Benefits

Drive along mountain ridges on one of Romania's highest roads and learn more about the history related to Vlad the Impaler, all in a private day trip from Bucharest.

Transfagarasan Road Trip from Bucharest

Take a road-trip from Bucharest and experience a small part of Romania's breathtaking sceneries, vampire stories, and medieval fortresses.

Trip Activities

hiking

Hike around Balea Lake

sightseeing

Discover the beautiful landscapes of Romania

beautiful roads

Drive on Transfagarasan Highway as know as 'The Road to the Sky' 

history

Find out more about the fascinating history of Romania

royal family

Visit the Curtea de Arges Monastery, the necropolis of the Romanian Royal Family

Itinerary

Your tour will begin early in the morning when your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in order to start your journey through Făgăraș, the tallest mountains in Romania.

 

The first destination of the tour is the Curtea de Arges Monastery. According to the legend, the secret behind one of the most beautiful monasteries in Romania is the human sacrifice that made it possible. The master Manole cemented his wife, Ana, into the foundation of the building, as a gift to God.  The monastery was completed in 1517, after 5 years of work, and today it serves as the necropolis of the Romanian Royal Family.

 

Next, you will take a road trip through a magnificent highway that crosses the Carpathian Mountains. On top of an isolated cliff, located 850 meters above the ground, sits the Poenari Castle.

 

Poenari Castle was built between the 13th and 14th centuries, but it was shortly abandoned. When he came to power in Targoviste, Vlad the Impaler seized many of his enemies and political opponents and forced them to work on expanding the Castle. After months of slaved labor, many of those who constructed the castle died, and in the end, those that were still alive were impaled.

 

*Due to renovations, Poenari Castle is closed and cannot be visited until 2020

 

Close to the castle is one of the tallest dams in Europe, Vidraru Dam, with a height of more than 160 meters. You will stop to enjoy the beautiful scenery, and you can use this opportunity to take some great pictures of the surrounding area.

 

The last part of the tour is the long-awaited road trip on Transfagarasan. No matter whether you're a petrolhead, photography enthusiast, or nature lover, you will be amazed by the spectacular Transfagarasan road. Deemed by Jeremy Clarkson as a road where you can find every race-track in the world, Transfagarasan was built in the 1970s during the reign of Nicolae Ceausescu, at a great cost of human life. Although the official numbers say that 40 people died during its construction, many claims that the numbers are actually in the hundreds.

 

Descending from the Transfagarasan, you will reach the northernmost point of the tour, Balea Lake. After a short hike near the lake, you will head back to Bucharest.

What's included

  •   Entrance fees ( for Curtea de Arges Monastery, Poenari Fortress)
  •   Professional English-speaking guide
  •   Transportation with a modern vehicle
  •   Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  •   Bottle of water

What's not included

  •   Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  •   Lunch (approx. €13/person)
  •   Photography Fees

 

 

 

Good to know

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  • Special notes

    Approximately 14 hours with the frequent traffic jams.

    Availability: 1st of July - 31st of October, with frequent events;

    Poenari Fortress can only be visited two times a day because of the large number of bears.

    If any attraction cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control, the attraction will be replaced on-site.

  • Departure

    You will be picked up at 8:00 AM

We recommend

Although Romania has a unique beauty in each season, for this tour we recommend:

Transfagarasan Private Road Trip from Bucharest

  • 1 DAY
    58 €
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