Dracula Castle, fine tradition and painted monaste

Bucharest, Romania, Europe

A fantastic motorcycle tour learning about Romanian traditions and culture; visiting old and painted monasteries and Dracula Castle.

Organised by Ride In Romania

Dracula Castle, fine tradition and painted monaste


Itinerary

DAY 1: Bucharest
Welcome to Romania!
Welcome to Romania! We will pick you up from the airport and bring 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’ and it’s reputation for the high life, Romania's largest city and capital Bucharest, offers a historical charm, a large number of museums, art galleries, exquisite Orthodox churches and unique architectural sites. We start our visit with the Parliament Palace (formerly called the People's Palace).Build 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 we will have a welcome special dinner organized by us and we will discuss the details of our tour.

DAY 2: Bucharest – Cheia Pass - Brasov – Bran
We live behind a beautiful city and ride our motorcycles through a spectacular mountain road to the Bran Castle, the castle where the myth of Dracula was born and learn about inspired stories about the well known vampire, Dracula. Known for his sadist execution methods and the number of the peoples he killed (around 100 000 peoples), Dracula gain fast a reputation all over the world.

DAY 3 : Bran - Bicaz Gorges - Piatra Neamt
We start our visit with Brasov city. We walk through the labyrinthine cobbled streets of Brasov, one of Europe’s best-preserved cities from the medieval period build in the12th century Saxon period with Gothic architecture and ancient style. We visit the Black Church, whose walls were darkened by the Great Fire of 1689, and admire its collection of Oriental carpets.

DAY 4 : Piatra Neamt – Voronet Monastery – Moldovita Monastery – Sucevita Monastery - Frasin
Moldavia, a great region that represents the culture and the history of the Romanian people! Today we begin our 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 with biblical and historical characters, royal pews and cloths belonging to the XVI th century! Another great Romanian leader, Alexandru cel Bun built Humor Monastery which we will include it in our tour, a monastery painted with red specific colors and gothic elements.

DAY 5 : Frasin – Tihuta Pass - Barsana Monastery – Vadul Izei
We step into another world, another region, with different culture and stories… Maramures region. We ride towards a gorgeous landscape, perfect for motor ride, Tihuta Pass, a fairytale land hunted by peasants and mysteries. We ride with our motorcycles towards the highest monastery built in 1390, Barsana monastery.

DAY 6 : Vadul Izei – Sapanta - Gutai Pass - Cluj Napoca
We visit Prison of the Ministers - museum of the Victims of Communism and anticommunist Resistance. We talk a walk and admire the 800 graves in the famous Sapanta cemetery called ‘the Merry Cemetery’ known by the 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. We ride towards a gorgeous landscape, perfect for motor ride, Gutai Pass, a fairytale land hunted by peasants and mysteries.

DAY 7: Cluj Napoca - day free
Today is all about relaxing. Cluj-Napoca, commonly known as Cluj, is the second most populous city in Romania and the seat of Cluj County in the northwestern part of the country. The city is considered the unofficial capital to the historical province of Transylvania. Between 1790 and 1848 and between 1861 and 1867, it was the official capital of the Grand Principality of Transylvania. Cluj, a city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere, one of the oldest settlements in Transylvania, dating back prior to the Roman period.

DAY 8: Cluj Napoca - Sighisoara - Sibiu
We continue our motorcycle tour to the old and ancient Sighisoara city. We ride on narrow streets and listen great stories about the place where Print Vlad of the Impaler, known as Count Dracula, was born. We spend the night in the ancient city listening the famous legends of Dracula. We visit the ancient Sighisoara fortified citadel together with The Clock Tower, The Torture Room and The Medieval Weapon Collection. We continue our perfect motorcycle tour to city of Sibiu, founded by the Saxon colonists and called once “Hermannstadt”. Voted in 2007 together with Luxemburg the “European Cultural Capital, “The Music City” offers us a great number of cultural monuments, a diversity of museums and various artistic events. We spend the night in old and beautiful Sibiu.

DAY 9: Sibiu – Transalpina – Urdele Pass - Horezu
We continue our motorcycle tour through Transalpina, highest mountain road from the entire Carpathian Mountain chain.We ride on fantastic roads and beautiful serpentines at 2145 meters; make pictures of the beautiful landscape of Transalpina road. It is a perfect playground for demanding motorcyclists.

DAY 10: Horezu – Transfagarsan - Balea Lake – Bran
We ride now through Transfagarasan road, 91 km just perfect for motor riding! Build at 2042 meters altitude over Fagaras Mountains which are the highest mountains in Romania, Transfagarasan road offers the most spectacular landscape in Europe! Open to the public only 2 months per year due to cold weather, Transfagarasan was called by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May from Top Gear as “the most amazing road we have ever seen”! We admire at the end of the road an incredible lake called Balea Lake which is laying in the middle of the mountains and make perfect pictures.. We finish our beautiful day in Bran.

DAY 11: Bran – Rasnov Pass - Sinaia – Bucharest
We continue our motorcycle tour with the visit of Peles Castle built by the King Carol the 1st between 1866 – 1914 and decorated by the famous J. D. Heymann from Hamburg, August Bembé from Mainz and Berhard Ludwig from Viena decorators. The former royal residence is one of the most beautiful residences in Europe, with 160 rooms, all of them opulently decorated. We will enjoy our goodbye dinner and share our perfect moments about our motorcycle tour..

DAY 12: Bucharest departures
Flight home or drive home

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