Cycle touring through Transylvania
Transylvania (the land beyond the forest), is a multicultural space where for centuries coexist different nations, who are speaking different languages, with different customs and traditions, which are enhancing the beauty and charm of the area. Multiculturalism has allowed preserving until today traces of various civilizations.Transylvania includes central Romania, Transylvania’s hollow and that Carpathian slopes that bowed to it and is by far the most romantic Romanian province. Here you can find many interesting places: winter sports resorts and treatment, paths for hiking and biking in the mountains and in their national and natural parks, fascinating medieval towns, art museums and quality accommodation. This tour is designed to discover by your own, the beauty of mountains laced by time, cold streams, crystalline, dense and shady woods, wooden churches, legendary castles, memories of an eventful history. Of course, all of these by bicycle!
moderate (possible to adapt the average km/day)
May to October
400 km with +2800m elevation
60% remote paved roads, 40%dirt roads
Do you need a bike?
Arrival (preferably Sibiu, Târgu Mureș or Cluj-Napoca) transfer to Sibiu city. Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture in 2007, together with Luxemburg, being the first city in South-Eastern Europe to receive this title. The city was colonized after the middle of the 12th century by Saxon colonists coming from the Rhine –Mosselle territory, the first documentary mention occurring in 1191 and was the capital of Transylvania during the period in which the region was a Habsburg principality and, over time it was also an important ecumenical, educational and cultural center. During the more recent history, Sibiu was an important city of the Revolution, actively participating in the events of December 1989. This charming city continues to be an attractive touristic location for both Romanian and foreign investors. Accommodation in a local guesthouse, bicycles checking, city tour, dinner.
You’ll start cycling to East, following a remote paved road to Cornatel village. You’ll cross green rolling hills, vineyards and small Saxon villages. You can stop in Nocrich at the Scout Centre-which offers the chance to the international people to explore and discover the beautiful landscapes and interactive activities. The goal for today is Medias village founded by German colonists in the 13th century on the site of a Roman camp called Media. Here you can admire old houses with tiled roofs, the tower from the center with an entrance gate and remnants from the walls of the 14th-century fortress. Accommodation and dinner.
In your way to Sighisoara you’ll pass through Biertan village
Biertan is located in a long valley surrounded by hills and vineyards. The village was founded in 1283 and is dominated by Saint Mary’s citadel and church. This hilltop medieval construction, surrounded by three fortified walls, has been named a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO Foundation.
Founded by German craftsmen and merchants known as the Saxons of Transylvania, Sighişoara is a fine example of a small, fortified medieval town which played an important strategic and commercial role on the fringes of central Europe for several centuries; a UNESCO World Heritage site recognized as an outstanding example of a small fortified city. Visit the city, accommodation in a hotel and dinner here.
Brasov city tour. The old town is full of history, very well preserved and the modern part has a particular charm. Transfer to Busteni a mountain village situated near Baiului mountain. Will climb this interesting and wild mountains more like hills but full of up and downhill. We have here a beautiful view on impressive slopes of Bucegi mountain with Caraiman lighted cross. Will go on bikes all the rounded ridge and the last downhill take us to Sinaia on the edge of Bucegi mountain. Accommodation near the Peles Castle.55 km with 1100 m+.
Visit to the Peles Castle, the summer residence of Romanian royalty, was built during the rule of Carol I (1866-1914) and it is an important national monument of XIX century Europe. Several other buildings,annexed to the castle, were built simultaneously: Pelidor Castle, The Guard’s Chambers, The Economat, The Foisor Hunting House, The Stables, the Electrical Power Plant and the “Sipot” villa. From Sinaia we will climb to the 2000 m high on a easier ski piste. Our goal is to traverse this spectacular mountain with a long and good for mountain biking plateau, so will follow a path who goes down near the Bolboci lake to Pestera. Here we visit a monastery built in an amazing place and we can visit a very large cave. Accommodation in the middle of the mountain in a very modern 3* hotel.25 km with 1500 m+.
We start the day with a long uphill in a saddle till 1900m and now we are in Leaota mountain-the Bucegi brother. We will cross a long , narrow and wild ridge and on the last part of this day we have a technical long single track downhill (1000m-) to Moieciu de Sus where we overnight.20 km with 600 m+.
Day 7-Piatra Craiului-2244m
The last day… we crossing the Bran Country (visit the Bran Castle) and after a short uphill to Magura – a small mountain village. We ride up almost 700 m + through the Jurassic canyon of “Prapastiile Zarnestilor” till 1500m high to Curmatura chalet – an important point of departure in the Piatra Craiului trekking trails. Picnic lunch and the last downhill back to our first day accommodation – in Zarnesti.37 km with 1000 m +. Price for 6 person 750 euro/person.This price includes half-board accommodation + picnic lunch, mtb guide, city guide, transfer between days, luggage transfer, transfer from airport and back, technical T-shirt.