Cycle Romania

Cycle Romania

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Cycle Romania

9 Days Starting and ending in Bucharest

Visiting: Bucharest, Bucium, Ohaba, Cârța, Făgăraș, Biertan, Sighișoara Citadel, Șoarș, Viscri

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

MVF

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 14

Physical rating:

Moderate

Age range:

16 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

Activities:

Cycling, Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Transylvania is one of the most emotive place names. Much of the focus is on Bram Stoker’s creation and the bloodthirsty Prince Vlad III or Vlad the Impaler, upon whom he was loosely based. However, the region offers a fascinating mix of cultural influences, from the Saxons to the raiding Tatars and Ottomans. The natural diversity and beauty of the region is also key to capturing the imagination as castles and churches are framed by the imposing Carpathian and Faguras Mountains. The best seat from which to view all this is that of a bicycle, allowing us to soak up the tranquillity and majesty of the landscape at a pace that means we can enjoy the hidden stories and places along the way.We finish with time in Bucharest, once the seat of communist power but still with enough left to remind visitors why it was once known as ‘the Paris of the East’.



Highlights

  • Experience mediaeval Transylvania and modern Bucharest

  • Visit UNESCO citadels and fortified churches 

  • Cycle through ancient villages and isolated landscapes

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Bucharest.
Location: Bucharest
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Start Bucharest; upon arrival we will be greeted by an Exodus leader and

transferred out of Bucharest to the small town of Vulcan in Brasov Country,

Transylvania. This transfer is roughly three hours long but will be broken up

with a short break en route.

*Comfortable guest house*



Day 2 : Ride To Bucium, Stopping At Ohaba Flower Mill En Route
Location: Bucium, Ohaba
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Once we are happy and comfortable after the bike fitting, we set off for our

first experience of cycling in this region. We begin on the flat, accompanied

by views of the snow-covered peaks of the Bucegi Mountains. Today we also

take time to visit the oldest flour mill in Romania, powered to this day by

the river by which it was built. The tale of how it survived the communist

period is also well worth our time.



Our goal is the town of Bucium however if the weather is favourable we may

take a detour to a nearby cave that served as a place of worship over two

centuries ago. At that time the local people – the Dacians – would have

prayed to Zalmoxis, a popular deity in the lower Danube region. Little is

known about Zalmoxis, thought what is known is based mainly on the writings

of the ancient Greek historian Herodotus.



Once we are happy and comfortable after the bike fitting, we set off for our

first experience of cycling in this region. We begin on the flat, accompanied

by views of the snow-covered peaks of the Bucegi Mountains. Today we also

take time to visit the oldest flour mill in Romania, powered to this day by

the river by which it was built. The tale of how it survived the communist

period is also well worth our time.



Our goal is the own of Bucium however if the weather is favourable we may

make a detour to what is known as a



If the weather is good we will make a detour to a nearby cave that served as

a place of worship over two centuries ago. At that time the local people –

the Dacians – would have prayed to Zalmoxis, a popular deity in the lower

Danube region. Little is known about Zalmoxis, thought what is known is 

based mainly on the writings of the ancient Greek historian Herodotus.



 



Day 3 : Cycle To Carta At The Foot Of The Fagaras Mountains.
Location: Cârța, Făgăraș
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We ride to the village of Lisa, with the ridge of the highest mountain range

in Romania, the Fagaras Mountains, as our constant companion. There we visit

a wool mill to see how woollen blankets and clothes are still being made

using old methods. There is even a 100-year-old machine still in operation.

We then cycle to the village of Cartisoara and on to Carta itself and visit

the Cistercian Monastery. The oldest buildings on the site date back to

around 1205 and like many buildings in the area it has a fascinating history.



Please note that on some departures our groups stay in the town of Cartisoara

and will visit the Monastery in Carta on day 4. The distances of each day

would, therefore, change by 5km.



