Welcome to Wallachia
Wallachia (Ţara Românească), the region between the Carpathians and the Danube River, admittedly lacks the must-sees of Transylvania and Moldavia. Nevertheless, it's rich in early Romanian history, particularly at the historic seats of the Wallachian princes in Curtea de Argeş and Târgovişte. This was Wallachian prince Vlad Ţepeş’ old stomping ground, and north of Curtea de Argeş stands the ruins of what many... Read More
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Private Day Trip to Peles and Dracula's Castle with Black Church Brasov from Bucharest
In the morning you will meet with your travel guide at the hotel to start you day trip to the Peles and Bran. The journey will start driving through the Prahova Valley, in order to reach Sinaia, where you will visit the impressive Peles Castle, built in the 19th century, according to the specifications of King Carol I, in order to be the royal family’s summer residence. Our day trip ends with a visit to the famously known Dracula Castle, situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Our next stop will be in Brasov, one of the top destinations in Romania. In the main square, situated in the hearth of the city, you will admire the Old City Hall and all the lovely medieval buildings. We will cross the Council Square and reach the famous Black Church, the biggest gothic style church between Vienna and Istanbul. Tour highlights:The Peles CastleThe castle, one of the elite monuments in Europe and in the world, spreads over 3200 square meters with 160 rooms that impress through their beauty and elegance, each of them reflecting a different European country. The most famous one is the Great Armory Room, hosting 4000 exhibits collected or received as a gift from all around the world. The representative style is German Renaissance, but you will also find elements belonging to the Italian Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque and French Rococo style.The Bran CastleThe castle, set on a 60 meters cliff, guarding the road to Transylvania, was built in the 13th century. The castle is known to be the home of Bram Stocker’s character, Count Dracula, a relentless inspiration for Hollywood. The construction amazes with its picturesque courtyard, the towers with a whitewashed color and the rooms containing exquisite collections of beautifully carved furniture, painted icons, statues, ceramics and silverware. The Black ChurchThe history of this landmark is quite turbulent: the first church built on this site was ravaged by the Mongol invaders in 1242. Afterwards, it was rebuilt between 1385 and 1477, in order to face another disaster in the 17th century. “The Great” fire destroyed the city and along with it, the church. The restauration took almost 100 years and since then, the sanctuary was given its current name because it walls turned black after the calamity. The church host a 4000 pipe organ and 119 Anatolian carpets.
Full-Day tour Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov
Route: Brasov - Transfagarasan road – Poienari - Brasov (depending of the season: Transfagarasan road is open between July 1 - October 31!).The tours starts from your hotel in Brasov and we drive up about 1 1/2 hours on Transfagarasan highway (built as a strategic military route, is the second-highest paved road in Romania and considered by some to be the most dramatic) to Balea Waterfall where we make a short stop for pictures than we drive to one of the most beautiful glacial lakes of the Carpathians - Balea Lake. Here we make a stop for a short walk in the area (30 minutes) and also we can have a quick lunch. The landscape is astonishing: the lake, the cliffs, the peaks, the road itself, the cable car which goes up from Balea waterfall to Balea Lake! We continue the tour crossing a tunel than driving down, in zig zag, on Transfagarasan Road on the other side to Wallachia or Tara Romaneasca (is a historical and geographical region of Romania), we reach to the Vidraru dam and in about 1 hour we stop for visiting Poienari Fortress, the real Vlad Tepes' Residential Castle (you climb almost 1500 steps, but the view from the top of the hill is amaizing!). From here we drive back to Brasov, about 3 hours, crossing villages and towns located at the bottom of the Fagaras mountain.Tour highlights:Transfagarasan road - built as a strategic military route, it is the highest (2042m) and most dramatic paved road in Romania. It runs North to South across the highest sections of the Carpathian Mountains. The road connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia. Fagaras mountains – the highest mountains of Romania and the Carpathian range with highest peak Moldoveanu -2544m. Balea Lac is a natural glacier lake at 2040m, 360 meters long, 240 meters wide and 11 meters deep. Balea Waterfall with its 60 meters height it is one of the most famous waterfalls in Romania. Transfagarasan road, Balea glacial lake, Balea waterfall, Poienari fortress.
Private Day Trip to Dracula's Castle and Peles Castle from Bucharest
Meet with your guide in the morning in Bucharest's Revolution Square, or alternatively enjoy a pick up from your location or hotel.Leave the city on route to Sinaia. The first stop is Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania, in Sinaia, a well-known mountain resort. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania where one can admire furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, collections of weapons from the 15th to the 19th centuries.Continue the journey to Bran and the famous Bran castle, also popularly known as 'Dracula`s Castle,' The gothic fortress, located 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Brasov, grew in fame thanks to novel written in 1897 by Bram Stoker which was later on adapted into a feature film by Francis Ford Coppola. The first documents about Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Throughout history, the Castle had a strategic mission as the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the reign of the King of Hungary, Sigismund of Luxemburg, and after that under the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In 1912 it was donated by the municipality of Brasov to the Romanian royal family, in order to become their residence.After strolling around the imposing Bran Castle, make the short drive to the charming city of Brasov. Stroll the streets of this 16th-century city, learning about the history of the place. Take note of the medieval fortress in town, one of the most fortified in all of Europe. See the old city walls, the Black and White Towers and many other centuries-old structures. The tour concludes when you return to Bucharest with a drop-off in Revolution Square or at your chosen location.
