From the oldest mountain, Macin to the Danube Delta

Description

Macin Mountains are situated in south-eastern Romania, namely in northwestern Dobrogea, Tulcea county. They are a subdivision of Dobrogea Mountains, one of the oldest mountains in Romania formed 300-400 million years ago and the stories go that there were about 3,000 meters high and were part of a massif that stretched throughout Europe from west to east. Macin Mountains are now one of the protected areas of our country, getting the national park status. The highest peak-467 meters- is Tutuiatu (also called Greci).

The Macin Mountains are the most arid mountains in Romania, having a very hot climate and dry summers, long and dry autumns and very cold winters with poor quantities of snow.

With an altitude between 7 and 467 meters, these mountains provide a habitat for approximately 50 percent of species of plants and animals found all over Romania. This area has a rich fauna, so if you pay enough attention, you can see an endangered species also declared a monument of nature, ‘the spur-thighed tortoise’ (broasca testoasa dobrogeana – Testudo graeca ibera). It is almost 30 cm long and 20 cm wide and when hibernation starts, in autumn, it buries itself 30-40 cm deep. It lives approximately 100 years.

Within Macin Mountains National Park you can also find one of the oldest, most impressive and well-known reservations of our country – the Beech Valley Natural Reservation.  It is characterized by the unique and strong presence of ‘Tauric beech’, which shows intermediate types between the native beech, Oriental beech and underwood flora, unique in Dobrogea and similar to Crimean beech woods. While in the area you can also visit: the Basilica with crypt, St. Athanasius Church, Paleo-Christian basilica with crypt, the Curative Fountain on Pricopan Crest, Roman Citadel Noviodunum, Roman fortress Arrubium, Macin, Aegyssus Roman fortress.

Level

easy

guided or self-guided

Dates

March-June, September-October

Suitable number of people: 6-14

Tech details

remote roads, wide dirt roads

Do you need a bike?

 

Day 1

Transfer from Bucharest to Braila. 2 and 1/2 hours. The landscape is dominated by forms of low height of mountains eroded (Macin Mountains) remnants of the old Hercynian mountain range-the oldest mountain range in Europe. You have the opportunity to visit a winery and taste quality wine.The vineyards are located on land with elevations between 50 and 200 meters, forming amphitheaters wide openings to the Danube valley – river came nearly to the end of its long journey.
Accommodation and dinner in a local guesthouse.

Day 2

We’ll explore by bicycle Dobrogea, an area with a picturesque who spreads his past beyond the period of Roman colonization (in north of Dobrogea Romans were installed in the second century, building a series of forts to defend the empire from the attacks of populations barbaric, testimony stand forts as Arrubium- Macin town, Noviodunum-Isaccea, Aegesius-Tulcea, Troesmis-Turcoaia)…Accommodation in Tulcea.

Day 3

Half day biking from Tulcea to Murighiol, the place where we have to cross by boat Sf. Gheorghe canal untill Uzlina or Crisan. Accommodation here in a local guesthouse and dinner with seafood dish.

Day 4 & 5

Guided motor boating and boat with paddle on the wild and wonderful canals and lakes of the Danube Delta, bird watching. You will be impressed by the beauty of the flowers: white and yellow water lilies. Motor boat trip on the Old Danube, Caraorman and Letea where we will visiting the forests of oaks and sand dunes (forests Caraorman and Letea aremonuments of nature) or to Sulina in order to see the place where the Danube meets Black Sea.

Day 6

Transfer by boat back in Murghiol. Transfer by car to Bucharest.

The price is for a 5-7 person group and includes:

-transfer by car and by boat from Bucharest to Crisan and back

-bicycles for rent, 2 days

-half-board accommodation, 6 days/5 nights

-picnic-lunch each day on tour

-guided tour, 4 days

-water activities (boating, fishing, paddling)

-visit  Letea forest – natural reservation from 1930

Not included:
 -overnight in the last day in Bucharest (we can organize at request) visit the winery, souvenirs, other activities.

