Bike tour in Transylvania
Be active! Discover Romanian's beauty!
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Operating days: May-October
Included: accommodation, transport, professional local guide, bike rental.
This guided tour takes you along country roads and pastoral landscapes far from the crowded routes, on flat terrain, unpaved country trails, up and downhill trails enjoying the incredible Transylvanian scenery.
You will pass historic architecture, preserved since the Middle Ages. You will visit UNESCO World Heritage churches, castles, remote villages, and even the medieval city of Sibiu, named the Cultural Captial of Europe in 2007.
All those will be visited by bike trips but the transport will be also by car or minivan.
You have an English speaking guide for the entire trip.
Day 1. Bucharest - Transfagarasan - Sibiel
Arrival in Bucharest. Transfer from the airport to Sibiel, a nice village near Sibiu city. Here we can visit the Icon Glass Museum; we can see how people live in the country yard and how they grow the domestic animals. The host will wait for you with a hot and very tasty dinner. Every meal taste better here because the food is ecological and everything is home made.
Accommodation in Sibiel in a pension. Dinner included.
Day 2. Sibiel – Sibiu - Sibiel
After breakfast we will go to Sibiu and will have a city tour. Sibiu (Hermannstadt) is the first town in Romania, which has been nominated to the title of European Capital of Culture in 2007, together with its twinned town from Western Europe, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Sibiu gather together nearly 80 hectares of old architecture, one of the best preserved medieval towns in south-eastern Europe. In the afternoon will be back in Sibiel and we will cycle thru the entire village to discover the real life…
Accommodation in pension in Sibiel. Dinner included.
Day 3. Sibiel – Crisan - Sura Mica - Ocna Sibiului – Mandra – Slimnic.
After breakfast, we will have a cycling trip to Slimnic. We cycle along country roads to the village Cristian, further to Sura Mica, to Ocna Sibiului, a small health resort with salt water lakes. From there it goes to Mandra and Slimnic where you stay for the night. It's an easy trip only along asphalted roads. The main attractions are the fortified churches from the above mentioned villages, the salt water lakes and the ruins of the fortress of Slimnic – Stolzenburg. There is a small nature reserve in Slimnic with steppe vegetation. Accommodation in pension in Slimnic.
Total distance: 35km, level difference 240m.
Day 4. Slimnic – Rusi –Seica Mare – Axente Sever –Copsa Mica – Medias – Bazna.
Today the trip along the villages Rusi, Seica Mare, Axente Sever, Copsa Mica to Valea Viilor and further over Ighis to Mosna, Medias, Bazna. Trip along country roads and you'll enjoy the pastoral landscapes. Accommodation in Bazna.
Distance: 75 km, level difference about 450m.
Day 5. Bazna – Biertan – Copsa Mare - Danes - Sighisoara
From Bazna we are cycling to “Cetatea de Balta” cellar, where our suggestion is to have a tasting of Tarnave wines. Then, we will go to Biertan which was the bishops seat during the Middle Ages and has an enormous fortified church. Cycling tour continuing to Sighisoara over the villages Copsa Mare – Grosskopisch, Valchid to Danes. From Danes you can make a short detour to the beautiful renaissance castle in Cris (in restoration). You arrive early in Sighisoara so there is enough time left to visit the superbly preserved medieval town. Sighisoara is recognized as one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. The old fortified town lies on a small hill, dominating the lower town.
Accommodation overnight in the historic medieval town in hotel or pension rooms. Cycling: 85 km, about 500m level diference.
Day 6. Sighisoara - Bran.
After breakfast, we will take a tour of the fortress and contine with a visit to Bran area where we will visit the famous Bran Castle (named Dracula’s Castle) - with its medieval atmosphere and where, along the dark corridors and in the inner gardens one can still hear the steps of the "prince of darkness"..
This castle came to be connected with the legend of Dracula the Vampire. It was built between 1377 and 1382, on a 60 m high rock with a strategic, military and commercial purpose. The walls are made of stone blocks, the rooms and narrow corridors constitute a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers, whilst in the inner courtyard there are artesian wells, connected to an underground network. The castle had both a military and a customs point purpose.
The Castle was transformed into a beautiful summer residence, surrounded with a park, fountains, a lake, walking alleys and halt terraces and built the "Tea House" of Queen Maria.
Bran village will please you with its specific beauty. The breathtaking landscape invites anyone to walks. Pine woods on the mountains that surround the village, create a large ozone concentration in the air. Sub alpine climate with cool summers, the average temperature is 16 C. In any direction you may want to roam from Bran, there is no chance to get bored. Bran is famous for its home made smoked cheese, and the cheese in tree bark. Every meal here tastes better, because everything is home made and it is a pure biological food.
Accommodation to pension in Bran area.
We will cycle in Bran area.
Cycling: 80-100 km, about 350m level diference.
Day 7. Bran - Bucharest.
After breakfast we take the way to Bucharest but first we will pass thru Sinaia where we will visit Peles Castle, one of Romania’s most beautiful castles.
Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture. Commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed in 1883, Peles' interiors are an opulent display of elegant design and historical artifact. Its 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows, walls covered with Cordoba leather, Meissen and Sevres porcelains, ebony and ivory sculptures.
Peles Castle was the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs, including King Carol I, who died here in 1914, as well as King Ferdinand and Queen Maria.
Overnight in Bucharest in a 3* hotel.
Day 8. Bucharest - departure
Breakfast; transfer to the airport
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Price: 749 Euro/person sharing a double room, for a minimum of 2 people traveling together
For more then 2 people, please ask a special quote.
Included in the price:
- Accommodation with breakfast: twin & double rooms in pension (guestroom)& hotels for 7 nights
- Dinner in the first 2 days in Sibiel
- Rent bike for all period
- Transfers to and from airport
- Vehicle and guided support for the entire trip
- entrance tickets for all the attractions
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