Taragoviste royal court

In Search of Dracula Full-Day Tour

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Duration
1 day
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Spanish, English

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What You'll Do
  • Go to the real dracula's castle
  • Find out more about Medieval Romania
  • Explore the interesting area
  • Visit Targoviste Royal Court, the former capital of Vlad the Impaler
  • Climb the stairs that lead to the real fortress of Dracula
  • Enjoy a nice panoramic view over Vidraru Dam
  • Discover the religious life at Curtea de Arges Monastery
Overview
The tour takes you to the historical sites connected to the legendary character Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula.
What to Expect
Start with a morning drive from Bucharest towards Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia during Dracula's ruling. In 1459, from his royal court in Targoviste, Vlad The Impaler refused to pay tribute to the Ottoman Empire. He won one memorable victory against the Ottomans when he disguised himself as a janissary and attacked the Ottoman army camped near Targoviste. Vlad Dracula built Chindia Tower, the landmark of the city, for surveillance and defense purposes. It is partly built on a church and is 27 meters high and 9 meters in diameter.

The oldest written document about Targoviste Royal Court dates back to 1396. In the 17th century, the Royal Court was set on fire at the orders of the Ottoman Empire and the capital of Wallachia moved to Bucharest. The next stop will be at Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Wallachia. The town`s strongholds were rebuilt in the 14th century. See its Princely Church and its frescoed interior which is one of the first examples of Romanian paintings. The Episcopal Church (the monastery) is a recreation of the original built in 1512 -1517 by prince Neagoe Basarab (rebuilt in 1875 - 1885).

Conclude the tour with a visit to Poenari Fortress. Standing on a cliff now in ruins -  this is known as the real castle of Dracula (Vlad Tepes). To get to the top you must climb up its 1400 steps which takes approximately 30 minutes. Once you arrive to the top of the castle you will find that it is surprisingly small; one third has collapsed down the mountainside in 1888. Entering through a narrow wooden bridge, you will come across the crumbling remains of two towers within; the prism shaped one was Vlad`s ( Dracula`s) residential quarters. From here, according to legend, The Impaler`s wife flung herself out the window, declaring that is better this way than be captured by the Turks, who were besieging the castle. Legend has it that Vlad himself escaped over the mountains on horseback.

What's Included
  • Transport by car/minibus
  • Fuel
  • Parking fees
  • English speaking guide/driver
What's Not Included
  • Meals (aproximately 10 EUR/person/meal)
  • Entrance fees: Targoviste Royal Court, Curtea de Arges Monastery, Poienari Fortress
  • Video and photo fees
Meeting Point

Pick-up from your hotel in Bucharest. Please provide your hotel name and address. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• To go to Poienari Fortress you will need to climb 1400 steps through the forest.

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