Surely you’ve heard by now about this magical place called Transylvania. A land of myth, history, culture and beautiful nature, no doubt its fame went beyond its borders. But there are some many hidden gems still to be explored. And what better way to do it than through a cycling tour?
Cycling in Transylvania?
Yes, join us and explore the nature and culture of Transylvania on our cycling trip.
This cycling tour offers the possibility to discover the landscape of Transylvania, a land of myth, history, culture and beautiful nature. The 8 days tour will guide you through the historical villages where you will visit some of the most beautiful middle age fortified churches. You will be cycling along rural landscapes and re-discovering long-forgotten handcrafts that are still alive in this beautiful part of Romania.
But did you know that the nature in Transylvania is astonishing as well?
The forests of Transylvania, lush meadows and plains dotted with haystacks, are home to an impressive number of insects, birds, reptiles and mammals and will surround nature lovers with unspoiled medieval landscape.
If you are also a keen nature observer during your cycling trips this tour will impress you. Our program addresses people who like to discover new places by bicycle and who are in the same time wildlife enthusiasts. The route will take us through scenic roads that cross the Transylvanian hills and plains, along the wetlands of the Olt river, a gathering spot for the summer guests who breed and feed here and it continues at the foothills of the Fagaras Mountains, whose dense forests are home of European’s largest population of large carnivores.
The roads will bring us through cultural landscapes as well and we’ll learn about the multi-ethnic history and traditions Transylvania has to share. We’ll taste the local cuisine and experience some long-forgotten crafts that are still practised here in the everyday life. All of this while cycling every day!
- the medieval fortified towns of Sighisoara, Medias and Sibiu
- the Biertan fortified church (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- the Breite Plateau, with its old oaks and home to an impressive biodiversity
- the Old restored Mill and the Bakery from Hosman
- to the village museum in Sibiu
- crossing through protected areas like: N2000 Hartibaciu Plateau, N2000 Fagaras Piemont
- visit to an old orthodox church in one of the villages
- visit to a traditional whirlpool and a demonstration of the water-powered mechanism
- bearwatching hide
Day 1 – Transfer from the airport to Sighisoara.
Dinner & accommodation in the very centre of the last inhabited medieval fortress: Sighisoara.
Day 2 (36 km cycling) – Transfer to Saros pe Tarnave. From here we start cycling on a beautiful road through flowering meadows to the village of Biertan. Here we visit the fortified church which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We continue cycling through villages and forests until we reach Mosna, a typical Saxon village. Here will have a traditional lunch organized at a small farm in the village. After lunch, we continue cycling to our final destination: Medias. Transfer back to Sighisoara. In the evening dinner and accommodation in Sighisoara.
Day 3 (around 20 km by bike) – The first half of the day we will be cycling along the Breite Plateau. Here we’ll have the opportunity to explore the nature’s diversity in plants and butterflies on the flower-filled meadows where we will also have our picnic lunch. In the second half of the day we’ll have free time in Sighisoara for visiting one of the most impressive medieval fortresses in Europe (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Dinner & accommodation in Sighisoara.
Day 4 (35km by bike) – Transfer to Agnita. Our cycling day begins close to the impressive medieval fortified church. Today we will be cycling through Hartibaciu Plateau to the Hosman village. Here we will learn the story of the Old Mill and how it got to be restored.
We will pass near the geographical centre of Romania. And we’ll see the beautiful landscape where nature and human activities still coexist. Wooded hills, grasslands with butterflies, Saxon villages and fortified churches will accompany us along the road. Hartibaciu Plateau is the second-largest Natura 2000 site declared for conservation of the birds, after Danube Delta.
We will have several stops along our way and our cycling in Transylvania day will end in Hosman. From here we will have a transfer to Sibiu or one of the enchanting villages in the surroundings. Dinner & accommodation in Sibiu/ a nice village guesthouse.
Day 5 (25km by bike) – After breakfast, we drive a short way to the village museum in Sibiu (an open-air museum with traditional buildings from Transylvania and other rural parts of Romania). From here we start our biking trip in the lowland of Cindrel Mountain, on the route Poplaca- Sibiel. Today we will witness some old traditional handicrafts. Dinner & accommodation in Sibiu/ a nice village guesthouse.
Day 6 (20 km by bike) – After breakfast, we will be cycling to Rasinari Monastery through Dumbrava Forest on a marked unpaved bicycle track. From there, we can continue on a steeper hill towards Cisnadioara. In the afternoon we will have a guided tour in the old town in Sibiu, the cultural capital of Europe in 2007. After this, the rest of the day belongs to each of you to decide how you will spend it in Sibiu. Dinner & accommodation in Sibiu/ a nice village guesthouse.
Day 7 (40 km by bike) – After breakfast and a short transfer to Cartisoara, we will begin our last day of the Transylvania cycling tour. Today we are crossing the Fagaras lowlands. This is a picturesque road that goes through small villages, having on one side the highest peaks of the Carpathians (Fagaras Mountains) and on the other side Hartibaciu Plateau. We visit with this occasion an old watermill system in Lisa village. In the late afternoon, we will have the opportunity to visit a bear hide, for observing the largest carnivore in Europe in its natural environment. Dinner & accommodation in Sibiu/ a nice village guesthouse.
Day 8 – Transfer to the airport.
Extensions are possible.
Check out our other tours in the area of Sibiu, Sighisoara and Brasov. Extra days and activities can be added to this tour.
It can also be extended by combining it with tours in other areas.
Extra days can be added to the last day. accommodation can be moved near Zarnesti, where some great cycling routes exist. Or hiking and wildlife observations in Kingstone National Park.
This Cycling in Transylvania trip can be adjusted as per your interest.
Medium difficulty level. Average distances 30-50km/day. 30% gravel roads; 70% asphalt.
This tour is recommended to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.
The final price is influenced by many factors that not all depend on us.
For example, you can choose whether you wish to have the accommodation in the city or in the rural area.
Please contact us to get your detailed customized program and offer.
The price usually includes all tour expenses starting with your arrival in the country. Meaning:
- Wildlife specialized guides
- Fully equipped bikes& technical assistance (if needed)
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 dinners, 7 breakfasts
- Lunches will be served as picnics or sandwiches, fruits, nuts, snacks
- Luggage transfer between accommodations
- Car transfers
- Entry fees and admittance to the bearhide and national park
- Guided tour of Sibiu and Sighisoara
The offer you will receive can be adjusted if you choose to modify some of the details.
Other transfers are also possible if you intend to stay longer after our tour together.
We provide you with the bicycles (28 inch wheels trekking bikes), helmets, bike panniers, repair kit.