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Dracula's Transylvanian Halloween

Oct 27 2022 - Oct 31 2022

After arriving in Romania, you will enjoy the best Dracula themed weekend in the KMC, where you will spend four days exploring the Carpathian mountains of Transylvania, home of the infamous Wallachian prince. Arriving on Thursday allows you more time to visit more sites associated with Vlad Dracula, including his birthplace, as well as attending Romania’s premiere Halloween event, a spooky night tour of “Dracula” Castle, immediately followed by the Halloween party in the Gala Tent in the castle gardens! Your package includes four overnights in 4 star hotelsdaily breakfastsdelicious themed dinnersadmission to many attractions, as well as round trip airfare and an included airport shuttle service to and from Pulaski Barracks.

This spooktacular Halloween trip sells out every year! Available spaces on this trip will vanish like a vampire does when it smells garlic.  Don't lose your space!  Download your registration packet and contact Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation today to make your travel arrangements.

Estimated Itinerary

Thursday: Check in and fly to Romania - Transfer to Brasov

After check in you will depart for your flight to Romania. Don’t worry about paying for parking at the airport, or an expensive airport shuttle, you can park at Outdoor Recreation for free and ride our shuttle bus* directly to Frankfurt Airport for no extra cost. After a short flight, you will find yourself in Romania, where you will meet your tour guide and bus driver.  Once you arrive in Brasov, the capital of Transylvania, you will find dinner* waiting for you at your four star hotel.

Friday: Sighisoara, Dracula’s Birthplace - Traditional Dacian Dinner

Get a preview of Halloween by visiting Sighisoara, the birthplace of the legendary Vlad the Impaler. The entire walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and your walking tour of the citadel* visits not just Dracula’s Birthhouse*, but will also allow you to get to the top of the 64 meter high Clock Tower*, with its impressive views of both the old town and the modern city, and the Church on the Hill*, one of the most valuable architectural monuments of the city.

After your return to Brasov, you will have a short break before departing for the mountain top resort of Poiana Brasov, where you will experience a warm welcome at the Dacian’s Barn. Named after Romania’s ancient inhabitants, this rustic restaurant features friendly hospitality, a cozy environment, live music performed by an authentic Roma family and a delicious wild game dinner* featuring local ingredients and timeless recipes.

 

Saturday: Brasov, Prejmer and Halloween Party at Dracula Castle

Today will start with a visit to Prejmer Fortified Church*, where the villagers of Prejmer would take refuge from Turkish invaders.  Although the village was destroyed over 50 times between the 13th and 17th centuries, the heavily fortified church was never taken and could offer shelter to over 1500 villagers in the event of an attack. After this impressive architectural and historic monument you will take a walking tour of Brasov*.  With plenty of free time scheduled in the afternoon, you will be  able to ride the cable car to the Brasov sign on Mount Tampa, visit the Black Church which was partially destroyed by fire in 1689, or return early to the hotel to get prepared for tonight’s activity before dinner*.

Tonights party is a gala event taking place in the castle gardens at Dracula Castle. The fun will start with a night-time visit to Bran Castle*, followed by what is most likely the largest Halloween party in Romania** in the castle gardens!

Sunday: Sinaia, Peles Castle and Bucharest

On your way back to Bucharest, Romania’s capital city, you will stop at the mountain resort town of Sinaia to visit Peles Castle*, the beautiful neo-renaissance palace built for King Carol I.  Romania’s fairytale castle is sure to inspire your imagination and is a gorgeous and romantic contrast to Bran Castle.  Arriving in Bucharest in the afternoon, you will check into another centrally located four star hotel before taking an evening walking tour* of the lively old town followed by a farewell dinner* at one of Bucharest’s historic restaurants featuring traditional music and dancing before free time to explore the city’s diverse and varied nightlife. 

Monday: Bucharest, People’s Palace and Return to Kaiserslautern

On your way to the airport, you will take a panoramic bus tour* of the historic sites and buildings of Bucharest, culminating with a visit to the People’s Palace*, the world’s third largest administrative building, smaller than only the Pentagon and China’s Long'ao Building.  Built at a cost of 3 billion Euro, this enormous monument to the ego of Nicolai Ceausescu is sure to make you feel insignificant as you tour its enormous chambers, most of which are empty. After your visit to the palace is complete, you will arrive at the airport for your afternoon return flight to Kaiserslautern.

Price, on or before Friday, July 1:

  • Double Occupancy: $1099 per person
  • Single Occupancy: $1249
  • One Child 6-11 in a double room with 2 paid adults: $979 per child
  • Children under 6 in existing bedding: $499 p.c.

