This trip from Belgrade to Bucharest is to introduce you to amazing scenery and follows the most spectacular section of the Danube which is part of the project EuroVelo6. We will start your ride in Serbia and finish it in Romania, at the end of the Carpathian Mountains, crossing the Banat region. Here we will find breath-taking combinations of landscapes, sweet hills on which are settled picturesque villages with secular traditions like haymaking, steep gorge walls where lively rivers flow and the great Danube which will give you the feeling of pushing the mountains so it can slowly float towards the Black sea, between Serbia and Romania, between the Balkans and Carpathian Mountains.
Group departure by private van or by train avalaible from Bucharest on Day 1. Around 8-9h from Bucharest. Ask us for a quotation.
In 2019, we organize this trip only for groups established from 5 participants.
Guaranteed departures planned for 2020
Your day by day program
The trip starts at our 3* hotel in Belgrade, in the city centre, where our bikes will be waiting for us. You can book an extra-night to visit the city.
Today, we begin the descent on the Danube, second longest river in Europe and formerly natural border of the Roman Empire. We will finish our stage near Kovin. While crossing Kovin, we will be able to admire the traditional Austro-Hungarian architecture. We are going to sleep on the banks of the Danube, in a small and charming bed and breakfast. ~ 73 km, without elevation gain
Today, we walk on the Serbian side, admiring of course the majestic river which has already traveled several countries before arriving where we are. Surprise on the agenda: the lunch will be taken in a country and amazing environment. Today we will see the Danube digging its way into the Carpathians. Since we are at the entrance of the mountains, we will admire here a calm and grandiose Danube, flowing serenely towards the Black Sea. End of the day in a small holiday village dotted with natural lakes where we can swim: the best way to finish a day of cycling. ~ 50 km, without difference in level.
This stage is the stage of passage between Serbia and Romania. We will move away from the Danube to pass the customs, which will give us the opportunity to discover the deeper countryside. At the end of the day, we arrive at our first hostel in Romania, on the bank of the Danube where we can swim, go boating and admire the most beautiful sunset from the Danube! ~ 45 km, with several small climbs.
We start our bike ride in the Romanian Banat region. This region used to be the most cosmopolitan region in Romania, under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Romanian, German, Hungarian, Serbian and Czech people still live peacefully here. Continuing our cycle along the Danube, even though it was an agitated, blue and impetuous river, don’t be amazed to see it has become a big and calm river. In the ‘70’s, Romanian and Serbian governments decided to build a dam on the Danube in order to increase electricity production. This is what we call today The Iron Gates, downstream from the Danube gorges. We will see the results of this at the end of the day when we will ride along this reservoir created by the dam. ~55 km. BLD
Today's stage will offer us the greatest variety of landscape with lots of stories behind! At the beginning of the day we will drive along a large river, wide and calm, we will cross small towns and markets, we will discover the industrial heritage of the communist period, and we will finish the stage near the place where the Danube tightest between Romania and Serbia and offers us the most spectacular landscapes. This day will be rich in encounters when we cross the beautiful gorges but also the rolling hills. End of day homestay, in a small traditional village. ~ 50 km.
Since we can not drive on the narrowest part of the Danube, we will discover it by boat and on foot. First we will go by boat on the Danube to return, by the water in a cave that served as a refuge to the Austro-Hungarian army. We will then go to a second cave by which we will return by boat by the water and we will go out on foot and frontal "side earth" if the level of the Danube is low enough. An unforgettable moment of adventure followed by a small hike (1h30) to reach an exceptional panoramic point above the gorge where it is possible to arrive on foot. In the afternoon we will return to the bikes to see the latest wonders of this part of the Danube, such as gigantic statues in the rock or Roman inscriptions. ~ 30 km.
Today, we leave the Danube and our bicycles to leave for Bucharest. Arrival in Bucharest in the middle of the afternoon and end of the trip. You can extend your stay in Bucharest and discover an eclectic city where there are buildings of different periods and architectural styles, historic alleys, as well as a bubbling social and cultural life. A strolling walk will reveal the charm of the Romanian capital.
Subject to availability of accommodation, response within 48 hours, from Monday to Friday.
Departures for groups formed on request
- Belgrade - Serbia
- Bucharest - Romania
- The infrastructure is very disparate on this sector, we found the best quality / reception ratio:
J1, Belgrade - small hotel *** in the city center
J2, Kovin - room with 2 to 5 beds, bathroom share
J3, Bella Crkva double & triple room, (double room only for couples) private bathroom
J4, Bazias - double room, shower room to share
J5, Berzeasca - double room, individual shower room
J6, Dubova - room with 3 beds (double room only for couples), individual bathroom
J7, Orsova - double room, individual shower room
OR equivalent in the vicinity.
The offer of accommodation is not very big in the region, we chose the best rentals, even if they are not always very luxurious!
J2, 4, 5, 6 & 7 are on the banks of the Danube
- From 5 people
- 5½ days, easy level with some short climbs. J7 - 2h walk, easy level.
- Baggage transfer every day.
- Single supplement (exception day 2) : 80€
- Bike rental, hybrid bikes, 21 gears, back bag : 80€
- Rental rear panniers : 15€
- Extra-night in Bucharest, 3* hotel in city-center, double-based: : 70€
- GPS tracks on USB stick : 25€
- English speaking guide from day 1 to day 8, with a first aid kit,
- 7 breakfasts, 5 picnics and 6 dinners. Occasionally dinner has only 2 courses.
- all accommodations
- transfer to the meeting point (hotel in Belgrade) and to the drop-off point (where you want in Bucharest), drinks, dinner J1 & 7, lunch D2 and 8,
- travel insurance, personal expenses and paid admission, in museums, flights.