We have all heard the legends about Dracula! Some have read Stoker’s novel, some have seen movies and some have just heard rumors of a Romanian ruler being a vampire from Transylvania. For those interested in the real story behind the legend, we have prepared a one day tour in which you will learn the true history of Vlad Tepes (the Impaler).
Son of Vlad Dracul (en.Vlad the Devil) and nephew of the Wallachian ruler Mircea I of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes was born in Transylvania indeed, but he was ruler of Wallachia in the 15th century, reign during which he gained a reputation of a cruel and merciless voivode. The history of his father, member of the Order of the Dragon, has led Vlad the Impaler on the trails that inspired the story of Dracula.
We suggest we meet in the center of the capital, in the Old City where the ruins of the first royal court from Bucharest give the start of a full day. The “Old Princely Court” was built at the end of the 14th century by Mircea I of Wallachia, and later became a royal residence in the 15th century when Vlad Tepes decided to live there. Next to the current Museum “Old Princely Court” lies the oldest church ever built in Bucharest.
With the images and pieces of history in mind, we will head towards the place that inspired the construction of the “Old Princely Court” in Bucharest. Towards the end of the 14th century, Targoviste was the capital of Wallachia and the same Mircea I built the Royal Court, later consolidated and extended by his son Vlad Dracul and in the 15th century by his nephew. Vlad Tepes also built the “Chindiei Tower”, today a symbol of the city.
Now we will take another step back in time, at the beginning of the 14th century, when the capital of Wallachia was not Bucharest, nor Targoviste, but Curtea de Arges. Here you will listen to the beautiful legend of Ana and Manole, a story about love and sacrifice for the greater good while visiting the monastery the couple has left behind.
Moving up on Romania’s map, the next stop will be at Poenari Fortress, build on a cliff at the beginning of the 14the century by Negru Voda and later rebuilt by Vlad the Impaler who made it one of his residences. The legend says that the ruler used this medieval fortress as a place of refuge, making the blacksmiths put the horseshoes backwards as a decoy for the Ottoman armies.
Before heading back to Bucharest, we will make one more stop for sightseeing at the Vidradu Dam. On one side, the artificial lake that lies in the shadow of Fargaras Mountains; on the other side, maybe a brave person bungee jumping from the side of the dam; watching over the whole area, on Pleasa Mountain stands tall the statue of Prometheus, also named the Electricity Statue to remind of the original purpose of Vidraru, a reservoir lake created on the Arges River for electricity production.
Drive back towards the place of departure.
Price per person for a group of 6 people.
For 4-5 persons group, the price is 69 €/person.
For 2-3 persons group, the price is 139 €/person.
For private tours or larger groups please contact us!
Remember that any tour can be tailor-made for your own preferences, duration and comfort!
- tour guide in the language of your choice (English, German, French) - transportation for the whole tour
- meals - entry fees at monuments, museums or other sites mentioned in the program - photo fees - other services not mentioned
Lunches and dinners can be organized after the tourist decides on the food preferences. The schedule is subject of change, accordingly to the tourist's preferences or time!