North Transylvania Tour

Deep into the wilderness of Romania lies a magical place that is wating to be explored.This Carpathian area, located at the intersection of the historical regions of Transylvania, Bucovina and Maramureş is one of the last regions in Europe where lost in time villages, with ancient traditions and customs, and wild and pristine nature is still to be found.

We are inlove of these places and happy to show it, beeing guided by sustainable principles, respecting nature and local comunities.

Itinerary

The aim of the tour is to combine the pleasure of biking with the direct experience on the carpathian nature and the romanian village lifestyle. We will have two basecamps from wich we will do round day trips, with one ride that connects them. For the first couple of days we will enjoy the fresh air and the pictouresque landscape of a beautiful mountain village.After this period of accomodation we will be facing the first challenging ride of the tour, in one of the oldest romanian national parks, located in the Rodna mountains. A hard climb, followed by a long descent will be the delicacies of the day. The 4 th day, heading south, will take us over the Borgo Mountains, with their low altitude plateaus wich allowed humans to settle up. Here, passing the remote mountain villages of Ciosa and Poiana Catunenilor we will be experiencing ancient old lifestyle, wich saddly is facing extiction due to globalization.

Reaching Colibitza lake in the afternoon and taking a refreshing swim in its cool waters, will be the reward for the day. With its iodide rich air and marvelous views, Colibitza is the perfect place for our last days of biking, also offerring extra multiple options like seakayaking or trekking.

Our 5th day of riding will take us deeply into the wilderness of the Călimani Mountains, known for one of the most great densities of the brown bear population in Europe. Depending on the shepherds transhumance, we might be able to take lunch at the sheepfold, experiencing this traditional lifestyle.

For the last day of riding we will be passing through misterious forests and places, arriving and taking lunch at the Count Dracula’s Hotel, located in a pitoresque mountains pass, wich connects the historical regions of Transilvania and Moldova.

Overview

Price: 1400€
Duration: 7 days
Overnights: 6
Riding days: 5
Level:  F: 3 of 5 S: Intermediate
Total length: 240 km
Avarage per day: 48 km
Total climb: 7020 m
Lowest point: 581 m
Highest point: 1582 m
Highlights
• experience the archaic romanian country side, with ancient old customs and traditions
wild and pristine forests, roaming with brown bears, wolves and linx
Rodnei 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
• The remote mountain villages of Ciosa and Poiana Catunenilor
The Piatra Fantanele Monastery, dating the beginning of the 20th century
• views over Bucovina and Transylvanian mountains

What’s included

• Transfer from/to Cluj-Napoca Intern. Airport
• 6 overnights in localy own guesthouses
• All meals included: breakfasts, sandwiches for lunch and dinners (except for one lunch at Dracula’s Castle )
• Transfer of main luggage from one basecamp to another
• Guiding for every day of riding
• Technical assistance

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North Transylvania Tour
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North Transylvania Tour
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North Transylvania Tour
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