Poenari Castle

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From Bucharest: 9-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

1. From Bucharest: 9-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

An adventure of a lifetime, for this 9-day tour of Romania we have chosen an assortment of rich sensory experiences, from medieval sites to a taste of the wilderness, with deep forests, vibrantly colored wildflowers and fresh mountain air (in the right season), all the way to modern exhibits, and a dash of traditional herbs and spices with the delicious foods we will be trying in every medieval town we visit. It’s the best way to understand Romania and the Romanians – Private Tour 9 days in Romania with a local guide :) Join us! Total Duration: 9 days Day 1 : Bucharest City Tour - Overnight in Bucharest What could be a greater adventure than Bucharest City Tour in a Share Tour with maximum 5 persons and having a elegant minibus for our time exploring : The Palace of Parliament or People’s House, The Bucharest National Village Museum, Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue), Revolution Square, The Bucharest Old City Centre, Rich and Poor Area in Bucharest! Itinerary steps: 6 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2 : 1. Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Poenari Castle 3. Transfagarasan Highway 4. Sibiu City Tour - Overnight stay in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3 : 1.Biertan Fortified Church 2. Sighisoara City Tour - Overnight stay in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 4 : 1. Turda Salt mine 2. Cluj Napoca City Tour (Botanic Garden) 3. Surdesti Wooden Church - Overnight in Sighetul Marmatiei Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 5 : 1. Explore Maramures all day(local market) 2. Merry Cemetery 3. Sighet Memorial Museum - Overnight in Sighetul Marmatiei Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 6 : 1. Barsana Monastery 2. Borgo Pass Road 3. Ciocanesti village - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 7 : 1. Voronet Monastery 2. Humor Monastery 3. Sucevita Monastery 4. Moldovita Monastery - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 8 : 1. Lucia Condrea - egg painted museum 2. Nicolae Popa Museum 3. Bicaz Gorges - Overnight Stay in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 9 : 1. Brasov City Tour (Black Church) 2. Bran Castle / Dracula's Castle 3. Peles Castle - Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included

Transfagarasan Road Trip with Curtea de Arges

2. Transfagarasan Road Trip with Curtea de Arges

Visit the Curtea de Arges Monastery on this 12-hour trip. Completed in 1517, it serves as the necropolis of the Romanian royal family. Continue the drive on a highway that crosses the Carpathian Mountains. Next on the itinerary is cliff-top Poenari Castle, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. Vlad the Impaler forced many of his enemies and political opponents to work on expanding the castle. Near the castle make another stop to see Vidraru Dam: at 525 feet, it is one of the tallest dams in Europe. A highlight of the tour is a drive on the Transfagarasan Highway. At the northernmost point of the tour, enjoy a short hike near Balea Lake.

From Bucharest: Vlad the Impaler Royal Court Private Tour

3. From Bucharest: Vlad the Impaler Royal Court Private Tour

Forget about legends and travel to see Vlad the Impaler's Royal Court and his Fortress in Poienari village, where Vlad use to hide the country's gold. Stop to see Curtea de Arges Monastery, a real beauty of the Royal Family, and where the graves of the Romanian Kings are located. See the biggest dam in Romania nearby, Vidraru Dam, and get ready to take pictures. You will travel by private car and have your own guide while visiting some of the most historical and interesting sites in the area. Travel to Targoviste Fortress, one of the most important medieval monuments in Romania with a history that goes back to the 15th century. Explore the former princely court, that was used as a residence by some of the most famous princes of Southern Romania, including Constantin Brancoveanu and the legendary Vlad the Impaler who built the emblematic Chindia Tower. Learn the history of Tragoviste, from its small beginnings as a fortress to its expansion to a princely residence by Vlad Dracul. Move on with a walk up to Chindia Tower, the symbol of the princely court of Targoviste. Admire the view from the tower’s balcony, especially the ruins of the two princely palaces, and also observe the silhouette of a church dated back to 1415. Finish walking around what remains of the palace and visit the two churches that still survive in the area, the small Holly Friday Church and the Great Princely Church, the only monument built in the 15th century in Southern Romania still conserved in its original form. Reach the old town of Curtea de Arges, with its rich and eventful history, and see the ruins of the Wallachian princely court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well the famous Arges Monastery. Learn the interesting and sad history of the sites from the guide. Enjoy visiting Poenari Castle, a perfect stop for history lovers and fans of Dracula. Experience the perfect chance to discover the wildlife in Transylvania.