 

Prices

750


Noroc romania – 7 peaks

Description

Transylvania includes central Romania, Transylvania’s hollow and that Carpathian slopes that bowed to it. Transylvania is by far the most romantic Romanian province. Mountains laced by time, cold streams, crystalline, dense and shady woods, wooden churches, legendary castles, memories of an eventful history. Here you can find many interesting places: winter sports resorts and treatment, paths for hiking and biking in the mountains and in their national and natural parks, fascinating medieval towns, art museums and quality accommodation. In this trail we will cross 7 mountains up then 1800m.

Level

difficult

only guided

Dates

May to late September

Tech details

350km with +7500m elevation

30% paved, 70%dirt

Do you need a bike?

 

 

Day 1-Iezer-2462m

Transfer in the middle of Transylvania – Brasov, Zarnesti town. Accommodation to a local guesthouse.Transfer to Campulung – Leresti (3 hours). Here is the the point of our departure to Iezer mountain (2462m) . Iezer Mountain are built between the upper courses of the Dambovita River and Lady, who delineates the north, north-west and west to the high peaks of the Fagaras mountains, and from east to Piatra Craiului Mountains. A large crown of barren hills and high, sometimes higher than 2300-2400m altitude, is harmonious around one of the main water courses, river Targului, resting on two strong pillars-vf.Iezerul Mare, 2462m and vf.Papusa, the 2391m, whose rise up the mountain complex called Iezer mountains. This trail takes for a medium level biker around 4 hours uphill and other 2 for downhill. Accommodation to a local guesthouse. 60 km 1600 m+.

Day 2-Fagaras-2544m

Transfer to Curtea de Arges one of the oldest city in our country. Here we can visit the famous monastery Curtea de Arges with her famous Manole’s legend, Poenari Fortress (built in the time of Vlad Tepes) and also an important tourist attractions Vidraru Lake and Vidraru Dam, which is one of the greatest in Europe.Then we will fallow the Transfagarasan 96 km a road that passes through Fagaras Mountains (the highest mountains in Romania – Moldoveanu peak – 2544 meters) and that connects Walachia and Transylvania. Transfagarasan is the road that climbs to the highest altitude in Romania, 2042 meters, in the Glacial Hollow Balea. The landscape is fantastic, and the differences of altitude and the curves on downhill represent a challenge for mountain bikers. Balea Waterfall, located in the Fagaras Mountains, is one of the most famous waterfalls in Romania, is at an altitude of 1234 meters and the water falls from 68 meters. Balea Glacial Lake is a real monument of nature (formed in a glacial circus) situated at 2 034 meters of altitude. Since 1932, the lake and about 180 hectare of land around it were declared scientific reservation. It must also be mentioned the fact that the first ice hotel in Eastern Europe was built near the lake in 2006. Accommodation to a local pension. 96 km with 1400 m+.

Day 3-Postavaru-1799m

Transfer to Rasnov. It is located at about 15 km from the city of Brasov and about the same distance from Bran, on the road that links Wallachia and Transylvania. In Rasnov a citadel was built around the year 1215 by the Teutonic Knights. The citadel was conquered only once in its history, around the year 1600. A famous well still sits in the centre of Râşnov Fortress, and is 143 meters deep. From here we will depart on a long uphill through the forest and meadows with single tracks till to Poiana Brasov – the most important ski resort from country. We will follow a road to the Postavaru peak (or we will take the cable car) and enjoy the picnic to Postavaru chalet and after then – a long single track downhill (1200m-) to Brasov. Accommodation in a good hotel in Brasov. 45 km with 1100 m+.

Day 4-Baiului-1895m

Brasov city tour. The old town is full of history, very well preserved and the modern part has a particular charm. Transfer to Busteni a mountain village situated near Baiului mountain. Will climb this interesting and wild mountains more like hills but full of up and downhill. We have here a beautiful view on impressive slopes of Bucegi mountain with Caraiman lighted cross. Will go on bikes all the rounded ridge and the last downhill take us to Sinaia on the edge of Bucegi mountain. Accommodation near the Peles Castle.55 km with 1100 m+.

