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From Bucharest: Full-Day Transfagarasan Road Tour

1. From Bucharest: Full-Day Transfagarasan Road Tour

In the morning you will start your journey towards the Fagaras Mountains, some of the most massive and beautiful mountains in Romania, also named the Transylvanian Alps. Your first stop will be in the town named Curtea de Arges, at the bottom of the Fagaras Mountains, where you will visit one of the most remarkable monasteries in Romania. Next you will make a stop at the foot of the Poenari Citadel, a stronghold that became famous thanks to Dracula's Legend. From here you will be taken to Romania's most beautiful road, named by Top Gear "the best road in the world", the Transfagarasan, the second-highest road in Romania. The road reaches its highest point of 2034m at the Balea Lake. Here you will have an hour and a half break to enjoy the beauty of this place. You have numerous possibilities: a cable car trip between Balea Lake and Balea Waterfall; lunch in one of the chalets; or picnic or hike around this beautiful area​. ​With your batteries fully charged, you will now drive back to Bucharest arriving at around 20:00.

Day Trip to Transfagarasan

2. Day Trip to Transfagarasan

Drive to the former capital of Wallachia, Targoviste, and visit the remains of the court of Vlad the Impaler, better known as Dracula. Next stop is in Curtea de Arges where you’ll visit one of the most beautiful churches in Romania, also the burial site of the first Romanian kings. From this holy place keep on driving to the ruins of Poenari Castle, Dracula’s fortification which overlooks the Carpathian Mountains.  Experience the Transfagarasan Road, built by Ceausescu with the help of the army. It offers a breathtaking view and takes you all the way up to the summit of the mountain where you can discover the astonishing glacial lake of Balea. From here, start your long but beautiful drive back home.

Bucharest: Wild Brown Bears and Dracula's Fortress Tour

3. Bucharest: Wild Brown Bears and Dracula's Fortress Tour

Discover the top attractions in Romania on this guided tour. You’ll see the resting place of kings, Curtea de Arges Monastery, visit the true home of Dracula, Poienari fortress, see wild brown bears waiting by the road, and more. The tour will start with a visit to Curtea de Arges Monastery, found in the former capital of Romania, Arges. You’ll see the ruins of the Wallachian princely court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well as the famous Arges Monastery. Learn all about this important historical monument and its interesting, but sad story, from your guide. Next up is one of Romania’s top attractions, Poenari Castle. This was the original castle of Vlad the Impaler, who inspired the story of Dracula. As you climb up the 1480 stairs that lead up to the castle, you’ll be walking in the steps of Dracula! From there, it’s on to Vidraru Dam, which forms Lake Vidraru. Completed in 1966 on the Argeș River, the arch dam was primarily built to produce hydroelectricity. The dam's height is 166 meters, the arch length 305 meters, and it can store an incredible 465 million cubic meters of water. Near Vidraru Dam is the final sight of the day: wild brown bears! You’ll be amazed by these great animals, calmly relaxing by the road. Finally, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, your mind filled with all the incredible sights from the day.

From Bucharest: Transfagarasan Highway Private Day Trip

4. From Bucharest: Transfagarasan Highway Private Day Trip

Discover the most scenic high-altitude road in Romania named by Top Gear "the best road in the world" with this Transfagarasan Day Trip from Bucharest. Visit the Curtea de Arges Monastery and see the mighty Poenari Citadel. Your first stop will be in the town named Curtea de Arges, at the bottom of the Fagaras Mountains to see the remarkable ruins of the Wallachian princely court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well the famous Arges Monastery. Next, head to the foot of the Poenari Citadel, a stronghold that became famous thanks to Dracula's Legend. Climb the 1480 stairs that lead up to the castle. Continue to the spectacular Transfagarasan Highway and experience the incredible views and stunning scenery that this paved mountain road offers.

