Race the Legend: Drive the Transfăgărășan Highway for Two People

  • Add an Additional Night in Sibiu for Two +
    £300
  • Add a Second Vehicle +
    £400

Race the Legend: Drive the Transfăgărășan Highway for Two People

Transylvania, Romania

£1,253
  • Add an Additional Night in Sibiu for Two +
    £300
  • Add a Second Vehicle +
    £400

“From above, it looks like every great corner, from every great race track in the world has been knitted together to create one unbroken grey ribbon of automotive perfection” Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear

Why we love it

More than 90km in length, the Transfăgărășan Highway twists, climbs and bullies its way through the Moldoveanu and Negoui mountain ranges - the highest peaks in Romania. This is the country's most spectacular, and most famous road. In 2009, Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson declared it “the best road in the world.”

What's Included?

  • Start your engines, for a three night driving tour of Romania in a BMW 3 Series
  • Drive the 'world's best road' on the Transfăgărășan Highway
  • Enjoy luxurious overnight stays at 5-star hotels in Bucharest and Sibiu
  • Savour a Romanian feast on your last night, with post-drive dinner in Bucharest
  • Relax with a personalised itinerary, and a TRULY Concierge member meeting you in Bucharest

Exclusive to TRULY

  • This experience is unique to TRULY guests

Description

The Transfăgărășan Highway is a stark and spectacular reminder of the megalomaniac former communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Built between 1970 and 1974, the road was said to be a strategic military route in the event of attack from the USSR. More likely, is that the pass through the Făgărăş Mountains was designed as a status symbol of socialist Romania’s might, with little regard to cost or utility. Nonetheless, this extraordinary feat of engineering took 6,000 tonnes of dynamite to sculpt from the natural landscape and spans five tunnels, 27 viaducts and 831 bridges.

To get the most from Transfăgărășan you will need a true driver’s car. The BMW 3 Series is every inch a driver-oriented car, with TwinPower turbo, six cylinder engines ensuring strong performance on mountainous terrain. Added to this, the 3 Series’ dual suspension, flowing lines and cutting-edge technology make for fine handling and a very dynamic drive - vital in tackling the more treacherous hairpins.

After your arrival at a 5-star luxury hotel in Bucharest, you’ll meet our guide and be presented with the BMW 3 Series, fully-equipped with a TRULY welcome package including; beverages, light snacks, walkie-talkies to communicate while driving and Go-Pros to capture the whole adventure on film.

Follow your guide from Bucharest deep into the Romanian countryside where you'll meet the Transfăgărășan at Bascov, outside Piteçti. From here, the highway follows the valley of the Arges River to Albestii de Arges.

From an elevation of 1,500ft in Albestii de Arges, you’ll drive along the tree-lined road, passing Capatenii Pamantului, home to the ruins of Poienari, castle home of Vlad the Impaler. Fittingly translating to ‘The Ends of the Earth’, Capatenii Pamantului marks the point at which the Transfăgărășan begins to climb steeper, clinging to the side of cliffs as it winds through a natural gorge.

Emerging from the thick pine trees at approximately 5,000ft, the ragged, barren landscape reveals itself in spectacular fashion. Racing further north through on the open road, you’ll pass Lake Vidraru, eventually climbing to the Transfăgărășan’s highest point, Balea Lake, perched at 6,700ft.

Passing over the mountain’s edge, you’ll be treated to a picture perfect descent, snaking through the valley. Glide through turns and race along straights; this iconic 25km expanse of serpentine road is the highlight of the journey, combining otherworldly scenery and exhilarating driving. Descending further, you will arrive in Cartisoara, home to the magnificent Cistercian monastery.

After a heart-pumping drive, relax in 5-star luxury in Sibiu, arguably Transylvania’s most beautiful city. Sibiu has excellent hiking trails to explore and an abundance of wildlife, including the elusive brown bear, high up in the Carpathian Mountains. Sibiu is a must-see for those who appreciate natural beauty.

Departing Sibiu, you’ll conquer the Transfăgărășan Highway, heading back into Romania’s historic capital, Bucharest.

Description

The Transfăgărășan Highway is a stark and spectacular reminder of the megalomaniac former communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Built between 1970 and 1974, the road was said to be a strategic military route in the event of attack from the USSR. More likely, is that the pass through the Făgărăş Mountains was designed as a status symbol of socialist Romania’s might, with little regard to cost or utility. Nonetheless, this extraordinary feat of engineering took 6,000 tonnes of dynamite to sculpt from the natural landscape and spans five tunnels, 27 viaducts and 831 bridges.

To get the most from Transfăgărășan you will need a true driver’s car. The BMW 3 Series is every inch a driver-oriented car, with TwinPower turbo, six cylinder engines ensuring strong performance on mountainous terrain. Added to this, the 3 Series’ dual suspension, flowing lines and cutting-edge technology make for fine handling and a very dynamic drive - vital in tackling the more treacherous hairpins.

After your arrival at a 5-star luxury hotel in Bucharest, you’ll meet our guide and be presented with the BMW 3 Series, fully-equipped with a TRULY welcome package including; beverages, light snacks, walkie-talkies to communicate while driving and Go-Pros to capture the whole adventure on film.

Follow your guide from Bucharest deep into the Romanian countryside where you'll meet the Transfăgărășan at Bascov, outside Piteçti. From here, the highway follows the valley of the Arges River to Albestii de Arges.

