Welcome to Hooked on Cycling Holidays and our self-guided cycling holiday in Romania. Our self-guided biking vacation in Romania visits the fabulous castles and churches of Transylvania region more common to us as Count Dracula country! The scenery is superb, the castles are breathtaking and still, Romania is little explored by the tourist. Now is the time on this self-guided level 2 cycle tour to explore this wonderful country before the crowds hunt it out.
Transylvania (the land “beyond the forest”), known through Bram Stokers ‘Dracula’ and Patrick Fermors ‘Castles of Transylvania’ is one of the great cultural landscapes of Europe still yet undiscovered. The population is an ethnic jigsaw of Romanians, Magyars, Germans and Gypsies.
You cycle along the spectacular Carpathian Mountains with splendid views, lowland valleys with medieval-looking villages untouched by time, forests which shelter deer, boars and even bears and wolves. On some of the days, you meet only oxen-drawn carts, horse and cows crossing your way or buffalo cooling off in the rivers. You may bump into a street wedding, German Blasmusik with Romanian texts and Gypsy tunes, and lots of Tuika (plum brandy) which is part of Transylvania as much as the garlic. You may visit some of the numerous German/Saxon church castles with beautiful Renaissance and Baroque altars and pulpits.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Arrive 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
Transfer to Zarnesti where you then cycle to the Dracula castle with splendid views of the Bucegi Mountains. It served as an impressive backstage for Roman Polanskis ‘Dance of the Vampires’ and for Queen Mary of Romania, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, as salon and refuge. Cycle to Rasnov castle, where you have marvellous views of the Postavarul and Piatra Craiului mountains.
Cycle through the Piatra Craiului National Park, which has the highest concentration of bears and wolves in Europe, along with a beautiful forest valley between two mountains. Then you cycle with spectacular views to the ‘Transylvanian Alps’ through to former Walachian territory (‘terra Vlachorum’) to Fagaras. On your way, there should be many opportunities to see rare flowers birds and butterflies. Visit the pretty, recently restored Renaissance castle (and its museum) owned by the Hungarian Voivodes who ruled Transylvania.
Short transfer to Cincu or Dealu Frumos to avoid a busy road. Today you cycle through quite a remote area passing numerous villages and fortified churches. You may see a street wedding on your way: German Blasmusik with Romanian texts and Gypsy tunes. Very pretty is Trappold (Apoldu) castle guarded by a German artist. The town castle of Sighisoara is the biggest lived-in castle in Europe and part of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage. Have a good Hungarian meal (or maybe the game) in the Casa cu Cerb, the ‘House with the Deer Antler’ where the Prince of Wales is dining sometimes when visiting Transylvania.
Cycle to the old bishopric of Biertan, one of the most impressive castles of Transylvania (UNESCO Cultural Heritage).
Today you cycle through the remote Harbach valley with beautiful views to the Transylvanian Alps. You meet horse wagons loaded with hay, and villages in which the time seems to stand still. The farmers in the fields are still using scythes and sickles. You may have a short detour to visit the Hosman castle with its interesting Gothic sculptures. See the ‘Speckturm’ (bacon tower), maybe the custodian will climb up with you the clock tower and you may have a look at its ancient mechanism.
Today you will cycle to the Brukenthal summer residence and the impressive church castle of Cisnadie via Cisnadiora. You reach the ‘Young Forest’ where you can visit the peasant museum. Then you join a cycling path which will bring you traffic-free through the ‘Alder Park’ straight to your hotel in Sibiu.
Early train (06.43 h) to Bucharest – time subject to change
NOTE: If the accommodation on night 6 is full we will arrange a transfer to Sibiu where you shall stay 2 nights, in this case on day 7 you shall have a lovely loop ride around the Sibiu region.
By Plane to Bucharest airport. Optional private transfer is available on request. You can also fly out of the small local airport in Sibiu instead of Bucharest.
You can extend your trip by booking extra nights in Bucharest
2021 Prices – For complete tour price breakdown please click the book now button and select your holiday tour date. Prices will then be listed.
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