Wallachian discovery

Meet your private guide and travel to the village of Mogosoaia, where Constantin Brancoveanu, King of Wallachia, built Mogosoaia Palace in the early 1700s. Until his execution in Istanbul in 1714, Brancoveanu was a patron of the fine arts, and his rule encompassed the “Romanian Renaissance.” Due to Ottoman influence, the Italian Renaissance only arrived in Wallachia by the end of the 17th century. Brancoveanu brought masters of European architecture to Wallachia, and a new architectural style was born. An intriguing mixture of Renaissance and Oriental styles, it is known today as “Brancovenesc.”

Mogosoaia Palace stands as a fine example of this architectural style; it resembles a comfortable house rather than an expansive palace, and offers you a peaceful escape from the noisy downtown area. Enjoy a guided tour of the palace, now a museum housing priceless treasures of the royal family of Wallachia.

Next, continue on to Lake Snagov. Here, on a jewel-like island in the center of the lake, tour the beautiful 16th-century monastery made famous as the final resting place of Vlad the Impaler. Vlad was indeed killed in the vicinity, while battling a group of Turks; according to rumor, his body was brought to the monks of the monastery for proper burial. However, archaeological excavations during the 1930s found the tomb to be empty. Whatever the outcome, the space in front of the altar is marked as Vlad’s grave. Enjoy a guided tour of the church before returning with your guide to your hotel.

Highlights of the tour

What people have said:

We really had a super trip through Romania.  Adi is a very personable, friendly, and knowledgable guide.  He was eager to please and happy to accomodate photo and bathroom stops and other similar requests. Of the sights we visited, Peles was for me the most impressive.  It is easily the most beautiful castle I have ever visited.  All of the hotels were very nice; the locations were superb.  It doesn’t get any better than … read more

Keli Bedics & family (United States)

We were very satisfied, thank you for your friendly and professional services. We loved Romania and hope to return someday!

Ernesto Arnoux and friends (Mexico)


We are Vlad and Zoe Trestian – the owners and managers of Balkan Trails. We have been creating memorable travel experiences in Eastern Europe for almost 20 years now.

We understand traveling is personal and individual, and no two travellers are alike. That is why the majority of our tours are based on customised itineraries. Your tour is exactly that: YOURS. Just let us know when you’d like to arrive and depart, what your interests are, the type of hotels you prefer, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Looking forward to showing you our part of the world.

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Frequently asked questions

1 Wallachian Discovery

What is included with this tour?

Included services and features:

  • The possibility of having your itinerary customised before the start of the tour, at no extra charge
  • Great flexibility regarding changes to the itinerary even after the start of the tour
  • Pick up and drop off at any location in Bucharest
  • A private, licensed English speaking guide/driver, available throughout the duration of the tour
  • All guide’s expenses (meals, etc.)
  • Private transportation in air conditioned car
  • All car expenses, such as gasoline, parking and road tolls
  • Entrance fees and guided tours for the Mogosoaia Palace and the Snagov Monastery

Not included:

  • Meals or beverages
  • Photo fees

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