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Motorcycle Tour
7 Day Carpathian Tour Romania

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Early Bird discount of 15% on bookings of 2024 dates until 15.02.2024!

Romania - is a beautiful country, with a fantastic natural landscape, a rich history, a pleasant continental climate, and hospitable people.

Pricing

Prices for 2024 dates until 15.02.2024:
per rider in double or single room €892.50 $965.24 ?
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room (pillion passengers can only book along with an accompanying rider) €892.50 $965.24 ?
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Prices for and 2024 dates from 16.02.2024:
per rider in double or single room €1,050.00 $1,135.58 ?
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room (pillion passengers can only book along with an accompanying rider) €1,050.00 $1,135.58 ?
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In this tour it makes no difference in price whether you stay in a double or single room. The overnight stay can be in a double room, where single occupancy is also possible, or in a single room, depending on the availability of the hotels. The participant cannot choose the type of room. If you want to stay with someone in a double room (partner, etc.), please indicate this and we will definitely book a double room.

Included

7 Day riding on-road trails through different regions (~210km a day)
6 Night accommodation (Twin-Shared or Single)
6 breakfasts
Romanian, English, German and French speaking local tour guides with first-aid knowledge
Free luggage depot at APUSENI LODGE Romania® if desired
Security certificate according to § 651r BGB for package tours
Not included
All services, meals and drinks not specified in the included service description
Toll and motorway fees
Gasoline, operating materials, parking fees incurred
Meals during the trip
Travel cancellation/travel interruption insurance
Optional overnight stay(s) near the meeting point before and after the start of the trip

More details

Minimum number of participants: 6
Maximum number of participants: 12
Required riding experience: Suitable for all riding levels, beginners with riding experience.
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On- road tires are sufficient.
Additional night(s) at APUSENI LODGE Romania® (subject to availability) or near the meeting point before and after the start of the trip can be arranged at a reasonable extra cost.
Start/End: Meeting point APUSENI LODGE Romania®, Avram Iancu (Vârfurile), Arad, Romania, Coordinates: 46°20'52.4 "N 22°28'34.3 "E, Start: 09:00 (UTC +2)
Travel duration: 7 days in Romania
Total distance: approx. 1,500 km
Daily riding distance: 190 - 250 km (average approx. 210 km)
Route profile: Paved roads in good to average condition. The route includes mountain roads with many curves and partly narrow sections.
Difficulty level: Suitable for all riding levels; beginners and returning riders should have at least one year's riding experience or 10,000 km ridden and have a secure cornering technique. Safe control of the motorcycle is required. You must be physically and mentally able to ride 250 challenging km per day.
Travel time per day: about 5 hours
Travel time per day: approx. 8 hours incl. lunch/coffee breaks and photo stops; since we will be traveling in remote areas for the most part, breaks will be situational. Small breaks can be taken at any time.
Luggage: There is no transport vehicle on this tour; however, we offer you a free, dry, and safe luggage depot at the starting point and end of our tour.
We ride in all weather conditions.
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Good to know:
Individual arrival: The distance to the meeting point in Avram Iancu is very long for you? No problem: we will be happy to help you plan your journey. The way to get to us: The journey usually takes place via Vienna (Austria). Ride via Györ past Budapest and Szolnok (Hungary) over the border crossing at Borș to Oradea (Romania) and further via Beiuș, Ștei and Vașcău on the DN76/E76 to Vârfurile. At the traffic circle there, turn onto the DN79A and follow the signs "APUSENI LODGE Romania". If you are coming from the north of Germany, it is best to ride via the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Romania. We will be happy to give you individual travel tips.
Group size: up to 12 motorcycles (max. 12 people) plus guide.
Minimum number of participants: 6 persons
Luggage: So that you can travel light, we offer you a free, dry and safe luggage depot at our APUSENI LODGE Romania® (meeting point). Please leave your luggage compactly packed in appropriate containers (no suitcases, no plastic bags, no loose items or clothing) and labeled.
Refueling: There is a Petrom gas station in Vașcău and a Lukoil gas station in Vârfurile; please fill up your motorbike at one of these gas stations.
Food - breaks: Since much of our riding is in remote areas, you should always have some food and sufficient beverages. Sufficient hydration is essential when riding a motorcycle for long periods.
Passport and visa requirements as well as health and customs regulations: EU citizens may travel to Romania without a visa for the period of up to 90 days. Upon entry, a passport valid for six months, temporary passport, identity card or temporary identity card must be presented. Travel documents must be valid for the entire duration of stay including the day of departure and three months beyond. It is not possible to leave Romania with an expired travel document.
Road toll: Cars, motor homes and caravans using the Romanian national road network must pay a road toll, which requires the purchase of a vignette (Rovinieta). Motorcycles do not need a Rovinieta.
Important traffic regulations: The blood alcohol limit is 0.0. Speed limits for motorcycles: urban 50 km/h, extra-urban 90 km/h, expressways 100 km/h, highways 130 km/h. Motorcyclists must ride with dipped headlights all year round during the day.
Road condition: Romanian roads can be surprising. There are perfectly paved and well-maintained mountain passes, stretches with perfect asphalt, spotlessly clean village crossings, but also main roads with deep holes.
Local currency: The Romanian local currency is the Lei or RON. We recommend that you carry some local currency with you.
Changing tires: Touring motorcycling is not yet the order of the day in Romania. It is not easy to find a (motorcycle) workshop for a tire change. We therefore recommend all our participants to put on tires with still good tread groove depth before the trip.
Support: Support in case of emergency can be guaranteed only on the planned route. In the case of self-planned route changes or excursions "on your own", the participant himself is responsible.
Protection and insurance: We recommend for all motorcycle tours a motor vehicle protection insurance, such as the ADAC offers. Health insurance: We recommend for all international motorcycle tours the conclusion of a separate foreign health insurance with medical repatriation. We recommend for all our motorcycle tours the conclusion of a travel cancellation / travel interruption insurance.
Language: This tour is usually suitable for German, English and/or French speaking participants; however, we also speak Romanian, Old German, Swiss German, Luxembourgish, Flemish and some Spanish. We will be happy to give you binding information upon request.
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Notes:
No base lodge, we ride a round trip (starting at our APUSENI LODGE Romania in Avram Iancu, and returning to our APUSENI LODGE Romania in Avram Iancu). Those who wish can stay overnight at APUSENI LODGE Romania before and/or after the tour (booking possible from mid-May 2023 via Booking.com). For participants who do not want to/can not stay with us before and/or after the tour, there are several hotels, guesthouses, and B&Bs in the vicinity. We can make recommendations in this regard if desired.
The daily stages start in the morning between 09:00 and 10:00. The riding time of the daily stages is approx. 5 hours each, so one arrives with several shorter and longer breaks distributed over the day around 17:00 at the daily stage goal (depending on the travel speed of the group).
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Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. Please enquire for language options.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Description

