Starting and finishing in Bucharest, our Best of Carpathian Mountains self-guided motorcycle tour takes you on some of the best motorcycling roads in Europe, including the Transfagarasan and Transalpina Highways, along with the charming cities of Brasov, Sibui and Sighisoara.
Welcome to Romania! On arrival to Bucharest you could visit to the Palace of the Parliament, the second largest building in the world after Pentagon. Otherwise you can just walk in the old centre, where your hotel is located, enjoy some Romanian wine and feel the spirit of the people and the city! You will spend the night in a centrally-located hotel, within walking distance to all the attractions Bucharest can offer.
Today you will start your journey into the Carpathian Mountains. Starting off you will enjoy the serpentine roads heading up to Cheia Pass, one of the most famous passes in Romania but not very well known by foreigners.
On the way, you will have the chance to visit the biggest salt mine in Europe, Slanic Prahova. The huge caverns make up a total of 14 trapezoidal rooms with an extensive surface of 80 thousand square meters. Each cavern has a 10 meters tall opening, whilst the salt mine itself reaches a depth of 208 meters.
After breathing the amazing salt air (the mine is often used to rehabilitate people with respiratory issues), you will have the chance to enjoy a Romanian traditional lunch prepared for you in the heart of the mountains.
In the afternoon, you will continue your ride towards old medieval city of Brasov, walk on the narrowest street in the Europe and admire the gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture of the old buildings, as well as the wealth of historical attractions of one of the most visited places in Romania.
Perhaps start off the morning with a visit to Bran Castle, commonly known as famous Dracula’s Castle, to experience the history, the myth, the intrigue and the magic of this wonderful place of Transylvania.
You will then continue your ride towards a small citadel which has preserved in an exemplary way the features of a small medieval fortified city and it has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Just nearby is the famous Citadel Valley Cave.
Later in the day you will begin your ride on the Transfagarasan Highway, stopping for the night in a village nestled in the mountains, looking over Vidraru lake, where you’ll rest up before tackling the Transfagarasan Pass.
Start the morning fresh on the Transfagarasan Highway, making your way along this spectacular road and up to the Transfagarasan pass. Here you should take a break at Balea Lake, for some amazing views.
Descending down the other side of the Transfagarasan Pass, you’ll ride on to another medieval city, Sighisoara, which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, a well-preserved inhabited citadel in the middle of Transylvania region.
You will spend the night in the middle of the city where you can enjoy a local wine and a delicious meal or just walk on the small narrow streets and discover the beauty of the medieval citadel.
Continue your ride towards one of the most important cultural cities of Romania, Sibiu, which was designated, in tandem with Luxembourg a European Capital of Culture for the year 2007.
Formerly the centre of the Transylvanian Saxons, the old city was ranked as “Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live” by Forbes. You will have the chance to visit the Grand Square, the largest square of the city, and has been the centre of the city since the 16th century. 142 m long and 93 m wide, it is one of the largest city squares in Transylvania. While you are there, why not check out the Brukenthal Palace, one of the most important Baroque monuments in Romania that lies on the north-western corner of the square.
You will spend the night exactly in a centrally located hotel, allowing you to visit the highlights of the city and enjoy the relaxing holiday atmosphere.
A great day for motorcycle riding is waiting for you today on one of the most spectacular roads of the Carpathian Mountains. Full of some of the best twisties in Europe, the Transalpina Pass is highest road in Romania at 2100 meters altitude offers you a splendid landscape, a place where you can ride literally above the clouds. Stop on the way to Ranca Ski Resort for a coffee break at 1600 m altitude.
Close by Dragasani you will have the chance today to spend the night in a real Manor enjoying a swimming pool and the surrounding natural environment.
Starting on your way back to Bucharest, along the way you will have the chance to visit the Peștera Muierilor (Romanian for “The Woman’s Cave”), which is an elaborate cave system located in the Baia de Fier commune, Gorj County, Romania. The cave system is famous for abundant cave-bear remains, as well as a human skull, that is over 30,000 years old. Right beside Peștera Muierilor we recommend also visiting the Polovragi Monastery, the most famous monastery in the region.
In the afternoon you will continue your ride back to Bucharest where you will spend your last night.
Depending on departure time, you may have time to check out more of the sights of Bucharest, before your transfer to the airport.
Itinerary may change without further notice due to weather, road or any other condition that the operator or its guides feel will jeopardise the safety of the group.
Price per rider (based on dual occupancy)
Single room supplement = £220 / €280/ USD$310