Our bike tour takes you to the dense forest on Dealu Mare, from where the Bahlui river springs (the main river that crosses Iaşi). It offers you a quiet and shaded place in the torrid summer days. There are resting areas at Alexandru Ioan Cuza’s oak tree, on the bank of the Pârcovaci Lake, or at the two monasteries of Vorona, built by Russian monks. After about 25 km of forest tracks, we reach the lands of grapes and wine, where we can discover the ancient symbols and rituals linked with the transformation of grapes into wine, by visiting the Museum of Vineyards and Wines in Hârlău. The small town of Hârlău and the surrounding area are hiding the remnants of old times, when Moldavian rulers established their court here, between the 14th and the 16th centuries, but also of the flourishing aristocratic architecture of the 19th century, with fancy mansions and royal gatherings. Extending the trip with 30 more kilometers, the path takes you from the majestic Palace of Ruginoasa – the residence of ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza, across the hills that 6000 years ago housed one of the most prolific civilizations of the late Stone Age – the Cucuteni Civilization, before finally reaching the most famous Moldavian vineyard – Cotnari.
In the bike and wine tour in Romania, we will reach the following landmarks: Vorona Monastery, Polizu Manor, Wine and Grapes Museum in Harlau, Cotnari-Homeland of Well-Made Wine, Cucuteni village.
Starting point: Palace of Culture at 8.30 am (recommended) or other places from where we can pick you up (hotel). The starting point of the bike track is Vorona.
Elevation gain: 440 m
Length: 37 km (with the possibility of extending it to 30 more km)
Difficulty: Easy – Medium – The track goes on unpaved roads for about 70% of its length
Duration: (4 hours of driving both ways) 4-8 hours including visiting points of interest on the route and stops for eating and hydration.