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.

Tour Length:
5 to 6 hours
Places Visited:
Mogosoaia Palace | Snagov monastery
Total Distance Traveled:
100 km / 60 mi