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Mountain biking in Romania through the Carpathian villages - Guided tour

8 days / 7 nights
Transylvania - Mountain biking - Leisure cycling - Guided leisure cycling
Guided - Families - Singles - Comfort - Luggage transfer

price from 675 €

This 8-day guided mountain bike tour will allow you to explore the best off-road cycling routes in Romania! You will discover throughout the southeastern part of Transylvania. Almost all the rides will take place in the Bucegi Mountains and in the Piatra Craiului Mountains, in protected areas.
The Piatra Craiului mountain is the longest limestone mountain range in Romania, it is also a paradise for flora and fauna. The mountain bike excursions in this National Park, in the middle of pastures, sheepfolds, and forests, will enchant you. Throughout history, the inhabitants have abandoned the valleys to perch their homes on the plateaus to avoid attacks. These scattered villages, among the highest in Europe, seem to remain frozen in time. A journey in the middle of a pastoral tradition in osmosis with a wild nature that shelters brown bear, chamois, wolves, and lynx. An unforgettable trip…

Your day by day program

1
Arrival in Bucharest & transfer to your guesthouse

The trip starts in Bucharest. We will have a private transfer (~3h) to a lovely guesthouse at the foot of Piatra Craiului Mountains, where we spend the first night. Dinner included

2
The Piatra Craiului Mountains

We begin with a gentle, warm-up mountain-biking route, going through traditional villages into a very attractive rural landscape with steep hills and alpine pastures, on a ridge near the Piatra Craiului Mountains. We continue towards Bran where we see the open-air village museum and the famous Bran Castle, better known as "Dracula’s" Castle. Built in the 14th century, always had a role of defense against the migratory peoples. Later it protected Transylvania from the Ottoman invasions. The castle was associated for a long time with Walachia’s prince, Vlad Tepes the Impaler who is at the origin of the fictional character of Dracula. Also, for many years the castle was home to Queen Mary, Queen Victoria ‘s granddaughter. You will then enjoy the last ascent towards the traditional village of Magura, nestled between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountains. You will spend the evening in a traditional ecotourism guesthouse.
~ 42 km, positive altitude change: 1200m Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included

3
A fair bit of adrenalin

We will start with a very narrow downhill single track and then we ride up through the Jurassic canyon of Zarnesti Gorges. Here the landscape becomes absolutely spectacular. Following up is “Poiana Frumoasa” (the beautiful meadow) a lovely pasture where we usually find shepherds alongside their flocks. We descend to the heavenly village of Pestera where you’ll be mesmerized by the tranquillity and heaven like landscape. On the way back to our cozy guesthouse in Magura, we will once again pass by the legendary Bran Castle. Accommodation at the same as the night before.
~ 36 km, positive altitude change: 850m Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

4
Traditional villages

Today we will we have the opportunity to explore the South side of Bran’s country, crossing the border between the old principalities of Wallachia and Transylvania. We go up to Fundatica, a traditional Romanian mountain village with many small and ancient houses, at the foot of Bucegi Mountains. The inhabitants are livestock breeders; therefore, the village has a long time tradition of cheese preparation. Night in a lovely guesthouse in Moieciu de Sus.
~38 km, positive altitude change: 1200m Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

5
Rasnov

Our mission today will be to discover the Northern side of the Bran area. We will ride up near the ridge of Bucegi Mountains, and then we will enjoy passing through many alpine pastures and sheepfolds. Through our descent, we enter in a wild tract of dense forest where we look for tracks, signs and markings left by large carnivores and other wild animals. Finally, we’ll be reaching Rasnov’s fortress, a historic monument and landmark, this citadel was built by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century in order to protect Transylvania from the Turkish attacks. Night in comfy guesthouse next to the citadel.
~ 43 km, positive altitude change: 600m Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

6
Life in the mountains

After visiting the beautiful 13th-century citadel of Rasnov, we will go to a small but beautiful village where we will step how the locals go about their day and even step inside its Ortodox Church. Later we will continue our ride by exploring one of the most beloved places in the Romanians’ hearts, Poiana Brasov. After we have delighted ourselves with its beautiful panoramas, we will return to Rasnov for a well-deserved dinner!
~ 33 km, positive altitude change: 650m Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

7
Descent to Brasov

On our last ride, we can get to Pietrele lui Solomon ( Solomon’s Rocks) which is a splendid place with a magical story. It is said that a Hungarian king called Solomon once got chased by attackers and in his rush he made his horse jump over the valley that was crossing the two cliffs. He escapes unharmed whilst his followers fell to their death into the abyss. By the end of the day, our efforts will be rewarded by beautiful single-tracks in the middle high-altitude meadows and forests that will lead us to the old center of the city of Brasov. An amazing way to arrive directly “downtown”. If you are still up to it you can have a short visit of Brasov. Accommodation in a nice central hotel in Brasov.
~ 27 km, positive altitude change: 600m, negative altitude change : 1200 m Breakfast, lunch included

8
End of journey

Transfer to Bucharest (around 3.5 hours). Possible extra-night to visit Bucharest. If you arrive early enough we can arrange a private transfer so you can visit the old Bucharest.

Departure board

Departures for groups formed on request

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Bucharest airport, Bucharest train station or your hotel.
End
  • Bucharest airport, Bucharest train station or your hotel.
Accommodation
  • 6 nights in guesthouses, double rooms with private facilities, exceptionally one bathroom for 2 rooms
    1 night in a central hotel in Brasov
Number of people
  • From 5 to 12 people.
Level of difficulty
  • 6 days of biking. Requires a medium-high level. Maximum of 45 km a day and 1100 m of positive altitude change. LEVEL ADAPTABLE TO THE GROUP: from medium to very technical!
Carrying
  • The transfer of your luggage is ensured. You only have to carry your things needed for the day (picnic, camera...)
Options
  • MTB rental : 95€
  • Single supplement (price per person) : 85€
Included
  • English speaking local guide from day 2 to day 7, with a first-aid kit
  • 7 breakfast, 6 packed lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers - Day 1 and 8 Bucharest/Piatra Craiului and Brasov/Bucharest about 3.5 hours
  • Luggage Transfer
Not included
  • Bike Rental
  • Transfer to the meeting point and from the drop-off point
  • Insurances
  • Drinks other than water
  • Entry fees into monuments
  • Personal expenses

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