Transfagarasan Highway Tour
- 12 hours
Full-day tour of the Transfagarasan Highway from Bucharest
Designed to maximize travellers' time in Romania
Marvel at natural highlights including Balea Glacier Lake
Visit historic landmarks such as Curtea de Arges Monastery and Poienari Fortress
Operating period: June - October
Starting time: 07:30 AM
Duration: approx. 12 hours
Bucharest – Curtea de Arges Monastery - Poienari Fortress aka the Real Castle of Dracula – Vidraru Dam - Transfagarasan Road – Balea Lake - Bucharest
Transfagarasan Highway is one of the top highlights of Romanian tourism and you will be exploring it on this exciting tour that combines nature, charming countryside and historical landmarks.
More than 150 kilometers (94 miles) in length the Transfagarasan Highway is Romania’s most spectacular and best known road and, thanks to an appearance on BBC Top Gear in 2009, now one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. Fully open only from June to October, the road’s highest point is at 2042 meters (6700 ft): the tunnel which links the northern and southern sides at Lake Balea.
Curtea de Arges Monastery - Located at the end of a boulevard with hundred of years old linden trees, this 16th century monastery is the most important pilgrimage and prayer place in Arges County. The unique building resembles a very large and elaborate mausoleum, built in Byzantine style with Moorish arabesques. The church also serves as resting place for the kings and queens of Romania.
Poienari Fortress - Is placed on the highest cliff around Arges river gorges at 850m (2800 feet), surrounded by a magnificent landscape and to get here you will climb 1480 steps. The first documents mentioning Poienari Fortress are from the 14th century when here was only a surveillance tower, this until Vlad decided to rebuilt it and use it as his main stronghold.
Vidraru Dam - along Transfagarasan Road, at about 40 kilometers far from Curtea de Arges, Vidraru Dam is considered by specialists a real jewelry of engineering. At the completion date, it ranked 5th in Europe, and 9th in the world. As specialists say, it is a double curved dam, its height is 166 meters and arch length 307 meters. Its outline is electrically lighted by night, so it can be noticed from the plane. Tourists can climb to Belvedere platform to admire the beautiful landscape.
Transfagarasan Highway - Drive on the most famous and most windy European road. First stop will be at Vidraru Dam, built during the communist period, together with the road. You will have the chance to take photos of this splendid landscape. Driving to the mountain top, the landscape becomes more and more spectacular. After passing by beautiful waterfalls, we will go through the longest tunnel in Romania, for almost 1 km, reaching Balea glacier Lake. Brief stop for photos. On the other side of the mountain the drive will be even more impressive.
Balea Lake - is a glacier lake situated at 2,034 meters of altitude in the Fagaras Mountains, in central area of Romania. It is one of the most visited lakes in Romania. The lake is accessible by car on the Transfagarasan road during the summer, and the rest of the year by cable car.
Private guided tour from Bucharest
TOUR PRICE / GROUP
Hotel pick-up & drop-off
Transportation by air-conditioned car/van
Private English-speaking guide
Assistance during the entire tour
Entrance fees and photo/video fees (approx. EUR 5)
Lunch (approx. EUR 10)