Transfagarasan cycling tour

Tour type

Cycling tour

Tour duration

8 Days / 7 Nights

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5 out of 5 stars (based on 3 reviews)
Tour starts in Bucharest
Tour ends in Bucharest
Group size Min 2, Max 12
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Accommodation Hotel
Transportation Mini bus with A/C 

€890 / person

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Transfagarasan Bicycle Tours

Cycle the best road in the World

 

A challenging,yet rewarding cycling tour over the Carpathian Mountains

Transfagarasan Highway –  the most spectacular road in Romania, the Transfagarasan highway. The breathtaking road was built in the 80’s by the communists, using over 4000 tons of dynamite in just  4 years. Declared “the best road in the world” by Top Gear. You must see this episode click here 

On your way to the ultimate mountain road, you will discover Transylvania, with quaint old villages and tranquil roads. 

Tour highlights

  • Bran Castle
  • Brasov
  • Transfagarasan highway
  • Poenari Castle
  • Bucharest

Itinerary

Day 1 - October 26 - Welcome to Romania

If you arrive on the DAY 1 of the tour we can pick up from Bucharest Airport.

Meet the rest of group in the lobby of the hotel. Don’t forget your garlic and holly water, you are about to explore the dramatic ruins of Dracula’s Royal Castle. Yes one of the real castles of Dracula is right here in Bucharest, yet very few know it. 

Explore the old historic town of Bucharest, with it’s tumultuous life. 

Dinner at the Beer Chariot (Caru cu Bere) – a fabulous 19th century restaurant, where you can venture into the delicious Romanian cuisine

Overnight in Bucharest in 4**** Hotel

Day 2 - Oct 27 - Costumes Halloween party at Dracula's Castle

As a proof that Dracula’s spirit still lives in Romania, we will visit the Parliament Palace – a megalomaniac’s work of art. This is the second largest building in the world erected by the Communist leader Ceausescu

Next stop, Snagov Monastery – in 1476 Price Vlad Dracula was killed near Bucharest. The Monks of Snagov Monastery recovered his headless body and buried it inside their church on the little island of Snagov.

Dracula was controversial even after his death. His death is still an enigma, where some sources indicate he was assassinated by the Turks, while others claim that Dracula was killed by “friendly fire” (complicated story, but you will learn all about it on the tour)

Tonight the drinks are on Dracula. We are his guests at the special Halloween Party in his castle at Bran. Of course you should bring your costume.

Overnight in Bran 4**** hotel

Day 3 - Oct 28 - Brasov

Discover visit the medieval city of Brasov. As a young fugitive prince, Dracula spent several years in Brasov, an important community who’s support was crucial to his return on the throne of the neighboring country, Wallachia (at that time Wallachia and Transylvania were separate countries)  Enjoy a guided walk through this 13th century Saxon city. The main highlight is the Council Square, the Gothic Black Church – blackened by a fire more than 300 year ago – and the “Rope Street” – one of the narrowest streets in Europe. Outside of the city walls we get to the Black Tower for an amazing panorama over the old Brasov.

Explore the 13th century, mountaintop fortress at Rasnov Fortress. One of the most spectacular strongholds of Transylvania, built in the 13 Th century by the Teutonic Knights, Rasnov Fortress is one of the top 10 snow castles in the world according to Conde Nast Traveler

The fortress was enlarged by the villagers of Rasnov and it became a small walled city protecting the villagers from the invaders. The villagers had to build an impressive 480 feet deep well, to get the vital water needed during prolonged sieges, weeks or months long.  The construction took 17 years of hard labor, under precarious conditions.

Return for the night at Bran

Day 4 - Oct 29 - Poenari fortress

Targoviste, the royal court of Wallachia, until 1459 when Dracula decided to set his royal court in Bucharest. The noblemen of Targoviste supported a different prince on the throne of the country, therefore being hostile to Dracula. This was punished later, by the newly crowned prince Dracula. All his opponents from Targoviste were arrested on the Easter day of 1457, and forced to work as slaves on the construction of Poenari Fortress – the one we will see later today.

Climb to Poenari – the vulture’s nest of Dracula. Poienari Castle – perched high on a rugged crag over the Arges river gorge is only accessible by climbing the 1480 (steps)  stairs. It may sound a lot of climbing, but trust me, it’s really worth the effort. If you still figure it’s too much for you, you can sip a hot cup of coffee at the nice restaurant at the bottom of the stairs, while the die-hard folks climb to the top. 

In 1462 Prince Vlad was besieged here by the Turks. He escaped to the village of Arefu across the mountain seeking reinforcements, but his wife, fearful of capture, threw herself into the precipices of Arges River. The villagers came at night and managed to smuggle the Prince across the high Carpathian Mountains to the safety of Transylvania and, in return, he gave them 16 mountains as pastureland, a reward they still remember, more than 500 years later!

