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Self-Guided Cycling in Romania

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Discover the beauty of Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains

Few places can match the beauty and mystery of Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains; rich with Saxon history and a landscape dotted with spectacular castles, churches and breathtaking views. Starting at the foot of the highest mountain range in Romania, your route takes you through fortified towns and hilltop citadels, past dense forests and across open fields where you encounter shepherds as they watch over their sheep. With a final day to explore the fascinating capital city of Bucharest this trip will allow you to discover both the modern and traditional sides of Romania all from the seat of your bike.


  • Discover Transylvania's heritage by bike
  • Cycle through rural villages and rich natural landscapes
  • Pedal along the foot of the Fagaras and Carpathian mountains

Key information

  • 8 nights guesthouses, 3 nights with shared facilities
  • 7 days cycling with luggage transfers
  • 80% paved, 20% unpaved
  • Scenic route, some climbs to be expected each day
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 14


What's included

  • All breakfasts, 7 picnic lunches and 7 dinners included
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All luggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) Compulsory supplement
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request)



Our routes follow mainly quiet backroads and paths. There are some undulating sections, but the distances are not challenging. We recommend you take a relaxed pace allowing you to stop and take in the surroundings: 80% paved, 20% unpaved.

Day by day breakdown
Day 250.0km/31.0miles
Day 366.0km/41.0miles
Day 465.0km/40.0miles
Day 540.0km/24.0miles
Day 648.0km/29.0miles
Day 735.0km/21.0miles
Day 858.0km/36.0miles

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 



Essential Info



No visa required for British passport holders.



There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 picnic lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Romanian cuisine has strong influences from its surrounding countries like Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary. You can expect to see lots of pork on menus, vegetarians are also well catered for with veggie stews and soups. One of the most common meals is the 'mamaliga', which is a type of polenta, served on its own or as an accompaniment. You should also expect a variety of fresh salads, and there will be lots of opportunity to sample Romanian specialities that are only known in certain areas of the country. Your breakfasts and dinners will be served in your accommodation, and you will be given a picnic lunch of fresh cold meats and cheeses, bread and fruit. To drink you will find that every guesthouse makes their own version of 'Tuica' (a type of schnapps) which you will no doubt be invited to try! There are also local wines and beers available in each place.


Spring – Cool morning and evenings, warm in the day time. Pack some warm and waterproof clothes if traveling at this time of the year as showers cannot be ruled out.

Summer – Warm with longer daylight hours; maximum temperatures of 35c in the lower areas. Expect to be cycling in shorts and a t-shirt at this time of year.

Autumn – Normally cool and dry. Pack some warm layers for early mornings and evenings if traveling at this time of year.

Is this trip for you?

Cycling conditions
This is a self-guided cycling trip for those who like to cycle independently, but with back up to take out the hard work and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate) 
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.
Av. daily ride: 50km (31 miles).
No. of days cycling: 7.
Terrain & route: Our routes follow mainly quiet backroads and paths. There are some undulating sections, but the distances are not challenging. We recommend you take a relaxed pace allowing you to stop and take in the surroundings.
Vehicle Support: Your luggage is transported between hotels. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. As a guide we have suggested that 14 years is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. Please do be aware that on some occassions on this trip the cycling can be along busier roads so any children must be comfortable cycling alongside traffic. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.


Authentic country houses

The accommodation we use for this tour are authentic country houses; all the buildings are very well kept, clean, comfortable and are truly one off places to stay. These old buildings were never designed to be hotels, this means that a very limited number of single rooms are available and only on some nights. In some destinations bathrooms will be shared between rooms.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed July 2017
    Jim Carder

    A Journey Back in Time

    This trip gets you out into the Romanian countryside which does not see a lot of tourism. It was like taking a step back in time with ancient Saxon villages where they still cut grass with scythe's, draw water from wells and use horses to work the fields. I enjoyed the food and the accommodation was much better than expected varying from modern to rooms that looked like they had been in a time capsule for a couple of hundred years - and they were the best.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    climbing the spires of fortified churches for great views of the countryside and cycling through the rolling countryside on quiet roads.

    What did you think of your group leader?


    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want a cup of tea or coffee in the daytime you will need to take your won - and get a flask of hot water from the accommodation before you depart in the morning, you will not come across any coffee shops on most days.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It's worthwhile having an extra night or 2 in Bucharest. The old town is fantastic and the newer Russian influenced zones have their own charm. Make sure you visit the Palace of the Parliament which is a great building to wonder around.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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