Day 5-Bucegi-2505m

Visit to the Peles Castle, the summer residence of Romanian royalty, was built during the rule of Carol I (1866-1914) and it is an important national monument of XIX century Europe. Several other buildings,annexed to the castle, were built simultaneously: Pelidor Castle, The Guard’s Chambers, The Economat, The Foisor Hunting House, The Stables, the Electrical Power Plant and the “Sipot” villa. From Sinaia we will climb to the 2000 m high on a easier ski piste. Our goal is to traverse this spectacular mountain with a long and good for mountain biking plateau, so will follow a path who goes down near the Bolboci lake to Pestera. Here we visit a monastery built in an amazing place and we can visit a very large cave. Accommodation in the middle of the mountain in a very modern 3* hotel.25 km with 1500 m+.

Day 6-Leaota-2133m

We start the day with a long uphill in a saddle till 1900m and now we are in Leaota mountain-the Bucegi brother. We will cross a long , narrow and wild ridge and on the last part of this day we have a technical long single track downhill (1000m-) to Moieciu de Sus where we overnight.20 km with 600 m+.

Day 7-Piatra Craiului-2244m

The last day… we crossing the Bran Country (visit the Bran Castle) and after a short uphill to Magura – a small mountain village. We ride up almost 700 m + through the Jurassic canyon of “Prapastiile Zarnestilor” till 1500m high to Curmatura chalet – an important point of departure in the Piatra Craiului trekking trails. Picnic lunch and the last downhill back to our first day accommodation – in Zarnesti.37 km with 1000 m +. Price for 6 person 750 euro/person.This price includes half-board accommodation + picnic lunch, mtb guide, city guide, transfer between days, luggage transfer, transfer from airport and back, technical T-shirt.

The price includes:
 -private transfer from airport and back
– guided tour
-8 days/7 nights, half board accommodation in double rooms (in 5 places)
– picnic-lunch each day on tour
-luggage transfer between days
-car assistance where is possible
-technical T-shirt
Not included:
 -private transfer from airport and back

Prices

99

Prices

99


Noroc romania – 7 peaks

Description

Transylvania includes central Romania, Transylvania’s hollow and that Carpathian slopes that bowed to it. Transylvania is by far the most romantic Romanian province. Mountains laced by time, cold streams, crystalline, dense and shady woods, wooden churches, legendary castles, memories of an eventful history. Here you can find many interesting places: winter sports resorts and treatment, paths for hiking and biking in the mountains and in their national and natural parks, fascinating medieval towns, art museums and quality accommodation. In this trail we will cross 7 mountains up then 1800m.

Level

difficult

only guided

Dates

May to late September

Tech details

350km with +7500m elevation

30% paved, 70%dirt

Do you need a bike?

 

 

Day 1-Iezer-2462m

Transfer in the middle of Transylvania – Brasov, Zarnesti town. Accommodation to a local guesthouse.Transfer to Campulung – Leresti (3 hours). Here is the the point of our departure to Iezer mountain (2462m) . Iezer Mountain are built between the upper courses of the Dambovita River and Lady, who delineates the north, north-west and west to the high peaks of the Fagaras mountains, and from east to Piatra Craiului Mountains. A large crown of barren hills and high, sometimes higher than 2300-2400m altitude, is harmonious around one of the main water courses, river Targului, resting on two strong pillars-vf.Iezerul Mare, 2462m and vf.Papusa, the 2391m, whose rise up the mountain complex called Iezer mountains. This trail takes for a medium level biker around 4 hours uphill and other 2 for downhill. Accommodation to a local guesthouse. 60 km 1600 m+.

