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  • Perfect gravel roads for enduro riding
  • Visit Sarmisegetuza, the ancient capital of the Dacians, one of the few that resisted Roman assaults
  • Pack a large memory card in your camera, you’ll love the views out here.

Off Road Motorcycle Tours - Carpathian Mountains - Itinerary

Day 1

Bucharest – Orastie

Arrival, dinner and housing in Orăstie.

Your housing will be placed right on top of the old entrance into the medieval stronghold, founded in 1224.

Pick up from other airport in the country also available.

 

Day 2

Orastie – Prislop – Orastie (Riding time: 5 hours)

Set on a plateau 1100 meters high, about half way between Tomnatic and Lupsa is the Prislop chalet, an entirely wooden structure raised in 1953.
Departure from Orastie is via an easy gravel road, generally passable in any car. The route chosen for off road enthusiasts consistently avoids any tarmac, save for four kilometers upon entering Sibișel. This makes for a short and easy half-day ride, intended for those who want to get a better feel for the bike’s reaction on loose soil or simply want to relax. It is easily covered on any bike, regardless of its weight or rider experience.
Optional: you can add on a moderate-difficulty climb up to the Tomnatic peak (6 km, altitude 1245 m, slope 34.8%).

 

Day 3

Orastie – Sarmisegetuza – Orastie (Riding time: 6 hours)

The Dacian Sanctuary hidden in the mountains of Orastie needs no further introduction. For the enduro passionate looking for a light, picturesque trail, we’ve chosen a track who’s only stretch of tarmac covers a mere 30 meters, in Costesti. All the rest is bare earth road and gravel in equal amounts, twisted along the hills and valleys leading up to the sanctuary. The trail is easily covered on any bike in dry weather; one has to pay attention during rain however, as heavier bikes will tend to slip away here and there. Alternatively, one can reach Costesti following the main asphalt road -705A, wherefrom a fine quality gravel leads all the way to the sanctuary gate. Either way, this makes for a fine full day trip, with lunch served under the shadow of these ancient walls.

 

Day 4

Cugir (bypassing difficult areas) - Riding time: 7 hours

After a couple of days of smooth riding, it’s time to get a bit more serious. This bit we prepared through Tomnatic features a nasty descent, full of loose rocks, towards the hills of Cugir. Should that be too much for your bike, we can bypass the toughest mile or so of the course. Thankfully, the scary bit lasts only a few long minutes following which you are rewarded with not just a scenic view, but also a huge playing ground on which you can throw out any imaginable two-wheeled exercise.

Option 1: we can spice this up with a 6 kilometer loop (3*2) of average difficulty from Tomnatic to Prislop (max. altitude 1245 m, slope 34.8%).
Option 2: we can further add on option 1 a second 8 kilometer loop (4*2) from Prislop to Lupșa (max. altitude 1470 m, slope 36.8%). This ride is quite challenging.

 

Day 5

Orastie

Free day (visit Arsenal Park). Time to unwind and see some of the local attractions. Enjoy a rest day. You can stay at the country inn or you can enjoy a visit to Arsenal Park -  a secret military base and ammunition factory turned into a holiday pile whilst keeping all kinds of heavy armored weapons, vehicles, boats and planes at display. More than that, these are actually in use, but for completely different purposes than they were built for … meant to suit your needs for fun, relaxation or adrenalin.

 

Day 6

Orastie – Poiana Omului – Orastie (Riding time: 6 hours)

If you’ve liked it so far, you’re going to love this bit. Today’s trail starts off mild, offering you wide views to begin with, then tempts you with a bit of rocky downhill. Follow the river up its narrow gorge and you’ll end up in a forest straight out of fairytales. The Men’s Meadow, which is where we’ll end up in, will give you refuge to rest and think about the good things in life.

 

Day 7

Orastie – Bucharest

Transfer to the airport. Already looking forward to welcoming you again!


