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Poenari Citadel: in the Footsteps of Dracula Private Tour (1-day tour)

Exciting encounter with history through this day tour whose main destination is Poenari Citadel, the secluded refuge of the ‘real Dracula’, the Romanian prince and hero Vlad the Impaler. Follow in the footsteps of Vlad Dracula ‘The Impaler’, the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s fictional character Count Dracula!
View from Poienari Citadel

For some people, visiting Poenari Citadel is a lifelong dream, but getting there without personal transportation is nearly impossible. This private tour is an easy and comfortable way to reach the site of Poenari, located on Transfagarasan Road in the Carpathian Mountains.

Of no less interest, this tour is a great occasion to see the rural countryside and Romanian traditional life, as our road to Curtea de Arges and Poenari Citadel will be passing through villages and farms, in the hilly area of the Sub-Carpathians.

For history buffs, this tour takes you to the origins of the medieval Principality of Wallachia, as we visit Curtea de Arges and Targoviste that served as seats of the first princes of Wallachia.
Poenari Citadel Tour

Tour type: historical, rural, nature


  • • the ruins and the stories of Poenari Citadel, reinforced by Vlad the Impaler as a defense and refuge point
  • • amazing panoramic views from Poenari over the canyon of Arges River, Transfagarasan Road and surrounding mountains
  • • the vestiges of the Princely Court of Targoviste, early capital city of Wallachia, where Vlad Dracula the Impaler established residence before moving to Bucharest
  • • discover rural Romania and the local traditional life, still preserved in this part of Europe
  • • the iconic Curtea de Arges Monastery, linked to a fundamental Romanian myth


Tour Information

1 day (around 12-13 hours; total driving distance 400 km)

240 EUR/ tour/1-2 people
270 EUR/tour/3-4 people
please send your inquiry for larger groups

Activity level
medium physical demands – please be aware that reaching Poenari Citadel may be challenging, as there are some 1480 steps to climb (a 40-50 min climb at relaxed pace; there are benches along the way, where you can sit and rest)

What is included
– hotel pick-up and drop-off
– the itinerary and activities as described
– transportation by private car, a 2017 Volkswagen Golf air conditioned
– guide & driver fee
– all parking fees and fuel

Not included
– entry fees to the Princely Court Museum in Targoviste and Poenari Citadel (total of 20 Lei/person in the local currency, or 4 Euros/person)
– the cost of optional photo fee in Târgoviște (15 Lei/camera at the Princely Court Museum)
– meals and drinks you wish to buy throughout the day (the cost of a two course meal and a drink at a local traditional restaurant is approx. 70 Lei/person, equivalent of 16 Eur)

Pick-up, Drop-off
at your hotel or other agreed-upon location

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Program & Description

Early set off from Bucharest heading north-west, toward the mountains. After about 2 hours drive, first stop in Targoviste, former Princely seat of Wallachia, where Prince Vlad Dracula ‘The Impaler’ held residence. Visit of Chindiei Watchtower, where a display highlights the life of Vlad Dracula, and learn about the fascinating prince and hero. For lovers of art and architecture, the Princely Church boasts wonderful frescoes in ‘Brancovan’ style (Wallachian Renaissance).

We resume our tour toward our destination, with a stop for lunch in the town of Curtea de Arges. Further on to Poenari area, we cross the beautiful hilly countryside of the Arges region of the Sub-Carpathians, with peasant and farming villages. 

We reach Poenari Citadel and get ready for the climb. The  Citadel stands high atop a steep rock, above the Arges River valley and overlooking the Transfagarasan Road. A meandering path with concrete steps leads you up the hill to the citadel. You will have the time to explore it, and learn the history of the place.

After descending from the citadel we may have a refreshing drink at the nearby restaurant.

On return to Bucharest, last stop to visit the iconic Curtea de Arges Monastery, splendid monument of Romanian sacred architecture, necropolis of the Romanian Royal family and place of legend: the creation of the monastery gave birth to one of the most beautiful Romanian ballads.




To request a guided tour or get more information, please use the form below. I will answer every message personally within the next 24 hours, providing details of availability, booking and payment. 




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