Belgrade to Bucharest

tours / Cycling

Belgrade to Bucharest information and booking

from
$1560
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    6-12
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 1 night 3 star hotel, 3 nights rural guesthouse, 3 nights rural guesthouse multishare
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Admiring the Danube gorges at the Iron Gates
  • Cycling through picturesque Romanian countryside
  • Discovering the history and traditions of Romania and Serbia
  • Interaction with local people, visiting farms and sampling local specialties in season

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The Danube river lends itself to cycling and this stretch through Serbia to the Iron Gates in Romania, is no exception. From the Serbian capital the cycling follows the Danube, deviating at times to take in sights, visit farms and interact with the locals. This part of the Danube is known for its impressive gorges rising up to 500m above the river. The most famous section is the Iron Gates which encompasses a 134km stretch and forms the border between Serbia and Romania. Cycling between traditional villages to glimpse the farming communities of the region, the terrain is relatively flat with a few rolling hills and flat river trails, whilst the surrounding scenery is spectacular. Pedalling along, the people welcome you with waves and the traditional Romanian welcome - Buna ziua!There are many highlights including a boat trip on the Danube to explore caves inhabited in the past by soldiers, the different culinary delights and the diverse scenery. In the company of a local cycle guide and staying in characterful guesthouses, there is ample opportunity to absorb the culture of the region and the local cuisine.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 1 night 3 star hotel, 3 nights rural guesthouse on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities, 3 nights rural guesthouse multishare (2-4 people per room) and shared facilities
  • Luggage transfers daily on cycle sections
  • Private transfers as per itinerary
  • 21-speed hybrid bike with helmet
  • English speaking local guide

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Belgrade, meet with group and guide
The trip starts in Serbia's lively capital, Belgrade. Explore the city's old town and famous fortress before meeting your guide at your hotel for this evening in the city centre.
Day 2 Begin cycle along the Danube to Kovin (67km)
Today we start our cycle along the Danube, the second longest river in Europe that was once the border of the Roman Empire. The cycle is primarily on gravel road which will be a challenging start to the cycle. Passing by pretty rural scenes, we end our ride in a small town on the Danube where we can see the typical traditional Austro-Hungarian architecture. (67 km)
Day 3 Continue along Serbian section of the Danube (50km)
Today is our last day in Serbia as we continue our cycle along the Danube, admiring this majestic river and mountain scenery. Depending on the season we may visit a farm for lunch where we can try truffles (Autumn trips) or other local specialties. We finish the day at a resort with plenty of lakes and places to swim (50 km)
Day 4 Cross to Romania with cheese tasting enroute to our overnight stop (45km)
Today we leave the Danube to discover a bit more of the countryside as we cross the border between Serbia and Romania. Once in Romania we will visit a traditional sheepfold and sample their cheese. We return to the Danube for the last part of the day to cycle to our guesthouse, where we can swim and admire the most beautiful sunset over the river (45km).
Day 5 Through the Banat region to the "Iron Gates" with its impressive gorge (55km)
Today we start our cycle in the Romanian Banat region. This region used to be the most cosmopolitan region in Romania, under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Romanian, German, Hungarian, Serbian and Czech people still live peacefully here. Continuing our cycle along the Danube, we will see that the river is wide and calm. In the 70's, Romanian and Serbian governments decided to build a dam on the Danube in order to increase electricity production. This is what we now call The Iron Gates, downstream from the Danube gorges. At the end of the day we will ride along this reservoir created by the dam (55 km).
Day 6 Continue through the Danube gorges to Dubova Village (50km)
Our Danube cycle today offers great variety. We will visit small towns and local markets, and discover some industrial heritage from the communist period. Later we will cycle towards the narrowest point of the Danube, with Romania on one side and Serbia on the other and some of the most spectacular scenery from the Danube gorges (50km).
Day 7 Explore the gorges on foot and by boat, cycle to Orsova (30km, 1.5hr)
As we cannot cycle along the narrowest parts of the gorges, we will explore the region by boat and on foot. A boat will take us to explore one of the caves in the rock wall of the Iron Gates. This will be an unforgettable adventure, followed by a short hike (around 1.5h) to a magnificent viewpoint above the gorges which is only accessible on foot. In the afternoon we will get back on our bikes for one last cycle along the Danube.
Day 8 Transfer to Bucharest, trip concludes
This morning we leave the Danube and our bikes and head to Bucharest where the trip concludes mid afternoon. The Romanian capital is an eclectic city where you can visit the balcony where Romanian communist dictator Ceausescu gave his last speech, the “House of the People”, the second biggest building in the world after the Pentagon, and many other treasures.