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Mogosoaia Palace, Snagov & Caldarusani Monasteries Tour

1. 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.

Bucharest: Snagov, Ceaușescu Mansion, & Village Museum Tour

2. Bucharest: Snagov, Ceaușescu Mansion, & Village Museum Tour

Village Museum: In this Bucharest city tour, you will visit The National Village Museum – in one place, you will see an embodiment of Romanian traditions and you will learn what it meant for Romanian villagers to have built an ecological and sustainable environment in their backyard. You will also get a glimpse of their simple and modest lifestyle, in social and spiritual harmony with their surroundings. Book a guide in Bucharest and you will enter the universe of the traditional Romanian houses, large or small, made of wood and adobe, but also stone and other materials, from all areas of the country. You will also see national symbols such as the mill or the wooden church and you will learn how these treasures of spirituality and civilization have kept us united for thousands of years, without needing to invade other nations. Ceausescu Mansion: The “Ceauşescu Mansion” was for a quarter of a century (1965-1989) the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu and of their children, Nicu, Zoia, and Valentin. Built in the mid-1960s and known at the time as the “Spring Palace”, the mansion was enlarged between 1970 and 1972. The preferred choice for the design of the Ceauşescu family’s residence was Aron Grimberg-Solari (born 1928). The architecture of the palace is complemented by landscaping conceived by the architect Robert Woll (who was also the main furniture designer for the house) and the landscape engineer Teodosiu. Victory Avenue: On Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) – with your private guide you will be fascinated by the contradictions of history: on one side, you have the Royal Palace and on the other, the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and the Revolution Square, where Ceausescu fled the country by helicopter. You will see old orthodox churches, enveloped in an aura of mystery, a music store, where you can find a large selection of music, as well as casinos, bohemian restaurants, museums, theatres, tea shops, retail stores, and gift shops, where you can purchase souvenirs, and even the National History Museum and the Romanian Athenaeum, another Romanian architectural landmark, the CEC Palace and many others. Revolution Square: In this private tour you can be transported back in time to the moment where the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted, leaving behind the secrets of a great fortune and controversies about the state security service and his offshore accounts. As we mentioned earlier, when we reach the Senate Palace, you will see the building which used to house the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and the place where the Revolution of December 1989 started – a major historical event whereby, through human force and sacrifice, Ceausescu was removed from power. Snagov Monastery: This is a surprise! It's 40 min outside Bucharest, on an Island and it's the place where is the tomb of Dracula!

Bucharest Surroundings Small-Group Tour

3. 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.

Bucharest: Private Historical Tour with Dracula's Grave

4. Bucharest: Private Historical Tour with Dracula's Grave

Why miss out on any of Bucharest's major attractions when you can see them all on this full-day tour? And to cap it all off, visit the monastery on the green island in Snagov Lake, where the tomb of Dracula/Vlad Tepes is located. Benefit from a customizable itinerary and private guide. 40 minutes outside of Bucharest on a verdant island is the final resting place of the legendary Dracula. Head there and explore the site while you hear about the history. Visit the National Village Museum and learn what it meant for Romanian villagers to have built a sustainable environment in their backyards. See the iconic Arch of Triumph. At the Palace of Parliament or People’s House, learn about the implications and consequences of the communist regime in Romania. Here you will have the chance to see the second-largest administrative building on the planet, after the Pentagon. Peruse the Romanian Athenaeum. On Victory Avenue, prepare to be amazed by the historical contradictions: on one side, the Royal Palace, and on the other, the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and the Revolution Square, where Ceausescu fled the country by helicopter. See old Orthodox churches, enveloped in an aura of mystery, a music store, as well as casinos, bohemian restaurants, museums, theaters, tea shops, gift shops — where you can purchase some memorabilia —, and much more along the way. Go back in time at Revolution Square to the moment where the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted, leaving behind a great fortune and a suite of controversies. Your guide will shed some light on this important moment in history. Patriarchate Hill is a small hill in Bucharest and an important historic, cultural, architectural, religious, and touristic location. Visit Ceauşescu Mansion, once the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu and their children. End the tour with hotel drop-off.

