Transylvania Cycling Holiday
Self Guided or Guided
Start / FinishBrasov / Sibiu
Distance176 miles/283 kms
This cycling holiday in Transylvania will unveil a largely undiscovered part of Europe, boasting some of the continent’s most beautiful countryside. It’s a land packed with atmospheric castles and unspoilt medieval villages where life has changed little in centuries.
A trip to Transylvania isn’t complete without a visit to ‘Dracula’s castle’ at Bran, but there is much more to see besides in this fascinating part of Romania. People still tend the land with oxen and scythes and in some parts you’re as likely to ride past a horse-drawn cart as you are a car.
It’s a region where Romanian, Hungarian, Saxon and Roma culture is all felt. You’ll ride through forests, open valleys and be treated to stunning views of the Carpathian Mountains on the way.
The terrain is varied, with some flat valley sections, shady forest paths as well as some more rolling countryside. There will be very little traffic almost everywhere you go.
Itinerary & Map
Day 1: Arrive Brasov
On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Brasov. Take a stroll around the historic old town stopping in the atmospheric square to admire the gothic ‘Black Church’ and its world famous Buchholz organ.
Day 2: Brasov – Zarnesti – Bran and Rasnov castle – Zarnesti, 27 miles/45 kms
Transfer from Brasov to Zarnesti, 23 kms away, from where you’ll start cycling. Ride south to brooding Bran Castle – the legendary home of Dracula and a must-see for anyone visiting Transylvania. You’ll then cycle along the scenic Barsa valley enjoying fabulous views of the Postavarul and Piatra Craiului mountains.
Day 3: Zarnesti – Fagaras, 36 miles/58 kms
Today you’ll cycle through Piatra Craiului National Park, set in a forest valley and home to Europe’s largest population of wild wolves and bears – don’t worry, they are very reclusive. You’ll then be treated to some spectacular views of the Transylvanian Alps as you approach Fagaras, a city with a rich Saxon and Hungarian heritage on the River Olt.
Day 4: Fagaras – Sighisoara, 25 to 31 miles/40 to 50 kms
After a short transfer, you’ll be entering the real heart of Transylvania today, a remote area of secluded villages, ancient churches and solitary castles. After passing through this timeless region you’ll arrive in the bustling city of Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a huge castle and many restaurants serving locally caught game.
Day 5: Sighisoara – Biertan, 25 miles/35 kms
Cycle out from Sighisoara for a shortish stretch to Biertan, one of the best-preserved Saxon villages in Transylvania. You’ll certainly be impressed by its castle and fortified churches, which have helped make it another World Heritage Site.
Day 6: Biertan – Harbach Valley, 33 miles/50 kms
Enter the Harbach Valley, an idyllic rural landscape where the old ways still hold strong. People still use horse wagons, the fields are tended with scythes and the pace of life is slow. So no need to rush, just enjoy the ride and soak up the sights as well as the wonderful views across to the Transylvanian Alps.
Day 7: Harbach Valley – Sibiu, 33 miles/50 kms
On your last day of riding you’ll enter the ‘Young Forest’, stopping at Cisnadioara en route. Then you’ll be on the home straight and as you approach the end of your Transylvanian cycle tour you’ll take a bike path through the Alder Park straight to the centre of Sibiu, a former European Capital of Culture.
Day 8: Sibiu
After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.
Dates & Prices
|2020 Arrival Dates|
|Arrivals daily between 02 May - 26 September|
|16 May, 20 June, 05 & 26 September|
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|Deposit per person||£190|
Self-guided: 7 x Breakfast
Guided: 7 x Breakfast, 2 x Dinner
Maps & route information.
Guided Tour also includes:
Arrival and departure transfers
English speaking guide
Bike hire (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximately €10-15, payable locally)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£160)
The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds, front suspension and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with a rear pannier, lock, repair kit and handlebar bag.
Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.
Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.
Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses
Brasov: Hotel Coroana Brasovului
Zarnesti: Pensiunea Hora cu Brazi
Fagaras: Pensiunea Elegant House
Sighisoara: Hotel Korona
Biertan: Pensiunea Unglerus
Nucet: Pensiunea Biohaus Cioran Emilian
Sibiu: Hotel Best Western Silva
- Date - 30/06/2017
- Name - Christine Davison
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - We wanted to change the holiday and have extra nights at the beginning - Flexitreks were very good at arranging this. Very helpful over the phone
- Product rating - 3.0
- Product comment - Disappointing ! Too much on busy roads, the directions were often wrong or out of date. The bikes were ok and there was a comprehensive tookit. The towns we stayed at were all really nice and the accommodation covered a nice variety of options. However the cycling was just not good - I don't mind dirt roads but there were few of these and the tarmac roads were not quiet and were very badly potholed so it was impossible to look around as one cycled along. The directions were very confusing and without our own GPS maps we would have been lost. Road numbers would have helped. There is no longer a train at 10:30 from Sibiu to Bucharest - it's 05:00 or 11:55 - luckily we found this out the day before we needed to travel or we could have been stuck.
- Date - 28/06/2016
- Name - Anonymous
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - Very helpful booking service.
- Product rating - 2.0
- Product comment - The bikes provided could have been good but one had a damaged tyre and the inner tube had already been mended once. The tyres did not have kevlar as should have been provided given the quality of the roads in parts of Romania - so we had several punctures. No lights were provided for the bikes - surely this must be a legal requirement? One of the bikes had no mudguards nor means for carrying a sidebag. No key was provided for the electric bike which made charging it difficult.
The two transfers provided were both 45 mins later than advised and in one case would not have happened if we had not called. The telephone number for Hermanntours was never answered and the answerphone had a message that was only in Romanian and therefore not comprehensible. The car used for the second transfer did not have seat belts in the back and so one of us had to travel on fast roads without seat belt.
On four separate occasions we were pursued closely by fierce dogs - very frightening and no mention made in the advisory notes. We had to carry a large stick in case of trouble - we will not go cycling in Romania again!
The maps were fine but the detailed descriptions of the route provided were in many cases out of date and misleading about some of the steeper climbs.
On the more positive side the hotels and pensiuneas were all very nice and with friendly and helpful staff, the countryside was beautiful , the Romanian people very helpful and welcoming,and the old towns we visited were fascinating and attractive. The food provided at the pensiunea at Nucet was one of the highlights of the trip, but there were a few minor grumbles e.g. no shower gel ( Zarnesti).
We will be making a complaint directly to Flexitreks about various aspects of the holiday.
- Flexitreks response - I'm very sorry for the issues you experienced on this tour and appreciate the time taken to provide more details to me over the phone. I am working with our local supplier to ensure future customers do not experience the same problems and am glad we managed to resolve the matter to your satisfaction post tour.
- Date - 10/12/2015
- Name - Anne Campbell
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - Exceptional help with changing dates, flights etc
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - A great way to see Transyvania and meet Transyvanians, a lovely, welcoming nation
- Flexitreks response - Dear Anne,
Many thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback as we really do appreciate this. We hope you are already considering another cycling holiday with Flexitreks in 2016. Please feel free to call us on 01273 410 550 or email email@example.com. The Flexitreks team.