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Dracula Tour: Private Tour to Poenari Citadel (1-day tour)

Poenari Citadel TourOverview
A close and 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 III Dracula ‘The Impaler’ who was the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s fictional character Count Dracula.

Arriving at Poienari Citadel in the fogFor 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.

Tour type: historical, rural, nature
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Highlights

  • • 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

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

Price 230 EUR/ tour/1-2 people, 250 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 30-40 min climb at relaxed pace; there are benches along the way, where you can sit and rest)

What is included
– guide & driver fee
– transportation by my personal car, a 2017 Volkswagen Golf air conditioned 

Not included
– entry fees to the Princely Court Museum in Targoviste and Poenari Citadel (18 Lei/person in the local currency, or 4 Euros/person)
– the cost of photo fees (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 1h30 drive, first stop in Targoviste, former Princely seat of Wallachia, where Prince Vlad Dracula ‘The Impaler’ held residence. Recently restored, the vestiges of the Princely Palace in Targoviste are more impressive and better preserved than those in Bucharest. 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 Brancovenesc style frescoes (a late medieval local development of the Byzantine style).

We resume our tour toward our destination. On the way to Curtea de Arges and further to Poenari, we cross the beautiful hilly countryside of the Arges region of the Sub-Carpathians, with peasant and farming villages. 

We reach Poenari Citadel around noon, and get ready to tackle the climb. Poenari 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, well deserved lunch and rest at a local traditional 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 legends, the Legend of the Curtea de Arges Monastery, linked to one of the fundamental Romanian myths.

* If time allows, visit of the Princely Church of Curtea de Arges, outstanding historical and art monument.


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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