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Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov
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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

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 7 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 7 people
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Professional guide
Hotel (only from Brasov city) pickup and drop-off
Round-trip transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Piața Sfatului 28, Brașov 500025, Romania

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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. 

 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Transfagarasan Highway
Driving on Transfagarasan Highway as know as "the Road to the Sky", "the Road to the Clouds", "the Best Driving Road in the World" and even "A spectacular Monument to Earth-Moving Megalomania"
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Balea Waterfall
We hike to Balea Waterfall - the highest step-waterfall in Romania, more than 60 metres tall.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Le Lac Balea
Balea Lac is a natural glacier lake at 2040m, 360 meters long, 240 meters wide and 11 meters deep.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fagaras Mountains
It is said that the name "Fagaras" is coming from the word "fagar", an old word which represents a large old beech forest. In ancient times, the bottom part of the Fagaras Mounatins were covered with Oak forest. Now remains "Dumbrava Vadului", where, among the oak trees, we have daffodils (Narcissus stellaris), locally known as coprine. In Fagaras Mountains there is "Mioarelor" galcial lake (2282 m), the highest glacial lake in the Carpathian mountains. In Fagaras Mountains there are 8 of the 14 peaks of the Carpathian mountains that reach the altitude of 2500 m: Moldoveanu (2544 m), Negoiu (2535 m), Coltul Vistei Mari (2527 m), Lespezi (2522 m), Cornu Caltunului (2510 m), Vanatoarea lui Buteanu (2507 m), Hartopu (2506 m) and Dara (2500 m). Here there are over 42 peaks with altitude between 2400 and 2500 m.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vidraru Dam
It was completed in 1966 on the Argeș River and creates Lake Vidraru. The arch dam was built with the primary purpose to produce hydroelectricity. The dam's height is 166 meters, the arch length 305 meters and it can store 465 million cubic meters of water. The reservoir has a total shoreline (perimeter) length of 28 km.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Poienari Castle
Visit Poienari Fortress, the real Vlad Tepes' Residential Castle. Access to the citadel of Poienari is made by climbing the 1,480 concrete stairs.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Sturdy hiking footwear recommended
  • Minimum booking numbers apply (2 pax). If you would like to join as 1 person please note that the price for 2 is be applicable
  • Please note - Access to the citadel is made by climbing the 1,480 concrete stairs
  • Small group tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • IMPORTANT! When the Transfagarasan road is closed (November 1 - June 30) we drive up to the Balea Waterfall (no visit of Poienari Fortress and Vidradu Dam). If the weather conditions allow, we take the cable car up to the Balea Lake (approx. extra 20 euro/person, includes the cable car ticket for the guide, also). We visit the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey of Carta and the amazing Sambata de Sus Monastery, also.
  • The cable car operates at least 10 people. Tourists have priority over freight shipments. No cargo is carried on Fridays , Saturdays and Sundays. In case of adverse weather conditions we do not assume responsibility. In case of technical failure will be refunded the amount paid. Please keep checking tickets. Thank you for understanding. More info: http://balealac.ro/en/balea-lake-balea-waterfall-cablecar/
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Poienari Fortress is closed Monday and Tuesday from 1st of October until further notice.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Active Travel Day Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "I took a day trip to Transfagarasan, Balea and churches and monastery and it's all worth more than with what is being paid." See review
  • "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." See review

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Amazing trip and guide
Antonio_D
, Sep 2021
Charlie has been an amazing guide and a fantastic companion for this long and beautiful day! It helped us with some extra-trip organizational issues and has been funny, patient and helpful the whole time. One of the best guides ever! Ah, and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking! We even managed to spot (from a safe distance) 10 bears! Apparently a record! The cherry on top for the perfect day and experience! Absolutely recommended - go with Charlie for a wonderful Transfagarasan experience!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We thank you so much for your detailed review about our Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov, Antonio!
star-5
Amazing tour and worth every penny
Effy
, Jul 2021
TB, our guide, was very knowledgeable. He explained the history and the significance of each place we visited along the tour. The scenery was really beautiful and he tried his best to make sure we captured the good pictures despite the temperamental weather. The tour was truly amazing. A few suggestion for improvement are: 1. Provide clear itinerary at the beginning of the tour i.e. how long the journey, whether we will have a stop for restroom/lunch etc. 2. Start the tour with a bit of a background at the beginning of the tour and not wait till we reach the first stop to explain. 3. There was a climb of 1460 steps and this was quite a challenge for us. Wish it was made clearer before the climb so that we could have brought water etc. Overall, the trip was really worth it. We truly enjoyed the experience and the drive up the mountains. Highly recommend for everyone with moderate physical activity and who wants to explore more than just the cities in Romania.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We thank you so much for your review of our Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov, Effy! We appreciate for sharing your suggestions to improve the experience of travel!
star-5
Fantastic!
Letizia F
, Nov 2019
Best tour ever!! Our guide George was really nice and so kind. We saw Transfagarasan even if it was cloudy, foggy and it was snowing. George guided for 7 hours and he was always gentle and funny with us. This tour is awesome and I think it is the only way to see the most beautiful part of Romania and Transylvania. Out of the real world.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for booking with us the day trip to Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov, Letizia! Indeed, it is an amazing day trip.
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Great trip, very nice guide!
adragan2006
, Sep 2019
I saw in one day a lot of great places, the road is amazing, the experince worth it 200%. The poienari fortress is closed.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov represents a great experience! Thank you for your review!
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complete value for money
krvivekca
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
We really thank you for your review about the Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov!
star-5
Our perfect trip in Transylvania
GoPlaces21057655268
, 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!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for your detailed review about the Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov! Indeed, it is an one of a kind experience to book while you are staying in Brasov.
star-5
Private friendly, fun tour
nataliedara
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your review about the Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov, Natalie!
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Best Tour Guide in Romania
ERIKA E
, 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!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Erika, we appreciate your review about the Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov. Thank you!
star-5
Wonderful nature and top guide
Culture55721332641
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
We are so happy you were happy by booking an authentic experience with us: Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov! Thank you for your review!
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Gordana and Stevan
gordanakosutic1982
, 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!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your review about the Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov. Indeed, there are spectacular places to visit!

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