Vlad the Impaler is the historical figure upon which Bram Stoker based his fictional character Count Dracula. Those Hammer horror cinematic images really do still exist in the Gothic citadels and ancient villages of Transylvania. So yes, you can actually go to Dracula’s birthplace in Sighisoara and also on a guided tour of Dracula’s Castle located in the small town of Bran in the Carpathian mountains. That’s in Romania which is definitely NOT a third world country and IS now a fully fledged member of the European Union. Your motorcycling itinerary includes six nights in Romania with a night in medieval Sibiu – a place that made such an impression on our first visit that we resolved to stay there upon our return. You can a ride out on your motorbike to Peles Castle - an amazingly well preserved gothic folly and no trip to Romania would be complete without a motorcycle ride on the Road to Nowhere - the Transfagarasan Highway is rated as one of the most exciting motorcycle rides in Eastern Europe! Yet another city to admire is Brasov - not just for its baroque architecture and spooky Gothic Black Church but because it has such a cosmopolitan town centre and some great bars and restaurants - and a Hollywood-style sign up in the mountains overlooking the city!
For those who wish to explore further why not take a few days extra to stay on the Black Sea coast!
Let’s clear up a few misconceptions. We have been operating group tours to Romania for some years now so can be confident about our self-guided tour! First it’s not as far away as you might think. We need a few stopovers en route but the longest stretch will be the return leg from Wiesbaden in Germany to Calais and that’s actually 350 miles on mostly autoroute and autobahn. Neither is the itinerary punishing – we will have a two night stopover in Vienna on the way out and a further two nights in Budapest on the way back. In Budapest the Gellert Baths are a must. Most days on the bike between hotels will be a comfortable 260 to 320 miles. Well that’s if you have got a comfortable bike! This is one of a series of MCi Tours ventures into Eastern Europe and we feel strongly that now is the time to visit Romania before the western influences become too apparent. Enjoy a fifteen day motorcycling adventure staying in good quality three and four star Hotels with secure parking in Romania for additional peace of mind.
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