Day trip

Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway-Balea Lake - Carta monastery

Day trip

Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway-Balea Lake - Carta monastery


From US$ 146.42 per person

We will visit one of the most beautiful and spectacular mountain roads in Europe.Beautiful mountain landscapes, the Balea glacial lake, rapid mountain rivers and the old Cistercian monastery Carta.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pickup is available from all hotels/accommodation in Brasov.
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Limited to 7 participants


  • Experience the most spectacular road in Europe-Transfagarasan highway .
  • Explore Balea Lake, a glacial lake situated at an altitude of 2,034 meters in the Fagaras Mountains
  • We will visit the beautiful Cistercian monastery in the Carta village
Full description
Your tour will begin as you are taken from your hotel in Brasov by a professional guide. Once having departed Brasov, you will travel to the most spectacular road in Europe: Transfagarasan. You will stop first and visit the Carta Cistercian Monastery .the monastery was built at the beginning of the 13th century, in the Gothic style, by the Cistercian monks who came to Transylvania from Burgundy, France. You will then continue to the mountains which host the Transfagarasan Highway, the most spectacular and beautiful mountain road in Europe. The road has been featured on the UK motor show Top Gear, and traverses up through the mountains uniting Transylvania with Valachia. Whilst there you will experience great scenes, noisy waterfalls, and with some luck you may even see wild animals such as the brown bear or black goats. Moving onward, you will travel to the Balea Glacier Lake, where you will have lunch at the Lake Balea Chalet. You can then take a walk around the lake, and in summer can also climb up the slope near the lake. From the top of this ridge you will have wonderful pictures with the peaks of the surrounding mountains and the lake and cottage Balea. In the winter between December and March you can visit the ice hotel, as well as the neighboring ice church. You will later return to Brasov in the evening, with wonderful memories of your trip into the sky. During the winter between November and July, we will go up by van to the hotel Cascada Balea 1446m (above the road is closed due to snow), from where we will take the cable car up to Lake Balea. The price of the cable car (100 lei - 24 euros uphill) + descent) is not included in the price of the tour.
  • Transportation in a luxury Mercedes V-Klass or similar
  • English-speaking guide
  • Maps
  • Refrigerator with cold water on board
  • Assistance throughout your tour
  • WiFi on board
  • Pickup and drop off from all hotels in Basov
  • Tickets to the cable car (November 1-July 1)
  • Lunch

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • The Transfagarasan is open from July 1 to November 1, for the rest of the year you will drive 1,464 meters to the cable car at Hotel Balea Waterfall where you will take the cable car up to Lake Balea
Customer reviews

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September 22, 2022

June 19, 2022

A must-see in Romania. Due to the altitue levels, both landscape and vegetation change rapidely. Special thanks to my driver guide Claudiu for all the information about Transsylvania and his support throughout the entire tour.

October 3, 2021


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