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Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway-Balea Lake - Carta monastery

1. Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway-Balea Lake - Carta monastery

Your tour will begin as you are taken from your hotel in Brasov by a professional guide. Once having departed Brasov, you will travel to the most spectacular road in Europe: Transfagarasan. You will stop first and visit the Carta Cistercian Monastery .the monastery was built at the beginning of the 13th century, in the Gothic style, by the Cistercian monks who came to Transylvania from Burgundy, France. You will then continue to the mountains which host the Transfagarasan Highway, the most spectacular and beautiful mountain road in Europe. The road has been featured on the UK motor show Top Gear, and traverses up through the mountains uniting Transylvania with Valachia. Whilst there you will experience great scenes, noisy waterfalls, and with some luck you may even see wild animals such as the brown bear or black goats. Moving onward, you will travel to the Balea Glacier Lake, where you will have lunch at the Lake Balea Chalet. You can then take a walk around the lake, and in summer can also climb up the slope near the lake. From the top of this ridge you will have wonderful pictures with the peaks of the surrounding mountains and the lake and cottage Balea. In the winter between December and March you can visit the ice hotel, as well as the neighboring ice church. You will later return to Brasov in the evening, with wonderful memories of your trip into the sky. During the winter between November and July, we will go up by van to the hotel Cascada Balea 1446m (above the road is closed due to snow), from where we will take the cable car up to Lake Balea. The price of the cable car (100 lei - 24 euros uphill) + descent) is not included in the price of the tour.

Sibiu: Transfagarasan Highway & Balea Lake Private Car Tour

2. Sibiu: Transfagarasan Highway & Balea Lake Private Car Tour

Hairpins, tunnels, and sweeping mountain views await on a private day trip on the Tranfagarasan Highway through the Fagaras Mountains. Enjoy having a private guide to lead your group as you visit Balea Lake, Cistercian Abbey, and Brukenthal Palace. Driving along the Transfagarasan Highway, one of the most spectacular roads in the world, your private guide will point out local landmarks. The highest road in Romania, it runs through the Fagaras Mountains and has more tunnels and viaducts than any other road in Romania. Located in the Fagaraș Mountains, Balea Lake is a spectacular landmark on your day trip from Sibiu. The lake formed after glaciers melted away, leaving a huge void carved into the rugged stones. Visit the partly-ruined Cistercian Abbey in Carta. Admire impressive architecture featuring capitals, keystones, windows, and a 15th-century western portal that still remains. Today the church is frequented by the evangelical community of Carta. Continue to The Brukenthal, a stately palace from 1788, formerly used as the summer residence of Transylvanian Baron Samuel von Brukenthal. Visitors to the historic Brukenthal Palace can enjoy the Baroque architecture and the large landscaped palace park.

Sibiu: 1-Day Hiking Tour in the Carpathian Mountains

3. Sibiu: 1-Day Hiking Tour in the Carpathian Mountains

Discover the stunning scenery of the Southern Carpathian Mountains on a guided hiking excursion. See the grandeur of the Balea Waterfall and enjoy a peaceful picnic lunch by the glacier lake Balea. Climb to the peak of the Fagaras Mountains and be enchanted by the views of Transylvania.  In the morning, meet your guide to begin your hike. After a short distance, the day's first stop will be one of the biggest waterfalls in Romania, the fan-shaped Balea Cascada. Enjoy seeing Romania’s highest mountains the rugged Fagaras Mountain range known as the “Transylvanian Alps”. Next, a walk through Balea Valley will lead up to the Balea Glacier Lake which sits at 6673 feet (2034 meters) high. Before climbing to the mountain peak at 7929 feet (2417 meters), restore your energy with lunch by the lake and enjoy some free time to explore.  Finally, enjoy the impressive view of Walachia, Transylvania and the spectacular winding Transfagarasan Road from the top of the mountain. Travel by bus or cable car back to Sibiu to complete your day trip.

From Bucharest: Day Trip to Transfagarasan

4. From Bucharest: Day Trip to Transfagarasan

Head out towards Transfagarasan, a stunning mountain pass said to be one of the world's most beautiful drives. On the way, stop at Curtea de Arges monastery and the Poenari fortress. Once you're on the road, ride its tight curves and take in sights of the Fagaras Mountains. Get picked up from your hotel in Bucharest and embark on an adventure full of legend, lore, and amazing sights. Make a stop at the Curtea de Arges monastery, famous for its dark legends and burial ground of Romanian kings passed. Next, find yourself at the Poenari fortress, the ruins of Blad the Impaler's castle that stands atop a mountain. Discover why it is considered the real Dracula's castle and admire it from the outside. Now, set out on the Transfagarasan and take on its tight curves and fairytale-like landscapes. Stop for a moment on the Vidararu dam to snap a picture and continue on the drive of one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Once you have passed Poenari fortress you are on Transfagarasan road. Before seeing its tight curves and enjoying the amazing landscape, stop for a moment on the Vidraru dam. At the top of the road, stop for an optional lunch at Balea Lac Chalet, which sits next to Balea glacier lake. Look down at Transylvania at your feet before heading back to Bucharest.

