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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. 

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

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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

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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