Over the Carpathians

The most beautiful roads in Romania

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TOUR description

This trip will take you on the most beautiful roads Romania has, built over the Carpathians: Transfagarasan Highway and Transalpina Road. Jeremy Clarkson from BBC’s Top Gear show said that Transfagarasan is the best road in the world; others argue that Transalpina is the most impressive. Which one is the most spectacular, is up to you to decide, after this two days tour.
We’ll start our trip in Sibiu, heading south to Wallachia using Transalpina Road, the highest road in Romania with a maximum altitude of 2.145m. Some sources say that the original route was built by the Roman legions during the wars with the Dacians, but it’s clear that Transalpina Road was rebuilt during the interwar period and opened in 1938, when it was inaugurated by King Charles II and some years later the road was rehabilitated by the German troops during the Second World War for military reasons, but remained inaccessible for most normal drivers and vehicles until only a few years ago. Arrived in Wallachia (Oltenia) we’ll have the chance to visit some of the beautiful orthodox monasteries of northern Oltenia, like Tismana, Polovragi, Bistrita, Hurezi or Dintr-un Lemn (One Wood Monastery). Especialy Hurezi ( or Horezu ) monastery worth a visit, being a pure example of Romanian religious architecture. More than that, we can stop at the Polovragi Cave (one of the longest in Romania) or Bat’s Cave in Bistrita for a breath taking view of the Bistrita Gorges.
We’ll start the next day with a visit to Curtea de Arges Monastery, a place so rich in legends and history, where the first king of Romania, Carol I is buried. On our way to Transylvania we’ll stop at the Poeinari Fortess, the real Dracula castle, and then, after passing over Vidraru Dam we’ll enter Transfagarasan, for 90 kilometers of twists and turns laid over the Carpathians, spectacular waterfalls, scary ravines, steep rocky walls will take your breath away. We’ll end the day with a stroll in Sibiu or short tour of the rural area of Marginimea Sibiului.

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Points of interest

1. Transalpina Road

2. Vidra Lake

3. Urdele Pass

4. Polovragi Cave

5. Horezu Ceramic Faire

6. Horezu Monastery

7. Bistrita Monastery

8. Bat's Cave

9. Single Wood Monastery

10. Curtea de Arges Monastery

11. Transfagarasan Highway

12. Sibiu Old City


Two days.
Only in the summer days.
It depends on the distance covered during this trip, but we'll do our best to stick to your budget.
This trip can be just a part of your amazing journey all over Romania. For example, if you start your journey in Bucharest you can use either Transfagarasan or Transalpina to enter in Transylvania, spend a few days exploring the area and then return to Bucharest from Brasov – Sinaia. For more options please return to our tour list or let us a message.
Professional private guide services for the full day, and a lot of smiles, interesting stories and good humour. At demand, we provide Wifi access and photo service
Accommodation, the entrance fees and the meals aren't included in our tariff, but we'll arrange that for you in order to make your trip perfect.
Decent attire (if we'll visit any religious place)