• Location: Brașov, Romania
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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Hailed as one of Europe’s most beautiful roads, the Transfagarasan Highway is must-do during your time in Romania. Beginning in Brasov, this 10-hour tour takes you to spectacular Transylvania sites such as Balea Lake and Waterfall, the Vidraru Dam, and Poienari Fortress, where you'll ascend 1,500 steps to the castle's hilltop perch. Absorb magical views of the Fagaras Mountains and enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off in Brasov on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people. 

Please note: The Transfagarasan Road is partially closed. Reopening late June 2018. 

Highlights

  • 10-hour tour of the Transfagarasan Highway and Poienari Castle from Brasov
  • Travel to dispersed attractions with ease in a climate-controlled vehicle
  • Stop at natural gems such as the Balea Lake and Waterfall, and the Vidraru Dam
  • Ascend 1,500 steps to Poienari Castle, the former fortress of Vlad the Impaler
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Brasov are included
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people

What You Can Expect

Full-Day tour Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov

Poienari Fortress

Your tour begins with pickup at your Brasov hotel, where you’ll board a climate-controlled vehicle destined for the beautiful sites of the Transfagarasan Highway.

During the 1.5-hour drive to your first stop, your guide provides commentary that details the history of the strategic military route. On arrival at Balea Waterfall, you’ll stop to capture photographs before proceeding to Balea Lake, arguably the most beautiful glacial lake in the Carpathian Mountains.

Revitalize with lunch (own expense) and then wind your way down the Transfagarasan Highway, through Tara Romaneasca, to the Vidaru Dam, a striking man-made dam surrounded by mountains.

Following a 1-hour drive, you’ll arrive at Poienari Castle, the former fortress of Vlad the Impaler. As you ascend 1,500 steps to the castle, your guide encourages you with historical information surrounding the Romanian ruler who inspired the character of Dracula.

At the top, you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramas and ancient ruins. Then, relax during the 3-hour journey back to your Brasov hotel. 

 

Customer Reviews

Barry H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Really recommend this tour! You see so many things, particularly the Transylvanian countryside which is stunning! Our guide, Tudor, was such a sweet, young guy, who was full of enthusiasm for his region and gave us loads of fascinating stories and information about the history of Transylvania. It was a pleasure to spend the day with him and it really felt like a road trip with a friend! He was incredibly attentive to our needs and even stoppee so we could take pictures at Bran castle on the way back because we hadnt had time to see it previously. For those worried about the steps at the Poenari Fortress, it wasnt as gruelling as we thought it would be and Tudor was very encouraging throughout!

Liina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

It was a great road trip with Karcsi. Transfagaras road was completely unbelievable, the Balea glacier was beautiful, we stopped at Vidraru lake and dam, and those 1480 steps to Poienar's fort, honestly it was worse for me than a walk the marathon : but the wiev was worth it. Karcsi was awesome and nice like old friend. I absolutely recommend this tour and Romania trip to my friends. Thank you!

Christine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This is a great tour and we saw a number of sights that we would not have seen any other way except by this tour. Our driver was excellent and he was very thoughtful throughout the day. It was a very long drive which was not a problem for us because we could nap in the car but it would have been tough on the driver. We managed to walk up the 1780 steps to the Poienari Fortress and it was worth it for the views and sense of accomplishment.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Had the most wonderful day trip. Our guide was Charlie and he was excellent! Very knowledgable and very professional, always making sure we were comfortable and happy and safe. Charlie kept us entertained with details of the history and myths around the sites we saw. He also introduced us to some local foods when we stopped for lunch and my favourite desert...Papanasi...delicious. The views on this tour are breathtaking. i highly recommend this tour.

Ciara F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This was a perfect tour, we saw so much in one day. The sights would have been lovely regardless, but the whole tour was made even better by our guide Dan who was incredibly friendly and fun to spend a day with.

Andra I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We got from this tour much more than we ever expected to get. We thought in the beginning that it will be a group tour but we got a private tour just for the two of us. Bogdan was an excellent guide and drove with us 400 km in 13 hours, showing us monasteries, transilvanian villages, the Transfagarasan road, Balea lake, Vidraru lake, Poienari Fortress, Curtea de Arges and even a roman site after the time of closing. He puts so much soul in what he does and is so full hearted in his story telling. We talked about everything, he shared so much of history knowledge and made us so many beautiful surprises. Bogdan is much more than a guide, he is a life coach, a friend and a great companion. If you want an unforgetable memory, take this tour!

Zuzana K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was beautiful! Our tour guide Mihai was excellent, he told us a lot about the area, would stop at different places to show us some smaller sights and to allow us to take perfect pictures :
Definitely a must-do in Romania! Thank you!

Barbara D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I liked the tour very mutch! The road , high in the mountains was unbelievable.Go take a look yourself!
Charlie, the guide was like an old friend. He really take care of us! Bought us a little great snack high in the mountains and pancakes after it!

Daniel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour with the most beautiful scenery that we booked during our stay in Brasov. We climbed up the Carpathian Mountains on the beautiful Transfăgărășan road. The view from Balea lake was spectacular and our guide Kartsi was affable and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed ourselves despite quite a bit of stair climbing in Poienari Fortress, although on our way down seeing the faces of the people climbing up was amusing :- . We can't thank Kartsi enough as he took our pictures and was helpful with every question or need we had. I highly recommend this tour.

Sasha l

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2016

It's a nice gui named Mircia, but ... we were promised professional guide and he was a driver only without historical knowledge and english below the average level. It was a complete waste of time and money. Too bad that wonderful place.

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