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      Discover the beauty of Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains

      Few places can match the beauty and mystery of Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains. Rich with Saxon history and a landscape dotted with spectacular castles, churches and breathtaking views. Starting at the foot of the highest mountain range in Romania, our route takes us through fortified towns and hilltop citadels, past dense forests and across open fields where we meet shepherds as they watch over their sheep. With a final day to explore the fascinating capital city of Bucharest this trip will allow you to discover both the modern and traditional sides of Romania all from the seat of your bike.

      Highlights

      • Cycle through ancient villages and isolated landscapes
      • Visit UNESCO citadels and fortified churches
      • Experience mediaeval Transylvania and modern Bucharest

      Key information

      • 6 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
      • 80% tarmac roads, 20% hard pack dirt paths
      • Scenic route, some climbs to be expected
      • Group normally 4 to 14 plus leader, min age 16 yrs
      • 6 nights guesthouses, 2 night hotel with en suite facilities

       

      • Countries visited: Romania

      What’s included

      • Cycling guide throughout
      • Hire bike with one pannier bag
      • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
      • All accommodation

      What’s not included

      • Travel insurance
      • Single accommodation (very limited availability)
      • Visas or vaccinations

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      Start Date End Date
      May 2020 Sep 2020
      • DAY 1

        Start Bucharest.

        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

        Meals included: dinner
      • DAY 2

        Ride to Bucium, stopping at Ohaba flower mill en route

        After breakfast we set up the bikes and start our ride with a lovely stretch of flat road with an amazing view of the snow covered peaks of the Bucegi Mountains as we pass through the town of Zarnesti. Today we visit the oldest flour mill in Romania which is still powered by the river that runs past it; we will hear the amazing story of how it has survived through the communism period before continuing our ride to Bucium.
        If the weather is good we will make a detour to a worship cave, were Romanian ancestors were praying to Zalmoxis. Zalmoxis was the supreme God of the Dacian people inhabiting these lands 200 years ago. The only important information concerning this enigmatic god is the text of Herodotus: “The scholars have interpreted Zalmoxis as a Sky-god, a god of the dead, a Mystery-god”.

        Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner
      • DAY 3

        Cycle to Carta at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains.

        We start today’s ride by heading to the small village of Lisa where a 100 year old machine tailoring woollen blanket is still operational. Here we will take a tour around the wool mill and see a demonstration of how they still make woollen blankets and clothes. We then cycle through the town of Victoria and from there to the village of Cartisoara (“little Carta”) or Carta itself, where we visit the ruins of the Cistercian Monastery and have the opportunity to meet the pastor and hear his beautiful stories. The ridge of the Fagaras mountains, the highest Romanian mountain range, will delight us the entire day!
        Possible detour to Sambata Monastery, + 10km
        Please note that on some departures our groups stay in the town of Cartisoara and will visit the Monastery in Carta on day 4.

        Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner
      • DAY 4

        Cycle to Biertan; visit the UNESCO church.

        Today’s ride starts with a crossing of the river Olt and continues along quiet country roads, we cycle through pastoral landscapes and past the fortified church of Richis as we make our way towards Biertan. Once in Biertan we will have a tour of the enormous fortified church with several spiralling towers and ring-walls, the church has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993 and is a fascinating place to visit.

        Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner
      • DAY 5

        Visit the fascinating Citadel of Sighisoara.

        Today we have a beautiful ride through the countryside and remote villages of Transylvania. We will cycle along the river Tarnava Mare and past hop fields. The destination for this evening is a real treat: Sighisoara, one of the few medieval citadels in Europe that is still fully inhabited and also included on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Here we have the whole afternoon free to discover the old town with its famous clock tower, medieval streets and the house where Vlad Dracul, the father of Vlad the Impaler was born.

        Meals included: breakfast  lunch
      • DAY 6

        Cycle trough quaint villages and past shepherds to Soars.

        Today’s ride follows a lovely quiet country road through the Transylvanian hills to Apold Village where we look around the fascinating old town before getting back on the bikes to continue our ride through small farming towns and past Shepherds watching over their sheep. Bradeni church will be our lovely lunch spot where once again we will discover a different particularity of the Saxon traditions. 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 life and get to know your hosts. Today’s evening meal is eaten as a group at the largest guesthouse house and will be a traditional Romanian meal cooked by the family.

        Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner
      • DAY 7

        Cycle to Viscri; explore the town and fortified church.

        After breakfast we hop on the bikes and leave Soars. The day starts with a short climb through the forest before a lovely stretch of road through several small towns before arriving in 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 brick maker and blacksmiths who helped restore the building. The church was restored with the help of the Prince Charles 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.

        Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner
      • DAY 8

        Morning transfer to Bran Castle for a tour; transfer to Bucharest.

        After breakfast we have a private transfer to Bran Castle, situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Here we take a tour around this spectacular building which has become known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’. Inside there are displays of art and furniture collected by Queen Marie and the grounds feature a small open air museum displaying Romanian peasant structures. After exploring the castle and grounds we hop back in the vehicle and continue our journey to Bucharest. 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. Therefore our local guide will give the option to either visit Bran Castle (as stated above) or make a quick stop to see the castle from the outside before transferring to the spectacular though less well known Peles Castle for a tour.

        Meals included: breakfast
      • DAY 9

        The tour ends in Bucharest.

        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.

        Meals included: breakfast

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      Group Size: 1616

      Start: May 2020

      End: Sep 2020

      Duration: 9 days9 Days

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