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Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit

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Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - 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

Designed to delight those fascinated by the Gothic legends of Transylvania, this half-day tour takes you to the heart of the mysterious Romanian region. After hotel pickup in Brasov, tick off top attractions such as the dramatic Rasnov Fortress and Bran’s Castle, whose Gothic turrets and hilltop perch have earned it the nickname of ‘Dracula’s Castle’. If you wish, upgrade your small-group tour when booking to include a visit to Peles Castle, a striking example of Neo-Renaissance architecture.
  • Perfect for travellers with limited time in Transylvania
  • Visit the imposing ruins of the 13th-century Rasnov Fortress
  • Delve into the legends surrounding Bran Castle, associated with Bram Stoker's legendary monster, Dracula
  • Small-group tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Brasov
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Professional Driver/guide
Round-trip transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
Hotel (only from Brasov city) pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities
3-4-hour tour extension to Peles Castle (approx.15 euros paid on the day)
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

8:30 am

  • Kronwell Hotel , Bulevardul Garii No.7, Brasov 500227 Romania
  • Belfort Hotel , Constantin Dobrogeanu Gherea Street, no. 4, Brasov 500003 Romania
  • 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 inform you about the exact pick up time!
    After pickup at your Brasov hotel, greet your guide and board a car or minivan destined for the dramatic ruins of Rasnov Fortress. Built in the 13th century, the striking backdrop of the Bucegi Mountains enhances the beauty of the fortress.

    Listen to history-rich commentary featuring tales of medieval warfare and local legend, and opt to enjoy lunch in Rasnov village at your own expense. Then, proceed to Bran Castle, arguably the crowing architectural feature of Transylvania.

    The Gothic castle, complete with high stonewalls and rust-red turrets, was used to incarcerate Vlad the Impaler and therefore inspired the creation of Bram Stoker’s bloodthirsty villain, Dracula. Pay the entrance fee at your own expense and then wander through chambers with filled antique furniture and Gothic embellishments.

    After enriching your knowledge of Vlad the Impaler’s gruesome legacy, return to your Brasov hotel and bid your guide farewell. Alternatively, if you booked the upgrade, continue to Peles Castle.

    Follow your guide through immaculately preserved rooms, decorated with luxurious furniture for the viewing pleasure of Romania’s royal family. Choose to pay an additional visit to the neighboring Pelisor Castle and then conclude your tour with drop-off at your Brasov hotel.               
    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 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 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 Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Small group tour
    • Sturdy hiking footwear recommended
    • Tour available with extension to Sinaia at a supplement
    • For your information, entrance prices detailed: entrance fee to Peles Castle: LEI 30 (the standard tour) around €7
    • MONDAY BRAN CASTLE IS OPENED AT 12:00.
    • "Skip the line" at the ticket office for Bran Castle!
    • Crowded in high season (July - August)
    • 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
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • 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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    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 Entrance Fees Included - 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
    See all safety measures taken by Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - 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 Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - 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 Entrance Fees Included - 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 Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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    • "Also realize that during the off season, there is no need to pay extra for the "quick entry" since there is no que to enter." See review
    • "Somebody advised us to take a taxi or Uber to go there but it's rather far, and we had a tour guide who is very nice and helpful, came to pickup and drop-off at the hotel." See review

