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Sinaia: Peleș Castle Tour with An Expert Guide

1. Sinaia: Peleș Castle Tour with An Expert Guide

After meeting your guide just outside the Peleș Castle, your 1-hour guided tour will start as you are transported into the history of this amazing building. Walk through the impressive hallway on the ground floor where you can admire the enormous reception room and the four statues representing the four seasons. Next, see one of the biggest weapon collections Romania and Europe has ever seen, totalling more then 4000 pieces from all over the world. Move on to see the king's office followed by the Arabic and the Turkish rooms. As you explore the 1st floor, see the large number of rooms used by different members of the royal house, including the king's and queen's apartments. Most impressive amongst these rooms is the imperial apartment, specially decorated for the Austrian Emperor, who, somewhat ironically, never spent a night in the castle.   This is a truly magical place to visit and a must-see for every Romania visitor. Soak up the magnificent atmosphere and enjoy this tour guided through the past.

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Bucharest: Transylvania and Dracula's Castle 2-Day Tour

2. Bucharest: Transylvania and Dracula's Castle 2-Day Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the Count Dracula legend on a 2-day tour to Peles Castle and Bran Castle in the Transylvanian mountains. Wander the ornate rooms and gardens of former royal residences, and see Saxon houses that date back to the 16th century. The scenic drive takes you high up into the Carpathian Mountains where time has stood still at enchanting villages, and where Romanians head in the winter to ski at the mountain resort of Sinaia. Day 1: Bucharest - Sighisoara Following a pick-up from your hotel in Bucharest (or from Revolution Square at 09:00), cross the Carpathian Mountains en route to Sibiu, stopping at the Monastery of Curtea de Arges to explore the complex founded by Prince Neagoe Basarab in 1514-1517. During the summer (1 June - 15 September), the route to Sibiu takes the unique Transfagarasan Road across the Carpathians, climbing to an altitude of 2,000 meters at its highest point. Upon arrival in Sibiu, enjoy a quick tour of the medieval city center. Then, drive to Sighisoara on the picturesque Tarnava Mare River. Marvel at the beautifully preserved citadel, and wander the enclosed walls and cobblestone streets of the Old Town. See Saxon houses that date back to the 16th century, and the 9 surviving towers, including the iconic Clock Tower. From the balcony of this former main gate to the city, enjoy beautiful views across the town and countryside. Immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere at sights such as the former Church of the Dominican Monastery, where valuable relics include a fresco of the Saint Trinity, a carved altarpiece, and Oriental carpets. Day 2: Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran - Bucharest Today you will drive to Brasov to discover where Vlad the Impaler led his raids against the German Saxons. Explore the medieval city center on a tour of the Black Church, Town Hall, Black Tower, and Ecaterina Gate. Then, continue to “Dracula’s Castle,” located between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains. More commonly known as “Bran Castle,” the important monument depends on the legend of Count Dracula for its reputation, but is also acclaimed for its beauty. Learn the history of the castle, from the 14th century to the day in December 1920 when the castle was donated to Queen Marie of Great Romania. Admire the fountains, lakes, and halt terraces of the former royal summer residence, and see the "Tea House" of Queen Marie. Continue to the beautiful mountain resort of Sinaia, known as "The Pearl of the Carpathians." Here, you will visit Peles Castle, one of Romania's most exquisite palaces. Learn about the Romanian kings that used the castle as their summer residence as you admire its intricate façades and see wooden towers that reach for the sky. Discover the fountains and statues built by Viennese architects in the grounds, and imagine the balls, concerts, literary events, and theatrical performances of Romanian high society in days gone by. Wander the opulent interiors to find ebony, walnut and mother of pearl. Go to the terraces and grand outhouses of the castle complex, such as Pelisor Castle and Sinaia Monastery. Venture inside the Monastery, built by the "Spatar" (a high ranking noble of the Valahian Kingdom), Mihai Cantacuzino following his pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. The monastery contains religious icons and rare books, as well as an exhibition of pottery and porcelain that dates from the 16th to the 19th centuries. There will be time to visit the 19th-century wine cellars from Azuga, built by the Rhein family, official suppliers to the Royal Court. Purchase some authentic still wines and sparkling wines of Romania, before transferring back to Bucharest in the evening.