Day 4 : Cycle To Biertan; Visit The Unesco Church.
Location: Biertan
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s ride starts with a crossing of the river Olt and continues along

quiet country roads. We cycle past the fortified church of Richis as we make

our way towards Biertan. Once in Biertan, we have a tour of the UNESCO listed

fortified church set up on a hill overlooking the vineyards and surrounding

fields. Building began in 1486 by the German Transylvanian Saxon community

when the area was part of the Kingdom of Hungary.



As a late Gothic church, it stands out thanks to the concentric ringed walls

and huge towers, and is often considered one of the most impressive of its

kind in Romania.  It achieved UNESCO status in 1993 and has numerous

interesting buildings in the complex. The church contains some beautiful

Renaissance pieces, while there are also three bastions, six towers and three

rows of walls to ward of undesirables.  





Day 5 : Visit The Fascinating Citadel Of Sighisoara.
Location: Sighișoara Citadel
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we have a beautiful ride through the countryside and remote villages of

Transylvania. Following the river Tarnava Mare we pass hop fields and set our

sights on Sighisoara. This truly is a place worth visiting, as one of the few

medieval citadels in Europe that is fully inhabited. Another to feature on

the UNESCO list of world heritage sites, we have a free afternoon to wander

the streets and immerse ourselves in place so wonderfully preserved and

faithful to its origins. There is even the house where Vlad Dracul, father of

Vlad the Impaler, was born. 





Day 6 : Cycle Trough Quaint Villages And Pastures To Soars.
Location: Șoarș
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s ride follows a lovely quiet country road through the Transylvanian

hills to Apold village. After looking around the fascinating old town before

we hop back on the bikes to continue our ride through small farming towns and

pastures. The medieval church at Bradeni will provide the backdrop to our

lunch spot. Today’s ride ends in the small town of Soars; here our

accommodation will be split over four small family houses. This is a great

opportunity to experience real Romanian rural life and get to know your

hosts. Today’s evening meal is taken as a group at the largest guesthouse

house and will be a traditional Romanian meal cooked by the family.



Day 7 : Cycle To Viscri; Explore The Town And Fortified Church.
Location: Viscri
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we ride out of Soars. The day starts with a short climb

through the forest before a lovely stretch of road through several small

towns takes us to Viscri. Here we have the opportunity to explore this lovely

old town as well as visit Viscri’s well-known fortified church and meet the

brickmakers and blacksmiths who helped restore the building. The church was

restored with the help of the Prince of Wales Foundation in 1991 and is now

regarded as one of the best examples of a fortified church anywhere in the

world. There will be plenty of time to fully explore Viscri as we stay in the

centre of town.



Day 8 : Free Day In Bucharest
Location: Bucharest
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 ‐ Free day in Bucharest



After breakfast we have a private transfer to Bran Castle, situated on the

border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Bran castle is promoted as Dracula

castle, where will make a detour for a photo stop of thisspectacular building

and hear its story.



Afterwards, we will hop back in the vehicle and continue our journey to

Bucharest. On the way, if time allows, we will have another stop to the

scenic castle of Peles, the summer residence of the former Romanian Royal

family. We will have a short walk around its spectacular gardens. The

afternoon is free to explore Bucharest and we can go out for a final meal as

a group.



Please note: Bran Castle is an extremely popular tourist destination and can

be very busy.  That’s why we consider more convenient to have 2 shorter

stops (Bran and Peles) and have the time to enjoy a stroll in Bucharest.



 



Day 9 : The Tour Ends In Bucharest. 
Location: Bucharest
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast we have most of the day to explore Bucharest; we can wonder

the old streets and do some last minute shopping or visit some of the

fascinating old museums and Palaces before the trip ends here.



What's Included

  • Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)

  • Cycling guide throughout 

  • Local bike hire with one pannier bag

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners

  • All accommodation 

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Travel insurance 

  • Single accommodation (very limited availability)

Food


All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included in the price of
the trip.

Romanian cuisine has strong influences from its surrounding countries like
Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary.

We get to indulge in some fantastic home cooked meals on this trip as we
spend most nights staying with local families and in guesthouses. Breakfasts
will consist of homemade bread and cheeses as well as a selection of locally
sourced meats, salad and tea of coffee. The picnic lunches are made by our
guesthouses and will usually be sandwiches, salad, fruit and more of their
homemade cheese. Some days we will have a traditional vegetable soup for
lunch with homemade crème fraiche and bread.

