2-Day Private Tour from Bucharest: Peles & Bran Castles, Brasov, Bran Pass, Offbeat Northern Wallachia
I warmly invite you to this excellent 2-day tour that offers top Romanian attractions, such as Peles Castle, Bran Castle and the Transylvanian town of Brasov, but also takes you to the offbeat region that stretches along the southern fringes of the Carpathians, the hilly region of northern Wallachia, a unique mix of history, cultural heritage and natural beauty. You will visit the quaint little town of Campulung and the astounding rock monastery of Namaiesti, as well as the town of Targoviste, early seat of the Princely Court of Wallachia. Beautiful mountain scenery and the rural countryside/village life are particularly featured in this tour.
Check over the highlights and description below for more details of the tour!
Tour type: cultural, nature, rural
- • Peles Castle in Sinaia, emblematic residence of the Romanian royal family, considered one of the most beautiful 19th century European royal palaces
- • Bran Castle, famous due to the story of Dracula, but outstanding for what it truly is, a genuine medieval citadel evocative of the turbulent history of the region; learn who was the true Vlad Dracula, Prince and hero who inspired Bram Stoker’s character Count Dracula
- • the medieval town of Brasov, or Kronstadt – ‘Crown City’, the name given to the city by those who settled it almost 800 years ago, the Transylvanian Saxons – one of the largest and most popular cities in Transylvania
- • the picturesque Bran-Rucar Pass, considered one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Romania
- • the ancient rock monastery of Namaiesti
- • the vestiges of the Princely Court in Targoviste, early capital city of the medieval Principality of Wallachia. Targoviste was the princely residence of some of the first Romanian rulers, including the famous Prince Vlad Dracula.
Duration 2 days
Price 540 Eur/tour/1-3 persons (or equivalent in RON, the local currency)
Activity level medium physical demands – please be aware that the visit of Bran Castle requires climbing quite a number of stairs
What is included
– tour guide fee & expenses
– transportation by personal car, a 2014 Volkswagen Golf air conditioned (for up to 3 persons)
– all parking fees and fuel
– tourist accommodation in Brasov is not included (consider an additional cost of 60 EUR/double room at good 3*-4* hotel)
– entry fees to objectives (consider a total of around 90 Lei/adult; discounts available for children, students or seniors with valid ID)
– all food & drink you choose to buy
– any other personal expenses (souvenirs etc)
Pick-up at your hotel or other agreed-upon location
Day 1 Bucharest – Peles Castle in Sinaia – Brasov – Bran Castle – Fundata (total driving distance 240 km)
Set out to Sinaia, picturesque little resort-town in the Carpathian Mountains, two hours drive north from Bucharest. Visit Peles Castle in Sinaia, set amidst fine terraced gardens and beautiful mountain scenery. Then we resume our tour, crossing the Carpathians into Transylvania and passing several mountain resorts. En route, stop for lunch to a nice local restaurant. Arrival in the Transylvanian city of Brasov, short introduction of the city then time to enjoy the lively Council Square, heart of the medieval Brasov. Next we continue to Bran and visit Bran Castle, a 14th century fortress. Explore the twisting passages and staircases and learn ‘everything’ about Prince Vlad Dracula, one of the most fascinating characters in the Romanian history. From Bran we continue passing the villages of Bran-Moieciu area. We spend the night in a guesthouse in the mountain village of Fundata, in an area considered one of the most picturesque in Romania, with farms, hay meadows and pastures. Fundata village is located at the highest altitude in Romania (1300 m).
Day 2 Fundata – Campulung – Targoviste – Bucharest (total driving distance 190 km)
Today we cross the Carpathians through the scenic Bran Pass, toward Campulung and Targoviste, a region linked to the earliest beginnings of the Principality of Wallachia (southern part of modern-day Romania). The road gradually winds down the lower slopes and foothills of the Carpathians, among hay meadows, pastures and farms. All along the way you have the opportunity to see the Romanian village life: horse drawn carts moving down village lane, cows plodding back home from grazing etc.
First stopover at Namaiesti, an ancient rock monastery whose origins are lost in time. Here there is a precious sacred icon of the Virgin Mary, by tradition painted by Luca Evangelista. Such ancient rock-carved hermitages are characteristic for the local tradition and spirituality. Next we reach Campulung, one of the earliest urban settlements in Wallachia, now a quiet, quaint small town. Not much vestiges were preserved, but it is nice to walk a little along the main street to feel the atmosphere and also to visit the local ethnographic museum set in an 18th century boyar mansion.
From Campulung the road passes through fruit-growing villages in the Subcarpathian foothills area. The last stop is the town of Targoviste. Explore the vestiges of the Princely Court of Wallachia (14th-16th centuries), visit Chindiei Tower, the landmark symbol of the city, built by Vlad Dracula, and see the superb Brancovan frescoes of the 16th century princely church. If time allows, in the town we may also visit the garrison where the communist dictator Ceausescu and his wife spent their last days before being executed in 1989. Evening arrival to Bucharest.