Dracula, more correctly called Vlad the Impaler, is known by Romanians simply as just and fair medieval prince. But was he? The same Dracula is known by foreigners as a cruel vampire, thirsty for blood. But was he? Book this one day tour devoted to the history of Dracula and find out for yourselves the reality behind the legends. The tour starts in Bucharest and takes you to the fortress of Poenari, perched on a mountain. From here you’ll return to Bucharest passing through Curtea de Arges and Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia.
Type: private, cultural
Distance: 410km / 254mi
Departure city: Bucharest
Accommodation: not included
Group of 2-3 persons – €119/person
Group of 4-8 persons – €89/person
BUCHAREST – POENARI* – CURTEA DE ARGES – TARGOVISTE – BUCHAREST
The tour of Dracula starts in Bucharest at 8AM. You’ll be taken straight to the fortress of Poenari located in the Transylvanian Alps. Perched on top of a mountain, be careful as there are 1480 steps to be climbed. The citadel was probably built in the 14th century by the first Wallachian princes. Later on , it was modified and extended by Vlad the Impaler, whom we also know as Dracula. In addition to all the stories and legends, the site offers great panoramic views on both sides of the mountain.
After lunch, you’ll set off to Curtea de Arges, one of the first capitals of Wallachia, now the southern part of Romania. Here you’ll admire one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in the country. Built in the 16th century and renovated in the 19th century, the monastic complex boasts a fine architecture and the graves of the first Romanian royal couples. You’ll be told the legend of Manole, one of the greatest Romanian legends.
The former Princely Court of Targoviste will be the last stop of the Dracula tour. It is here where you’ll be able to see and climb the famous Sunset Tower (Chindia Tower). Built at the request of Vlad the Impaler, the tower offers great views over the entire city of Targoviste. Before your departure, take a stroll around the ruins of the former court and admire the Orthodox frescoes of the Princely Church.
You’ll be back in Bucharest by evening.
*Due to the presence of bears in the area, Poenari Citadel is temporarily closed for visitors’ safety (including the access to the fortress) until the situation is remedied.
End of the tour.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Transportation by modern car
- Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
- Entrance fees to sites included in the program