Biking vacation in Romania
Small group cultural cycling tour around Transylvania taking in the quiet country roads and farmlands leading between Saxon villages and medieval castles.
Bucharest Vulcan Fagaras Mountains Zarnesti Cartisoara Biertan Tarnava Mare River Sighisoara traditional Transylvanian villages Bran Castle Peles Castle
US $2179ToUS $2399excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £232 - £240.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 13 Aug, 27 Aug, 17 Sep, 01 Oct
Description of Biking vacation in Romania
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
1 Reviews of Biking vacation in Romania
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 17 Jun 2022 by Diane Doser
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Touring the Saxon fortified churches and enjoying all the beautiful scenery.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Add on a day or two at the beginning or end of the trip to better explore Bucharest.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We often stayed in family run home stays and ate home prepared meals. We also bicycled and only used a small bus to get to/from the tour.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
We really enjoyed the tour. The guides were excellent and provided local insights into the history (both human and natural) and culture of the regions we explored. They did a great job of making sure everyone on the tour felt welcome and accommodated.
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Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We operate on a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy and local guides enforce this through responsible tourism briefings. These should help clients better understand the living situation for many and the environmental issues in the area. We also aim to benefit Cuban communities as much as possible by stopping to use local restaurants, cafes and services.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
We spend 4 nights in hotels and 3 nights in ‘Casas Particulares’ in Vinales and Trinidad. These are privately owned, Bed and Breakfast properties which enable you to have a rewarding insight into the local lifestyle by staying in a family home. Where meals are provided, fresh and local ingredients are always used. Although this is largely out of necessity, we can ensure that local farmers and vendors benefit. We visit a number of local, family-run restaurants called ‘Paladares’ throughout the trip. These sell a variety of authentic, Cuban dishes like fresh lobster, black beans and rice, roast pork and chickpea stew.
Local Craft and Culture:
We visit several important cultural and historical sites on this tour, where our entrance fees contribute towards the preservation of artefacts and monuments that commemorate events integral to Cuban heritage. These include the Bay of Pigs museum and Guevara’s Mausoleum in Santa Clara. We encounter small handicraft stalls in most towns, so guests are able to purchase local crafts. Trinidad is famous for ceramic and lacework, and Havana’s Almacenes de San Juan is a great place to buy art, crafts, Cuban made shoes, clothes, hats, instruments and food.
Our local operator sponsors two schools in the Matanzas Province. The first is the local Primary School in Playa Giron, where they have repainted the school and provided educational supplies such as notepads, pens and sporting equipment. The second school is the Special Needs School in Matanzas City. Here, they have made a number of donations- from school materials and clothes to fans and sheets. We discourage giving to beggars on the trip as we don’t want to encourage this behaviour. Instead, our guides will help visitors to donate presents and supplies where the goods can really be utilised.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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