”Vampire 4X4 Tour” is an annual event which takes place in the beautiful landscapes of Transylvania. It is open to everyone whether it be first time families with children to seasoned individual travellers. Tours have been running for 11 years, so a wealth of experience is ever-present.
The whole route is about 3,000 miles. During this time you will visit eight countries, pass through mountain ranges at altitudes of more than 2,000 metres, drive in the tyre tracks of previous famous European tours (i.e. Top Gear’s Transalpina drive of the Transfogerach Road), stand on the edge of one of the largest water dams in Europe, and visit the castles of Vlad the Impaler and Dracula (Bran). Within 8 days you will have the opportunity to embrace another culture, complete with its amazing forested mountainous landscapes, basically the best that the European Union has to offer. There is also time for play, for within each route there are off-road sections. Overnight stops will be a interesting mix of designated campsites, wild camping in the mountains and boarding houses & hotels in villages/towns, so in the most part hot water and showers await. Wherever we find ourselves, rest assured that everything will be organised in advance. This includes evening ‘get-togethers’ which could well involve BBQs and vodka Palinka!
In recent years the event was organised under the name of Transylvania 4X4 Trips and Vampire 4X4 Tours, but to avoid confusion they will in future be always known as ”Vampire 4X4 Tours”. Why? The reason is simple. Along with the name, the nature and characteristics of the event have also changed. No longer will it be solely ‘extreme rally’ as in the past. Vampire 4X4 Tours are now trips for anyone, without the fear of destroying their car; challenging but not damaging you could say. There is still scope however for those with more modified vehicles to have fun, as you will now have the choice en route – either Family ‘Non-Damaging’ or Extreme, your call. What, you haven’t booked yet, what are you waiting for? Trust our years of experience. We guarantee you will get the best out of your 4X4 with minimal equipment. With correct guidance, Eastern Europe is perfectly safe, secure and oh so beautiful.
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DAY 1 Check all groups to the starting point. Accommodation in the guesthouse. Short familiarisation meeting in the evening, time to meet one another.
DAY 2 Official opening of the event. Transfer of materials which participants will need for excursions, maps, road-book, etc. Check out the route and what people prefer doing – a little climbing for example? Overnight stay in tents in the mountains?
DAY 3 Forests, mountains and Transylvania villages. The route mainly above 1200 metres. We enter the Transalpine DN 67c road. BBQ in the hotel garden.
DAY 4 Twisty scenic route on the Transalpina DN 67c at an altitude of about 2000 metres. The entrance to one of highest peaks at 2140 metres – Urudele Pass. Beautiful pastures, most beautiful part of the Carpathian Mountains. Accommodation in the river valley, open fire, etc. In the summer night temperatures of about 6 degrees. Brrr!!! Cold in the tents.
DAY 5 Further beautiful areas of Romanian Carpathians. Guided cave Muierilor “The Woman’s Cave”. Overnight at a beautiful glade. BBQ.
DAY 7 Further Transfogerach DN7C route. We visit castle ruins (Vlad Tepes or Vlad III Dracula) inPoeinari. Stop at one of the highest dams in Europe 163m high. Tackle the hairpin bends televised on TOP GEAR. Stop over at Lake Balea, altitude of over 2000 metres. Overnight in tents on the outskirts of the Castle in Brane.