Apuseni Adventure Cycling

Long and beautiful mountain tour though at times demanding, this trip has it all:  amazing views, unspoiled mountain villages and challenging climbs. For sure not for the faint hearted but definitely worth riding and rewarding in every aspect.

Route: Buru - Vidolm - Sălciua - Vânătarele Ponorului - Valea Poienii - Brădesti - Valea Inzelului - Poiana Aiudului - Colțești  - Rimetea  76 km (47 miles)

We will start cycling on asphalt along the green valley of the Arieș river in the Trascău mountains until we reach the peaceful village of Sălciua, where we will leave the tarmac to cross the river on a wooden footbridge and reach an open meadow below the Bedeleu Massif. Cycling through countryside backyards, with cattle grazing on the green pastures  will give you the feeling of stepping back in time.

It’s time now to gather our strength as we begin the ascent towards the Vânătarele Ponorului, a complex natural limestone reserve where a nice waterfall can also be visited. The more we climb the more the magic of the Apuseni mountains is revealed and the views get wider and wider as we reach the top, offering the photography buffs the chance to take perfect panoramic pictures.

At this point we will also come across the first traditional houses, before  encountering  more and more of them as we cross the mountains. These wooden houses with thatched roofs are unique to the Apuseni Mountains in the whole of Transylvania and cannot be found anywhere else apart from village museums.

We will continue our trip passing through isolated mountain villages inhabited by very few people, followed by alpine pastures with amazing views on the surrounding areas and nobody to interrupt the silence except for the sheep and cattle which graze the rich meadows.

A long and well-deserved descent will take us to Poiana Aiudului and then before reaching Rimetea, the Vălișoarei Gorges with their high limestone walls will make their way before our eyes.

Our last stop will be the beautiful village of Rimetea, with its unique 19th century white houses with green windows, where we can stop for dinner and drinks or just to relax and admire the Szekely Rock in the sunset.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • guide
  • fully equipped bikes
  • car transfer
  • fruits, nuts, snacks and water

NOT INCLUDED

  • lunch is not included, but can be arranged at your request.

 

Starting from Cluj

Car transfer to Buru ~50 minutes.

Suitable for any weather. If it happens to rain heavily, small modifications of the route could be made.

70% asphalt - 30% gravel and off-road

8-10 h

#
1 pers - 85 euro

2 pers - 75 euro/pers.

3-6 pers. - 60 euro/pers.

Book your trip anytime between April and October

Please check our reservation calendar before booking a tour.