9 Days Cross-Country Motorcycle Tour in Romania

  • Bucharest, Romania

9 Days Cross-Country Motorcycle Tour in Romania

  • Bucharest, Romania

Adventure Motorcycle Tours Romania

Join this fantastic motorcycle tour to learn about Romanian traditions and culture! During this journey, you will discover the treasures and wonders that Romanian old cities hide. Riding through the Carpathian Mountains, as well as visiting old and painted monasteries, fortified churches, and the Dracula's Castle, you will experience a unique trip along with other motorcycle enthusiasts. Do not miss this opportunity to take the ride of your lifetime!

Highlights

  • 2100-kilometer mileage
  • Various BMW motorcycles rental
  • 220 to 350 kilometers per day on average
  • Explore the Carpathian Mountains, Bucharest, Brasov, and more
  • Visit monasteries, fortified churches, and Dracula's Castle
  • Daily delicious breakfast and dinner
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 riding days
  • English
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During this motorcycle tour, you will be staying at four-star hotels and pensions, all with first-class English speaking employees who will take special and personal care of their guests. Accommodations are carefully selected with safe parking included so that you do not have to worry about your bike. Most of the hotels and pensions are located in beautiful areas, surrounded by mountains or lakes.

Activities start around 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., after having breakfast. You will typically arrive at the hotel around 4 p.m. or 5 p.m., depending on the length of the tour and the tourist attractions.

Day 1: Bucharest - Welcome to Romania

Ride in Romania will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel. The hotel is situated in the center of Bucharest, a city with a vibrating culture, art galleries, museums, and a busy night life. Known as Little Paris with its reputation for the high life, Bucharest is Romania's largest city and capital. It offers a historical charm, a large number of museums, art galleries, exquisite Orthodox churches, and unique architectural sites.

The visit will start with the Parliament Palace, formerly called the People's Palace. Built within Nicolae Ceausescu's vision, the Parliament Palace provides 3.76 million square feet and it is considered as the world's second largest building after the U.S. Pentagon. In the evening, you will have a welcome special dinner and discuss the details of the tour.

Day 2: Bucharest - Cheia Pass - Sighisoara

You will leave behind a beautiful city and ride the motorcycles through a spectacular mountain road to Sighisoara. You will ride on narrow streets and listen to great stories about the place where Print Vlad of the Impeller, known as Count Dracula, was born. You will also visit the ancient Sighisoara fortified citadel together with the clock tower, the torture room, and the medieval weapon collection. The group will spend the night in the ancient city listening to the famous legends of Dracula.

Day 3: Sighisoara - Bicaz Gorges - Voronet painted monastery - Frasin

Today will be time for some wild landscape and countryside roads. Bicaz Gorges and Red Lake, also called Killer Lake because of the pine trees that point out of the water, will be the first target. Then, you will continue your motorcycle tour and pass into Moldavia, a great region that represents the culture and the history of the Romanian people.

This day will be the beginning of your experience towards cultural monasteries in Moldavia, a region full of history and legends. Step inside Voronet Monastery, the most important building of Stefan the Great, Romanian great leader, with great paintings of biblical and historical characters, as well as royal pews and cloths belonging to the 16th century.

Day 4: Frasin - Tihuta Pass - Barsana wooden church - Sighet

You will step into another world and another region with different culture and stories, Maramures region. You will ride towards a gorgeous landscape, perfect for a motor ride, Tihuta Pass, a fairytale land haunted by peasants and mysteries. You will ride with your motorcycle towards the highest monastery built in 1390, Barsana Monastery.

Day 5: Sighet - Sapanta Merry Cemetery - Gutai Pass - Sibiu

You will take a walk and admire the 800 graves in the famous Sapanta Cemetery, also called the Merry Cemetery. This place is known for its bright-colored grave crosses painted with scenarios and rhymes from people's life. Coming from the Dacian period, which considers death as an important moment of life, the philosophy is based on immortality and celebrates the passing into a better life.

After, you will ride towards a gorgeous landscape, perfect for a motor ride, Gutai Pass, a fairytale land haunted by peasants and mysteries. The day will finish in Sibiu. The city was founded by the Saxon colonists and was called Hermannstadt. Voted as the European Cultural Capital along with Luxembourg in 2007, the Music City offers a great number of cultural monuments, a diversity of museums, and various artistic events.

Day 6: Sibiu - Transalpina Road - Urdele Pass - Horezu

The motorcycle tour will continue to Transalpina, the highest mountain road from the entire Carpathian Mountain chain. You will ride on fantastic roads and beautiful serpentines at 2145 meters; make pictures of the beautiful landscape of Transalpina Road. This is a perfect playground for demanding motorcyclists.

Day 7: Horezu - Transfagarasan Road - Bran

Today, you will ride through Transfagarasan Road, 91 kilometers just perfect for motor riding. Built at a 2042-meter altitude over Fagaras Mountains, the highest mountains in Romania, Transfagarasan Road offers the most spectacular landscape in Europe. The road is open to the public only for a few months per year due to cold weather. At the end of the road, you will be able to admire the incredible Balea Lake, located in the middle of the mountains.

Day 8: Bran - Dracula's Castle - Peles Castle - Bucharest

The day will start with a visit to Dracula's Castle, the castle where the myth of Dracula was born. You will hear stories about the well-known vampire, Dracula. Known for his sadist execution methods and the number of the peoples he killed (around 100,000), Dracula was quick to gain a reputation all over the world. The next stop will be Brasov.

You will walk through the labyrinthine cobbled streets of Brasov, one of Europe’s best-preserved cities from the medieval period. The city was built in the 12th century, during the Saxon period, with Gothic architecture and an ancient style. You will then visit the Black Church, whose walls were darkened by the Great Fire of 1689, and admire its collection of oriental carpets.

Your motorcycle tour will continue over the mountains. You will visit Peles Castle, built by the King Carol I between 1866 and 1914. The castle was decorated by the famous J.D. Heymann, August Bembé, and Berhard Ludwig. The former royal residence is one of the most beautiful residences in Europe, with 160 rooms, all of them opulently decorated.

Day 9: Bucharest departure

After a wonderful motorcycle tour, it will now be time to return home.

Motorcycles available for rental

  • BMW F650GS twin (800cc)
  • BMW F800GS
  • BMW S1000XR
  • BMW R1200GS LC 2017
  • BMW R1200GS LC
  • BMW R1200GS LC ADV
  • BMW K1600GT

Intermediate level

  • Can ride for three to four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents
  • Ride on Transalpina Road, Transfagarsan Road, and through high passes and mountains
  • Visit Dracula's Castle, monasteries, Sapanta Cemetery, Sibiu, and Transylvania
  • Tour of Moldavia, Brasov, Bucharest's city center, and Sighisoara
  • Cristian Dragan

    Cristian has been interested in motorcycles and travel all his life, that was why he decided to open Ride in Romania agency and provide guided motorcycle tours.

This motorcycle tour will take place in Romania.

Daily breakfast and dinner are included in this package. Dinners include welcome and farewell dinners in traditional local restaurants with an à la carte menu. Romanian cuisine is famous for the variety of the food. Each meal, starting with breakfast, is very rich and includes a wide selection of food. The owners offer traditional food prepared from their natural supplies gathered especially in autumn season.

Each region in the tour offers a different kind of food. You can taste the traditional sarmale with polenta or the delicious traditional pancakes with natural fruit jams. You can also drink the famous, strong tuica, palinca, or the country-made wine.

  • 8 complete breakfasts
  • 8 dinners
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 24-hour technical support
  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure
  • Back-up motorcycle
  • Detailed route sheets and all maps for the region being toured
  • Experienced guide on a motorcycle
  • Motorcycle rental with third party liability and comprehensive vehicle insurance
  • Support van for luggage, souvenir purchases and 1 or 2 passengers
  • Airfare
  • Beverages and meals other than those specified
  • Entrance to museums
  • Fuel for your motorcycle
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Personal expenses

Driving directions from Vienna

  • Follow A4 (E60) / M1 (E60 - E71) until Budapest.
  • You will continue on M5 Highway for about 27 kilometers.
  • After that, you will exit on the Exit 44 - E60 (Szolnok, Albertirsa, Dabas, Ujhartyan) Highway and continue towards Bors - Oradea - Cluj Napoca - Bucharest.
  • Keep in mind the A means Austria highway, M means Hungary highway, and E means European road.

Driving directions from Prague

  • You need to follow D1 / E55 - E65 Highway towards Brno and continue on D2 / E65 to Bratislava.
  • You then ride on the road to Budapest on D2 / E65 - M1 / E75.
  • You will continue on M5 Highway for about 27 kilometers.
  • Then, you will exit on Exit 44 - E60 (Szolnok, Albertirsa, Dabas, Ujhartyan) towards Bors - Oradea - Cluj Napoca - Bucharest.
  • Keep in mind the D means Czech Republic highway, H means Hungary highway, and E means European road.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ride in Romania will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Jennifer Tung from United States

    "Took the Carpathian Mountain road tour with Cristian and it was first rate. Obviously the riding speaks for itself, but Cristian's professionalism is next-level. He took the time to select the best roads (apparently he checks them out himself at the beginning of each season to confirm their good condition), nice boutique hotels, and selects en-route stops with great food -- all in order to show the best Romania has to offer. The riding is challenging and rewarding. Overall a wonderful trip with beautiful views, interesting tour companions, and unforgettable memories. If you are considering a trip with Cristian, please feel free to PM me If you have any questions!"

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  • Review by Jörg Janson from Germany

    "Dear Cristian,"

    "Now I am back to my home and remember me about the great time with you in Romania. It will be very difficult for me to tell here everyone my adventure and feelings about the tour. Your tour, to explain you, for this here is not enough room. You are everything in one person, promoter, mentor, mechanic, tourist guide, team player and a good friend. Your selected tours and lodging places, never unfatigued to answer questions or to recommend the great Romanian kitchen, let become the travel with you an unforgettable great experience. You are simple in that what you do professional, you love to ride a motorcycle und it make you happy if you can share it with your guests. Herat stopping landscape, spectacular roads and especially the Romanian hospitality make your tour unforgettable. I like to say thank you for the great time. Romania I will come back. Cristian and his team are the first choice for motorcycle tours in Romania."

    "All the best for you and your family, can’t wait to ride with you again, kind regards Jörg. "

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  • Review by Bob and Anne Brooks from United States

    "A journey into Eastern Europe has always been on our wish list especially Romania. After an internet search we found 'Ride in Romania' very appealing. It hit many places on the list: Transalpina and Transfagarasan mountain passes; Serbia; Bosnia & Herzegovina; Montenegro; and Croatia. Ten days riding with Cristian was perfect—not too fast, not too slow. We also wanted a small tour group, allowing for some flexibility with the itinerary. Cristian chose a route that passed through beautiful small villages and national parks with lots of twisties. Accommodations were very good, each with its own charm. The food and beer were outstanding and so was the company. We had a great experience exploring Eastern Europe and highly recommend 'Ride in Romania’. See you on the next trip Cristian! "

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  • Review by a traveler from Lebanon

    "I would like to thank you for this wonderful trip we had. Being at the office this morning is too hard… Everything was perfect and we all enjoy the roads, the sceneries and the time being with you. Wishing you the best for this season and hope to meet you once again."

    "All the best! "

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  • Review by Shiv from India

    "We were a bunch of seven who ride in Bangalore,India and part of a motorcycle club called Bangalore Pandhi's, one bright Sunday afternoon in the month of April, we decided that we should visit Romania and Hungary and started googling to check if can join a motorcycle tour or have one customised for us, we sent queries to motorcycle tour companies in Bucharest and Budapest with our requirements, we had a response in the next 2 hours from Ride in Romania, well, after a few email exchanges on the same day we decided that this is it."

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    "During the following days Cristian was very responsive to our queries, very transparent on the pricing, the accommodation and route options and customised all this for us, we were very keen to ride on the Transfagarasan route and Cristian mentioned that it was closed during the time when we were there and said that he would explore to make it memorable and believe us it was indeed."

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    "The day we landed in Bucharest, Cristian was there to receive us and transport us to the hotel where our panniers were waiting and went out of the way to explain the route, some of the challenges that we may face, in fact, we realised during dinner that he did a recce a day earlier to see if there are any options to ride on this route, this we think is beyond the call of duty."

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    "The next day Cristian came over to pick us up to his office which is a little away from the city, which is a good thing considering the city traffic, we got to meet his lovely wife and beautiful daughter, checked our bike and we were on out way, the ride was very comfortably paced, with an average of about 250Km, frequent stops to soak up the natural beauty, great dining stops where each meal was a experience itself."

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    "The first run was to Horezu which was quite an interesting run, was flat and was very scenic, here we visit an old monetary and after a bit of sightseeing, where Cristian was our guide and translator we retired for the night at an old mansion, which served us some great food and very specially a spread laid out for vegetarians, all along the trip our vegetarian buddies were taken care off, this we think is quite exceptional,the accommodation was outstanding, the next day after a hearty breakfast we headed further north to Sibiu, this ride was outstanding, with winding roads, great scenery and Cristian ensure that an easy pace was maintained and the run was outstanding,on the third day we headed towards Sighisoara and between, the Dracula's castles and the landscape we were quite awestruck, we continue to ride and retired for the night at Bran, the next day was to visit a few more castles and headed back to Bucharest and the end of a very memorable trip."

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    "We spent two nights at Bucharest and Cristian was kind enough to drop us off at the train station for the next leg of our travel."

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    "We as a group have been travelling together for a long time and this trip figures as the best so far."

    "We give them 5Star's and have no hesitation to recommend them."

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    "Again, thank you Cristian and Ride in Romania to make this happen for us."

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  • Review by Bernhard Heindl from Germany

    "Hallo Christian!"

    "wenn man die Bilder anschaut, möchte man am liebsten wieder losstarten."

    "Ich möchte mich nochmals bei Dir bedanken für die Super-Tour. Es hat super Spaß gemacht. Die Streckenführung, die Quartiere, die Etappenlängen, das Essen, die Gastfreundlichkeit und, und, und....wir haben viel gelacht und eine ganz neue Meinung von einem bis dahin fast unbekannten Land bekommen."

    "BIs bald"

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  • Review by Mario Walter from Germany

    "Nachdem ich im letzten Jahr mit Cristian Rumänien, die Karpaten, die alten Städte und wunderbaren Pässe genossen habe, dachte ich, dass ich dieses Jahr auf seine bestens gepflegten BMWs verzichten könnte und einfach mit meiner eigenen 1200er GSA fahren sollte. Für die 12 Tagestour durch die Berge des Balkans waren 8 Tage An- und Abreise eine schöne Ergänzung. "

    "Somit konnte ich auch gleich die Vorzüge einer geführten Tour im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes erfahren. Die schönsten Straßen auf der Karte sind nicht unbedingt die besten. Es war ein tolles Erlebnis durch die Berge in Polen, Tschechien, Slowakei, Ungarn und Rumänien zu fahren, in der eigenen Geschwindigkeit, anzuhalten wo immer ein schönes Fotomotiv war und die Landschaft zu genießen. Die Straßen waren jedoch nicht immer im besten Zustand und so hatten die langen Federwege der Adventure doch kräftig zu schlucken."

    "In Bukarest angekommen wartete Cristian schon im Hotel auf mich und es war ein herzliches Wiedersehen. Das ist keine Routine, sondern echte persönliche Begeisterung. Und dann ging es in der kleinen Gruppe am nächsten Tag auch schon los. Weitere 5 Länder standen auf dem Programm. Von Rumänien über Serbien, Montenegro, Bosnien – Herzegowina und Kroatien wieder zurück nach Rumänien. "

    "Es waren so viele und wunderschöne Eindrücke, dass eine Beschreibung aller täglichen Highlights Seiten füllen würde. Auf kleinsten Straßen, alle in besten Zustand, haben wir die Bergwelt erkundet. Mein Navi hatte oft keine Straße mehr angezeigt. Das Display war nur noch grün mit einem Pfeil, der sich verirrt zu haben schien. Auf kleinen und kleinsten Straßen, Singletracks ging es mit unzähligen Kurven und kaum Verkehr durch wundervolle Täler und tolle Gebirgslandschaften mit atemberaubenden Pässen. Immer ganz sportlich, da wurden die Reifen so richtig rund gefahren. Wenn die Gruppe ihn drängt kann er einen erheblichen Speed vorlegen. Ich habe letztes Jahr auch erlebt wie sehr er sich auf Gruppen einstellen kann, immer den Überblick behält und auch den letzten in der Gruppe nicht aus den Augen verliert. Das ist viel mehr als ein Guide, da ist ein Gefühl des Aufgehoben Seins. An den besten Ausblicken und Fotomotiven war immer der nächste kurze Fotostop. Ein echtes rundum sorglos Paket. Hinterherfahren und sich wohlfühlen. "

    "Cristian kennt sich einfach bestens aus, hat die tollsten Straßen und spektakulärsten Landschaften so aneinander gereiht, dass einfach keine Wünsche mehr offen blieben. Engagiertes Fahren, Pausen zur rechten Zeit, an den richtigen Orten und ein Kaltgetränk bei der Ankunft in den Hotels, die ebenfalls bestens und liebevoll ausgesucht sind."

    "Ich hatte große Erwartungen, diese sind übererfüllt worden. "

    "Vielen Dank Cristian und gerne immer wieder mit Dir unterwegs. "

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  • Review by Fritz, Helmut, Manfred, Robert, and Walter from Austria

    "Seit mehr als 20 Jahren gehen wir 5, Fritz, Helmut, Manfred, Robert und Walter, gemeinsam auf Tour und haben schon viele Alpenpässe und Länder befahren. Die Kurven Griechenlands, der bekanntesten Mittelmeerinseln und Adriastrecken kennen wir, Frankreich, Spanien, Marokko, Südafrika haben wir unter die Räder genommen."

    "Rumänien, die Moldauklöster, die Bergstrecken, die Gebiete der eingewanderten Sachsen, wollten wir sehen und uns auf dieser Tour führen lassen."

    "Mit Christian Dragan von Ride in Romania haben wir einen Volltreffer gemacht. Mit Kompetenz, Fahrkönnen , Wissen um seine Heimat, Land und Leute führte er uns, quartierte uns in guten Hotels ein und kümmerte sich um all unsere Anliegen."

    "Die Tour " Top of Romania" hat all das gehalten, was wir erwartet haben, Sehenswürdigkeiten, Straßen, die wirklich stoßdämpferbelastend sind, aber auch hervorragend ausgebaute Paßstraßen, wie die Transfagarasan und Transalpinaroad erinnernten uns an französische Alpenpässe."

    "Christian, herzlichen Dank für diese Erlebnisreise."

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Bucharest, Romania

Ride in Romania is a company specialized in organizing and operating motorcycle tours in Eastern Europe.

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Pricing information

Please note the additional options below. If you are interested in one of them, kindly send an inquiry.

  • Pillion - 1,340 EUR
  • Rider in private room with BMW R1200GS LC ADV - 2,330 EUR
  • Rider in shared double room with BMW R1200GS LC ADV - 2,160 EUR
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