Dinners are usually centred around pork or beef. Lots of guesthouses will
prepare Sarmale cu Mamaliguta which is a traditional Romanian dish made of
minced pork wrapped in pickled cabbage leaves and served with polenta and a
chilli.

It’s not all about the food though; every household makes their own Tuica
(pronounced “tsweeka”) which is a spirit usually made from plums and
flavoured with herbs from their garden or the surrounding area. This is
usually drunk whilst being welcomed into the house and after dinner.

Accommodation

For most of the tour, we stay in guesthouses and family-owned B&Bs. All the buildings are very well kept, clean, comfortable and are truly one-off places to stay. These old buildings were never designed to be hotels, this means that a very limited number of single rooms are available and only on some nights. In some locations, bathrooms will be shared between a maximum of two rooms. Our hotel in Bucharest is a modern building with good facilities in the city centre.



Single supplement is only available on five nights (days 1, 2, 5, 7, 8; limited availability). For all the other nights’ accommodation is on room-share basis.

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  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Cycle Romania

This is an excellent, well-organized tour with a good balance of cycling and culture.

Great times

It was a really fun trip. Very well organized. Terrain is moderate. This was my first real biking experience and I felt I was able to manage it. Our group was small - 10 people and we gelled immediately. Overall organization and coordination was excellent. It is a well thought out route. You get to see a lot of history and meet locals - especially in churches.

Cycle Romania

In summary, I found the trip excellent.

Do this trip soon! Romania is fantastic!

This is our 6th cycling trip with Exodus and it is one of the best. The route was wonderful with views of the Carpathians, fields of corn and potatoes and horses pulling carts. We are experienced cyclists and the 3/10 level lets one burn some calories but still leave time to visit monasteries, water-driven flour mills and fortified churches. It was good to know in advance that we might have to share a bathroom (4 times, but it worked out) and that the food is rustic home cooking (great cheese, cured meats, mashed potatoes, lots of tomatoes and cucumbers). Our leader, Tudor, was excellent. Remember to save time to do a free walking tour in Bucharest on the last day. Travel guides say that tourism in Romania is "budding"--do this trip now before the country changes!

Great cycling holiday in Romania

Just back from a 8 days cycling trip in Romania and really loved this trip because here you get the chance of experience the real country life in Romania.

A truly amazing experience

A fabulous trip in lovely countryside with friendly people and sights and sounds of a bygone age. The cycling was always interesting with lots to see along the route. The culture and history of the country was explained to us on route enhancing the enjoyment of what we were experiencing.

Cycle Romania

Overall this was an excellent trip that was a perfect combination of great cycling and lots of cultural experiences and sites along the way.

Cycling through Transylvania

Another super Exodus trip with a great group. The countryside is lovely and most of the cycling was on minor roads and tracks - so peaceful and calm. The cycling has quite a few climbs to increase the heart rate but nothing too severe. The accommodation was varied, clean and comfortable. We were clearly mixing with the local communities and we received smiles from everyone we met. Food was good and locally sourced. All in all a great trip

Cycle Romania

This was an execllent trip. The scenery, food and the people were wonderful. Just the right balance of cycling - good and energetic - and cultural. What made it particularly special was our two guides. Although Liviu was the main guide, he worked closely with Redu, who is also a guide but provided the support on our trip. They formed a great team and we could not have been better looked after. Both were proud and passionate about their country, its history and culture and were determined to give us every opportunity to learn about it and experience it. As well as the main itnerary, they took every opportunity to show us additional things. The fact that we stayed mainly in small rural homestays gave us an opportunity to sample local hospitality and see village life close up.

Cycling, cows and churches

A great mixture of cycling and culture, with plenty of cows and castles along the way. Visiting rural Transylvania is like going back in time to the Middle Ages - farmers still use scythes, people get around in horses and carts, and cows wander the streets. There is a fascinating history to uncover and the locals are very friendly.

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