Cycle Romania

Cycle Romania

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Cycle Romania

9 Days Starting and ending in Bucharest

Visiting: Bucharest, Bran Castle, Moieciu de Sus, Bucium-Orlea, Arpașu de Sus, Tălmaciu, Sibiu, Cârța, Agnita, Dealu Frumos, Sighișoara

Tour operator:

Explore!

Tour code:

CRT

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Age range:

16-

Special diets catered:

Vegans, Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Active

Interests:

Cultural, History

From: $1880 $1663 Operator discount: -$170 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$47 -12%

NB: Prices correct on 18-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Cycle through the heart of the Transylvanian Alps and step back in time; exploring beautiful unspoilt countryside, medieval towns, imposing castles and warm hospitality.



Bran and Peles Castles - Atmospheric medieval and neo-renaissance castles

Sighisoara - Discover this beautiful UNESCO listed medieval town

Bucharest - Explore Romania's capital city

Highlights

  • Bran and Peles Castles - Atmospheric medieval and neo-renaissance castles

  • Sighisoara - Discover this beautiful UNESCO listed medieval town

  • Bucharest - Explore Romania's capital city

Itinerary

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Day 1: Trip Starts Bucharest Airport, Drive To Moieciu

Location: Bucharest

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meals Included: No Meals

Our trip begins at Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) at 7.30pm. If you would like to join the complimentary airport transfer today, the latest your flight can arrive is 7pm. We will travel together as a group in our mini bus, to Moieciu, which takes approximately three and a half hours. We will stop for dinner (not included), comfort breaks and a money changing opportunity on our way.



If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you may have time to wait ahead of our group transfer to Moieciu. You can make the most of this time by heading in to Bucharest city centre. A taxi costs around €20 and takes about 20 minutes but up to one hour at peak times. There is a direct bus which cost €0.85 and can take up to one hour.



Please note that due to airline schedules, on our 25-Jul and 05-Sept trip, the transfer will leave from Bucharest Airport at 8.30pm so the latest that your flight can arrive is 8.10pm.

Day 2: Bran Castle And Libearty Bear Reservation, Cycle To Piatra Craiului National Park

Location: Bran Castle, Moieciu de Sus

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Today starts with a short drive 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. We then leave Bran 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 begin cycling at the foot of the Piatra Craiului National Park. We cycle along a beautiful forest valley passing Piatra Craiului. Then we cycle mainly downhill with spectacular views of the Transylvanian Alps to Bucium.



Your total cycling distance today is approximately 41km, with approximately 141 metres total ascent and 248 metres descent.

Day 3 - Cycle Piatra Craiului National Park To Bucium

Location: Bucium-Orlea

Accommodation: Hotel

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 4 - Visit The Sambata Monastery, Cycle Via Arpasu To Albota

Location: Arpașu de Sus

Accommodation: Hotel

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 5 - Cycle The Olt River Valley To Talmaciu, Drive To Sibiu

Location: Tălmaciu, Sibiu

Accommodation: Hotel

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 6 - Drive To Carta, Ride Via Agnita To Dealu Frumos

Location: Cârța, Agnita, Dealu Frumos

Accommodation: Hotel

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 a rural location some 3km outside Agnita.



Your total cycling distance today is approximately 38km, with about 385 metres total ascent and 220 metres descent.

Day 7 - Cycle To Unesco Listed Sighisoara

Location: Sighișoara

Accommodation: Hotel

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 and 505 metres descent. A further 37km optional cycling is possible.

Day 8 - Visit Peles Castle, Drive To Bucharest

Location: 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 9 - Trip Ends Bucharest

Location: Bucharest

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Bucharest at any time.



If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP), which is 30-minute drive from the hotel.



What's Included

  • Meals – Breakfast Only

    Breakfast: 8

    Dinner: 4

  • Accommodation

  • Fully Guided

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Bike

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

  • Country Entry Visas

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  • Are e-bikes available on this trip?

    Electric bikes are available for an additional cost. Please contact us for more details or to request an e-bike.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Transfers are included on the first and the last day of the trip

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Moderate

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    2 nights comfortable guesthouse

    6 nights comfortable hotel

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

  • Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

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

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

  • Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

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

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

  • Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Nigel  

Cycle Romania

Aod trip

Aod trip

Andrew  

Cycle Romania

Bikes wereod; distances and uphill climbs appropri

Bikes wereod; distances and uphill climbs appropriate.

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