Bicycle tour across the Carpathian Mountains, on two of the most spectacular road passes in Romania, the Tranfagarasan and Rucar-Bran. Daily distances vary between 45 and 75 km/day. Maximum elevation/day 1000 Metres on the Transfagarasan
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Bucharest Airport or hotel|
|Tour type||Cycling, Sight Seeing|
Pick up from Bucharest airport of hotel
Drive North to Transylvania.
The starting point is located in a marvelous location in the Carpathian Mountains Bran
Spend the night in Bran. 3*** Pension
The fisrt day of cycling is relaxed so you can get used to your bike and get over the jet lag.
Descend gradually 14 kilometers to see the famous Bran Castle.
Have lunch in Bran, then continue on bikes another 20 kilometers along the mountains, to the 14th century fortress of Rasnov.
Overnight back to Bran 3*** Pension
Between The Transylvanian Alps and Olt river
The trip starts from Zarnesti, with a short uphill through the woods. Then a gradual descent along a picturescue valley and traditional villages.
The next 40 kilometer takes you through the peaceful villages at the feet of The Fagaras Mountains (Transylvanian Alps) No major uphill today
In the evening we arrive to a 3***Hotel in the Sambata Valley, at the feet of the Transylvanian Alps.
The Transfagarasan pass
Visit the Sambata monastery – a marvelous piece of Romanian eclectic architecture
Onward we start cycling further west 25 more kilometers to Balea Valley, the start of the Transfagarasan alpine road.
The scenic road ascends through the heart of the Fagaras Mountains, the highest road pass in Romania.
Cycle up along the Balea waterfalls, through the pine woods, until the valley opens up, revealing a breathtaking spectacle everywhere you turn your head.
Overnight in Balea Valley.
Downhill the Transylvanian Alps, Poienari (the true castle of Dracula)
Cross the tunnel on the southern side of the Fagaras ridge.
A massive downhill follows, passing waterfalls, and creeks, after each bend the muntain just opens itself offering you amazing scenery. The road then follows the Arges valley, and along the Vidraru Lake.
Just 3 kilometers from the lake we will visit the Poienari fortress 14th century, the true fortress of Vlad Dracula. There will be a short hike up to this vulture nest castle – the stairs of 1480 steps.
Overnight in Curtea de Arges
The sub-carpathian hills
Visit the Arges Monastery 16 century – the legend says this church could only be erected after Manole – the craftsman – built his wife alive in the foundation.
After multiple ascents you arrive to Campulung – first capital of the old Romanian province of Wallachia.
After Campulung the road easily ascends, between the Bucegi mountains and Piatra Craiului mountains, passing through picturesque traditional villages
Spend the night in Podul Dambovitei a small town at the gates of Transylvania
The Rucar – Bran Pass
In the morning there will be a short walk through the tight canyon just 100 yards away from the Hotel
One of the most scenic, roads in Romania, the Fundata Pass ( 1300 meters elevation) takes us back to Transylvania.
This used to be the main trading route between the two Romanian provinces, until 1821.
Overnight in Bran
If the tours ends wednesday to sunday and your flight schedule allows we can visit Peles Castle before leaving for Bucharest.
The drive back to Bucharest takes about 2.5 hours