From Bucharest: Transfagarasan Highway Private Day Trip

4. From Bucharest: Transfagarasan Highway Private Day Trip

Discover the most scenic high-altitude road in Romania named by Top Gear "the best road in the world" with this Transfagarasan Day Trip from Bucharest. Visit the Curtea de Arges Monastery and see the mighty Poenari Citadel. Your first stop will be in the town named Curtea de Arges, at the bottom of the Fagaras Mountains to see the remarkable ruins of the Wallachian princely court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well the famous Arges Monastery. Next, head to the foot of the Poenari Citadel, a stronghold that became famous thanks to Dracula's Legend. Climb the 1480 stairs that lead up to the castle. Continue to the spectacular Transfagarasan Highway and experience the incredible views and stunning scenery that this paved mountain road offers.

Wallachia: Real Dracula’s Castle Tour from Bucharest

5. Wallachia: Real Dracula’s Castle Tour from Bucharest

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.

From Bucharest: 3-Day Guided Romania Tour

6. From Bucharest: 3-Day Guided Romania Tour

The best way to spend 3 days in Romania it's to book this tour :) Transfagarasan Highway, Transalpina Road, Densus Temple, Polovragi Cave, Poienari Fortress will give you a great satisfaction and perfect memories for the rest of your life :) Total Duration: 3 days Day 1 : 1. Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Trasfagarasan Highway 3. Poienari Fortress 4. Vidraru Dam - Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2 : 1. Sibiu City Tour 2. Hunyade Castle 3. Prislop Monastery 4. Densus Temple - Overnight in Alba Iulia Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3 : 1. Alba Iuia City Tour 2. Transalpina Road 3. Polovragi Cave 4. Horezu Monastery 5. Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included

Bucharest: Wild Brown Bears and Dracula's Fortress Tour

7. Bucharest: Wild Brown Bears and Dracula's Fortress Tour

Discover the top attractions in Romania on this guided tour. You’ll see the resting place of kings, Curtea de Arges Monastery, visit the true home of Dracula, Poienari fortress, see wild brown bears waiting by the road, and more. The tour will start with a visit to Curtea de Arges Monastery, found in the former capital of Romania, Arges. You’ll see the ruins of the Wallachian princely court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well as the famous Arges Monastery. Learn all about this important historical monument and its interesting, but sad story, from your guide. Next up is one of Romania’s top attractions, Poenari Castle. This was the original castle of Vlad the Impaler, who inspired the story of Dracula. As you climb up the 1480 stairs that lead up to the castle, you’ll be walking in the steps of Dracula! From there, it’s on to Vidraru Dam, which forms Lake Vidraru. Completed in 1966 on the Argeș River, the arch dam was primarily built to produce hydroelectricity. The dam's height is 166 meters, the arch length 305 meters, and it can store an incredible 465 million cubic meters of water. Near Vidraru Dam is the final sight of the day: wild brown bears! You’ll be amazed by these great animals, calmly relaxing by the road. Finally, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, your mind filled with all the incredible sights from the day.

From Bucharest: 5-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

8. From Bucharest: 5-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

5 Days Tour in Romania An adventure of a lifetime, for this 5-day tour of Romania we have chosen an assortment of rich sensory experiences, from medieval sites to a taste of the wilderness, with deep forests, vibrantly colored wildflowers and fresh mountain air (in the right season), all the way to modern exhibits, and a dash of traditional herbs and spices with the delicious foods we will be trying in every medieval town we visit. Total Duration: 5 days Day 1 : Bucharest City Tour 8 hours - Overnight in Bucharest Itinerary steps: 7 Meals not included Accommodation included: Overnight Stay in Bucharest - Accommodation not included Day 2 : Curtea de Arges Monastery, Poienari Castle, Transfagarasan (only between June and September), Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation included: Overnight Stay in Sibiu - Accommodation not included Day 3 : Biertan Fortified Church, Sighisoara’s Citadel, Overnight in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation included: Overnight Stay in Sighisoara - Accommodation not included Day 4 : Brasov Old Town, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) - Overnight in Brasov Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation included: Overnight Stay in Brasov - Accommodation not included Day 5 : Peles Castle, Sinaia Monastery, Snagov Monastery - Dracula's Tomb - Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation included: Overnight Stay in Bucharest - Accommodation not included

