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Halloween in Transylvania

Bran Castle The name Transylvania conjures images of vampires and werewolves stalking the unsuspecting visitor to the misty forests and craggy slopes of the legendary Carpathian Mountains and surrounding foothills. Transylvania is a legendary land of mystery and magic, made popular in film and literature, and offers so much to explore and experience! From the banks of the immortal Danube River and the inspiring architecture of Budapest to the lush farm valleys and mesmerizing mountain peaks of Western Romania, a trip of a lifetime awaits as you immerse yourself in the culture and history of the lands of Count Dracula! Join SUU's Kyle Bishop, renowned author and expert of the horror genre, as he leads our trip to explore this enchanting region of Europe that will leave you wanting more! It's an experience not to be missed and it occurs at the perfect time of year for horror enthusiasts and anyone who desires to experience this pristine land, its friendly people, and gorgeous villages and cities of a famed and timeless area of Eastern Europe.

Costs and Deadlines

$2195.00 (Without Airfare) Double Occupancy
10% early bird discount if you register by May 1st

Registration Deadline: July 12th
Full Payment Deadline: September 1st
Full Refund: Before July 13th
50% Refund: July 13th-September 1st

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Halloween in Transylvania 2018 Itinerary

Buda Castle and Matthias Church at night

Buda Castle with Matthias Church in Budapest, Hungary

Day 1 >> Sat. October 13:

  • Flight to Budapest, Hungary (not included in the package price)
    Üdvözöljük! Binevenit! Welcome!

Day 2 >> Sun. October 14: (Budapest)

  • Arrival at Budapest Airport
  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel at your own expense
  • 2 nights in twin rooms with private bathrooms incl. breakfast at the 3- star hotel ibis Budapest Heroes Square in Budapest
  • Public transportation pass for the duration of the entire stay in Budapest
  • Orientation session with your local coordinator at the hotel
  • Guided walking tour of the Buda Castle District in the afternoon, during which you will see the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bation and Matthias Church, as well as the Inner Pest District with the Opera, Basilica and Synagogue
  • Welcome dinner at a restaurant in Budapest

Day 3 >> Mon. October 15: (Budapest)

  • Admission to the Labyrinth of Buda Castle in a complex of caves and cellars underneath the Buda Castle district
  • Free time for lunch at the Great Market Hall at your own expense
  • Guided tour of the Hungarian Parliament Building in the afternoon, which is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, and one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings and a notablelandmark of the country

Day 4 >> Tues. October 16: (Budapest - Cluj- Napoca)

  • Transportation by private bus from Budapest to Cluj- Napoca
  • 1 night in twin rooms with private bathrooms incl. breakfast at the 3-star Capitolina City Chic Hotel in Cluj- Napoca
  • Free evening to explore your new surroundings
Smardan Street in Bucharest, Romania

Smârdan Street in Bucharest, Romania
By Ștefan Jurcă from Munich, Germany (Bucharest - Smârdan Street) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Day 5 >> Wed. October 17: (Cluj- Napoca - Bistrita - Piatra Fântânele)

  • Guided walking tour of Cluj- Napoca in the morning to explore the the present capital of Transylvania
  • Free time in Bistrita for lunch at your own expense and to explore the city
  • 1 night in twin rooms with private bathrooms incl. breakfast at the 3- star Hotel Castel Dracula in Piatra Fântânele

Day 6 >> Thurs. October 18: (Piatra Fântânele - Sighisoara)

  • Guided walking tour of the Sighisoara’s Citadel in the afternoon to explore the UNESCO world Heritage Site including the Clock Tower, Church on the Hill and the Weapons Museum which is housed in the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (admissions included)

Day 7 >> Fri. October 19: (Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran - Bucharest)

  • Guided walking tour of Brasov in the late morning to explore its medieval square, churches and fortifications
  • Admission to the 13th century Bran Castle in the afternoon, which is commonly known as Dracula’s Castle as it is the real life setting of Bram Stoker’s sinister novel and the would- be residence of Count Dracula himself
  • 2 nights in twin rooms with private bathrooms incl. breakfast at the 4-star hotel Mercure Bucharest City Center in Bucharest

Day 8 >> Sat. October 20: (Bucharest)

  • Guided walking tour of the Lipscani district in the morning which was once the political and economic center of Bucharest and transformed into the most lively and charming area of the city. During the tour you will also visit Curtea Veche, Dracula’s medieval court.
  • Free afternoon to explore the Romanian capital further on your own
  • Farewell dinner at a restaurant in Bucharest to wrap up the program

Day 9 >> Sun. October 21: (Bucharest)

  • Departure from Bucharest Airport to the USA (airfare not included)
    Viszontlátásra! La revedere! Bye bye!