15TH – 20TH SEPTEMBER 2018
A 5-day cycling challenge in aid of Foundation Conservation Carpathia, with fantastic company, great hospitality, and fabulous food along the way. More than half of the European Union’s virgin forests are located in the Romanian Carpathians, making them amongst the most valuable natural areas left in Europe. This mixed with medieval villages and an ancient lifestyle make Ride Romania a unique experience for all visitors!
The European Nature Trust is supporting Foundation Conser vation Carpathia to protect
a total of over 200,000 ha of forests and alpine meadows, and to completely protect them as one of Europe’s foremost wilderness reserves. Such an area would be large enough
to support significant numbers of wildlife to truly create the ‘Yellowstone of Europe.’
This is your opportunity to contribute to one of Europe’s most vitally important conservation initiatives.
THIS WAS A TRIP WE WANTED TO REPEAT WITH ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
TENT RIDER, 2017
A WILD ADVENTURE
This epic cycle journey takes us 200-kilometres through the Carpathian Mountains
and the picturesque medieval villages of Romania. Some days will be spent cycling through ancient forests, and others through alpine meadows, with different wild experiences
to enjoy throughout the week. Travelling through the landscape by bike is the perfect way to connect, unwind and explore. We’ll spend time with Europe’s leading conservationists, visit local wildlife hides for a chance to see bears in the wild, and all to help protect the largest virgin forests on the continent.
This trip requires individuals to spend multiple hours each day on the bike, and hence requires people to be of a reasonable level of fitness. We advise some training prior to departure, in order to be fully prepared.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
You will be picked up from Bucharest Otopeni Airport, and driven to the charming village of Bran. Sitting on the hills above the town is the Inn on Balaban, our accommodation for the night. This totally unique inn has panoramic views of two different mountain massifs and is truly wild. After reaching the Inn at sunset we will enjoy dinner all together, with a
presentation from Christoph and Barbara Promberger – Executive Directors of FCC. We will enjoy a drink and some local music before getting an early night!
DAY 2: BALABAN TO SINCA NOUA
After breakfast we will be fitted for bikes, and cycle to Sinca Noua across a mix of tarmac and wild tracks through the mountains. Here, in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, is Equus Silvania, a leading ecotourism destination. Here we will stop at a local wildlife hide and have the opportunity to see bears in the wild! We’ll enjoy an organic homegrown dinner and relax after our first day on the bike. Those who enjoy horse-riding can wake up early the next day for a private tour!
– 50km on backroads –
DAY 3: SINCA NOUA TO MIKLOSVAR
The next morning, we will visit the TENT Wild Kingdom bus at the local school and experience a lesson, before cycling towards Miklosvar, a beautiful traditional village in the Hungarian region of Transylvania. That night, we will stay in Count Kalnoky’s guesthouses in the heart of the village, restored in order to preserve their original charm and character. The Count will join us for dinner in his basement dining room after a pint in the local ‘pub’!
– 50km on tarmac, forestry roads and paths –
Day 4: MIKLOSVAR TO ZALANPATAK
The next day we’ll carry on cycling through this remote and wild country and enjoy a picnic lunch on route. That night we have the real privilege of staying at HRH The Prince of Wales’s private nature retreat, which lies nestled amongst the meadows and hills of the Zalán Valley. Just before dinner we’ll walk into the village to watch the cows return from the fields – a Transylvanian must-do!
– 35km on backroads, forestry roads and tracks –
DAY 5: ZALANPATAK TO ZABOLA
The last and longest day on the bike will see us riding from Zalanpatak to Zabola, a historic estate owned and run by a Hungarian noble family. In the evening we will stroll through the estate and then enjoy a fantastic dinner outside in the old stable block, where we will be entertained by a local folk band and celebrate the end of the journey all together!
– 65 kms on tarmac, backroads and forestry roads –
DAY 6 : DEPARTURE
We will travel back to Bucharest together, with lunch on the way at Cantacuzino Castle. We can recommend some fantastic hotels and things to do for those staying on in Romania!
ADDITIONAL ADD ONS*
Helicopter ride over the Fagaras Mountains
Horse riding tour
*These are not included in the price, but can be arranged at your request
CREATE THE RIGHT IMPACT
There is a fundraising minimum of £2,000 for Ride Romania for each individual.
We encourage you to create your own fundraising campaign and engage your friends, families and colleagues with this cause. The funds you raise go directly to Foundation Conservation Carpathia to further their conservation efforts, supporting the very projects you visit throughout this incredible adventure.
Only 3% of global giving is directed to environmental causes, it is time for change.
Creating a world-class wilderness reserve in the Carpathians would benefit not only the biodiversity of this precious environment and safeguard Europe’s critically important ecosystems, but also the whole of Europe.
For more information or if you have any questions about fundraising please get in touch!
A CYCLING TOUR OF THE REMOTE MOUNTAINS OF ROMANIA REVEALS A WORLD OF MYTH AND TRADITION, BEARS AND WOLVES – AND THE WORLD’S MOST COMFORTABLE OUTDOOR SLEEPING QUARTERS.