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Cycle Romania

Cycle through the ancient villages and isolated landscapes of Romania



At a glance

* 6 days cycling with 100% vehicle support 
* 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 

 

Cycle through the ancient villages and isolated landscapes of Romania

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.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* Cycling guide throughout 
* Hire bike with one pannier bag
* All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
* All accommodation 
* Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)

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.

Start destination:

End destination:

Cycling profile

Day 1

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

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 Fagaras
Mountains as we pass through the town of Zarnesti. Today we stop for lunch at
the oldest flour mill in the 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 Ohaba.
Cycle approx. 59km with 500m of ascent
*Comfortable guest house*

Day 3

We start todays 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 Victoria town of
Cartisoara and from there to the village of Carta where we visit the ruins of
the Cistercian Monastery and have the opportunity to meet the pastor and hear
his beautiful stories.
Please note that on some departures our groups stay in the town of Cartisoara
and will visit the Monastery in Carta on day 4.
Cycle approx. 66km with 400m of ascent
*Comfortable guest house*

Day 4

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 have a free afternoon to visit its 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.
Cycle approx. 65km with 700m of ascent
*Comfortable guest house*

Day 5

Today we have a beautiful ride through the countryside and remote villages of
Transylvania. We stop for a picnic lunch by the river Tarnava Mare before
continuing our ride to 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 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.
Cycle approx. 40km with 450m of ascent
*Comfortable guest house*

Day 6

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. 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.
Cycle approx. 48km with 600m of ascent
*Comfortable guest house*

Day 7

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 close to the centre of town.
Cycle approx. 35km with 300m of ascent
*Comfortable guest house*

Day 8

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. If we have time we will make a quick
stop at Peles Castle for a short walk around its spectacular grounds. The
afternoon is free to explore Bucharest and we can go out for a final meal as
a group.
*Comfortable hotel*

Day 9

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.
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Date: 2018-05-052018-05-13

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Customer Feedback

Cycle Romania

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
It was all great but maybe an impromptu visit to the home of a couple who
invited us into their yard full of animals, fed us home-made cake and showed
us how they continue to live a traditional Transylvanian lifestyle.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Liviu, working as a team with Redu, were brilliant. They were so
knowledgeable. We learned about the history, food, architecture, politics,
traditions, etc. etc.etc. They really went above and beyond to make sure we
had a good time. For example, on our first night they learned there was a
concert in the neighbouring village so we went there. And on our last night
they gave up their first night back with their families to have dinner with
us and then walked all round Bucharest with us until almost midnight showing
us things that we would never have seen on our own. Thanks both!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just go. This is up there with one of the best trips we have done.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Great trip. Staying in local homes was lovely. It was also nice to have
most meals included. This is always so much more convenient and efficient on
activity holidays.

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Cycling, cows and churches

Summary:
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.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I really enjoyed meeting traditional craftspeople and learning about how
close their skills came to being lost forever in the Communist era. We met
quite a few entertaining characters along the way. The countryside is
beautiful and the medieval town of Sighisoara is picturesque.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Raluca was a great guide – cheerful, patient, experienced and passionate
about Romania. She offered lots of personal insights to bring the history of
the country to life, and there was a great balance between cycling and
culture. She really went out of her way to make sure that we were all
enjoying ourselves. Liviu was a great helper too, keeping us fed and watered
on the rides.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for mixed standards of accommodation – some excellent and some a
little basic, but all with character. Hot water can be a little hit and miss.
There are no hair dryers or kettles, so take your own if those things are
important to you. It helps to be not too fussy about food as options can be
limited if you have specific dietary requirements. We went in May and the
weather was very changeable – some hot and sunny days and some cold and rainy
days, so if you are going early or late in the season make sure you take
clothes for all weather. But above all, go now before it changes too much!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
You don’t actually visit Bran Castle on the way back to Bucharest because
it’s a tourist trap and involves long ticket queues – the compromise is to
take pictures from the road and visit a different (and impressive) castle
instead.

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Cycle Romania

Summary:
I very much enjoyed my week spent cycling in Romania. We were cycling through
very beautiful scenery, visiting many interesting historical sites. We bonded
very well as a group and had a great tour leader.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
In Viscri we visited some local craftsman. They were really good characters
and it was very interesting to see their work in action.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader Raluka was great throughout the holiday. She looked after us
extremely well. When we got to Bucharest she handed us all a nice booklet
containing a map and details of local attractions. She was always there to
assist us, including when we needed some extra help because BA’s computer
systems had a power cut.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
A lot of the guest houses had Wi-Fi, though not all of them. The Bucharest
underground is really straight forward and might be useful if you want to
explore different areas of the city. A lot of the places we stayed were very
rural, so if you’re a night owl take a book, or possibly even some dominoes!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
It was nice to only be in a coach at the start and the end of the trip.

