Did you know that Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler, was a real character in Romanian history? And that Dracula author Bram Stoker was, in some ways, inspired by Vlad the Impaler? But, in fact, the real Dracula does not resemble the stereotypical character we know today. Learn everything about the real Dracula on our  trip through Romania´s history.

In 1462, deserted by his boyars, Prince Vlad the Impaler Dracula, his wife and a few soldiers sought refuge in the fortress of Poienari, at the entrance into the Arges Gorge. The Turks surrounded the place at night, circles of campfires upon circles. Warned, the Prince sent for advice and help in the neighboring village of Aref, across the hill. The elders came – shepherds and foresters. Vlad’s wife, uncertain of the chances of escape, threw herself into the river. The escape succeeded; high in the Carpathians, Vlad rewarded the Arefeans with 16 mountains as pastureland.
Join our trip to the Carpathian Mountains in the footsteps of the real Dracula!

Sights on the tour:

Ruins of the former princely residence, 14th century church, monastery of Curtea de Arges, ruins of Poienari Fortress, the Night of “Vlad the Impaler – Dracula” show in the village of Aref


The Real Dracula Tour – Curtea de Arges
Tour type: Cultural tour (1 Day)
March-November, upon individual request
Duration: 1 day (8:00-22:00 h)
Starting point: Bucharest
Available languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Group size: minimum 8 persons (if you want an individual or VIP-tour please click here)
Services included: transport with a modern coach, lunch, museums fee, English-speaking guide, traditional show with tuica (Romanian brandy) and a light dinner
Price: Upon request (depending on the group size)


8:00 – Departure from Bucharest (Entrance of Herestrau Parc/Metro Aviatorilor — Piata Charles de Gaulles)
10:30 – 15.00 – Curtea de Arges: The former capital of Valahia welcomes you as a quiet, friendly town full of legends and green streets.
Visit the Princely Court: former princely residence 14th Century church. The frescoes hide a few secrets and some unique features. The church is the burial place of the first princes of Valahia, Lunch in Curtea de Arges
Visit the Monastery in Curtea de Arges
15.30 – The Ruins of the Fortress Poienari – It is time to climb the 1456 steps to the eagle’s nest of a fortress besieged but never conquered.
17:30 – Show in the Village of Aref: the villagers of Aref shall welcome you for a Romanian traditional party, with “floricele”, “tuica” and a light dinner, storytelling, singing and dancing.
22:00 – Arrival back in Bucharest


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