This tour is all about the legendary road which crosses the highest mountains of Romania, linking Transylvania and Wallachia, two of the country’s historic provinces. Built in just 4 years, at the beginning of the seventies, as a strategic objective and as an escape route over the Făgăraș mountains, in case of a Russian invasion, it is now a marvelous piece of civil and military engineering. The decision to build the road was taken by Romania’s former communist dictator, Ceaușescu, after the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, by the soviet troops, in which Romania refused to take part.
ABOUT THE TRIP
The Transfăgărășan, often considered one of the best roads in the world, will not disappoint. The amazing views of the Fagăraș Mountains offered by each of the 25 hairpin turns, the glacial lake at the top of the climb and the thrills of managing every curve while descending will linger in your memory forever. Due to the heavy snowfalls during winter the road opens officially on the 30th of June each year and closes on the 1st of November. Depending on how warm the weather is in June we could climb earlier than the 30th on a car free road, so keep this in mind when you are planning your trip.
RIDE OF THE DAY
The trip will begin with a 50 minutes car transfer to Cârțișoara, from where we will start riding. Thirty kilometers of climbing will take us from the lowlands to the second-highest altitude reachable on road in Romania. We will start cycling in the plains, cross the coniferous forest, make our way into the alpine pastures, and after 25 hairpin turns and countless breathtaking views of the Transylvanian Alps, as the mountains are nicknamed, we will conquer the Transfăgărășan. At the top of the climb, the mountains and the road will give up their last secret, the Bâlea glacial lake located at an altitude of 2040 meters in a glacial cirque guarded by majestic rocky peaks. After having lunch at one of the huts built on the side of the lake, we will get ready for a magical descent on the same way we came up. The thirty kilometers ride down the mountain will be equally rewarding and awesome as the climb.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 60 km (39 miles)
TOTAL ELEVATION: 1,540 m (5,050 feet)
* 1 pers - €140
2 pers - €115/pers.
3+ pers - €100/pers.
* One person tours can be arranged with maximum one week prior to the date of the ride
What is included?
- English-speaking local guides
- Fully equipped bike
- Sandwiches, fruit, nuts, snacks and water during riding
- Car transfer
- Tickets and donations
Lunch & coffee breaks
Fruit, dry nuts, and cereal bars are provided during the ride. At the end of the climb, we'll have a lunch break at one of the huts around the lake. We'll have the chance to taste mountain water trout with polenta, one of the local specialties. On weekends in the high season, it may be almost impossible to find a table at one of the two restaurants. Alternatives for the lunch will be arranged during the booking process.
We recommend you check the forecast in the days before the trip and prepare proper clothes. Even if there are small chances of rain, rather than counting on luck, you should pack a light weight rain jacket. For sunny days please don’t forget to carry some sunscreen with you. For exceptionally bad weather we can cancel a tour, if this is discussed with a few days in advance.
PICK UP & TRANSFER
In the morning, on the day of the trip, we will pick you up from your hotel in Sibiu and transfer you by car to Cârțișoara, the starting point of the tour. The car ride takes about 50 minutes. Then in the evening, after finishing the ride, we will drive back to Sibiu and we will drop you off at the same place or at any other location in the city. Should you have a rented car and should you prefer to drive yourselves to Cârțișoara and meet us there, we are happy with this option as well.