Cycling in Transylvania

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Everyone knows the expression 'until the cows come home', but we saw it first hand. Many village homes keep a few cows in their back yard sheds. A local shepherd takes all the cows from the village to nearby hillside fields to graze, and at the end of the day, as they return through the main street, the cows of their own accord leave the herd and return to their respective homes for the night. Remarkable!

What did you think of your group leader?

Our guide, Raluca, is warm, cheerful, competent and very knowledgeable. She has a genuine passion to relate her country's ancient and recent history to the group. For this trip, she was the sole support during the rides (carrying tools and snacks), although we rode independently with set re-groupment points and vehicle support was on-call.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Romania is well worth seeing. The scenery is beautiful, the food is wholesome and fresh and the trip is excellent value. Bucharest is hot in the summer but the weather in Transylvania is pleasant.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Sleeping in guest houses was more comfortable than I expected and allowed us to stay in smaller villages where hotels don't exist which helped us experience more aspects of rural life by interacting with the host couple.