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Transfagarasan & Transalpina Driving Experience

4 days self drive tour from Iasi to the best road in the world

 

 

Duration
4 days/3 nights

 

Driving distance
1400 Km

 

Availability
JUL > SEP

 

Price from
149 EUR/pers.

 


Itinerary: Iasi - Targu Neamt - Poiana Largului - Lacu Rosu - Gheorgheni - Praid - Sighisoara - Medias - Sibiu - Ranca - Ramnicu Valcea - Curtea de Arges - Balea Lac - Fagaras - Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Targu Secuiesc - Bacau - Iasi   

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Highlights: Neamt Fortress, Bicaz Dam and Lake (Izvorul Muntelui), Bicaz Gorges, The Red Lake, Sighisoara Old Town, Biertan Fortified Church, Sibiu Old Town, Transalpina Road, Hurezi Monastery, Curtea de Arges Monastery, Vidraru Dam and Lake, Transfagarasan Road, Fagaras Fortress, Brasov Old Town, Bran Castle, Peles Castle

Tour description: Driving on the top of the mountains and visit to the popular Saxon Towns in Transylvania, that’s what this tour offers. Shortly after departure from Iasi you’ll visit Neamt Fortress, founded in late 14th Century to protect Moldova against potential threats coming beyond the mountains. Today is one of the main attractions close to Iasi city and is a good place to stop before continuing this journey towards Transylvania.

Once left from Targu Neamt, the road will take you through the mountains, along Bicaz Lake and Dam (Izvorul Muntelui) one of the largest water reservoirs in Romania, and finally to a major attraction of the tour, Bicaz Gorges. This place defines what the nature can make only from water and rocks for millions of years. Only ten minutes away, there is another nature wonder, The Red Lake, a place where the nature created a lake by sliding a part of a mountain into a river, around two hundred years ago.

The evening is reserved for a walk, discovering Sighisoara Old Town, one of the few remained citadels where people still live in. This place used to be one of the former seven Saxon towns founded by the German colonists after their arrival in Transylvania in the 12th Century.

Next day is the one when the real adventure starts as Transalpina road will be the main attraction. After departure from Sighisoara, a quick stop to Sibiu is scheduled for discovering another former Saxon citadel, a city which was European Cultural Capital during 2007. Next, head towards Sebes, for Transalpina road, that will take you on the other side of the mountain. For almost 150 kilometres, this road is the highest in Romania, reaching 2145 m above sea level.

After this driving experience, make a stop at Hurezi Monastery, a UNESCO site famous for its architecture, know as “Brancovenesc style”. At the end of the day, stop in Ramnicu Valcea city for overnight.

Third day starts with another road over the mountains, perhaps more popular than Transalpina. The road called Transfagarasan was built during the communist period, with the sacrifice of many people due its difficulty in construction. Before that, don’t forget to make a stop at Curtea de Arges Monastery where you can visit the burying place of the Romanian Royal Family, starting from King Carol I, until King Michael I.

Drive along the Vidraru Dam and Lake, before reaching the top of the Fagaras Mountains. There you will find the glacier lake named Balea and the second part of the Transfagarasan road, which reveals an impresive glacier valley, the most scenic part of the road as well. From here, continue towards Brasov, with a quick stop on the way to visit the Fagaras Fortress. Brasov is another former Saxon town, which today offers many options for sightseeing and it’s a good choice for spending the evening discovering its old part.

The last day is reserved for visiting two of the most popular sights in Romania. You’ll start with Bran Castle, known for it’s connection with Dracula story, followed by another magic place, Peles Castle at Sinaia, founded in the second half of the 19th Century by the Romanian Royal Family as their summer residence.

After all this visits, it’s time to travel back to Iasi, for the next six hours.

View day by day program

 


NB: The tour program is informative and it can be adapted according to your requests. The tour rates are informative; the final price will depend on your final requests.

 

  Talk with a Travis consultant.
  Call +40 752 220222  for a customized self drive tour offer. 

 

 

Prepare your road trip


Package includes:
  4 days car rental;
  STANDARD Cover insurance (with franchise);
  road tax, VAT, winter tires, airport service fee;
  1 additional driver; 
  3 nights accommodation in double/triple room with breakfast;
  guiding package (roadbook, maps/brochures);
  24/7 emergency assistance.

Services not included:
✖  car fuel and parking fees;
✖  tourist sights entry and photo fees;
✖  extra services (EXTRA/SUPER Cover insurance, child seat etc.)
✖  meals (except breakfast);
✖  car deposit/franchise, according to selected model. 


Rates in EUR/person (starting from)

Car class   /   No of persons 1 2 3 4
   Economy 347 185 185 149
   Standard 387 199 199 159
   Premium 427 220 220 169
Car class   /   No of persons 5 6 7 8
   Minibus (7+1 seats) 190 165 165 149

 Car class models:
 • Economy: Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia, VW Polo, Mini One, Ford Focus, VW Golf, Honda Civic or similar;
 • Standard: Skoda Octavia, VW Passat, Ford Mondeo, Peugeot 508, Opel Grandland, Ford Kuga or similar;
 • Premium: Mercedes-Benz A200, BMW X1, Volvo XC 40, Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF, Audi Q5 or similar;
 • Minibus (7+1 seats): Ford Transit, VW Multivan, Ford Turneo, Mercedes Vito, Mercedes V-Class or similar.


