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2-Day Dracula Tour: In the Footsteps of Vlad the Impaler, the Historical Dracula

Follow in the footsteps of Prince Vlad the Impaler, the historical Dracula.
This is not a sensational pursuit of a vampire, but a historical tour about both the fabulous and the true figure of Vlad III Dracula, the 15th century Voivode of Wallachia, one of the most fascinating personalities of European history. The story unfolds as we approach the Carpathian Mountains!

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3-day Dracula Tour

Highlights

• Princely Court of Targoviste, early capital city of Wallachia where Vlad Dracula held residence before moving it to Bucharest; the vestiges of the Princely Court of Targoviste are more impressive and better preserved than those in Bucharest
• Poenari Citadel, the ‘true’ castle of Vlad Dracula
• Bran Castle, famous due to the links with Dracula’s story, but outstanding for what it truly is, a genuine feudal castle evocative of the local history
• The Transylvanian medieval town of Brasov
• Snagov Monastery, the alleged burial site of Vlad Dracula -valuable monument of medieval sacred art with outstanding frescoes

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SEE DOWN THE PAGE THE FULL DESCRIPTION OF THE TOUR

Tour Information

Duration 2 days/1 night

Price 530 EUR/tour/1-3 persons

Activity level moderately heavy physical demands – please be aware that visit of Poenari Citadel and Bran Castle require climbing many stairs (1480 steps at Poienari Citadel – a 30-40 minutes climb)

What is included
– Tour guide & driver fee

– Transportation by private car, a new 2017 Volkswagen Golf air conditioned
– All parking fees and fuel

Not included
– Accommodation of tour guide and travelers for 1 night at hotel in Brasov. I will make the necessary hotel reservations. Payment for hotel is due by traveler directly at hotel, when check-in. Consider around 60 EUR/double room/night at good, centrally located 3* hotel in Brasov.
– Meals & drinks of your choice. Consider around 15-18 EUR/person the cost of two-course meal at a local restaurant.
– The admission fees to objectives. Consider around 95 Lei/person in the local currency, equivalent of 21 EUR/person.

– Photo fees at Princely Museum in Targoviste, Peles Castle, Snagov Monastery are not included.
– Any other personal expenses (souvenirs etc) are not included.

Pick-up, Drop-off at your hotel or other pre-agreed location in Bucharest

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Program
Day 1 Bucharest – Targoviste – Poenari – Bran 

Our journey starts towards the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, where the first rulers of the medieval Principality of Wallachia established residence. First stop in the town of Targoviste, where Vlad Dracula held court before moving it to Bucharest. Visit the museum complex, explore the vestiges of the Princely Court, and learn about life and deeds of the historical Prince Vlad The Impaler Dracula. 
We resume our tour to Poenari. Lunch break to a local restaurant in the town of Curtea de Arges and short visit of one of the most iconic monasteries in Romania, the monastery of Curtea de Arges. Continue through the rural area of Arges River Valley, arrival at the foot of the mountains where the ruins of Poenari Citadel stand high overlooking the area. Enlarged and strengthened by Vlad Tepes himself, Poenari was a fortified stronghold at the northern border of Wallachia. The citadel of Poenari was the last refuge of Vlad Tepes before fleeing to Transylvania. The 1480 steps represent quite a challenge, but once there, you will be rewarded by the stunning scenery. Explore the nook and cranies and learn the stories of Poenari.
In the afternoon we head to Bran, on a beautiful drive across the mountains, following the scenic Rucar-Bran Pass. Overnight in Bran rural area. (total driving distance 350 km)

Day 2 Bran – Brasov – Snagov Monastery – Bucharest

In the morning, set out to explore Bran Castle, the 14th century citadel. Later, transfer to Brasov where  we take our time to enjoy a walk around the medieval Old Town. The Saxons in Brasov where several times subject to punishment raids carried out by Voivode Dracula. After lunch to one of the local restaurants, return toward Bucharest, following this time the road along Prahova Valley. The last stop of the tour is the secluded Snagov Monastery, located on an island on Snagov lake, north of Bucharest. The monastery was fortified by Voivode Vlad Dracula as part of his defensive system, in his daring attempt to confront the encroaching Ottoman power. Allegedly, the tomb of  Vlad Dracula is right inside the church, facing the altar. Back to Bucharest. (total driving distance 210 km)

He must, indeed, have been that Voivode Dracula who won his Name against the Turk, over the great river on the very frontier of Turkey-Land [the Danube]. If it be so, then was no common man; for in that time, and for centuries after, he was spoken of as the cleverest and most cunning, as well as the bravest of the sons of the “land beyond the forest” (Bram Stoker “Dracula”)


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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