16 DAY ROMANIA EASTERN EUROPE 2019
FULLY GUIDED MOTORCYCLE TOUR
On this 16 day tour you’ll discover the Carpathian Mountains, historical monuments and cities and lush green forests over mountain passes as well as the Transalpina and Transfagarsen Passes to name but a few
This 16 Day tour of Romania, starting with a ride through the famous Grossglockner Alpine Pass, into Slovenia across the Julian Alps and into Croatia, Serbia and onto Romania to ride the Carpathian Mountains along with the utterly stunning castles and the brilliant Transfagarasen Highway, is a must do for any intrepid motorcyclist looking for adventure and excitement
Our exclusive Fully Escorted/Guided Romania Motorcycle Tour includes the Carpathian Mountains, an area that runs around perimeter of the country and offers impressive scenic landscapes, which are popular with riders, drivers and for trekking, climbing and bathing in natural thermal spas
Ride the Transfagarasen Highway, visit the numerous castles and caves along the way and ride around the Carpathian Mountains on this feature filled adventure motorcycle tour of Romania. Riding through Germany and Austria, Croatia and Slovenia then onto Serbia we arrive in Romania and begin touring the vast mountain landscapes and soak up the constant and ever changing scenic routes. A great tour for seasoned riders and pillions and ideal for those seeking a proper motorcycle touring adventure. This is not a “Coach Tour on Two Wheels Style Tour”
- Stunning Carpathian Mountains & Lakes
- Transfagarasan Highway / Mountain Pass
- Corvin Castle
- Salina Turda
- Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle)
- Peles Castle
- Ancient Historical Monasteries
- Transalpina (Mountain pass Carpathian Mountains)
- Grossglockner (Alpine Pass Austria)
- Numerous Alpine Passes (Austria)
- Some of the most incredible scenery in Europe and more
IS IT SUITABLE FOR ME?
Whilst for the majority of the time we stick to the main routes, there are some occasions where we will be riding on roads with very poor surface and there are some long transit days with plenty of miles in order to reach Romania. This is not a problem for adventure style bikes and sports tourers etc but for sports bikes it may be a little uncomfortable, please bear this in mind. Our average mileage for the first few, and last few days of this tour is around 300 – 350 miles.
Fuel stops are every 100 -120 miles so please ensure your bike can hold sufficient fuel for this
To get to Romania takes 3 – 4 days riding. We try to make this as fun, friendly and exciting as possible by throwing in some more scenic routes, such as riding through Austria and over the Grossglockner Pass. We also head through Slovenia on route and Croatia, please bear in mind we cannot avoid motorways on the transit days or otherwise it would take 2 weeks to reach Romania!
The total mileage for this tour is approximately 3,900 miles with one day of off the bikes halfway through the tour
WHAT FOOD IS SERVED IN ROMANIA?
The food is mainly well cooked meat most dishes are meat platters, salads, chips, potatoes and stews, steaks, burgers etc but western European food is available in most places. No, they do not eat cats and dogs!
We aim to leave the hotel each day at around 08.30 (ready to roll). On some of the longer transit days (Transit Day is where we describe a day that involves simply getting from A to B to make up some ground and can be up to 360 miles in distance) we may leave earlier (07.30 – 08.00) depedning on the miles, this is so we are not late for dinner and arrive at a reasonable time taking into account any eventualities that may be encountered along the way
We aim to arrive at our hotel each night between 17.00 -19.00hrs in order to ensure we can be served dinner if eating in the hotel. We typically have a coffee stop at around 11.00 and lunch at around 12.30 – 13.30. If you have any medical issues, such as; diabetes, low blood sugar etc, please let the tour guide know in confidence and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
We will stop frequently throughout the day (on non transit days) to stretch legs, have a drink or take photos and of course to wander around where there is an attraction, such as waterfalls, castles etc.
IS IT DANGEROUS RIDING IN ROMANIA?
Of all the countries we visit, Romania traffic and drivers are fairly considerate. However, caution is always advised when riding in European countries as the drivers rarely use their indicators and can overtake on bends. The roads in Romania in some areas are in a state of disrepair, this may only be a short section of road (loose gravel, pot holes etc) but we take our time and ensure everyone is assisted if needs be
DO WE CROSS THROUGH SERBIA?
Yes, we enter Croatia and ride from there through Serbia, it is perfectly safe and it like any other eastern Europe country and we are only riding through the country for a few hours on the main roads. Dealing with the border patrol is often a case of presenting your passport and aquiring a green card (temporary insurance certificate)
DO I HAVE TO CARRY MY OWN LUGGAGE?
