Dracula’s Tomb (Snagov) & Bucharest City Tour (10h Day Trip)
If you only have 10 hours to spare and you do not want to miss a tour of the major attractions in Bucharest, but you also want to visit the monastery on the green island in Snagov Lake, where the tomb of Dracula/Vlad Tepes is located, this trip to Romania is perfect for you.
Here is an overview of what you will get to see on this private tour adventure:
1. Dracula’s Tomb on the Snagov Monastery Island
2. The National Village Museum
3. The Arch Of Triumph
4. The Palace Of Parliament/ People’s House built by Ceausescu
5. The Romanian Athenaeum In Bucharest
6. Victoriei Avenue
7. Revolution Square
8. Bucharest Old Town
9. The Rich Side of Bucharest
10. The Poor Side of Bucharest
Here are a few words about Dracula’s Tomb and some of the most visited tourist attractions in Bucharest:
1. Bucharest City Tour- Dracula’s Tomb on the Snagov Monastery Island
In this private tour you will discover the highly controversial story about the death of Vlad Tepes tells us that a group of monks were able to secretly bring the ruler’s earthly remains to Snagov Monastery and bury them in front of the altar to be sanctified.
If you want to learn more about the tomb of Dracula/ Vlad Tepes and the beautiful island and monastery of Snagov you can organise an book a city-break in Bucharest.
2. Bucharest City Tour-The National Village Museum
At the National Village Museum in Bucharest – in one place, you will see an embodiment of Romanian traditions and you will learn what it meant for Romanian villagers to have built an ecological and sustainable environment in their backyard. You will also get a glimpse of their simple and modest lifestyle, in social and spiritual harmony with their surroundings.
You will enter the universe of the traditional Romanian houses, large or small, made of wood and adobe, but also stone and other materials, from all areas of the country. You will also see national symbols such as the mill or the wooden church and you will learn how these treasures of spirituality and civilization have kept us united for thousands of years, without needing to invade other nations.
See the story of the National Village Museum
3. Bucharest City Tour- Arch of Triumph
Much like any arch of triumph in the world, but most similar to the great Arc de Triomphe from Paris, this historical monument, measuring 27 m in height (about 16 times a person’s average height) carries a rich historical significance, especially since it has gone through numerous changes before reaching the design we see today.
Aside from its awe-inspiring grandeur and imposing structure, a symbol of the fight for freedom, with some luck, you will be able to admire four exhibits:
The Great War for the Unification of Romania (photography and film), The Heraldry of the Great Boyar Families (bronze effigies, photographs), The Arch of Triumph in Pictures (photographs, scale models), The Great Union of 1918 (where you can find 1:1 replicas of the crowns and royal scepters, photographs)
4. The Palace of Romanian Parliament
At the Palace of Parliament or People’s House you will learn how dangerous and damaging a totalitarian regime like communism can be for a nation. You will feel small seeing what pointless opulence and megalomania “the sleep of reason” can create.
Imagine you have the chance to see the second largest administrative building on the planet, after the Pentagon, and that it will be an experience you will be able to share with your grandchildren.
See the oddities, attractions and history of the People’s House built by Ceausescu >>>>
5. Bucharest City Tour- The Romanian Athenaeum
In a day trip at the Romanian Athenaeum you will find yourself in front of the most representative symbol of Romanian culture, often considered a symbol of Bucharest as well.
It is only natural that it should be one of the most important tourist attractions in Bucharest, and in Romania as well.
The fact that it is part of the European Heritage list (le Patrimoine Européen) of historical landmarks makes the Athenaeum one of the most visited attractions in Bucharest.
See a short history of the Romanian Atheneum
6. Bucharest City Tour- Victory Avenue
To get an idea of the true beauty and history embodied by Calea Victoriei, it is well worth it to stroll down this major Bucharest avenue with your private guide from Nicolas Experience Tours. It once served as a bridge road, connecting the lord’s estate at the time, Mogosoaia and the lordly palace, located in the Old Princely Court. You will be able to see it once we reach our next stop, the Bucharest Old City Centre.
Here you can find culture, fashion and history at its finest: boyar houses, luxury stores, churches, restaurants, cafes, inns, museums, casinos, state institutions and statues, all of which are worth admiring and photographing.
The most important tourist attractions found here are: The Royal Palace, the Senate Palace or the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party, wherefrom Ceausescu fled the country during the Revolution, the National History Museum (formerly the Post Palace), The Lady’s Church, the CEC Palace (the CEC headquarters), the Palace of the National Military Circle, Cantacuzino Palace, hotels, restaurants, the Central University Library, and many others.
7. Bucharest City Tour- Revolution Square
Our next attraction will be an important historical monument in Bucharest. Here you can be transported back in time to the moment where the dictator Ceausescu was ousted, leaving behind the secrets of a great fortune and controversies about the state security service and his offshore accounts.
As we mentioned earlier, when we reach the Senate Palace, you will see the building which used to house the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and the place where the Revolution of December 1989 started, a major historical event whereby, through human force and sacrifice, Ceausescu was removed from power.
8. Bucharest Old City Centre
Upon reaching the Bucharest Old City Centre, you will have the chance to relive the olden days through a blend of mystery and contrasts on the its narrow and charming streets. Starting with Hanul lui Manuc, an immense fortified inn which served as a cultural and economic center back in the day. It was built around 1806 by Manuc Bei, one of the wealthiest landowners in the Balkans, and it was where merchants passing through Bucharest would get together, as just a part of the colorful crowd that populated the historical inn.
