Wild and wellness
From Transylvania to Bucovina

8 Days Wild and wellness mtb tour

    • Overview

      This is a special mountain bike tour, including 6 days of riding and 7 fine selected accommodating places. We will pass from medieval and mysterious Transylvania to archaic and mystical Bucovina, exploring some of the most idyllic and wild places of Romania and Europe. Remote villages with an ancient lifestyle of the local people, deep and wild forests, beautiful meadows and pastures, fresh, clean air, will enchanted our body and soul.

      In this 8 days wild and wellness mtb tour, we will ride from one location to another, most of the accommodation locations being a selection of the best spa and wellness centers in the area, the perfect ending after a day of riding.

      Overview:

      Duration: 8 days
      Overnights: 7
      Riding days: 6
      Total length: 228 km
      Avarage per day: 38 km
      Total climb: 5000 m
      Lowest and Highest point:350 m/1582 m
      Level: medium to advanced (for some routes, we can find alternative easier or harder tracks)

      Highlights:

      • experience the archaic romanian country side, with ancient old customs and traditions
      wild and pristine forests, roaming with brown bears, wolves and linx
      swimming pools and spas at accommodating places
      Calimani Mtns. National Park
      • The Lake of the Faires – natural reservation area
      • Sections of the ancient Roman Road
      • Colibitza Lake –sunbathing, swimming, sea kayaking posibilities
      • Tihutza mountain pass with the Dracula Hotel, located in the area where the Bram Stoker’s story of Dracula is taking place
      • Delicious traditional natural and homegrown food
      • remote mountain villagess
      The Piatra Fantanele Monastery, dating the beginning of the 20th century
      • archaic region of Bucovina with the Dorna county

    • Price and Dates

      The price of this tour varies depending on the number of people in the group, get in touch with us and we will give you a personalized quote.
      If you are coming solo and wish to join to another already formed group, please contact us to check the possibilities.
      Please contact us for the available dates.
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      Included:

      • Transfer from/to Cluj-Napoca Intern. Airport
      • 7 overnights in 3* hotels or gueshouses
      • All meals included: breakfasts, sandwiches for lunch and dinners
      • Transfer of main luggage from one basecamp to another
      • Swimming pool entrance fees (where applicable)
      • Guiding for every day of riding
      • Technical assistance

      Not included:

      • Airplane or other means of transportation tickets
      • Mountain-bikes
      • Entrance fees to touristic sites
      • Wellness fees like massage,treatment therapies etc.
      • Visa’s (if needed)
      • Health and accident insurance

    • Itinerary

      First day

      Arriving in Romania.Arrive at Cluj Napoca International Airport. Transfer to the city of Bistrita.
      Visit the old medieval town, with the tallest church tower in Transylvania and 13th century buildings.
      Accomodation on 3* hotel. Lunch and Dinner included.

      Day 2 / From Bistrita to Prund village

      We leave the Transylvanian hills and we are approaching the mountains. We will pass old saxon villages with traditional lifestyle of the local people. Furthermore we are going deeply into the carpathian wilderness passing beautiful forests on forestry roads, in one of the favourite hunting places of former communist dictator Ceausescu. This forests are known for the presence of large carnivores like the brown bear. After a challenging single track descent we reach the village of Prundu Bargaului, at the foothill of the volcanic Heniu Mountain.

      Accomodation on a 3* guesthouse. Swimming pool & spa at location. All meals included
      40 km +750 m/-600 m

      Day 3 / From Prund to Colibita Lake

      After a 10 km warm up on asphalt we will enter the Bistrita Gorges. 3 km of uphill and a great panoramic view over the Colibita lake and the mountains that are surrounding it will welcome us as a reward of climbing the dam. We will ride around the lake on forestry roads passing beautiful meadows and forests, with great views over the lake and the mountains.

      Accomodation on a 3* guesthouse. Swimming pool & spa reachable in 15 minutes by bike. All meals included
      35 km +800m/-500m (optional more challenging route available)

      Day 4 / From Colibita Lake to Tihuta Pass

      After a loop in the wild forests at the foothill of the Calimani mountains and after a short visit of the Fairies Lake, a natural preserved area, we will start climbing towards the Tihuta Pass, the border limit between Transylvania and Bucovina, two historical regions of Romania. After passing through beautiful meadows, we will descent on a single track through a dark, magical forest and reach the Count Dracula’s Hotel where we will overnight and serve a delicious dinner. The views from the Piatra Fantanele Monastery over the surroundings will end a great day.

