Photos of Romania and Moldova
Day 1: Hannover to Bucharest (flight)
Flight from Hannover via Amsterdam. The Hotel Denise is a good place to stay near the airport at Otopeni, has a shuttle bus and helpful staff..
Day 2: Bucherest to Buzău (128 km)
The first day cycling. The roads were mainly quiet and there were few hills on this section of the tour. Nice countryside once you leave Bucharest.
Day 3: Buzău to Brăila (117 km)
The roads were mainly quiet and this was still a faily flat area which made the cvyling easy. However the temperature in early June reached over 40C. We stayed overnight at a quite hotel call the Hotel Rebis.
Day 4: Brăila to Cahul (98 km)
This was a fairly busy strech from Brăila to Galati and from there to the border crossing to Moldova. The route in Moldova was fairly hilly, with quite a few trucks in places and plenty of potholes. We stayed at the only hotel available on Cahul Hotel Azalia The owner did not want to put our bikes in a secure locatrion but the receptionist, who spoke excellent English, sorted that for us.
Day 5: Cahul to Galati (110 km)
We took a different route on the way back to Galati which was great to cycle, passing through the wine-growing are and was quiet and not too hilly. We tried to take another border crossing which would have been much shorter but this was open only to locals.
Day 6: Galati to Tulcea (82 km)
We crossed the Danube at Galato and headed towards Tulcea and the Danube Delta. Stayed the night at the Pensiunea Nicol which was good value and clean but on a busy junction. However there was a small secluded garden where we were able to eat breakfast which we bought at the shop next door.
Day 7: Tulcea to Jurilovca (58 km)
We started the day with a boat trip into the Dabune Delta. We easily found a small boat willing to take us for a three-hour trip. This was enough to get a good impression of the area and the bird life. The road from Jurilovca was probably the best we rode on the entire journey and the accomodation in Jurilcova was excellent. The Pensiunea Heracleea also provided a generous evening meal of fresh fish.
Day 8: Jurilovca to Constanta (93 km)
This was also a very pleasant route for the first half but as we got neared to Constanta is became very industrial and he roads we much busier. The accommodation in Constanta was also excellent. The Vill Edel was a nicely renovated house in a quiet backstreet. The owner was very helpful and provided a very early breakfast as we had to catch train back to Bucharest.
Day 9: Constanta to Bucharest (216 km by rail)
Interesting journey on the train. The only option with the bikes for the regional train which is fairly slow. Bucharest is a great city with lots to see and a lively old town area full of pubs and restaurants.
Day 10: Bucharest to Hannover (flight)
Flight via Amsterdam. We had some drama with the reservation for the bikes which was eventually resolved.