Prices and Departure

Departure date

Price per person
(2 persons to one double room)

Single room supplement

Availability

7 day tour. Departure from Bucarest (GMT+2h)

Rider with own motorbike

775 €

89 €

Available on request

Rider with
KTM450 EXC

1399€

89 €

Available on request

** A minimum of 2 people is required

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Special notes & info

Duration of the tour: 7 days
Riding days: 4 days
Please bring your motorcycle gear: helmet, gloves, and special riding boots, off road knee protection.
Motorcycle driving license compulsory.
500 Euro/motorcycle as damage deposit will be required. You will receive back the damage deposit at the end of the programme should the motorbike be returned with no damage.


Other mentions

  • Once you realise the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return to your country.
  • Cluj-Napoca is well known city for the night life oportunity.
  • Plenty of English is spoken and you will find the people are friendly and open.
  • No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.


Media Mentions 

We're pleased to say that Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live  has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts
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Where you’ll stay in this motorcycle tour

click here to see the selection of hotels we use during our motorcycle tours. The accommodation is chosen either for its convenient location in the centre of the city or  in nature with amazing views.


Airlines with direct flights from UK to Cluj-Napoca

London  Cluj Wizz Air (Luton)

Liverpool Cluj Wizz Air

Doncaster Cluj Wizz Air

The closest connection from Northern Ireland is Dublin Cluj Blue Air


Advice for British citizens traveling to Romania

According to British government most visits to Romania are trouble-free.

There were no cases of terrorism attacks in Romania but as the country is part of European Union terrorist attacks in Romania can’t be ruled out.

If you need to contact the emergency services in Romania call 112.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the British embassy from Bucharest 24 Jules Michelet,  010463 Bucharest, Romania General enquiries+40 (21) 201 7200 Consular enquiries+40 (21) 201 7351 British Embasy Bucharest website

 

Urgent assistance

If you’re in Romania and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +40 (21) 201 7200. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Romania, call 020 7008 1500.

Get an emergency travel document

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. You can apply online for an emergency travel document. If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.

 

Safety and security Crime

Maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as in the UK. There is a risk of petty theft in large towns, especially Bucharest. Pickpockets and bag snatchers operate in crowded areas, particularly near exchange shops and hotels, on public transport (especially to the airport), in the main railway stations and inside airport terminals. Organised attacks by groups can occur. The most common method by distracting victims while several people, often children, attempt to snatch watches and jewellery from pockets or from around the neck and wrist. Valuables including passports have been stolen from hotel rooms. Use the hotel safe and carry a photocopy of the information pages of your passport as ID. There have been reports of credit or debit cards being ‘copied’ when used for payment in some bars and restaurants.

 

Road travel Licences and documents

If driving in Romania, make sure you have with you all documentation, including your full, valid driving licence, proof of insurance/green card (third party or above), proof of ID (passport) and proof of ownership (V5C Certificate). If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, driving licence rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020. If there’s no deal, you will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be able to drive in some European countries as a visitor after the UK has left. Check this guidance page for full information. You should also check guidance on driving in the EU after Brexit for information on other additional documents you may need to carry. If you’re living in Romania, check the Living in Guide for information on requirements for residents.

Driving regulations

You’ll need to pay a road toll ‘Rovinieta’ to use the national roads. You can buy the vignette (sticker) at border points and at most petrol stations. The minimum cost is 3 euros for 7 days. Failure to display the sticker may lead to a heavy fine. You can find out more about prices by using the website Roviniete.ro. Observe the speed limit at all times. Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy. It’s illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol. The drink drive limit is zero. Carry the following equipment: first aid kit, fire extinguisher, red warning triangles and a fluorescent jacket. If your vehicle is damaged before you arrive in Romania, ask a Romanian customs officer or police officer to write a report on the damage so that you have no problems when leaving. If any damage occurs inside the country, a report must be obtained at the scene of the accident.

Road safety

In 2018 there were 1,867 road deaths in Romania (source: Department for Transport). This equates to 9.6 road deaths per 100,000 of population, (witch is similar with USA) and compares to the UK average of 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2018. Road conditions are variable and secondary roads can be in a bad state of repair. Driving standards can be poor. Look out for double parked cars, people suddenly braking to avoid a pothole, horse-drawn carts, livestock and stray dogs, particularly in rural areas, running in front of the vehicle. Equip your car for extreme conditions in winter.

Local laws and customs

It is illegal to change money on the streets. You should change money only in recognised exchange shops, banks and hotels.

