From Cluj to the Apuseni mountains - 2 days tour - self-guided
During this two days self-guided tour you will cycle from Cluj all the way up to the Apuseni Mountains. Most of the time you will ride on low traffic, asphalt roads but once in the mountains the tarmac will be replaced by gravel. On the way you will cycle through forests, green valleys, traditional villages and the scenic landscape of the Apuseni Mountains, famous for their wide views, limestone gorges and traditional houses. 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.
Day 1 - Cluj - Luna de Sus - Vlaha - Băișoara - Iara - Buru - Rimetea - 56 km (35 miles)
Day 2 - Rimetea - Coltești - Valea Inzelului - Brădești - Sălciua - Vidolm - Buru - Rimetea - 75 km (43 miles)
In the first day you will ride solely on asphalt from Cluj to the village of Rimetea, which is the first rural site in Romania to be presented with the Europa Nostra award for cultural heritage conservation in 1999. The 56 km ride is fairly easy and most of the time you will cycle in the foothills of the mountains. On the way you can also stop in Vlaha to visit the hay sculpture park. In Rimetea your dinner and accommodation will already be arranged.
First day highlights:
In the second day, you will cross the mountains in a loop ride departing and ending in Rimetea. Although longer and more demanding than the ride from the previous day, it is very rewarding as the amazing views and unspoiled mountain villages will make your day. It has a five star, challenging climb taking you from 450 to 1070 meters. From our and our other guests experience it takes about 10 hours to complete, with all rest and picture breaks included, so you should leave early in the morning.
Second day highlights:
- Vălișoarei Gorges
- The Apuseni Mountains landscape
- The traditional houses of the Apuseni Mountains
In the evening after you return to Rimetea we will come and pick you up and take you back to Cluj. Or if you decide to spend two nights in Rimetea we'll transfer you to Cluj in the next morning.
You will find a complete description of the places you will visit, as well as contact details and other tips, in the printed guide we'll give you on the first day. Some visits have to be confirmed in advance and we'll take care of this.
- fully equipped bike
- medical kit
- bike lock
- printed map
- printed guide of the places to visit
- Bikemap app map + bike phone holder + external battery
- arrangements for accommodation (1 or 2 nights), dinner, breakfast and sandwiches for the second day
- car transfer from Rimetea to Cluj
- accommodation, dinner, breakfast and sandwiches - all of them ~ 25 euro/pers. in double room
- tickets or donations