Wallachia's unique variety of historical and natural attractions promises a different experience, every day. The alpine northern Wallachia country gives way to hills and tableland, conductive to fruit (mainly plums and apples) and viticulture, punctuated by a series of rivers.
During this day, you will have the opportunity to discover two attractions situated outside but not very far from Bucharest capital: Mogosoaia Palace and Snagov Monastery, while you will also reach Halewood Urlateanu Mansion & Cellars in Urlati (Prahova county) for a visit, winetasting and lunch.
We start our journey in the morning, the guide will pick you up from the hotel you are accommodated and drive a few kilometers North from Bucharest to Mogosoaia Palace - one of the most beautiful monuments around Bucharest! With a history of more than 300 years, the building and its vast gardens are a great destination. The palace was built at the time of Constantin Brancoveanu, being completed in 1702. The beautiful building combines elements of Ottoman architecture and elements of Venetian architecture. From this combination of architecture styles a new local style arose, the "Romanian Renaissance" or "Brancovenesc" one.
Our drive continues up North, into the hills. Here lies Dealu Mare region could be compared to famous France and Italy vineyards with regards to the quality of red wine. Besides the wine, the scenery is beautiful all year round, but especially in late Spring and Autumn.
Valea Calugareasca (Valley of Monks) owes its name and quality of wines to a hermitage - and perhaps the particular skill of the monks in preparing the wine. Next to it, Urlati Cellars represent our destination for today. The Urlateanu Manor and cellars nearby, built in 1920, introduce will you in a world of traditions where the story of wine is mixed with the taste of local cuisine. We will visit the cellars, and enjoy a presentation of wine technology and wine tasting. Afterwards, we will enjoy a traditional lunch and a short walk to enjoy the beautiful view of the hills and vineyards.
The afternoon relies on a popular isolated monastic settlement, surrounded by water and forests, Snagov Monastery. Built around the time of Vlad the Impaler’s grandfather, the monastery has become famous as the burial place of Vlad who would become the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, even though there’s no real evidence about this fact. It is said that Vlad built a prison for traitors, a defensive wall, a bridge to connect the earth to the island and an underwater refuge tunnel. These stories woven around the subject combined with the physical location makes the monastery attractive.
In the evening, we return back to Bucharest, drop off at your hotel and end of the day-tour.
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