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Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake Tour

Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake Tour


From US$ 135.57 per person

Discover the most scenic high-altitude road in Romania with this Transfagarasan Day Trip from Brasov. Your tour includes a drive on the Transfagarasan up to the Balea Lake and back, with a visit to the Brancoveanu Monastery included.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pickup is available from all hotels/accommodation in Brasov.
Small group
Limited to 7 participants


  • Experience the most spectacular road in Europe
  • Explore Balea Lake, a glacial lake situated at an altitude of 2,034 meters in the Fagaras Mountains
  • Explore the Brancoveanu Monastery, a beautiful Orthodox monastery with an old church built in 1696 by Constantin Brancoveanu
Full description
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 Brancoveanu Monastery, an ancient Orthodox monastery built at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains. Its mural and interior paintings were made in 1766 by the painters Ionascu and Pană, and you will leave the silence and harmony of the monastic life of this Orthodox monastery. 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.
  • Transportation in a luxury Mercedes V-Klass or similar
  • English-speaking guide
  • Maps
  • Refrigerator with cold water on board
  • Assistance throughout your tour
  • WiFi on board
  • Pickup and drop off from all hotels in Basov
  • Tickets to the cable car (November 1-July 1)
  • Lunch

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • The Transfagarasan is open from July 1 to November 1, for the rest of the year you will drive 1,464 meters to the cable car at Hotel Balea Waterfall where you will take the cable car up to Lake Balea
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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.

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