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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights rural pensions
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1360USD

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Overview

Trip Code: RCE

Trip highlights


  • Cycling between charming villages and towns such as Sighisoara with its medieval citidel
  • Discovering unique sights such as the UNESCO listed village of Biertan and the fortified church in Viscri
  • Feasting on home made meals typical of the region

The Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania's hills are known as a mysterious and spectacular land, made famous by Bram Stoker's legend of Dracula. Whilst the legends of Transylvania are an enticing reason to visit this fascinating region, cycling through untouched villages and soaking up the friendly atmosphere will be the lasting legacy on this inspiring journey by bike. Transylvania also attracted the Saxons, who arrived in the 11th century to guard the strategic passes in the Carpathian Mountains against the Tatars and the Ottomans. Littered through the region are relics of this rich history, with fortresses presiding over valleys, mediveal citadels, archaeological remains and uniquely designed monasteries. All of these sites are discovered as you pedal through quiet valleys and forests, beneath the imposing peaks of the Fagaras Mountains. An optional extension offers experienced cyclists the opportunity to ride the Transfagarasan road, one of Europe's most stunning mountain roads. In the evening stay in small comfortable guesthouses and feast on local cuisine, soaking up the unique culture of the region.

Trip Grading

moderate to challenging

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Traveller Rating

 

Please note you will need to arrive at Bucharest North train station before 2pm to join this trip. Our local representative will meet you at the station. From here you will take the train to Brasov (approx 2h 45mins), and another to Zarnesti (approx 40mins). Zarnesti is a mountain village and the main gateway to the Piatra Craiului National Park. Overnight and dinner at your guesthouse. Alternatively, there is a lovely restaurant in town, Casa Rustica, which is great for dinner and drinks. No discount applies if you forgo dinner at the guesthouse.

Meals:  D

Today you will ride north to a typical village at the foot of the Fagaras mountains, the highest mountains in Romania. Along the way you can take a 7km detour on a gravel road to visit the famous Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti. From there you head to Obaha, where you can visit the oldest flour mill in the county, powered by water and with a fascinating history from the communism period. Dinner and accommodation in an authentic guest house located in the beautiful mountain environment of Bucium. (+250m/820ft, -400m/1312ft).

Meals:  B,L,D

You will start the day's cycle at the foot of the Fagaras mountains, pass over Bucium river and by the original village of Lisa, where a 100+ year old machine still operates and produces thick woollen blankets. Then you will pass by Sambata de Sus and its impressive Brancovenesc monastery dating from 1696. Continue and cross Victoria town, an old communist workers' residence, and via Cartisoara to the small village of Carta, where you can visit the spectacular ruins of the local Cistercian monastery. With luck you will meet the pastor and hear his insightful stories. Dinner and overnight at an old stone guesthouse in Carta village. (+300m/984ft, -450m/1476ft) ** 3 options are possible from Carta (involves an extra night) - must be requested at time of booking and a supplement applies: *Visit Sibiu by train (travel time is approx 1hr15min each way). Sibiu is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Romania, chosen as 'the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2007'. Developed on a Roman village, Sibiu was the largest and wealthiest of the Saxon's seven-walled 12th century citadels and later the residence of the Austrian government in Transylvania. option 1 - return day trip to Sibiu, overnight in Carta - included is dinner and breakfast plus return train ticket to Sibiu. option 2 - as above but stay overnight in Sibiu - included is accommodation in a centrally located simple hotel with breakfast (own arrangements for lunch and dinner) plus train ticket Carta/Sibiu/Carta Or cycle the Transfagarasan Road - only available on a Mon, Wed & Fri from 01 July option 3 - includes extra night accommodation in Carta with dinner and breakfast, bus ticket (bus takes approx 45mins) up to Balea Lake (2050m) and additional day of bike rental. The cycle is a steep and long descent of approx 30km, and needs attention and experience with going downhill on mountain roads. The road surface is not always smooth. From mid-May it is possible to ride to Balea Cascada at 1250m then cable car to Balea Lake, and descend by bike as above.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you leave the village of Carta and cycle through Transylvania towards Biertan. On the way you cycle along country roads and can enjoy the postcard-landscapes and fortified church of Richis. In Biertan you can visit its church, built between 1493 and 1522, with well preserved Renaissance artwork, an intricately carved pulpit and mosaic door. The church and its majestic fortifications, along with the medieval core of Biertan village, are UNESCO World Heritage listed. Dinner and accommodation in Biertan village. (+600m/1968ft, -650m/2133ft)