Upgrade your package:
 
- English speaking chauffeur: 35 EUR/day + expenses
- English speaking driver-guide: 85 EUR/day + expenses



Day 1: Iasi - Targu Neamt - Poiana Largului - Bicaz - Lacu Rosu - Gheorgheni - Praid - Sighisoara (380 Km / 12 h)
Highlights of the day: Neamt Fortress, Bicaz Lake and Dam (Izvorul Muntelui), Bicaz Gorges, The Red Lake, Sighisoara Old Town

 

OPEN MAP

- pick-up your car (fully tanked) in Iasi (airport/hotel or other location);
- departure towards Targu Neamt Town;
- visit Neamt Fortress, founded at the end of the 14th Century;
- enjoy the scenic views over the Bicaz Dam and Lake (Izvorul Muntelui);
- stop and take a short walk through the Bicaz Gorges and around the Red Lake;
- optional lunch;
- continue towards Gheorgheni Town for reaching the final destination of the day, Sighisoara;
- 4* hotel check-in followed by evening walk discovering Sighisioara’s Old Town.


Day 2: Sighisoara - Biertan - Medias - Sibiu - Ranca - Ramnicu Valcea (340 Km / 12 h)
Highlights of the day: Biertan Fortified Church, Sibiu Old Town, Transalpina road, Hurezi Monastery

 

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- breakfast followed by departure towards Biertan Village;
- short stop to visit Biertan Fortified Church;
- continue towards Sibiu and visit to the Old Town including The Large and Small Square, The Council Tower and The Bridge of Lies;
- departure from Sibiu towards Sebes for Transalpina Road;
- optional lunch;
- enjoy driving on Romania’s highest road;
- stop for a visit at Hurezi Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Centre);
- head towards Ramnicu Valcea city for overnight in a 4* hotel.


Day 3: Ramnicu Valcea - Curtea de Arges - Balea - Fagaras - Brasov (255 Km / 9 h)
Highlights of the day: Curtea de Arges Monastery, Balea Lake, Transfagarasan Road, Fagaras Fortress, Brasov Old Town

 

OPEN MAP

- breakfast and departure towards Curtea de Arges Town;
- visit at Curtea de Arges Monastery where you can admire the old church including the necropolis of the Romanian Royal Family;
- head towards Balea Lake on Transfagarasan Road, the most emblematic road over the mountains in Romania, also worldwide popular due Top Gear TV Show who named it "The greatest driving road in the world!";
- optional lunch;
- continue on the northern part, the most spectacular one built on a glacier valley;
- visit at Fagaras Fortress;
- head towards Brasov for check-in at 4* hotel followed by an Old Town walking tour.


Day 4: Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Targu Secuiesc - Bacau - Iasi (425 Km / 13 h)
Highlights of the day: Bran Castle, Peles Castle

 

OPEN MAP

- breakfast and departure towards Bran;
- visit at Bran Castle, famous for its related story with Dracula;
- continue towards Sinaia;
- optional lunch;
- visit at Peles Castle, the former Romanian Royal Family summer residence;
- travel back to Iasi and return your car.

 

Other tourist attractions available on tour: 
- Neamt Monastery;
- Bison Reserve @ Vanatori Neamt;
- Bear Lake (Lacul Ursu) @ Sovata;
- Medias Old Town;
- The Womens’ Cave @ Baia de Fier;
- Poienari Citadel - home of Vlad the Impaler, the real Dracula;
- Sinaia Monastery.


NB: The tour program is informative and it can be adapted according to your requests. The tour rates are informative; the final price will depend on your final requests.

 

  Talk with a Travis consultant.
  Call +40 752 220222  for a customized self drive tour offer. 

 

 

Prepare your road trip


Package includes:
  4 days car rental;
  STANDARD Cover insurance (with franchise);
  road tax, VAT, winter tires, airport service fee;
  1 additional driver; 
  3 nights accommodation in double/triple room with breakfast;
  guiding package (roadbook, maps/brochures);
  24/7 emergency assistance.

Services not included:
✖  car fuel and parking fees;
✖  tourist sights entry and photo fees;
✖  extra services (EXTRA/SUPER Cover insurance, child seat etc.)
✖  meals (except breakfast);
✖  car deposit/franchise, according to selected model. 


Rates in EUR/person (starting from)

Car class   /   No of persons 1 2 3 4
   Economy 347 185 185 149
   Standard 387 199 199 159
   Premium 427 220 220 169
Car class   /   No of persons 5 6 7 8
   Minibus (7+1 seats) 190 165 165 149

 Car class models:
 • Economy: Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia, VW Polo, Mini One, Ford Focus, VW Golf, Honda Civic or similar;
 • Standard: Skoda Octavia, VW Passat, Ford Mondeo, Peugeot 508, Opel Grandland, Ford Kuga or similar;
 • Premium: Mercedes-Benz A200, BMW X1, Volvo XC 40, Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF, Audi Q5 or similar;
 • Minibus (7+1 seats): Ford Transit, VW Multivan, Ford Turneo, Mercedes Vito, Mercedes V-Class or similar.


Upgrade your package:
 
- English speaking chauffeur: 35 EUR/day + expenses
- English speaking driver-guide: 85 EUR/day + expenses


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