See the traditional blue printed pottery center and the UNESCO Orthodox monastery from Horezu. Be awestruck by strange architectural design of Curtea de Arges monastery’s columns and legend. Explore the largest gorges complex of the country. Taste and shop for traditional homemade delicacies.
Enjoy a lunch in the village where Sharon Stone and Andy Garcia filmed in 2012 scenes from “What About Love”. Stop on Vidraru Dam to take some amazing photos. Next day, Transfagarasan highway takes you on top of the majestic Carpathian Mountains. With a lunch at a trout farm.
Customized itinerary planning and travel arrangements, Private sedan / minivan with professional English speaking driver (-guide) at disposal, Personal tour manager at disposal (available on request)
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Oltenia and Wallachia private tour
In Dambovicioara village's area your sight is caught by the houses ornated with sculpted wooden pillars and multicolored tall roses. No, Romanians don’t spend too much of their time wetting them. Nature takes care of roses to have flowers as big as the head of a new born. From the comfortable sedan the villages veiled among mountain ridges gently reveal to your eyes. The landscape looks as if a child drew here and there on a piece of green paper some trees, stones, small houses and a winding asphalt ribbon among them.
Explore the largest gorges complex of the country
You are heading to the largest gorges complex of the country: Dambovicioara Canyon, within Piatra Craiului National Park. Exploring its outstanding part you will be astonished by its monumentality. Vertical calcareous walls or even leaning over the 1 to 2 m wide bed of Dambovicioara gill (sometimes with heights exceeding 200 m), imposing towers and sharp cliffs… About 50 caves lies underground Dambovicioara hydrographic pond. But happily, the most attractive and important one is right nearby the canyon with the same name. And the locals know it before 1579 !
The climax is when, following the road, a straight domineering mountain suddenly arise in front of you like an impetuous wall as if the world ends here. You shyly approach and at the turn, amid two edgy cliffs, the deep and narrow entrance inside the mountain opens. It’s chill. You have the sensation that you feel the breath of the mountain and even hear it. Daring to look up you are shivery by the bouncers of cliffs hung by the canyon walls. They look like wild beast lying in ambush to hurtle on you.
Traditional homemade delicacies from Rucar-Bran Couloir
After Dambovicioara Canyon, before leaving the Rucar – Bran Couloir you notice, on both sides of the road, tables with traditional Romanian delicacies. Stop at the penultimate on the right. Here an over 70 years old lady with clear blue eyes and 3 children – a priest, a Romanian language teacher and the other daughter working for European Funds – will welcome you. Then she will kindly invite you to taste for free all the products. The old lady herself makes them, right in the house behind the temptress table.
Despite the rain outside, under the large umbrella, the flavours of smoked sausages and forest fruits syrups tantalize your senses. Bear, deer, and boar dry sausages, wild strawberry, raspberry, underbrush, fir buds and fir cones thick syrups, cheese in fir tree bark, smoked cheese, forest fruits sherbet, honey, blueberry brandy…
The driver is quite passionate about homemade drinks. He prepares his own elder juice, so he asks about the quantities in the recipe of this amazing blueberry brandy. The answer surprise and make us all laughing: as many ripe blueberries and some palinca (traditional local brandy), no sugar, no any other add-ons. Honey is another local delicacy you don’t wish to miss. Especially the one made of acacia. Some says in Romania you find the most flavored and tasty one. Maybe because of the unknown natural mix of fertile soil, clean air and weather conditions.
Curtea de Arges monastery
One of the most famous Romanian legends is related to the monastery from Curtea de Arges. It serves as necropolis of the Romanian Royal Family, here resting the Kings Carol I, Ferdinand and Carol II, as well as Queen Ana. In the 16th century (1514) the Prince Neagoe Basarab founded a halidom of unmatched beauty, with some Georgian and Armenian architectural elements. After studying in Italy and Constantinople he administrated the construction of a mosque ordered by the sultan Bayezid II. The chief-builder of the mosque was the Armenian master Manoli from Niaesia.
Master Manole's legend
The legend says Manole built his wife in one of the monastery’s walls to succeed finishing the impressive construction and in the place where he fell off the roof a source appeared. Look for the fountain built on that source (across the street in front of the monastery) and also for the red text marking the wall. But don’t let yourself charmed to marry here because the locals say that all marriages officiated at the monastery end with a divorce.