Medieval Transylvania Heritage

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    7 nights | 37 miles/day
    Guided from EUR € 2204
    Self guided from EUR € 1896
    Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours
    5/5 (1)

    7 nights | 37 miles/day
    Guided from EUR € 2204
    Self guided from EUR € 1896

    Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours

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    • Medieval Transylvania Heritage

      7 night guided or self guided bike tour in Romania

      This tour takes you along country roads and pastoral landscapes far from the crowded routes, on flat terrain, unpaved country trails, up and downhill trails enjoying the incredible Transylvanian scenery.

      You will pass historic architecture, preserved since the Middle Ages. You will visit UNESCO World Heritage churches, castles, remote villages, and even the medieval city of Sibiu, named the Cultural Captial of Europe in 2007.

      On this tour you will enjoy uniquely selected accommodation and specialty experiences and premium services.

      The guided tour can run with a minimum of 2 participants for an additional surcharge.

      Highlights

      • Biertan/Birthaelm fortified church – in the UNESCO World Heritage since 1993
      • Viscri/Deutschweisskirck fortified church – in the UNESCO World Heritage since 1996
      • Malancrav/Malmkrog fortified church –famous for its mural painting, one of the best preserved specimens of 14th century linearnarrative gothic painting
      • Saschiz fortified church – in the UNESCO World Heritage since 1993
      • Sighisoara/Schaessburg – the last European "living" Middle Age city
      • Count Kolnoky castle in Miclosoara
      • Brasov/Kronstadt – one of the most important medieval cities in Central part of the country
      • Cund – a splendid small village, renovated by the German community
      • Sibiu/Hermannstadt – impressive medieval city well knows as the Cultural capital of Europe in 2007
      • Old crafts performed by the locals, cheese and wine tasting experiences

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    • Daily program

      Self-guided tour program

      Day 1: Individual arrival in Brasov
      Brasov lies approximately 106 miles/170km from Bucharest. Arrive in the afternoon to check in to your hotel. A morning transfer from Bucharest can be organized for you (for an additional fee). Once comfortably settled in, you will find your bicycle waiting for you, ready to be tested. You can also have time for a short tour in the old center of this beautiful medieval city, famous for the Black Church and other sites.
      Overnight in Brasov city center, or nearby village.

      Day 2: Brasov area – Talisoara village (37 miles/65 km)
      After breakfast, you will leave Brasov on the north route to Bod, following a secondary route for 14 miles/23 km. You will ride through San Petru, Bod, Feldioara/Marienburg, Haghig, Belini, and Aita Mare.

      From Feldioara you cycle along the Olt River to Miclosoara, where an old medieval castle of Count Kalnoky will be visited. Miclosoara (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 Kingdom of Hungary.

      We will continue then the route for another 10 km to reach our final destination for today, Talisoara, where you will be accommodated in an old restored castle. Provided there is time, a visit to the local blacksmith may be organized (not included in tour cost).
      Overnight in Talisoara.

      Day 3: Talisoara – Viscri (34 miles/55km)
      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, totally paved route via Varghis village and one following the route via Racos, along Olt river, on an unpaved road (although, we recommend to have the unpaved road only on the guided version of the tour).

      Once arrived in Rupea you can have a stop for a quick lunch, and then you will continue your route via Dacia to Viscri, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site. Viscri is a small settlement in the heart of Transylvania, where you can discover ageless traditions, legends, and faiths of its people while enjoying the architecture and savoring the richness of its craftsmanship and cuisine. You will have the opportunity to visit the local fortified church (UNESCO World Heritage), to visit the felt-craft workshop and discover how the felt is made by hand, or a traditional workshop producing bricks and tiles for the local community and for the historical buildings in the area.
      Overnight in Viscri.

      Day 4: Viscri – Cincsor village or nearby (32 miles/ 52 km)
      Today you will first cycle an undulating 15 km on paved road to Jibert village before crossing a wild forest hill (8 km) to Cobor village. The uphill from Jibert to the forest is difficult (you might push your bike a bit), but also breathtaking.

      From the top of the forest you will have paved road all the way to Cobor, but be careful of shepherd dogs. Once in Cobor village, you can visit a biodiversity farm (horses and cows) and have an organic local lunch. From Cobor you will continue the gravel trip for another 10 km, and then follow a paved road for the rest of the day trip. Once arrived in Cincsor – the final destination for the day, you will accommodate in the former parish house, now renovated.
      Overnight in Cincsor.

      Day 5: Cincsor – Sighisoara (38 miles/64 km)
      Today you will have a paved route from Cincsor village to Sighisoara Middle Age fortress – a UNESCO World Heritage site. From Cincsor you head north to reach Dealu Frumos village (the Beautiful Hill) – the geographical center of Romania. Then you will pass Agnita and Sighisoara. You can have lunch in Agnita or you can have a 10km detour to Movile village to visit an old fortified church renovation project and have lunch in the village.

      Once you've arrived in Sighisoara, make sure to take some time and walk the historical city center of the citadel. Sighisoara is one of the seven medieval fortified cities, the best preserved and still inhabited. The small, but bohemian citadel is hiding a lot of stories and places and it is a heaven for photographers.
      Overnight in Sighisoara.

      Day 6: Sighisoara – Biertan (~25 miles/ 41 km)
      After breakfast, you start cycling from Sighisoara to the country roads from Malancrav. In Malancrav you can visit the local church and the Apafi manor house and enjoy a special lunch in a local traditional house. In the afternoon the trip continues with 15 km of country and forest roads with a lot of uphill. After 10 km you will reach Copsa Mare village and descend towards Biertan. You should pay a visit to Biertan fortifications, which made it the very first of Transylvania’s villages to receive UNESCO status – the imposing walls against the backdrop of the rolling hills makes for one of the country’s most beautiful fortified churches.
      Overnight in Biertan.

