When setting up The Big Adventure Company in 2014 we felt there was a need for shorter trips in a European country. All our other trips are long haul and we understand that people can’t take always go away for 2 weeks due to work commitments, family holidays, etc. We’d heard amazing things about Romania and we were certain that this would be the perfect country for our mini Big Adventures.
We spent months planning and researching, which included several recce trips back and forth to Romania. It was important for us to ensure that we worked with the best suppliers and we valued their input with regards to the itinerary and logistics.
We ran our first Romania Dirt Bike Long Weekender in May 2015 with great success. We had amazing feedback from the trip in terms of the riding (some said it was the best they’d ever done) and the country itself. Following the overwhelming success of this trip we’ve decided to develop our Romanian programs and we’re extremely excited to launch our Romania Mountain Bike Adventure.
This 5-day mountain bike adventure will be based deep in the pristine wilderness of the Carpathian Mountains in the Transylvania region, and our accommodation is an idyllic mountain spa resort surrounded by forests, lush pastures and wildflower meadows. This is authentic, rural Romania where traditional culture remains and it is highly likely that you’ll see horse-drawn carts rumble along dirt roads and shepherds in the fields with their flock. This region is also home to huge numbers of brown bears and wild wolf packs so keep your eyes peeled when you’re out riding.
The program will include a guided ride out from the resort on single track trails through the forests and remote villages. We’ll pass incredible medieval castles and fortified churches and we’ll even have time for a visit to Bran Castle which is better known as Dracula Castle. On day 3 we’ll drive you to the Buceji mountain range in a convoy of 4x4's, from there you will tackle the ascent to Omu Peak at 2500 metres. It’s a challenge but with our experienced guides and lots of stops it is well worth the effort for the breathtaking views over the rocky limestone ridge of the Piatra Craiului Mountains not to mention the amazing 2 hour descent. Day 4 is a day of ascents and descents on forestry single track trails and old cart roads. The views from the breathtaking Balaban Ridge will bring smiles to everybody’s faces as will the nicely flowing descents. For the adrenaline junkies a chance to conquer the steep narrow trail descent to the Zarnesti gorge, then up towards Piatra Craiului between the impressive rock walls. You’ll then have a final single track descent before heading back to our base.
Many budget airlines operate to and from Bucharest (OTP) from London airports. EasyJet, Ryan Air & Wizz Air have prices starting from less than £100 plus baggage if you book early. British Airways and other premium carriers operate from Heathrow and there are other direct flights from Liverpool and Doncaster in the UK.
Given the relatively short travel time between UK and Romania (and the low cost ticket prices) we think that it is an ideal destination for those who don’t have the time or budget for a long-haul Big Adventure.