The Romanian authorities treat all drug-related and sex offences very seriously. The age of consent is 18. If you are convicted, you can expect a prison sentence.

Homosexuality has been legal in Romania since 1996. The country has made significant progress in LGBT rights legislation since 2000 including wide–ranging anti-discriminatory laws, equalising the age of consent and laws against homophobic hate crimes. Bucharest’s annual Pride, usually accompanied by a LGBT film and art festival, has grown in recent years and is gaining the support of more public figures. Since 2017, a Pride event has also been held in the city of Cluj. The country remains generally socially conservative resulting in the majority of LGBT people not being openly gay and there being very few gay bars or clubs in Bucharest or the other main cities. You can find local information on LGBT issues in Romania on the website of ACCEPT. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.

Most airports and military bases will have signs prohibiting photography. Ask permission before photographing anything potentially sensitive (eg official buildings, police cars).

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

Visas If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Romania.

Parental consent when travelling with minors

Some British nationals travelling with minors who hold Romanian citizenship (irrespective of whether they hold citizenship of other countries) are prevented from leaving the country without notarised parental consent from the minor’s non-travelling parent/s. While enforcement of this may vary at borders, British nationals travelling with minors who hold Romanian citizenship should obtain notarised parental consent before departure from Romania. A list of the public notaries can be found on the website of the National Union of Public Notaries from Romania.

Healthcare

You should still get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Romanian nationals. If you don’t have your EHIC with you or you’ve lost it, you can call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999) to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate. The UK government has or is seeking agreements with countries on healthcare arrangements for UK nationals after the UK leaves the EU. The NHS website and this travel advice will be updated with further information on travelling to Romania as the circumstances change. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. If you are referred to a medical facility for treatment you should contact your insurance/medical assistance company immediately.

Money

Romania is increasingly a card economy. While a growing number of businesses do accept credit cards, it may be safer to use cash due to the risk of credit card fraud. There is now a large network of ATMs that accept standard international credit and debit cards. Check with your card provider whether you will be able to use these machines. US dollars and sterling are not always easy to exchange for local currency, especially outside Bucharest. You may have difficulties using travellers’ cheques. Scottish and Northern Irish bank notes may not be accepted in banks and bureaux de change.

 

Before you travel abroad for a Transylvania skiing- Romania ski holidays for families

• tell family and friends where you’re going and leave them your contact details, insurance policy details and itinerary. Store them securely online

• ensure you have access to funds to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. Take more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card)

• find out if travellers cheques are appropriate for your destination and keep a separate record of their numbers

• invest in a good travel guide to help you plan your trip and consider using online travel forums for more detail about your destination

• check with your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad. Consider leaving your phone’s IMEI number with a friend or family member, to help block or locate the phone if there’s a problem

• if you’re going to be driving abroad, make sure your licence is current and valid and be aware of the driving laws in the country you are visiting

• if you’re travelling with children who are unaccompanied by one or both parents, check our guidance on permissions that you might need to get and check the policy of your airline or transport provider

 

When you’re abroad in  a Transylvania skiing- Romania ski holidays for families

• think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts. Don’t take risks that you wouldn’t in the UK

• don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks

• find out how to minimise your risk from terrorism and what to do if there’s a terrorist attack

• find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws. There may be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home

• be careful when taking photographs, videos or using binoculars. These activities may be misunderstood by local authorities, especially near military installations.

• store useful numbers on your phone such as the local police and the nearest British embassy or consulate

• whether you’re living abroad or visiting, be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, just as you would in the UK; the ‘Be Alarmed’ campaign gives practical advice on how to stay safe and lists the symptoms to look out for

• if you intend to take part in any adventure sports or water sports during your trip, only use properly licensed and insured operators. Before taking part, make sure you fully understand the operating instructions and satisfy yourself that adequate safety precautions are in place

• check import regulations for food and plants before you attempt to bring them back to the UK

Learn more on Foreign travel Advice

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Itineraries

Day 1

Bucharest – Orastie

Arrival, dinner and housing in Orăstie.

Your housing will be placed right on top of the old entrance into the medieval stronghold, founded in 1224.

