This Motorcycle Holiday in Romania, Eastern Europe takes you riding the best motorcycle roads of Transylvania and Bukovina. Let yourself be swept away by the traditional food and drinks and authentic tourist attractions.
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Best Motorcycle Holidays
Highlands of Romania
Experience riding the fabulous mountain passes of Romania on an extraordinary 4-day motorcycle adventure tour. From the Carpathian foothills to the mountain passes of Transylvania, cross to Bukovina region and ride its best motorcycle roads. Travel across famous wine regions, ride up on Borgo Pass and visit the Coffin of the Bloody Count Dracula. Located on top of a mysterious mountain, in the basement of a forgotten in time hotel, Dracula’s Coffin will give you chills down your spine.
Continue riding on Mestecăniș Pass and head to Treasure Road - Transrarau. The itinerary will reward you with amazing motorcycle rides, fantastic views and superb local wine. On your return cross Hell's Throat in Bicaz Canyon and catch a glimpse of the Red Lake (a.k.a. Killer Lake). Truth and legend blend together on a fantastic motorcycle journey.
This 4 days/3 nights motorbike adventure will give you all its got: great roads, very good Hotels, good motorbikes and the freedom of the open road. You can take this journey on its own you you can add this adventure to your 7 Day Best of Transylvania - Motorcycle Tour.
Best Motorcycle Holidays
Highlands of Romania
- Transrarau Road – aka Treasures Road, offers breathtaking views and amazing motorbike rides
- Tihuța Pass - aka Borgo Pass made famous by Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, the mountain road reaches 1116 m in altitude
- Mestecăniș Pass – Situated in Bukovina region, the pass reaches an elevation of 1096 m
- Bicaz Gorges - Cross Hell’s Throat in Bicazului Gorges – one of the most spectacular gorges in Romania.
- Red Lake – aka Killer Lake is situated near Bicaz Gorges, a peculiar landscape of a flooded fir trees forest
Day 1, Cluj Napoca – Turda - Lechința – Colibița
Welcome to Transylvania. Transfer to Turda to collect your BMW motorbike and start your adventure.
Ride to Colibița. Accommodation in a 3* Hotel.
Day 2, Colibița – Transrarau – Bicaz
On the way to Transrarau in Bucovina you will cross Tihuța and Mestecăniș Mountain Passes.
Ride Transrarau - the third most beautiful alpine road in Romania.
Day 3, Bicaz – Red Lake - Turda
Enjoy a walk in Bicaz Gorges and a boat ride on the Red Lake. Ride to Turda on a fabulous winding road.
Day 4, Turda - Cluj
Transfer to Cluj Napoca Airport for your flight home.
The itinerary is complemented with excellent accommodation because the region offers charming hotels and cozy country inns.
This is an overview of the tour.
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Best Motorcycle Holidays
Highlands of Romania
Price and departure:
price/person based on 2 people sharing a double room
3 nights/4 days motorcycle tour
Special offer for
Rider with BMW G650 GS
Rider with BMW F800 GS
Rider with BMW F 750 GS
Rider with BMW F 850 GS
Rider with BMW R1200 GS
Rider with BMWR1200 GS LC
Rider with BMW R 1250 GS
Rider with own motorbike
We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form, MasterCard, Visa via fax and phone.
We also accept payments by bank transfer and most noteworthy Western Union.
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Highlands of Romania
Special notes & info
Duration of the tour: 4 days
Riding days: 3 days
Total distance: Approximately 680 km/ 422 miles
Skill level: intermediate
Lodging type: good quality Hotels
Rides: on paved roads as well as on sections of gravel roads
What to bring: Complete motorcycle gear with integral or flip up helmet
Where you’ll stay in this motorcycle tour
click here to see the selection of hotels we use during our motorcycle tours. The accommodation is chosen either for its convenient location in the center of the city or in nature with amazing views.
Add on Programs
Best of Transylvania - Motorcycle Tour
7 day motorcycle holiday
Transfăgărășan Road - probably the Best road in the World
Transalpina Highway - one of the most spectacular roads of the Carpathian Mountains (2 145 m above sea level)
Transbucegi Road - the newest mountain road in Romania (1925 m above sea level)
Bran Castle - aka Dracula’s Castle it is a legendary Transylvanian fortress dating back to 1377.
Extra nights can be booked at hotel in Cluj-Napoca in the last day of the tour.
Advice for Australians traveling abroad
According with Australian government the following advice are to be followed:
Before you go
- Confirm your passport is valid for 6 months from when you think your trip will end. Don’t get stranded.
- Get comprehensive travel insurance to cover you and your gear. Get insurance that’s right for you and covers your activities in the places you’ll go. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.
- Consider your physical and mental health. Get advice from your doctor if you’re unsure.
- See your doctor or travel clinic 8 weeks before you go for a basic health check
- Check if your medication is legal and available in the places you’re going. Take enough of your prescribed medicines to last the whole trip. Carry copies of your prescription and a letter from your doctor.
- Tell your bank you’re travelling and check if your cards will work. Have several payment options.
