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Luxury Driving Holiday For Two.... Top Gear Style!

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  • Flights for two people
  • Luxurious stays at 5* Hotels for two (twin or double) in Bucharest and Sibiu
  • Savour a Romanian feast on your last night, with a post-drive dinner in Bucharest
  • Hire of a BMW 3 Series with TwinPower turbo, six-cylinder engine
  • 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
  • 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
  • Driver must hold full and current driving license
  • Driver must have more than 3 years driving experience
  • Driver must be aged between 25 and 70 years old
  • When will this raffle be drawn?

    A winner will be picked for this raffle 48 Hours after either the raffle ends or all tickets are sold.

    Raffle details

    “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

    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.”

    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, jump in the BMW 3 Series and follow the road 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.


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