Pick up from other airport in the country also available.

Day 2

Orastie – Prislop – Orastie (Riding time: 5 hours)

Set on a plateau 1100 meters high, about half way between Tomnatic and Lupsa is the Prislop chalet, an entirely wooden structure raised in 1953.
Departure from Orastie is via an easy gravel road, generally passable in any car. The route chosen for off road enthusiasts consistently avoids any tarmac, save for four kilometers upon entering Sibișel. This makes for a short and easy half-day ride, intended for those who want to get a better feel for the bike’s reaction on loose soil or simply want to relax. It is easily covered on any bike, regardless of its weight or rider experience.
Optional: you can add on a moderate-difficulty climb up to the Tomnatic peak (6 km, altitude 1245 m, slope 34.8%).

Day 3

Orastie – Sarmisegetuza – Orastie (Riding time: 6 hours)

The Dacian Sanctuary hidden in the mountains of Orastie needs no further introduction. For the enduro passionate looking for a light, picturesque trail, we’ve chosen a track who’s only stretch of tarmac covers a mere 30 meters, in Costesti. All the rest is bare earth road and gravel in equal amounts, twisted along the hills and valleys leading up to the sanctuary. The trail is easily covered on any bike in dry weather; one has to pay attention during rain however, as heavier bikes will tend to slip away here and there. Alternatively, one can reach Costesti following the main asphalt road -705A, wherefrom a fine quality gravel leads all the way to the sanctuary gate. Either way, this makes for a fine full day trip, with lunch served under the shadow of these ancient walls.

Day 4

Cugir - bypassing difficult areas (Riding time: 7 hours)

After acouple of days of smooth riding, it’s time to get a bit more serious. This bit we prepared through Tomnatic features a nasty descent, full of loose rocks, towards the hills of Cugir. Should that be too much for your bike, we can bypass the toughest mile or so of the course. Thankfully, the scary bit lasts only a few long minutes following which you are rewarded with not just a scenic view, but also a huge playing ground on which you can throw out any imaginable two-wheeled exercise.

Option 1: we can spice this up with a 6 kilometer loop (3*2) of average difficulty from Tomnatic to Prislop (max. altitude 1245 m, slope 34.8%).
Option 2: we can further add on option 1 a second 8 kilometer loop (4*2) from Prislop to Lupșa (max. altitude 1470 m, slope 36.8%). This ride is quite challenging.

Day 5

Orastie

Free day (visit Arsenal Park). Time to unwind and see some of the local attractions. Enjoy a rest day. You can stay at the country inn or you can enjoy a visit to Arsenal Park - a secret military base and ammunition factory turned into a holiday pile whilst keeping all kinds of heavy armored weapons, vehicles, boats and planes at display. More than that, these are actually in use, but for completely different purposes than they were built for ... meant to suit your needs for fun, relaxation or adrenalin.

Day 6

Orastie – Poiana Omului – Orastie (Riding time: 6 hours)

If you’ve liked it so far, you’re going to love this bit. Today’s trail starts off mild, offering you wide views to begin with, then tempts you with a bit of rocky downhill. Follow the river up its narrow gorge and you’ll end up in a forest straight out of fairytales. The Men’s Meadow, which is where we’ll end up in, will give you refuge to rest and think about the good things in life.

Day 7

Orastie – Bucharest

Transfer to the airport. Already looking forward to welcoming you again!

Accommodation

6 nights of accommodation in a country inn


Meals

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners


Fuel


Tour Leader

English speaking guide, motorcycle enthusiast

  • Motorbike
  • Parking fees
  • Flight and airport taxes
  • Beverages and other not mentioned.

 

Tourist attractions are presented as recommendations only and are not included in the price.

  1. Milan Simon:

    I hadn’t ridden for over ten years but Emil was very helpful in refreshing my skills prior to the tour.
    Thank you!

  2. Mark Malone:

    The guides are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and friendly- you can tell how passionate they are in making sure everyone feels comfortable and that they can accommodate and listen to participants’ needs.
    Can’t wait to do it again!

  3. Elie Waisman:

    We did the trip and it was fantastic!
    Scenery was great going on the most beautiful roads for a motorcycle in Europe

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