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Transylvania Bike Tour

Sample Itinerary: self-guided option - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrive in Brasov
Stroll around the beautiful town square, surrounded by Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque patrician buildings. Visit the gothic ‘Black church’ with the world famous Buchholz organ and a rare collection of oriental carpets which Brasovian tradesmen brought back from their trading missions in the Ottoman Empire. In the evening, you may attend an organ concert and have dinner on the historic square (not included in trip package).
Overnight in Brasov

Day 2: Bran Castle and Barsa Valley
Transfer to Zarnesti. Cycle to the Dracula Castle with splendid views of the Bucegi Mountains. The Castle served as an impressive backstage for Roman Polanskis ‘Dance of the Vampires’ and for Queen Mary of Romania, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Cycle along the Barsa Valley with beautiful views over the Postavarul and Piatra Craiului, on your way back to Zarnesti.
By bike: approximately 45 kms. (~ 27 mi.)
Meals included: Breakfast 
Overnight in Zărnești


Day 3: Zarnesti to Fagaras
Cycle through the Piatra Craiului National Park, which has the highest concentration of bears and wolves in Europe. Then, you cycle with spectacular views of the ‘Transylvanian Alps’ through the former Walachian territory (‘terra Vlachorum’) to Fagaras. On your way, there should be many opportunities to see rare flowers, birds and butterflies. Visit the recently restored Renaissance castle (and its museum) owned by the Hungarian Voivodes who ruled Transylvania.
By bike: approximately 58 kms. (~ 36 mi.)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Fagaras


Day 4: Fagaras to Sighisoara
Short transfer to Cincu or Dealu Frumos to avoid a busy road. Today you cycle through a quite remote area, passing numerous villages and fortified churches. You may see a street wedding on your way. The town castle of Sighisoara is the biggest lived-in castle in Europe and part of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage. Have a good Hungarian meal in the Casa cu Cerb (the ‘House with the Deer Antler’), where the Prince of Wales is dining sometimes when visiting Transylvania.
By bike: approximately 40-50 kms. (~ 25-31 mi.)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Sighisoara


Day 5: Sighisoara to Biertan
Cycle to the old bishopric of Biertan, one of the most impressive castles of Transylvania  and a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site.
By bike: approximately 35 kms. (~ 25 mi.)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Biertan


*Day 6: Biertan to Hartibaciu (Harbach) Valley
Today you cycle through the remote Harbach valley with beautiful views over the Transylvanian Alps. You meet horse wagons loaded with hay, and villages in which the time seems to stand still. The farmers on the fields are still using scythes and sickles. You may do a short detour to visit the Hosman castle with its interesting Gothic sculptures. See the ‘Speckturm’ (bacon tower) - maybe the custodian will climb up with you to the clock tower and you may have a look to its ancient mechanism.
By bike: approximately 50 kms. (~ 33 mi.)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Nucet


**Day 7: Harbach Valley to Sibiu
Today you will cycle to the Brukenthal summer residence and the impressive church castle of Cisnadie. Via Cisnadiora you reach the ‘Young Forest’ (visit the peasant museum). Then a cycling path will bring you traffic free through the ‘Alder Park’ straight to your hotel in Sibiu.
By bike: approximately 50 kms. (~ 33 mi.)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Sibiu


Day 8: Departure
Make your own way back to Bucharest.
Meals included: Breakfast

*/ ** In case the guest house in the Harbach Valley is not available because of the limited number of rooms – day 6: pick up in Hosman/Cornatel and transfer to Sibiu (2 nights in Sibiu); day 7: cycling loop around Sibiu

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Sample Itinerary: guided option - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrive in Brasov
Pick up at Bucharest airport and group transfer to Brasov.
Stroll around the beautiful town square, surrounded by Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque patrician buildings. Visit the gothic ‘Black church’ with the world famous Buchholz organ and a rare collection of oriental carpets which Brasovian tradesmen brought back from their trading missions in the Ottoman Empire. In the evening, you may attend an organ concert and have dinner on the historic square (not included in trip package).
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight in Brasov

Day 2: Bran Castle and Barsa Valley
Transfer to Zarnesti. Cycle to the Dracula Castle with splendid views of the Bucegi Mountains. The Castle served as an impressive backstage for Roman Polanskis ‘Dance of the Vampires’ and for Queen Mary of Romania, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Cycle along the Barsa Valley with beautiful views over the Postavarul and Piatra Craiului, on your way back to Zarnesti.
By bike: approximately 45 kms. (~ 27 mi.)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Zarnesti


Day 3: Zarnesti to Fagaras
Cycle through the Piatra Craiului National Park, which has the highest concentration of bears and wolves in Europe. Then, you cycle with spectacular views of the ‘Transylvanian Alps’ through the former Walachian territory (‘terra Vlachorum’) to Fagaras. On your way, there should be many opportunities to see rare flowers, birds and butterflies. Visit the recently restored Renaissance castle (and its museum) owned by the Hungarian Voivodes who ruled Transylvania.
By bike: approximately 58 kms. (~ 36 mi.)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Fagaras


Day 4: Fagaras to Sighisoara
Short transfer to Cincu or Dealu Frumos to avoid a busy road. Today you cycle through a quite remote area, passing numerous villages and fortified churches. You may see a street wedding on your way. The town castle of Sighisoara is the biggest lived-in castle in Europe and part of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage. Have a good Hungarian meal in the Casa cu Cerb (the ‘House with the Deer Antler’), where the Prince of Wales is dining sometimes when visiting Transylvania.
By bike: approximately 40-50 kms. (~ 25-31 mi.)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Sighisoara


Day 5: Sighisoara to Biertan
Cycle to the old bishopric of Biertan, one of the most impressive castles of Transylvania and a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site.
By bike: approximately 35 kms. (~ 25 mi.)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Biertan


Day 6: Biertan to Hartibaciu (Harbach) Valley
Today you cycle through the remote Harbach valley with beautiful views over the Transylvanian Alps. You meet horse wagons loaded with hay, and villages in which the time seems to stand still. The farmers on the fields are still using scythes and sickles. You may do a short detour to visit the Hosman castle with its interesting Gothic sculptures. See the ‘Speckturm’ (bacon tower) - maybe the custodian will climb up with you to the clock tower and you may have a look to its ancient mechanism. Then, transfer to Sibiu for the night.
By bike: approximately 50 kms. (~ 33 mi.)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Nucet


Day 7: Sibiu and the Cindrel Mountains
Visit Sibiu with its 3 squares surrounded by Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque Buildings and its peasant markets. Cycle to the shepherd village of Sibiel and visit a glass icon museum.
By bike: approximately 50 kms. (~ 33 mi.)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Sibiu


Day 8: Departure
Transfer back to Bucharest.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Castles of Transylvania
Tour Code: ZZ-BKRM01
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,040.00
Dates: May to Sept

Trip Rating :
Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Airport: Bucharest
Activities:
Cycling, sightseeing, culture

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