Meals:  B,L,D

The cycling today will allow you to discover other treasures of Transylvania. You move on to the UNESCO World heritage listed town of Sighisoara, one of the few medieval cities in Europe that is still fully inhabited. Discover the Old Town, with its famous clock tower, the covered stairs and medieval streets. Visit the house where Vlad Dracul, the father of Vlad the Impaler known as Dracula, was born. You can make a small detour to Dumbraveni, another lovely town with an important Armenian Catholic Church and a witness to the region's glorious past. Own dinner arrangements. Overnight in Sighisoara. (+380m/1246ft, -400/1312ft)

Meals:  B,L

Today you will cycle through the Transylvanian hills to Apold village, which also has a lovely fortified church. Continue to peaceful Soars village, where you will spend the night. The country road you follow today takes you to remote areas where you will surely meet shepherds watching over their herds. Overnight Soars. (+600m/1969ft, -500/1640ft)

Meals:  B,L,D

From Soars you will cycle to one of the highlights of the trip, Viscri, a properly restored Saxon village where the Prince of Wales owns property and has helped the villagers bring back to life their authentic past. You can visit Viscri's fortified church, restored with the help of the Prince of Wales' foundation. Cycling through these old but beautiful villages will have you meditating at the passing of time and the necessary connection with nature. You can stroll through the village and visit the local blacksmiths. Overnight Viscri. (+300m/984ft, -250m/820ft)

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast a private transfer will take you to Brasov (around 1.5hrs), where you'll have time to explore before taking the train to Bucharest. The trip concludes on arrival in Bucharest. We are happy to book additional nights in Bucharest on request and transfers. Highly Recommended: Alternative 1 - Spend a night in Brasov to see more of this wonderful town - supplement applies. Alternative 2 - Visit Bran Castle en route to Brasov - supplement applies.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 6 dinners - Continental breakfasts are served and will often consist of breads, spreads, tea, coffee & juices. Picnic lunches will include fresh produce such as bread, spreads, salad and meats sourced from local hosts. Dinner is generally 3 courses consisting of entrée or soup, a main dish and dessert, including local and international dishes. Occasionally dinner is only 2 courses.
  • 7 nights rural pensions usually twin share with ensuite facilities (shared facilities also possible on occassion)
  • Meet with our local representative at the SNCFR train station in Bucharest (North) - need to arrive before 2pm
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room,
  • Luggage transfer
  • Train from Bucharest to Zarnesti / Brasov and return, private transfer from Viscri to Brasov train station
  • Emergency hotline
  • 21 speed hybrid bike with repair kit, pump, helmet, map holder and lock (e-bike available on request - supplement applies)

  • Travel to and from Bucharest train station
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 5, all drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided walking trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Carta village extra night options (supplement applies): see day 3 of the itinerary for further details

Bike information


Grading

moderate to challenging  

MODERATE TO CHALLENGING – GRADE 4 During the 6 days of cycling you will cycle between 35 to 65km/22 to 40.5mi per day. There are some more demanding stages during the cycle with steep uphills, descents, and some sections which require more care. The accent is on keeping a steady pace, to have time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need experience cycling in traffic and a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.


Departure dates

Daily from 20 Apr to 15 Oct

Notes

DN1
We recommend adding a night in Carta village (Day 3) to visit Sibiu by train, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Romania. Alternatively, experienced cyclists can ride on the Transfagarasan Road from Balea Lake (2050m) also by adding a night in Carta village. Must be requested at time of booking, available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - supplement applies.
DN2
To visit Bran Castle, a supplement is required to detour via Bran on day 8, You will need to add an additional night in either Brasov or Bucharest on day 8. Summer departures may experience queue delays at the castle.

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Total Priceper person from

$1360USD

Options & Supplements*
  • transfer supplement on day 8 via Bran Castle (1-3 people)USD$40
  • Carta option 1 supplement - extra night with Sibiu (twinshare HB)USD$60
  • Carta option 2 supplement - extra night in Sibiu (twinshare B&B)USD$70
  • Carta option 1 supplement - extra night with Sibiu (single HB)USD$80
  • Carta option 2 supplement - extra night in Sibiu (single B&B)USD$80
  • Single SupplementUSD$120
  • Carta option 3 - extra night -Transfagarasan road (twinshare HB) ppUSD$160
  • Carta option 3 - extra night -Transfagarasan road - (single HB)USD$180
  • e-bike supplementUSD$200
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$360
*Prices listed are per person

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