Week Five is one for those who love adventure, wild camping, ancient forests and cycling really far. Expect incredible Romanian architecture, to cycle through some of Europe’s oldest forests, and a hell of a lot of uncertainty.
Note that "adventure" isn’t a word we’ve thrown in to the mix to make Week Five seem exciting. We really mean it. Having never cycled this route before, all we know is that there might be bears.
If that hasn’t put you off, you'll find more info below!
This week will have stunning views, as it winds through three national parks. There’ll be a wonderfully welcoming culture and an opportunity to explore lesser-travelled European roads. This is one of the weeks we’re most excited about!
Though we'll start down in the Pannonian Basin, it's less than a day's ride to the foothills of the Transylvanian Alps. The highest crossing of the these peaks is up at 900m, making this section rather testing.
Next we'll head over flatter ground until we cross the Danube at the Bulgarian border, and from there, into the Balkan mountains for the biggest climb of the week (up to 1400m).
As the road leads us from the aptly named Montana Province into the Sofia region, most of the miles will come for free. We'll roll in to Sofia feeling super steely.
*Plans may change and daily distances may vary as we scout for camping spots along the way. Take the below with a pinch of salt and a slurp of energy gel.
We’re available for airport pick-ups throughout the day. Then we’ll all come together in the evening for dinner and a chat about the week to come.
Leave Timişoara and cycle about 130km through Semenic Cheile National Park where we’ll hopefully wild camp.
Cycle around 125km and end at Lake Prisaca for a refreshing swim and wild camp.
Cycle about 130km before arriving at another lake for a swim, well-earned after a long day in the saddle. Wild camp near the water.
Ride another 130km before crossing the border into Bulgaria. We'll arrive at Vindin, renowned for its wines. We’ll then find somewhere to stay nearby.
A 120km cycle through rural Bulgaria ending at Lake Ogosta where we'll wild camp.
Only 90km to cover, but with a big climb in the morning and then a wiggle down the hills into Sofia for celebrations that our thighs made it.
Wake up, a mixture of tired and elated, wander around the city in a happy daze. We’re available for airport drops throughout the day
The standard cost to take part is £385 per week.
We are also providing 5 discounted places, at £250 per week. These places are intended for refugees and long-term volunteers working in the refugee crisis. If this is you then get in touch here to apply. NB. Our fully-funded 2 free places are now taken.