The true castles of Vlad the Impaler: Targoviste & Poienari Castle
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One of the most popular sights from Romania is Poenari Castle. We invite you in a day tour from Bucharest to Poenari, the true Castle of the famous Vlad the Impaler. Built on the top of a cliff the castle had a great strategic position and nowdays offer a great view over the Arges Valley.
In the morning meet with our guide at your hotel or other location from Bucharest – capital of Romania. Leave the Bucharest on west and will visit first the Royal Court in Targoviste.
In 1436, Vlad Dracul, the father of Vlad Dracula Tepes (the Impaler), became ruler of Wallachia and moved to the Royal Court in Targoviste. Due to political reasons, Vlad Dracula Tepes and his brother Radu had to go to the Court of Sultan Murad the 2nd, as hostages. Vlad Dracula Tepes was released when his father died and ruled Wallachia in 1448 (when he was only 17), during 1456-1462, and again in 1476 when he was assassinated. It is in Targoviste where Vlad Dracula became famous for his cruelty. In 1459, during Sunday Easter, he impaled the old noble men and enslaved the young ones to build his Poenari Fortress. He accused them of murdering his father.
In 1459, from his royal court in Targoviste, Vlad The Impaler refused to pay tribute to the Ottoman Empire. He won one memorable victory against the Ottomans when he disguised himself as a janissary and attacked the Ottoman army camped near Targoviste.
Vlad Dracula also built Chindia Tower, the landmark of the city, for surveillance and defense purposes. It is partly built on a church and is 27 meters high and 9 meters in diameter. The legend tells that once you climb all 122 stairs, you will never forget Targoviste and will come back.
The oldest written document about Targoviste Royal Court dates back to 1396. In the 17th century, the Royal Court was set on fire at the orders of the ottoman Empire and the capital of Wallachia was moved to Bucharest.
From here we’ll go toCurtea de Arges, the former second capital of Wallachia, the southern region of Romania. The strongholds rebuilt in the 14th century. See its Princely Church and its frescoed interior which is one of the first examples of Romanian paintings. The Episcopal Church (the monastery) which is a recreation of the original built in 1512 -1517 by prince Neagoe Basarab (rebuilt in 1875 – 1885) and Olari Church
Next we’ll go to Poenari Castle. Standing on a cliff but know in ruins this is known as the real castle of Dracula (Vlad Tepes). To get to the top you must climb up its 1400 steps (takes approx. 1 hour). Once you arrive to the top of the Citadel you will find that the citadel is surprisingly small, one third has collapsed down the mountainside in 1888. Entering through a narrow wooden bridge, you come across the crumbling remains of two towers within; the prism shaped one was Vlad’s ( Dracula’s) residential quarters, from here, according to the legend , The Impaler’s wife flung herself out from the window, declaring that better this way than be captured by the Turks, who were besieging the castle. Legend has it that Vlad himself escaped over the mountains on horseback.
Return to Bucharest where we’ll arrive in the evening. Drop-off at Revolution Square or at your location in Bucharest.
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Prices in EURO / person.
Prices in EURO / person
199 Euro – 1 person 99 Euro – 4 persons
119 Euro – 2 persons 89 Euro – 5-6 persons
109 Euro – 3 persons 79 Euro – 7-8 persons
SPECIAL OFFER – from March 1st – April 30th – SPECIAL DISCOUNT 15%
- Transport with car or minibus;
- Private guide / driver english/italian specialist
- Pick off from your location with an extra-fee of 10 euro/person.
- Other services not specified on the intinerary;
- Banking or e-payment fees;
- Entrance tickets to the castle;
- Photo/video tax
Prices specification: PRICE PER PERSON based on group size specified above. For bigger groups prices on request.