Muntenia westwards from Bucharest
Oltenia and the Danube Gorges
Muntenia and Oltenia build together Walachia, the southern Province, the capital of which is Bucharest. At the time of the ruling Prince Constantin Brancoveanu (1688-1714), southern Romania faces a Renaissance of the Arts, which combined the Romanian traditional style with the Turkish and the Venetian style. Some of the most important characteristics are the stonemasonry and the open entrance halls of the castles and monasteries. These are masterpieces that point to the hospitality of the people. As they are open and invite one to a visit.

1st day: Mogoşoaia - Târgovişte

Arrival on Bucharest's Otopeni Airport, visit to the picturesquely, at the lake laid Mogoşoaia Castle. Transfer to Târgovişte, one of the earlier capitals of Walachia. Accommodation in a hotel in Târgovişte.

2nd day: Târgovişte - Câmpulung

Tour of Târgovişte. Ruins of the Prince's Court with church and Chindia-Tower, paintings in the Petraşcu-House, monastery Dealu with a nice perspective. Along the Dâmboviţa river, passing by rich orchards. Mateiaşu hill and the little museum of the battle that took place there (I. World War). Accommodation in a guesthouse in Câmpulung.

3rd day: Câmpulung - Curtea de Argeş - Bistriţa

Walking tour through Câmpulung, the oldest Capital Walachia's, with a traditional school of teachers. Drive to Curtea de Argeş through a wonderful hill region. Well conserved Princiary Church from the 14th century and magnificent monastery with the graves of the Romanian Kings. Further through the hill region and across the Olt to the Bistriţa convent in Oltenia. Accommodation in Bistriţa (3 nights).

4th day: The monasteries of Arnota and Dintr-un Lemn. Govora

Above Bistriţa lies - in splendid location - the monastery Arnota with Matei Basarab's grave. The old church of Dintr-un Lemn Convent was built from a single oak-trunk. Govora is a spa of the Belle Epoque.

5th day: Hurezu - Măldăreşti - Peştera Muierii

Hurezu Nunnery is one of the masterpieces of the Brancoveanu-era, recognized as such by the UNESCO. Splendid frescoes. Refreshments and talk with the abbess in the elegant loggia. Well known Hurezu-ceramics. In Măldăreşti there is a museum that shows two fortified manor houses. Peştera Muierii is the cave of the women.

6th day: Târgu Jiu - Hobiţa - Tismana - Iron Gate

Drive to Târgu Jiu, where we will visit the famous Brâncuşi-sculptures in the park of the city and further to Hobiţa, the natal village of the great sculptor. Tismana, the last nunnery in Oltenia. Over the mountains in Banat to Hercules' Spa and finally to the Iron Gate of the Danube. Accommodation in the Continental Motel at the Iron Gate

7th day: Cazane (Danube Gorges) - Turnu Severin - Ştefăneşti

Drive through Cazane. These are the gorges of the Danube between Romania and Yugoslavia. Roman castle and piers of the bridge over the Danube built in 105 at Turnu Severin. Through Oltenia's Capital city, Craiova, to the house of the famous Brătianu family in Ştefăneşti, right in the middle of a famous wine region. Wine tasting. Accommodation in the manor house in Ştefăneşti

8th day: Golesti - Otopeni airport

Manor house and property of the Golescu family and museum. Transfer to the Otopeni Airport.

Tour will include:
  • all transfers (from/to the airport)
  • all entrances
  • 2 nights in a hotel/motel
  • 2 nights in noble villas
  • 3 nights in the Bistriţa Convent
  • 7 Half Boards
  • wine tasting in Ştefăneşti
  • English speaking guide
Tour will NOT include:
  • flight to/from the airport
  • personal expenditure and tips
  • any visa costs (where applicable)

Number of participants: at least 2; Prices shown for groups of 6

Travel dates: Saturday-Saturday.

Duration: our standard programme is eight days long, but other durations are available on request.

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