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cycle Romania

Summary:
A brilliant holiday. The tour guide Raluca Teodor was outstanding. She was
passionate about her country with all its history which she conveyed simply
so that I remember so much. She was also very kind and always aware of our
needs. Her co helper Liviu was also extremely helpful and they both made a
good team. In Bucharest at the end of the holiday with the BA flight problems
Raluca organised a new hotel for us to cater for our extra stay before our
flight home via Turkish Airlines. The whole group gelled very well and this
will always be an Exodus holiday to remember.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I really cannot find one thing. I would say all of it. Some of the guest
houses such as the Water mill, the priest’s talk, Sighisoara, the cart rides.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Outstanding (see above.)

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Travel light, don’t be phased by travel problems!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I cannot think of anything else.

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Cycle Romania

Summary:
Stunning scenery with the historical backdrop of political upheavals and
resilient people made a fascinating cocktail

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The man who sews the waistcoats and is a human world heritage site was a
first – but he can’t get a word in edgewise with his wife in full flow!
Staying in guesthouses in small villages was lovely and took me out of the
normal comfort zone of a standard hotel. I wouldn’t have wanted to sleep with
my in- laws in a drawer under me though!
The Saxon churches in Transylvania being still lovingly cared for even though
no Saxons remain in the community

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Raluka was superb throughout. Fun, enthusiastic, efficient and picked up our
group humour so quickly she held her own. Her passion, pride and hope for her
country was inspirational for us jaded types. She was ably assisted by Livio
who provided additional insights

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just enjoy every minute like I did

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Leave space in your luggage there are unique big things to buy!

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A truly amazing experience

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The warmness and friendliness in which we were greeted in people’s homes. Our
hosts could not do enough to help us, it was lovely to experience and feel
the welcome of the local people. We often sat out after arriving from a days
cycling with cakes and drinks whilst chatting to the hosts in a lovely
relaxed environment. Life in the villages was hard but the children always
waved and looked happy as we passed through.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Raluca and Liveu worked together superbly to give us a faultless, interesting
holiday constantly surprising us with visits along the way. Any problems were
dealt with efficiently and promptly. Raluca had a vast knowledge of her
country and she passed that on to us during the week with a history lesson
most evenings before we had our meal.
She was passionate about her country and her enthusiasm was infectious.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you have enough local currency to last the first few days as apart
from the airport there is no where to exchange money in the villages . It was
day 5 before we entered a large town with exchange facilities.
Beware the roads generally are in poor condition so you have to keep an eye
out for the numerous potholes, some of which are quite a size and depth.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
An excellent , cultural and historical holiday. You find yourself totally
immersed in a very diverse and different country. Raluca’s passion was
infectious and contributed to a fantastic experience/holiday.

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A HIDDEN GEM?

Summary:
This tour is more of a mini adventure or experience than a holiday and
incorporates the correct balance of moderate cycling, history and culture.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling into the UNESCO sites of Sighisoara and Viscri and
learning/understanding the history of the region.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Raluca is energetic, organised, knowledgeable and above all very passionate
about her country. It is no surprise she has taken up some form of
‘councillor role’ in Bucharest. As well as a superb Leader Raluca would make
a good history teacher as she was able to retain my interest which can
sometimes be limited.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This category has used the correct terminology ‘potential travellers’ – It is
for travellers not tourists because there is a need to be flexible to and
appreciate some of the accommodation used and amenities available. Go now
because whilst some of the villages/towns are protected it will change as
more people find this ‘hidden gem’ of an area.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Like a lot of countries around the world they meaning Rumania have a image
problem. This adventure will possibly change your perception of the country.

