Cycling in Tusnad area

a mineral water land, the destination for refreshment of the body and soul
Combined / Cultural / Intermediate / Transylvania / Weekend

Overview

  • ~90 Km by bike from Baile Tusnad to Saint Ana Lake and Balvanyos Resort
  • Discover a unique green area nested with mineral water springs with healing effects
  • Full board and accommodation 

Traveling from Brasov to Miercurea Ciuc, along the Olt River, you will enter the “mineral water land”, a place where you find “probably the best water in the world”! Between two mountain massifs with old woods – Baraolt and Ciuc – you pass places naming mineral water well known brands: Zizin, Bodoc, Tusnad, Sancraieni, Ozun, Malnas, Covasna, Harghita.
Here, the Olt Valley is narrow, the mountains are approaching, villages replace cities, woods are coming closer to the road. Finally, Baraolt and Ciuc Mountains meet in a single point: Baile Tusnad resort, our meeting location.
A volcanic lake (unique in Romania), sulfa caves, natural springs and cascades, old fortresses, kurtoskalad, forest roads, goulash, forest path: all of these are the ingredients of this lush area. We know the routes to each of them and we crafted for you a two days cycling itinerary to help you discover them.

We will explore the area by bicycle, under cool pine groves, until we reach the unique volcanic lake in the country (St. Ana Lake) and let yourself suprised by the effects of mofettas and traditional mineral bath use.

The ideal destination for the refreshment of body and soul in an area nested with mineral water springs with healing effects. Discover the mofettas, the air rich in aerosols and the specific natural values of the region and the surrounding natural reserve.

Price:
from 300.00 €
Duration:
3 days/2 nights
Start / End:
Baile Tusnad
Distance:
~90 km
Accommodation:
local guesthouses and selected B&Bs
Activity level:
Intermediate
Custom/Private
Dates:
02 Jun. 2017
07 Jul. 2017

Highlights

  • St. Ana Lake
  • Mohos Peat Bog
  • The mineral water cascade in Tusnad Bai
  • Apor Bastion
  • Telega and Harmanu Mare peaks
  •  Balvanyos Resort and Fortress
  •  Puturosu Cave
  •  Ciucas Lake

Day by day

Guests will be arriving from noon onwards in Baile Tusnad resort for a short walk and bike fitting session. Dinner to follow in the evening, accompanied by a short introduction and welcome package.

Overnight at a local tranditional guesthouse.
Meals: dinner.

After a nice breakfast we will leave Tusnad until we reach Bixad for 12 km. From Bixad we follow a beautiful climbing route to St. Ana Lake. The route to St. Ana Lake is a 10 km asphalt road, up to the Mohos Plateau.
Saint Ana Lake is the only crater lake in Romania located in the volcanic crater of the volcano named Ciomatu Mare (Nagy Csomád in Hungarian) of the Eastern Carpathians.
It it time here to stop for lunch, a photo session and even a bath, if the weather affords.
Back to Tusnad, we will follow a 7 km forest path.

Overnight at the same local guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

From Baile Tusnad we are following the forest road to Harmanu Mare Peak and then toward Balvanyos Resort. From Lazaresti we will climb again to Telega Peak, heading south. Here we will follow the road to St. Ana Lake until we will meet the Bixad – Mohos road which we know from the day before.
We will stop to visit Balvanyos Resort (7 km forestry road) and the different sights in the area: Balvanyos Fortress and “Puturosu” Cave.
From Balvanyos we can go directly to Baile Tusnad on the asphalt road or we can climb again to St. Ana Lake and go down on the forest path, similar with the first day.
Back to our accommodation place for farewell and transfer to Bucharest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
Extra loop possible: 20 km

What si included

  • Two nights accommodation
  • Full board for all period - Breakfasts, Dinners and Picnic Lunches
  • All tickets to sights included in the itinerary
  • Luggage transportation and Vehicle assistance (whenever roads allow it to pass)
  • Bike transport (on request)
  • Energizers & refreshment drinks
  • Trip plan, GPS
  • Complimentary Carpatbike branded T-shirts
  • English/ French speaking guides

Not included

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Single room supplement
  • Additional local guides, if required
  • Alcoholic and additional drinks or meals during the programme
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Individual travel Insurance or insurance waiver form (compulsory in order to be accepted for the tour, for foreign tourists)
  • Optional activities not scheduled by CarpatBike
  • All the other conditions are presented in the “Terms and conditions” document
  • Tips for your cycling guide (10% trip price) or at restaurants (5-10% of the bill)

More information

MEETING AND DEPARTURE:

HOW TO GET THERE:

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start if you arrive from abroad, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Bucharest or Targu Mures airports. Travel time between Bucharest and Baile Tusnad is approximately 4 hours by car.

Please ask tour consultant for specific details and advance bookings.

Please inform the tour company on your flight schedule to advise for appropriate transfer times for meeting and departure.

MEETING DAY:

On arrival, the participants will be informed on the programme and other necessary information, they will be familiarised with the local customs and will receive the travel kit (map, equipment, bike and so on). Our guides will make sure that the participants fulfil all terms and conditions.

In case one or more participants did not reach the meeting date and point as scheduled, it is the responsibility of the participant to reach the group during the trip, according to CarpatBike terms and conditions. They will receive the support of our team in finding the group as soon as possible.

Due to the long distance for the first day and the organisational matters, the first day might only include a bike fitting session and short local rides, a visit in the city and local sights.

TERRAIN:

This tour includes national, local, village, and forest roads through pastoral landscapes and peaceful Transylvanian scenery. The terrain includes flat asphalt routes, unpaved country hilly trails, and rolling hills and is suitable for cyclists in good physical condition, varying from 30 to 60 km per day.
On this tour, 10% of the riding is on dedicated bike paths, 60% is on quiet roads with little traffic, and 30 % on roads shared with traffic.

Bike info

GT, Cannondale or Trek XC bicycles are available on this tour, and are included in the tour price.

Equipment provided at no charge:

  • Helmet
  • Locks
  • Repair kit
  • Pump
  • Water bottle

Other equipment is available at an additional charge:

  • GPS system
  • Cycle computer
  • Panniers and rack

PEDALS/SEATS:
You may choose to bring your own seat, pedals, bottles and/or other accessories; we will change out seats and pedals for you.

HELMETS:
While a helmet can be provided, we recommend that for safety and hygiene reasons you bring your own or plan to purchase one upon arrival. Please consider also bringing your own water recipient.

Dates & Prices

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book.

Also, in case you want to book a tour for a particular date we are happy to prepare a customized offer for your group. Choose any of our existing tour itineraries for your own private adventure.

Book it on your chosen dates, just for your group. Prices may vary depending on group size and availability for selected dates. For groups +10 pp. additional discount apply.

Please contact us for details at home@carpatbike.ro asap.

Dates

from 02 Jun 2017 to 04 Jun 2017 - 3 days/2 nights Book now
from 07 Jul 2017 to 09 Jul 2017 - 3 days/2 nights Book now

Prices

Price EUR/person/net price Bike rental not included Bike rental included Single room supplement
4-6 € 399 € 439 € 50
7-10 € 365 € 405 € 50
+10 € 300 € 340 € 50
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+40.740.166.791 / +40.723.389.833
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