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Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov
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Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov

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No visit to Transylvania would be complete without traversing the Transfagarasan Highway, but if you have to focus on driving and navigation then you’re likely to miss some of the route’s most scenic viewpoints. Leave the driving to someone else on a day trip from Brasov that transports you between dispersed attractions with ease.
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Ages 4-79, max of 8 per group
Duration: 10h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Stray from the beaten path on a day trip from Brasov
  • Letting someone else drive allows you to enjoy the scenery
  • Receive personalized attention in a small group
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off are included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel (only from Brasov city) pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • The Council's House, Piața Sfatului 30, Brașov 500025, Romania
Pickup details
  • Please contact us about the exact pick up time.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9143P9

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • Sturdy hiking footwear recommended
      • When you book the rate as 1 person, in case we have other clients, we refund the difference you paid as solo traveler, after the tour.
      • Please note - Access to the citadel is made by climbing the 1,480 concrete stairs
      • Small group tour
      • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • IMPORTANT! When the Transfagarasan road is closed (November 1 - June 30) we drive up to the Balea Waterfall (no visit of Poienari Fortress and Vidradu Dam). If the weather conditions allow, we take the cable car up to the Balea Lake (approx. extra 20 euro/person, includes the cable car ticket for the guide, also). We visit the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey of Carta and the amazing Sambata de Sus Monastery, also.
      • The cable car operates at least 10 people. Tourists have priority over freight shipments. No cargo is carried on Fridays , Saturdays and Sundays. In case of adverse weather conditions we do not assume responsibility. In case of technical failure will be refunded the amount paid. Please keep checking tickets. Thank you for understanding. More info: http://balealac.ro/en/balea-lake-balea-waterfall-cablecar/
      • POIENARI FORTRESS IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov price starts from £100.36. Discover and book Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov on Tripadvisor
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      Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov on Tripadvisor
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      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9143P9