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Cycle Romania

Summary:
Don’t hesitate to visit Romania and explore Transylvania by bicycle. At the
moment there is little tourism there and Transylvania remains bucolic,
tranquil and unspoilt, as it has done for centuries. I was impressed by the
abundance of growth everywhere, the wild flowers by the roadside, nesting
storks on village roofs and soaring eagles overhead, gypsies in traditional
dress, the horses and carts and well cared for domestic animals. It really is
like something out of “Lark Rise to Candleford” – truly idyllic farming
country out of a picture book, where here and there time appears to have
stood still.
Go before it changes, and visit the ancient, medieval citadels and Saxon
Lutheran fortified churches. And cycling is a good way to meet Romanians, eat
their delicious home-cooked food and see behind the doors of the brightly
painted cottages, which front each village’s main street.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Visiting the UNESCO world heritage sites of Sighisoara and Viscri – not the
cycling, which I saw as the least intrusive way to explore Transylvania.
Sighisoara is a well-preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel.
Definitely visit the unpretentious museum within the ancient clocktower (it
looks like something out of Disney’s “Cinderella”), ascend to the top
and enjoy the view of the town over the profusion of roof tiles…. and stay
for the old clock to sound the hour. Our hotel was charming and right on the
central square.
Our night in the village of Viscri was such fun. The road through Viscri was
not paved, there were horses and carts everywhere and a horse and cart took
us to the beautifully preserved Saxon church and also to see how they make
(by hand) the bricks and tiles used to restore the village. Then in the
evening after enjoying a sociable beer or two at the local store which
doubled up as the pub, we enjoyed dinner in the garden of the cottage where
we were staying and witnessed the procession of cows returning to their homes
to be milked, only to leave for the pastures at dawn.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Raluca Teodor was an angel. It was she who had planned the trip – we even
squeezed in a delicious water mill lunch and a tour of a water powered
woollen blanket business – and she looked after 8 of us on her own. Raluca
has her own adventure travel business and is passionate about her country.
Most nights we had a Romanian history lesson, but night by night the history
became more and more confusing, especially as Transylvania, Wallachia and
Moldavia only united to form Romania in 1881 under King Carol 1. She was
considerate and sociable, could repair bikes and had planned well, but not
for the terrible rain storm on our first full day! But we landed up at a
great little hotel in the middle of nowhere, welcomed at the door by Mirella,
who seemed to do everything except cook. There was a lady cook though, who
was fantastic and the breakfast was the best of many good breakfasts on the
holiday.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Some may miss WIFI – it wasn’t always available. So what!
If you are particularly concerned about the quality of the accommodation, be
sure to read Trip Notes. We stayed in guest houses, most of which were
charming. We spent our last night in Bucharest in the beautiful “fin de
siècle” Capitol Hotel.
Probably not a holiday for very keen cyclists, but personally I would visit
Transylvania ASAP before the Idyll is destroyed by “Progress”.

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Cycle Romania

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

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
It’s hard to choose just one. It’s impossible to master all of Romania’s
complex history in just a week, but at the end of the trip I felt as though I
had really seen the country. In addition to beautiful scenery, we experienced
life in the villages, visited a flour mill and a family-run wool factory, met
Saxon priests, and even squeezed in some sightseeing in a couple of cities.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Raluca is an outstanding guide. She is competent, attentive, organized,
personable, and passionate and knowledgeable about her country. From the
guesthouse stays to the daily history lessons, she did everything to ensure
that we experienced the real Romania. The fact that she clearly has strong
personal relationships with everyone we encountered testifies to her
commitment to her job.

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Cycling in Romania

Summary:
I have been on a number of Exodus cycling holidays but this was one of the
best. The cycling was just right with a number of modest climbs but the
countryside is so beautiful and unspoilt with so much to see. Mountains, wild
flowers, wildlife, forests, herds of sheep and cattle. Also a lot to learn
about the history of Romania which explains the fortified churches, the
hilltop citadels, the extraordinary palaces, the legacy of the Soviet era. A
brilliant holiday.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I think the thing that inspired me most was the unexpected variety of each
day. The visit to the flour mill on the first day (most were destroyed in
soviet times) through to the sightseeing at the end in Bucharest and the
unbelievable palace of Ceausescu in Bucharest. Every day was exciting but
probably my favourite was staying in Viscri which has been beautifully
restored with the help of the Prince Charles foundation. I’ve never seen
bricks and tiles being made by hand before. Or woken up to cows going along
the Main Street at 06:30 and people wheeling their milk home in the old
fashioned milk churns!!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader was brilliant. She was informative, friendly, took care of
all our needs (lots of short stops and snacks). Her knowledge of the history
was good and answered all our questions intelligently. She directed us to the
best sights, great restaurants and was fun to be with.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go. It is a great holiday.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Cycling good – it is a 3 moderate. Food so fresh and healthy – loved it.
Country beautiful and interesting. Whole trip was better than my
expectations.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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