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From Bucharest: Transfagarasan Private Day Trip with a Guide

1. From Bucharest: Transfagarasan Private Day Trip with a Guide

This is a relaxing tour from Bucharest to the Argeș area. We pick you up in the morning and drive one and a half hours to the former capital of Wallachia, city of Curtea de Argeș. Here we stop for lunch and visit the Monastery which is one of the most beautiful architectural monument în România. Then we go to the real castle of Dracula - Vlad the Impaler, Poienari Fortress which stand high at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Our professional guide will tell you why prince Vlad the Impaler is associated with the fictional character Dracula. . Our next piece of road is also our destination. The Transfagarasan road, build by Ceausescu, with the help of the army is breathtaking and takes us all the way up to the summit of the mountain where we discover the astonishing glacial lake of Balea. From here we start our long but beautiful drive back home.

Bucharest & Surroundings: Half Day Tour

2. Bucharest & Surroundings: Half Day Tour

Start your day in the morning and discover together with your professional guide the wonders of Bucharest, also called The Little Paris of the East. This panoramic city tour includes stops and history lessons at three very important sites: Revolution Square, Constitution Square and equally impressive Military Academy. Discover the history of the Romanians from the time of the Roman Empire, Middle Ages and Vlad the Impaler and walk your way through Monarchy and the dark Communist times of recent history. Drive by sites like: Romanian Arch of Triumph, House of Free Press, Kiseleff Avenue with beautiful French style villas, Embassy Row, Romanian Peasant's Museum, Victory Square, Officer's Club, Cismigiu Garden, Medical School, Opera Square, Fountains Avenue and Military Academy. Next you see the open air Village Museum which will provide you with a unique experience and will give you a glimpse in the life of the Romanian peasants from more than 100 years ago. This museum is particularly impressive because all the houses were taken from their original locations and rebuilt here in Bucharest almost one century ago. In the afternoon you leave crowded Bucharest behind and visit Mogosoaia Palace. Imagine that one of the wealthiest families in Romania managed to spend almost all their fortune in order to restore this wonderful place. Take a trip back in time to a more elendant era and find all the secrets of this place together with your guide. From here you are driving north from the city in order to see a place surrounded in myth and history. The Snagov Monastery is the supposed burial place of a famous Romanian ruler: Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula. The monastery is on a small island in the middle of a beautiful lake.

Private Half Day Trip to Snagov Monastery & Mogosoaia

3. Private Half Day Trip to Snagov Monastery & Mogosoaia

Make your escape for a half day from the busy streets of Bucharest. Unknown even to some people born and raised here there are some hidden gems just a few miles outside city limits. Leaving Bucharest you travel to the Palace of Mogosoaia. A retreat made for the rulers of the Romanians, in a pure Romanian style called Brancovenesc. It is a quiet and majestic place where you will feel like going back in time.  Next you 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 great views over the surrounding area.

Bucharest 3–Hour Private City Tour

4. Bucharest 3–Hour Private City Tour

Experience the perfect way to see Bucharest. Relax and enjoy this 3-hour private tour around Romania's capital in a comfortable van for 8 passengers, with a friendly English-speaking guide. Stop at all the interesting attractions along the way, including some famous sites like the House of the People - the second largest Parliament buildings in the world, the Arch of Triumph - a symbol from Romania's glory during the interwar period, or the National Theater of Bucharest. However, you will also see some hidden jewels like Assan's Mill with interesting stories and facts. 

Bucharest: Libearty Sanctuary and Dracula's Castle Day Trip

5. Bucharest: Libearty Sanctuary and Dracula's Castle Day Trip

The first attraction will be the Libearty Bear Sanctuary, a territory spanning across 69 hectares of coniferous forests where you will safely observe more than 90 rescued brown bears in their natural habitat. Since all bears have been rescued from poor conditions and here they can live freely in their natural environment, the sanctuary has been recognized as the most ethical one in the world. The trip will continue with a one-hour drive through the Carpathian Mountains after which you will arrive at Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. This historical monument was originally a fortress built between 1211 – 1225 by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. It distinguishes itself by the imposing towers and turrets and the mystery wave that shrouds people when they cross its threshold. Also, the castle was marketed to be the home of the main character from Bram Stocker’s novel “Dracula”.

