Castles: If you only do one, do Peles. Bran has a cool look and feel and I enjoyed it, however, Peles is just stunning.
Based on pictures and very surface level research I was skeptical that I would be impressed or interested in the painted monasteries. However, I ended up finding myself in that area by sheer accident and thought I might as well. Holy crap. They are amazing. Go with a guide because while they are beautiful all on their own, all of the information you learn makes them infinitely more incredible. I cannot believe I almost skipped them.
Make sure to get in touch with Florin. He is a knowledgeable guide and an ever better human being. While most companies charge more for only one participant he gave me a discount since I came during off season and nobody else signed up. I had a private tour with him and we even made a stop for tea because I was sick that day. He really goes above and beyond. Also, he might lowkey be Ian McKellen’s Romanian younger cousin.
Florin Asgard – email@example.com