Day 1: Individual arrival in Brasov (106 miles/170 km from Bucharest capital city)
Guests will be arriving from noon onwards in Brasov/Kronstadt for a short tour in the old centre of this beautiful medieval city, famous for the Black Church and other sites. Dinner to follow in the old city center, accompanied by a short introduction and welcome package.
Overnight in San Petru or similar (about 3 miles/4 km from Brasov)
Day 2: Brasov – Talisoara (37 miles/60 km)
After breakfast you will leave Brasov on the north route to Bod, following a secondary route. You will ride through San Petru, Bod, Feldioara/Marienburg, Haghig, Belini, and Aita Mare. From Feldioara we are cycling along the Olt River to Miclosoara, where an old medieval castle of Count Kalnoky will be visited. Miklósvár is the oldest documented settlement of the region. Its castle was first mentioned in 1211 AD as border fortress between the territory donated to the Knights of the Teutonic Order and the rest of the of the Kingdom of Hungary.
We will continue then the route to reach our final destination for today, Talisoara where we will be accommodated at an old restored castle. Provided there is time, a visit to a local blacksmith may be organized.
Overnight in Talisoara
Day 3: Talisoara – Viscri (34 miles/55 km)
After a medieval evening and a refreshing breakfast, you will continue your route along Olt River through several villages. There are 2 options to reach Viscri, one using a longer asphalt route via Varghis village and one following the route via Racos. Once arrived in Rupea, you will continue your route via Dacia to Viscri, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site. After a short rest or if interested, we will have the opportunity to visit the felt-‐craft workshop and discover how the felt is made by hand, starting from wool.
Overnight in Viscri
Day 4: Viscri – Crit – Sighisoara (7 miles/12 km on bike + 22 miles/35 km by car or 26 miles/42 km MTN bike trail)
After a nice breakfast we will have a short bike tour to reach the beautiful village of Crit. Along the route you will stop in Saschiz to visit the Saschiz fortified church, another UNESCO World Heritage site. The famous magnificent bell tower, whose church was built in the 15th century, dominates Saschiz. On the hill above Saschiz is the Peasant Citadel, built by the Saxons probably on the site of a former Roman fort. The citadel is great place for a picnic lunch and an excellent photographer’s vantage point. You will arrive in Sighisoara in the evening to have a tour of the beautiful old citadel. Sighisoara is recognized as one of the best-‐preserved medieval towns in Europe.
Alternative route: For those cyclists trying to perform a more challenging route, a 42 km single trail MTB route is available from Viscri to Sighisoara. Skilled cyclists can perform this trail, which goes over the Transylvanian hills, through idyllic landscapes and woods. The trail is part of the “Transylvanian hills” cycling network. Cyclists can perform the total route or only part of it (18, 23 or 30 km, depending on their skills and potential). Please note that along this trail we cannot provide assistance car; the participants can meet the assistance car only at the mentioned points on the trail (18, 23 or at 30 km from Viscri).
Overnight in Sighisoara
Day 5: Sighisoara/Schaessburg – Cund (34 miles/55 km)
Passing through Danes, Floresti, Malancrav/Malmkrog, Laslea, Hoghilag, and Dumbraveni, you will visit castles and fortified churches. Discover the remote village of Cund, a small town where the German community renovated the old homes, bringing 3- and 4-star luxury life to this hidden part of the world.
Overnight in Cund
Day 6: Cund round trip (25 miles/40 km)
Today we will experience the rural life around the small village of Cund. There are various routes and objectives, depending the cycling options of the group. The 40 km asphalt route will allow us to visit a wine cellar and the nearby villages. The off-‐road paths will allow us to visit the local forest paths and local sheepfolds, discover the wild life and other attractions.
Attractions on the way: the Villa Vinea winery; Butoiul Sasului cellar; the 18th century wooden church in Lepindea; the forest near Giacas. Picnic or restaurant lunch on the way.
Overnight in Cund
Day 7: Cund – Sibiu (46 miles/75 km )
Today includes a visit to Biertan, one of the most well known fortified churches included in the UNESCO World Heritage. Leaving Cund we are going to pass first Biertan village and visit the famous fortified church, followed by Mosna, where we will pay a visit to an organic cheese farm. The road from Dumbraveni to Sibiu is totally asphalted, but can be crowded in the last part (approx.20 km). For cyclists who don’t want to cycle the longer distance, the car transfer is available for the last part of the route. After reaching Sibiu, we will have a short evening walking tour through Sibiu to visit the Old Town, the Medieval Fortress, and the Brukenthal Museum.
Overnight in Sibiu
Day 8: Sibiu (optional day) or departure
In the morning you can take a short sightseeing trip to the open air village museum Astra. The museum is built around 3 lakes in the Dumbrava Forest and features houses, churches, and water/windmills from all over Romania. After the visit, take a cycling trip to the villages Cisnadioara, Rasinari till Gura Raului.