Transylvania Short Break Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 5 days | 4 nights | From £479 per person
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This cycling trip in Transylvania is the perfect opportunity for you to discover the mysterious and spectacular land made famous through Bram Stocker’s legend of Dracula.
Surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, Transylvania was the desired land. It is because of its richness that the Saxons arrived here in the 11th century and guarded the Carpathian Mountains passes against the Tatars and the Ottomans. But this is just a tiny portion of its incredibly rich heritage which you’ll be discovering during this magical trip. An exceptional adventure is waiting for you!
Cycle Route features
5 days of which 3 of cycling. Medium level (from 35 to 66 Km / day, with some climbs).
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest & transfer to your guesthouse
Arrival and welcome in Bucharest Northern Train Station before 2 PM. Train to Brasov (approx. 3h) followed by Private Transfer to Bucium, a mountain village at the foot of the wonderful Fagaras range. Accommodation and dinner at your guesthouse.
Day 2: Fagaras Cycling
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 and dinner at guesthouse in Carta village.
(BLD, ~60 km, +300m, -450m)
2 extra nights possible in Carta:
- One for the visit of Sibiu: 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.
- One for riding the Transfagarasan route: details below
Day 3: Pastoral Landscapes
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.
(BLD, ~65 km, +600m, -650m)
Day 4: Towards the Citadel
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. Free diner.
Accommodation in a charming 3* hotel.
(BL, ~40 km, +380m, -400m)
Day 5: End of Trip
After your breakfast, according to your schedule you can still have a few hours to visit enchanting Sighisoara or board the train to Bucharest (5-6 h depending on which train you choose). End of the trip once you reach Bucharest.
Map & Route information will become available shortly.
This cycling trip in Transylvania is the perfect opportunity for you to discover the mysterious and spectacular land made famous through Bram Stocker’s legend of Dracula. Surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, Transylvania was the desired land.
It is because of its richness that the Saxons arrived here in the 11th century and guarded the Carpathian Mountains passes against the Tatars and the Ottomans.But this is just a tiny portion of its incredibly rich heritage which you’ll be discovering during this magical trip. An exceptional adventure is waiting for you!
Meals (4 breakfasts, 3 picnics and 3 dinners)
Day 1 – Train Bucharest / Brasov: about 3h
Day 5 – Sighisoara / Bucharest: about 5-6h
Day 1 – Private Transfer Brasov / Bucium: about 1h
Drinks other than water
Items of personal nature
Transfer to the meeting point and from the drop off point
Insurances and personal expenses
Arcade hybrid bikes, 21 gears, light aluminium frame, Shimano derailleur, repair kit, pump, helmet, map holder, lock. Not included: speedometer.
Transylvania Short Break, 5 days, 4 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
In guesthouses and small charming hotels. Exceptionally shared facilities.
Self-Guided Holiday Price:
Cat A: From £479
Cat A: From £169
April to October
Duration: 5 days
Bike Hire: Included
Holiday Price: From £479
Single Supplement: From £169