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Snagov Monastery and Mogosoaia Palace: Half-Day Tour

1. Snagov Monastery and Mogosoaia Palace: Half-Day Tour

Enjoy a wonderful half-day tour from Bucharest and visit 2 of Romania's most fascinating sights. Begin the tour directly at your hotel, where will you be picked up by your guide and driver. Enjoy a short drive to the first stop on the tour, the stunning Mogosoaia Palace. Built between at the end of the 17th century in what is known as the Romanian Renaissance style or, alternately, the Brâncovenesc style, the palace comprises a unique combination of Venetian and Ottoman architectural and decorative elements. Explore the beautiful palace and its surroundings, including the Gheorghe Bibescu Chapel, St. George’s Church, and the Mogosoaia greenhouses. Continue the tour with a short drive to the spectacular Snagov Monastery an important medieval monument located on an island on the Northern part of Lake Snagov. Discover the stunning interior of the monastery and find the alleged final resting place of Vlad Tepes, infamously known in the international literature as Dracula. 

Mogosoaia Palace, Snagov & Caldarusani Monasteries Tour

2. Mogosoaia Palace, Snagov & Caldarusani Monasteries Tour

Your first stop on this tour, the Snagov Monastery, is located on an island in the Northern part of Snagov Lake. The monastery was built by Mircea the Elder (the grandfather of the famous Dracula) who also made the first documentary attestation of this church in 1408. During its history, the monastery was rebuilt by Vlad the Impaler and some other rulers of Wallachia. Snagov Monastery is one of the most popular tourist destinations - especially for foreign tourists coming to Bucharest - as they can see the place where the cruel voievod, known as Dracula, is  supposedly buried. The Caldarusani Monastery is located also on the shore of a lake surrounded by a beautiful forest. It was built in the XVIIth century by Matei Basarab and it represents one of the largest and oldest Orthodox Monasteries in Wallachia historical region. The church shelters an impressive collection of religious artifacts and books. The icons are very beautiful, six of them being painted by the most important Romanian painter, Nicolae Grigorescu. Next you will, travel to Mogosoaia and admire the beautiful scenery of the forest and the countryside on the way. After about 45 minutes of driving from Caldarusani Monastery, you will reach Mogosoaia Palace, a monumental building with a unique architecture called Brancovenesc style, which is a Romanian Renaissance architectural style consisting of a mixture of Venetian and Ottoman elements. The Palace was built by the ruler Constantin Brancoveanu in 1702 for his elder son. After more than 200 years, renovations began in 1912 by Martha Bibescu and it became a meeting place for the members of high level society. At the end of the Second World War, after 1945, the palace was nationalized by the Communist Party. Now, the palace hosts the Museum of Brancoveanu Art and is an important tourist attraction. After the visit to Mogosoaia Palace you will head to back to Bucharest to be dropped off at your hotel.

Bucharest: Half-Day Tour to Snagov & Mogosoaia

3. Bucharest: Half-Day Tour to Snagov & Mogosoaia

Escape from the busy, crowded streets of Bucharest for a half day and get to know the much calmer countryside that surrounds the city. Unknown even to some people born and raised in Bucharest, discover 2 hidden gems just a few miles outside of city limits: Mogosoaia Palace and Snagov Monastery. After pickup in Bucharest, you’ll leave the city and head straight to the Palace of Mogosoaia. This place used to be a retreat for the rulers of the Romanians, and was designed in a Brancovenesc style. This quiet and majestic place will give you the feeling of going back in time. Next, take a short drive to the Snagov Monastery, which is believed to be the resting place of the body of Vlad the Impaler, better known as Dracula. The monastery itself is on an island in the middle of the Snagov Lake, offering stunning views over the surrounding area.   With skip-the-line tickets for these attractions, this tour is the best way to get to know these off-the-beaten-path attractions in Romania.