      Accommodation on Dracula Castle 3* Hotel. All meals included.
      40km +1050/-750m (optional more challenging route available)

      Day 5 / From Transylvania to Bucovina

      Today we leave Transylvania and we enter the mystical and archaic region of Bucovina. We will descent on a forestry road that was built over the former narrow rail way that was used for wood transportation during the Austrian/Hungarian empire occupation. We will visit a special natural reserve, a peat bog with an interesting ecosystem. After a long climb on a forestry road we will descent to the picturesque Dornelor County, passing through idyllic villages. We reach the Bella Vista chalet, a great accommodation place with beautiful views over the countryside and the volcanic Calimani Mountains with heights over 2000 m.

      Accommodation at Bella Vista 4* Pension. Spa & Swimming pool at location. All meals included
      35km +600m/-700m

      Day6 / Trip to Calimani Mountains National Park

      Today we will enter this fabulous mountain massif. The Calimani Mountains it is an extinct volcano. The largest crater has over 10 km in diameter, the national park now being one of the most wild places in Romania and Europe. After a warm up un asphalt and forestry road we will be challenged by a steep climb up to the 12 Apostles Monastery, located near the homonymous rock formation with anthropic and zoomorphic shapes. Then we will descent on a challenging single track back to civilization.

      Accommodation at a 3 * pension. Spa at location. All meals included.
      40 km +900m/-1000m

      Day 7 / Circuit ride in Giumalau-Rarau mountain

      In the last day we will do a circuit ride in the Rarau-Giumalau massif. We will start with a smooth downhill along the Golden Bistrita river. Then a steep climb will take us to the Giumalau mountain hut. After lunch, a long downhill path will take us back to the same accommodating location. We will pack the bikes and transfer to Cluj in order to reach the next day flight.

      Accomodation on a 3* guesthouse. All meals included.

      35 km +950m/-950m

      Day 8 / Circuit ride in Giumalau-Rarau mountain

      Trasfer to the Airport.

    • Logistics and info

      What to bring with you

      Bike:
      Mountainbike in good technical condition – front suspension hardtail or fullsuspension one with a minimum of 2.2 inch tyre

      Technical gear:
      • Small bike backpack (arround 15 litres)
      • Sportbag for transfering your stuff from one location to another
      • 2 or more bike jearsey, 2 or more bike pants, underware, socks, bikeshoes, gloves
      • Helmet
      • Sunglases with interchangeable lenses
      • Rain resistant biking jacket and pants
      • Warm clothes for evenings (temperatures can drop as low as 5 degrees Celcius even during the summer in the evenings and mornings or on the mountains)
      • Hydratation systems or botles
      • Swimwear
      • Suncreams if you have a sensitive skin
      • Towel
      • Basic firstaid kit
      • Camera

      Tools to bring
      • Multitool, tyre levers, pump

      Spare parts for your bike
      Rear derraileur hangers (we insist to bring at least one of it with you), spare tubes, brakepads, a couple of extra spokes, extra chain

      Weather in Romania

      During summer time weather in Romania can be very warm to hot, with short periods of cold rainy days and with regulary summer storms with lightnings and thunders during afternoons. Temperatures during summer can vary from 5 degrees Celsius in the morning to as much as 35 degrees at noon (even 40 degrees in the southern part of Romania).

      Travel Insurance

      We highly recommend you to have a travel and accident insurance, for your holiday, that should cover you over the time spent in Romania.

      Romania – a short overview

      Romania, a country from the east part of Europe is a place little known for the rest of the World, but wich has a lot to offer.
      Romania’s mountains are considered to be one of the last wild places in Europe beeing home of more than half of Europe’s large carnivores like bears and wolves.

      With almost half of its population living in the countryside, Romania and its villages is the place where you can still experience the rural lifestyle, in its true sense, witnessing ancient old traditions and customs, wich are extinct in other parts of Europe. People are still working and living from the land, using their own hands and animals for this. They still use horse drawn carts for carrying stuff and colecting hay in the old ways.

      But this fragile paradise is facing extinction due to globalization, Eu regulation (Romania entered European Union in 2007) and young people migration to urban areas and to foreign countries in search for a place to work.

      Also, other danger that Romania is facing is deforestation. Tourism and income from it could be an alternative to distruction of the wild habitats. It can also add an income to the local economy, helping to preserve the fragile way of life of the local comunities.

      The best moment to visit the wild and archaic Romania was 20 years ago, the second one is NOW !!!

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