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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: Bran Castle: LEI 45, Peles Castle: LEI 50 (the standard tour)
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 38, Brașov 500025, Romania

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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.
  • Please bring your own mask; we provide hand sanitizer. We are cleaning vehicles after every tour.
  • Tour available with extension to Sinaia at a supplement of 20 euro/person and you have to book online Bran, Rasnov and Peles Castle option!
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
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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
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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
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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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star-5
Wonderful Castle visit
Abraham_B
, Aug 2022
Bran- and Peles Castles were wonderful, containing many beautiful pieces of art and other artefacts in their collections! Rasnov fortresses was closed for renovations unfortunately, but we were able to see it from the outside. Our guide was great and had a wealth of knowledge about the places we visited!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you a lor for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Abraham!
star-5
Great Day
Madison_H
, Aug 2022
The tour was fantastic. It was a small open tour with only 6 individuals. The guide directly messaged all of us the night before for confirming details. Everything went as was planned during the day. Our guide Tiberius, was incredibly knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. He even introduced us to langos.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We thank you so much for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Madison! Yes, we are running our small group tours with maximum 8 people.
star-5
Wonderful guide, wonderful trip
George_W
, Aug 2022
Charlie our driver was knowledgeable and wonderful. He shared his vast knowledge and love of his country. Bran’s castle is a fascinating place. Charlie was so great. Rasnov fortress was my favorite place. Charlie made it come alive and I was truly moved.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you so much for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, George!
star-5
Knowledgeable Tour Guide!
Juliana_C
, Aug 2022
This tour was incredibly worth it with Tiberius as an amazing guide and the privilege to skip the lines. Every minute was well thought out and no time was wasted!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We thank you a lot for your review for our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Juliana!
star-5
Wonderful guide and tour
Kathleen_R
, Aug 2022
Charlie was fantastic! He was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. He was prompt with picking us up, beautiful vehicle and made sure we were enjoying our tours. The skip the line at Bran Castle was priceless… we saved almost 2hours of waiting in line. His commentary during the ride and at the fortress and castle was educational and entertaining. We enjoyed both stops and his suggestion for lunch was excellent. We Highly recommend this tour and guide! The best tour we’ve had.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We thank you so much for booking with us and reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Kathleen!
star-5
Absolutely brilliant and informative tour- funny and educational!
Alexandra_K
, Jul 2022
Incredible tour with a very knowledgeable guide, Karoly (or Charlie). The tour was very flexible and catered to our interests. We couldn’t believe how much info Karoly was able to share and he was absolutely hilarious. We had a blast and are so happy we decided to do the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We really appreciate your detailed review for our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Alex!
star-5
Great guide and a great tour!
Wendy_T
, Jul 2022
Our guide Dan was informative and entertaining - we had a wonderful day visiting Peles, Bran and Rasnov. We were able to fit everything in and still have time for a delicious lunch. Our guide knew many of the staff at the sites, and we were able to avoid lines and focus more on enjoying our time as opposed to focusing on the tourist traps and crowds. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so much for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Wendy!
star-5
Excellent Tour Filled with Details of Romanian History
Jason_F
, Jun 2022
Our tour with Tiberius was wonderful. He is extremely knowledgeable about Romania's history and how Peleș, Bran, and Râșnov fit into that history. He did a great job of connecting parts of the story and the history to the different individuals on the tour, and it felt very personal. The castles themselves are amazing, and the tour provided the opportunity to ask questions and receive many helpful insights into the time period and history behind them. Tiberius is a fantastic guide, and we highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much for your detailed review about our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Jason!
star-5
Excellent tour guide
Jorge_A
, Jun 2022
With the help of an excellent tour guide, I feel very lucky for visiting amazing castles in Romania. It is a highly recommendable experience. With no shadow of doubt, I recommend this tour.
star-5
Perfect!
