Transfagarasan: world's best road trip according to Top Gear

The Transfagarasan mountain road or national road 7C is one of the most spectacular roads in the world. It is 90 km (56 miles) long and is located in Romania. It runs through the Fagaras mountains (trans + Fagaras), a part of the Transsylvanian Alps. The road connects Transsylvania with Muntenia. The Transfagarasan starts at Bascov, near Piteçti. It follows the valley of the river Argea and after mounting to the highest point, it descends to Cartisoara in the Olt valley, where the road ends.

TAGS: Medium / All-day / 6 Days / Road

DEPARTURE / RETURN LOCATION

Bucharest Airport, Romania.

DEPARTURE TIME

Please arrive by 16:30 for a prompt departure at 17:00.

RETURN TIME

Approximately 19:30.

WEAR

Bring comfortable cycling clothing

 

What's included

  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • accommodation in a 3 stars hotels
  • food (breakfasts and dinners at the hotel + lunch packs during the biking tours)
  • Road bike guide
  • Transfer from airport to the accommodation place
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    What's not included

    • flights to Bucharest (let us know if you need help to find your flights)
    • Bike rental (available in option)
    • drinks
    • insurances
    • everything that is not listed in the what's included section
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      Day by day program

      Day 1

       
      • Bucharest welcome - transfer to Sighisoara at the 3 stars hotel – 6 hours driving (optional stops in interesting places)
      • free time
      • dinner and technical presentation for next day

      • The origins of Sighisoara city go back to the Roman times. During the First Century AD, the Dacians (ancient inhabitants of the territory of modern Romania which eventually will develop into the Romanian people), built a fortification called Sandava. Sighisoara (Schäßburg - Schassburg or Schäsbrich in German) still stands as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe.
        Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic. It is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462.
        It was he who inspired Bram Stoker's fictional creation, Count Dracula.

         

        Day 2

         
        • breakfast
        • about 130 kilometers of road (1,030 m)
        • accommodation Cartisoara – nice Saxon Village
        • at dinner at the hotel
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          Sighisoara - Viscri – Cartisoara. In Viscri there is a well-known medieval weather church, Prince Charles also has a home here. The road runs hilly along Carta, where the ruins of the most eastern Cistercian abbey lie, at the foot of the high Carpathians.  

           

          Day 3

          • breakfast
          • about 115 km of road bike (2,730 m)
          • accommodation in Curtea de Arges
          • dinner at the hotel
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            Cartisoara - Curtea de Arges: The queen ride of this bike tour on the Transfagaras pass, 2034m, the most beautiful mountain pass in Europe according to Top Gear. We end the ride in Curtea de Arges, in the cathedral of this town most members of the Romanian royal family are buried. The Transfagarasan rises to a height of 2134 meter and has sharp hairpin turns, a challenge for every driver. The road is often closed from October till June due to the snow that is blocking the road. Sometimes the road can be open as late as November, but on the other hand it has been known to snow as late as August so it's always good to check ahead of time on the weather and road conditions. The Transfagarasan runs through the Arges River gorge. After travelling beyond the last village, Capataneni, you'll see a road sign to Poenari Castle. This castle was property of Vlad III the Impaler. Vlad earned his nickname by impaling, torturing, burning, skinning, roasting, and boiling people who did things that displeased Vlad; stealing, lying, and adulterous relations. In this way Vlad kept his people in order and taught them that stealing would not be tolerated in his lands. Bram stoker's Dracula was based on his personality. When you look up on the mountains you can see his fortress on the top of a high and remote cliff. It will take 1480 stairs before you reach the top, but the view is certainly worth the effort.

             

            Day 4

            • breakfast
            • about 40 km of road bike – relaxing after the hard day
            • accomodation in Ramnicu Valcea hotel
            • dinner at the hotel
            • Curtea de Arges - Ramnicu Valcea: Day after the efforts of yesterday.

               

              Day 5

              • breakfast
              • about 125 km of road bike (1,020 m)
              • accommodation in Costesti hotel
              • dinner and out party
              • Ramnicu Valcea - Ladesti - Berbesti - Costesti: This ride is the last with more than 1000 altitude meters!

                 

                Day 6

                • breakfast
                • transfer to airport
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                  http://bikesensation.ro/transfagarasan.html

                  Ride type:
                  Mountain biking
                  Road riding
                  Sightseeing
                  Commuter
                  Rail Trail
                  Gravel
                  Various
                  EPIC Ride
                  Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
                  Ride Duration: 1/2 day
                  Tour duration: 7 days
                  Fitness Level: Medium
                  Language(s): english
                  Terrain:
                  Shared Bike Path - Paved
                  Shared Bike Path - Dirt
                  On-Road Bike Lane
                  On-Road
                  Off-Road - Fire Trail
                  Off-Road - Rail Trail
                  Off-Road - Single Track
                  Off-Road - Downhill
                  Gravel Road
                  Mobile Coverage: Excellent
                  Services:
                  Water
                  Food
                  First Aid
                  Toilets
                  Bike hire
                  Carparking
                  Bike servicing
                  Accessible by bike
                  Accessible by car
                  Accessible by public transport
                  Accessible by shuttle
                  Phone Number: Click to Call
                  Email: Email
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