Day trip

Transfagarasan Road Trip with Curtea de Arges

4.8 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: Rolandia

Transfagarasan Road Trip with Curtea de Arges

Activity provider: Rolandia

From US$ 176.77 per person

Experience Romania's breathtaking scenery on a drive along the twisting Transfagarasan Road. Visit Curtea de Arges Monastery and Poenari Castle.

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Duration 12 hours
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  • Explore the Curtea de Arges Monastery
  • Visit Poenari Castle, the fortress of Vlad the Impaler
  • Enjoy a hike around Balea Lake
  • Drive along the spectacular Transfagarasan Highway
Full description
Visit the Curtea de Arges Monastery on this 12-hour trip. Completed in 1517, it serves as the necropolis of the Romanian royal family. Continue the drive on a highway that crosses the Carpathian Mountains. Next on the itinerary is cliff-top Poenari Castle, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. Vlad the Impaler forced many of his enemies and political opponents to work on expanding the castle. Near the castle make another stop to see Vidraru Dam: at 525 feet, it is one of the tallest dams in Europe. A highlight of the tour is a drive on the Transfagarasan Highway. At the northernmost point of the tour, enjoy a short hike near Balea Lake.
  • Entrance fees
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation by modern, well-equipped car, minibus or coach
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Bottle of water
  • Lunch (approximately €13/person)
  • Photography fees
  • Tips for the tour guide
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Due to renovations, Poenari Castle is closed and cannot be visited until 2020
  • Entrance fees are included in the ticket price
  • Lunch (approximately €13/person) is not included. Please carry cash for lunch
  • Photography fees, and tips for the tour guide are not included in the ticket price
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 14 reviews

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A very interesting trip, since you get to know different areas of the Region and you are filled with history and culture. Alex, the guide is a super interesting person who gladly shares opinions and history of Romania with you. That in the end was what I enjoyed the most. A pity not having been able to go up to the fort. It was one of the main points for which I booked the tour.

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September 9, 2019

Amazing Trip! Must do

My tour guide Alex was the best guide I've ever had. There were some unfortunate cancellations on our trip as we were unable to go to Balea Lake due to the snow (which usually should have melted at the time) and Poenari Castle due to many wild bears. Unfortunately this is out of the company's control. Initially I wasn't too happy because I am missing out on a lot but Alex really did everything to make sure I had a great experience. I really wanted to see the Transfagarasan Road and because I was missing out on so much already he offered to take more out of his time to drive all around the mountains so I can get a worthwhile experience of the Transfagarasan Road. I had even more bad luck as there was fog blocking an amazing view, but Alex was happy to wait patiently for the fog to pass. The view was spectacular! Alex was very knowledgeable and gave me a great insight to the Romanian history and culture. Alex went well above and beyond to ensure I had a pleasant experience. Thank you :)

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September 3, 2019


First of all, the Monastry of Curtea de Arges impressive. Although we could not visit Poienari fortress as there were bears arround, Balea Lake was amazing. It's better not to go there on weekends as it is crowded. The guide knew everything perfectly and it was amazing when we put a classical music cd on the route throughout Transfagarasan roads. Impressive. If you want the tour in Spanish, ask for Cristie :)

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August 18, 2018

Product ID: 151442