Transfagarasan Limousine Tours


Frumusetea Carpatilor la superlativ

Cunoscut ca si DN7C, aceasta portiune de drum montan strabate un traseu lung de aproximativ 150 km. Aceasta incepe din vecinatatea comunei Cartisoara din, judetul Sibiu si traverseaza Muntii Fagaras pe axa Nord - Sud pana la Curtea de Arges, judetul Arges. Este al doilea traseu ca si altitudine din Romania, atingand cota cea mai inalta in zona lacului Balea la 2042m. Cea mai inalta ruta din Romania este DN67C, cunoscuta sub denumirea de Transalpina care atinge inaltimea de 2145m. Privitorul este purtat cu adevarat intr-un taram de vis care domneste deasupra norilor, Acest traseu a fost construit intre anii 1970 – 1974 prin directiva presedintelui Nicolae Ceasusescu. Conceput ca un drum militar strategic ce are menirea de a conecta garnizoana Sibiului cu cea a Pitestiului, realizarea acestui proiect a implicat dizlocarea a milioane de tone de roca prin folosirea a 6520 de tone de dinamita. In zona lacului Balea, cele doua judete sunt unite subteran prin cel mai lung tunel din Romania, care are o lungime de 887 de metri. Datorita altitudinii ridicate si a serpentinelor deosebit de inclinate, pe tot parcursul iernii acest tronson ramane inchis publicului. Pe intreaga durata a anotimpului rece, aceasta ruta ramane o comoara bine ferecata, doar ca la venirea primaverii aerul puternic, rece si rarefiat sa devina o constanta sursa de adrenalina pentru hiking, mountain biking, motociclism si condus montan. Plecand din Sibiu, circuitul complet insumeaza aproximativ 13 ore de inchiriere si poate include optional luarea mesei la restaurantul Balea Lac si vizitarea Manastirii Domnesti Curtea de Arges. Un astfel de intinerariu presupune alocarea unui buget mediu, care insa, isi va bate satisfactia si buna dispozitie in fiecare banut cheltuit.

 

 

Where the road meets the sky

Ever wandered why Prince Charles feels at home in Romania. Well, come and see for yourself! Pretty much anywhere you go in Transylvania you will merge with nature’s magnificent views. In different words, this part of the country can easily go for the “Switzerland” of Eastern Europe. Ambitious statement, may say. But such an endeavor can definitely reveal a strange mix of engineering marvels and deep medieval immersion. That is exactly this tour is all about. “Transylvania Tours” is a mobility concept which enhances cross cultural awareness, and in the following lines we will explain the reasoning behind the argument. Wise people say, that the most valuable thing money can buy is an enriching personal experience. It is not as much about the cost as it is about how did it actually make me feel. Acceptable so far. So how personally enriched can you be when spending a decent amount of money for a day long worth of quality Transylvanian visiting. And the answer is: a. worth every single penny of personal enrichment! Did we say it? It may be! Does the most majority agree? Possibly. But what if, say, Jeremy Clarkson said this kind of a trip is going to “blow your socks off!” Very important mentioning from the start is that the “Transfagarasan” is only open during the summer season. Notably so is because at its highest point, the road reaches 2042 meters of altitude making it the second highest route in Romania. During a hot and humid day, going up the road feels more like passing through clouds. It is such a breathtaking experience that majority of the tourists, stop at least once to charge with fresh air before reaching the top. If leaving from the closest airport, which is Sibiu International Airport, it takes about 13 hours and 570km to cover the entire route. So, prepare yourself for a long and beautiful summer day.

 

 

Balea Lake Restaurant

Also known as National Road 7C (DN7C), the 150 km long N-S pass is divided in two, the Northern part which starts uphill in the Cartisoara village, with the glacial Balea Lac at 2042 meters altitude, and the downhill Southern part, which reaches the city of Curtea de Arges, with the famous “Curtea de Arges Monastery.” The loop continues eastwards following the amazing “Valea Oltului” valley back to Sibiu. The work on the 150 km passage over the Fagaras Mountains was completed between 1970 – 1974, on president Nicolae Ceausescu’s order. It was conceived as a strategic military road seeking to improve the warfare logistics by linking Sibiu and Pitesti garrisons. In order to craft the road through the million tons of solid rock, an estimated 6520 tons of dynamite were used. It was 20 tons of dynamite that were used to carve the 887 meters tunnel which connects the North and the South side at the top. To date, still is the longest tunnel Romania has. It is amazing however, to see such a vast ethnic diversity, that in our experience so far, is dominated by tourists of German and Italian descent. Optionally, one may find the Balea Lac Restaurant, a pure oasis of primordial calmness and relaxation which can be nicely complemented by the taste of unique Romanian gourmet specialties. If lucky enough to get a table on the terrace, one may simply call it a day. The delicious food and the cool lake breeze make it a one of a kind experience. To stay better informed on what the current cuisine might be like, please visit the restaurant’s official page at http://www.balealac.ro           

 

 

Curtea de Arges - Eastern Orthodox Monastery

 

The monastery was first documented in the years 1512 – 1517, and was erected on the order of Prince Neagoe Basarab, the ruler of Tara Romaneasca Principality. Over time, beginning with 1914, the site was also used as a necropolis, the grounds bearing the earthly remains of Romania’s kings and quuens: King Carol I and Elisabeta, King Ferdinand and Maria, followed by Carol II. The place is also world famous for Manole’s Legend, the chief of the ten craftsmen who built the monastery. The story says that as the walls kept falling apart and construction was stalling, Manole placed his wife Ana in wall while still alive, and left her there to die. One day also, when Manole was on the roof, the prince came and asked if he could build an ever more beautiful monastery. Because his answer was “yes,” the prince ordered for the scaffolds to be removed from the walls of the church. The legend says the nine craftsmen found their end flying of of the roof with wings built out of wood. On the place where Manole crashed, visitors can see today what it is called “Manole’s Fountain.”