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Cycling with Vlad
Tour Location
Country:
Hungary, Romania
From:
Budapest
To:
Bucharest
Tour Information
Guiding:
Hosted (Ride Leader)
Support:
Luggage Transfer, Mechanical
Duration:
12 days
Level:
Moderate
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
€3075
Tour Distance & Dates
Distance:
1000 Km
Riding Days:
11
Daily Average:
91 Km
Month(s):
Aug
Departure:
3 Aug 2019
Tour Operator:
TDA Global Cycling
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Cycling with Vlad

12 Days Moderate 1000 KmAVG 90 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. Throughout our time here we will observe horse-drawn carts, and farmers pitching hay into large mounds that dot the fields like giant furry thimbles.

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 challenging (yet surprisingly manageable) ascent up the Transfagaras range and into the territory ruled by Vlad Dracul, better known as Dracula.

Over a distance of approximately 60 km we will climb to an altitude of 2034 m negotiating more than 50 switchbacks on the north side of the pass on a road engineered with gentled grades. After reaching the top we stay near one of the dictator Ceaucescus’s old hunting lodges set by Lake Balea.

After a cooler mountain night in idyllic surroundings, we zoom downhill through tunnels and past manmade lakes high in the mountains, stopping to explore the little known ruins of Poienari Castle – one of Vlad’s fortresses, 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 into the metropolis of Bucharest, the current capital of Romania, our time cycling is complete.
Accommodation
Double Occupancy / Twin Share
Single Supplement: Available
Inclusions
Hotel accommodation
Restaurant meals
Roadside lunches
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced Tour Leader
'Sweep' Rider
Bike Mechanic
Tour jersey
Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner
Pre-Tour Information Bulletins
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