Isabelle_H
, Jun 2022
It was amazing! Charlie is an incredible guide and I had an unique experience that I’ll remember forever. Would totally do the tour again! Recommend to everyone!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We thank you a lot for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Isabelle!
star-5
Bran Castle and Rasnov...
Simon_B
, Jun 2022
Bran Castle and Rasnov are both vertical interesting places with a huge amount of history. Charlie is an excellent and very knowledgeable tour guide with a great sense of hunger. If you get him as your guide your on to a winner from start to finish.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Simon!
star-5
A great experience
Susana_d
, May 2022
Charlie is the best guide that you can imagine in Braşov. A very kind person, he made this experience amazing and memorable. Thank you very much!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Wethank you so much for reviewing our guide, Charlie and our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Susana!
star-5
Went above and beyond for us :)
Emma_C
, May 2022
Dan was a fantastic guide for the duration of the trip. Funny with a fantastic singing voice, he’s an absolute charmer for all the local ladies in the castles. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and he even went above and beyond to organise his friend to taxi us to the bear sanctuary the following day. Thank you Dan :)
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Emma, we thank you a lot for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit and our friend and guide, Dan, of course!
star-5
Charlie is a great guide
CheeEng_G
, Apr 2022
Charlie is a great guide and I had an enjoyable time with him. The trip is well planned and time spent is just nice
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review about our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit.
star-5
Castles are ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Von_A
, Apr 2022
Dan was amazing! He was on time, amicable, and knows Brasov by heart. The castles are wonderful. Will surely go back with my family soon!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Ali for booking with us an amzing Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit! We appreciate your review.
star-5
Recommended
Gal_G
, Apr 2022
Excellent Great guider named Tuberiu. Excellent Great guider named Tuberiu. Excellent Great guider named Tuberiu.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your review for our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Gal.
star-5
Great tour for couples
Davis_N
, Apr 2022
Charlie was an excellent tour guide, we had a great time! He was knowledge, entertaining, and very kind. The castles were absolutely stunning and very comprehensive in their education. Very happy with our tour!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much for reviewing our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Davis! Indeed, the tour is one of the best, especially when you have a guide as Charlie!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This tour was incredible!...
Alexandra_G
, Mar 2022
This tour was incredible! We went to Peles, Bran, and Rasnov. Our guide Tiberius was excellent, super knowledgable about the history of each site and Romania. He also expertly drove through the snow and kept us safe through the mountain roads! This tour was a full day of beautiful sites, great food, and enchanting stories. I can't recommend this tour enough!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We thank you so much for booking with us an incredible day trip: Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit. We thank you for your review, also, Alexandra!
star-5
Great tour with a well informed guide
Terese_D
, Mar 2022
Tiberius was a wonderful guide. His passion for his country’s history is clear and he is very good at giving the background for each place so that you really understand what you are seeing. He made it understandable enough that my kids were able to tell me what they understood of it that night at dinner and I was impressed with how much they had gotten. He also had a good sense of humor when it came to the Dracula legends and gave us some fun tidbits there, while still giving the accurate historical facts as well. It was snowing that day, so we were all very cold by the time we were finished touring Bran Castle (since that castle is not heated and there were no crowds so it was quite chilly), so Tiberius took us all to get a shot of warm plum brandy which did an excellent job of warming us up. He also bought us a large chimney cake which made a nice dessert at the end of our lunch. He made some great suggestions for dishes to try for lunch and everything was delicious. Overall we had a wonderful time touring the castles. We saw several groups just go in and walk through quickly without understanding any of what they were seeing. I’m really glad we had such a well informed guide to explain so much of the history and background. I understand more of Romanian history and culture than I did before and got some nice additional bits of the legends around Vlad the Impaler. I’m very happy with our experience and would definitely reccomend it.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We thank you so much for your detailed review about our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Terese! I can not tell how happy we are because you and your kids spent quality time with us!
star-5
Great visit
Neusa_D
, Feb 2022
The guide was on time and very knowledgeable about romania story and in particular the monuments we went to visit really enjoy our time.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you for your review for our Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit, Neusa!

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