- If you’ll drive overseas check out the local traffic laws and practices. You’re likely to need an International Driving Permit (IDP) as well as your Australian driver’s license.
- Share your itinerary with friends or family members. Give them copies of your passport
Holidays don’t always go as planned. If you’re going overseas, travel insurance is as important as a passport. Without it, you or your family could suffer financially if things go wrong. No matter who you are, where you’re going and what you’re doing, get insurance.
Travel insurance is especially important if you need medical assistance. Healthcare overseas can be very expensive. Most countries won’t give you free care, or subsidies the cost of your care. You, or your insurer, must usually pay full price.
Travel Advice for Australians visiting Europe
Keep your personal belongings close. Lock hotel and train compartment doors from the inside.
Drink spiking is an issue. Don’t accept food, drinks, gum or cigarettes from people you’ve just met.
Dating and marriage scams occur.
Only use ATM’s in banks, shops and shopping centers, especially at night. Always keep your credit card in sight. Be wary of people you’ve met online.
Penalties for drug offences are severe. They can include jail sentences of up to 20 years.
By law, you must always carry photo ID. Keep your passport in a safe place. Carry a photocopy.
It’s illegal to take photos of airports, military sites or other secure locations.
It’s illegal to engage in sex work or have sexual relations with a person under 18.
Same-sex relationships are legal in Romania, but not widely accepted.
The Australian Consulate in Bucharest provides limited consular and passport assistance.
You can get full consular help from the Australian Embassy in Athens.
Travel to the heart of Transylvania in Eastern Europe to enjoy an amazing 4-day motorbike short break. Ride some of the best roads in Europe and be amazed by the fantastic views of Transylvania and Bukovina regions.
Transceahlau and Mestecanis Mountain Passes, Transrarau Road and Bicaz Gorges are here for you to explore.
Time : 1:00 pm
Cluj Napoca – Turda - Lechinta – Colibita
162 km – 3.10 min
Welcome to Transylvania. Transfer to Turda to collect your BMW motorbike and start your adventure. Ride to Colibita – known as the sea at the mountain. Accommodation in a 3* Hotel in Colibita. Enjoy a walk in the area and admire the lake views.
Time : 9:00 am
Colibita – Transrarau – Bicaz
252 km - 5h20 min
On the way to Transrarau in Bucovina you will cross Tihuta and Mestecanis Mountain Passes. The area will surely impress with amazing views and a winding road taking you to the jewel of the day: Transrarau - the third most beautiful alpine road in Romania. Ride Transrarau Road to Bicaz. Overnight in Bicaz.
Time : 9:00 am
Bicaz – Red Lake - Turda
210 km – 4hrs
Enjoy a walk in Bicaz Gorges and a boat ride on the Red Lake. On the way to Turda you will cross Hungarian communities and get the chance to taste some of the local Hungarian cuisine for lunch. The winding road will provide for great photo opportunities and your motorbike will love this.
Time : 9:00 am
Turda - Cluj
Arrive in Turda to return the motorbike and transfer to Cluj Napoca Airport for your flight home.
- Accommodation: very good 3* and 4* Hotels
- Meals: 3 breakfasts
- Motorcyclist English speaking guide, general map, daily route briefing.
- Transportation: Bring your own or rent a BMW motorbike, the GS range
- road taxes
- entry fees to the mentioned tourist attractions
- lunches and dinners
- individual activities
- plane ticket
- airport fees
- photo, video tax
- other not mentioned
Reservations are required. We recommend booking early as tours are often sold out well in advance. You can make a reservations on-line. In case of making reservations by phone please call toll-free: 808 101 6781 (UK); 866 376 6183 (US).
You can also make reservations by fax - download and complete the booking form and send it by fax to: 0040-364-405641 or by e-mail!
We require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. When you make the reservation online you will be required to pay the deposit. You will receive an automatic response with your Holiday Booking Reference. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we proceed with the reservation for the requested services and issue the Confirmation Letter + Paid Invoice (once the amount is registered with our accounts).
The final payment is due 60 days prior departure. ( After the final payment is made we will issue Travel Voucher). Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking. To read Transylvania Live’s Terms and Conditions please visit us on line at: https://www.motorcycle-tours.travel/terms.html.
The client is at all time entitled to cancel the Travel Contract, but must pay Adventure Motorcycle Tours a cancellation charge as stipulated below:
89 days or more prior to departure 90 EURO per person / per tour cancellation fee;
88–61 days, loss of deposit.
60–31 days will be subject to 50% of tour price;
30 days or less will be subject to 100% of tour price.
Our tours include the services of English-speaking guides.
German, French, Hungarian and Hebrew-speaking guide are also available, on request.
We can design an itinerary at a time that suits you, to your own comfort levels and within your own budget. Please send your request by e-mail or by fax.
Yes, most of our tours operate even if there’s only one person.
