A CONSERVATION CHALLENGE
FOUNDATION CONSERVATION CARPATHIA
A 5-day cycling challenge in aid of Foundation Conservation Carpathia, with fantastic company, great hospitality, and fabulous food along the way. The Romanian Carpathians are home to more than half of Europe’s virgin forests, making them amongst the most valuable natural areas left. 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 Conservation 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 important conservation initiatives.
THIS WAS A TRIP WE WANTED TO REPEAT WITH ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
TENT RIDER, 2017
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Arrive at Bucharest Otopeni Airport and transfer to the charming village of Bran. Spend the night at the Inn on Balaban, which sits on the hills overlooking the town. This unique accommodation has panoramic views of two different mountain massifs and is truly wild! Have dinner together at sunset followed by a presentation from Christoph and Barbara Promberger – Executive Directors of FCC. Enjoy a drink and some local music before getting an early night!
DAY 2: BALABAN TO SINCA NOUA
After breakfast you will be fitted for bikes and then cycle through the mountains to Sinca Noua, across a mix of tarmac and wild tracks. Here, in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, is Equus Silvania, a leading ecotourism destination. Stop at a local wildlife hide and take the opportunity to see bears in the wild! That evening, enjoy an organic homegrown dinner and relax.
– 50km on backroads –
DAY 3: SINCA NOUA TO MIKLOSVAR
Those who enjoy horse-riding can wake up early this morning for a private tour. The group will then visit the TENT Wild Kingdom bus at the local school and see an environmental education lesson. Spend the rest of the day cycling towards Miklosvar, a beautiful traditional village in the Hungarian region of Transylvania. That night, stay in Count Kalnoky’s guesthouses in the heart of the village, restored to preserve their original charm and character. The Count will join for a dinner in his underground dining room after a pint in the local ‘pub’!
– 50km on tarmac, forestry roads and paths –
Day 4: MIKLOSVAR TO ZALANPATAK
Continue cycling through beautiful. remote and wild country and enjoy a picnic lunch on route. That night, the group has the 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, 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 final day on the bike is a beautiful ride from Zalanpatak to Zabola, a historic estate owned and run by a Hungarian noble family. That evening, stroll through the estate and then enjoy a fantastic dinner outside in the old stable block. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by a local folk band – celebrate the end of the journey!
– 65 kms on tarmac, backroads and forestry roads –
DAY 6 : DEPARTURE
Travel back to Bucharest, stopping for lunch 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
*Not included in the quote but can be arranged upon request
A WILD ADVENTURE
This epic cycle adventure is a journey over 200-kilometres through the Carpathian Mountains and picturesque medieval villages of Romania. Some days will be spent cycling through ancient forests and others through alpine meadows, with various wild experiences to enjoy throughout the week.
Exploring the landscape by bike is the perfect way to unwind, explore and connect to nature. 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 remaining virgin forests on the continent.
This trip involves spending multiple hours each day on the bike and hence requires a reasonable level of fitness. We advise some training prior to departure in order to fully enjoy the trip!
CREATE THE RIGHT IMPACT
There is a fundraising minimum of £2,000 per person for the Ride Romania journey.
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 not only benefit the biodiversity of this precious environment and safeguard its critically important ecosystems but also Europe as a whole.
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.