Bucharest Surroundings Small-Group Tour

4. Bucharest Surroundings Small-Group Tour

At 08:00, you will start your journey towards the exciting surroundings of Bucharest city. Start your journey with the fascinating Mogoșoaia Palace, placed outside the city in a beautiful location. The palace is the best example of Brâncoveanu architecture, a style widely spread around the Wallachia region. The palace was built by the ruler Constantin Brancoveanu in 1702. After the execution of Constantin Brancoveanu in Constantinople in 1714, the palace continues to be owned by the family with renovations starting in 1912. In the present, the palace hosts the Museum of Brancoveanu Art and is an important tourist attraction. Then, move on towards one of the most famous sights in Romania and the place where Dracula is supposed to be buried - Sangov Monastery. The monastery is located on an island in the northern part of Snagov Lake. The monastery was built by Mircea the Elder (the grandfather of the famous Dracula), who also made  the first documentary attestation of this church in 1408. During its history, the monastery was rebuilt by Vlad the Impaler and some other rulers of Wallachia. It has been one of the strongest fortified churches and maybe the richest in Wallachia for a long time during the medieval period. After enjoying this great tour, it will be time to head back towards the capital city. The tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel in Bucharest.

Escape from Bucharest: Mogosoia Palace, Snagov & Therme Spa

5. Escape from Bucharest: Mogosoia Palace, Snagov & Therme Spa

Enjoy the beautiful landscape around Bucharest as you drive out of the center and leave the city behind. Visit Mogosoia Palace, built in 1702 by Constantin Brancoveanu, the prince of Wallachia. Nowadays, it hosts the Museum of the Aulic Tradition with its collection of medieval and contemporary art, the British Park, St. George’s Church, the former palace kitchen and the former d’Elchingen Villa. Afterwards, continue you trip with a visit to the Snagov monastery, a place made famous by the legend of Dracula. This monastery dates back to 1408 and it is believed that Vlad Ţepeş, also known as Vlad the Impaler and a brutal ruler of Wallachia in the 15th century, is buried here. Curious about the man who inspired Bram Stocker to write his famous novel, Dracula? Come see the reality behind the lore. Afterwards, relax in the biggest covered thermal park in Europe, the Therme București. It is not only a thermal water park, but also hosts the biggest botanical garden in Romania. Enjoy some quality time here and let your soul unwind in one of the 9 pools, 6 saunas, 4 wet saunas, or 16 water slides, before being brought back to your hotel in the evening.

Bucharest: City Tour with Mogosoaia and Snagov Monastery

6. Bucharest: City Tour with Mogosoaia and Snagov Monastery

Discover Bucharest, a charming city full of contrasts. Admire impressive 17th-century churches, well-preserved traditional houses, and imposing French style palaces alongside communist era buildings and glass office towers. Get picked up at your accommodation in central Bucharest, then head to the Parliament Palace. There, take a tour inside the second-largest building in the world and the seat of the Romanian Parliament in the post-communist years. Next, move on to the Village Museum (Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"), an open-air museum situated on the shore of the scenic Herastrau Lake. Explore a micro-universe of the traditional Romanian village with houses representing all regions of Romania. From there, head to Bucharest Old Town for a walking tour, the former quarter where the merchants and craftsmen lived and worked that is now the entertainment center of Bucharest. Wander along the quaint, narrow cobblestone streets filled with restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Then, it's time for some panoramic sightseeing. Pass by Victory Avenue, one of the oldest streets in Bucharest that features majestic palaces, art museums, former residences of the aristocracy, and old churches. Then, see Revolution Square, the place where Nicolae Ceausescu held his last speech and where the protests that ultimately led to the fall of communism took place in December 1989. After, move on to discover Mogosoaia Palace, the former residence of Wallachian princes in the 18th century that combines Byzantine-Ottoman elements with Baroque and western Renaissance architectural styles. Finally, visit Snagov Monastery, the final resting place of another Wallachian prince, Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula. Admire this monument of medieval art before returning to your accommodation.

