Carpathian Motorcycle Tour: Rent a motorcycle in Bucharest
Making their way through the heart of Romania, the Carpathian Mountains are one of the last unspoiled places in Europe.
The Carpathian Motorcycle Tour offers you the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful places in Romania, to ride on Transfagarasan and Transalpina Mountain Pass, to explore the castles and the underground caves, to sample some exquisite wines and tasty local food among the rolling hills and mountains of Romania, to ride some of the highest passes above the clouds, and much, much more.
|Distance: 1130 km
Riding hours: 5 to 7
Total riding time: 18h 40min
Tour grading: moderate
Average km per day: 220 km
Nearest airport: Henri Coanda Bucharest
Rest day: Bucharest
Riding days: 6
|Palace of the Parliament|
|Old City of Brașov|
|Praid Salt Mine|
|City of Sighisoara|
|City of Sibiu|
|Transalpina Famous Pass|
We provide (no additional costs):
- A BMW or HONDA motorcycle rental
- Unlimited mileage
- Experienced guide
- Technical assistance 24/7
- Comprehensive vehicle insurance for motorcycles
- Third-party liability insurance for motorcycles
- Support van for luggage transportation and space for passengers during the entire tour (if there is a minimum of 5 participants on the tour)
- Helmets (on request)
- GPS (on request)
- Roadmaps (on request)
- Hotel information
- 9 nights’ accommodation
- Transfer to and from Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP)
- Daily breakfast
- Entrance fees for all tourist attractions
Not included services:
- Flight tickets
- Motorcycle fuel
- Beverages and meals (except breakfast)
- Rental bike deposit (800 – 1000 EUR, depending on the model of bike rented)
- All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature.
We recommend you have your own travel insurance to protect you in case of injury or illness.
Carpathian Motorcycle Tour Info
During the eight-day tour across the beautiful Carpathian Mountains, you will be accompanied by a competent and experienced guide. He/she will not only show you the sites, but he will also give you tips about riding safely and efficiently in all situations.
The routes we have planned combine some of the best and most breathtaking views you will find in Romania. We will criss-cross through the Southern Carpathians, going through the famous Transfăgărășan Road and Transalpina Pass, both reaching altitudes of over 2,000 m. The routes are challenging, filled with history and legends and they will undoubtedly make for unforgettable memories. The routes will include visits to the old cities of Brașov, Sighișoara and Sibiu and to the famous castle of Dracula.
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Day-by-Day Motorcycle Tour
DAY 1 – Bucharest Arrival
Welcome to the Little Paris!
On the first day, you may choose to visit the Palace of the Parliament – according to the World Records Academy, the Palace of the Parliament is the world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function and the second largest building in the world after The Pentagon in America. Also, it is the most expensive administrative building and the heaviest building in the world.
Or, you may choose to visit the Old Centre of Bucharest – charm, coffee shops, great cuisine, art galleries, lifestyle and beautiful people.
You should also visit the Village Museum – a fascinating outdoor museum, the largest in Europe, surrounded by the largest park in Bucharest – Herăstrău.
There are many things to see, visit and experience in Bucharest – we will guide you through!
DAY 2 – Bucharest (breakfast) – Brasov (dinner)
Our journey through the Carpathian Mountains will start on one of the most popular roads across the Carpathians – the Prahova Valley. You will be able to view our most popular mountains towns, the Caraiman picks. A delicious traditional lunch will wait for you on the way. It will be hard to get on the road after such a tasteful lunch, but the narrowest street in Europe, the Baroque and Renaissance architecture of the old cities and the wealth of the historical attractions are waiting for you.
Average: 220 km/ 3 h 15 min
Sinaia: Peleș Castle – the most beautiful castle in Eastern Europe, the Sinaia Church, and a trip to an altitude of 1,400 m.
Bran: A visit to the Bran Castle, commonly known as the “Dracula Castle”, is a must of this trip. Don’t worry! There are no vampires there! It’s all about myths and legends.
Brasov: Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture are bounded in one of the most visited places in Romania. Don’t miss the Black Church and Brașov’s Old City Centre.
DAY 3 – Brașov (breakfast) – Sighișoara (dinner)
Plenty of things for this day: the highest pass in Romania, the history, the myth, the intrigue and the magic of the famous Sighișoara’s Citadel, a small medieval fortified city which was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and breathtaking place.