From Bucharest: Dracula Full-Day Private Tour

5. 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: 4-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

6. From Bucharest: 4-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

An adventure of a lifetime, for this 4-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: 4 days Day 1 : 1. Snagov Monastery (the Tomb of Dracula) 2. Peles Castle 3. Sinaia Monastery 4. Overnight in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2 : 1. Brasov City Tour 2. Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) 3. Rupea Fortress 4. Overnight in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3 : 1. Sighisoara City Tour 2. Biertan Fortified Church 3. Alba Iulia City Tour 4. Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 4 : 1. Sibiu City Tour 2. Transfagarasan Road (July-October) or Calimanesti Natural Springs 3. Poienari Fortress 4.Bucharest Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included

From Bucharest: 5-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

7. 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: Romania 3-Day Private Guided Tour

8. From Bucharest: Romania 3-Day Private Guided Tour

An adventure of a lifetime, for this 3-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: 3 days Day 1 : 1. Snagov Monastery (the Tomb of Dracula) 2. Peles Castle 3. Sinaia Monastery 4. Overnight in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2 : 1. Brasov City Tour 2. Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) 3. Rupea Fortress 4. Overnight in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3 : 1. Sighisoara City Tour 2. Sibiu City Tour 3. Calimanesti Natural Springs and Cozia Monastery 4. Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included

Bucharest: Private History of Communism Van Tour

9. Bucharest: Private History of Communism Van Tour

Dive into Bucharest's past on a private guided van tour of the city's Communist era. See its famous Communist sights and grand architecture as you sit back in the comfort of your own car or minivan. Marvel at other, non-Communist sights, enjoying what Bucharest looks like today. Enjoy a relaxed pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Bucharest and set off on your full-day historical journey. Listen to your driver/guide recount stories of the city's Communist past as you make your way to its sights. On your tour, make your way to Victory Avenue, one of Bucharest's oldest and most famous streets. See Revolution Square, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Palace of the Parliament, and more. Taking a step away from Communism, feel spooked visiting the grave of Dracula at the Snagov Monastery. Or enjoy the regal architecture of the House of Ceauşescu, the former 80-room home of President Ceauşescu. Best of all, speak with your guide and decide your itinerary along the way.

From Bucharest: 13 Days Private Guided Tour of Romania

10. From Bucharest: 13 Days Private Guided Tour of Romania

An adventure of a lifetime! For this 13-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 – on a Private Tour of 13 days in Romania with a local guide. Join us! Total Duration: 13 days Day 1: Bucharest City Tour 8 hours - Overnight in Bucharest Itinerary steps: 5 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2: 1. Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Poienari Castle 3. Transfagarasan Highway - Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3: 1. Corvin Castle 2. Densus Church 3. Sarmisegetusa Regia - Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 4: 1. Biertan Fortified Church 2. Turda Gorge Hiking 3. Alba Iulia City Tour - Overnight in Alba Iulia Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: A day for yourself - Barbeque and Romanian Folk Show included Itinerary steps: 1 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 8: 1. Barsana Monastery 2. Borgo Pass Road 3. Ciocanesti village - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 9: 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 10: 1. Lucia Condrea - egg painted museum 2. Nicolae Popa Museum 3. Bicaz Gorges - Overnight Stay in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 11: 1. Sighisoara City Tour 2. Viscri Village 3. Rupea Fortress - Overnight stay in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 12: 1. Brasov City Tour (Black Church) 2. Bran Castle / Dracula's Castle 3. Peles Castle - Overnight stay in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 13: 1. Prejmer Fortified Church 2. Muddy Volcanoes 3. Snagov Monastery - Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included

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4.8 / 5

based on 26 reviews

The tour was great. We were only the guide and us, so it was like a private tour. We had to make a change in the route, because one of the monasteries was closed, but the visit was great. Horia, the guide, was very attentive at all times and told us a lot about the history of the places to visit and the country in general. A great experience.

This tour is a good way to spend half a day on. Snagov Church and the Palace are really beautiful. The monastery is fairly interesting. The church is also very nice. Boogie was our tour guide and he was fun and lively and tried very hard to make us feel comfortable

Better impossible the majisimo guide I recommend it to everyone it is very worth both the tour and the

our guide was Serban Riga, super nice and kind! He brought us the sun on a rainy morning

Guide was vey good and he informed us everything in details