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Castles, Bikes and Hikes in Romania

 

From Bucharest to Transylvania, discover legends, landscapes and lively cities on foot and on two wheels

Accommodation

3 nights in Hotel

Meals

3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

Travel style

Detour

Group Size

Maximum 18 people

Team

Local Host

Map & Itinerary

Day 1

The Historical Centre in Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest

Hello Bucharest! And hello good times, as we kick off our trip with a walking tour of the old town. Stroll through more than 500 years of history with a passionate local guide. Learn about Vlad the Impaler and see how art nouveau architecture, grand municipal buildings and beautiful Orthodox churches mingle with stark structures from decades of communist rule. You can’t miss the Palace of the Parliament which has the dubious boast of being the world’s heaviest building! This evening we’ll enjoy an included dinner together at the oldest restaurant in Romania, which, for 130 years, has welcomed famous guests, from The Rolling Stones to the Prince of Japan. Its name ‘Caru’ cu bere’ translates as ‘the beer wagon’ – so let’s get on board!

Day 2

Peles Castle in Romania

Bucharest

After breakfast we’ll head for Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the kings of Romania but now one of the most important museums in Transylvania. Once we’ve feasted our eyes on all the ancient riches we’re bound for the Bucegi Mountains. In the mountain resort of Siniai we’ll take the cable car from 1400ft to Cota 2000 and enjoy a guided hike, with majestic mountain views and photo opps with the famous Bucegi ‘Sphinx’.

Brasov

The fun stuff just keeps coming. This afternoon we’ll drive to Brasov for another fascinating walking tour including the chance to squeeze down Strada Sforii, the narrowest street in Europe. The evening is your own to check out Brasov’s lively cafes, restaurants and varied nightlife. Don’t forget to try Sarmale, the Romanian national dish (stuffed cabbage rolls, with a side of polenta) then raise a toast with Tuica, a traditional spirit made from plums.

Day 3

The Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania

Brasov

Bran Castle

We’re beside ourselves with excitement to finally get to go inside Bran Castle, aka Dracula’s Castle, the fantastical fortress high on a rock that inspired Bram Stoker’s dark tale. Outside we’ll grab some bikes and pedal off on a local trail with a guide who’ll regale us with myths and facts about the castle, vampires and other local folklore. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife too – bears, wolves, lynx and (Dracula’s favourite) bats - are all native to the area – but don’t worry, no werewolves!

Bucharest

We’ll surely never tire of Transylvania but, when our legs are aching and our heads spinning with stories, we’ll drive back to Bucharest to talk over the tall tales over a three course dinner in a traditional old town restaurant.

Day 4

The Historical Centre in Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest

We’ll meet for a final breakfast before we go our separate ways laden with facts, folklore and friendships to last forever – or at least until our next Contiki adventure.

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What is Contiki?

Contiki are the world leaders in organized youth travel. We’ve been providing amazing travel experiences for young travellers, from 18-35 years old, since 1962. Imagine how good you would be at something if you had been doing it for more than 60 years?

 

Everything about Contiki is deeply rooted in our two values ‘Make Every Moment Count’ and ‘We’re About People’. We don’t just talk, we walk the walk and live by our brand philosophy of ‘Travel.Together.’ which means to travel with one another, with the destinations we visit, the people and cultures we enjoy and the environment.

 

You’ve never experienced travel like this.

Why only 18-35?

Focusing on 18-35 year olds allows us to tailor a dramatically more powerful travel experience and an itinerary so fun it feels like all of your best Friday nights combined.

Tailoring to select ages brings together like minded, likeable people, and allows us to use Social Travel planning to build great groups of people so fast you’ll wonder if you’ve been friends forever.

What destinations can I go to with Contiki?

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How does it work?

We’re reinventing hassle free travel. Whether you are a solo traveller or group you can be rest assured that there has been tonnes of planning behind every trip.

Booking with Contiki means you are saying yes to a smile inducing trip where the typically stressful elements just seem to magically happen.

No one does trips like Contiki, essential accommodation, transport, reservations and so much more is all taken care of. You can multiply the magic with trip add ons and numerous customisations for your free time.

Every single Contiki social travel trip is managed by one of our expert Trip Managers, who are there to provide hands-on support and ensure your trip runs smoothly whilst you stay in the moment.

From 2022 your good time will be good for the planet as all Contiki trips are carbon natural. Find out more here.

How many other travellers are on each trip?

Group sizes are completely dependent on where and how you choose to travel with Contiki. 

In Europe and in most of North America and New Zealand, group sizes can range between 24 – 53 awesome travellers. 

In regions like Asia, Australia, Africa and Latin America, and on some North America and New Zealand trips, our group sizes are considerably smaller – as low as 12 or up to 30 travellers max.

Detour trips offer a different type of experience and max out at 16 people led by a local host.

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Each group is administered according to our strict Covid policies which can be viewed here.

What’s included

All essential trip elements have been catered to ensure a great time, with great people in great places. But you mean more specifically right?

Your accommodation, essential trip transport, and a good handful of meals are included in the cost of your Contiki trip (on most trips we offer breakfast every day, plus a hand-picked selection of authentic and tasty meals). 

To fill your days and Insta feeds we have Included Experiences, which are basically the sights and activities we think you just can’t afford to miss. Of course you also get our expert and highly trained team of Contiki staff to support throughout.

A day by day breakdown of inclusions and Free Time Add-Ons are available on the trip specific pages. 

We always try to accommodate special requests such as birthdays, proposals etc. Please chat to our team and we can explore how we may support the request.

What’s not included?

Contiki social travel trips have a large degree of flexibility built into them to enable you to truly own your experience. This means that some trip elements are not included in the initial cost and may require additional budgeting. 

Flights to and from your starting and ending points are not included in the cost of your trip. These can be added on during the booking process either online or via our contact center or booked independently by you.

Each trip contains the right amount of free time for you to explore or indulge your travel desires. We offer Free Time Add-Ons, which are additional experiences that are not included in the overall price. These add ons are highlighted on the specific trip page. Your Trip Manager will highlight these to you and organise their booking on trip. Exceptions may apply where pre booking is required but this will be made known to you in your pre departure information.

A number of meal times are left open for you to explore a region and its foodie offerings in greater detail, so budgeting for your taste in non-catered meals is important. 

Travel insurance and visas are also not included in the cost of your trip, and should be booked separately.

How is Contiki Carbon Neutral?

As of January 1st 2022, Contiki will be carbon neutral, and we’ve developed a five-point Climate Action Plan to guide us - committing to carbon reductions and evolving to support the transition to a low-carbon future. 

Find out more details here.

How do I find out more about Contiki’s sustainability efforts?

Travel comes with responsibilities. That’s why we’re determined to travel sustainably and consciously, and that’s why we’re willing to take a stand on issues closest to our hearts.