Born in 1431 in Sighisoara, in the midst of wondrous Transylvania, Vlad Tepes, “The Impaler”, the famous prince of Wallachia was the son of Vlad Dracul, also a former ruler of Wallachia, a Knight of the Dragon Order, a chivalric order from Eastern Europe, whose main aim was to hold back the expansion of the Ottoman Empire.
The Irish author, Bram Stoker, was inspired on his blood-drinking villain character, the infamous Count Dracula, by Vlad Tepes’ way of capital punishment by impaling his enemies onto ten feet wooden stakes. With a fierce reputation, Vlad the Impaler managed to keep his lands from falling to his foes. For the Romanian people, Vlad Tepes’ reign is a remainder of a time when one could drink water at the citadel‘s fountain, from a golden cup that nobody would ever steal. Historical sources sustain the existence of this cup, by the fountain, until the very day of Vlad Tepes’ death.
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“In the footsteps of Vlad Tepes, the Impaler” Tour features:
- 5 night accommodation at 4 star hotels as specified (2 nts in Bucharest, 1 nt in Sibiu, 1 nt in Sighisoara, 1 nt in Brasov area,
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner as per above (3 course menu, mineral water, coffee/tea)
- Entrance fees to the tourists objectives as per the above program
- Transportation throughout itinerary by A/C motor-coach
- R/T airport transfers
- English speaking authorized guide assistance throughout itinerary
- All local fees are included (luggage handling is not included)
Day 1: Departure
A short drive will take you to Curtea de Arges; a stunning architectural gem is the 14th century old Curtea de Arges Monastery, with its two towers spiraling in opposite directions. Vlad Dracul, Vlad Tepes’ father, built the primacy of Muntenia here between 1437-1439. Find out the legend of Master Manole, who, it is said, entombed his wife in the stone walls of the church. Travelling across the Carpathian Mountains into Transylvania, through the beautiful Olt River Valley, arrive in Sibiu, European Cultural Capital in 2007, just in time for dinner and accommodation. (B, L, D)