Grand Tour of Transylvania
A new exhilarating tour offering a one-of-a-kind exploration of Romania
Join us in Dracula’s home as we unveil our Transylvania discovery tour, where you will experience 9 (or 10, with the extension) thrilling days on the bike, including a delightful mix of culinary and cultural experiences. Transylvania’s medieval heritage is one of the most valued in Romania. Southeastern Transylvania is also one of Europe’s most important natural landscapes, supporting rare habitats, fauna and flora. The landscape is a mosaic of oak and beech forests, rich meadows, pastures and tiny villages. We’ll glide along pastoral lanscapes inhabited by Szekler, Saxon and Romanian communities at the same time. As we spin through the gorgeous landscapes, we’ll be refreshed by the mineral and thermal spring waters and cross the famous Romanian high alpine roads. This trip is sure to be packed full of pleasant surprises. Don’t miss out!
- Explore Sibiu, a medieval city that is known as the cultural capital of Europe
- Visit the Astra National Museum Complex, one of the largest open-air museums in central and eastern Europe
- Witness old crafts performed by the locals and take part in cheese and wine tastings
- Visit the Biertan, a fortified church that is also a UNESCO World Heritage site
Day by Day
Guests arrive in Sibiu for a short introduction with the local guide, welcome package and bike fitting session, accompanied by a light lunch. Dinner will follow in the old city center and a short tour of the old center will be organized for all guests.
Sibiu to Paltinis
We will have a beautiful ride climbing the Paltinis Resort. This is a superb climb to an old mountain resort which has some challenging parts, but it is well worth the effort. The return will be an amazing descent until we reach the Astra National Museum Complex in Sibiu, one of the largest open-air museums in Central and Eastern Europe. Here, we can have a great meal and enjoy some historical houses and workshops of the traditional Romanian folk culture.
Sibiu to Sighisoara
We will leave Sibiu on the north route to Sighisoara, following a secondary scenic route. Along the way, we will stop at the most important heritage sight in Saxon Transylvania: Biertan, the first fortified church that is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the way, we can also make a stop to Bio Mosna organic cheese farm for a cheese tasting. A picnic lunch will be arranged in the forest and prepared by Jonas Schaefer, a local chef famous for his amazing cooking!
Sighisoara to Cincsor
After a nice medieval breakfast, we will hit the road and leave the Saxon heritage to discover the Transylvanian Highlands. We will pass Agnita city and discover a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary landscape and gourmet dinners while surrounded by the beauty of Transylvania county.
Cincsor to Transfagarasan
Today, we will be rewarded with the amazing views of Transfagarasan, the world’s best alpine road according to Top Gear magazine. You will start with a gentle warm-up ride for about 22 miles before starting the awaited Transfagarasan ~15 mile-climb, up to 6,562-feet altitude at Balea Lake.
We will have a short stop at Balea Lake to admire the view and have a fast, healthy lunch.
Cincsor to Talisoara
We will continue our trip today in Transylvania with a beautiful ride in the Hungarian-inhabited area to reach the old restored mansion, Daniel Castle. You’ll stay overnight in this beautiful building, which was recently brought back to life and enchants the visitors with its Renaissance-style atmosphere. We will propose for you a short visit at the local blacksmith and stop at the famous Rupea fortress.
Talisoara to Hadar Chalet
Our route today takes us through the beautiful Carpathian region. We’ll see a series of traditional Transylvanian small villages along a beautiful valley at the foothills of Baraolt and Bodoc mountains to reach a hidden green area located at the foothill of Buzau Mountains: Hadar Chalet.
Crasna to Brasov
We will have a pleasant and easy ride to the famous Brasov medieval city and learn about its rich history. We’ll also have plenty of time to explore it before enjoying our dinner in the old city center. Brasov/Kronstadt is probably the most visited medieval city in Romania and is part of the “7 Fortified Cities in Transylvania” network. The Saxon architecture and the monuments are attracting more and more visitors each year.
Today it’s time to say goodbye. After a nice breakfast, the shuttle will be ready to take you back to Sibiu or Bucharest aiports for your return trip back home. Alternatively, you may enjoy an additional day in Bucharest and explore the city on your own before leaving Romania.
- Service of local, professional guides throughout the program
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Carbon bike rental
On The Tour
- Shuttle service from Bucharest to Sibiu and back to Bucharest (or Sibiu, if traveling from there)
- Tickets to cultural and historical sights included in the itinerary
- Cheese tasting at organic farm
- Wine tasting (for the extension day)
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts, lunches, and 6 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
For a full listing, request a detailed itinerary!
Your experience at Hadar Chalet starts the second you leave the national road and enter the forest. In 1985, this location was especially chosen for building a hunting lodge for the Communist leader of that time. Eventually, Hadar was rebuilt into what you see today and in 2013, the villa was integrated into the touristic circuit as Cabana Hadar Nature Resort.
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Huet Residence's exceptional location in the medieval area is just steps away from many museums, historical sites, the fashionable shopping street and cafes. It's an ideal starting point for your leisure activities. With its refined atmosphere, offering a combination of independence and genuine hospitality, Huet Residence is the ideal choice for a stay in Sibiu.
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Cincsor Transylvania Guesthouses
The Cincsor Guesthouses offer authenticity, relaxation, nature and culture. Built in 1910 in the Art Nouveau Style and restored in 2014, the former Protestant Saxon school—now turned into a guesthouse—offers the perfect getaway for relaxation.
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