Transylvania’s Heritage Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | £799 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• A great introduction to the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania
• Explore the region made famous by Bram Stoker
• Ride through National Parks and the Fagaras Mountains
• Make extra time to ride the Transfagarasan Route
• Explore Bucharest
Cycle Route features
This is a self-guided holiday and there are some climbs to be negotiated. The area is quite remote, so you need to be confident at riding in very rural areas. Contact support is available if required.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival into Bucharest
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.
Day 2: Fagaras Mountains to Ohaba
You will ride to the North, to a small typical village at the foot of Fagaras Mountains, the highest mountains in Romania. You can make a 7 km detour on a gravel road to visit the already famous Bear Sanctuary near Zarnesti.
From there you head to Ohaba where you will visit the oldest flour mill in the county, powered by a water and you will hear its amazing story from the communism period. Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse.
(BLD, ~50 km, +250m, -400m)
Day 3: Onwards to Carta
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.
(BLD, ~60 km, +300m, -450m)
You can book extra nights in Carta:
Option 1 – 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. Also possible overnight in Sibiu.
Option 2 – Ride the Transfagarasan route:
Activity: Ride on Transfagarasan road, one of the most amazing mountain roads from Europe. This price includes: hotel with halfboard, bus in the morning to Balea Lake (2050m), bike rental. This price doesn’t include: lunch. More info about this road:
AVAILABLE ONLY ON MONDAYS WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS.
Day 4: Through Transylvania
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 5: Sighisoara
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 Stoker’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 6: Through the hills to Apold
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!
(BLD, ~48 km, +600m, -500m)
Day 7: Soars to Viscri
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. If you want the maximum out of your trip you can go have a stroll through this post-card village and visit the blacksmith and the gipsy-hungarian blacksmith
(BLD, ~35 km, +300m, -250m)
Day 8: Viscri to Brasov and train to Bucharest
Leaving from Viscri after breakfast, private transfer to Brasov from where train departure to Bucharest (several trains starting with 13:30). We highly suggest an extra-night in this medieval town if you don’t have the time to visit it during the first day. End of the trip.
8 days of which 6 of cycling. Medium level (from 35 to 66 Km / day, with some climbs). For very good riders you can ride Day 6 and 7 in the same day.
Entries into or exits from the biggest cities can have busy traffic for a few kilometres.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
This trip will introduce you to the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania, known as a mysterious and spectacular land, famous through Bram Stoker’s legend of Dracula and well-known for its forests sheltering so many species of wild plants and animals.
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 holiday is waiting for you.
|The hotel list below is subject to change and should be used as a guide.
We will confirm the exact hotels prior to arrival.
|Transylvania’s Heritage||Sample Hotel List|
|Strada Gheorghe Baritiu||Pensiunea Garofita Pietrei Craiului Zarnestri|
|Brasov county||Pensiunea Casa Moga|
|Sambata de Sus||Pensiunea Izvorul Pranz|
|Sibiu county||Pensiunea Oppidum|
|Mures county||Casa Wagner|
|Brasov county||Pensiunea Andrada|
|Brasov county||Pensiunea Viscri|
|Strada Principala||Pensiunea Silba|
TRANSFERS All transfers are private, by local buses or trains.
Day 1 & 8: Train Bucharest / Brasov – Brasov / Bucharest: about 2h45
Day 1: Train Brasov / Zarnesti: about 40 minutes
Day 8: Private transfer from Viscri to Brasov: about 1h30
LUGGAGE Luggage will be transferred from one guesthouse to the other.
LODGING Double occupancy in guesthouses and small charming hotels. Exceptionally shared
MEALS 7 breakfasts, 6 picnics and 6 dinners in the guesthouses.
NOT INCLUDED Meals like indicated, drinks, extra panniers, items of personal nature.
Arcade hybrid bikes, 21 gears, light aluminium frame, Shimano derailleur, repair kit, pump, helmet, map holder, lock. Not included: speedometer.
Transylvania’s Heritage, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
Category A: Guesthouses, small hotels and charming hotels. Some with shared facilities
Cat A: £799
Cat A: £289
Day 3: in Carta: £49 / pax double, £59 / pax in single.
Activity: visit the city of Sibiu. Price includes hotel with half-board and train tickets to Sibiu and back (around 1h15 per section). This price doesn’t include: lunch.
Day 3: in Carta: £79 / pax double base, £89 / pax in single.
AVAILABLE ONLY ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS
Availability: 20th April – 15th October 2020
Duration: 8 days
Bike Hire: Included
Calculate the cost of your cycling holiday
Holiday Price: £799
Single Supplement: £289