If you want to get to know Romania by motorcycle, you can't avoid riding the famous Transfăgărășan and the highest paved pass road in Romania, the Transalpina. During our 7-day round trip we will cover around 1500 kilometers, taking our time to marvel at the breathtaking, primeval and wild landscape of this wonderful country while enjoying our impressions. The Transfăgărășan is also famous for the bears that often sit on the side of the road. It is a very special experience to ride a motorcycle a few meters past an adult bear, thrills are guaranteed. As well known as the Transfăgărășan and the Transalpina are, the routes we take to reach them are unknown.However they are known to us as insiders living in Romania.

On this tour we will also visit Sibiu (Hermanstadt) in the geographical center of Romania and touch Sighișoara (Schäßburg), one of the most important cities in Mureș County, famous for its unique historical center.

We will not only go on a tour with you, but we´ll give you an insight into the real Romania. We´ll accompany you through a country with the largest intact nature and primeval forest areas of the EU outside Scandinavia and the largest still contiguous, in large parts completely untouched, mixed beech forests and where hospitality, traditions, festivals and folklore play an important role.

In order for you to enjoy your tour and travel light, we offer you a free, dry and safe luggage storage at our APUSENI LODGE Romania®.

By the way, we do not charge for arrival and departure days, but guarantee you 7 days of pure Romania! With this top arrangement, we give each participant two nights for free, which is why an additional group discount cannot be granted here.

You will receive detailed information about motorcycling in Romania with the booking confirmation.

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Tour itinerary:

Day 1: We start between 09:00 and 10:00 from APUSENI LODGE Romania® and ride the winding roads through the Apuseni Mountains. Already this first 230 km long stage gives an idea of what we can look forward to in the next days. At our stage destination you will have the opportunity to explore the Peștera Urșilor Chișcău (Bear Cave) on your own (depending on the tour offer on site).

Day 2: Today we ride to Alba Iulia (Carlsbad), the capital of Alba County in the Transylvania region. On the way there we will show you, among other things, one of our favorite secret gorges and you will be able to get your fill of Romania's beautiful nature. In the evening you will relax in a beautiful hotel of high class.

Day 3: This day holds some surprises. Through another gorge (there are countless of them in Romania, you just have to find them), we'll take the first part of the Transalpina to charming Sibiu (Hermannstadt), located in the geographical center of Romania. So we have arrived in the Southern Carpathians. Sibiu is perfect for strolling around the beautiful marketplace and shopping in numerous stores.

Day 4: Today we take winding detours about 200 kilometers via Sighișoara (Sighisoara) to Făgăraș in Brașov County, near the entrance to the Transfăgărășan, which we plan to take under our wheels the next day. Depending on the travel speed of the group, we can take a longer break in Sighisoara and watch the colorful hustle and bustle on the market square.

Day 5: It lies ahead of us, the Transfăgărășan! Hopefully the bears are up early enough and waiting for us at the roadside. In any case, we keep our eyes well open and if we see a vehicle with its hazard lights on, we can be almost sure to get a glimpse of a Carpathian bear shortly after. On the Transfăgărășan we have to pay attention, stay behind the tour guide and strictly follow his instructions! Because even if the bears are only sitting here to be fed from passing vehicles, they remain wild, unpredictable, fast and extremely strong original inhabitants of the Romanian forests.

Day 6: The Transalpina, also known as Drum național 67C, is the highest pass road in Romania. It crosses the Transylvanian Alps, connecting Gorj County in Lesser Wallachia with Alba County in Transylvania, and reaches an altitude of just over 2100 meters. We are riding this magnificent panoramic road today! Up here it can stay cool even in summer, so don't dress warmly just for the fantastic experience. Towards evening we reach the Târgu Jiu region and end the day as usual in a comfortable accommodation.

Day 7: The adventure is not over yet, because the last 250 km of our trip will make the biker's heart beat faster once again. Back at APUSENI LODGE Romania you can pick up your luggage and, if you have time and leisure, review the past days at our campfire.