Advanced mountain biking tour
The ultimate mountain biking experience. We chose the best and most spectacular single tracks for this tour. This tour is designed for experienced mountain bikers, capable of long and tough uphills, and good downhill skills. That’s why on this tour we don’t provide the bicycles. This breed of bikers are very used to their high end bikes and will not perform as well on bikes that they are not used to.
We set the base camp for this tour between 2 major national parks which cumulated provide over 500 kilometres of trails. By using the same location for the entire trip we don’t waste the time of packing and unpacking the stuff every day, and you have more time to enjoy your vacation.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Bucharest Airport or hotel|
|Tour type||Mountain Biking|
Pick up from Bucharest airport of hotel
Drive North to Transylvania to the base camp in Bran a marvellous location in heart of the Carpathian Mountains
Depending on your arrival time, you can explore the area on bikes in the evening.
Drive to the Bucegi plateau at 1900 meters altitude. This is the National Park border.
Visit the Romanian Sphinx – a natural skull shaped rock carved by the elements. This used to be a worship place for the pre-Christian Dacian tribes. Bike up to the Caraiman peak at 2300 meters altitude. A World War 1, memorial sits on the Peak. The 35 metres high cross dominates the valley bellow – a breathtaking view.
Then a technical downhill in the Ialomita valley 600 meters bellow. Visit the Ialomita Cave, and the Orthodox monastery inside the cave.
Overnight in Pestera Hotel 3***
Ascent 500m, descent 700m, duration about 7 hours.
From Pestera Hotel we take the old sheep trail that takes us to the western ridge of Bucegi Mountains. The trails is steep or washed away in some parts and we will have to push the bikes. At the top all the pushing pays off. Te majestic valley bellow and the superb trail that stretches for miles and miles is a bikers dream come true.
An amazing downhill follows. 10 kilometers of single tracks, through superb landscape.
The final descent includes some great switch backs on a rocky single trail
Overnight in Bran Pension 3***
Ascent 300m, descent 800m, duration about 5 hours.
Plunge deep into the wild Piatra Craiului National Park.
We will bike up through a tight and spectacular lime stone gorge. The Zarnesti Gorges used to be a cave who’s ceiling collapsed millions of years ago forming this dramatic canyon.
At the other end of the gorge we get into the woods for a about 5 kilometres on a wide trail. We stop at Curmatura Chalet at 1500 metres elevation for a warm soup on the scenic terrace. A beautiful gradual descent through meadows and forests back to the starting point at the bottom of the valley at 900 Metres elevation .
Today we drive to the Poiana Brasov Ski Resort for a technical but rewarding ride downhill to Brasov city. The first bit of the single trails is extremely challenging with short steep ascents and tight turns. After about 2 km of hard biking the trails becomes more gentle and offers superb riding experiences. The trail ends in the Medieval city centre of Brasov.
This was the most important trade centre of medieval Transylvania. Enjoy a tour through this 13 Th 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.
Return to Bran for the evening.
Bike up to on the Simon Valley. In about 2 hours we reach the Gutanu meadow at the highest point of the day at 1300 meters elevation. A beautiful 10 Km downhill follows
The descent on a switch back trail drops us fast back to Bran
In the afternoon we pay a visit to count Dracula at Bran Castle. This is the castle where Bram Stocker imagined his well known story “Dracula” In fact the castle has very little to do with the real Prince Dracula, but that doesn’t disappoint it’s visitors, since the castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Romania.
Round trip through the Southern Piatra Craiului National Park.
Drive up to the highest village in Romania: Fundata. From here we descend on a rocky single track for about 5 Km to Dambovicioara Village. Then the climb is quite steep but fortunately is on a paved road and is only 3 km until it gets more levelled.
We pass through small villages on a scenic rolling forestry roads back to the point where we started. From here there is another 5 km technical trail all the way back to our lodge in Bran
Transfer to Bucharest airport or hotel.
The drive back to Bucharest takes about 2.5 hours.