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      Itinerary
      • You'll start at
        The Council's House
        Or, you can also get picked up
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      • 1
        Transfagarasan Highway
        Stop: 2 hours
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      • 2
        Balea Waterfall
        Stop: 20 minutes
        See details
      • 3
        Le Lac Balea
        Stop: 60 minutes
        See details
      • 4
        Fagaras Mountains
        Stop: 60 minutes
        See details
      • 5
        Vidraru Dam
        Stop: 15 minutes
        See details
      • 6
        Poienari Castle
        Stop: 2 hours
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      • You'll return to the starting point
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      • Active Travel
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        Brasov, Romania
        Joined in November 2011
      • LondonFrogInTheFog
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Perfect day of hiking in Bucegi Mountains
        Mihai was my tour guide for a day of hiking to 2 peaks (8 hours) - Omu and Caraiman... To say that I had fantastic time doesn't really describe it fully. Mihai organised everything perfectly-the route, the introduction to the local wild life and flora, local history, explanation of details of hiking and just little chit chats... he was punctual and also flexible at the same time adding an element to the route after discussing with me. Mihai's advanced knowledge of English made our communication easy flowing. Finally, he's taken a few great pics (of me ☺️), so all above left me a very happy customer. I strongly recommend Mihai and this route for a day hike.
        Written 20 May 2024
      • T7593VMjohns
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Informative, fun and friendly, fabulous experience.
        Our guide was brilliant, knowledgeable, friendly and couldn’t be more helpful. We visited a wonderful selection of castles, medieval towns and villages and experienced authentic cuisine. It culminated in a glorious walk through the Transylvanian highlands and gorge.
        Written 20 May 2024
      • jossh712
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Bucket list experience
        As soon as we arrived we were super lucky to see 3 bears around the hideout. We witnessed lots of interaction between them, playfulness, competition, the bears scratching their backs against the trees and even a fox trying his luck. Once in a lifetime experience that I'm so grateful for. The guide was excellent, such great value for money too.
        Written 18 May 2024
      • ChrisHayesFamilyMan
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great afternoon
        The guide/driver Alex was informative and punctual. We saw four bears. My kids had a great day and appreciate that my kids (aged 9 and 11) were even allowed to go as similar experiences in other countries they weren’t. I would recommend the experience.
        Written 17 May 2024
      • Ismene K
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fun Day!
        Charlie was our tour guide. We had a great day despite some rain. He had a great upbeat personality and knew so much information on the locations we visited. He truly made the day so much fun. He was also a very safe driver!
        Written 17 May 2024
      • mickyb10
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Perfect
        My tour was to Peles castle. Bran castle & Rasnov the bottom part Our guid Dan was very punctual. Called me a day before to be sure I'll be there on time. He speaks English very well and explained us all in details And even took us extra to see a professional ski jumping hill in Rasnov Thank you very much🙏
        Written 16 May 2024
      • davidkS4381YT
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Interestingday trip to Bran/Rasnov
        The guide Tiberiu was very knowledgeable about the history of Transylvania and told a lot of interesting facts about Bran and Rasnov. There were no unnecessary stops on the way, only important and interesting things.
        Written 8 May 2024
      • frizzy63
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Brilliant, informative and fun.
        What a brilliant experience. Dan our guide was informative, friendly, entertaining and really brought the whole experience to life. We were mesmerised by his storytelling and were in awe at his knowledge. His car was comfortable, he had great music and singing (this was great) and we loved sharing his favourite pastry store. A fantastic wonderful experience of Bran Castle and the fortress and would highly recommend Dan and this company.
        Written 7 May 2024
      • Tonyb101288
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Brasov area castle tour.
        Wonderful day visiting Peles castle, Bran Castle and Rasnov fortress. Our tour guide Charlie was very knowledgeable and very friendly and personable. We were able to see all the key areas with a great running commentary on the history and with priority access. We would definitely recommend this tour over trying to go it alone. Great job Charlie and Active Travel.
        Written 4 May 2024
      • P4053HKbl
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A must when you come to Brasov!
        We had a wonderful time! The wait was absolutely worth it, we saw a total of 5 bears of different sizes and a fox. Our guide Allan had a lot of interesting things to tell us. A unique experience here in Europe!
        Written 30 April 2024
      • 2712RAV
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A very enjoyable day to the Castles with a professional and friendly guide!
        it was an amazing day. Charlie is a wonderful guide , one of the 5 best I have experienced in my traveling to 66 countries so far. He is like , taking his own family and friends out on a drive, that kind of care and treatment. Very polite, excellent English, great knowledge about the places visited and goes above and beyond the call of duty. He also offered to drop me at the station. So, its not like , you paid X amount, I pick you, drive you, drop you back, good bye. He knows how to engage with customers and build relationships. Overall excellent customer experience and a jolly good time with ACTIVE TRAVEL, including you, helping me change the day. Keep up the extraordinary customer experience.
        Written 29 April 2024
      • Departure581174
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A delightful day on the outskirts of Brasov
        Having one free day in Brasov prior to a hiking adventure i was fortunate to join another couple on this fabulous tour. Our guide Dan was both entertaining and very knowledgeable highlighting endless historical data as we ventured thru the medieval fortress, a fortified church in Viscri and finally the amazing town of Sighisoara. It was a long day but joyful and informative. Thank you Dan.
        Written 28 April 2024
      • ManChris
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing trip, made our holiday - thank you Dan!
        Wow. Absolute must, our tour/holiday was made by the excellent Dan - what an absolute A+ gentleman. My wife and I were the only ones on his tour and as soon as he started singing in the car we knew it would be a great day - he kept the songs/karaoke and Romanian knowledge coming throughout the day and we both had a brilliant time. We learnt so much about the places we visited and people of Romania and can still recall most of it now - he really should have been a teacher! The tour itself was excellent, Peles castle was stunning and eclectic on the inside and without Dan we would likely have not queued so long to enter - this was early and we can only imagine how busy is was later! We had a bonus stop at another castle where they filmed the Netflix series Wednesday en route to Bran, my 12yo was jealous of the pics we sent! Bran castle was surprisingly a lot quieter in the afternoon and the views of the surrounding area were amazing. The final stop was Rasnov fortress which unfortunately has been closed internally for some time but we still got to tour outside and Dan as ever was on hand to fill in the blanks! Having a local tour guide multiplied this trip tenfold and was invaluable - we got loads more out of the 7-8 hours we were on the road than expected and can’t thank Dan enough!!
        Written 28 April 2024
      • ManChris
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        No bears but a great experience if you get to see them!
        All that was missing was the bears! That’s nature, nothing is guaranteed but at least we got to see two rathe excited young (and huge) boar at the end of the session! You are a distance from the clearing so if you have access to binoculars I’d take them, we went armed with smartphones and with the dimming light would probably have struggled for any good photos so go prepared! We weren’t sure what to wear but you’re not really outside for too long but decent/grippy footwear is a must. Once in the lodge your sheltered but can be chilly. Our guide was great and kept us there for as long as possible but unfortunately wasn’t to be, he was very apologetic and offered to take our group again the following day if we were still around which was fantastic - unfortunately we were due back in Bucharest the next night. Would definitely give it another whirl if I’m Brasov again!
        Written 28 April 2024
      • johanv562
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience
        Amazing experience. The guide was very well informed and could answer all my questions. Very pleasant experience. We saw like 5 bears it was amazing to see them reacting to each other.
        Written 27 April 2024
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      Moira, UK14 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We had a great day exploring the Transfagarasan Highway with Tibby. It is quite a long day but totally worth it to see the highway and Balea Lake. There were lots of opportunities to stop for photos and enjoy the wonderful scenery. We also stopped at a dam and even saw some bears at the side of the road! This was a special extra treat as obviously not part of the planned tour. We passed the fortress but it was closed so we didn't go up. But we stopped at the bottom of Bran Castle and learnt a bit about the history. We also enjoyed seeing a lot of life in rural Romania as we passed through the countryside.
      We had a few stops for refreshments along the way and we enjoyed some traditional food for lunch at a buffet style restaurant recommended by Tibby.
      Tibby was a very safe driver (needed to be on all those hairpin bends) and always ensured we made the most of the day. Thank you Tibby for a great day!
      Written 27 September 2023
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      We thank you so much for your detailed review for our guide and or Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov
      Written 29 September 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Victor N
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2023 • Friends
      The tour hosted by Charlie was absolutely amazing! He is a very experienced and friendly guide for the spots we visited and we feel very safe to ride with him.

