Cycle the Transfăgărășan highway and cycle the best road in the world…

Now you can cycle the Transfagarasan highway… Firmly scribed into the tablets of fabled mountain passes of the world, when Ceausescu ordered the construction of a road to connect North Romania with the South he had no idea that what he was about to create was arguably the greatest mountain pass road in the world…and that’s not just us saying that either… (Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear 2013)
Completed in the mid-seventies after four years of construction, 6000 tons of dynamite and climbing to over 2000m in altitude, this was never going to be any ordinary road, but then the designers also threw in endless hairpins, breathtaking gradients and cambered curves to rival the best anywhere in the world.
Reputedly a folly and strategically pointless, this mythical 90km of asphalt is now Romania’s best known tourist attraction after Count Vlad’s Castle – have we mentioned we go there too… don’t forget your garlic…

Total Distance: 500km
Total Ascent: 4,488m
Max Alt: 2,048m
Difficulty Grade: 3.5/5
5 NightsNext Departure: 15 Aug 2023
Adventure Score: #5
Guide Price: £745


Day One – Arrive Bucharest airport – prepare bikes and ride first leg – 53km. Times of recommended flights given at time of application.
Day Two – Pitaru to Lake Vidraru – 146km +953m
Day Three – Lake Vidraru to Sâmbăta – 109km +1,835m
Day Four – Sâmbăta to Bran – 82km +593m
Day Five – Bran to Targoviste – 111km +1,015m
Day Six – Pack down bikes before transfer for flight home. Times of recommended flights given at time of application.



Experienced Cycle Leader(s), Full Vehicle Support including Driver/Mechanic, First Aiders, Baggage Transfer, 3/4 star Hotel Accommodation (5 nights inc Breakfast -twin rooms standard. Single rooms available on request), Airport Transfers (designated flights)

Not Included

Flights, Lunches, Evening Meals


Recommended flight information will be given on your application. To help us help you, It is important you notify us of any extraordinary travel arrangements you may have that prevents you from arriving at the recommended times.
Your personal bags will be carried by the support vehicle throughout the event.
We strongly ask your bikes to be transported by bike bags (semi-rigid/soft). Please do not arrive to the event with rigid bike travel boxes. Support vehicles will have limited space and unable stow large solid bike boxes as well as all luggage and equipment through the event.
Please contact us with any questions regarding flight transport of your bike, we will be more than happy to discuss this further with you.

Weather & Kit

We can expect warm, sunny weather, however we should expect slight temperature drop and cool conditions on the mountains (800m+) and possible erratic rain showers in the valleys and on the lowlands – Remember to bring layers – not heavy coverings.
This is a road bike tour, however road surfaces are variable in this region! Your bike should be well maintained and in good running order with suitable ‘road gears’ and brakes but especially strong durable ‘touring’ tyres with good tread.
A full kit list will be issued in your ‘Joining Instructions’ document after your application. We will be glad to discuss any aspect of kit and your bike with you, please call us anytime with any questions.

Fitness & Training

This is a level 3.5 cycle event. You will be capable of riding comfortably upto 120km in a day and/or used to riding distances upto 90km over hilly terrain – minmum. If you have any doubt as to your fitness regarding participation in this event please give us a cal and we will be more than happy to chat with you.
Please arrive to the event ready to ride and not rely on ‘muscle memory’ or riding into ‘trip fitness’ – don’t let us or yourself down…please train to ride.

Click here for cycle the Transfagarasan Training plan

Transfăgărășan Epic Bike Route

Transfăgărășan Epic Elevation Profile

“The Transfagarasan Highway, a spectacular monument to earth-moving megalomania!” Andy Markowitz the Gaurdian
As well the conquering the mythical giant you will also encounter generous hospitality and discover an unspoiled culture with beauty and history around every corner…this is truly one of the new generation classics of European cycle touring…

Next Departure – 15 August 2023

To join us on this incredible cycling adventure or for further information hit the enquire button now!

“Having never really cycled before, the challenge of cycling from London to Paris was HUGE. However, both Jason and Paul did an amazing job in supporting the team of mixed abilities and experience through the 3 day tour. Extremely professional, and a very well organised itinerary. I would seriously recommend ECT for anyone looking for a great adventure with the security of knowing it’ll be well planned and catered for. I’m looking forward to booking my next trip with these guys. Thanks again for all your support, knowledge (and patience)!!! “ – Bryony Harrison-Croft 2018

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