During this half – day tour you will discover the beautiful surroundings of Bucharest: Mogosoaia Palace, Snagov and Caldarusani monasteries.
The first stop will be in Snagov, which 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 made also 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, an important cultural center, running here one of the first printing house of Wallachia. Snagov Monastery is one of the most popular tourist destination especially for the foreign tourists coming to Bucharest as here, they can see the place where is supposed to be the grave of the cruel voievod, known as Dracula.
The next visit will be Caldarusani Monastery which is located also on the shore of a lake surrounded by a beautiful forest.
It was built in the 17th century by Matei Basarab and it represents one of the largest and oldest Orthodox Monasteries in the Wallachia historical region. The church shelters an impressive collection of religious objects and books. The icons are very beautiful, six of them painted by the most important Romanian painter, Nicolae Grigorescu.
Last but not least is Mogosoaia Palace, a monumental building having 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, it was renovated starting in 1912 by Martha Bibescu becoming a meeting place for the members in the high level society. At the end of WWII, after 1945, the palace was nationalized by the Communist Party. In the present, the palace hosts the Museum of Brancoveanu Art and it is an important tourist attraction.
After the visit of Mogosoaia Palace, the tour ends at your hotel.