Live the Adventure! Enjoy a fun and exciting drive and a breathtaking view!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
Enjoy the Transylvania Alps
Jeremy Clarkson, the famous Top Gear show host, after shooting one of the episodes on the Transfagarasan road called it “the best road in the world”. Located at about 2000 m altitude in the Carpathian Mountains, the road and the view are totally astonishing.
The tour combines the experience of exploring one of the first Cistercian Abbeys in Transylvania and the breathtaking view of the famous Transfagarasan road.
At Carta we’ll learn interesting things about the Cistercian monks who came from France, in the 13th century, to built monasteries in Transylvania. There are so many great, fascinating stories about these monks and their way of living.
One of the greatest places to visit in Romania is, definitely, the Transfagarasan road. Driving on it is a great challenge but your attention will also be taken by the amazing view: high rocky mountains, fresh springs, a spectacular waterfall, a beautiful glacier lake. The road has more tunnels and viaducts than any other road in Romania.
Our last stop is the picturesque Clay Castle – a little fairy tale castle that will definitely make you feel like you’re travelling in time.
Very important to know: the Transfagarasan road is entirely open for cars from JUly 1st till November 1st. In wintertime, due to the high layer of snow, the acces from Balea Waterfall till Balea Lake is done by the cable car.
The standard tour includes:
- The drive on the Transfagarasan road with various stops including Balea Waterfall;
- Visit at Balea Lake and, optional, a short trekking tour in the area of the lake;
- Visit at the former Cistercian Abbey in Carta;
- Visit at the romantic fairy castle;
- The tour includes guide/ driver, transport and adission tickets;
- From November 1st till July 1st, a part of the road is closed for traffic so we’ll have access only by the cable car.
- No matter the season we suggest you warm clothes, comfortable shoes (waterproof in wintertime), raincoat, sunglasses.
The standard tour doesn’t include, but we can add at request:
- Extra visit at the Brukenthal Palace in Avrig;
- A visit at the glass manufacture in Avrig;
- Lunch at a trout farm, beautifully located, at the bottom of the mountains.
- Cable car
”The best road in the world” according to the former Top Gear star, Jeremy Clarkson…. Well, we can’t disagree, the Transfagarasan highway is, probably, one of the most impressive in the world. We were lucky to join the Top Gear team while they were shooting the video on the road and we can totally assure you that it was quite an adventure!
The winding road takes us through amazing, dense birch, beech and fir tree forests then, out of the blue, it reaches the top of the Balea Waterfall and a breathtaking view emerges in front of us: the fascinating Balea Valley with the alpine area. If we’re lucky enough, we might even meet a bear or a wild goat on our way :). It is a fascinating drive with lots of great sport for selfies 🙂
Balea Lake is located at the top of the Transfagarsan Road, it is a glaciar lake, not very large but quite impressive in summer-time… In winter it gets totally frozen and its ice is transformed into a hotel or, more recently, an ingloo village. Depending on our time and the weather conditions we can also have a short trekking tour around the lake.
- Location 4 Carta Abbey
- Location 5 The Clay Castle
Did you know that the famous TV production Top Gear shoot one of its shows on the Transfagarasan highway? What was their reaction? – Romania’s highest road has all the ingredients in the Perfect Road recipe. There are many characteristics that contribute to a great driving road. A string of great corners, probably draped over a mountain. Scintillating views as you ascend or descend. And a nice, remote location to ensure you’ve got it mostly to yourself. For Jeremy Clarkson this is one of the best roads in the world!
See also the Top Gear article here
From Sibiu we’ll drive till Balea Lake but have some stops on our way just to admire the view and take some pictures and selfies, of course! We can walk around the lake, have even a longer and challenging hiking tour, enjoy the nature.
On our way back we’ll visit the former Cistercian abbey from Carta – such an interesting place with lots of great stories (it might remember you of the novel The Name of the Rose).
To our visit we can add the Clay/ Fairy Castle – a nice example of constructions eco (made of natural material), the Saxon fortress in Cisnadioada or the glass manufacture in Avrig.
It is a tailor tour so we’ll customize together the itinerary, we’ll set together the meeting place and hours.
No matter the season, the weather is pretty challenging up there in the mountains. We suggest you to bring warm clothes, raincoat, comfortable shoes and waterproof for the now, sunglasses.
A part of the road is closed from November till July; during this period, in order to reach Balea Lake and the Hotel of Ice we can take the cable car.