We were picked up from the airport and brought straight to our hotel. The hotel choices were nice and mostly clean throughout the trip. The food was typical fare for the region (heavy stews and wiener schnitzel, but the dessert, papanasi, [fried stuffed donut] is off the charts good - at least try it). The best part of the trip were the places we visited. Some of them dealt directly with Bram Stoker's influences when writing DRACULA, and if you're a fan, it's a must take trip. The bonus being that you're traveling with an expert in the field, Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker's great grand nephew. We also went to sites that pertained to Vlad Tepes (The Impaler) who Bram Stoker based his Dracula character from in some part. Other places we visited, like Peles Castle, which was not associated with the book, were also extraordinary historical places. Bring a camera for photos as well as your phone. There are images you're going to want a camera for. Breathtaking! Our tour guides were fantastic, spoke English, and had a broad knowledge base on all the lore, geography, and history. I was amazed at the beautiful countryside through the Carpathians with the lush summer foliage. A lot of walking is involved, so good hiking shoes are important. There isn't a lot of wheelchair access, so I wouldn't recommend this trip for anyone who isn't able to easily get around on two feet. We feel the trip overall was fantastic, and the price was good, as breakfast was included in the price of the package. It would be wise to bring a light rain/windbreaker because the weather can sometimes change dramatically in the summer months. Mostly though, it is hot, averaging around 90F+.
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