The tour has audience targets motorcycle riders interested in riding the best motorcycle roads in the area visited. Group size can be between 4-14 people. Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live is member of the responsible travel network and we are committed to operating a travel policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We operate our tours with small groups in order to minimize the negative impact on the environment and allow our guests to interact more easily with the locals, facilitate the communication with the guide. The average age of group is, most of the time, between 35-60.
We do not provide individual tickets for rail, air, boat or ferry.
We only accept VISA and MASTERCARD. Please select only these two types of credit cards for the online payment.
If you pay on-line using our secure internet booking form your credit card can hold any type of currency, the amount of money to be taken will be exchanged in EURO by your bank, at their rate.
We accept RON and EURO for offline credit card payment and wire transfer.
Yes, we do offer discounts provided they travel as a group; Contact us
Yes, depending on the number of your group. Contact us
Local Costs in a 3* restaurant: Soft Drink: $1.3; Beer: $1.7; Bottle of Wine: $8.7 - $18, 3 course dinner: $13.28 - $18.11. In shops these products can be 50% cheaper.
Our prices include the online secure payment commissions. However depending on your bank some commissions may occur for international money transfer. Please check with your bank!
In case we’ll have a full house situation at one of the hotels, an accommodation of an equal classification or better will be booked for you. In case of closed roads due to bad weather, working situations or dangerous weather conditions the itinerary could suffer changes.
If you follow our recommendation on How to arrive (heading found for any of our holidays at the Special notes and info section at the end of the tour page). Our guide will expect you with an Adventure Motorcycle Tours sign. In the unfortunate case of a flight being lost or delayed and prevent you in this way from getting to your meting point in good time, please call 0040 726 253 356.
Our tour fares are based on two in one hotel room. For occupancy by one person, the "single supplement" cost specified in each itinerary will be required.
If you travel alone you have to book the tour with a single supplement; if you wish to book a double room which you want to share with another traveller, we’ll do our best to make all arrangements, but in case this is not possible, you’ll have to pay the single supplement; however it is our strongest recommendation to book the tour with a single supplement when travelling alone.
Yes, also gluten-free, vegan. When you make the reservation of your tour please do not forget to fill in this information at Dietary Restrictions section.
Romania tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia for a stay up to 90 days. Romania is a member of the European Union so it shares the same legal legislation – a passport is all you need.
Romanian currency is Lei (written symbol Ron). All the places in Romania trade lei (pronunciation: lay). You can bring some euros or US dollars to change here the amount of money you need (advisable due to the lower exchange rate). Credit cards are accepted in large hotels, restaurants and malls. ATM machines are available at banks, airports and shopping centers all over the country. (except in remote areas or villages). Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices. International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services. The tour guide is also responsible for helping clients with money exchange; recommend the exchange offices which charge the lowest commission.
ATMs are available in all the cities; near by hotels, our guide will come with good advice and recommendations.
MasterCard ATM Locater– Search by address and by airport
Visa ATM Locator– Search by airport, city and country
In Romania electric power in use is of 220 voltages, AC, usually 2 pronged.
Romania enjoys warm summers and cold winters. In summer, cool cottons are best and in the winter a warm jacket or alike is recommended. Autumn is dry and cool, with fields and trees producing beautifully colored foliage. The weather in October-November is very unpredictable, with daytime temperatures between 6°-17° Celsius (42.80 - 62.60 Fahrenheit), and night time temperatures between 3° - 10°Celsius (37.40 - 50 Fahrenheit); but it is very much possible that you will see some snowfall especially in the mountain areas.
Romanian time is EET (Eastern European Time), two hours ahead of GMT. Check right now what time is in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania: https://time.is/Bucharest
2 x trousers/long skirts such as Colombia or Kathmandu
1 x shorts
1 x set of bathers
5 x t-shirts
1 x thermal set
1 x polar fleece/jumper/windcheater
5 x socks and underwear
1 good broad rimmed hat
1 x set of thongs/sandals/flip flops
1 x light walking boots
complete motorcycle gear
Yes, every motorcycle has a safety and mechanical inspection prior to every rental. We have trained technicians on premises. All motorcycles are maintained to manufacturers' specifications and our technicians are very well acquainted with all rented bikes. Your safety is our #1 priority.
You must have a valid motorcycle license to rent a motorcycle from Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live. The license from your country is sufficient - you don't have to get an international drivers license.
All models have power outlets built into the fairing that allow you to plug in your Global Positioning Unit.
Certain vehicles provide for lockable storage.
Yes, Adventure Motorcycle Tours – Transylvania Live location offers free of charge, safe and secure storage of your excess luggage and personal items during your tour.
Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live can provide you with a side-car motorcycle on request. Please contact us for more details.
Adventure Motorcycle Tours – Transylvania Live has a good selection of helmets, gloves or rain suites for rent. Please note that the rental of these accessories depends upon availability. However we suggest you bring your own for fitment and comfort.
2-3 days – EURO 10 /day
4-6 days – EURO 8/ day
7-14 days – EURO 6/day
Over 14 days – EURO 5/day
Yes, for your own safety, and per Romanian law, both you and your passenger are required to wear a certified helmet at all times when you ride our motorcycle.