Transylvania Itinerary
September 2004

 
               
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Overview
A moving on road tour taking in the highlights of Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains. Whilst
Bucharest undergoes its post communist era transformation, the rural scene we pass through is still
very much locked into 19th century tradition, with preserved medieval towns and villages where horse-
drawn carts outnumber cars and tourists on cycles are a rarity.  Romania is a living rural museum.

Day 1                                 London / Bucharest
Depart London Heathrow direct flight to Bucharest Otopeni airport; Transfer by coach to hotel.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Bucharest

Day 2                                Bucharest
Vehicle transfer to Rucar. Cycle to Poiana Brasov via Castle Dracula at Bran
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Bucharest

Day 3                                Bucharest / Baraolt
Cycle to Brasov city, onto Baraolt Village via medieval villages Prejmer and Harman
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Baraolt

Day 4                                Baraolt / Sovate
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Sovate

Day 5                                Sovate / Luca Rosa
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Luca Rosa

Day 6                                Luca Rosa / Poiana Larguilui
Cycle to Poiana Larguilui via the spectacular Bicaz Gorge
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Poiana Larguilui

Day 7                                Poiana Larguilui / Gura Humorului
Cycle to Gura Humorului
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Gura Humorului

Day 8                                Rest day
Including minibus tour of the World Heritage Painted Monasteries
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Gura Humorului

Day 9                                Gura Humorului / Ciocanesti
Cycle to picturesque Ciocanesti Village for village home-stay experience

Day 10                                Ciocanesti / Borsa
Ascent of Prislop Pass to Borsa Tourist Complex

Day 11                                Borsa / Bistrita
Cycle to Bistrita
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Bistrita

Day 12                                Bistrita / Sibiu
Vehicle transfer from Bistrita to Sighisoara (100 kms).  Cycle from Sighisoara to Sibiu (66 kms) 

Day 13                                 Sibiu / Transfagarasan Pass
Morning at leisure in Sibiu City.  Afternoon minibus transfer to start of
Transfagarasan Pass.  Cycle to top of pass – optional.  Overnight at the summit.

Day 14                                Transfagarasan Pass / Curtea d’Arges
Descend Transfagarasan Pass (60 kms).  Vehicle transfer to Curtea d’Arges.
Time at leisure before minibus transfer to Bucharest hotel (stay one night)

Day 15                                Curtea d’Arges / Bucharest
Day at leisure with included guided tour of Bucharest

Day 16                                 Bucharest / London
Morning at leisure in Bucharest.  Transfer to Bucharest Otopeni airport to London Heathrow.
                         
Back-up vehicle  
A back-up vehicle will be travelling with the group for the purpose of taking luggage, giving assistance
to riders en route and helping riders over difficult or long stretches of the route.