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Castles, Bikes and Hikes in Romania

DETOUR MINI ADVENTURE

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

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Meals

    3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Group Size

    Maximum 18 people

  • Team

    Local Host

Bucharest, Brasov

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Mini adventures by Contiki

Welcome to Detour. This isn't just another holiday: this is travel that connects you, teaches you and changes you. Get off the tourist trail and learn new skills with a local host, discovering spectacular destinations through a local's eyes. These mini-adventures will change the way you look at the world.

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Carina

Your Host for this trip is Carina. Carina was born and raised in Transylvania (Romania) and she is passionate about showing off her hometown to travellers. Carina loves exploring the history of Romania and it’s connection to the famous story of Dracula and she will be sure to share everything she has learned. As well as a passion for history, Carina loves exploring the natural beauty of the area so she is the perfect person to take us hiking and biking through the region.

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DAY 1

Building in 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

Trees and cloud view

Peles Castle and Bucegi Mountains

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

Buildings in Romania

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

Ariel view of buildings with red roofs

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.

All accommodation is included

Moxy by Martiott

Bucharest, Romania

About this trip

Explore the museums, monuments, myths and mountains of mesmerising Romania. Whether you’re into food or folk tales, history, horror or hiking, there’s something for you on this trip, from Vlad the Impaler to modern city life, via Count Dracula and the ‘golden age’ of communism. Relaxed tours, a mountain hike, plus a guided bike ride, will open up stories, sights, stunning scenery and lively cities that you’re sure to love.

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