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Wine Route by Bike

    Looking for something different to do near Bucharest?

    How about a bike-trip through the famous vineyards of Dealu Mare - the "Tuscany of Romania", in Prahova County, where delicious wine tasting awaits? You will enjoy a lovely 2-days route over the hills covered with deep green forests, young and old vineyards...a beautiful trip addressed to all nature and wine lovers!

     

    Highlights include:

    • S.E.R.V.E. Winery Ceptura - founded in 1994 by Count Guy TYREL de POIX, it was the first private owned wine company in Romania, well known for its collections: Vinul Cavalerului (Knight's Wine), Terra Romana, Cuvee Charlotte and Cuvee Amaury;
    • Budureasca Winery - one of the newest and most modern wine cellars in Dealu Mare region; its famous brands: Exuberant, Budureasca, Budureasca Premium, Bristena, The Vine in Flames, Noble 5, Origini;
    • "Conacul dintre Vii" Manor accommodation (the first place to offer purely ecological tourism in the region Urlati-Prahova);
    • Bellu Mansion Museum in Urlati visit - a representative monument of old Romanian architecture built in the 19th century;
    • "The Wine Cellar 1777" Museum visit - the oldest refurbished wine cellar in Romania, the only one still preserved since the 18th century, having undergone restoration and relocation works; the cellar preserves the tradition of wood carvers of our ancestors;
    • Amazing experiences - cycling activities, surprisingly delicious Romanian wines, local gastronomic delights, simple village life and local culture!

     

    The best time of the year to make the trip? Definitely Autumn, when the wine is being produced and the weather is just perfect. Not to mention the beautiful colors that Autumn brings along, making nature simply irresistible!

    PS: Don't forget to buy the perfect wine bottles for home, directly from the wine producers!

In the morning we leave Bucharest around 09:00 am, pick up from the airport (if your arrival flight is in the same day) or from the hotel where you are accommodated.

We will stop first at "Conacul dintre Vii" Manor in Urlati (aprox. 80 km from Bucharest, 1 hrs 30 min drive), the place where we will overnight. We will leave our luggages, take part in a short bike fitting and safety briefing, then take the bikes and begin our short bike route through the vineyards of Dealu Mare, together with our local cycling guide.

We will head first to S.E.R.V.E Ceptura Winery, the first private wine-growing company in Romania, founded in 1994, when the first bottle of "Vinul Cavalerului" ("Knight's Wine") came out, followed by "Terra Romana" selection distributed exclusively in HoReCa and on foreign markets. Here, we will  enjoy our first wine tasting accompanied by a selection of Romanian cheeses and cold cuts, while we will also visit the winery and vineyard guided by the winery's representative.

After that, continue our way to Budureasca Winery, one of the newest and most wine cellars in Dealu Mare region, where we will enjoy a delicious traditional lunch accompanied by an interesting tour through the vineyards and wine tasting of some of its famous brands.

Cycle back to Urlati in the afternoon, and arrival at the beautiful  "Conacul dintre Vii" Manor - a touristic complex created in a former boyar manor, where we will overnight. Dinner included on the restaurant's terrace and free time to enjoy by the pool (or as you wish). The location is the first place to offer purely ecological tourism in the region. Our hosts will delight us with tasty dinner and breakfast, with fresh vegetables from the garden and tremendous wines from the wineyards around the town of Urlati. The jars with pickles, comfitures and sorbets lined on the cellar shelves might make you take them home with you.

Total route length: around 35 km on paved, flat road.

In the morning, after a delicious organic breakfast, we are bike-riding to Bellu Mansion Museum Urlati for a visit (aprox. 1,5 km ride) - a magnificent place with which you will fall in love since the first moments you see it! Carrying a name forever linked to important creators of culture, the "Bellu Mansion" is more than an architectural monument, it is a monument of the Romanian soul! The place belonged to the famous art collector Baron Alexandru Bellu (1850-1921), being completed with a noble cellar with rock carved pieces from the 2nd and 3rd centuries and other tools and pots used in winemaking from the oldests times and up to today.

Ride back to our accommodation and free time to relax by the pool till the check-out. You will also be able to enjoy an optional lunch at "Conacul dintre Vii" Manor, before we return back to Bucharest.

On our way back, we won't miss "The Wine Cellar 1777" Museum in Valea Calugareasca, a reproduction of the oldest wineries dated to 1777, which was maintained in its original form until 1985. Inside, one can discover old tools and machineries used in the winemaking process. In the cellar, there are noble local wines kept for aging, while in the deep basemenet, on long wooden tables, sit old clay pots dating back to 1789. The mansard hosts and ethnographic exhibition titled "The Twigs of Life".

In the evening, arrival in Bucharest, where we end our "wine adventure"!

Transfer back to the hotel where you are accommodated or directly to the airport (if your departure is in the same day).

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Side option activities for the last day:

- Extend the winetasting visits with the:

  • Vitis Metamorfosis vineyards, located in Vadu Sapat commune of Prahova County - owned by the legendary Antinori family from Tuscany, a place that consolidates Dealu Mare reputation for its excellent potential in establishing new traditions in winemaking. Vitis Metamorfosis aims to promote local varieties and a sustainable viticulture.
  • LacertA Winery, located in Fintesti, Buzau County - the perfect representation of the so-called "new, new world" as they call themselves, a place where you will have the opportunity to see the way LacertA wines are made, to taste a glass of noble wine and then admire from above one of Romania's most beautiful vine estates.

Just ask for the additional cost.

DEPARTURES DATA:
April-October
DURATION:
2 days/1 night
RATES:

PRIVATE TOUR by car/mini-van

550 EUR/pers (group of 2 persons)

445 EUR/pers (group of 3 persons)

400 EUR/pers (group of 4 persons)

*ask for discounts for more than 4 people traveling together

*the tour can be organized even for 1 solo traveler

SERVICES INCLUDED:
    • 1 night accommodation in DBL room in a special location - "Conacul dintre Vii" Manor;
    • 1 breakfast + 1 dinner at "Conacul dintre Vii" Manor;
    • 1 lunch at Budureasca Winery accompanied by wine tasting;
    • Professional guide assistance in English (or other languages upon request) for 2 days (including bike guide);
    • Transport by private modern AC car/mini-van (fuel and parking fees incl), with airport/hotel pick-up/drop-off incl;
    • Bottled water;
    • Bike rental;
    • Visits of the museums (entrance to Bellu Manor and Winery Museum Crama 1777 incl);
    • 2 winery visits, including wine tasting accompanied by snack of cheese and cold cuts (SERVE Ceptura and Budureasca).
NOT INCLUDED:
    • Additional drinks and meals along the tour, unless specified (such as optional lunch at "Conacul dintre Vii" Manor on Day 2);
    • Personal bike transportation (if you come with your own bike);
    • Bicycle repair cost (if needed);
    • Side option activities for Day 2. Please ask for the additional cost!
    • Other expenses (such as souvenirs, room service, tips and so on).