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Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov

Brașov, Romania
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10 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English


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. 
  • 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
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. 


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complete value for money
, Aug 2019
Our guide was Dan..the guy is a complete package. He drove us around to the most serene countryside with a lot of patience..made us see the most beautiful and made us the eat the best. he is super smart, knows the route and the best timings well. If you are good tourist, he can sing as well (really well). I took a day trip to Transfagarasan, Balea and churches and monastery and it's all worth more than with what is being paid.
Our perfect trip in Transylvania
, Aug 2019
My three friends and I booked a trip to Transfagarasan on 13th of August. The driver picked us up from our hotel and everything was extremely smooth! Usually on our trip in Romania, something always fails - the train breaks down, the bus will be delayed, but this road trip was purely amazing. The driver was awesome and very friendly. He knew all the tips and tricks - when is the best for us to go to Transfagarasan, where to go to eat, he knew a lot of interesting facts about the buildings and sightseeing places we visited. It was a pleasure to travel with him! He was always there for us. He didn't rush us, we got the chance to discover as long as we wanted. Moreover, the minivan was very comfortable! I already have recommended this trip to my friends and I will do that in the future as well. The price is 140% worth the experience we got. Thank you for one of the most amazing days we have had here in Romania!
Private friendly, fun tour
, Aug 2019
Private tour with a great tour guide Tudor. We had a great time learning about Romania and Transylvania history and exploring the area, even in the rain! Door to door service and travel in comfort meaning no stress of public transport and no issues with language barriers when you have an experienced personal tour guide with you. Brasov is a must see place to visit and definitely worth a visit.
Best Tour Guide in Romania
, Aug 2019
The best private tour I had in Romania. I absolutelly recomend to book this tour and request Tudor as your guide. He is very knowledgable about Brasov's and Romanian history as well as geography and will answer all the questions you may have. He went on and beyond to make sure I had a great experience with politeness and professionalism. The road trip was very enjoyable, even though the curves towards the mountain, but Tudor drove safely and made several stops so I could enjoy the scenery (which is imponent)....A must do tour!
Wonderful nature and top guide
, Jul 2019
We are very happy, that we decided to make this tour and Charly was our guide. He knows the best places, where you have an awsome view on the nature and told us also some funny historical facts.
Gordana and Stevan
, Sep 2018
Great experience! Stunning beauty of the Carpathian Mountains, Transfagarasan Road, Baleac Lake was accompained by excellent information provided by our tour guide Mihai Cracium!
Really recommend this tour! You see...
Barry H
, Aug 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!
It was a great road trip with...
Liina S
, Oct 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!
This is a great tour and we saw a...
Christine S
, Oct 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.
Had the most wonderful day trip...
Michael S
, Jul 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.

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