The Danube river lends itself to cycling and this stretch through Serbia to the Iron Gates in Romania is no exception. From the Serbian capital the cycling follows the Danube, deviating at times to take in sights, visit farms and interact with the locals. This part of the Danube is known for its impressive gorges rising up to 500m above the river. The most famous section is the Iron Gates which encompasses a 134km stretch and forms the border between Serbia and Romania. Cycling between traditional villages to glimpse the farming communities of the region, the terrain is relatively flat with a few rolling hills and flat river trails, whilst the surrounding scenery is spectacular. Pedalling along, the people welcome you with waves and the traditional Romanian welcome - Buna ziua! There are many highlights including a boat trip on the Danube to explore caves inhabited in the past by soldiers, the different culinary delights and the diverse scenery. In the company of a local cycle guide and staying in characterful but simple guesthouses, there is ample opportunity to absorb the culture of the region and the local cuisine.
DAY 1 Arrive Belgrade, meet with group and guide DAY 2 Begin cycle along the Danube (73km / 45.5mi) DAY 3 Option to visit Ram Fortress before continuing along the Serbian section of the Danube (50km / 31mi) DAY 4 Cross to Romania with cheese tasting en route to our overnight stop (45km / 28mi) DAY 5 Cycle through the Romanian Banat region to the 'Iron Gates' with its impressive gorge (55km / 34mi) DAY 6 Continue through the Danube gorges (50km / 31mi) DAY 7 Explore the narrowest sections of the gorges on foot and by boat and continue cycle to Orsova (30km / 18.5mi & 1.5hr) DAY 8 Transfer to Bucharest, trip concludes
*7 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 6 dinners *1 night 3 star hotel, 3 nights rural guesthouse on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities, 3 nights rural guesthouse multishare (2-4 people per room) and shared facilities *luggage transfer *21 speed hybrid bike with pannier *private transfers as per itinerary *English speaking local guide