      Day 7: Biertan – Sibiu (43-49 miles/ 70-80 km cycling)
      Today’s ride is solely on paved road. After a short but excellent ride in the morning, you can have a short detour and make stop in Alma Vii village, where you can even serve some light lunch or snack in a typical Saxon cellar in the town's 13th-century citadel. The last part of the road to Sibiu, though totally asphalted, can be crowded for the last 15 km.

      In case you don’t want to cycle the longer distance, a car transfer can be organized for the last part of the route (not included in tour price). After reaching Sibiu, you can enjoy a walk through Sibiu (visit the Old Town, the Medieval Fortress, the Brukenthal Museum).
      Overnight in Sibiu.

      Day 8: Departure

      Guided program

      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.

      Surface and terrain

      This tour includes national, local, village, and forest roads through pastoral landscapes and peaceful Transylvanian scenery. The terrain includes flat asphalt roads, unpaved country hilly trails, and rolling hills.

      On this tour, 10% of the riding is on dedicated bike paths, 60% is on quiet roads with little or no traffic, and 30% on roads shared with traffic.


      Hotels

      These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

      The accommodations on this tour are beautifully restored medieval guesthouses, castles, and 3­‐ and 4-star traditional bed and breakfasts.

      Daniel Castel Hotel, Talisoara
      www.danielcastle.ro

      Valea Verde Retreat, Cund
      www.valeaverde.com

      Viscri 125, Viscri
      www.viscri125.ro

      Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


      How to get there

      Tour start
      Nearest airport: Bucharest, Romania
      Nearest train station: Brasov, Romania

      Tour end
      Nearest airport and train station: Sibiu, Romania

      The best way to transfer between the airports and train stations is by taxi.

      Tips on getting to and from your tour

    • Dates

      Self-guided: Daily, upon request: May 1-Oct 31, 2022 (minimum 2 participants; additional dates are possible)
      Guided: Jun 12, Jul 17, Aug 28, 2022. Upon request: Jun 1-Sep 30, 2022 (minimum 4 participants)

      Prices

      Self-guided package

      Per person, double occupancy € 1896
      Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 315

      Guided package

      Per person, double occupancy € 2204
      Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 315
      Vegan or vegetarian menu surcharge € 99

      Bike Rentals

      Electrically assisted bike € 155

      Extra Nights, Bucharest

      Per person, double occupancy (including bike tour) € 265

      Extra Nights, Sibiu

      Per person, double occupancy € 254

      Transfer

      Per person/per way, Otopeni airport to Bucharest € 40

      Included services

      Self-guided package includes:

      • 7 nights accommodation beautifully restored medieval guesthouses, castles, and 3­‐ and 4-star traditional bed and breakfasts
      • All breakfasts
      • Luggage transportation
      • Detailed trip description and program, GPS data, physical map of the trip
      • GT or Cannondale XC bikes, accessories and equipment rental
      • Local taxes
      • Branded t-shirt

      Guided package includes (services listed above PLUS):

      • All dinners and picnic lunches
      • English speaking accompanying bike guide
      • Entrances to cultural and historical sights included in the itinerary
      • Energizing bars, fruits, and water supply on the bike
      • Vehicle assistance (whenever roads permit passage)

      Bike rentals

      Bikes available on this tour, and included in the tour cost (must be reserved at time of booking):

      • GT or Cannondale XC bicycles

      Bikes available to rent for a fee (must be reserved at time of booking):

      • Electrically assisted bike*

      *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

      Equipment provided at no charge:

      • Helmet
      • Locks
      • Repair kit
      • Pump

      Other equipment is available at an additional charge:

      • GPS system
      • Cycle computer
      • Pannier and rack

      Pedals/seats:
      You may choose to bring your own seat, pedals, bottles and/or other accessories; we will change out seats and pedals for you.

      Helmets:
      While a helmet will be provided, we recommend that for safety and hygiene reasons you bring your own or plan to purchase one upon arrival.


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    • Route Map

      Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

      • JimJ November 18, 2019

        Cycling was fantastic but not even the best part!

        This tour will long linger in my memories. The cycling was scenic, varied and truly fun. Much of it was through truly remote areas, such as through a dense forest where we were told the largest concentration of brown bears in Europe still make their home. We waved to farm workers, many of them Roma, on the sides of dirt roads. We passed medieval castles and towering churches.

        And on most days we saw far more horse carts than cars.

        Other aspects were perhaps even more memorable. The lodging, for example, was unique and wonderful. In Talisoara we stayed in a restored castle and dined in its richly decorated banquet hall. In Cund, we overnighted and dined at Valea Verde Retreat, an endeavor that has brought a dying farm village back to life. Guests get to experience farm life as it had been for centuries—and even go foraging with the chef/owner, Jonas Schaefer.

        The traditional cuisine was another highlight. Valea Verde has also become an award-winning destination for foodies across Europe, and our group savored some of the best farm-to-table cuisine I’ve experienced—and it’s especially fun when the table is at the farm.

        We also visited Moşna and had lunch at the farm of Willy Schuster, a passionate supporter of the cause of sustainable and organic farming in Romania and abroad. After he introduced us to “the happiest cows in all of Europe,” he and his team brought out tray after tray of fresh farm delights.

        Also along the way we also got to watch craftspeople and artisans at work such as brick makers, blacksmiths, and shoemakers.

        All this is part of efforts to keep traditional crafts and customs alive.

        So this is a tour that truly benefits the people and communities we pass through.

        --Jim Johnson, founder and president, BikeTours.com

        What was the date of your tour?
        September 2017
        How many tours have you completed?
        30+
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        Video: #WhyIBikeTour--Medieval Transylvania edition
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        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection