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Cycle Romania tour
Romania Transylvania Cycle Romania Trip
Education / Learning Cycling Cycle Romania package

Cycle Romania

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Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 1,350 $ 150 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Transylvania - Get into the heart of the Southern Carpathians, cycle in beautiful countryside
  • Bran and Peles castles - Ornately decorated Medieval and Neo-renaissance castles
  • Brasov - Explore Medieval Old Brasov on foot
  • Sighisoara - Discover this beautiful UNESCO listed medieval town
  • Bucharest - Stay in Romania's capital city, known in the 1930's as the Paris of the East

Short Description

On this cycling holiday in Romania we discover beautiful countryside, experience local hospitality and explore historic towns. We get well off the beaten track travelling deep into the Transylvanian Alps, the legendary home of Dracula. Along the way we cycle through the imposing Bran Valley and to the foot of the Piatra Craiului Mountains. Visit the imposing castles of Peles and Bran, as well as the Libearty Bear Sanctuary.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
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Start City N/A
End City Bucharest

Travel Theme

Education / Learning

Destinations

Romania

Cities & Attractions

Romania Transylvania

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Trip Includes

Included Bike

21 gear Merida or B'TWIN mountian bike

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Trip starts Bucharest airport, drive to Brasov

Description

On arrival to Bucharest airport we drive to the medieval city of Brasov (3 hour drive). We will stop for an evening meal and an opportunity to change money on our way.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Brasov walking tour, Bran castle and Bear Reservation

Description

Today starts in Brasov with a short city walking tour in one of the most historic towns in Transylvania. The town is a gem of old buildings, cobbled streets and local atmosphere with many of its medieval fortifications still visible. There are several churches dating from the 14th through to the 18th Century which are overlooked by a magnificent 14th Century Gothic Cathedral (the Black Church).We then leave Brasov and after a short drive arrive for our included visit to the Bear Sanctuary, which was created to rescue bears found suffering throughout Romania where they had been pets or attractions for restaurants and petrol stations. The bears now live in 160 acres of oak and hazel forest which is run by the Millions of Friends Organisation. Our visit helps fund the upkeep of the sanctuary and you get to view these magnificent creatures in a natural setting. After our visit, we have lunch and then familiarise ourselves with our bikes and cycle to Bran for our included visit to the castle (known as Dracula's Castle). Perched on a crag in a valley between two high mountain ranges, the castle controlled an international trade route, but it is now a rural backwater. From here we ride up the Turcu valley for 8km and then continue by bus to our night stop in Cheile Gradistei.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 23km, with approximately 285 metres total ascent.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Ride along the edge of Piatra Craiului National Park

Description

We have a full day cycling close to the Piatra Craiului National Park today. Starting our ride directly from the hotel. Piatra Craiului (The Royal Rock) is known for its abundance and diversity of flowers and wildlife and is popular with all outdoor sports. We follow the valley floor with spectacular views of the Transylvanian Alps, part of the Carpathian Mountains. On our way, there should be many opportunities to see flowers, bird and butterflies, but we also make an optional stop to visit an operational historic water driven flour mill. Dating back to 1873 we will witness the production of flour from a traditional method by the 4th generation of the same family. Finally we arrive in the very small village of Bucium where we spend the night. There is an optional 8km cycle to visit Bucium Monastery, and those that prefer can just check into the guesthouse and relax. Here we can enjoy the hospitality of a local family with a lovely garden with views of the mountains.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 55km, with approximately 396 metres total ascent.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Visit the Sambata Monastery, cycle via Arpasu to Albota

Description

Today we continue cycling with good views of theFagaras Mountains- the longest, highest ridge of the Carpathian Mountain range.Stopping for our picnic, we may visit the ancient water barrel whirlpools, traditionally used for felting cloth and washing large fabrics. In the afternoon we will have an included visit to the Romanian Orthodox Sambata Monastery, dedicated to the Dormitionn of the Virgin Mary. Continuing along the valley, we pass through Arpasu to our final destination in Albota set by the water at the foot of the mountains.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 59km, with approximately 540 metres total ascent.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Cycle the Olt River Valley to Talmaciu, drive to Sibiu

Description

Departing Albota on our bikes, we cross the plain to join the riverside, and then use gravel tracks to follow the water course. Passing villages, dams and herds of water buffalo, we arrive in Avrig to visit the 18th century Orangerie and the park of the summer residence of the former governor of Transylvania, Samuel Von Brukenthal. Today's ride ends in Talmaciu, we then drive by bus (30 minutes) to the city of Sibiu for a walking tour that takes in the 15th century city walls and bastion fortifications. Sibiu is known as the red city due to its brick construction and is the most fortified town in the Principality of Transylvania. We then check into our accommodation.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 55km, with approximately 120 metres total ascent.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Drive to Carta, ride via Agnita to Centrul Tarii

Description

After a short drive this morning, we arrive in Carta, an area in which time seems to have stood still. The farmers here still use traditional methods including scythes and sickles to farm their land and horse drawn wagons to move their hay. Here we visit the ancient church and ruins of an old Cistercian Abbey. Passing local villages with a few rest stops, we then cycle into the Hartibaciu Valley. Passing through Agnita, where the fortified church still hides a few secrets from its shady past, there is a final hill climb to arrive at our accomodation for the night in Centrul Tarii, considered to be the centre of Romania.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 38km, with approximately 385 metres total ascent.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Cycle to UNESCO listed Sighisoara

Description

For our final day on the bikes we have the option to ride as much or as little as you like. Cycling firstly to Biertan, we stop at the 15th century fortified church- a World Heritage Site. there is time for an optional guided visit and lunch before continuing on the final section of our ride to the destination of Sighisoara. On arrival, leaving the bike behind, there is free time to allow exploration of the town on foot, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore. Don't miss the old town fortifications, the Church on the Hill, covered stairs and the clock tower.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 37 - 74km depending on which option you chose, with approximately 450 metres total ascent if you 74km.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Visit Peles Castle, drive to Bucharest

Description

Today we drive Bucharest (290km); it will take about 6 hours but we will make plenty of stops. One of these stops will be to see the wonderful Peles Castle. Built for the Hohenzollern monarch Carol I, Peles resembles a Bavarian chateau and is richly decorated with stained glass, Persian carpets, Renaissance weapons, ebony and mother of pearl. Our journey ends in Bucharest, Romania's largest city and the capital since 1832. Bucharest became run down in the communist days, but thanks to a period of urban renewal and modernisation, it's now a bustling city at the centre of Romanian culture, art and media. We spend our last night in Romania here and look back on the great week of cycling in Transylvania before heading home in the morning.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 9 - Trip ends Bucharest

Description

After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

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Cycling Information

On this tour we cycle 267km over six days (an average of 44km per day). We generally cycle on quiet country roads with little or no traffic. 10% of teh route is on gravel paths. Day 5 is more or less flat but all other days have at least one hill. We have graded the route as moderate.

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