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Day 3: Sibiu - Transfagarasan Road - Balea Lake - Poienari Fortress - Bucharest

Breakfast in the morning, then we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the medieval Sibiu, also known as Hermannstadt.

Being so well preserved, the city gained in 2007 the title of the "European Capital of Culture". Highlights of the city tour include: the Big Square, the Little Square, Huet Square, the Iron Bridge, the Council Tower, the old fortifications of the city, the Evangelical Church and the Orthodox Church.

After the city tour, we will return back to Bucharest, via the famous Transfagarasan Road - "the best road in the world" according to Top Gear team in 2009. The road is one of the most spectacular routes in Romania, crossing Fagaras, the highest mountains in the country, and reaches the maximum altitude of 2,042 m close to the Balea Glacier Lake, offering amazing panoramic views. So, prepare your camera for some breath-taking shots!

Optional, you can enjoy lunch in a special location, at the on-site restaurant & terrace at the Balea Glacier Lake!

Along our way to Bucharest, after 2 more hours of driving on Transfagarasan scenic road, we will reach Poienari Fortress - one of the places most connected to Vlad the Impaler, Dracula. The only way to reach it is by climbing 1480 steps, but you can also simply admire it from the road.

If times permits us, we will also have a short stop for a visit and pictures at Curtea de Arges Monastery, a religious landmark in Southern Romania inspired not only from the Byzantine tradition but also from the Ottoman one, being the burial place of Kings Carol the 1st and Ferdinand and Queens Elisabeta and Maria.

In the evening, we arrive back in Bucharest; drop-off at your hotel or airport (if your flight departure is in the same day). End of our adventure on the scenic roads of Romania!

 

**Please note that Transfagarasan Road is usually open between 1st of July - 30th of October, while Transalpina Road is open for circulation depending on weather conditions!