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From Bucharest: Peles, Bran Castle & Old Town Brasov Tour

1. From Bucharest: Peles, Bran Castle & Old Town Brasov Tour

Discover some of Romania's most famous castles on a guided tour from Bucharest. See Peles Castle and Bran Castle, and take some free time to stroll through the Old Town of Brasov. Following pickup from Bucharest by bus, leave the city for Sinaia. Visit Peles Castle, the former residence of the kings of Romania. Here, admire furniture, ornamental objects, carpets, tapestries, sculptures, paintings and collections of weapons from the 15th to 19th centuries. Continue to Bran with its famous Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. Learn about the castle's history and how it had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Enjoy free time in Brasov and admire the town's houses built in the Renaissance, Baroque, Provincial and neo-Classic style. Explore the medieval fortress of Brasov, formerly one of Europe's most secure fortresses. See the preserved old wall, the Black and White Towers and the Weaver's Bastion. Also, learn about Catherine's Gate, situated near the Schei Gate in the western part of the fortress and its 4 little towers symbolizing the medieval right of life and death over the vassal's lives. Later, return to Bucharest with drop-off at your accommodation.

From Bucharest: Peles and Dracula's Castle Full Day Trip

2. From Bucharest: Peles and Dracula's Castle Full Day Trip

Travel with your guide in the morning from Bucharest to the countryside. See famous architecture, including Dracula's Castle, and ancient architecture in Brasov before returning to your accommodation. Leave the city with your guide on the route to Sinaia. Visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania. Admire a museum of furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, and a weaponry collections from the 15th up to the 19th century. Continue the journey to Bran, famous for Bran Castle, also called Dracula's Castle, known for its significance in local and history, and literature.

Sinaia: Peleș Castle Tour with An Expert Guide

3. 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.

3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

4. 3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

Explore some of the most important sites in the legendary Transylvania region of Romania on a 3-day package tour from Bucharest. With bed and breakfast accommodation in a 3-star hotel, you will explore the city of Sibiu, once ranked by Forbes Magazine as “Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live.” Visit medieval castles and monasteries, and explore the fable of Count Dracula. Day 1: Depart from Bucharest and visit the Moorish Monastery of Curtea de Argeș, built by the ruler of Wallachia, Prince Neagoe Basarab, in 1514. Continue to the small Cozia Monastery to discover one of the most important monuments of national medieval art in Romania. After a break for lunch in a traditional Romanian restaurant, drive through the stunning Translyvanian landscape to Sibiu, historic capital of the Principality of Transylvania. The former German medieval citadel, with documentation dating back to 1191, is one of the most beautiful towns in Romania, with many historic buildings that you will explore on a walking tour of the Old Town. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Romanian dinner, with overnight accommodation in Sibiu town center. Day 2: After breakfast, depart Sibiu for the Biertan commune, where you will tour one of the most important Saxon villages of fortified churches in Transylvania, including the largest fortified church in Transylvania, built between 1490 and 1524. Continue to the medieval citadel of Sighișoara, which dates back to 1280 and is home to the only medieval citadel in Europe still populated. During a walking tour, visit the city’s landmark Clock Tower for panoramic views across the ancient houses. After lunch, head to Brasov, surrounded by the Southern Carpathians. The first documented evidence of the medieval citadel dates back to 1235. Birthplace of the Romanian national anthem – and briefly renamed “Stalin City” during the Communist era – Brasov boasts beautiful Gothic churches, medieval buildings, and the narrowest street in Romania, which you will explore on a guided walking tour. Day 3: Following an overnight stay in Brasov, start your day at the city’s Black Church, built in 1383, and the most important tourist site in Brasov. Then, drive to the legendary Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), perched on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Marked as the home of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, explore the castle grounds and museum, before a traditional lunch. Continue your tour at Sinaia, a lovely mountain resort in the Prahova River valley, and visit Peleș Castle, built by the first king of Romania, Carol I. Tour the exquisite Neo-Renaissance building, built between 1875 and 1914, and end your tour of Transylvania’s architectural delights at Sinaia Monastery, founded by Prince Mihail Cantacuzino in the 17th century upon his return from a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. After exploring the Old Church and the 19th century Great Church, drive back to Bucharest for the end of your tour.

Bucharest: 4.5-Hour Thermal Spa Admission with Transfers

5. Bucharest: 4.5-Hour Thermal Spa Admission with Transfers

Indulge in a relaxing, hassle-free day at the spa during your trip to Bucharest. Enjoy a convenient hotel pickup and transfer to the Therme Spa Bucharest, located in the north of the city. This is the biggest indoor wellness center in Europe and is definitely a must-visit attraction during your stay.  Upon your arrival, benefit from your skip-the-line admission ticket. This pass will give you access to all the 3 areas of the Spa: Galaxy, the Palm, and Elysium. The spa complex boasts 10 thermally heated pools, 11 saunas, 16 water slides, and the biggest botanical garden in Romania. After this, book a massage session and take advantage of the curative infra-red effects while relaxing on the bed. Or, simply savor a cocktail at the pool bar. After you have replenished your energy, the driver will transfer you back to your hotel where you tour will end. Drop-off at Baneasa Shopping Mall or Otopeni Airport can be arranged upon request.

