The Cycle Romania trip starts and ends in Bucharest. It is a bicycle tour that takes 9 days taking you through Albota, Sighisoara, Dealu Frumos and 6 other destinations in Romania.
Cycle through the heart of the Transylvanian Alps, exploring beautiful countryside, medieval towns, imposing castles and the Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Bran and Peles Castles – Atmospheric medieval and neo-renaissance castles 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.
Day 01: Arrive Bucharest
Meet-assist at airport & transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Tour of Bucharest and then drive to Moieciu
After our Leader does an introductory briefing, we go on a city tour of Bucharest. A remarkable blend of turn-of-the-century elegance and Communist excess can be observed through its architecture. We visit the old quarter of the city to see some of the buildings that earned it the reputation as the Paris of Eastern Europe and see the Palace of Parliament; the magnificent but blatantly excessive palace of ex-President Ceausescu.
Leaving Bucharest we drive (3hrs) 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. After our tour, we make our way the short distance to our guesthouse in Moieciu, located on the eastern side of the Piatra Craiului mountains.
Day 03: Cycle Piatra Craiului National Park to Bucium
Today is our first full day in the saddle. We start cycling on the edge of Piatra Craiului National Park along a beautiful forest valley. Then we cycle mainly downhill with spectacular views of the Transylvanian Alps to Bucium, we were spend the night. On the way, there is the option to stop at a wooden flourmill and Roman monastery, which gives an insight of how life would have been in days gone by.
Your total cycling distance today is approximately 55km, with about 395 metres total ascent and 525 metres descent.
Day 04: Visit the Sambata Monastery, cycle via Arpasu to Albota
Today we continue cycling with great views of the Fagaras Mountains – the longest, highest ridge of the Carpathian Mountain range. Stopping for our picnic, we visit the ancient water barrel whirlpools, traditionally used for felting cloth and washing large fabrics. In the afternoon we plan to visit the Romanian Orthodox Sambata Monastery, dedicated to the Domitian of the Virgin Mary. Continuing by bike 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 53km, with about 340 metres total ascent and 150 metres descent.
Day 05: Cycle the Olt River Valley to Talmaciu, drive to Sibiu
Departing Albota on our bikes, we cross the plain to join the river and then use gravel tracks to follow the watercourse. 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. 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 about 120 metres total ascent and 160 metres descent.
Day 06: Drive to Carta, ride via Agnita to Dealu Frumos
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. We visit the ancient church and ruins of an old Cistercian Abbey. Back on the bikes, we cycle into the Hartibaciu Valley through local villages. Passing Agnita, where the fortified church still hides a few secrets from its shady past, there is a final hill climb to arrive at our accommodation for the night in Dealu Frumos.
Your total cycling distance today is approximately 38km, with about 385 metres total ascent and 220 metres descent.
Day 07: Cycle to UNESCO listed Sighisoara
For our final day on the bikes you have the option to make an early start and cycle (37km) to Biertan. The bus will drive to Biertan with those clients who prefer not to ride this section. There is time for an optional guided visit of the UNESCO-listed 15th century fortified church in Biertan. From here we ride to Sighisoara. Upon arrival we check in to our hotel and the rest of the day is left free to allow exploration of the town on foot. The UNESCO protected castle is thought to be one of the largest lived-in castle in Europe and other sites include the old town fortifications, the Church on the Hill, covered stairs and the clock tower.
Your total cycling distance today is approximately 37 km, with about 450 metres total ascent. A further 37km optional cycling is possible.
Day 08: Visit Peles Castle, drive to Bucharest
Today we drive to Bucharest, a journey of about 6 hours but we will make plenty of stops including 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 back in the capital. We spend our last night in Romania here and reflect on a great week of cycling in Transylvania before heading home in the morning.
Day 09: Depart Bucharest
Transfer to airport for flight back to home.
– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– 08 Nights accommodation
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– Entrance Fees to monuments as per program
– Local English-speaking guide
– All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
– Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Toll ways.
– All present government taxes.
– International Airfare.
– Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
– Visa fees, personal insurance.
– Any item not specified under cost includes.
– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.