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Bâlea Lake Tours

Balea Lake is a glacial lake in Romania’s Fagaras Mountains. Sitting at more than 2,000 meters high, it is one of the most popular lakes in Romania. Most visitors are drawn to the lake for the landscape and superb views on the drive there; the water is typically too cold for swimming. Two chalets are open near the lake all year round, but it is most easily accessed in the summer months. In the winter, visitors must ride the cable car from the chalet near the Balea waterfall to get there. In 2006, the first ice hotel in eastern Europe was built nearby using blocks of ice pulled from the frozen lake.

Practical Info

Balea Lake is a four-hour drive from Bucharest or Brasov. The nearest airport is at Sibiu, about 77 kilometers away and a better jumping off point. The lake can be accessed from the Transfaragan Road starting from Arefu village in the summer months, but the road is closed from November to early May. In the winter, it is possible to drive from Cartisoara to the Balea waterfall and take the cable car to the lake. The ice hotel may also offer transport in the winter.

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Transfagarasan Full-Day Private Tour from Sibiu, Sibiu, null
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Transfagarasan Full-Day Private Tour from Sibiu

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Breathtaking views. Stunning scenery. Awesome driving road. A glimpse into Romania's culture and history. All those in just one day: Transfagarasan Tour

Location: Sibiu, Romania
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $81.49
Full-Day tour Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov, Brasov, Day Trips
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Full-Day tour Transfagarasan road and Poienari Fortress from Brasov

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Visit Poienari Fortress, the real Vlad Tepes' Residential Castle and we drive on Transfagarasan highway, built as a strategic military route, is the ...  Read more

Location: Brașov, Romania
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.03
Transfagarasan Highway and Curtea de Arges Tour from Bucharest, Bucharest, Day Trips
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Transfagarasan Highway and Curtea de Arges Tour from Bucharest

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Experience a day in the middle of nature on one of the highest roads in Romania. Travel to the Transfagarasan Highway on this 12-hour guided tour from ...  Read more

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.52
Day Trip to Transfagarasan Road and Dracula's Fortress Poienari from Bucharest, Bucharest, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Transfagarasan Road and Dracula's Fortress Poienari from Bucharest

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Discover the wildest nature and highest mountains in Romania: This tour will take you on a spectacular road with stops at Fagaras Fortress, Poienari Fortress, ...  Read more

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Duration: Flexible

From USD $69.85
4x4 Transfagarasan 2-Day Private Tour from Bucharest, Bucharest, Day Trips
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4x4 Transfagarasan 2-Day Private Tour from Bucharest

Get off the beaten track and embark on a 4x4 adventure in the Carpathian Mountains on this 2-day private tour from Bucharest. Visit unique sites like Curtea de ...  Read more

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $349.25
6-Day Romania Adventure Tour, Bucharest, Overnight Tours
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6-Day Romania Adventure Tour

On this 6 day tour will visit all the highlights of Romania, plus have the opportunity to experience some thrilling outdoor activities in the beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $1,395.85

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