Mogosoaia Palace, Snagov & Caldarusani Monasteries Tour

6. Mogosoaia Palace, Snagov & Caldarusani Monasteries Tour

Your first stop on this tour, the Snagov 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. Snagov Monastery is one of the most popular tourist destinations - especially for foreign tourists coming to Bucharest - as they can see the place where the cruel voievod, known as Dracula, is  supposedly buried. The Caldarusani Monastery is located also on the shore of a lake surrounded by a beautiful forest. It was built in the XVIIth century by Matei Basarab and it represents one of the largest and oldest Orthodox Monasteries in Wallachia historical region. The church shelters an impressive collection of religious artifacts and books. The icons are very beautiful, six of them being painted by the most important Romanian painter, Nicolae Grigorescu. Next you will, travel to Mogosoaia and admire the beautiful scenery of the forest and the countryside on the way. After about 45 minutes of driving from Caldarusani Monastery, you will reach Mogosoaia Palace, a monumental building with a unique architecture called Brancovenesc style, which is a Romanian Renaissance architectural style consisting of a mixture of Venetian and Ottoman elements. The Palace was built by the ruler Constantin Brancoveanu in 1702 for his elder son. After more than 200 years, renovations began in 1912 by Martha Bibescu and it became a meeting place for the members of high level society. At the end of the Second World War, after 1945, the palace was nationalized by the Communist Party. Now, the palace hosts the Museum of Brancoveanu Art and is an important tourist attraction. After the visit to Mogosoaia Palace you will head to back to Bucharest to be dropped off at your hotel.

From Sibiu: Day Tour to Sighisoara

7. From Sibiu: Day Tour to Sighisoara

Visit Sighisoara, founded by Transylvanian Saxons during the 12th century. Depart from Sibiu in the morning and set off for Sighisoara, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches which could rival the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna. It is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462 and the figure who inspired Bram Stoker's fictional creation, Count Dracula.  On your way back to Sibiu, you will cross Biertan village, one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania. Learn about this fascinating region from a specialized English-speaking guide. Visit the fortified church in Biertan, with its beautiful and mysterious atmosphere. Hear about its history as a seat of the Lutheran Evangelical Bishop in Transylvania between 1572 and 1867. After an exciting day of discovery, sit back and relax as your are transferred back to Sibiu. 

From Bucharest: Vlad the Impaler Royal Court Private Tour

8. 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.

Bucharest: Half-Day Tour to Snagov & Mogosoaia

9. 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.

Escape from Bucharest: Mogosoia Palace, Snagov & Therme Spa

10. Escape from Bucharest: Mogosoia Palace, Snagov & Therme Spa

Enjoy the beautiful landscape around Bucharest as you drive out of the center and leave the city behind. Visit Mogosoia Palace, built in 1702 by Constantin Brancoveanu, the prince of Wallachia. Nowadays, it hosts the Museum of the Aulic Tradition with its collection of medieval and contemporary art, the British Park, St. George’s Church, the former palace kitchen and the former d’Elchingen Villa. Afterwards, continue you trip with a visit to the Snagov monastery, a place made famous by the legend of Dracula. This monastery dates back to 1408 and it is believed that Vlad Ţepeş, also known as Vlad the Impaler and a brutal ruler of Wallachia in the 15th century, is buried here. Curious about the man who inspired Bram Stocker to write his famous novel, Dracula? Come see the reality behind the lore. Afterwards, relax in the biggest covered thermal park in Europe, the Therme București. It is not only a thermal water park, but also hosts the biggest botanical garden in Romania. Enjoy some quality time here and let your soul unwind in one of the 9 pools, 6 saunas, 4 wet saunas, or 16 water slides, before being brought back to your hotel in the evening.

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What people are saying about Wallachia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,979 reviews

I was reading so many things about Serban that I really wanted to have him as my guide... and I did! Honestly? I wanted to give this experience 5 stars from the moment he spoke to me. He was wonderful throughout! His sense of humour and his energetic personality made this one of the best parts of my trip in Romania. Definitely recommend this tour, you won't regret it! Some things were of course unavoidable, like traffic in the roads and big crowds at the places we visited, but these kinds of things can happen even if you make the trip on your own. It was still enjoyable, since Serban didn't allow for anyone to get bored since he was cracking up jokes all the time. My only advice: DO NOT BE LATE for pick-up, because they don't wait, and rightfully so, since there are deadlines that must be met. Yes, they contact you and give you a chance to come, but they can only do so much since there are other people who were on time, waiting to begin their excursion.

Great your. Serban was an enthusiastic guide who has the clients best interest in mind. The tour with him was fun, educational, and well executed. Thank you Serban and our excellent drive. Highly recommend it.

Very good tour, the guide was knowledgeable and very good at time management. Having the skip-the-line included was really handy, especially for Bran castle. I recommend!

The tour guide Riga was well versed and then driver Dio was excellent. The van was in good condition and clean.

Amazing tour with an excellent guide! Had a really good time and I would definitely suggest this tour.