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Behind the Iron Curtain
Tour Location
Country:
Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania
From:
Budapest
To:
Varna
Tour Information
Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
16 days
Level:
Moderate
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
€3500
Tour Distance & Dates
Distance:
1300 Km
Riding Days:
14
Daily Average:
93 Km
Month(s):
Aug
Departure:
August 5 - August 20, 2017
Tour Operator:
TDA Global Cycling
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Behind the Iron Curtain

16 Days Moderate 1300 KmAVG 92 Km

Leaving Budapest we will head southeast, traversing the plains of southern Hungary. As we cross into Romania and Transylvania, the flat days soon end. Not only is Transylvania rich in history and intrigue, its landscapes rival the Alps and Pyrenees for sheer challenge and awe-inspiring views. Cycling eastward on country roads, we arrive at our rest day in Alba Iulia – the capital during Michael the Brave’s short reign as Prince of Transylvania.

On from Alba Iulia, the Carpathians creep ever closer on our right, until we turn inward and start our exhilarating ascent up the Transfagaras range and into the territory ruled by Vlad Dracul. Over a distance of approx. 60 km we will climb to an altitude of 2034m negotiating more than 50 switchbacks on the north side of the pass at a surprisingly gentle grade. After reaching the top, we will take time out to explore the little known ruins of Poienari Castle – one of Vlad’s fortresses. From there, we zoom downhill through tunnels and past man made lakes high in the mountains until we reach Curtea de Arges – one of the oldest cities in Romania on the banks of the Arges River. The next stop is Targoviste, the city from which Vlad ran his empire, and the site of the trial and execution of Nicolae Ceausescu. After another day of riding we arrive in the metropolis of Bucharest, the current capital of Romania.

We then feel the Orient drawing steadily closer as we cycle south from Bucharest to Varna past horse-drawn carts, observe farmers pitching hay the old fashioned way, and sip strong coffee proffered by curious villagers in rural Romania and Bulgaria. Just over the border in Bulgaria we turn east towards the Black Sea and the conclusion of our cycling journey.
Accommodation
Camping, Hotel / Guesthouse
Single Supplement:
Inclusions
38Freshly prepared camp meals
30Restaurant meals
34Roadside lunches
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced Tour Leader
'Sweep' Rider
Bike Mechanic
Experienced chef
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