From Sibiu: Transfagarasan Highway Private Full-Day Trip

5. From Sibiu: Transfagarasan Highway Private Full-Day Trip

Travel through Romania’s Fagaras mountains via the vast Transfagarasan Highway. Let your driver navigate the winding roads while you take in views of mountains, valleys, and lakes spread over 150 km. Watch out for highlights like Balea Lake, Argeș Monastery, and Cozia Monastery along the way. Start your journey with pickup in Sibiu and drive onto Transfagarasan Highway, one of Romania’s highest pass roads. Stay alert as your driver points out the glacial Balea Lake, with depths reaching 2034 m. After some tunnels and hairpin turns, see the hydroelectric dam with views of Vidraru Lake. Pass by the ancient orthodox monastery of Curtea de Arges. Learn about the Arges region’s importance as a site of pilgrimage and prayer since the 16th century and as the burial place of the Romanian royal family.  On the way back, see Cozia Monastery, one of Romania’s oldest monasteries. Discover the story of its construction by Mircea the Elder in 1388 and its current use as a tomb and a home to medieval art.

From Bucharest: Private 6-Day Dracula Tour in Transylvania

6. From Bucharest: Private 6-Day Dracula Tour in Transylvania

Experience the historical and legendary places related to the man and the legend behind Dracula on this six-day guided tour. Visit Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace in the medieval citadel of Sighișoara, the imposing Hunyadi Castle, the ruins of Poenari Castle, Dracula Castle, and more. Day 1: Bucharest - Curtea de Argeș - Poenari Castle - Vidraru Dam - Transfagarasan Road - Capra Waterfall - Balea Glacier Lake - Sibiu - Sibiel See the Curtea de Arges Monastery and Poenari Castle from the outside. Drive to the Vidraru Dam and along Transfagarasan Road. Stop at Capra Waterfall and Balea Lake before heading to Sibiel Village. Enjoy a 3-course dinner at Ramona Pension. Savor the pension breakfast in the morning. Day 2: Sibiel - Hunyadi Castle - Alba Iulia - Sibiel Start your second day with a visit to Hunyadi Castle, or Corvins' Castle, and the star-shaped fortress, Alba Iulia Citadel. Hunyadi Castle is one of the largest castles in Europe and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of Romania. Return to Sibiel to enjoy dinner.  Day 3: Sibiel - Sibiu - Turda Salt Mine After breakfast, head to Sibiu’s old town to see the Big Square, Little Square, Bridge of Liars, Romano Catholic Cathedral, and the oldest house in town. Visit the Turda Salt mine, named one of the top 10 underground wonders in the world by National Geographic. Overnight in Turda town at Casa Ratiu. Day 4: Turda - Biertan Fortified Church - Sighisoara Enjoy breakfast and then visit the Fortified Church of Biertan, a UNESCO world heritage site. Visit Sighisoara’s medieval town, including the Clock Tower, the house where Vlad the Impaler was born, and the Church on the Hill. Overnight in Sighișoara. Day 5: Sighisoara - Prejmer Fortified Church - Bran Castle - Rasnov Fortress - Brasov After breakfast, discover the history of the Prejmer Fortified Church, Bran Castle, and Rasnov Fortress. Continue to Brasov and overnight at Casa Timar Pension. Day 6: Brasov - Peles Castle - Snagov Monastery - Bucharest Savor the pension breakfast before starting your final day with a visit to Peles Castle and Snagov Monastery. End your trip with a transfer to your hotel in Bucharest or the airport.

From Brasov: Private Sibiu and Balea Waterfall Day Trip

7. From Brasov: Private Sibiu and Balea Waterfall Day Trip

Today, head west driving parallel to the Carpathians. Your first stop will be in Sibiu, where you will join to a 2-hours city tour and will discover the main cultural objectives such as the Evangelic Church, the Liar’s Bridge and the Council Tower etc. Have some free time in Sibiu. In the afternoon we will drive you to Balea Waterfall, from where you can explore the spectacular Transfagarasan Road. Optional it's worth it to take a cable care ride from Balea Waterfall to Balea Lake to have a better view. Arrive in Brasov at the hotel where you will check-in at around 19:00.

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What people are saying about Bâlea Lake

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Florin is great. He tells you ahead of time what’s going to happen segment by segment, ensures you’re getting the right depth of historical details, never rushes you along. He is amenable to changes and even knows a great place for hamburgers in Sibiu, which likely means he knows great eating places everywhere he tours. He is a great conversationalist for those boring parts on the highway, so talk away with him. I highly recommend him!

A must-see in Romania. Due to the altitude levels, both landscape and vegetation change rapidly. Special thanks to my driver guide Claudiu for all the information about Transsylvania and his support throughout the entire tour.