Medieval and Modern - History and Nature

Bucharest – Curtea de Arges – Poienari – Vidraru – Balea Lake

Your hotel it’s gonna be in Bucharest. I’ll be there at 8:00 a.m. to start our lovely day.

After 2 hours we stop at one of the most beautiful monasteries in Romania. Curtea de Arges Monastery is the first place for today. It was built in the XVI century and reconstructed between 1875 and 1885.

We’ll learn about Manole’s myth. We’ll admire the tombs of King Ferdinand, King Carol I, Queen Maria and Queen Elisabeth. Built-in the Byzantine architectural style, with Moorish arabesques, the building resembles a mausoleum.

The challenge of the day will be climbing 1480 steps to admire Poienari Fortress and the Arges Valley. The real fortress of Vlad Tepes is located on the top of the mountain.
But the view worth the effort. Built around the 13th century was repaired and consolidated by Vlad the Impaler.

We start crossing the Fagaras Mountains on the “best road in the world” (Top Gear – BBC) at Vidraru Dam. It’s the biggest arch dam in Romania. The dam was built with the primary purpose to produce hydroelectricity. It was completed in 1966 on the Arges river. The dam’s height is 166 meters, the arch length 305 meters and it can store 465 million cubic meters of water.

Transfagarasan Road is open only during summertime. In wintertime, we can go only to Capra Chalet. The road was built between 1970 and 1974. That’s happened during the rule of Nicolae Ceausescu. It was a response to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. They used 6.000 tons of dynamite. Officially 40 lives were lost. It is the second-highest paved road in the country after the Transalpina. The highest point is at 2,042 meters.

It is a winding road with long S-curves and sharp descents. Near the highest point, at Balea Lake, the road passes through Balea Tunnel. That’s the longest road tunnel in Romania (884 m). The Transfagarasan was featured in a segment of the British TV show Top Gear. In the first episode of Series 14 (November 2009) Jeremy Clarkson proclaimed that the Transfagarasan it’s “the best road in the world”.

Thansfagarasan Road


Dates and prices:
Price per tour
by car (1 or 2 or 3 pers.) € 250,00
by minivan (4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 pers.)  € 500,00
For the price per person, you have to divide the price by the number of tourists.
For example, for 5 pers, each of them will pay € 100
  • Curtea de Arges Monastery
  • Poienari Fortress
  • Vidraru Dam
  • Transfagarasan Road
  • Balea Lake
  • Cozia Monastery

Distance : ~ 550 km
Time : ~ 12-14 hours

Included :
– Transport with A/C car/minibus
– English / french driver-guide

Not included :
– Meals
– Entrance fees to monuments/sights, photo, video and other fees than those mentioned in the itinerary
– Various expenses such as personal calls, souvenirs, etc.


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