Overnight in Curtea de Arges in 4**** hotel 

Day 5 - Oct 30 - Transfagarasan highway

Today we cross the Carpathian mountains on the mind-blowing Transfagarasan Highway. The breathtaking road was built in the 80’s by the communists, using over 400 tons of dynamite in 4 years. Recently the highway was declared by Tog Gear guys “The best road in the World” You must see this video

Onward we explore Sibiu, the Transylvanian town where Dracula’s son Mihnea the Evil was assassinated. 

Arrive in Hunedoara in the evening. Just before entering the town of Hunedoara you will encounter an incredible “Gypsy Town”. The amazing Gypsy palaces will totally change your views on Gypsies  The town holds the best castle in Romania and probably one of the best in Europe. But you will see it tomorrow 

Overnight in Hunedoara in 4**** Hotel

Day 6 - Oct 31 - Halloween dinner at Dracula's place

After a superb breakfast at our hotel we plunge through the narrow passages of the impressive Corvin Castle. Rather unknown to foreign travelers, this is probably the most accomplished Gothic castle in Europe. The castle was the residence of John Corvinus governor of Transylvania, and an ally to Vlad Dracula. As a young fugitive prince, Vlad Dracula found shelter at his ally’s court, so most likely Vlad spent several years at this castle. 

After the castle we set of to Sighisoara, the birth place of Vlad Dracula. Sighisoara is one of the few medieval towns in Europe that was never abandoned. Therefore the town was preserved in the most natural way. Even the ancient atmosphere still lingers among the 500 years old houses and tiny cobbled streets.

The house where Dracula was born is still intact too, preserving even the wall painting of his father together with the town’s major of that time. We will have a special Halloween dinner at Dracula’s place 

Overnight across the street from Dracula in the 400 years old medieval hotel Casa Wagner 3***

Day 7 - November 01 - Dracula's Grave

We will leave Transylvania now and cross the Carpathian Mountains once more to stop at the grave of Dracula, at Snagov 

Snagov Monastery – in 1476 Price Vlad Dracula was killed near Bucharest. The Monks of Snagov Monastery recovered his headless body and buried it inside their church on the little island of Snagov. 

Dracula was controversial even after his death. His death is still an enigma, as some sources indicate he was assassinated by the Turks, while others claim that Dracula was killed in a “friendly fire” (complicated story, but you will learn it on the tour) 

The tour ends in Bucharest at about 5 PM

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NOTE

  • If you fly out on the same day we can drop you off at the airport.
  • If you fly early he next day we suggest Rin Airport hotel, as they offer free shuttle transfers to the airport.
  • If you spend more time in Romania after the tour, we recommend Europa Royal Hotel downtown Bucharest. 

Inclusions

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Accommodation

All nights in hotels (3*** and 4 *****)
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Meals

All Brakfasts | All Lunches | All Dinners
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Support vehicle

You will always have a backup vehicle along the way Luggage and equipment goes into the vehicle so you ride light

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Entrance fees

All entrance fees to all the castles and
museums from the itinerary
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Transport

All transportation with private air-conditioned minibus
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Free bikes

We will provide with good bicycles so you don’t have to bring your own bike along. 

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English Guidance

English seaking guide will assist you
throughout the entire tour
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Not included

  • alcoholic drinks
  • airfares

Reviews

Everyone should see Romania from a bicycle.

5.0 rating
February 26, 2017

Fantastic experience! Everyone should see Romania from a bicycle. Dan was a great host very accommodating and knowledgeable. The food was great and plentiful. I’m looking forward to trying some of the other tours

Danny – US

Fantastic cycling landscape and organisation

5.0 rating
April 22, 2015

Cycling for ten days in southern Transylvania in July this year was one of the best holiday choices of my life. The terrain can range from flat to a 6,000 ft climb, spectacular hills around you and wildflowers like I’ve never seen them. Brits have a view of poverty stricken Romania. Don’t believe it. I don’t know what people are earning, but it feels and looks like a cheap Austria (with a few more holes in the road!).
Much of the pleasure of the holiday came from Adventure Transylvania and our guide. He planned ideal routes to fit what we wanted and the places we stayed were excellent for our budget. He was endlessly helpful. Perfect English and an alarming knowledge of Romania were pretty useful.
If you like cycling and all things good in life, get yourself on this tour
(Chris Leeds, England)

Chris Hill

Great Tour

5.0 rating
November 26, 2007

We have enjoyed a wonderful Transylvanian bike tour in September 2007. Romania is a very beautiful country to explore by bike …. a real beautiful country side, many beautiful towns, very rich culture, good hotels, the Romanians show real hospitality ! The tour arrangements were very good and our guide Emil was an excellent tour guide ! When we listen to Romanian songs such as “Mai tii minte, mai drage Marie / Au plecat olteni la coasa”, “Hora de concert” and many more … then we relive the melancholy and remember our nice bike vacation. We hope to bike again in the future in Romania !!!’,

Dirk and Marleen – Belgium

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