Day 2-Fagaras-2544m

Transfer to Curtea de Arges one of the oldest city in our country. Here we can visit the famous monastery Curtea de Arges with her famous Manole’s legend, Poenari Fortress (built in the time of Vlad Tepes) and also an important tourist attractions Vidraru Lake and Vidraru Dam, which is one of the greatest in Europe.Then we will fallow the Transfagarasan 96 km a road that passes through Fagaras Mountains (the highest mountains in Romania – Moldoveanu peak – 2544 meters) and that connects Walachia and Transylvania. Transfagarasan is the road that climbs to the highest altitude in Romania, 2042 meters, in the Glacial Hollow Balea. The landscape is fantastic, and the differences of altitude and the curves on downhill represent a challenge for mountain bikers. Balea Waterfall, located in the Fagaras Mountains, is one of the most famous waterfalls in Romania, is at an altitude of 1234 meters and the water falls from 68 meters. Balea Glacial Lake is a real monument of nature (formed in a glacial circus) situated at 2 034 meters of altitude. Since 1932, the lake and about 180 hectare of land around it were declared scientific reservation. It must also be mentioned the fact that the first ice hotel in Eastern Europe was built near the lake in 2006. Accommodation to a local pension. 96 km with 1400 m+.

Day 3-Postavaru-1799m

Transfer to Rasnov. It is located at about 15 km from the city of Brasov and about the same distance from Bran, on the road that links Wallachia and Transylvania. In Rasnov a citadel was built around the year 1215 by the Teutonic Knights. The citadel was conquered only once in its history, around the year 1600. A famous well still sits in the centre of Râşnov Fortress, and is 143 meters deep. From here we will depart on a long uphill through the forest and meadows with single tracks till to Poiana Brasov – the most important ski resort from country. We will follow a road to the Postavaru peak (or we will take the cable car) and enjoy the picnic to Postavaru chalet and after then – a long single track downhill (1200m-) to Brasov. Accommodation in a good hotel in Brasov. 45 km with 1100 m+.

Day 4-Baiului-1895m

Brasov city tour. The old town is full of history, very well preserved and the modern part has a particular charm. Transfer to Busteni a mountain village situated near Baiului mountain. Will climb this interesting and wild mountains more like hills but full of up and downhill. We have here a beautiful view on impressive slopes of Bucegi mountain with Caraiman lighted cross. Will go on bikes all the rounded ridge and the last downhill take us to Sinaia on the edge of Bucegi mountain. Accommodation near the Peles Castle.55 km with 1100 m+.

Day 5-Bucegi-2505m

Visit to the Peles Castle, the summer residence of Romanian royalty, was built during the rule of Carol I (1866-1914) and it is an important national monument of XIX century Europe. Several other buildings,annexed to the castle, were built simultaneously: Pelidor Castle, The Guard’s Chambers, The Economat, The Foisor Hunting House, The Stables, the Electrical Power Plant and the “Sipot” villa. From Sinaia we will climb to the 2000 m high on a easier ski piste. Our goal is to traverse this spectacular mountain with a long and good for mountain biking plateau, so will follow a path who goes down near the Bolboci lake to Pestera. Here we visit a monastery built in an amazing place and we can visit a very large cave. Accommodation in the middle of the mountain in a very modern 3* hotel.25 km with 1500 m+.

Day 6-Leaota-2133m

We start the day with a long uphill in a saddle till 1900m and now we are in Leaota mountain-the Bucegi brother. We will cross a long , narrow and wild ridge and on the last part of this day we have a technical long single track downhill (1000m-) to Moieciu de Sus where we overnight.20 km with 600 m+.

Day 7-Piatra Craiului-2244m

The last day… we crossing the Bran Country (visit the Bran Castle) and after a short uphill to Magura – a small mountain village. We ride up almost 700 m + through the Jurassic canyon of “Prapastiile Zarnestilor” till 1500m high to Curmatura chalet – an important point of departure in the Piatra Craiului trekking trails. Picnic lunch and the last downhill back to our first day accommodation – in Zarnesti.37 km with 1000 m +. Price for 6 person 750 euro/person.This price includes half-board accommodation + picnic lunch, mtb guide, city guide, transfer between days, luggage transfer, transfer from airport and back, technical T-shirt.

The price includes:
 -private transfer from airport and back
– guided tour
-8 days/7 nights, half board accommodation in double rooms (in 5 places)
– picnic-lunch each day on tour
-luggage transfer between days
-car assistance where is possible
-technical T-shirt
Not included:
 -private transfer from airport and back

Prices

99

Prices

99