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8 days
  • self guided cycle
  • 7 nights rural pensions
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts





Trip Code: RCE

Trip highlights

  • Cycling between charming villages and towns such as Sighisoara with its medieval citadel
  • 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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The trip begins at Bucharest North train station. From here you will take the train to Brasov (approx 3hrs), and another to Zarnesti (approx 40mins). Zarnesti is a mountain village and the main gateway to the Piatra Craiului National Park. On arrival at the guesthouse you will receive your printed maps and route book, together with your rental bike and accessories. 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 Ohaba, where you can visit the oldest flour mill in the country, powered by water and with a fascinating history from the communist 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 (each 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. 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. Part of this road, from the village to approx. 1250m (to Balea Falls) is available starting with mid-May. From Balea Waterfall you can take a cable car up to Balea Lake (2000m), but in May and June the road might be blocked by snow between Balea Lake and Balea Waterfall

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 King Charles 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 (approx. 3hrs). The trip concludes on arrival in Bucharest. We are happy to book additional nights in Bucharest on request and transfers to the airport. Optional extras, highly recommended: 1 - spend a night in Brasov to see more of this wonderful town - supplement applies. 2 - visit Bran Castle en route to Brasov - supplement applies.

Meals:  B



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.


  • 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)
  • 21 speed hybrid bike with repair kit, pump, map holder and lock (e-bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room
  • Luggage Transfer, 1 piece maximum 20kg, supplement applies for excess
  • Train from Bucharest to Zarnesti via Brasov (Day 1), private transfer Viscri to Brasov train station and train Brasov to Bucharest (Day 8)
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to and from Bucharest train station
  • Meals not listed as included, drinks
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Helmet (can be provided locally on a request basis)
  • E-bike, supplement applies
  • Guide – this is a self guided cycling holiday
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Entrance fees not listed as included
  • Transfers not listed as included
  • Transfers if you need to skip a stage
  • Excess Luggage
  • Hotel taxes if applicable – payable directly to the hotel
  • Carta village extra night options (supplement applies): see day 3 of the itinerary for further details
  • Bucharest airport to city transfers available on request - supplement applies
  • Private transfer Brasov to Zarnesti available on request - supplement applies
  • Extra transfer to Bran (a detour during the final Viscri-Brasov transfer) available on request - supplement applies. This requires an extra-night in Brasov or Bucharest or a very late flight out, after 7 PM. Please take into consideration when visiting Bran castle that it is normal to queue for an hour or more to enter during the high season (July-August).
  • Items of a personal nature

Bike information


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. Traffic is likely when entering and exiting the towns and cities. 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 18 Apr to 15 Oct


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.
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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Options & Supplements*
  • transfer supplement on day 8 via Bran Castle (1-3 people)USD$50
  • Carta option 1 supplement - extra night with Sibiu (twinshare HB)USD$110
  • Carta option 1 supplement - extra night with Sibiu (single HB)USD$130
  • Single SupplementUSD$180
  • Carta option 3 - extra night -Transfagarasan road (twinshare HB) ppUSD$170
  • Carta option 3 - extra night -Transfagarasan road - (single HB)USD$190
  • e-bike supplementUSD$210
  • Solo Traveller SupplementUSD$410
*Prices listed are per person

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