Yes, you will. This tour does not have a support vehicle. We can advise on what you should take with you and it is not an exhaustive list. Support vehicles add considerable cost to a tour, maintenance, wages, insurance and fuel etc, which would add significant cost to the advertised tour prices. Besides, most riders are happy to carry their own luggage and it provides peace of mind that your kit is with you at all times (in case anything happend to the support vehicle, for example, if it was involved in an accident or breakdown you would be left without your belongings)
We must emphasis, this is an adventure tour and as such there will be, what some riders consider to be long miles (longest day 380 miles), this is because Romania is one of the furthest countries we visit in Europe but you will have an incredibly fun time with memories to cherish whilst being in safe hands!
DAY 1 - CALAIS TO NORD VOSGES
Distance: 370 miles
Time: 6 hours (not including stops)
DAY 2 - NORD VOSGES TO AUSTRIA
As Romania is on the other side of Europe we have another transit day today. Riding from Bitch in France to Austria lining ourselves up for the Grossglockner Pass the next day. We stay near the pass on the north side so that the following day our first port of call will be the magnificent mountain pass, the highest accessible road in Europe
Distance: 350 miles
Time: 6 hours (not including stops)
DAY 3 - GROSSGLOCKNER PASS - CROATIA
Our day begins with a magnificent ride across the Grossglockner Mountain Pass, stunning isn’t the word for this so be prepared to be amazed if you haven’t seen it before. You will ride to the glacier and then onto Bikers View, the highest accessible road in the Alps. From here we head across to Loibplass in Slovenia, another mountain pass before making our way to Zagreb in Croatia
Distance: 300 miles
Time: 6 hours (not including stops)
DAY 4 - ROMANIA
We head out of Slovenia and cross through the borders of Serbia, your guide is on hand to help with paperwork and customs. Finally we arrive in Romania! Our first stop is the beautiful 15th Century town of Resita. From here on in the riding becomes incredibly scenic, more relaxed and of course we have plenty of time to take in the surroundings and attractions such as the castles and mountain passes
Distance: 358 miles
Time: 6.5 hours (not including stops)
DAY 5 - CASTLES AND MOUNTAINS
We will visit Corvin Castle today, as seen in the picture below, but before we do we take the 57B road through the Semenic – Cheile Carasului National Park. Full of sweeping bends and some slightly tighter bends it will be a welcoming treat from the past couple of days. We also get to see;
This is perhaps the most unique site to be seen in Romania. Located in Caras-Severin County, people all over the world come to see the amazing Bigar Waterfall with its unusual roaring falls. A popular landmark in Northern Romania, Bigar Waterfall flows over the peak of a large rounded stone where the water is then cut into small slivers and pushed off as miniature streams. A breathtaking place that is hard to step away from
We stop to have a look at the incredible Corvin Castle and spend some time looking around. We then head for Natural Park Gradistea Muncelului. We finish the day staying in the mountains of Parîngul Mare in the Carpathian Mountain range, if there is time left in the day we pay a visit to Pestera Bolii Caves https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrP01Z2bXNw, before heading for the hotel that shall be lining us up for the Devils Pathway (Transalpina) tomorrow
Distance: 210 miles
Time: 5+ hours (not including stops)
DAY 6 - TRANSALPINA
Today is much shorter as we ride over the Transalpina (AKA The Devil’s Pathway – pictured)
Transalpina (latin for “across the mountains”) is the highest road in Romania – passing through valleys and plateaus, the road reaches its highest point at 2,145m altitude, offering not only breathtaking views but also unique riding experiences.
It stretches right through the Parang mountains on National Road 67, from Novaci to Sebes, and was previously known as ‘The Devil’s Pathway” as it used to be just a steep path, wild and not fully paved and suitable for normal traffic.
Due to its spectacular settings, Transalpina road is a must for adventure lovers – it is the host of numerous events such as the Transalpina Bike Fest, the Transalpina Winter Bike, the Porsche Adventure Tour of Romania or the Mercedes-Benz Chasing Stars adventure and the area recently opened up ski resorts
From here we head to Sibiu, Sibiu is a city in Transylvania, central Romania. It’s known for Germanic architecture in its old town, the legacy of 12th-century Saxon settlers. Around the city are the remains of medieval walls and towers, including the 13th-century Council Tower. In the upper town, Brukenthal Palace now houses the Brukenthal National Museum, with European paintings. The nearby Evangelical Cathedral has gravestones in its walls! We aim to arrive here early to mid afternoon giving you time to explore the city.
Distance: 104 miles
Time: 3 hours (not including stops)
DAY 7 – TRANSFAGARASEN HIGHWAY
For those of you who’ve watched Top Gear you may remember the trio filming in Romania and the moment they arrived at the Transfagarasan Highway, described by many, including Jeremy Clarkson, as one of the most perfect roads in all of Europe, he quoted; “as if every corner and every bend from every race track has been knitted together…”
As the Transfagarasen Highway is one of the main highlights of the tour we will spend a fair bit of time here and enjoy it. Cameras should be fully charged and poised at the ready! After our play, we head for the famous Bran Castle, Dracula’s Home! Due to the time and traffic we may visit the castle the following morning, it is quieter then and the tourist crowds aren’t so plentiful. It also means we don’t have to rush away from the famous mountain pass! Our hotel for the evening is usually next to the castle.
