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Offbeat Northern Wallachia: Day Tour from Bucharest to Târgoviște

Journey into the footsteps of Vlad Dracula the Impaler and medieval history and culture.

Targoviste

If you are looking for a day trip out of Bucharest, consider this less-traveled, offbeat itinerary to the historic town of Târgoviște. This small town located at the southern fringes of the Carpathian Mountains, 80 km north-west of Bucharest, is the early capital city of the medieval Principality of Wallachia, southern part of modern-day Romania.  Some of the first Romanian princes ruled from Targoviste, including the fascinating Prince Vlad Dracula.

Targoviste is rich in history, churches, monasteries and medieval art treasures – a true journey into the Middle Ages. The town was also the scene of dramatic events in Romanian recent history, as it was the place where trial and execution of the late communist dictator Ceausescu took place.

Tour type: history, heritage, culture

Highlights

The vestiges of the Princely Court of Wallachia. The museum complex includes walls and vaults dating between 14th-16th century and the Princely Church with superb Byzantine style frescoes.
Dealu Monastery – important medieval monastic complex
The ‘Museum of Communism’, the local garrison where former communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife spent their last days, and where the dramatic trial and execution of the couple took place.

Tour Information

Duration
approx. 8-9 hours

Price
200 EUR/tour/1-2 people

220 EUR/tour/3-4 people

Activity level
medium physical demands 

What’s included
– hotel pick-up and drop-off
– driver/guide fee
– transportation by private car, a 2017 Volkswagen Golf, air conditioned, fully insured for up to 3 persons
– all parking fees and fuel

What’s extra
– admission fees (approx. 7 EUR/person the cost of all admission fees)
– the food & drink you choose to buy; consider the cost of two-course meal and drink to a local traditional restaurant around 70 Lei/person, or 16 Eur/person
– photo fees and any other personal expenses (around 3 EUR/person)

Pick-up, drop-off
at your hotel or other location in Bucharest

Details

We start in the morning traveling north-west to Targoviste, passing through villages, occasion to see local rural life. Arrival in Targoviste and set out to discover the 14th-16th c. vestiges of the Princely Court of Wallachia, learn a bit of local medieval history and about the fascinating prince and hero Vlad Dracula. The platform on the top of Chindiei Tower offers a great panoramic view of the entire Princely Court Complex and for art lovers, the Princely Church boasts superb frescoes, wonderful example of the local late medieval art.

After exploring the ruins of the Princely Court we will have a short walk around Targoviste’s Old Town, and stop for lunch/snack and refreshing drink to a local restaurant.

Next, we visit the local garrison where the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife spent their last days before being executed in December 1989 during the anticommunist revolution -now, the place was arranged as a little ‘Museum of Communism’. 

Later, short trip by car outside Targoviste to visit Dealu Monastery, one of the most important monuments of religious architecture in Wallachia.

 

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