Transylvania: The Summer version of the Dracula Tour takes place next month, July 10-17, and there are still a few openings for travelers. Join vampire and horror enthusiasts on the travel adventure of a lifetime which brings thrill-seeking travelers to Transylvania.
This year’s Halloween tour in October is completely sold out, but now is last call for monster mavens wishing to take the journey through the Romanian countryside roads following in the footsteps of Bram Stoker's novel, "Dracula." There is an equal portion of history, involving Vlad Tepes, plus the myth and mystery surrounding Dracula, and all the ways that Vlad inspired Dracula.
The tour visits Snagov Island, where a secluded monastery contains Vlad's coffin. There's a visit to Vlad's birthplace in the best-preserved medieval town in all of Europe, Sighisoara. This is the region of Transylvania where there were attempts to build a "DraculaLand" theme park. While there, the group also ventures into a haunted graveyard, takes part in a witch trial (a re-creation, that is) and also climbs the historic Clock Tower above the Torture Chamber and torture museum. The group explores the historic ruins of Vlad's Poenari Castle, the true Castle Dracula, which is as breathtaking as the more tourist-visited Bran Castle, also on the itinerary.
Ascending up Borgo Pass into the Carpethian Mountains, travelers follow the path of Jonathan Harker, the character described in the Dracula novel. The group has late-night parties along the way, but the highlight is unquestionably the masquerade ball in Dracula’s Castle, as travelers from all over the U.S., Canada and overseas experience what is the definitive costume celebration, in the dungeon room at Dracula's Castle in Piatra Fantanele atop the Romanian alps. This costume gala is preceded by an outdoor bonfire with music by local gypsy musicians, followed by a six-course meal, culminating with a gala monster mash costume extravaganza and dancing into the early morning hours.
2007 is the 110th anniversary of the Dracula novel, and it also mark the 10th anniversary of the "Dracula Tour" to Transylvania. Hosting the Summer edition of the Dracula Tour is Leonard Pickel of Haunted Attraction Magazine, and producer of HauntCon, with some new tour twists and surprises planned for this special trip, including “haunt” seminars and discussions. Additionally, every single traveler will be given a gift “swag bag” filled with vampire & horror goodies worth over $100! One of the cities that the tour visits, Sibiu, will be the European Culture Capitol in 2007, so mixing the chills & thrills with the cultural aspect will bring the trip to a whole new level. In Sibiu, the group visits the Evangelical Church built in 1300, which contains burial vaults in its crypt connected to both Dracula and the legend of Frankenstein. A "bloody" good time is guaranteed for all.
"Dracula Tour" is the only fully-escorted, professionally guided vacation organized by fans for fans. The trip is open to all ages, and welcomes couples, families and solo travelers. There is both educational and entertainment value for anyone looking for an unusual week-long ghoulish getaway. Vampire fans, vampire slayers and perhaps even vampires are obviously all welcome, and all get along harmoniously.
For further details on the "Dracula Tour," call toll-free (866) T-E-R-R-O-R-T-O-U-R (direct line 203-795-4737) or email DracTours@aol.com.
110 year later, Bram Stoker would be proud.