Price, on or after Saturday, July 2:

  • Double Occupancy: $1199 per person
  • Single Occupancy: $1349
  • One Child 6-11 in a double room with 2 paid adults: $979 per child
  • Children under 6 in existing bedding: $499 p.c.
     
  • Room assignments for families will be determined by the hotels based on their specific capacity and available room types.
  • Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation will request family rooms for families with children, but does not guarantee the requested room configuration will be assigned by the hotel.

Deadlines and Discounts:

  • Early bird discount expires at close of business on Friday, July 1.
  • Additional airline price supplements may apply to reservations made on or after Thursday, August 18

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip transportation including local airport shuttle, airfare and local transportation
  • 4 total overnights
    • 3 nights at Ramada Brasov**** or equivalent
    • 1 night Novotel Bucharest City Centre**** or equivalent
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
    • Festive dinner at a Traditional Restaurant in Poiana Brasov with entertainment
    • Farewell dinner at a Historic Restaurant in Bucharest with entertainment
  • Guided walking tours of Brasov, Bucharest, and Sighisoara
  • Panorama bus tour of Bucharest
  • Night visit of Bran Castle (all ages) and Bran Castle Halloween Party (18+)
  • Admission to Dracula’s BirthhouseSighisoara Clock Tower and Church on the Hill
  • Admission to either Peles or Pelesor Castle
  • Admission to Prejmir Foritified Church
  • Admission to People’s Palace
  • QuietVOX Audio Guide
  • Free digital travel guidebook downloaded from Army Libraries
  • Souvenir at end of tour

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable, weather appropriate shoes and clothing
  • Credit/Debit card or Romanian Lei
  • Military ID and Passport
  • Halloween costume and props/makeup

Departure:  6 a.m.

Return: Around 6 p.m. on Monday

Registration Information

All reservations must be made through Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation. Reserve your space today by filling out the registration paperwork before contacting:

Army Outdoor Recreation, Kaiserslautern Community
Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905

All participants are required to be in compliance with the vaccination/testing rules for their destination and all countries of transit as listed in the Travel Planner on https://reopen.europa.eu at the time of departure and throughout the trip. 

Children under the age of 18 are able to participate in the night visit to Dracula castle, but WILL NOT be admitted to the Halloween Party happening immediately afterwards and will have to wait with a parent either at the bus or elsewhere in the area until departure from the party around midnight.

Cancellation Terms: 

  • 10% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or prior to Thursday, August 18
  • 40% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Friday, August 19
  • 60% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Monday, September 26
  • 80% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Wednesday, October 5
  • 95% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Wednesday, October 12
  • 100% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Wednesday, October 19
     
  • In the event that an individual passenger is not able to participate in a confirmed trip due to COVID restrictions placed on the passenger, full cancellation penalties may be applied based on the date of the customer's cancellation
     
  • In the event that a customer cancellation results in a fee charged to Outdoor Recreation, regardless of the date of or reason for that cancellation, the total sum of those fees will be passed along to the customer.

COVID Precautions (Current as of 15 April, 2022.  May be superseded by Local/State/Federal level laws): 

  • Continuing until further notice, all Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation trips fall under the German 3G rule:
    • Service is restricted to vaccinated, recovered, or recently tested personnel (Antigen test valid for 24hrs, PCR test valid for 48hrs). 
    • Persons who cannot be vaccinated against the coronavirus for medical reasons (with a qualified medical certificate and children up to and including the age of 11 are exempt.
       
  • Masks covering your nose and mouth must be worn on ODR vehicles whenever required by local law.
     
  • In the event that an individual passenger is not able to participate in a confirmed trip due to COVID restrictions placed on the passenger, full cancellation penalties may be applied based on the date of the customer's cancellation.
     
  • All participants are required to be in compliance with the rules for their destination and all countries of transit as listed in the Travel Planner on https://reopen.europa.eu at the time of departure.
     
  • All Travel/COVID Documentation is the responsibility of the passenger.
     
  • PCR and RAT (Rapid Antigen Tests) are the only approved testing methods. Self tests are not authorized for international travel.
  • No refunds will be offered to passengers who are denied boarding or are removed from a trip for failure to follow COVID procedures.  
  • Trip timelines and schedule and COVID precautions are subject to change at any time.
  • Hands must be sanitized before boarding ODR vehicles.
  • Enter and exit through the rear door only.
  • Seats may be assigned by ODR in advance to promote physical distancing and contact tracing. Requests for specific seats are not being accepted.

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