Travel to Romania and visit the most important touristic objectives in our country located among Prahova Valley: Dracula's Castle(Bran Castle) and Peles Castle. This 1 day tour reveals an amazing history and a time of mistery and magic.
- departure from Bucharest to Sinaia
- visit Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle
- continue the off-road trails to Dracula's Castle and visit
- leave for Brasov to visit the Black Church and the Council Square
- optional lunch
- return to Bucharest
Sinaia Monastery - this is the first settlement in this area. The Sinaia resort was developed around this objective. The churches are to be found in Prahova Valley and can be visited everyday. If you choose to make a tour and visit it you may want to find out that every Sunday the priests over there keep a ceremonial. The monastery has two churches: an old one, the first one built here, in the lands of Prahova Valley, and the new one, a bigger one. The last one had to be build because more people started to show up at church in Sundays. Among Peles Castle this is the most important touristic objective in Sinaia. You don't have to be a religious person to come and visit this place; you just have to be curious. The history of the old church starts with its founder, Cantacuzino, which together with his wife and sister, went to Sinai Mountain and prayed to St. Ecaterina church. Cantacuzino, being impressed by this place he than returned to Romania and built a wonderful church in memory of St. Ecaterina.
Peles Castle - the most important touristic objective in Sinaia and one of the most imposing ones in Romania. This castle can also be called a palace due to its value and interior architecture. A tour of Prahova Valley can't miss a place like this. Everything about this amazing building is breathtaking. You can compare it with any castle from France on Loire Valley. This palace was the residence of King Carol the 1st. He needed a place for summer time to spend his holiday vacations with his family. It was built just for accommodation purposes made mostly of wood. The King was an admirer of wood sculpting and he dedicated many parts of his castle to this art. If you choose to make a tour inside the castle you can see many wonderful artworks. Being located in Prahova Valley, offers the castle so many advantages: fresh air, amazing view of the nature and mountains, peace and many others. Book a Prahova Valley Tour now and get to know all these feelings.
Dracula's Castle - the correct name is Bran Castle. This is the world wide known castle of Dracula, an amazing place, located in Bran resort. It started to be so famous thanks to the novelist Bram Stoker. He is the author of the novel "Dracula". Wanting to write a science fiction book he had to get some ideas from the real world so he found an interesting story in Romania. He heard about a leader, Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler). Why was he such an interesting story for Bram Stoker? That's easy: Tepes traveled in Prahova Valley any many others area. He was a cruel leader: he would take all the villains and punish them by murder in a twisted way; he had spikes inserted in a pit and he would push the villains in them. The story has it that he gathered around all the poor people who wouldn't have a job and kill them all for being so weak and after that gathered all the rich people that couldn't explain their fortune and kill them all also. Many believe that the name "Dracula" comes from the father of Vlad Tepes. He was a part of an army called "The Dragon Army". From the term "Dragon" people started to call Vlad Tepes - Vlad Dracul (Dracul = Evil). In his novel, Bram Stoker never mentioned the name of Bran Castle but he described it so well that everybody could imagine that this was the castle that he was writing about. If you want to hear and find out more just contact us and we will book a Prahova Valley Tour just for you.
Black Church - this is one of the biggest churches in Europe. This is the place that had central heating for the first time in Romania. It holds the biggest pipe-organ in Europe with over 10.000 tubes. In its history it was named St. Mary but then it caught on fire and the named changed to the Black Church due to the dark color of the walls from the fire and the smoke. It is located in Brasov, a town full of history and wonderful architecture. The fastest way to get there is by driving through the Prahova Valley. With a short tour of this church you can see all the mysteries of this place.