Distance: 163 miles
Time: Approx 5 hours (not including stops)
DAY 8 - BRAN & PELE CASTLE
As the hotel is less than a mile from Bran Castle it makes sense to visit the castle this morning, beating the tourists and having plenty of time to look around if you wish. There are also some stalls and shops here for you to buy souvenirs if you wish. From Bran Castle we ride a short while to Peles Castle, Peleș Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883
We then head into Putna – Vrancea Natural Park through some spectacular forest roads and waterfalls onto Adjud
Distance: 181 miles
Time: Approx 5.30 hours (not including stops)
Today may be a later finish depending on the amount of time spent in the castles unless Bran Castle is visited the evening before
DAY 9 – CARPATHIAN MOUNTAIN RANGE
Today we head to Adjud, just 60km from Moldova. On route we head through Putna – Vrancea Natural Park and encounter some beautiful scenery, riding alongside lakes and mountains in the Carpathian Mountain range. Tonight and tomorrow, we stay in Botosani to give you the opportunity to spend a day relaxing off the bikes and give our bums a rest!
Distance: 205 miles
Time: 5.5 hours (without stops)
DAY 11 - TURDA
We head west today through Rodnei Mountains National Park in the Carpathian Mountains for more mountain roads and superb scenery. Staying the night just outside Turda in our hotel
Distance: 243 miles
Time: 6.5 hours (not including stops)
DAY 12 - SALINA TURDA SALT MINE
A short ride from the hotel leads us to Salina Turda Salt Mine. The Turda Salt Mine is now a veritable history museum of salt mining. The excellent state of preservation of mining and machinery used to transport salt, together with the cautious work carried out for preparing the mine to become a tourist attraction, have made history and legend meet harmoniously here. The increasing number of tourists arriving from distant geographical areas to visit the mine are a confirmation of interest and historical value.
We will arrive at 09.00 at the mine, it costs approx £6 entry. There will be plenty a couple of hours to explore before heading off through the Apuseni Natural Park, where bears, Lynx and Wolves may still be seen roaming amongst the forest. After latest evaluations it was found that in the Apuseni Natural Park live 26 wolves, 12 lynxes, and only 21 bears.
We stay the night in Moneasa in the mountains
Distance: 190 miles
Time: 5.5 hours (not including stops)
DAY 13 - HUNGARY - AUSTRIA
There’s no easy way of jazzing today up, we have some fair few miles to ride to cross through Hungary mostly on motorways to get back over to the Alps. So today will be plenty of short stops, every 100 miles or so for fuel and refreshments. We spend the night in the eastern side of the Austrian Alps.
Distance: 380 miles
Time: 6.5 hours (not including stops)
DAY 14, 15, 16 - AUSTRIA TO CALAIS
We make our way back to Calais via Austria, Germany and France taking some scenic, off motorway routes where possible before returning to Calais
Distance: Average miles 280 – 300 per day
Lunch breaks on this tour will usually consist of snack style stops. This is to give you more time riding and viewing the exceptionally beautiful countryside. Restaurant style lunch breaks can eat into our day due to waiting times for food etc so we try to avoid 1.5 – 2hr lunch stops for this reason. We get the opportunity in the evenings to sit, eat, drink and be merry!
We will stop throughout the day for quick refreshment and leg stretch breaks as well as photo opportunities
Itinerary may be subject to change
Saturday 13th July 2019 – Sunday 28th July 2019
PRICES FOR 2019
Includes: Eurotunnel return, 15 nights Hotel Bed & Breakfast, Tour Guide 24/7, Route Maps etc Hassle free touring – everything is organised and you have support from a professional every step of the way!
- Single rider sharing a twin room – Only £1695 per rider
- Rider & Pillion sharing a double/twin – Only £2995 Total Cost
- Rider with single room – Only £2399 per rider/room
Please note: twin room share in some hotels, for example; Austria and Germany are double bed bases with single mattresses and separate bedding. This is typically standard in Germany and Austria
Our Romanian Motorcycle Tour includes the following:
- Professional experienced tour guide that has already ridden this route/tour
- Eurotunnel return from Folkestone to Calais
- 15 nights bed and breakfast in quality hotels (2, 3 & 4 star)
- Daily GPS route maps for your sat nav (with installation support)
- Full detailed itinerary for each day
- Full UK support
- Free tour guide
- Pre Check List
- Insurance recommendations
- Border crossing assistance from your tour guide (so you don’t get ripped off!)
- Incredible views and roads of the Carpathian Mountains
- All images and video taken on the tour by the tour guide
- A free edited 1 hour video of your tour showing the highlights
- and more…