From Bucharest: Dracula Full-Day Private Tour

9. From Bucharest: Dracula Full-Day Private Tour

Poienari Fortress: If we were to put together a tour of the castles in Romania for Dracula fans and adventure lovers, Poenari Castle would have to be on the list, being an important Romanian tourist attraction. With this private trip you will have the perfect chance to discover the wildlife in Transylvania. You will travel by private car and have your own guide. As you are climbing up the 1480 stairs that lead up to the castle, you can rightfully say you are following in the steps of Dracula. To get here it will take us about 2 hours driving! Bran Castle: Step inside if you dare! To get to see Bran we'll drive for 3 hour crossing Carpatian Mountains to Transylvania! Once you see it in person, you will understand why this castle is a symbol of Romanian tourism and why it is the most visited tourist attraction in Romania. Commonly known outside Transylvania as Dracula's Castle, it is often referred to as the home of the title character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. There is no evidence that Stoker knew anything about this castle, which has only tangential associations with Vlad the Impaler, voivode of Wallachia, the putative inspiration for Dracula.Stoker's description of Dracula's crumbling fictional castle also bears no resemblance to Bran Castle. The castle is now a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Snagov Monastery: Vlad Tepes got his vampire reputation due to the cruel method through which he punished traitors, thieves, and enemies – impalement. Not much is known about the death of Dracula/ Vlad Tepes, but some of the most popular hypotheses are that he was killed in a battle against the Turks, or that he was murdered by Wallachian boyars, as part of a revenge plot. That is why there are many stories and myths about the place where Dracula was buried, supposedly by the monks who loved him for his bravery and love for his country, and who risked their lives to retrieve his body. Most historians who had access to the monastery’s written records believe “Dracula’s” resting place is at Snagov Monastery – an orthodox house of worship built on the island of the same name, surrounded by a beautiful scenery near Bucharest.

From Bucharest: 2-Day Transfagarasan Highway Private Tour

10. From Bucharest: 2-Day Transfagarasan Highway Private Tour

Discover the magnificent scenery and charming towns along the Transfagarasan Highway on a guided 2-day excursion from Bucharest. Explore the town of Curtea de Arges, Poenari Castle, the city of Sibiu, and Cozia Monastery on a scenic adventure through Transylvania. Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel by minivan in Bucharest and first travel to Curtea de Arges, the capital of the historic region of Wallachia. Discover the ruins of the former Wallachian Court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well the famous Arges Monastery. Continue along the Transfagarasan Highway and admire the stunning scenery along this winding mountain road. Often deemed to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world, be amazed by the vast mountain peaks as you descend through the valley. Arrive at the ruins of Poenari Castle, a former residence of the infamous Vlad the Impaler. Situated on a mountaintop, climb the 1480 steps that lead up to the castle as you follow in the footsteps of Dracula himself. Make a short stop at Vidraru Damn for some picturesque views of the lake. Finally, arrive in the city of Sibiu for an overnight stay. Day 2: On the second day of your tour, take a guided tour through the cobbled streets of Sibiu. Discover charming squares surrounded by historic buildings such as the colorful Orthodox Cathedral and the majestic Lutheran Church. Hear of the legends associated with Bridge of Lies and the remarkable stories of the medieval guilds. Learn more about the historic and cultural history of Sibiu, the region of Transylvania, and Romania as a nation, with your guide. Next, make a stop at Cozia Monastery, which was erected in 1388. Discover one of the most significant monuments of medieval art and architecture in the country. Arrive next at Călimănești, a town in Vâlcea County. Situated in the historical region of Oltenia and the northern part of the county, this spa town is known for its popular thermal hot springs. After exploring the town for a short time, relax on the journey back to Bucharest.

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based on 17 reviews

Such an amazing tour! we visited several places, each with a meaningful historical background for the country, specially about Vlad Tepes legacy. Tour guide was very friendly and kept a nice conversation and profesionalism, even when Poenari castle was closed, he filled the time with other nice places around and the oportunity to try traditional food, I learnt a lot thanks to his knowledge of every place we saw.

Gelu was an excellent tour guide and this is a great travel company! The experience was personalized, with plenty of opportunities to take gorgeous pictures and learn in-depth history of the region. This is one of the best tours I’ve ever taken and I can’t recommend it enough!

Absolutely magnificent experience. The trip was fantastic and the views were breathtaking. Our tour guide Alex was just fantastic. He gave us all the useful information and didn’t chase us around. He gave us sufficient time for everything.

The tour was amazing! Nicolas is a very knowledgeable guide who prioritizes the guest experience. I definitely recommend checking it out! Very fun adventure that I would do again.

Very nice day, great scenery, beautiful monastery. My guide, Marcel, was very kind and knowledgeable.