Transylvania Day Trip from Bucharest: In Search of Count Dracula
Start the morning with a drive from Bucharest towards Targoviste, to explore the former capital of Wallachia during Vlad the Impaler's time. In 1459, from his royal court in Targoviste, Vlad The Impaler refused to pay tribute to the Ottoman Empire. He won one memorable victory against the Ottomans when he disguised himself as a janissary and attacked the Ottoman army camped near Targoviste. Vlad Dracula built Chindia Tower, the landmark of the city, for surveillance and defense purposes. It was partly built on a church and is 27 meters high and 9 meters in diameter. The oldest written document about Targoviste Royal Court dates back to 1396. In the 17th century, the Royal Court was set on fire at the orders of the ottoman Empire and the capital of Wallachia was moved to Bucharest.Next stop will be at Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Wallachia. The town`s strongholds were rebuilt in the 14th century. See its princely church and frescoed interior which is one of the first examples of Romanian paintings. The Episcopal Church (the monastery) is a recreation of the original built in 1512 -1517 by prince Neagoe Basarab (rebuilt in 1875 - 1885).The tour concludes with a visit to Poenari Fortress. Standing on a cliff but now in ruins this is known as the real castle of Dracula (Vlad Tepes). To get to the top you must climb up its 1400 steps (takes approx. 30 minutes). Once you arrive at the top of the castle you will find that it is surprisingly small; one third collapsed down the mountainside in 1888. However, entering through a narrow wooden bridge, you come across the crumbling remains of two towers within; the prism shaped one was Vlad`s (Dracula`s) residential quarters. From here, according to the legend, Vlad the Impaler`s wife flung herself from the window, declaring that it was better to die than be captured by the Turks, who were besieging the castle. Legend has it that Vlad himself escaped over the mountains on horseback. Finally, return back to Bucharest where your trip ends.
4-Day Private Dracula Tour from Bucharest
Day 1: Bucharest - Targoviste - Bran (200 km)In the morning depart to Targoviste, the capital of Wallachia in the times of Vlad Tepes. The first Prince County was built by Mircea the Old, the grandfather of Dracula, Vlad Impaler did added later the same tower "Chindia" (Turnul Chindiei).Departure to Bran, small agricultural village that hides the most famous castle in Romania - Dracula's Castle. Visit the castle of the vampire count, full of labirinths, staircases and secret passages, with its courtyard where we can still imagine the bodies impaled in agony, while the prince was dining (one of his habits).Overnight in Poiana Brasov in Hotel House of Dracula 4* built as a copy of Dracula's Castle.Day 2: Bran - Brasov - Sighisoara (160km)In the morning you will climb up a hill to visit the peasant citadel of Rasnov from XIIIth century founded by German craftsmen and merchants, called Saxons in Transylvania. Later, go to Sighisoara, a fortified citadel in the heart of Transylvania, inhabited by XIIIth century until today. Sighisoara is also the birthplace of Prince Vlad Tepes - Dracula.Special dinner and overnight in Sighisoara in 3* hotel located right in the medieval citadel.Day 3: Sighisoara - Biertan - Brasov (150 km)Visit the citadel of Sighisoara, surrounded by seven towers of which the most famous is the Clock Tower. Next, departure to Biertan - one of the biggest citadels-fortified churches. Arrival in the evening in Brasov, "the city of the crown" as it was called.Sightseeing tour of the old town of Brasov - Council Square, the Black Church, the White Tower, the Black Tower, Ecatherina and Schei gates. Typical dinner and overnight in Poiana Brasov in Hotel House of Dracula 4*.Day 4: Brasov - Bucharest (170 km)Leave early in the morning and return to the capital, Bucharest. Visit the resort of Sinaia with its beautiful monastery and the most beautiful royal castle in Romania - Peles Castle, from the time of King Carol I of Romania. Later, cross all the tourist resorts on the Prahova Valley (Predeal-the largest height of the Carpathians, Azuga-where are the actual wineries, Busteni).On the way you will stop at Lake Snagov, near Bucharest, where in the center, in a small island, there is a small monastery in which Dracula was buried in 1476. Transfer to the airport for the returning flight or at your hotel.For 2-5 persons it is possible to have dinner also in the torture room in Hotel House of Dracula 4*.
Searching for Dracula: Private Day Trip from Bucharest
Itinerary:Targoviste Princely Court - The real court of Vlad the ImpalerAbout 80km northwest of Bucharest in the Southwestern Transylvanian Alps is the town of Targoviste. It was the capital of feudal Walachia from the 14th to the 17th century. It was here that Vlad Dracula had his main residence. Tour highlights: Princely Court, Princely Church, Chindia Tower, Museum of the printing press and of the old Romanian books.Poienari Fortress - The Real Castle of Dracula is placed on the highest cliff around Arges gorges at 850m. It is surrounded by a spectacular landscape and to get there you will climb the 1480 steps to the top.Afterwards drive to Curtea de Arges for a traditional Romanian lunch and a tour of the first capital of Wallachia. Curtea de Arges is a city in Romania on the bank of the Arges River, which flows through a valley in the lower Carpathians. The name, literally means The Court upon Arges and refers to the former status of the town as the capital of Wallachia. Take a walking tour of the town visiting the Princely Church and Old Court ruins, and the Episcopal Church where the monarchs of Romania are buried.