A 5-day cycling challenge, along with fantastic company, great hospitality, and fabulous food along the way, in aid of Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC) to further their conservation efforts and see first hand the impact that your contribution will have over years to come. More than half of the European Union’s virgin forests are located in the Romanian Carpathians. Here, around a third of Europe’s large carnivores roam the forests, making them amongst the most valuable natural areas left in Europe. This all mixed with medieval villages and an ancient lifestyle make a unique experience for all visitors, who have an interest in nature.
This epic cycle journey takes us 200-kilometres through the Transylvanian hills, the habitat of the European brown bear, and through the picturesque medieval villages of Romania. Spend time with Europe’s leading conservationists, visit local wildlife hides for a chance to see bears in the wild, and help protect the largest virgin forests on the continent. Enjoy the best of local music, food, culture and wildlife along the way, meeting the people who have dedicated their lives to the protection of this land lost in time. Transylvanian food is simple, fresh, delicious, the very definition of organic, and for most visitors, a real highlight. We’ll eat in meadows, local homes, small independent restaurants and guest houses and experience the very best of Romanian hospitality, wine and culture.
Day 1: Arrival
You will be picked up from Bucharest Otopeni Airport, and driven to Bran. Sitting on the hills above the town is Inn on Balaban, our accommodation for the night.
Day 2: Cycle to Sinca Noua
After breakfast we will be fitted for bikes, and set off from Bran Castle and cycle approximately 50km to Sinca Noua. Here, at the foot of the Carpathians and the Eastern corner of the Fagaras Mountains Natura 2000 site, is Equus Silvania, where we will stay for the next night. Visit the local wildlife hide where we will have the opportunity to see bears in the wild. Dinner will follow. - 50km on backroads -
Day 3: Sinca Noua to Miklosvar
We will visit the TENT Wild Kingdom bus at the local school before cycling towards Miklosvar, a beautiful traditional village in the Hungarian region of Transylvania. We will be staying in Count Kalnoky’s guesthouses in the heart of the village, restored in order to preserve their original charm and character. - 50km on tarmac, forestry roads and paths -
Day 4: Miklosvar to Zalanpatak
We carry on cycling through the remote country, stopping for lunch in a secluded valley. We will then continue on to Zalanpatak, staying at HRH The Prince of Wales's private nature retreat, which lies nestled amongst the meadows and hills of Zalán Valley. Walk through the beautiful, rich wild flower meadows before having dinner at the retreat. - 35km on backroads, forestry roads and tracks –
Day 5: Zalantapak to Zabola
Last, and also the longest day on the bike will see us riding from Zalanpatak to Zabola, a historic estate owns and run by a Hungarian noble family. In the evening we will visit their wildlife hide - for the chance to see wild animals including European brown bears - before a fantastic dinner in the old stable block, where we will be entertained by a local folk band. - 65 kms on tarmac, backroads and forestry roads -
Day 6: Departure
Transfer back to Bucharest with lunch on the way at Catacuzino Castle.
- Activities included in the itinerary
- Bike Hire
- Support vehicles
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
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Making a booking
The deposit for this trip is £198
Your full balance is due 3 months before your trip starts. If you book within 3 months of departure then the full balance is due at the time of booking. If you have any questions please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 203 394 0050.
|Saturday 15th Sep 2018 - Thursday 20th Sep 2018||£1,250|