With two very successful Transylvania ghost tours under our belt, Haunted Happenings are returning. Join us as we venture back into Transylvania and spend the night ghost hunting exclusively at Bran Castle. These tours will take you on a fantastic sightseeing experience taking in some of Romanias most remarkable historic buildings including the Royal Palaces, ancient monuments and medieval citadels. These include a fascinating visit to the final resting place of Vlad The Impaler whose headless body lies in a Monastery that sits on its own island in the middle of a lake. We will also be visiting The Royal Palaces of Sinai which display wealth and beauty beyond belief and the Ancient Citadels that depict the Romanian existence from bygone years.
We will be flying from Luton Airport to Bucharest in Romania where we will be met by our very comfortable air conditioned tour bus and wonderful English speaking guide who will be accompanying us throughout our tour. 32kg luggage allowance for every guest.
Transylvania 2016 will include TWO TOURS, Tour One being in May, for 3 nights and Tour Two at Halloween. The Two Tours are very different but both include an exclusive overnight ghost hunt at Bran Castle. Halloween also includes the Vampire Ball on Saturday October 29th and is for 4 nights. Full details for each tour are below. Please book the tour of your choice or contact us for more information.
Testimonials from our Guests
"It was a great trip, and I feel lucky and blessed to have had the chance to go and experience such a beautiful country and the chance of being in Bran Castle in pitch black. The whole experience was amazing and personal messages are an added bonus along with making new friends and my 'bromance' (even though we not blokes ha) will continue forever, complete click of friendship. Thank you once again for an amazing trip
"Had such an amazing time and you were all such great hosts. It was an absolute pleasure! I do wish you all the very best and would definitely go on another adventure with you. The group was lovely too and it was great getting to know everyone".
The team from Haunted Happenings evidentially had put a lot of effort into making sure the maximum was achieved from the weekend with plenty of sights to see and with the help of a very knowledgeable tour guide we learnt a lot about the history of such and wonderful place, and of course the main event being the ghost investigation of Bran Castle by night at which we were not disappointed! Again the team made sure in the time we had that we covered as much of the castle as possible so we gained as much experiences as possible.
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Your three night ghost tour of Romania is a once in a lifetime experience. Haunted Happenings have had huge success with our two previous tours to this haunted land, to the point where our guests still meet up as a group to take part in other ghost hunts such was the camaraderie and unique bond that evolved between everybody.
Your tour begins as we arrive at Luton Airport on 19th May 2016. You will be met by the Haunted Happenings Team who will be staying with you throughout the tour. On arrival in Romania we will be met by our comfortable, air conditioned coach and English speaking Tour Guide and taken to our first port of call which will be to Bucharest, staying at the 4 Star Hotel Ambassador right in the heart of the City. You will be able to check into your rooms and spend some time shopping or exploring this beautiful City before we meet for dinner.
The next day, 20th May, we will be making our way to Bran and checking into our 4 Star Hotel, The Dolce Vita. After you have had time to freshen up and unpack we will then be making our way to Bran Castle amd the historic town of Bran. This is a short distance from the Hotel. This visit is prior to the ghost hunt itself and during the day to ensure that you can get your bearings. This means that we waste no time during the overnight ghost hunt in getting started on the vigils etc. The Castle sits above the vibrant market town of Bran itself where there are a huge variety of market stalls, cafes and bars. Walking up towards Bran Castle is awe inspiring to the point of surrealism. It is a magnificent Castle where we have always been greeted very warmly. After a tour of the Castle within our own group (please bear in mind that this is open to the public at this time) you will then be able to have a spot of late afternoon tea in the beautiful market town.
After dinner at the Hotel we will be making our way to Bran Castle for the overnight ghost hunt where we have exclusive access to the Castle. Because our tour has been imitated by other groups and we want you to have the very best we will ensure that we take you to areas that are very rarely investigated. We will be carrying out vigils in the torture chamber where so much has happened on previous tours and to the secret staircase where there have been many experiences of poltergeist activity during our ghost hunts here.
The ghosts of Bran Castle are numerous. On our previous ghost tours here we have identified ghosts of soldiers, vagrants, German peasants, warriors, and so many more. There appear to be many spirits here from many different periods of time and all here for different reasons. We will also be spending some time in the pitch black tunnel under the castle where green mists have arisen and stones have been thrown at us. There is a dark and sinister presence which was felt by many of our guests during our time down there. Many guests had to leave as they felt overwhelmed by the presence of an intense and heavy spirit making them feel very unwell very quickly.
In the Chapel we have had many tortuous moments where people have left screaming in fear as shadows were seen walking behind the circle and the face of a spirit suddenly looming in on us.
There are so many incidents but because we identified so many different spirits on both tours it will be very interesting to see what is picked up on our next tour at Bran Castle.
