Day 1: Bucharest – Bucharest tour – Snagov – Bucharest. Discovering the truth about Vlad Tepes begins with a tour of Bucharest, as the city was certified for the first time during his reign, in 1459, in a document issued by the lord. We will have lunch in one of the oldest restaurants in Bucharest that has a history of more than 100 years. It is one of the few places in Bucharest where time seems to stand still, while its architecture reminds the visitors why the city used to be called the “Little Paris”. After lunch, we will visit Snagov Monastery, tightly related to the legend of Vlad Tepes.
This is where it is said that the headless body of the lord was buried, at the entrance of the church, due to the ruler’s sins. Built in the second half of the 14th century, the monastery had a tumultuous history, being destroyed and rebuilt many times. Afterwards, we will serve dinner in Bucharest in another restaurant that serves traditional dishes and witness a show performed by traditional dancers and singers.
Day 2: Bucharest – Targoviste – Campulung Muscel – Rucar Bran Lane - Bran Castle. Our trip continues towards another place filled with history: Targoviste, the old capital of Vallachia for almost 300 years. Here, Vlad Tepes transformed the old 14th century citadel in a princely court. You will find several legends related to this famous ruler and the methods he used to torture his enemies. Further on, we will follow the historic trail of Vallachia’s beginnings as a state, by visiting Campulung Muscel. Also, we will visit Negru Voda Monastery, one of the oldest religious monuments, dating from the 13th century.
From here, we will head towards the most important commercial road that used to link Vallachia and Transylvania, by crossing the mountains through the Rucar - Bran lane. We will reach Bran, the famous castle, where two characters meet: the fictive character of Dracula and Vlad Tepes, the ruler of Vallachia. After the visit we will have dinner with traditional dishes in a restaurant near the castle. The accommodation will be made in a guest house nearby the castle.
Day 3: Bran – Rasnov – Brasov – Crit. Further on, we will cross the Rucar - Bran Lane that connects Vallachia and Transylvania. The lord’s destiny is tightly linked to these two provinces. Once arrived in Bran, we have also entered Transylvania, an important historical region of our country, with numerous cultural and historic sides, as well as unchanged traditions. Our first stop will be at Rasnov Citadel, a place filled with legends. Built by the German colonists on a hill that overlooks Barsei Region, the citadel still keeps the traces of the Turkish hordes that besieged it.
Further on, we will visit Brasov, one of the most important cities, constructed by the Saxons in the 13th century, where it is generally known that Vlad has impaled a great number of landowners and tradesmen. After this visit we will go in a village near Sighisoara where we will feel the quiet village life. Our hosts will lead us in a horse cart through the hayfield to see a family that makes charcoal at the edge of a forest. This is a rare crafts that is still kept in this region. After this walk, we will have dinner with traditional dishes prepared by our host.
Day 4: Sighisoara – Biertan – Medias – Sibiu. The road will take us then to Sighisoara, the town where Vlad Tepes was born. Sighisoara is a medieval citadel of rare beauty, listed on the UNESCO heritage list. We will discover its history, while strolling on the narrow streets and see the house where the Vlad Tepes Lord was born. We will discover some of the numerous fortified churches, built by the German Saxons that settled in this part of the country starting with the 12th century (Copsa Mare, Biertan, Medias, Axente Sever). This region was conquered by Vlad Tepes, in order to get revenge. Our last stop is Sibiu, a city as important as Brasov, going as far as the history of German colonization in the 12th and 13th centuries has gone.
After checking-in, we will head towards the imposing churches, towers and fortified walls of the 2007 European Capital. We cannot miss the Bridge of Lies, the first bridge in Romania made out of raw iron, or the Evangelic Church, one of the most imposing buildings of the city, built in the 14th century. This is where the son of Vlad Tepes is buried, as he was killed on the steps of the church. We will cross the Stairs Passage, where we can relax in the “Golden Barrel” Restaurant - the oldest restaurant in Romania that still runs in the same location.
Day 5: Summer option - Sibiu – Transfagarasan – Poienari Citadel– Curtea de Arges. Winter option - Sibiu – Cozia – Ramnicu Valcea – Curtea de Arges – Poienari – Bucharest. Depending on the season, there are two ways of returning to Bucharest. We can either cross the Fagaras Mountains on the Transfagarasan Road, but only from July to September, or choose the trail that takes us through the Olt Valley, all year long. In the first case, we can admire spectacular mountains, the Vidraru Lake - the second in Romania as far as its dimension is concerned.
At the end of the road, we will be welcomed by the Poienari Citadel, one of the most impressive citadels in Romania, a genuine eagle nest, situated at a height of more the 1200 m above the valley. The legend says that the citadel was built by the treacherous landowners of Targoviste, many of them dying during the process, while the ones that survived, were forgiven by the lord.
Day 6: Bucharest - Departure to the airport.
- Bucharest city center
- Snagov Monastery
- Targoviste – the Princely Court (the 15th century)
- Campulung Muscel – Negru Voda Monastery
- Rucar - Bran Lane
- Bran Castle (the 14th century)
- Rasnov Citadel (the 14th century)
- Brasov (the 13th century)
- The Saxon Citadels.
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