3-day Wallachia Tour
Day 1 (150km): Start your trip in Craiova and cross the westernmost part of Wallachia to reach Drobeta Turnu Severin, one of the cities that best preserved the Roman legacy in Romania. Here, you can visit the Iron Gates Region Museum and the Museum of the Iron Gates Hydroelectric Power Station. From here, take a half an hour drive along the Danube to reach the Danube Gorges, where you can spend the afternoon taking a cruise on the river to admire the beauty of the landscape.
Day 2 (210 km): After a night spent in a pension on the Danube’s shore, head to the health spa resort Băile Herculane to admire its Austrian Baroque style. Continue your itinerary through the Domogled – Cerna Valley National Park and stop at Tismana Monastery before halting at Târgu Jiu to admire the impressive Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brâncuşi. End the day 55km away, in the picturesque ethno-folkloric village of Polovragi.
Day 3 (180km): In the morning, explore the Polovragi Cave and head to Horezu Monastery and to the pottery centre from the village of Horezu, not before visiting the museum complex in Măldăreşti, which houses unique Romanian architectural houses called cule. For those enjoying the mysteries of nature, the outdoor Museum of the Trovanţi in Costeşti is an interesting halt, as it displays “growing stones”. Start your descent to the south along the spectacular Olt Valley and, if the time allows it, stop for a quick wine tasting at one of the wineries in Drăgăşani before returning to Craiova.
3-day Wallachia Tour
Day 1: Start this tour with a day of exploring the old centre of Bucharest, admiring its architecture and enjoying access to the wealth of historical, artistic and cultural resources inside its museums.
Day 2 (160km): Leave Bucharest and head to Târgovişte, to visit the Princely Court of Vlad Ţepes (also known as Dracula). After this, go to the Peleş Castle in Sinaia, which is the terminal point of your journey this day.
Day 3 (270km): Return to Câmpina, 30km south of Sinaia, to visit the mysterious Haşdeu Castle. Before returning to Bucharest, make a detour to Berca, close to Buzău, to explore a strange natural phenomenon, the Mud Volcanoes.
5-day Wallachia Tour
Day 1: Dedicate the first day of your tour for visiting Craiova. Start the day with a visit to its museums, have lunch in a fine restaurant and stroll through the alleys of Romanescu Park before accommodationg in a good hotel.
Day 2 (150km): Leave the capital of Wallachia and head to Drobeta Turnu Severin, where you can visit the Iron Gates Region Museum and the Museum of the Iron Gates Hydroelectric Power Station. From here, drive along the Danube to reach the Danube Gorges, where you can spend the afternoon taking a cruise on the river to admire the beauty of the landscape.
Day 3 (215km): Explore the Austrian Baroque style of the nearby health spa resort Băile Herculane and continue your itinerary to Târgu Jiu, where you can admire the impressive Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brâncuşi. Stop for accommodation at a pension in Rânca, 1600m above sea level.
Day 4 (130km): Nothing can compare to driving on Transalpina and crossing the Parâng Mountains early in the morning. Halt at Vidra Lake to admire the dam and stop for lunch in the quiet mountain resort Voineasa. After a quick drive through Cozia National Park and a visit to Cozia Monastery, accommodate in Călimăneşti-Căciulata.
Day 5 (140km): If you are up for a 4km hike, go to Turnu Monastery. Head to Drăgăşani for a quick wine tasting at one of the local wineries before returning to Craiova.
5-day Wallachia Tour
Day 1: Discover Bucharest at a slow pace, by exploring its historic centre and its great museums and monuments, enjoying its nice restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Accommodate in a high quality hotel and rest for the next days of your trip.
Day 2 (225km): After a three hours drive to the west, stop in Craiova for a tour of the city and a long and relaxing stroll in the impressive Nicolae Romanescu Park.
Day 3 (195km): Halt in Târgu Jiu to see Constantin Brâncuși’s “Endless Column” and then head to the mountains for a speleological exploration of the touristic Polovragi Cave and Women’s Cave. End the day with a visit to Horezu Monastery and to one of the pottery centres in Horezu village.
Day 4 (225km): DN67 and DN73C national roads will lead you to Curtea de Argeş, where you can visit the monastery where Romania’s kings and queens are buried. For a mixture of history and sport, go to Poenari Castle and climb the 1480 stairs to the top. Enjoy a traditional dinner and accommodation in a pension from the Rucăr-Bran area.
Day 5 (215km): From Bran to Bucharest, the itinerary is filled with must-see tourist attractions, such as Bran Castle, Râşnov Citadel and Peleş Castle. If the time allows it, optionally you can stop in Câmpina, at Haşdeu Castle, and in Târgovişte, to visit the Princely Court.
7-day Wallachia Tour
Day 1: Dedicate the first day of your trip to discovering Bucharest. Take the tourist bus or stroll through the city’s streets to explore its great museums and halt for a local meal at one of the traditional restaurants.
Day 2 (225km): Head west to Craiova, a city which will impress you with its charming park and spectacular art museum.
Day 3 (165km): On your way to the Danube’s Gorges, halt in Drobeta Turnu Severin to visit the Iron Gates Region Museum and the Museum of the Iron Gates Hydroelectric Power Station. Spend the afternoon admiring the landscape from a boat, while taking a cruise on the Danube, and then accommodate in a pension on the river’s bank.
Day 4 (275km): The fourth day of the trip will take through the elegant Băile Herculane health spa resort, Tismana village, famous for its monastery, and Târgu Jiu, home to Brâncuşi’s “Endless Column”. Find a pension in Polovragi and enjoy an authentic dinner and accommodation.
Day 5 (100km): After exploring one of the caves in the area (Polovragi, Women’s Cave), head to Horezu. In the vicinity of this important pottery centre you can visit Horezu Monastery, the architectural assembly in Măldăreşti and the „growing rocks” from Costeşti. Not far from here you will find Băile Olăneşti resort, where you can end the day.
Day 6 (235km): History will accompany you throughout the day, from the necropolis of the Romanian monarchs at Curtea de Argeş Monastery to the Princely Court of Vlad the Impaler in Târgovişte. Then head to Sinaia, where the strong mountain air will make you sleep like a baby.
Day 7 (125km): Reserve a couple of hours for thoroughly exploring Peleş Castle. Before returning to Bucharest, Haşdeu Castle in Câmpina might prove as a very interesting and mysterious stop.