Dracula is a novel by Bram Stoker, published in 1897. As an epistolary novel, the narrative is related through letters, diary entries, and newspaper articles. It has no single protagonist, but opens with solicitor Jonathan Harker taking a business trip to stay at the castle of a Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula. Harker escapes the castle after discovering that Dracula is a vampire, and the Count moves to England and plagues the seaside town of Whitby. A small group, led by Abraham Van Helsing, hunt Dracula and, in the end, kill him.
The Original 1897 Unabridged And Complete Edition
(A Bram Stoker Classics)
Why a tour?
The story was written in the 1890’s. Much of Stoker’s notes for the novel were derived from the folklore and history of Transylvania. Others have suggested that the book was inspired by historical figures, such as Elizabeth Báthory or Vlad the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia. Although there is no concrete argument on the motivation behind his novel, the name of the vampire was chosen when Stoker took a holiday in Whitby, and upon visiting the library, he saw the word dracula and the meaning to him meant devil in Romanian. This is actually untrue, but many of the stories of the time were based on limited information. As is true for the histories of both Elizabeth Báthory or Vlad the Impaler. Modern tales of these historical figures often portray the unlikely truths and paint the characters as monsters, when in reality, it was likely the tales told by the power players who had intentions of stealing their victim’s lands. Praying on the vulnerability of a superstitious populous, they were able to martyr them and take what they wanted for themselves.
The tour covers a lot of territory. We begin in Budapest, Hungary. Both Elizabeth and Vlad were known to have lived there and have a common history over the numerous wars proclaiming the land as territory of this ruler or that ruler. We will spend a week in Hungary visiting the history, museums, mineral spas, forests, castles, and tours that focus on wine, gastronomy, and the “dark” history of the region. After a few days in Budapest, you will take an excursion to Miskolc and Lillafüred, where you can explore caves, castles, mineral spas, forests, lakes, have a little tranquility.
After the week in Hungary, you will then fly to Bucharest, Romania. It is from Bucharest, that you will venture out into the Carpathian mountains to see Peleș Castle, the last castle built for the Romanian royal family during the time when Stoker wrote his book. You will see the notorious Bran Castle, that is rumored to be known as “Dracula’s Castle.” A little further into Romania, and you will also explore Castelul Corvinilor, where Vlad the Impaler was held captive. Throughout this journey, you will explore medieval towns, forest hotels, and eventually find your way back into Bucharest to explore the old town, enjoy Europe’s largest spa, and take a food and wine tour of the city.
This tour is a group tour, but there are no minimums for the tour to meet. All prices are set at single occupancy, but if you wish to share a room with another, you can contact us and we can make arrangements either with a companion of choice, or if another traveler also wishes to share accommodations. If the dates don’t work for you, you can take this in another year. These will be repeated, so you can plan ahead if you like. If you would prefer to take this same tour without a group, contact us to arrange this as an individual itinerary. Every group tour also offers payment plans to suit your budget.
There is a book group associated with this tour. This is intended to help you build community before the tour so you won’t feel like you are traveling with strangers.
Dracula Book Club
October 19 - November 1, 2024
Destinations: Bucharest, Braşov, Sibiu, and Hunedoara, Romania & Budapest, Miskolc, and Lillafüred, Hungary
Explore the rich history of Hungary and Romania hidden in the depths of their royal families. Discover the true history in the cities where the tales were birthed, and what inspired Bram Stoker's legendary Dracula. Stay in 5-Star hotels where you will be taken on a glorious adventure to the past. Enjoy the world-famous baths of Hungary and indulge in the regional wines and gastronomy along with your breathtaking and shocking tours.
Did you read the itinerary for the Dracula tour yet? Here's the short rundown:
- 5 5-star hotels
- 4 major thermal spa excursions
- 2 wine tours and coffee at a world famous cafe
- 3 museums
- 5 castles and two massive parliament buildings
- Numerous major monuments
- Forest bathing
- Mountains, lakes, and vineyards
- Medieval towns
Check out the itinerary here!