Our Best of Romania self-guided motorcycle tour takes you on some of the best motorcycling roads in Europe, including the Transfagarasan Road, Transalpina Highway, Transbucegi and Transrarau. Going beyond our Best of Transylvania tour, this ride will take you further afield to visit the medieval painted monasteries of Bucovina and on some of the lesser travelled roads of Romania.
Welcome to Romania! You will be collected from Cluj Napoca Airport and taken to Turda, a small town with an intimate atmosphere founded by the Romans under the name Potaissa. A short ride to the Sunset mountains will whet your appetite for the riding to come.
Prepare to descend to the heart of one of the biggest salt mines in the country – Turda Salt Mines, with impressive halls named after kings and queens. Today you’ll enjoy stunning sceneries, following the footsteps of Jonathan Harker (Bram Stoker ‘s character from Dracula novel) to Borgo Pass (actually called Tihuța Pass). Here you will stay at Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, a 3* hotel which was built in accordance to Bram Stoker’s imagination.
In the morning you will continue your Romania Motorcycle Tour crossing from Transylvania to the Bucovina region. Today you will ride up to 1400m in altitude on Transrarau Road – third most beautiful alpine road in Romania. Also known as the Treasures Road, Transrarau will reward you with an amazing ride and kilometres of breath-taking scenery, before finishing for the evening in Gura Humorului.
Today you will follow the route to the medieval painted monasteries of Bucovina – UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The region is also famous for its black ceramic workshops. Ride the motorbike up in the mountain area on a winding road to discover the jewels of Bucovina: Moldovita and Sucevita Monasteries, before looping back to Gura Humorului.
Continue riding to Targu Neamt, home to Neamt Citadel. Dating back to 14th Century, the citadel is one of the most impressive of its kind in Romania. Transceahlau Road is your next destination. Crossing Ceahlau National Park, the road is narrow with small sections of gravel road and offers some beautiful views over Bicaz Lake and the local mountains.
Today you will cross trough ‘Hell’s Throat’ while riding some of the most beautiful gorges in Romania, the Bicazului Gorges. Connecting Moldavia with Transylvania these spectacular gorges are guarded by 400 m rocks offering an incredible views. In the afternoon you will have a chance to explore Brasov, a city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere which has played a vital role in Romania’s history, both old and new. Three quarters of the city is surrounded by mountains, and it is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe.
Start the day riding Prahova Valley and visit Peles Palace, one of the most beautiful royal residences in Europe, home to most of Romania’s monarchs. Get on the motorbikes and continue riding Transbucegi Road – the newest mountain road in Romania offering amazing views. Also known as Babele Road, Transbucegi is a narrow mountain road, filled with hairpin curves taking you up to 1925 m above sea level.
Continue your journey to reach Transylvania’s symbol, Bran Castle. Unrightfully called Dracula’s Castle, Bran owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. Your next ride is on Transfagarasan Road – the most crooked and challenging of Europe’s roads for motorcyclists. Built between 1970 and 1974 as a military route, by communist dictator Ceausescu (after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968) it snakes up into the Carpathian Mountains offering great rides and enormous satisfaction
Curtea de Arges is your next destination on this Best of Romania Motorcycle Tour. With its beautiful monastery built in Byzantine style, with Moorish arabesques. Find out the legend of the monastery and continue your journey riding up the mountains. In the afternoon you will head out on the Transalpina Road, one of the most spectacular roads of the Carpathian Mountains and the highest mountain road in Romania. Accommodation in a 3* Hotel on the Transalpina Road.
Continue exploring Transalpina Road in the morning. With its highest point at Urdele Pass – 2,145m above sea level, the road is also called The King’s Road by the locals, the road was built under the rule of King Carol II of Romania and rebuilt during World War II by German troops. Descending from the Transalpina you with reach the town of Alba Iulia Citadel, a fortress with seven bulwarks and a star shaped citadel, common to Vauban fortresses. It is then a short ride up to where you began in Turda, where your riding will be completed.
After breakfast on your final day, you will be transferred to your flight out of Cluj Napoca or we will help you on your way to your next adventure by other means.
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 = £215 / €249