The Real Dracula - shared - 11 hours

From EUR 79

This small-group full-day tour from Bucharest will take you to Targoviste, Curtea de Arges, Poienari Citadel, and Vidraru Dam.

You will meet the guide and the other fellow travelers at around 07:45 am at the meeting point in central Bucharest. The meeting point is in front of the Romanian Athenaeum, - the big concert hall with Greek columns located next to Hilton Athenee Palace Hotel. The exact address is 1-3 Franklin St., Sector 1, Bucharest. 

At 08:00 am you will leave Bucharest heading north-west towards the Subcarpathian hills.

The first stop will be in Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia under Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) to visit the former Princely Court and Chindia Tower, nowadays a symbol of the city.

Then, we go to Curtea de Arges to visit one of the most beautiful monasteries in South Romania. Beyond the impressive and unique architectural style, the monastery boasts an interesting legend about the builder of the church and all he had to do so he could, eventually, finish the work.

Poenari Citadel is the next visit for which you will have to climb 1480 steps for about 20-30 minutes on a trek of approx 1 km. Prepare to admire a remarkable scenery over the mountains and hear the tumultuous story of Vlad the Impaler, one of the most intriguing figures in our history.

Before getting back to Bucharest, you will stop at Vidraru Lake, an important construction from the communist period, placed next to the famous Transfagarasan Road, named by Top Gear as “the most beautiful road in the world”.

The tour ends after returning to Bucharest.

Transport by car/minibus and English speaking tour guide

Not included
Lunch – there will be a stop for lunch and you can eat together or individually and Entrance fees


- Those who cannot climb the steps to reach Poienari Fortress can wait for the group at the base of the hill.

- TravelMaker is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

- The order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions as well as on the visiting program switch from summer to the winter season.

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  • Bucharest - Targoviste (around 1 hours): visit the former Princely court and Chindia tower
  • Targoviste - Curtea de Arges (around 2 hours): visit Curtea de Arges Monastery
  • Curtea de Arges - Poenari (around 45 minutes): visit the ruins of Poenari citadel
  • Poenari - Vidraru (around 30 minutes): see Vidraru Dam
  • Vidraru - Bucharest (around 2.5 hours)


The city of Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia under Vlad the Impaler

Curtea de Arges Monastery, built in the 16th century, is the most famous Orthodox architectural monument in Wallachia (South Romania) and the necropolis of Romanian Royal Family.

Poenari Citadel, also known as Vlad's fortress is considered to be one of the most haunted places in the world.

Vidraru Dam on Vidraru Lake is a colossal construction finished in 1966 and the first arch-gravity dam built in Romania.


  1. Bucharest
  2. Târgoviște
  3. Curtea de Argeș
  4. DN7C
  5. Lake Vidraru
  6. Bucharest