Let us present to you Bucharest Surroundings, a tour where you will find more about Dracula and Brancovenu Family. We have specially designed Bucharest Tours for those who want to discover Bucharest’s most important tourist attractions, its history and culture.
Visit the beautiful Magosoaia Palace and admire its unique park and gardens;
Explore the fascinating Brancoveanu Medieval Art inside Mogosoaia Palace and Museum;
Discover Snagov Monastery and find the supposed tomb of Vlad Dracula;
Visit Caldarusani Covent and find out the monastic life of the monks.
Mogosoaia Palace-Snagov Monastery-Caldarusani Monastery
Bucharest Surroundings Tour starts from your hotel, where the guide will come to pick you up. The first stop is Mogosoaia Palace, which is located 15km outside the city and is built by Constantin Brancoveanu in 1702. This elegant castle, decorated with wonderful stone masonry presents also some Byzantine decorative features and adornments which join stylistic elements characteristic both of the Italian Rennaissance and the Baroque.
Mogosoaia Palace survived wars, plunder, and destruction throughout the last two centuries. Inside the castle, you will find an interesting art exhibition. After the end of the communist regime, Mogosoaia became a popular tourist attraction once again. Next stop is the Stirbei Domain, where you can admire and stroll through the Stirbei Park, the Trinity Chapel and Stirbei Palace. Here, you can enjoy a coffee in a royal ambience.
The trip continues to the Snagov Monastery, which is a very significant medieval monument, located on an island in the northern part of Snagov Lake outside Bucharest. Here, you will visit the alleged burial site of Vlad Tepes the Impaler (Dracula`s Tomb), the Voivod known as Dracula in international literature.
Inside the monastery, we find the largest assembly of medieval frescoes from Wallachia, dating from the XVIth century. The monastery was built by Mircea the Elder (the grandfather of the famous Vlad the Impaler) who has also left us the first written reference of this church in 1408. For a long time in the Middle Ages, it was one of the strongest fortified churches and perhaps the richest in Wallachia. Snagov Monastery was also an important cultural centre and the place from which the first printing house in Wallachia was run. Snagov Monastery is one of the most popular tourist destinations especially for the foreign tourists coming to Bucharest.
We conclude the day with a visit to the Caldarusani Monastery, which was built between 1638-1639. This monastery is very well known thanks to the great Romanian painter Nicolae Grigorescu, who had performed his apprenticeship here. You can admire the monastery museum, which hosts some of the paintings of this great artist, as well as a collection of medieval art, icons and old books.
- 2 persons for €38.80 each
- 3 persons for €36.00 each
- 4 persons for €30.00 each
- 5 persons for €26.80 each
- 6 persons for €24.80 each
0 € for children under 3
0 € / child 3-12
Transport by car/minibus, fuel & parking fees included
English speaking guide/driver
Meals (approx. 10 Euro/person/meal).
Entrance fees: Mogoasoaia Palace 2 Euro, Snagov Monastery 4 Euro.
Video and photo fees.
GENERAL INFORMATION & TERMS:
We kindly request our guests to be ready 10 minutes before departure
We grant a 30% discount for children below the age of 7
All tours are escorted by English speaking licensed guides.
For guided tours in other languages, a booking should be made 72h before departure. Extra fee for tours in other languages:25 EUR/per/tour.
Mogoșoaia Palace is situated about 10 kilometres from Bucharest, Romania. It was built between 1698-1702 by Constantin Brâncoveanu in what is called the Romanian Renaissance style or Brâncovenesc style. The palace bears the name of the widow of the Romanian boyar Mogoș, who owned the land it was built on.
A place of many legends and historical events, the Snagov monastery served as a refuge, but also as a prison for the aristocracy. Isolated for centuries in the middle of Snagov Lake, the monastery was also sponsored by the mythical prince Vlad the Impaler who built a bridge to the shore and fortified the enceinte in the 15th century. The present-day church dates from the 16th century.
Caldarusani Monastery is one of the largest and oldest Orthodox monasteries in Muntenia. Located just a short distance from Bucharest, on the shores of Lake Caldarusani, on the territory of Gruiu commune, in Ilfov County, the monastery was built between 1637-1638 and was endowed with many gifts by Prince Matei Basarab.
North of Curtea de Argeş, the population thins out to just a few scattered villages as the highway nears the Carpathians. One of the highlights of the region is the Poienari Citadel, one of the few castles in Romania that really does have a legitimate connection to the notorious Wallachian prince Vlad Ţepeş (1431–76), aka ‘Vlad the Impaler’ or, better yet, ‘Dracula’.
If you’ve got a few days, the area around the citadel is lovely. About 4km south of the citadel, the village of Arefu retains a special untouched-by-time charm. It’s allegedly inhabited by descendants of the minions who served Vlad Ţepeş, a point of pride the villagers still boast about to this day. About 1km north of the fortress lies the massive artificial Lake Vidraru, which was dammed in the 1960s to feed a hydroelectric power plant. From here, the winding Transfăgărășan road winds its way north over the Carpathians into Transylvania.