In this historical and cosmopolitan area, you will also find, in addition to the most popular restaurants in Bucharest, museums, old and spectacular churches, art exhibits, antique stores, the Old Princely Court and the Cartutesti Library, an experiential library where you can purchase books, music and other souvenirs that will make an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones.
See other tourist attractions in the Bucharest Old City Centre
9. The Rich Side of Bucharest
Naturally, there are several expensive neighborhoods in Bucharest, because there is a blend of new areas, filled with the opulence of the “nouveaux riches” and old areas, with their imposing villas, palaces and manorial estates.
To keep it a surprise, we will decide together on the spot which buildings we will visit.
10. The Poor Side of Bucharest
Bucharest is an interesting city of contrasts, hence there are also many impoverished or destitute areas, mostly around the periphery, but we will keep the details a surprise here, as well. All you need to do is to take a private tour of Bucharest.
Ask Your Friends
That is why we insist you ask your friends and loved ones if they want to join you on this trip, to escape from the world and recharge their batteries through cultural and sensory enrichment – that is the type of experience you will find with us, at Nicolas Experience Tours.
To enjoy our experiential concept tours, which can be personalized to your preferences, all you have to do is enter the vacation reservation module for Romania, Moldavian Republic and even Bulgaria (in limited areas) and tell us the duration of your trip and number of friends you want to bring along. You can choose between one-day or two-day trips, or more, and a wide array of theme tours, such as:
Historical Tours in Romania
Castles of Romania Tour
Adventure Tours in Romania
Museum Tours in Bucharest/Romania
Moldavian Monasteries Tour, Romania
Shopping Tours in Romania
Culinary Tours in Romania
Black Sea Tours
Romanian lakes Tour
Romanian waterfalls Tour
Danube Delta Tours
Photo Tours in Romania
Medieval Tours in Romania
By visiting Romania, you will discover the last virgin forests in Europe, remarkable nature reserves and find out why Prince Charles has acquired so many properties here and why he spends so much time in Romania.
You will also learn what great movies stars look for when they come to film in Romania, what restaurants and clubs they like, and where people like Nicolas Cage prefer to lodge.
The Price Does Include
- Private car (Turism or Minibus) only for you and your friends/family
- Great flexibility regarding changes to the daily itinerary even after the start of the tour
- A private, licensed English, Italian and French speaking guide/driver, available throughout the tour
- Private transportation in air conditioned car
- Complimentary wireless internet access in the car, so that you can stay in touch with your loved ones even while traveling
- All car expenses, such as gasoline, parking and road tolls
- All taxes
The Price Does Not Include
- Photo fees (some sights require the payment of a fee for allowing you to take pictures – they are mostly inexpensive, around 2 or 3 euro/sight)
- Meals and beverages other than those ofered before you agree the tour or trip
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Gratuities for your guide
Frequently Asked Questions
The questions below are in most cases extracted from our correspondence with our clients. Have a look, maybe the question forming in your mind right now has been answered already, and you haven’t even had a chance to ask it!
Where do the tours start?
Our tours start in either Sofia (Bulgaria) or Bucharest (Romania). Both cities have well-connected international airports. However, we can also customise the tours to start in a different city, if that better suits your flight arrangements. Alternative airports include Varna or Burgas (in Bulgaria) or Sibiu, Cluj Napoca, Iasi and Targu Mures (in Romania).
What are the departure dates?
We do not have set departure dates. All our tours are private and organised on request. The dates when you start and end the tour are entirely up to you.
I like one of the tours, but I’d like to make some changes to the itinerary. Is it possible?
Of course. All our tours are customisable. We can make changes to one itinerary, join 2 itineraries together, or you can just tell us about the places you want to see, and we’ll make a whole new itinerary just for you! Customising a tour comes at no extra charge.
I would like to change some of the hotels that come with the tour. Can I do that?
Definitely. The hotels are always up to you. We can upgrade the standard selection of hotels, or if you are on a budget, we can also offer cheaper accommodation options.
I see that in most cases, only breakfast is included. Why is that?
Having meals included means that you would have to be at a certain restaurant at a certain time just so that you don’t miss a pre-booked meal. This takes away from one of the great advantages of a private tour: flexibility. Not having a restaurant pre-booked gives you great freedom to set your own pace each day, add or skip some sights as you go, etc.
To ensure maximum flexibility throughout your trip, meals are usually planned as you go. Your guide knows the best restaurants in each area you travel through and will make suggestions based on the kind of meal you’d like to have.
The meals we include are the ones that come with an important cultural element: home-cooked meals where you can interact with locals, lunches at homes of artists where you learn more about a specific form of art, or refreshments such as the ones offered during the home visit with the Gypsy family.
Do your tours include any insurance related services?
No. We recommend to all of our clients to carry a medical insurance that would cover any health-related costs that might incur while on the trip. Insurance for trip interruption and lost/stolen luggage is also recommended.
Do I have to pay for the guide’s meals?
No. The guide will have a meal allowance, which will cover his meals. Furthermore, the guide will only join you for meals if you ask him to – if you’d rather be on your own for lunch and/or dinner, that is perfectly fine.
How about changes of itinerary on the fly? Can we do that?
Changes on the fly can be done to a certain extent. You can always choose to skip a meal or a sight, or swap for a totally different sight altogether. Alterations of itinerary that imply hotel changes are subject to rooms availability. Also, please note that in the case of last minute hotel cancellations, sometimes the hotel may charge late-cancellation penalties which can be up to 100% of the reservation cost. Additional costs generated by on-the-fly changes will be billed separately.