Bucharest Day Trip To Discover Dracula's Life Journey

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 14 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Flexible
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pickup possible from centrally located hotels, hostels, or apartments in Bucharest
    Airports
    Otopeni Intl Airport, Bucharest Romania
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Enjoy a full-day tour passing through different stages of Vlad the Impaler's life (also known as Dracula). Start early in the morning departing Bucharest. Reach Targoviste, where Vlad the Impaler Dracula had his princely court. From here you will go to the gateway of the Carpathians and walk up 1480 steps in order to reach the ruins of the Poienari Fortress, the real Dracula's castle from 1453, located high up on a cliff. Next, you will drive over the mountains to reach Bran Castle, the famous 14th century stronghold made famous by Bram Stoker in the novel Dracula. On the way back to Bucharest stop at the famous Snagov Monastery where Dracula is believed to be buried. Enjoy an exclusive lecture on Dracula & Vlad the Impaler, and learn facts and fiction about this iconic legend.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Skip the line
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Know More about this tour

You will spend the whole day searching for clues about Dracula's life (in the 15th century he was known as Vlad the Impaler). He was the ruler of the Wallachia region. His seat of power was in Targoviste. This is the first stop of the day where you will visit the ruins of his court and the tower of Dracula. Afterwards, you will head to Curtea de Arges and visit one of the most beautiful churches in Romania. It is here where the first two royal couples of Romania are buried.
From here you will journey to the gateway of the Carpathians, to the ruins of Poienari Castle and learn more about the myth of Dracula. You will drive through the mountains to reach Dracula's Castle in Bran, the notorious dark and mysterious place. The last stop of the day will be at the Snagov Monastery, where it is believed to be the final resting place of Vlad. On this full day trip enjoy an exclusive lecture on Dracula and Vlad the Impaler and decide between fact and fiction while passing through different stages of his life making it the most complete Dracula Day Trip in Romania.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Professional guide

Bottled water

Guaranteed to skip the long lines

Free wi-fi included in all our vehicles

Transport by private vehicle

Entry/Admission - Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

Entry/Admission - Snagov Monastery

Entry/Admission - Poienari Castle

Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusions

Lunch

Photo fees

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Infant seats available

Not wheelchair accessible

Wear comfortable shoes for the walking portion of the tour

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 16-Oct-2019

    Before you partake of this tour, be sure to google it and see just how much land you will be covering. Also understand, that for the most part, these are ruins, and though historical; being there is probably way cooler than the brick walls themselves. The tour started off perfect with Adrian showing up ahead of schedule, had an itinerary and was ready to rock! We headed to Targoviste which was Vlad's capital back in his day. We arrived early, enjoy a walk through town and had good conversations (we had good conversations the entire trip!) We walked through the fortress and visited Vlad's tower. Pretty cool, it has been restored and had a wonderful view. We went through some of the ruins and the church there. After Chindia, we went to a military base where Nicolae Ceausescu was taken, tried and executed along with his wife. Nice set up left as if they were just there. Next we traveled to Poeinari; Dracula's fortress! The tour company had reached out stating the fortress was closed; but since it too was a ruin; I didn't need to gain access to enjoy the moment. Upon arriving the 1500 stairs leading to the fortress was closed due to bears...And had been for 6 months. This would have been a nice to know, but upon reflection, seeing what I would have had to climb up just to stare at the walls, Yogi and Booboo may have saved me some pain! Next we were off to Bran Castle. Adrian explained that we have two options; one was to go back the way we came which would have saved time and would have gotten us there on time to access the castle, but he stated that the inside was pretty bare and not a lot to see. Being as Bran wasn't "Dracula's castle" and wasn't high on my list to see; I took his second option of traveling through the Transylvanian mountains. The views were spectacular and Adrian was an excellent driver that allowed me to enjoy the trip versus being terrified of all the hairpin turns and twists on this mountain road. Saw some beautiful landscapes and a waterfall. Simply amazing and I had no clue about them. Arrived at Bran right at the closing time; Adrian worked it out so we could gain access and take some photos. Got some pix, grabbed a bite and off we were to our final stop of Snagov.……..It was a Sunday and be aware that to get to these places and back are not highways, but back roads and traffic jams. Most people would have been bummed, but sitting in the Carpathian mountains under a full moon was just pretty cool!

  • 27-Nov-2017

    Our guide was amazing. Theadore was passionate and incredibly knowledgable about the history of the country and he was so very kind. I highly recommend him for any tour around Romania.

  • 07-Nov-2017

    Be prepared to spend a lot of time in the car to squeeze everything in, but you won't be disappointed. Even though our guide had a cold he was excellent and professional all day. He made sure we got into Bran Castle before they closed by calling ahead to let them know we were coming/beg that they let us get tickets a bit after sales ended for the day. Because some sites had already switched to winter hours in late October, we didn't make it to our final stop at Snagov, but instead got a look at some other sites based on our requests local cemeteries, farm animals, panoramic mountain views. AND he didn't flinch when we asked him to take our photo with our vampire teeth in-ha! A great day overall, even if it was long and tiring. A must for fans of Vlad the Impaler!

  • 27-Sep-2017

    Quite an expensive trip but now understand why, there is a great deal of travelling on this one. the problem is that as it's such a long day when we got to Targoviste the Royal court wasn't open, we just looked at it from the road, could only see the top of the tower, pointless really. Then the apparent visit to the church in curte de arges I think it was called was just a drive by, it clearly says 'visit the church'.
    The driver was absolutely fine and knowledgeable and even took us on the transfargarsan road for an extra fee.
    We feel that for the really high cost it should have been planned better to allow us the full tour, instead we missed out on two key parts of the tour and paid extra to make it better.

  • 16-Aug-2017

    A fantastic and very packed day. Our guide Teo was knowledgeable and did his very best to accomodate our every need.
    Since we visited Bran the day before, we had some extra time so Teo took us to Vidraru dam and to Transfagarasan road - fantastic. A climb up tp Poienari fortress takes a bit of effort, but even elderly and our of shape can do it in 45 minutes max. A visit to the monestery on the lake rounded the tour off it was raining and the thunders gave it an extra appeal:. I highly recommend this tour and this guide.

  • 20-Jun-2017

    Our day with Theo was fantastic! He is an excellent driver with lots of knowledge about the history of Romania. He also appreciated the importance of Vlad/Dracula folklore. The best part of the tour was being first to enter Bran Castle - we got to see it before the crowds and have fantastic photos without others in them. Theo was great with our camera. We were also the only people at Vlad's grave in Snagov - a bit spooky, but well worth it. We were able to spend time in Brasov for a morning coffee. Taking a private tour like this is great because you can customize the itinerary with your guide.

  • 23-Aug-2016

    We spent a long day following Vlad the Imapler. Our tour guide, Vlad (ironic) was incredible. He taught us so much about Romanian history. The sights were amazing but the real highlight was climbing the 1400 odd stairs to Poenari in the pouring rain and thunderstorm. This tour is long but awesome!