The next day, 21st May, after a late breakfast we will be making our way to Rasnov. This is a medieval Citadel which can be seen from many miles away as it is on top of a large mound. To get there the coach can only take us half way due to the steepness of the incline. After this a tractor pulls a carriage train and takes us the rest of the way. When you get to the top it feels as if you are in the clouds and you can usually see for miles. As you venture into the Citadel there are many old shops selling artefacts and entertainers. This is such a surreal experience and an amazing opportunity to see how people lived in bygone years. There are remnants of some of the habitations still visible. We will be having lunch in one of the many restaurants nearby. We will then make our way to Fagaras which is a beautiful City and take in the Carpathian Mountains en route before making our way back to the hotel.
In the evening we will be having dinner at a local restaurant in Brasov, again a beautiful City, full of lovely restaurants and traditional pubs.
The next morning, 22nd May, sadly we will make our way back to Bucharest and to Otopenil Airport to catch our flight home. We will try to stop at the Dealul Mare Vineyards for lunch on the way to the airport. This will be dependent on timings but if possible then it is definitely worth it.
This is a 4 night tour of Transylvania which incorporates Halloween. Haunted Happenings guests on this tour have been invited to attend the famous Vampire Ball at the Castle on 29th October and the Exclusive Overnight Ghost Hunt on 30th October. We will also be visiting the Real Castle of Dracula at Poienari. This is a spectacular tour which offers even the most discerning traveller opportunities to see fortresses, travel through the Carpathian Mountains and to attend one of the most exclusive parties in the world.
Your tour begins as we arrive at Luton Airport on 27th October 2016. You will be met by the Haunted Happenings Team who will be staying with you throughout your tour. On arrival we will be met by our comfortable, air conditioned coach and English Speaking Tour Guide and taken to our first port of call which will be to Bucharest, staying at the 4 star Hotel Ambassador in the heart of the City. Dinner will be at a lovely restaurant called La Taifas where the food is said to be excellent.
The next day, 28th October, after breakfast we will be able to explore Bucharest and do a spot of shopping before making our way to Snagov to visit the final resting place of the headless body of Vlad the Impaler. This body lies in a Monastery in the centre of a lake which is reached by footbridge. We will then make our way to Vidraru which is a small town in the mountains and our stop for the night at one of the wonderful hotels next to the lake in Poienari and the home of the real Castle of Count Dracula. We will have dinner in the hotel.
On 29th October, after breakfast, we will be making our way to the Real Castle of Count Dracula in Poienari. We will be having lunch at a restaurant close by which has spectacular views to an old fortress. We will then be making our way to Bran, over the Bran-Rucar in the Carpathian Mountains. On arrival at Bran you will be able to relax, unpack and have a delicious dinner before making our way to Bran Castle for the Halloween Ball. We will advise you of clothing etc in good time so that you can ensure that you look your very best for this party. There is an excellent luggage allowance so no worries about how much you can pack.
The next morning, 30th October, We will be visiting Snagov which is an old Citadel on top of a mountain. This is such an amazing place which is reached by both coach and a train pulled by a tractor to get to the very top. Inside the mountain there is an old Citadel with quaint shops and displays of bygone times of those that once lived there. It really is such a surreal place to visit. We will have lunch close by and then make our way to Bran so that you can visit the Castle again and be given a guided tour of the Castle which will help you to get your bearings prior to the ghost hunt ahead. That night we will have Bran Castle exclusively for our ghost hunt. Please read the information on Tour One Itinerary for all the details of this ghost hunt.
Sadly the next morning, 31st October, we will be making our way home and setting off for Bucharest to catch our plane.
After a turbulent beginning in 1212 the Teutonic Knights constructed a wooden castle as a fortified position but was destroyed in 1242 by the Mongols. The very first mention of Bran Castle was in 1377 by Louis 1 of Hungary where he gave his permission to have the stone Citadel erected at the expense of the Saxons. The settlement of Bran began to develop. Vlad the Impaler did not have any input in the creation of the fortress although he did pass through several times. Bran Castle itself belonged to the Hungarian King but because of failure to pay loans it passed to the possession of the City of Brasov in 1533.
In 1920, the castle became a royal residence within the Kingdom of Romania. It became the favourite home and retreat of Queen Marie. The castle was inherited by her daughter Princess Ileana who ran a hospital there in World War II: it was later seized by the communist regime with the expulsion of the royal family in 1948.
In 2005, the Romanian government passed a special law allowing restitution claims on properties illegally expropriated, such as Bran, and thus a year later the castle was awarded ownership to Dominic von Habsburg, the son and heir of Princess Ileana.
In September 2007, an investigation committee of the Romanian Parliament stated that the retrocession of the castle to Archduke Dominic was illegal, as it broke the Romanian law on property and succession. However, in October 2007 the Constitutional Court of Romania rejected the parliament's petition on the matter. In addition, an investigation commission of the Romanian government issued a decision in December 2007 reaffirming the validity and legality of the restitution procedures used and confirming that the restitution was made in full compliance with the law.
On 18 May 2009, the Bran Castle administration was transferred from the government to the administration of Archduke Dominic and his sisters Maria-Magdalena Holzhausen and Elisabeth Sandhofer. On 1 June 2009, the Habsburgs opened the refurbished castle to the public as the first private museum of the country and disclosed with Bran Village a joint strategic concept to maintain their domination in the Romanian tourist circuit and to safeguard the economic base in the region.