Bucharest: Private Historical Tour with Dracula's Grave

7. Bucharest: Private Historical Tour with Dracula's Grave

Why miss out on any of Bucharest's major attractions when you can see them all on this full-day tour? And to cap it all off, visit the monastery on the green island in Snagov Lake, where the tomb of Dracula/Vlad Tepes is located. Benefit from a customizable itinerary and private guide. 40 minutes outside of Bucharest on a verdant island is the final resting place of the legendary Dracula. Head there and explore the site while you hear about the history. Visit the National Village Museum and learn what it meant for Romanian villagers to have built a sustainable environment in their backyards. See the iconic Arch of Triumph. At the Palace of Parliament or People’s House, learn about the implications and consequences of the communist regime in Romania. Here you will have the chance to see the second-largest administrative building on the planet, after the Pentagon. Peruse the Romanian Athenaeum. On Victory Avenue, prepare to be amazed by the historical contradictions: on one side, the Royal Palace, and on the other, the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and the Revolution Square, where Ceausescu fled the country by helicopter. See old Orthodox churches, enveloped in an aura of mystery, a music store, as well as casinos, bohemian restaurants, museums, theaters, tea shops, gift shops — where you can purchase some memorabilia —, and much more along the way. Go back in time at Revolution Square to the moment where the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted, leaving behind a great fortune and a suite of controversies. Your guide will shed some light on this important moment in history. Patriarchate Hill is a small hill in Bucharest and an important historic, cultural, architectural, religious, and touristic location. Visit Ceauşescu Mansion, once the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu and their children. End the tour with hotel drop-off.

From Bucharest: Dracula Full-Day Private Tour

8. From Bucharest: Dracula Full-Day Private Tour

Poienari Fortress: If we were to put together a tour of the castles in Romania for Dracula fans and adventure lovers, Poenari Castle would have to be on the list, being an important Romanian tourist attraction. With this private trip you will have the perfect chance to discover the wildlife in Transylvania. You will travel by private car and have your own guide. As you are climbing up the 1480 stairs that lead up to the castle, you can rightfully say you are following in the steps of Dracula. To get here it will take us about 2 hours driving! Bran Castle: Step inside if you dare! To get to see Bran we'll drive for 3 hour crossing Carpatian Mountains to Transylvania! Once you see it in person, you will understand why this castle is a symbol of Romanian tourism and why it is the most visited tourist attraction in Romania. Commonly known outside Transylvania as Dracula's Castle, it is often referred to as the home of the title character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. There is no evidence that Stoker knew anything about this castle, which has only tangential associations with Vlad the Impaler, voivode of Wallachia, the putative inspiration for Dracula.Stoker's description of Dracula's crumbling fictional castle also bears no resemblance to Bran Castle. The castle is now a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Snagov Monastery: Vlad Tepes got his vampire reputation due to the cruel method through which he punished traitors, thieves, and enemies – impalement. Not much is known about the death of Dracula/ Vlad Tepes, but some of the most popular hypotheses are that he was killed in a battle against the Turks, or that he was murdered by Wallachian boyars, as part of a revenge plot. That is why there are many stories and myths about the place where Dracula was buried, supposedly by the monks who loved him for his bravery and love for his country, and who risked their lives to retrieve his body. Most historians who had access to the monastery’s written records believe “Dracula’s” resting place is at Snagov Monastery – an orthodox house of worship built on the island of the same name, surrounded by a beautiful scenery near Bucharest.

Bucharest: Private History of Communism Van Tour

9. Bucharest: Private History of Communism Van Tour

Dive into Bucharest's past on a private guided van tour of the city's Communist era. See its famous Communist sights and grand architecture as you sit back in the comfort of your own car or minivan. Marvel at other, non-Communist sights, enjoying what Bucharest looks like today. Enjoy a relaxed pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Bucharest and set off on your full-day historical journey. Listen to your driver/guide recount stories of the city's Communist past as you make your way to its sights. On your tour, make your way to Victory Avenue, one of Bucharest's oldest and most famous streets. See Revolution Square, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Palace of the Parliament, and more. Taking a step away from Communism, feel spooked visiting the grave of Dracula at the Snagov Monastery. Or enjoy the regal architecture of the House of Ceauşescu, the former 80-room home of President Ceauşescu. Best of all, speak with your guide and decide your itinerary along the way.

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What people are saying about Snagov Monastery

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 82 reviews

our guide was Serban Riga, super nice and kind! He brought us the sun on a rainy morning

Very good tour leader with lots if details. Would recommend it to every one.

Must do. Nice little monastery and very nice palace seen with great weather

Fascinating medieval monastery - beautiful lake and frescoes

We end up having a private tour, which was perfect