3-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!
• Princely Court of Targoviste, medieval capital city of Wallachia, where Vlad Dracula established his earlier residence before moving it to Bucharest; the vestiges of the Princely Court of Targoviste are much more impressive and better preserved than those in Bucharest
• Poienari Citadel, the ‘true’ castle of Vlad Dracula
• Bran Castle, famous due to the connections with Count 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
• Peles Castle, major Romanian landmark, emblematic of the Romanian royalty, regarded as one of the most beautiful 19th century European royal residences
• Snagov Monastery, the alleged burial site of Vlad Dracula -valuable monument of medieval sacred art with outstanding frescoes
• The iconic Curtea de Arges Monastery, subject of one of the fundamental Romanian myths, “The Ballad of Master Mason Manole”
SEE DOWN THE PAGE THE FULL DESCRIPTION OF THE TOUR
Duration 3 days/2 nights
Price 690 EUR/tour/1-3 persons, on request for larger groups
Activity level moderately heavy physical demands – please be aware that the visit of the Poienari Citadel and the Bran Castle require climbing many stairs (1480 steps at the Poienari Citadel! – a 30-40 minutes climb)
What is included
– tour guide & driver service
– transportation by personal car, a 2014 Volkswagen Golf air conditioned
– all parking fees and fuel
– accommodation of tour guide and tourists in Curtea de Arges and Brasov
– meals & drinks of your choice
– the entry fees to objectives (90 Lei/person in the local currency, equivalent of 20 EUR/person)
– any other personal expenses (souvenirs etc)
Pick-up, Drop-off at your hotel or other pre-agreed location
Day 1 Bucharest – Targoviste – Curtea de Arges – Poienari area
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 his princely court before moving it to Bucharest. We visit the museum complex, explore the vestiges of the Princely Court, learn about Vlad Dracula and see the superb frescoes of the 16th century princely church.
Next is the town of Curtea de Arges, early princely seat of Wallachia. We will take lunch to one of the local restaurants. Art lovers will be delighted to discover the frescoes of the Princely Church of Curtea de Arges, as well as one of the most iconic monasteries in Romania, linked to one of the fundamental Romanian myths, the monastery of Curtea de Arges.
Overnight in a village guesthouse in the Carpathian Mountains, in the valley of the river Arges, and get ready for the next morning visit of Poienari Citadel! (Total driving distance 220km)
Day 2 Poienari Citadel – Bran Castle – Brasov
This morning we set out to visit Poienari Citadel, perched on top of a mountain. Enlarged and strengthened by Vlad Tepes himself, Poienari was a fortified stronghold at the northern border of Wallachia. The citadel of Poienari 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.
From Poienari we head to Bran Castle, on a beautiful drive across the mountains, following the scenic Rucar-Bran pass. Explore Bran Castle, the 14th century citadel. Transfer to the medieval Transylvanian town of Brasov where we spend the evening. This is where the Voivode Dracula met the Hungarian King Mathias Corvin when seeking support to regain his throne. Overnight in Brasov. (Total driving distance 160km)
Day 3 Sinaia & Peles Castle – Snagov Monastery – return to Bucharest
Return to Bucharest, following this time the road along Prahova Valley. Stopover at Peles Castle, former royal summer residence and symbol of the Romanian Royal family, considered one of the most beautiful 19th century European royal palaces.
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 the 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. Return to Bucharest. (Total driving distance 170 km)