Average: 220 Km, 3 h 30 min
Praid – a small paradise. Praid Salt Mine has a unique climatic environment and, for a short relaxation break, a visit here is what you need. Also, during this trip we will ride through the Praid Pass, the highest pass in Romania, with an altitude of 1,413 meters and a length of 50 kilometers.
Sovata is a resort for all seasons, recognized at the European level since 1850. The lakes with chlorinated and sodium water and sludge have therapeutic properties for various diseases.
Sighișoara – founded by the Transylvanian Saxons in the 12th century, Sighișoara still stands as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Its main attractions are the Clock Tower, dated in the 14th Century, the Sighișoara Citadel, the Church on the hill and many more.
DAY 4 – Sighisoara (breakfast) – Sibiu (dinner)
You can’t miss Sibiu, the most important cultural city of Romania, which has been designated, together with Luxembourg, as the European Capital of Culture for 2007. Or Viscri, Prince Charles’s preferred destination.
We will spend a relaxing night right in the middle of this historical city; we will visit the highlights of the city and enjoy the holiday atmosphere.
Average: 160 Km, 2h 30 min
Viscri – Prince Charles’s preferred destination. This village is under UNESCO heritage.
Sibiu – In 2007 Sibiu was declared the European Capital of Culture. Sibiu is a pedestrian-friendly city, with two easily accessible levels: the Upper Town, home to most of Sibiu’s historic sights, and the Lower Town, lined with colorful houses on cobblestone streets and bounded by imposing city walls and defense towers overlooking the river Cibin.
DAY 5 – Sibiu (breakfast) – Transfăgărășan – Sibiu (dinner)
Ok! We had a relaxing day yesterday. Now we are ready for an exciting ride on the famous Transfagarasan Pass, the most wanted road by motorcycle riders all over the world!
Average: 160 km, 2h 30 min
Difficulty: moderate – high
Transfagarasan Road is a spectacular 152 km-stretch road across the Fagaras Mountains. The road climbs to 2,042 meters altitude (starting from the Bâlea Tunnel area), being the 2nd highest mountain pass in Romania after Transalpina whose maximum altitude is of 2,145 meters. The road has 833 culverts and 28 viaducts and many points of interest along the way.
Balea Lake is a glacial lake, located at an altitude of 2,040 m, in the Fagaras Mountains. Balea Lake Ice Hotel, the first ice hotel in Eastern Europe, was built in 2006. The Hotel has an igloo shape and it can accommodate up to 16 persons during the winter.
DAY 6 – Sibiu (breakfast) – Transalpina – Baia de Fier (dinner)
And there’s more to see on the spectacular roads of the Carpathian Mountains! Full of serpentines, the Transalpina Road is the road that climbs to the highest altitude in Romania, 2,145 meters. It offers you a splendid landscape, a place where you can literally ride above the clouds.
Trust us! There are no words to describe this place, where the sky meets the peaks.
You have to see it for yourself !
Average: 170 Km, 3h 15 min
Difficulty: moderate – high
Transalpina is the highest and most beautiful road in Romania. When you will get there, you will understand why.
Baia de Fier – here, Baia de Fier, is the only graphite mine in Romania.
DAY 7 – Baia de Fier (breakfast) – Bucharest
Average: 250 km, 3h
Our last day on the road. We will enjoy one of the most beautiful caves in Romania, we will cross over the Brâncuși’s ”country” and, on our way to Bucharest, we will admire the traditional architecture of the houses and great landscapes.
Women’s Cave – Among the thousands of caves in the Carpathians, only few have been so rich in events like the Women’s Cave. The Women’s Cave was a natural fortress, a point of resistance against the residents of the neighboring settlements all along their tumultuous history.
During this day we will pass through Cheile Oltetului (Oltetului Keys) – a storytelling landscape, we will visit Brâncuși’s ”country”, and a very appreciated location – Maldăr’s house – a place that keeps all the architectural details of old local houses intact.
On our way to Bucharest, we will cross the Black Hill, a hill full of serpentines, forests and lakes.
Bucharest – Departure
It will be hard to let go!
The busy world we all share doesn’t always allow us the long break we would need.
We are pretty sure that you will come back. Therefore, this is not goodbye!
It’s just a “See you soon!”
TOUR CALENDAR 2019:
MAY 18 – MAY 25
JUNE 15 – JUNE 22
JULY 13– JULY 20
AUGUST 17 – AUGUST 24
SEPTEMBER 14 – SEPTEMBER 21