The Heritage of Transylvania cycling tour - 8 days

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Transylvania is not only the most famous part of Romania thanks to the legend of Dracula, but it is also the most romantic and inspiring of all country's provinces. Deeper in the countryside, rural Transylvania's tapestry of cultures awaits: vibrant, secretive Roma communities, Szekely Land hamlets where only Hungarian is spoken, and Saxon villages with crumbling citadels. Here, standstill traffic means horses and carts waiting patiently for herds of goats to scatter. We visit here well known medieval towns dating from the 14th century as Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu. The highlight of the tour is the magnificent Transfagarasan road climbing up to 2000 and crossing the highest mountains in Romania. And since no visit to Transylvania would be complete without visiting the castle of the literary Count Dracula, the dramatic Bran Castle is also one of the stops there.

Prices:
720 euro/person for a group of 10
790 euro/person for a group of 8
840 euro/person for a group of 6
1100 euro/person for a group of 4

Itinerary:

Day 1. Sinaia
Arrival at Otopeni Airport in Bucharest and transfer to Sinaia for overnight..

Day 2. Bran - Poiana Brasov resort - Brasov
After a visit of the magnificent Peles Castle in Sinaia we are transferred to Paraul rece. You cycle down on mountain road to Bran castle where we stop for a visit and lunch. Later we drive to the Rasnov  and start biking through Postavarul mountains to Poiana Brasov ski resort (1030m). A pleasant descend by meadows and great views to Brasov awaits you. We stay overnight in Brasov. Cycling distance: 40 km

Day 3. Rasnov fortress - Brancoveanu Monastery
In the morning we visit the imposing Rasnov fortress from 13 c. Transfer to Zarnesti town. You start  biking at the end of Zarnesti with a climb to a 770m pass through nice forested area among small mountain villages and pastures followed by a downhill ride in a nice valley. You reach the foothills of the majestic Fagaras mountains and continue cycling through many small villages and farmlands on a flat terrain with great views to the numerous valleys and ridges of the mountains. You finish cycling at Statiunea Sambata mountain resort where we stay overnight. Nearby is Brancoveanu Monastery dating back from 17 century. Cycling distance: 70 km

Day 4 . Iacobeni fortified church - Sighisoara
Today we start exploring the hilly area of Sibiu – Sighisoara region famous for its Saxon fortified churches. You will pass by numerous small villages and the fortified churches of Cincu, Dealu Frumus, Agnita, Iacobeni, Bradeni and Apold. We end up in Sighisoara which old town is considered to be one of the most beautiful and well preserved inhabited citadels in Europe (Unesco World heritage site). Cycling distance: 90 km

Day 5. Biertan fortified church - Sibiu
After breakfast we continue exploring the hilly region with fortified churches west of Sighisoara. The cycling starts 25 kilometers from Sighisoara on a small peaceful road passing through agricultural lands, small villages and 4 fortified churches – Biertan (Unesco World heritage site), Rechis, Altana and Hosman dating back from 14 – 16 century. Today you finish cycling in the beautiful city of Sibiu (European capital of culture 2007). Free time for walks in the old town. Cycling distance: 77 km

Day 6. Astra open air Musem - Transfagarasan road - Balea lac
In the morning we make a short walk in the second biggest open air village museum in Europe near Sibiu (Astra open air museum). Short transfer to Cartisoara village brings us at the foothills of Fagaras mountains where we start biking on the spectacular Transfagarasan road. First we climb through nice coniferous forests, reach the cabin lift station where we can have lunch in a small restaurant. Once you reach the tree line at about 1600 m the alpine landscapes of Fagars mountains will reveal its beauty to you. You will pass nearby the cascade waterfalls Balea and continue cycling on the numerous serpentines climbing gradually in the valley until you reach the picturesque region of Balea Lake at 2030m where you stay overnight. Free time for afternoon hikes around the lake. Cycling distance: 35 km

Day 7. Vidraru dam  - Poienari fortress - Bucharest
After breakfast and a short transfer through a tunnel passing through the mountains we start biking downhill exploring the Southern slopes of Fagaras mountains. After we leave the alpine landscapes we enter the green gorge of Arges river and reach the spectacular Vidraru dam (165m high dam wall) Nearby is the Poienari Fortress (former residence of Vlad Tepes also known as Dracula). Finish cycling before Curtea de Arges. Transfer to Bucharest for overnight. Cycling distance: 70 km

Day 8. Departure
Transfer to the airport for departure.

Details about biking tour:
- optimal time: July - October
- number of participants: minimum 4, maximum 14.
- transportation will be chosen according to the number of participants.
- biking tour requires a good physical shape, with resistance to low effort but for long duration.
- licensed mountain guide during the entire biking tour.

 

The package includes:
transfers to/from airport (Bucharest), transportation
accommodation - 7 nights (3* hotels or boarding houses)
breakfast
licensed guide
bike&helmet

Not included:
lunches and dinners (can be provided at the places of accommodation)
entrance fees
flight tickets, drinks, personal expenses, tips

Contact:

email  Email: office@alternativetravel.ro

telefon whats up sms Tel: +40 757 894 456  |  +40 740 357 073

This program is done with minimum 2 persons subscribed!

Bookings:

Bookings are done based on a deposit of 20% of the total price of the program you choose.

Payments:

You can pay the deposit by:

  • BANK TRANSFER;
  • ONLINE, by card, using EuPlatesc (iPay) system
  • PayPal

The price difference will be paid to arrival, in cash (RON or EUR) or by card (any currency) or any of the payment systems from above.

Before booking please read the terms and conditions, request a booking implies acceptance of terms and conditions.

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