Monasteries of Curtea de Arges: Day Trip from Bucharest

5. Monasteries of Curtea de Arges: Day Trip from Bucharest

Embark on a guided walking tour of the captivating monasteries of Romania's Curtea de Arges. One of the oldest towns in Wallachia, Curtea de Arges rests on the bank of the Arges River. A former capital of a small local state, the city was crucial in the unification of the lands south of the Carpathians, and its oldest archeological evidence dates back to the 13th century. As you begin your walking tour through the ancient city, stop to admire the austere exterior of the Prince Church, and then head within to witness its breathtaking interior. Entirely decorated with painted frescoes, the artworks are the first examples of Romanian painting dating back to the 14th century. Continue the tour with visits to the Old Court ruins, the beautiful Episcopal Church, and the unique Olari Church. Enjoy a delicious traditional Romanian meal at the best restaurant in Curtea de Arges to end the tour.

From Bucharest: Day Trip to Transfagarasan

6. 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 Bucharest: Private Beekeeping Lesson and Local Lunch

7. From Bucharest: Private Beekeeping Lesson and Local Lunch

Learn about the rich beekeeping tradition in Romania, a country with over 20,000 beekeepers. Imagine what it would be like to retreat to the countryside for weeks at a time with only the bees and the meadows of fragrant flowers as your company. Join your knowledgeable, English-speaking guide on a trip to a thriving apiary and get ready for a fascinating beekeeping immersion.  Start your apiary tour with a detailed beekeeping lesson. Study the behavior of the bees and learn some key facts about bee lifecycle and habitat necessary to being a successful beekeeper. Watch a mesmerizing demonstration of the harvesting process and learn how a beehive works firsthand. Get to know the different products that can be harvested from the hive, including honey, propolis, beeswax, pollen, bee bread, and bee venom. And don't forget Apilarnil, the hive product discovered by a famous Romanian beekeeper with immense health benefits.  After working up an appetite, enjoy a local lunch featuring traditional Romanian foods and drinks from ecological sources. Taste a number of healthy and delicious honeybee products for dessert.

From Bucharest: Romania, Moldova & Transnistria Private Tour

8. From Bucharest: Romania, Moldova & Transnistria Private Tour

It’s the best way to understand Romania and the Romanians by spending 2 nights in a Guest House in Maramures and then driving to the Republic of Moldova for 2 nights (plus Transnistria) to see the old Romanian territory plus the Danube Delta – Private Tours 15 Days – Complete Romania & Moldova! Total Duration: 15 days Day 1: Bucharest City Tour 8 hours - Overnight in Bucharest Itinerary steps: 5 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2: 1. Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Poienari Castle 3. Transfagarasan Highway - Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3: 1. Corvin Castle 2. Densus Church 3. Sarmisegetusa Regia - Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 4: 1. Brasov City Tour (Black Church) 2. Bran Castle / Dracula's Castle 3. Peles Castle - Overnight stay in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 5: 1. Viscri Village 2. Rupea Fortress 3. Sighisoara City Tour - Overnight stay in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 6: 1. Turda Salt mine 2. Cluj Napoca City Tour (Botanic Garden) 3. Surdesti Wooden Church - Overnight in Sighetul Marmatiei Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 7: 1. Explore Maramures all day(local market) 2. Merry Cemetery 3. Sighet Memorial Museum - Overnight in Sighetul Marmatiei Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 8: 1. Barsana Monastery 2. Borgo Pass Road 3. Ciocanesti village - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 9: 1. Voronet Monastery 2. Humor Monastery 3. Sucevita Monastery 4. Moldovita Monastery - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 10: 1. Driving to Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) 2. Nicolae Popa Museum 3. Lunch in Iasi - Overnight in Chisinau Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 11: Visit Tiraspol (Transnistria) - Overnight in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 12: Chisinau City Tour with Cricova Wine Cellar & Milestii Mici - Overnight in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 13: 1. Start driving crossing the Republic of Moldavia for Danube Delta 2. Cross the Danube at Braila - Overnight in Tulcea Itinerary steps: 1 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 14: Danube Delta Tour – we explore by boat the beautiful nature of the Danube Delta - Overnight in Tulcea Itinerary steps: 1 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 15: 1. Constanta Old Town 2. Carol I Mosque 2. Mamaia Beach - Back to Bucharest (End of Tour) Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included