From Bucharest: Muddy Volcanoes and Salt Mine Private Tour

6. From Bucharest: Muddy Volcanoes and Salt Mine Private Tour

Embark on a private and guided tour from Bucharest to the Slanic Prahova Salt Mines and the Berca Muddy Volcanoes. Marvel at the beautiful natural and man-made structures and learn its history. Feel like you're in another world at the Muddly volcanoes, and visit the biggest planetarium in Romania. Get picked up at your accommodation in Bucharest and enjoy a tour just for your group. Arrive at Slanic Prahova, the largest salt mine in all of Europe. Explore the mine's various and immense caverns, including the biggest planetarium in Romania. Look up at the dome, with a 16-meter diameter. Afterward, head to the geological and botanical reservation of the Berca Muddy Volcanoes, located in Buzau County. Marvel at the small volcano-shaped structures caused by the eruption of mud and natural gas. Feel like you're on another planet as you walk among the unusual geological landscape.

From Bucharest: Dracula Full-Day Private Tour

7. 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.

Mogosoaia Palace, Snagov & Caldarusani Monasteries Tour

8. 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 Bucharest: Bear Sanctuary & Dracula's Castle Day Trip

9. From Bucharest: Bear Sanctuary & Dracula's Castle Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Bucharest and spend the day exploring Transylvania during this full-day tour. Stop at Bear Sanctuary to meet and greet the brown bears, and then head to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula Castle, to learn about the history and legends of the area before driving past the Carpathian Mountains back to Bucharest. You will leave Bucharest to explore Libearty Bear Sanctuary, where more than 69 hectares of forest with rivers and ponds are now the home of almost 90 brown bears. Most of the bears in the Sanctuary were rescued from the most miserable and small cages, where they were used as a form of entertainment for tourist attractions. Since 2008, this wild place has been visited, and you will see bears climbing trees, playing in the water pools, or just lazing in the meadows. You will continue the day, and in about one hour of driving through the Carpathian Mountains, you will arrive at Bran Castle. Also called Dracula's Castle, it was originally built as a fortress and is surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend. It owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker's Dracula. Along the way, the Castle had a strategic mission as the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Narrow, winding stairways lead through some 60 timber rooms, many connected by underground passages, which house collections of furniture, weapons, and armor dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries. In the evening, you will be back in Bucharest.

Bucharest City Tour with Village Museum

10. Bucharest City Tour with Village Museum

Start your day and discover together with your professional guide the wonders of Bucharest, also called The Little Paris of the East. Your panoramic city tour includes stops and history lessons at very important sites and places only locals know. See the Revolution Square - where you will enjoy a unique lecture about the communist system of Romania before 1989 and find out how the change to democracy was done when Romania had the bloodiest revolution in Europe during that period. Proceed to the Constitution Square where the Romania's Parliament is located, also known as House of the People, second largest building in the world and learn more about the project that changed the face of our capital in the 1980's. Take a visit to the place where religion comes to life in Bucharest - The Patriarchal Palace & Church dating back to the 17th Century. Complete your visit of Romania's Capital with taking a tour in one of the most impressive open air ethnographic museums in the world where you can have an encounter with an authentic Romanian village rich in monuments and artifacts from the 17th to the 20th Century. 

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A wonderful experience. Our tour guide George told with an amazing enthusiasm and passion about the deeply scared but colourful and rich history of Romania. He took the time to show us some extra things that we requested and was a very good driver. Overall, a must do to get a feel of the real Romania!

Mihai was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. He was very considerate and kind. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Nicholas was very knowledgeable about history. And friendly and funny.

Guide was vey good and he informed us everything in details

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