Day 1: Brasov
After arrival in Romania, transfer by private minibus or taxi from the Bucharest airport to the hotel 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.
Overnight in Brasov
Day 2: Zarnesti – Bran – Rasnov Castle (27 mi/45 km)
The day begins with a short transfer to Zarnesti at the footsteps of the Piatra Craiului Mountains. From there, you will cycle to Dracula Castle, which has splendid views of the Bucegi Mountains. It served as impressive backstage for Roman Polanski's 'Dance of the Vampires' and as a salon and refuge for Queen Mary of Romania, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria I. The route then continues to Risnov Castle, where you have marvelous views to the Postavarul and Piatra Craiului Mountains.
Overnight in Zarnesti
Day 3: Zarnesti – Fagaras (36 mi/58 km)
Today you cycle along a beautiful forest valley between two mountains in the Piatra Craiului National Park, which has the highest concentration of bears and wolves in Europe. Then you continue with spectacular scenery to the "Transylvanian Alps" through to former Walachian territory ("terra Vlachorum") and on to Fagarasch. On your way, there should be many opportunities to see rare flowers, birds, and butterflies. Visit the pretty, recently restored Renaissance castle and museum owned by the Hungarian Woiwodes that ruled Transylvania.
Overnight in Fagaras
Day 4: Fagaras – Sighisoara (25 or 31 mi/40 or 50 km)
Today begins with a transfer to Cincu or Dealu Frumos to avoid riding on a busy road. From there you cycle through quite a remote area passing numerous villages and fortified churches. You may see a street wedding on your way and hear German Blasmusik using Romanian texts and Gypsy tunes. Admire the beautiful Trappold (Apoldu) Castle that is guarded by a German artist. The town castle of Sighisoara is the largest inhabited castle in Europe and part of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage. Have a delicious Hungarian meal in the Casa cu Cerb, the "House with the Deer Antler," where the Prince of Wales dines when visiting Transylvania.
Overnight in Sighisoara
Day 5: Sighisoara – Biertan (25 mi/35 km)
Cycle to the old bishopric of Biertan, one of the most impressive castles of Transylvania and a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site.
Overnight in Biertan
Day 6: Biertan – Harbach Valley (33 mi/50 km)
Today you cycle through the remote Harbach Valley to the Transylvanian Alps. You may pass horse wagons loaded with hay and cycle through villages where time seems to stand still, as farmers on the fields still use scythes and sickles. On your way you can make a detour to Hosman Castle, featuring interesting Gothic sculptures. See the 'Speckturm' (bacon tower), and maybe the custodian will climb up to the top of the clock tower with you to show you its ancient mechanism.
Overnight in Nucet
Day 7: Harbach Valley – Sibiu (33 mi/50 km)
Today you will cycle to the Brukenthal summer residence and the impressive church castle of Cisnadie. Via Cisnadiora you reach the "Young Forest." Make sure you visit the peasant museum. Then a traffic-free cycling path will bring you through the Alder Park straight to your hotel in Sibiu.
Overnight in Sibiu
Day 8: Sibiu
Transfer to Bucharest airport via private minibus or taxi.