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Offbeat Northern Wallachia: Day Tour from Bucharest to Târgoviște

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If you are looking for a day trip out of Bucharest and you’ve already been to the highly sought-after attractions Peles Castle and Bran Castle (if not, see my tour https://unknownbucharest.com/sinaia-bran-castle-brasov-1-day-tour/), then 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 famous Prince Vlad Dracula.
Targoviste 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 – located on a hill in the proximity of the town, one of the most important monuments of religious architecture in Wallachia and princely necropolis
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. 9 hours

Price 200 EUR/tour/1-2 people, 210 EUR/tour/3 people, please send your inquiry for larger groups

Activity level medium physical demands -only a few steps to climb

What’s included
– driver/guide fee
– transportation by personal car, a 2017 Volkswagen Golf, air conditioned, fully insured for up to 4 persons/ air conditioned minivan for larger groups
– 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.

If interested in ancient books and manuscripts, it is possible to visit the ‘Museum of Printing and Old Romanian Books’: the first printed book in Wallachia was at Targoviste (1508, a religious book in Slavonic language).

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.