From an elevation of 1,500ft in Albestii de Arges, you’ll drive along the tree-lined road, passing Capatenii Pamantului, home to the ruins of Poienari, castle home of Vlad the Impaler. Fittingly translating to ‘The Ends of the Earth’, Capatenii Pamantului marks the point at which the Transfăgărășan begins to climb steeper, clinging to the side of cliffs as it winds through a natural gorge.

Emerging from the thick pine trees at approximately 5,000ft, the ragged, barren landscape reveals itself in spectacular fashion. Racing further north through on the open road, you’ll pass Lake Vidraru, eventually climbing to the Transfăgărășan’s highest point, Balea Lake, perched at 6,700ft.

Passing over the mountain’s edge, you’ll be treated to a picture perfect descent, snaking through the valley. Glide through turns and race along straights; this iconic 25km expanse of serpentine road is the highlight of the journey, combining otherworldly scenery and exhilarating driving. Descending further, you will arrive in Cartisoara, home to the magnificent Cistercian monastery.

After a heart-pumping drive, relax in 5-star luxury in Sibiu, arguably Transylvania’s most beautiful city. Sibiu has excellent hiking trails to explore and an abundance of wildlife, including the elusive brown bear, high up in the Carpathian Mountains. Sibiu is a must-see for those who appreciate natural beauty.

Departing Sibiu, you’ll conquer the Transfăgărășan Highway, heading back into Romania’s historic capital, Bucharest.

Route Summary

  • Day One; Arrive in Bucharest
  • Day Two; Bucharest to Sibiu, driving the Transfăgărășan Highway south to north via E81 and E68
  • Day Three; Sibiu to Bucharest, driving the Transfăgărășan Highway north to south via E81 and E68
  • Day Four; Depart from Bucharest

We Also Recommend

  • Climb 1,480 steps to admire the eerie grandeur of Poenari Castle, built by the legendary Vlad the Impaler
  • Stop at the statue of Promotheus for spectacular views of Vidraru Lake and Dam
  • Wander around picturesque Piata Mica in Sibiu for superb eateries and bars

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue, with travel dates within 12 months.

Please Note; Flights are not included to give you maximum flexibility with your travel.

This experience is customisable. A return journey to Bucharest via the Transalpina can also be incorporated into your experience. Please ask our concierge team for more information at the time of booking.

The Transfagarasan Highway is closed in bad weather and during the winter months (October-May). Please plan your experience accordingly. We recommend travelling between mid-June and late September.

We recommend booking your experience on a weekday, as the weekend can be busy.

Car Hire: TRULY will collect and transport the vehicle to your hotel. In order gain vehicle access, TRULY guests must sign a liability waiver of £2500, which will be reissued upon safe return of the vehicle.

Upon hire, the driver must present a full and current driving license.

Drivers must have more than 3 years' driving experience.

Driver must have no more than 3 penalty points on their license.

Drivers must be aged between 25 and 70 years inclusive.

A deposit is required by pre-authorisation on a credit card. This will be returned on safe return of the car. Full details will be provided upon booking.

Please note that no amendments or cancellations may be made after travel dates have been confirmed.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least 12 weeks in advance to guarantee desired dates and times.

Route Summary

  • Day One; Arrive in Bucharest
  • Day Two; Bucharest to Sibiu, driving the Transfăgărășan Highway south to north via E81 and E68
  • Day Three; Sibiu to Bucharest, driving the Transfăgărășan Highway north to south via E81 and E68
  • Day Four; Depart from Bucharest

We Also Recommend

  • Climb 1,480 steps to admire the eerie grandeur of Poenari Castle, built by the legendary Vlad the Impaler
  • Stop at the statue of Promotheus for spectacular views of Vidraru Lake and Dam
  • Wander around picturesque Piata Mica in Sibiu for superb eateries and bars

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue, with travel dates within 12 months.

Please Note; Flights are not included to give you maximum flexibility with your travel.

This experience is customisable. A return journey to Bucharest via the Transalpina can also be incorporated into your experience. Please ask our concierge team for more information at the time of booking.

The Transfagarasan Highway is closed in bad weather and during the winter months (October-May). Please plan your experience accordingly. We recommend travelling between mid-June and late September.

We recommend booking your experience on a weekday, as the weekend can be busy.

Car Hire: TRULY will collect and transport the vehicle to your hotel. In order gain vehicle access, TRULY guests must sign a liability waiver of £2500, which will be reissued upon safe return of the vehicle.

Upon hire, the driver must present a full and current driving license.

Drivers must have more than 3 years' driving experience.

Driver must have no more than 3 penalty points on their license.

Drivers must be aged between 25 and 70 years inclusive.

A deposit is required by pre-authorisation on a credit card. This will be returned on safe return of the car. Full details will be provided upon booking.

Please note that no amendments or cancellations may be made after travel dates have been confirmed.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least 12 weeks in advance to guarantee desired dates and times.

How it works

  • Choose your experience

    Treat yourself or share with someone you truly care about.

  • We arrange everything

    Our concierge will arrange everything, even the little extras.

  • Relax and enjoy

    Simply show up and savour the memory that will last a lifetime.

Location

Romania

Transylvania

Romania

Bucharest and Sibiu Romania

Transfăgărășan Highway Transylvania

Sibiu Romania

Race the Legend: Drive the Transfăgărășan Highway for Two People

  • Add an Additional Night in Sibiu for Two +
    £300
  • Add a Second Vehicle +
    £400

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