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Wallachia: Real Dracula’s Castle Tour from Bucharest

Wallachia: Real Dracula’s Castle Tour from Bucharest

From US$ 400 per group up to 5

Explore Poenari Castle and the ancient capital of Wallachia in the Argeş River valley on a 10-hour tour from Bucharest of the important sights related to Vlad The Impaler, the real life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s fictional Count Dracula.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Explore Poenari Castle, former home of the real Dracula
  • Visit the ancient capital of Wallachia in the Argeş River valley
  • See the most important monuments related to Vlad The Impaler
  • Stroll historic Curtea de Arges to see the oldest Orthodox church in Wallachia
  • Discover the unique painted church of Olari
  • Enjoy lunch in Curtea de Arges
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Poenari Castle, also known as Poenari Citadel, is a ruined castle in Romania, notable for its connection to Vlad III The Impaler, a real life member of the House of Drăculești who gave his name and inspiration to the legendary fictional Count Dracula. On this 10-hour sightseeing tour from Bucharest, be driven to the castle in the foothills of the Făgăraş Mountains, perched on a cliff above the Curtea de Arges, one of the oldest towns in Wallachia. Historically, Curtea de Arges was the capital of a small state that formed the start of the unification of lands south of the Carpathians. Stroll through the town center to visit the Princely Church, the oldest Orthodox church in the region, and explore the Old Court ruins, Episcopal Church, and Olari Church, a painted church from Moldavia uniquely found on Wallachian grounds. Your trip also includes a traditional Romanian meal at the best restaurant in Curtea de Arges, and the chance to climb the 1,480 steps up to the ruins of Poienari Castle for spectacular views of the Arges gorge and Wallachian landscape.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan with professional driver
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch (estimated local cash needed for lunch per person is LEI 50)
  • Photo/video fees
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  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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  • You will climb 1480 steps to get to Poienari Castle
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August 19, 2019

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