Romanian highlights by bike
Enjoy the highlights of Romania in a unique bike tour, starting at the Romanian-Hungarian border. Explore Oradea, a city shaped by the Art Nouveau style, Cluj Napoca, one of the biggest cities from Romania, as well as the outstanding medieval cities Brasov, and Sibiu. Admire the outstanding landscapes while cycling through the idillyc villages. Take the chance to visit the unique painted monasteries of Moldavia, the wooden churches of Maramures, and many other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the famous Merry Cemetery, and learn about its history. Your bike trip includes a scenic ride to Murderer’s Lake (Lacu Rosu), where the guide lets you know why this lake carries such a strange name. A wonderful end of your tour by visiting one of the most beautiful castles from Transylvania, The Hunyad Castle.
Meet with your local guide at the Hungarian border, and drive to Oradea, where you spend your first night in Romania. Check-in at the hotel and discover the city marked by the Art Nouveau style, Oradea, during a sightseeing tour. Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, cycle towards the heart of Transilvania. You drive through villages with lovely small houses, along the corn fields and vinyards. You reach Cluj Napoca and enjoy a city tour of its main attractions. Admire The Central Park, Union Square, The Museum Square, The Banffy Palace, Tailor’s Bastion, and The Fortress Hill. Visit the highlight of the city, the gothic St. Michael Church. Carry on to Baia Mare. Check-in and dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Baia Mare – Sapanta - Sighetul Marmatiei - Campulung Moldovenesc (stages of 50km between the visits)
Drive through the Maramures region, a living open-air museum. The most enchanting part of the region is the unique woodwork, specific to the area, the gateways carved with specific symbols, as well as the wooden churches, mostly dating back to the 18th century, the most valuable and well-preserved churches, being part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. You cycle to the worldwide unique “Merry Cemetery”. On the blue painted wooden crosses, you can read funny poems about the life of the deceased. Carry on to Sighetu Marmatiei, where you can visit the “Museum of the Victims of Communism” or the open-air museum. You can cycle to visit the wonderful painted wooden churches. The Barsana Monastery, is a large complex of small wooden buildings. The Wooden Church St. Nicholas from Bogdan Voda, was built in 1718, with the specific architecture and outstanding paintings. The Wooden Church from Rozavlea, built in 1717 has enchanting and unique paintings on its wood walls. You drive over the mountains to the Moldavia region. Arrival in Campulung. Check-in and dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Campulung Moldovenesc – Moldovita - Sucevita- Voronet – Marginea - Campulung Moldovenesc (stages of 30km between the visits)
Moldavia is the region with some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. Its cultural heritage is being protected by the UNESCO. Discover by bike this unique part with its mountains and hills, monasteries and medieval villages. Take the chance to visit the three monasteries listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Visit the outstanding Moldovita Monastery and admire its beautiful architecture. Carry on to the Sucevita Monastery, located in an almost square monastic ensemble surrounded by walls and defensive constructions. Carry on to the Voronet Monastery, known as “The Sistine Chapel of the East”, or ‘’Blue Voronet’’ due to its predominantly blue frescoes. Enjoy a workshop for black ceramics in Marginea. You have the opportunity to talk to the locals, and to discover their daily life. This day is certainly the highlight of the entire trip. Return to Campulung and dinner at the hotel.
Continue the bike trip towards The Red Lake (Lacu Rosu), admire the mountains, and the beautiful lake. Cycle through Moldavia towards the Carpathians. Allow yourself to be surprised by the scenic landscapes. On your way you may stop to admire the view. Check-in and dinner at the hotel.
After the breakfast, cycle through Transylvania to Brasov, one of the most important cities in Romania. Here you visit the famous fortified churches. These churches played for several centuries an important role in defending the region against the Turkish and Tatar attacks. The fortified churches of Prejmer and Harman are two of the largest churches of their kind in the entire country. The city tour begins at the City Hall Square, located in the old city center. The emblem of the city is the Black Church with its 87 high towers. It is the largest Gothic church between Istanbul and Vienna. Check-in at the hotel. In the evening, you are invited in a local restaurant for a festive dinner.
You leave Brasov to cycle along the Carpathians. On your way, you can admire the charming landscape, with small lovely villages. While you cycle through the villages, you will discover the daily life of the Romanian peasants. You might have the feeling that you went back in time when you see the hard working farmers and so many horse carts. You reach Sibiu, where you visit the old city center with its Big and Small Square, the Huet Square and the Evangelical Church. Next, you cycle to Hunedoara, another wonderful city.
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of one of the most beautiful castles from Transylvania, the Hunyadi Castle, then you drive to the Hungarian border.