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Cycle Romania

Cycle through the ancient villages and isolated landscapes of Romania



At a glance

* 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 

 

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: Bucharest

End destination: Bucharest

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
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”. 

Day 3

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.

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 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.

Day 5

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.

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. 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.

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 in the centre of town.

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. 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. 

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.

Prices & Dates

Date: 2019-05-042019-05-12

Trip code: MVF190504

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Price: €1455

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Date: 2019-05-182019-05-26

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Date: 2019-06-152019-06-23

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Date: 2019-07-062019-07-14

Trip code: MVF190706

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Date: 2019-07-202019-07-28

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Date: 2019-08-032019-08-11

Trip code: MVF190803

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Date: 2019-09-072019-09-15

Trip code: MVF190907

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Date: 2019-09-212019-09-29

Trip code: MVF190921

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Customer Feedback

Cycle Romania

Summary:
I’ve been on quite a few Exodus walking and cycling trips and this has to
have been the best so far
This was down to several reasons. Firstly Romania is a beautiful country and
the tour took us though some of the most scenic areas . Our guides Cristina
and Liviu were fabulous. Knowledgeable about their country and relaxed and
fun to be with. We stayed at some wonderful out of the way places and our
hosts and food were exceptional. The group was the best! We laughed so much
and we all felt we had found 13 new friends by the end.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Meeting the local people with a love for their country and a willingness to
share with us their amazing hospitality

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Both Cristina and Liviu get full marks
We all fell in love with both of them

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This is very much a”get close to the real Romania” trip so make the most of
it
Dont drink the water!!!

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

Answer:
The last day was a bit of an anticlimax as it involved a long bus transfer
with a couple of stops at Vlads casle and another palace. Very busy with
tourists and not really enjoyed by any of us I dont think
We had so enjoyed the quiet solitude of the country
I would have preferred a direct ride to Bucharest and then a slightly longer
walk about before our last dinner

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Cycle Romania

Summary:
A wonderful trip exploring very rural parts of Transylvania – varying terrain
– some stretches of unmade roads. Beautiful scenery and interesting visits
to Monasteries and fortified Churches. No problem with the bicycles
provided.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Cycling through very rural parts. Meeting up with friendly hosts at the
overnight stays in the towns and experiencing some of their culture and food.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very good and knowledgeable and able to cope with all eventualities.

The driver of the van was also very knowledgeable and very helpful moving
luggage, mechanical issue with the bicycles and providing refreshments.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Not many places to get cash out of machines so make sure you have enough.

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

Answer:
Although it was interesting seeing the outside of both Bran and Peles Castles
and hearing about the history we did encounter a lot of traffic as it is a
very touristy area and after the relative solitude of the tour I am not sure
whether it should have been included. All the traffic jams meant that we got
to the hotel in Bucharest rather late and did not really get chance to
explore very much.

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Cycling in the Transylvania area of Romania

Summary:
A wonderful trip exploring very rural parts of Transylvania – varying terrain
– some stretches of unmade roads. Beautiful scenery and interesting visits
to Monasteries and fortified Churches. No problem with the bicycles
provided.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Cycling through very rural parts. Meeting up with friendly hosts at the
overnight stays in the towns and experiencing some of their culture and food.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very good and knowledgeable and able to cope with all eventualities.

The driver of the van was also very knowledgeable and very helpful moving
luggage, mechanical issue with the bicycles and providing refreshments.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Not many places to get cash out of machines so make sure you have enough.

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

Answer:
Although it was interesting seeing the outside of both Bran and Peles Castles
and hearing about the history we did encounter a lot of traffic as it is a
very touristy area and after the relative solitude of the tour I am not sure
whether it should have been included. All the traffic jams meant that we got
to the hotel in Bucharest rather late and did not really get chance to
explore very much.

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Do this trip soon! Romania is fantastic!

Summary:
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!

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Witnessing the beautiful rural life with an abundance of local crops.
Learning the influence of Mongols and Turks, and the Silk Road from China, as
this country is so far East. Riding alone on a country road with the yellow
flowers all around.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Tudor did an excellent job. He let us bike at our own pace which is very
important. He had incredible knowledge and love of the area. Also, he put
together a WhatsApp group for us (by individual consent) at the beginning.
We could share pictures and get more pictures of ourselves. Why hasn’t
anyone thought of that before?
Our driver, Livio was calm and capable. He would provide snacks such as
chocolate from his Communist childhood and tell us the story. Or candy bars
with the name of the nearby Fagaras Mountains.

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

Answer:
Do this trip. Our group is still chatting and sharing pictures in our
WhatsApp group because we just don’t want to let go of the memories.

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Cycling Romania

Summary:
Brilliant guide
Brilliant support driver
Brilliant group
Fantastic country – mostly in Transylvania
Great bike
Great accommodation
Challenging but very satisfying daily bike rides

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
When one of our group (young female) stopped two galloping horses tied to a
cart careering through a small village, even the owners could not stop them
and were very impressed

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Tudor was first rate; great leader, knew Transylvania’s history and geography
inside out.
Great sense of humour, knew when to be serious and when to be light hearted
Great with the slower as well as the quicker cyclists

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Book it!

