholomew Evangelical church / Cristian Saxon Fortified Church / Valea Cetatii Cave). The guide will inform you about the options.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please bring your own mask; we provide hand sanitizer. We are cleaning vehicles after every tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Active Travel Day Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit.

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  • "The attraction to visit in one day are really worth!" See review
  • "It's an expensive tour, but there were only 3 of us on the tour, which was so nice, especially at Bran Castle where there were extremely large groups." See review

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Very good explanation....
Pablo_M
, Oct 2021
Very good explanation. Guide knows every single details about the visit! Muy recomendable. Don’t bother about the torture museum
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Pablo.
star-5
Fabulous Tour to Bran and Pelw Castle
Shelia_S
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide Charlie was fabulous. Not only was he knowledgeable but had an outstanding sense of humor. He was easy to communicate with and was very prompt. Highly recommend if you can get him.as a tour guide.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you so much for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Shelia! Indeed, the tour is an amazing experience especially when you have with you a guide as Charlie.
star-5
Castles, stories and dogs
Anna_F
, Oct 2021
We had a fantastic day exploring castles and fortresses with Charlie! He knew exactly when to be where so we were able to get ahead of the crowds and make the most out of our visits. His knowledge of the places is very impressive and you can feel that he loves what he's doing :) It would certainly not have been the same had we gone by ourselves, so we're so happy we booked this tour. We even did an extra stop at the Bran museum where all the old furniture from the castle is on display and many more to pet all the puppie dogs that crossed our path. Thank you Charlie for a great day!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We thank you for the opportunity to guide you in this amazing experience called Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Anna! We appreciate a lot for leaving a detailed review about the tour, also!
star-5
Amazing castle tour from Brasov
Stephanie_W
, Oct 2021
A fantastic tour with a fantastic guide. Charlie was the best - he had so much knowledge about everything, even all the random questions we asked. The tour was very fun, with lots of cool sights and lots of laughs. He also went the extra mile to show us all the best photo ops and things that weren’t officially on the tour. I cannot recommend this tour enough and will be telling any of my friends that find themselves in Brasov. Thank you for a wonderful day!!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you so much for your detailed review for our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Stephanie! We thank you for booking with us!
star-5
Very good tour guide.....
Keith_B
, Oct 2021
Very good tour guide.. well worth the money, was on time and very polite. Very knowledgeable of area and Castle's..
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We thank you so much for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Keith! More than happy to hear you enjoyed the tour.
star-5
Best tour of Transylvanian castles!
Christopher_P
, Sep 2021
The tour guide Charley (Carol) was extremely knowledgeable and personable. He was very patient and kind. The vehicle was comfortable and clean.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We really thank you for booking with us our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Christopher! Your review, for sure, helps the future tourist to choose a day tour.
star-4
It was a very interesting...
Nikoleta_T
, Sep 2021
It was a very interesting trip, our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly! Really recommend it! The guide answered all of our questions and told us a lot about Romania, not just the castles.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit!
star-5
The guide was very...
Elena_S
, Sep 2021
The guide was very friendly and helpful, taking the group in plenty of areas with good view for taking pictures, taking pictures of us. He has good knowledge of history and geography and seems to be very passionate about his job. We had a wonderful tour to Bran Castle and Cetatea Râșnov. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you so much for your review about our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Elena!
star-5
Exceptional day visiting Romania's most beautiful castles
Lindsay_N
, Sep 2021
Had the absolute best day out visiting the castles with Charles! Great driver with lots of interesting stories about the region. He told me the history of each castle, both of which were amazing. All in all I would highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting the area and was the highlight of my trip to Romania!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We really appreciate your detailed review for our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Lindsay!
star-5
Fun tour packed with the right information!
Akshatha_G
, Sep 2021
Tiberiu is an enthusiastic and well informed tour guide. The visit to Bran castle and Rasnov fortress was even more memorable because of the facts and history he shared. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you so much for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit!

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