Transylvania, surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, was also a much sought for land. That is how the Saxons arrived here in the 11th century to guard the Carpathian Mountains passes between Transylvania and Wallachia against the Tatars and the Ottomans. But this is just a hint of the rich heritage that you will discover during this entire trip.
An exceptional biking holiday is waiting for you!
Your day by day program
Arrival and welcome in Bucharest Northern Train Station before 2 PM. Train transfer to Zarnesti. Change in Brasov. 2nd train transfer to Zarnesti, a mountain village and main entrance to the Piatra Craiului National Park. Accommodation and dinner at your guesthouse.
You will ride to the South, to a small typical village called Ohaba. Passing by Vulcan you will have the opportunity to visit the fortified church, a witness of the Saxon heritage since they colonised Transylvania. Ohaba stands at the foot of Fagaras Mountains, the highest mountains in Romania. There you will visit the oldest flour mill in the county, powered by a water and you will hear it’s amazing story from the communism period. Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse. (~50 km)
You cycle at the foot of the Fagaras mountains over Bucium river. You will step by the original village of Lisa where a 100 years old machine, tailoring thick woollen blanket is still working; then passing by Sambata de Sus with its impressive Brancovenesc monastery from 1696. After that, the trip goes further over Dragus (etnographic museum). You cross the Victoria town and to the small village of Cartisoara and from there to the village of Carta, where you will visit the ruins of the Cistercian monastery. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to meet the pastor and hear his beautiful stories. Overnight at guesthouse in Carta village. (~66 km)
We recommend to have an extra day in this magnificent village and to go by train to visit Sibiu, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Romania. This is certainly the reason why Sibiu was chosen « the cultural capital of Europe in 2007 ». Developed by Saxons on a Roman village, Sibiu was the residence of the Austrian government in Transylvania. The small streets, the picturesque courtyards and the rock stairs create a romantic atmosphere. Lots of monuments and interesting museums are also waiting for you. In the evening you return by train to Carta village.
The route through Transylvania continues towards Biertan and its enormous fortified church with several ring-walls. It is Unesco World Heritage since 1993. Trip along country roads and you'll enjoy the pastoral landscapes and fortified church of Richis. Dinner and accommodation in Biertan village. (~65 km)
This cycling day will allow you to discover other treasures from Transylvania. You move on to Sighisoara, one of the few medieval citadels in Europe that is still fully inhabited and also included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Discover the old town with its famous clock tower, which initially served as the main entrance to the citadel, but also covered stairs, medieval streets, the house where Vlad Dracul, the father of Vlad the Impeller known by Bram Stocker’s legend as Dracula, was born. On the road you can make a small detour to Dumbraveni, another town with an important Armenian Catholic Church, another witness of our glorious past. Dinner and accommodation in a charming 3* hotel. (~40 km)
Today you will cycle through the Transylvanian hills to Apold village which also has a lovely fortified church. Then you will arrive in Soars village where you will spend the night. The country road will take you to remote and bucolic areas where you will surely meet shepherds watching over their sheep herds. Do not miss this meeting! (~48 km)
From Soars we bike to one of the highlights of this trip, Viscri, where you will have the opportunity to visit Viscri’s fortified church. This church was restored with the help of Prince’s Charles foundation. A ride day thorough those old and time-standing villages offer a peaceful immersing into yourself; time to meditate at the passing of time and connection to the nature. (~35 km)
The heart of Transylvania. You will continue cycling along the Olt river. After the fortification of Rupea you will arrive at the village of Miclosoara. Here you will be invited for accommodation in a splendid Middle Age house renovated by Count Kalnoky, with a beautiful restaurant. (~58 km)
Your last day of cycling in Transylvania will bring you to Brasov. You pedal on secondary roads, passing by some small rural villages. On the way, you will be delighted by romantic views offered by the beautiful fortified churches of Aita Mare, Haghig and Belin. Close to Brasov you will visit the famous fortified church of Harman, which is an obligatory stop! In the afternoon you discover Brasov and its old city center. Brasov is one of the seven cities founded by the Saxons in Transylvania in the 12th century when they were invited to Transylvania to guard the mountain passes. Accommodation in a nice hotel in Brasov old centre. (~50km)
Departure by train to Bucharest after the breakfast. End of the trip.
From April to the end of October.
- Bucharest train station.
- Bucharest train station.
- Double occupancy:
- 8 nights in guesthouses, exceptionally shared facilities.
- 1 night in a small charming hotel Day 5.
- Minimum of 2 people.
- 10 days of which 8 of cycling. Medium level (from 35 to 66 Km / day, with some climbs). For very good riders you can ride sometimes 2 stage in 1 day.
- Daily Baggage Transfer service.
- Bike rental : 95€
- Extra-night in Carta, 3* guesthouse, 1/2 board, double based : 38€
- Extra night in the hotel of the tour (2*, central, double based) : 25€
- Extra night in Bucharest, 3* central hotel (double based) : 33€
- Single supplement : 90€
- GPS tracks on USB stick : 25€
- Accomodation in guesthouses and charming hotels, meals (10 breakfasts, 8 picnics and 8 dinners ), road-book, maps, luggage transfer, permanently available local assistance.
- Some of the meals (see above), drinks, items of personal nature, bike rental, transfer to the meeting point and from the drop off point, insurances and personal expenses.