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    Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress review
    FellowTraveler46073
    , Oct 2019
    The Bran Castle is interesting but somewhat over-rated. The castle furnishings are not authentic nor necessarily time-accurate rather they are furnishings and objects donated by local residents to provide something for tourists to look at rather than empty rooms. I had not read anything about the castle before the tour and encourage others to do so - so you are not disappointed in it as I was. The history of the region and the castle inhabitants is interesting and is available on Wikipedia as our guide indicated. Also realize that during the off season, there is no need to pay extra for the "quick entry" since there is no que to enter. Plus, we learned after prepaying for the tour, there is a senior entry rate and those with a physical handicap often are admitted free of charge. By prepaying, this information and reduced rates were not available to me.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
    Thank you for review Bran Castle, but you supposed to do it on their account! Here you supposed to review the guiding services. Anyhow, please send me your booking number in order to refund the difference of money for the entrance fees. For your information: Skip the line service is providing by the Bran Castle and is free of charge!
    star-5
    Good time in Brasov
    dbasden4
    , Aug 2019
    The time and places were very good and the tour guide friendly and with experience about the topics and very patient
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    Thank you for your review for Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit!
    star-5
    Great Tour
    Glenn_M
    , Jul 2019
    What a great tour. We got to see everything without being rushed at any point. The castle and fortress were both very interesting, and we were lucky enough to arrive at Bran before the crowds. Our guide Tudor was exceptional as well - very knowledgeable and friendly, with flawless English too.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    Thank you for booking with us the Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit!
    star-5
    Good and unexpected experience
    Olivier R
    , Feb 2019
    The tour prices for going to Bran Castle and Rasnov fortress were varied. We spontaneously found this tour including entrance fees for 78 (for 2 persons). Somebody advised us to take a taxi or Uber to go there but it's rather far, and we had a tour guide who is very nice and helpful, came to pickup and drop-off at the hotel. During the visit, our tour guide was telling us the history of Bran Castle. Surprisingly Dracula was not the owner of this castle which is unexpected. However, we had good time visiting the castle and the fortress with our tour guide Charlie. He made our trip very memorable...
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    Thank you for your detailed review for the Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit, Olivier!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Our guide Karlo was very funny, frendly...
    Zeljka v.
    , Sep 2018
    Our guide Karlo was very funny, frendly and full of interesting information. The tour was a great combination of walking and sightseeing by car.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    Thank you for booking with us the Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit, Zeljska!
    star-5
    We were picked up from our B and B...
    John_B
    , Dec 2017
    We were picked up from our B and B for a 40 minute drive from Brasov. Out of the city on smooth and rough roads through small villages of plain houses. We arrived in Branov at around 9:30am, with only a few other tourists along the vendor-lined street to the castle. A steep walk up a modern stone walkway, then more steps to enter. Our guide provided interesting info on the castle and Queen Mary, who improved conditions there. Through different rooms bedrooms, music, dinning, etc., towers and walkways. Back down the way we came through a garden with a pond. On the vendor's street, now teeming with people. All sorts of Vlad Tepes souvenirs,honey, walnut jam, cheese and other food vendors. Then a 30 minute drive to the city of Rasnov and the main square. We took it easy and rode the funicular up at a small cost. Continuing on a dirt path to the medieval fortress on the top of the mountain. Passing through a spiked gate into the ruins of the village houses inside. People still live here, selling their hand-made crafts and trinkets. Onward to the highest point of the mountain for incredible views. We returned on a different route through mountain forests and ski resort areas, stopping for a few photo-ops along the way. Our guide gave us a recommendation for a traditional restaurant back in Brasov: Segurina, and dropped us off there for an excellent mid-afternoon meal!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    Thank you so much for your detailed review for the Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit, John! It represents a valuable help for the future clients when they make the decision to book a day trip when they are in Brasov!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
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    Dan was the man! We were picked up...
    Ashley G
    , Nov 2017
    Dan was the man! We were picked up from our apt, shuffled throughout the city and our stopping points, and dined at a wonderful restaurant to top off the day. If you’re lucky you’ll even get a chance to have Dan sing a bit throughout the experience. Friendly, prompt, and at ease. Highly recommended.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    We thank you for your review for the Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit, Ashley!
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    Tour guide with a dry sense of...
    Brittany S
    , Dec 2016
    Tour guide with a dry sense of humour who loves to sing - request a song to make the car trip more fun!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    Thank you for booking with us the Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit, Brittany!
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    Tour para conocer Rumanía más allá de los tópicos. Excelente!
    Inmaculada_N
    , Nov 2021
    Recomiendo mucho este tour si de verdad quieres conocer Transilvania. Nuestro guía, Tiberius fue muy agradable y nos explicó toda la historia de Rumanía. Esta era nuestra primera vez en Rumanía y solo conocíamos lo típico sobre el país. Cuando terminas el tour tienes toda una perspectiva de su cultura e historia. Lo que nos contó difícilmente lo encontrarás sin un guía local. Nos encantó tanto el tour como el guía. Recogida en un punto a tu elección y transporte a Bran (entrada al castillo incluida) y Rasnov en coche privado. Muy recomendado!
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
    Thank you for your review of our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit!

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