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Transylvania Holidays

Choose the best Transylvania Holidays. Book your tour now and then explore our country and discover the best Dracula related highlights. In addition to these, visit important historical landmarks and find out more about our customs and traditions. We organize several types of Transylvania Holidays, from vampire tours which take place in the summer, to our Awarded 7-Days Halloween tour. Before choosing your favorite tour, you need to take a few things into account.

Transylvania Holidays – Departure Dates

Arguably the most important aspect when planning your Transylvania Holidays is the departure date. You need to make sure your schedule allows you to take a few days off and explore the land of Dracula.

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Sighisoara Citadel

For people who want to spend their vacation in Romania and have a lot of time to spare, we recommend the 7-Days tours. In the summer, they depart in June, July, August and September. In addition to this, we also organize the Awarded 7-Days Halloween tour, which departs in October. The exact dates differ every year, so make sure to check our Departures Calendar to find out when these Transylvania Holidays begin.

If you are looking for a shorter tour which you can include in your holidays or if you only have a few days to spare, we have the perfect solution. Choose our 3-days Short Breaks, which include the main highlights of our 7-Days tour and, on Halloween, two amazing parties. Short Breaks depart during the summer, on request, for a group of minimum 4 persons. Our Halloween Short Breaks depart from Bucharest or Cluj-Napoca. These tours have certain departure dates, scheduled to coincide with the Halloween Parties included.

The experience you are looking for

A major factor in your decision regarding the best Transylvania Holidays type is what kind of experience interests you. If you want to go on a tour of Transylvania and discover the legend of Dracula while finding out all about our customs and traditions, our 7-Days Dracula tours are your best choice. You can complement this experience with up to three unforgettable parties by choosing the Awarded 7-Days Halloween tour.

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Halloween Party

If you have limited time and you want a glimpse of Transylvania, choose our Vampire Short Break. You need to bring three more people with you, but the advantage is that you can decide when you want to depart. If you are looking for a short break with guaranteed departure, choose our Halloween Short Breaks. These tours depart regardless of the number of people and the schedule is desgined to include two Halloween Parties: our special event in Sighisoara and the popular Bran Castle party.

We also designed 1 or 2 day tours with at least one Halloween Party included. These are the perfect choices if you already visited our country or if you are only looking for a fun Halloween Party. Our 1-day tours include accommodation for the night, meals and access to a Halloween Party, while the 2-day tours also include transfer to and from Sighisoara or Bran.

Transylvania Holidays – Socializing with other people

From the socializing point of view, we have two types of tours. First of all are tours with set departure dates. For these tours, we usually gather a medium-sized group. Therefore you have the opportunity to meet other like-minded people and socialize with them. On the other hand, we organize private tours, which depart only when we reach the target number of people (usually 2 or 4), on a date which suits you best. On these tours, you can bring your friends and family and then travel only with them and our guide. This takes away the possibility of meeting new people, but offers a more intimate journey.

Conclusions

After taking all of these into account, you should decide which is the perfect tour for you. Choose your best Transylvania Holidays, book your tour now and join us for an unforgettable experience in our country.

Book your Transylvania Holidays now!

Have you decided on one of our tours? If so, book your Transylvanian experience now and explore the land of Dracula! Please check out our entire list of departures here.

We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form.

  • MasterCard and Visa via fax and phone.
  • We also accept payments via PayPal and bank transfer.
  • At the moment of booking we require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we issue a Confirmation Letter.
  •  The final payment is due 60 days prior to tour departure. Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking.

Available for free if:
You don’t have a reflection in the mirror,
You decompose when sunlight strikes you,
You’re over 200 years old, 
Can use your wings to fly to Transylvania,
Well, this holiday is free for you! Come join your fellow vampires in Transylvania:-) 
Blood treats not included!

Other mentions

  • Once you realize the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return to your country.
  • People speak plenty of English in Romania and you will find the locals and the other tourists are friendly and open.
  • No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.

Media Mentions
• We’re pleased to say that Transylvania Live has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts
more details here

Halloween in Transylvania tour on national television

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Advice for Irish tourists traveling to Romania

If you’re travelling to Romania, the Irish Departent of Foreign Affairs and Trade has the following travel advice practical tips and useful information.

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available by contacting the Health Service Executive, and that you also obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Security status

Romania remains a safe country to visit. There are internal political tensions and visitors are advised to avoid large crowds and political demonstrations. We advise that all normal precautions be taken.