From Bucharest: 3-Day Guided Romania Tour

9. From Bucharest: 3-Day Guided Romania Tour

The best way to spend 3 days in Romania it's to book this tour :) Transfagarasan Highway, Transalpina Road, Densus Temple, Polovragi Cave, Poienari Fortress will give you a great satisfaction and perfect memories for the rest of your life :) Total Duration: 3 days Day 1 : 1. Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Trasfagarasan Highway 3. Poienari Fortress 4. Vidraru Dam - Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2 : 1. Sibiu City Tour 2. Hunyade Castle 3. Prislop Monastery 4. Densus Temple - Overnight in Alba Iulia Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3 : 1. Alba Iuia City Tour 2. Transalpina Road 3. Polovragi Cave 4. Horezu Monastery 5. Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included

From Bucharest: 8-Day Private Romania Highlights Tour

10. From Bucharest: 8-Day Private Romania Highlights Tour

Total Duration: 8 days Day 1 : 1. Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Poenari Castle 3. Transfagarasan Highway 4. Sibiu City Tour - Overnight stay in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 5 Meals not included Accommodation not included Did you know that Curtea de Arges is unique for the important royal tombs it hides? Everyone knows that truly good, beautiful and durable things come only through sacrifice, which will become apparent when you reach the old town of Curtea de Arges. With a rich and eventful history, this is where you get to see the ruins of the Wallachian princely court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well the famous Arges Monastery, an important historical monument with an interesting, yet sad story. Day 2 : 1. Turda Salt mine 2. Cluj Napoca 3. Surdesti Wooden Church - Overnight in Vadul Izei (Maramures) Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Turda Salt Mine: This place is a feast for the eyes and the body, as your lungs will be very grateful for the purifying saline air, beneficial especially for those with respiratory problems, such as allergies or asthma. You will discover vestiges of Roman heritage, as salt mining in the area goes back thousands of years. You will get the chance to see the former Iosif, Terezia, and Rudolf mines, and medieval salt exploitation machinery unique in Europe – the hardware, the crivac (or gepel), the salt mill, as well as an altar carved in the salt wall and the “Stairway of the Rich”, with its intricate woodwork. Day 3 : 1. Explore Maramures (local market) 2. Merry Cemetery 3. Sighet Memorial Museum - Overnight in Vadul Izei (Maramures) Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included If you want to know why the Romanian people fought so hard to escape the communist oppression, pay a visit to the Memorial Museum for the Victims of Communism and you will only begin to understand how damaging the totalitarian regime was and how much pain and suffering it brought in such a short time. Day 4 : 1. Barsana Monastery 2. Borgo Pass Road 3. Ciocanesti Village - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Barsana Monastery: One of the tallest wooden church in Romania (57m height) Day 5 : 1. Voronet Monastery 2. Sucevita M. 3. Moldovita M. 4. Humor M. 5. Egg Paineted Museum - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 5 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 6 : 1. Bicaz Gorge 2. Nicolae Popa Museum 3. Red Lake - Overnight in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 7 : 1. Sighisoara City Tour 2. Viscri Village 3. Brasov City Tour - Overnight in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 8 : 1. Bran Castle 2. Peles Castle 3. Sinaia Monastery - Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included

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What people are saying about Curtea de Argeş

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Excellent beautiful views

We had a fantastic guide who was very friendly and was happy to stop where we wanted. We had asked to be dropped at the airport after and he did so in ample time which was great. The road is absolutely stunning with so much to see and I really recommend anyone that does it! We did it yesterday (15th August 2016) for my husbands birthday and he had such a great day. We had an amazing lunch at the restaurant by the lake. I thoroughly recommend this too! I really hope if you do it you get the driver we did he was lovely!!

Me and my husband didn’t feel very well on the day of the trip, but Andrei made sure he made our day brilliant. He has a lot of knowledge, and so happy to share with us his knowledge. Is worth for the money you pay to have a private car take you everywhere around. Highly recommended to choose this trip with Andrei. Thank you so much for the wonderful time we had in Romania!

Absolutely fantastic all round experience!

One of the best tours we have ever been on. Everything ran smoothly and we had a fantastic guide who was very informative, and friendly. The driver was also very helpful and would stop whenever we wanted photos. Overall we seen some breathtaking views, tasted quality local food and would recommend booking this tour 100%.

Adrian was a great host and had lots of knowledge to share. Made sure I was comfortable and enjoying the experience the whole day. Would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see more of this beautiful country.