As the birthplace of the viral thriller, Dracula, Romania is enduringly enigmatic. Transylvania encapsulates this atmosphere best with its medieval castles perched atop hills and dark forests. But look beyond its spooky facade and you will discover the wealth of sights in the country.
Pop by Sighisoara, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the region, on a private tour and visit the eponymous Citadel, a 12th century Saxon complex designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Further north, get a first-hand look at the unique craft of egg decoration, where egg shells are dyed and embellished in an intricate manner. Intriguing culinary experiences also await; dine in the house where Vlad the Impaler was born and visit the cellars that used to supply the Royal Court and was home to the oldest sparkling wines in the world. Indulge in outdoor adventure at the Carpathian Mountains, which weave through the landscape along with the Danube, Europe’s second-longest river.