      Charlie speaks very well English although we try to speak some basic greetings in Romanian. He is a very fun guy and we really like chatting with him en route.

      We saw bears along the highway that we all very excited but please remember to respect the nature and wildlife by not feeding and disturbing them.

      I give it 10/10 if I have to rate the whole trip.
      Written 17 October 2023
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      We thank you so much for your detailed review for our guide and our Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov, Victor!
      Written 18 October 2023
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      Elisa N
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2023 • Couples
      The Transfagarasean Road really lives up to expectations, and was one of the most stunning things we got to do on our visit to Romania! Our guide Zsort really went above and beyond, he was friendly and professional with lots of facts and let us stop in lots of places for pictures. Not only this but at a couple of other stops on the tour that required payment for entry in cash, and we realised we didn’t have enough, he paid for us and let us pay him back! Every stop on the tour was a delight and getting to see 8 bears (including four cubs) was a highlight. Would definitely reccommend!
      Written 9 August 2023
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      We appreciate your detailed review for our guide and our Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov, Elisa! Indeed, the experience could be The most beautiful day out, especially when you have with you my good friend and guide, Zsolt!
      Written 10 August 2023
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      Leah C
      Prague, Czech Republic1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2023 • Couples
      Our guide Dan was pleasant and very kind. He drove us to all the locations and kept us entertained throughout the way. We went up the cable car since the Transfagarasen was closed. We were lucky with the weather and the views were amazing. He sang Ave Maria for us inside the Cistercian abbey which was a pleasant surprise. He gave us woollens and hot coffee to keep as warm which were nice gestures that I appreciate. We would have preferred a bit more information on certain exhibits but overall it was a nice experience.
      Written 17 June 2023
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      We thank you so much for your detailed review for our guide and our Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov, Leah!
      Written 18 June 2023
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      Rachel H
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We had an absolutely fantastic day on the tour, and that was mostly down to our tour guide Charlie (Andras). He was extremely knowledgeable- there wasn't a question he didn't know the answer to and we found out so much about the road / area / Romania in general. He was also very friendly, chatty, funny and very polite. The scenery was beautiful and he knew the best stops to get great photos whilst there being fewer people. It felt like we were with a friend from the start. Highly recommend.

