8 Days Relaxing & Cultural retreat in breathtaking Transylvania


8 Days Relaxing & Cultural retreat in breathtaking Transylvania

1.150,00 1.250,00 

Tour HighlightsVisit the romantic city of Oradea with it’s thermal baths and it’s unique Art Nouveau architecture.Set in one of the most charming parts of Romania, deep into the heart of Transylvania, the Padurea Craiului Mountains are the perfect set for a relaxing and culturally enriching holiday!

 Following untouched landscapes, unique arts & crafts workshops and cultural spots, this tour is meant for the relaxed travellers that want to try a bit of everything in their holiday!

  On the way you will be visiting centuries old wooden churches, relax in thermal baths, try delicious local gastronomy and experience the underground world in spectacular caves. All served by the kind locals who will make the experience one of a kind! Sounds good?

 Difficulty: Easy to Medium (15-35 km. of cycling) and 5-10 km. of trekking a day

Early bird discount until 31st March

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Day 1 – Welcome to picturesque Romania!

12:00 – 18:00: Transfer from chosen airport to Suncuius

18:00 –Check-in

20:00 – 22:00: Dinner

Airports available: Debrecen, Cluj or Budapest

Day 2 –– Cultural day – Visiting wooden churches through 2 natural parks

Cycling: 39 km. (300 meters climbed)

In your first day of the eco-tour you will slowly but surely be introduced to the remoteness and simplicity of the Transylvanian country-side, with picturesque hills and meadows.  Departing from our accommodation, our paths will pass through 2 protected areas and natural parks – Padurea Craiului mountains and Ses mountains. Passing through remote villages, we will reach a beautiful belleview point. The highlight of the day will be visiting 2 wooden churches with over 300 years of history and stories behind them.

8:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast

10:00 – 12:30 – Cycling through villages – Visiting Luncșoara wooden church

12:30 – 14:00 – Cycle to Gheghie and serve lunch

14:00 – 17:00 Visit Gheghie wooden church and make your way back to your hotel

19:00 – 20:30 – Dinner


Day 3– Local gastronomy

Cycling: 25 km. (500 meters climbed)

(locally sourced food)

On our second day we will continue our journey into the Padurea Craiului Eco-destination. Cycling over a few hills and gorges we will reach one of the best preserved wooden church in Romania, dating from 17th century. The church is situated in Valea Crisului village, with a surreal scenery over Padurea Craiului Mountains. This village is a snapshot from 50 years ago, giving you an understanding of how people lived back then. The unique experience will be completed by villagers who will serve local cuisine with all ingredients being locally sourced. Our day will end with cycling back through Beznea in a unique landscape!

8:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 – Cycling to Valea Crisului village

12:00 – 13:00 – Visit Valea Crisului wooden church

13:00 – 15:00 – Lunch at the church prepared by the locals

15:00 – 17:00 – Cycle to Beznea

17:00 – 19:00 – Cycle back to the hotel and rest

19:00 – 20:30 – Dinner

Day 4 – Adventure Day – cave exploring, arts and crafts

Today your experience will be enriched with the adrenaline of adventure sports. We will be visiting the longest cave in Romania (The wind cave) with a speoturism guide. The day will also have an arts and crafts class. You will make your own pots with a skilled potter.

8:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast

10:00 – 14:00 – Adventure sport: Speotourism – Visiting the longest cave in Romania

14:00 – 15:00 – Lunch at the hotel

15:00 – 18:00 – Arts and crafts class with a skilled potter

19:00 – 20:30 – Dinner


Day 5 – Beautiful views –  Trekking and via ferrata

The 5th day is all about the beauty of slow travelling through walking and climbing. We will begin the day doing the local via ferrata route – a spectacular 90 m. protected climbing route, built with a steel cable rail fixed to the rock, metal steps and ladders. After admiring the view from the top, we will make our way to Vadu Crisului. On the way, we will admire the romantic views the Crisul Repede river gives from the gorge and pass a splendid waterfall. Lunch will be a delicious picnic in nature. Ending the trek in Vadu Crisului, we will be picked up by the shuttle bus and taken back to the hotel where will celebrate the last day in Padurea Craiului mountains with a bonfire!

8:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 – Via Ferrata route

12:00 – 18:00 – Trekking through Crisul Repede river gorge

18:00 – 23:00 – Return to hotel and dinner followed by a bonfire

Day 6 – Romantic city tour of Oradea

After a few days spent in the remoteness of the natural parks, we will make our way to Oradea. Oradea, is a vibrant city with a one of a kind Art Nouveau architecture and a youthful feel. We will visit the fortress, the old center and eat at one of the best restaurant in town with Romanian specific cousin. Wine tasting will complete our cultural experience in this beautiful city.

8:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 – Transport to Oradea

12:00 – 13:00 Check-in at a 3 *** hotel

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch at the hotel

14:00 – 18:00 City tour by foot

18:00 – Dinner at a premium Romanian restaurant and wine tasting

(city of Oradea) 

Day 7 – Relaxing day – Thermal waters and spa

In our second to last day, you have the opportunity to unwind with a treatment at the local aqua park which has thermal waters and a spa. We will further make our way to the Fisherman’s Inn – a local fish farm where we will have a delicious dinner and time to relax on the premises lake.

8:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast

10:00 – 17:00 –Nymphea Aqua Park

17:00: – 22:00 – Dinner at the Fisherman’s Inn

Day 8 – Departure day

8:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast

10:00 – Transfer to the airport


All meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Traditional guesthouses or high-end accommodation for all nights

Personal guide throughout your tour

All transport included

Bike hire and custom fitting

All listed activities and entries to attractions

Van support

Locally sourced products

Activities designed for eco-tourism

Videos and pictures of your holiday

Flight advice


Flights (£150 Estimated Price)

Travel Insurance

Own consumption of alcohol


We can answer all your questions!

Give us a call at : 0040 746 972 418

Email us at: hello@veloholidays.com

Additional information

Departure Dates

30 August – 6 September, 2020, 29 August – 5 September, 2021

Paying method

Deposit (25%), Full (100%)

6 reviews for 8 Days Relaxing & Cultural retreat in breathtaking Transylvania

  1. 5 out of 5

    Răzvan Șincai

    We had a memorable experience in Romania – overall a relaxing experience in nature and top quality equipment. Completed by the local arts and crafts, a cosy guesthouse and a cultural agenda, we had a great time on our family retreat tour. We visited the longest cave in Romania, the Wind cave, we also passed through two protected areas- Padurea Craiului and Ses Mountains. Wine tasting completed our amazing experience here. Do not hesitate!

    • danghita94

      We’re so glad you had a good experience. Next time you’re here, try the Mountain Bike Tour in Apuseni Mountains. For sure that you will enjoy the cultural activities from that tour.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Simona Filip

    A very inspiring holiday ! The routes were scenic – overall it was a relaxing and cultural experience for me, my husband and my little one. The team and the locals are very friendly and the scenery was stunning. The hotel was situated on the river side – maybe we would have preferred a more traditional guesthouse, but it was clean and warm. For couples and small families it is a must do!

    • danghita94

      Dear Simona, thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. I’m so glad you like our team!

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Townsend

    The Velo Holidays team were real professionals! Well informed and emanating a positive energy which created a very pleasant group atmosphere. The accommodation that we had could have been a bit more modern but it was in lines with Romanian traditions. Bikes were awesome and the daily trips that we had were varied and entertaining. Congratulations guys, we will be back soon!

    • danghita94

      Dear John, thanks for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry the accommodation didn’t match your expectations. Next time we’ll do it better. Overall, we’re so glad you had a good experience.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Blanca Szolga

    The organisation and the bicycles are very good, the chosen tour was beautiful and the guys are friendly. What I liked the most was the way they managed to combine adventure with relaxation. The tour guides were very friendly and they knew everything about the places we visited.

    • danghita94

      Dear Blanca, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Harley

    Very well organized and friendly team, professional equipment. Including the locals in the activities seemed for me a big plus. We had a great time there and for sure that I will come back! Thank you!

    • danghita94

      This review made our day! Thank you! We are waiting for you to come back.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Blaj

    The boys took care of everything as they should and they chose a friendly route for both beginners and advanced. The remote villages seemed to be from a fairytale. It was a great experience! I highly recommend them.

    • danghita94

      Dear Cristina, We are glad you had a beautiful experience with us. Thank you for your recommendation!

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