Transylvania Cycling Holiday

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.

Biertan

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.

Transylvania Cycling Holiday

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.

Biertan

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

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.

Alternative route: If the guest house in Harbach is not available due to lack of space, your route will be as follows:

Day 6: Pick up at Hosman/Cornatel and transfer to Sibiu for 2 nights.

Day 7: Cycle trip from Sibiu. Take the cycle path to Rasinari and perhaps detour to Cisnadioara and Cisnadie churhces. Then cucle on to the village of Sibile where you can vist the glass museum.

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 - end of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

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.

Accommodation

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

Local taxes

Some hotels in some countries have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting there

Fly to Bucharest

Research flights from the UK here

Take the train to Brasov which takes approximately 2.5 hours

Research trains here.

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