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From Bucharest: Day Trip to Sinaia

3. From Bucharest: Day Trip to Sinaia

After being picked up from your accommodation in Bucharest travel to the stunning city of Sinaia. You will start the day in Sinaia by visiting Peles, the palace of the first Romanian king. After your palace visit you take a short walk to the smaller, but equally beautiful palace, Pelisor. After you finish exploring the royal estate you go to the beautiful Sinaia Monastery. In the afternoon you will take a short drive to Azuga and visit the Rhein Wine Cellar to learn about the production of sparkling wine. Then enjoy some delicious local sparkling wine. End your day by visiting the charming memorial house of the great Romanian composer, George Enescu.

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From Bucharest: Private Dracula and Peles Castles Day Tour

4. From Bucharest: Private Dracula and Peles Castles Day Tour

You’ll travel from Bucharest to Sinaia on this full-day excursion that takes you through one of the most beautiful valleys in Romania. Visit Peles Castle, once the summer residence of Romanian kings, and now home to one of the country’s most important museums. The Castle dates from the late 19th century, and has 160 opulently decorated rooms. It is the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs, including King Carol I, who died here in 1914, as well as King Ferdinand and Queen Maria. Stopping at a mountain pass, you’ll have lunch in a typical Romanian village overlooking a small river. Continue on to Rasnov Citadel, built to help defend the villages of Transylvania. Visit medieval Bran Castle, popularly known as Dracula’s Castle. Bran Castle was built in the mid-14th century on a rock standing 60 meters high. It features 4 towers with walls made of stone blocks, and its rooms and narrow corridors form a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers. In the inner courtyard there are artesian wells, connected to an underground network.

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Bucharest: Half-Day Tour to Snagov & Mogosoaia

5. Bucharest: Half-Day Tour to Snagov & Mogosoaia

Escape from the busy, crowded streets of Bucharest for a half day and get to know the much calmer countryside that surrounds the city. Unknown even to some people born and raised in Bucharest, discover 2 hidden gems just a few miles outside of city limits: Mogosoaia Palace and Snagov Monastery. After pickup in Bucharest, you’ll leave the city and head straight to the Palace of Mogosoaia. This place used to be a retreat for the rulers of the Romanians, and was designed in a Brancovenesc style. This quiet and majestic place will give you the feeling of going back in time. Next, take a short drive to the Snagov Monastery, which is believed to be the resting place of the body of Vlad the Impaler, better known as Dracula. The monastery itself is on an island in the middle of the Snagov Lake, offering stunning views over the surrounding area.   With skip-the-line tickets for these attractions, this tour is the best way to get to know these off-the-beaten-path attractions in Romania.

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Bucharest Surroundings Small-Group Tour

6. Bucharest Surroundings Small-Group Tour

At 08:00, you will start your journey towards the exciting surroundings of Bucharest city. Start your journey with the fascinating Mogoșoaia Palace, placed outside the city in a beautiful location. The palace is the best example of Brâncoveanu architecture, a style widely spread around the Wallachia region. The palace was built by the ruler Constantin Brancoveanu in 1702. After the execution of Constantin Brancoveanu in Constantinople in 1714, the palace continues to be owned by the family with renovations starting in 1912. In the present, the palace hosts the Museum of Brancoveanu Art and is an important tourist attraction. Then, move on towards one of the most famous sights in Romania and the place where Dracula is supposed to be buried - Sangov Monastery. The monastery is located on an island in the northern part of Snagov Lake. The monastery was built by Mircea the Elder (the grandfather of the famous Dracula), who also made  the first documentary attestation of this church in 1408. During its history, the monastery was rebuilt by Vlad the Impaler and some other rulers of Wallachia. It has been one of the strongest fortified churches and maybe the richest in Wallachia for a long time during the medieval period. After enjoying this great tour, it will be time to head back towards the capital city. The tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel in Bucharest.

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What people are saying about Wallachia

Valeria our tour guide was very friendly and explained to us in detail and in a fun and entertaining way the whole history of Peles Castle and Romania, also answered all the questions we had. Guide highly recommended.

Valeria, very kind gentle and prepaired took us in a fairy tale Made of history and kings. A great experience in a wonderful place.

Everything went smoothly. The tour was very interesting with a lot of background knowledge and overall very recommendable!

Valery was amazingly friendly and so knowledgeable! I would book a tour with her anytime!

Very pleasant and friendly guide. Knows his history.