Summary

Romanians are friendly and welcoming people many of whom will happily converse in English

The majority of visits to Romania are trouble-free.  Serious crimes involving tourists are not particularly common and most of those that do arise are petty and do not involve violence. There is no known threat of terrorism. Nevertheless, visitors to Romania are advised to take normal personal and security precautions, particularly at night.

Irish nationals do not require visas for visits to Romania.

The official currency in Romania is the RON, often called Lei. Obtaining RON prior to travel can be difficult. However, on arrival cash can be withdrawn from ATMs.

Irish visitors to Romania are encouraged to register with the Irish Embassy in Bucharest.

Emergency assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency services in Romania by dialling 112.

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
  • Get a European Health Insurance Card
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.

Safety and security

Crime

There have been some reports of credit and debit cards being scanned or stolen and used illegally, as happens elsewhere.  Use of ATMs is generally safe but some precautions should be employed, such as only using those in department stores or hotel or airport lobbies.

As would be expected in large urban locations, there are occasional reports of pickpockets and bag snatchers operating in crowded areas. Confidence scams leading to theft of passports or wallets have also been known to arise where thieves claiming to be police approach visitors and ask for ID.  The Romanian police do not generally ask people for documentation without good cause and in the event of any reason for suspicion visitors should offer to go the nearest police station.

Ideally, where they are not expected to be needed, valuables and other items such as spare jewellery, passports, driving licences, credit/debit cards and excess cash should be secured in a hotel safe.

Water

While the water supply in Romania is not known to be contaminated, use of bottled or filtered water is recommended as a safer option.

Wild Animals

Although a decreasing problem, Romania has a significant population of stray dogs.  While these do not usually pose a danger it is strongly recommended to avoid contact with them as they can be agressive and some could be rabid.

The Carpathian Mountains of Romania are famous for their wilderness and beauty but are also home to large populations of bears and wolves.  While they try to avoid humans, it is recommended when visiting remote areas to travel in groups and to take expert advice locally.

Local laws and customs

Visitors are required to carry photo ID in Romania; a photocopy of passport or driver’s licence should suffice for this purpose.

Inappropriate or insensitive behaviour or activity in public is likely to offend others and risks prosecution or even a violent reaction.

Transport

Metro

Bucharest has a good Metro system.  It and other towns and cities are serviced by buses, trams and taxis which are very good value by western European standards.  Romania also has a good network of inter-city trains.  Motorways are not extensive.

Driving

Some Romanians drive erratically and at excessive speeds and vehicles are not always fully roadworthy.  Serious road traffic accidents regularly occur.  Visitors entering Romania by road or driving there should ensure that they have adequate insurance cover.  Insurance companies or brokers should be consulted in advance about this, if necessary.  Drivers in Romania must also be in possession of a driving license and car ownership documentation.

All vehicles must pay a general road toll.  This “Roviniete” ticket can be purchased at border points and at most petrol stations throughout Romania, and should be prominently displayed on the vehicle windscreen.

The traffic police are known to apply on-the-spot penalties for infringements of traffic regulations, including the retention of driving licences for up to three months in very serious cases.

In winter, drivers should ensure that vehicles are prepared for extreme weather conditions, including fitting mandatory winter tyres.

Roads, including primary roads, can be of poor standard, badly lit, pot-holed and with barely visible markings.  Appropriate precautions should be taken, especially at night.

There is zero tolerance for drink-driving and permitted blood/alcohol ratios are below those in Ireland.

In Romania, taxis are relatively inexpensive.  In general it is recommended that taxis are booked using one of the various methods available, rather than hailed on the street.  This is especially the case where vehicles do not have a meter or display fares.  Some visitors have reported incidents of overcharging, especially from airports and major train stations – some taxi drivers will offer a fixed price to the city centre which may appear reasonable but could be significantly in excess of the normal fares in Romania.  Visitors arriving at the airport are advised to decline any taxi offers in the arrivals area but instead to avail of one of the simple-to-use automated taxi ordering services in the arrivals hall.

Health

Travel Insurance

We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.

Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.

Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.

Emergency expenses

Your policy should cover:

  • All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
  • Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
  • 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
  • Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
  • Lost and stolen possessions.
  • Cancellation and curtailment.
  • Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).

Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.

European Health Insurance Card 

As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.

The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.

Embassy Contact

In case of a genuine consular emergency while the Embassy is closed, please leave a message with name, location and telephone number at +4021 310 2131 and the Duty Officer will call you back.

Embassy of Ireland50-52 Buzesti St
3rd Floor, Sector 1
Bucharest
Romania

Tel: +40 21 3102131
Fax: +40 21 3102181

Monday to Friday 09:30 to 12:30; 14:00 to 17:00

https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/romania/