Transfagarasan Highway - Private Day Trip From Bucharest

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We offer pick-up from all hotels & apartment rentals in Bucharest.
  • Return Details :
    Drop-off at your Bucharest hotel / accommodation.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Transfagarasan Road isone of the tophighlights of Romanian tourism and you will be exploring it on this exciting tour that combines nature, charming countryside andhistoricallandmarks.
More than 150 kilometers (94 miles) in length theTransfagarasan Highwayis Romanias most spectacular and best known road and, thanks toan appearance on BBCTop Gearin 2009, now one of the countrys most popular tourist attractions. Fully open only from June to October, the roads highest point is at 2042 meters (6700 ft): the tunnel which links the northern and southern sides at Lake Balea.

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Itinerary: Bucharest Curtea de Arges Monastery - Poienari Fortress aka The real castle of Dracula  Vidraru Dam - Transfagarasan Road Balea Lake - Bucharest

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 - The Real Castle of Dracula: 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 Road: 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.


Hotel pick-up & drop-off

Transportation by modern & air-conditioned car/van

English speaking guide

Assistance during the entire trip


Entrance fees & Photo fees (approx. EUR 5)


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Wear comfortable walking shoes

Bring a jacket as weather in the mountains can rapidly change

Stroller accessible

Infant seats available

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 05-Nov-2019

    This was an incredible tour. Our tour guide Claudiu was very knowleablge, friendly, and attentive. My mom and I were feeling a bit under the weather but Claudiu made sure we felt comfortable on the long drive. The views were amazing with lots of photo opportunities. I would highly recommend this tour !

  • 04-Nov-2019

    Cristian was an fabulous guide, so knowledgeable and an excellent driver. We visited the monastery in Sinaia before getting to the highway. We were unable to visit the Fortress due to bear activity which was a shame, and alas no bears were spotted in the forest- though one had smashed up one of the food sellers huts the previous night up at the lake. The highway was a series of hairpin bends, through trees with glorious autumn colours. We stopped at the Dam when it began to snow! It gradually got colder as we travelled upwards, and there was a lot of fog. It cleared once we were through the 1km tunnel to the lake, and the snow had settled.