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

Answer:
Superb trip

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Great trip

Summary:
This was my first trip with Exodus and bike tour – but not my last. And I can
only recommend it to anyone: a well organised trip, with great guides (Tudor
and Liviu – both are always smiling and relaxed but well prepared). Tudor
informed us very well of what is ahead and what to expect and Liviu took care
of nice coffee and tea brakes (and nuts, chocolate, bananas etc.) waiting for
us always in great mood. With both I would go on any trip as I felt well
taken care of. And the group itself was nice too.
Though I’ve seen more impressive landscapes n other journeys it was still
unique – all the untouched lovely wild meadows everywhere – and the most
impressive pottholes I have ever seen 🙂 ! With the bike the impression is
uncomparable: the rustic land life, horses pulling carts and the little
villages with old men and women sitting on benches in front of their houses
waving with a cheerfull smile. very friendly people and hosts. Though there
was a lot of meat it was not only meat – but don’t expect to lose weight as
you get a lot to eat, and I liked the Romanian Radler, nearly at every guest
house you get free wifi. Don’t take too much change – everything is cheap and
even with tips I ended up with enough change, but as I will come back no
problem.
By the way: they have new bikes, so well equipped for the tour. But bring
your gel saddle and enough sun screen and some mosquito repellent and your
camera for lovely photos. I think the trip was more challenging than
expected, less due to some gravel roads but with some climbs (e.g. 4 k) in
the hot summer heat without any shade (I would recommend going in May or
June).

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The visit at the wool mill. And nearly every little village we passed with
the bike. After the biking part in Viscri watching the cows, horses and goats
coming back from the fields into the village and the visit at the local brick
“factory”.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Tudor (guide) and Liviu (support car) just great!!!!!!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
(See above and:) have your camera/mobile for photos any time that you don’t
have to stop to take photos. Be fit, especially for the climbs in the heat,
don’t underestimate it. Be aware that the guest houses are quite simple but
they offer anything you need (always warm water, just be aware that is
sometimes the opposite of what is indicated on the regulator), sometimes
shared bathrooms and it is not always allowed to throw toilet paper in the
toilet.

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

Answer:
Book this trip! You won’t regret it.

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Fantastic

Summary:
Just got back from an amazing week of cycling in this lovely country. Our
leaders, Tudor and Livio were wonderful, so kind and considerate, so
knowledgeable about this history and culture of their country, superb
English, they made this trip fun and interesting. The cycling was challenging
on varied road surfaces but the scenery, views of the mountains and seeing
rustic farming methods, scythes, horses & carts etc more than compensated. At
the end of a hot day of cycling Livio was there offering cold beer and
watermelon. At each comfort stop he was there with coffee, tea, a sweet from
the region and fruit. Nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation was
great, very clean and comfortable, and the hosts welcoming. As a vegetarian I
was well catered for. I can recommend this holiday.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
In Viscri towards the end of the tour, watching the cows, horses and goats
Being herded from the fields down the Main Street and finding their way to
their own homes. An amazing sight. I was up at 6:15 the next morning to watch
them all emerge from their homes and congregate in the street to away their
journey back off to the fields. Each house in Viscr appear to own it’s on
cow so there were quite a few.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Tudor was amazing, so very kind and thoughtful with a lovely sense of humour.
We pulled his leg about his pronunciation of a few words, but his English was
very very good. And his knowledge of Romanian history was encyclopaedic.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take a gel saddle cover for extra comfort, and a tube of sudocreme.
Romania is a very cheap country to visit, for a week I took out £120 for
tips, a couple of meals out, drinks, ice creams and other incidentals…and
that was plenty.
Investigate Strava for your phone beforehand.

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

Answer:
See Romania before it becomes more developed, already buildings for tourists
are being constructed. And enjoy beer at 60p/ pint and ice creams at 40p/
cone.

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cycle romaina

Summary:
really truly surprising place quiet unspoilt clean friendly , good wi fi ,
mobile phone and yet really untouched by 2oth centuary cars a variety , and
then the fortified churches we all yawn ,but with this trip each and everyone
has its own special charm . Good varied acheivable ride in deepest quiet
untouched country side

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
veskri unesco world heritage village

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
radu was i think the best i have had so far

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
do not forget youre battery charger for camera i did and beelive me youll
want to take loads of pics

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Fascinating glimpse of rural Romania

Summary:
Very good trip. The rides were through a variety of terrain and landscapes.
On the first few days there were views of groups of local people working in
the fields with only the occasional item of usually soviet era farm machinery
to help. There were visits to interesting sights including many fortified
churches the like of which we had not seen before.

In the context of local overnight stays with which we are very familiar on
Exodus trips, those on this trip were all good. The only slight downside for
some was the local high fat diet (sausages, salami, fatty pork and pickled
cabbage featured prominently ) and hardly any fresh vegetables for nearly all
meals. But that was the local diet and was therefore the authentic
experience we expected.

It was interesting to see the contrast between rural Romania with its horses
and carts and modern Bucharest which we explored at the end of the trip.

The trip lived up to our expectations of seeing a rural way of life which
might have been similar to the UK several hundred years ago.

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
Visiting the bakery where the wife made very good bread, in conditions which
would give a public health inspector a turn, and where the husband used a
cart pulled by a blind horse.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Radu was an excellent leader and Liviu was also excellent as helper / driver
and picnic provider. Both spoke very good English, had a very good knowledge
of Romanian history and were very pleasant company.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for rather different food from a healthy UK diet.

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Great cycling holiday in Romania

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The people of Romania was just so friendly and welcoming everywhere we went
in the country and seeing their simple but laid back life was a true
inspiration for all of us.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The 2 guides Radu and Liviu is by no doubt some of the best guides I have
ever had. So experienced and laid back and nothing was too much trouble for
them. Also always ready for a party and to take the group out a night so just
had so much fun with these guys.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do not expect 5 star accommodation but expect something very different every
night and to get close to the real people in Romania.

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

Answer:
The bikes are not fantastic on this trip but the days are relatively easy so
didn’t matter too much. However if you are a tall girl like me and prefer a
male frame then please remember to request this – since for the first time I
had to cycle on a female frame – which was not ideal for me.

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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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