      Finally, he dropped us off at his ice cream shop recommendation at the end - it was some of the best ice cream we have ever had, so thank you! (Gelato Mania - buffalo milk ice cream!)
      Written 10 September 2022
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      We appreciate your detailed review for our Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov, Rachel! Thank you so much for booking with us!
      Written 11 September 2022
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      Angela
      Inverness, UK14 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2022
      Alternative trip when road is closed is stunning. Charlie our guide was so helpful, friendly and informative. The cable car ride and the views at the top of the mountain are spectacular and so are the trips to the monastry and the golden topped church. We went at a leisurely pace and stopped for coffee and food as often as we wanted. I have done many tours all over the world but this one was the best I have ever done. Would recommend this tour above all others.
      Written 23 April 2022
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      Thank you for taking the time to review our Small-Group Day trip Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov, Angela! We are so happy you have spent quality time with us. Due to Charlie you had your best tours ever!
      Written 24 April 2022
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      DFW
      Palm Harbor, FL37 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2019
      My daughter and I had a wonderful excursion. The road, scenery, and glacier were amazing. Charlie was out driver and guide. He personalized the tour for us and was extremely knowledgeable. He answered every question I came up with including, Romanian history, politics, geology, botany, and so on. I would totally recommend this trip and the company.
      Written 14 November 2019
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      Thank you for your review, Danna! The day trip to Transfagarasan road it is amazing!
      Written 18 November 2019
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Dy B
      9 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2019 • Solo
      When I did this tour we had a really small group, with Tudor as our guide. It was great! A nice group and Tudor knew so much about Romanian history, culture, whatnot... I learned so much! The balea lake and the Transfagarasan road are awesome. Only downside is that because the Fortress is closed, the dam is also not visited, I was looking forward to that, but it made sense and when I brought it up, we discussed going to the dam anyway but collectively decided to skip it because the other route back was nicer. Instead we went to faragas Fortress, which was nice! Definitely recommend.
      Written 6 September 2019
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      Thank you for your review, Dyantha! Sorry for Poienari Fortress, but it is not up to us! The other people in our small group tour rated us with 5 stars, anyhow!
      Written 16 September 2019
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Sinae
      Cairo Governorate, Egypt1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2019 • Friends
      Actually, I didn’t have much information about this transfagarasan road trip, i just reserved this tour with being attracted by only one photo. But it was much more than I expected. All the way of driving from Brasov to Transfagarash was so beautiful with all pastoral views and the view at the top of transfagarasan was absolutely stunning with snow and glacier lake. I think this is must-visit place. Highly recommending!!!!
      This was our second trip ( first one was castle tour) with Charlie, superb tour guide. All the time being for the tour, he was so attentive, friendly, and professional.
      He was sharing a lot of stories about Romania and tried to give us more understanding about Romania, which made our trip more abundant and pleasant.
      I liked his way of dealing guests, not just treating as customers, but being friends.
      I will definitely recommend Active tour program to my friends whoever will visit Transylvania.
      Written 26 July 2019
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      Sinae you are right: it is one of the best day tour! Thank you for booking with us and thank you for your detailed review!
      Written 28 July 2019
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      S R
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2018 • Friends
      The tour is a great idea for a laid-back day. There are quite some views along the way. The places visited can get quite crowded but the guide did a good job helping us navigate through the crowds. Out guide, Charlie, went out of his way to make sure we had an unforgettable experience.
      Written 24 August 2018
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      Thank you for your review! Even it is high season and crowded we managed to do the tour in good conditions!
      Written 27 August 2018
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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