Moderate
Difficulty level
Cycling
Activity (Bike)
7 Day, 7 Night
Duration

Romania: Transylvania Bike

Seven nights; seven days of cycling on paved and unpaved roads and paths over gently rolling hills in the Saxon Land region of Transylvania.

“It was another great Freewheeling trip, beginning with the organization and paperwork. The route and the inns and the variety on this trip are excellent, I really didn’t care if I biked, there was so much to do.” Susan S.



WHY THIS TRIP?

  • Quiet roads that crisscross farmers’ fields and wildflower-rich grasslands.
  • Fortified churches are a common sight in many beautifully preserved towns.
  • Spend your nights in quaint guesthouses tucked away in traditional Saxon homes in the Transylvanian countryside.

 

ROUTE EXPECTATIONS:

Requiring moderate fitness levels, these cover terrain with hills and valleys, and tend to include distances of 50-80km (30-50mi.)/day cycling, or 3-6 hours of walking per day. Most Freewheeling Adventures fall into this category, and are suitable for most ability levels.


90% paved, 10% unpaved quiet country roads and the occasional forest track. Best suited to a hybrid style bike with 32C or larger tires.


Daily Distance:

  • DAY 1: Introductions, ~30 km
  • DAY 2: ~37 km
  • DAY 3: ~34 km
  • DAY 4: Up to ~60 km
  • DAY 5: ~52 km
  • DAY 6: ~43 km
  • DAY 7: ~66 km & Farewells

Romania: Transylvania Bike – Elevation Profile

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Not sure about difficulties, and support level? Check out our What to Expect page!

 

Start: Sibiu, 10:00, day one.

Finish: Sighisoara, 10:00, day eight.

Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

1

Sibiu to Alma Vii 30km or 57km

Start with a morning transfer 45-minutes from Sibiu to the town of Seica Mare, where your cycling adventure begins. Enjoy the quiet undulating road as it passes by farmers’ fields, tiny medieval villages, and churches such as Buia, whose castle is being slowly being reclaimed by nature. Finish your ride at Alma Vii, where you’ll stay in a lovingly restored traditional Saxon farmhouse. LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)

Alma Via Guesthouse, Alma Vii; or Pension Ungerlus, Biertan

2

Alma Vii to Veseud short option: 37km or long option: 60km

You will begin the day with a warm-up climb out of Alma Vii, then cycle to Biertan, a charming village known for its elegant fortified church and its ‘matrimonial prison’ for medieval couples contemplating divorce; both spouses would be locked in a room together until they reconciled! If time permits, check out the Villa Abbatis Equestrian Center in Apos. Finish in the remote town of Veseud, where you can relax in the garden, have a glass of wine on the terrace, check out the village’s fortified church, or explore the short hiking trails in the hills surrounding the town. BD

Veseud11, Veseud; or Pensiunea Ice, Agnita

3

Veseud to Cartisoara 34km or 70km

After breakfast, descend from Veseud and cycle past another fortified church in Chirpar before continuing into the gentle Romanian countryside. Wander around the beautifully maintained ruins of a Cistercian monastery in Carta before finishing today’s short ride in the town of Cartisoara, at the base of the Fagaras mountains. The longer option will take you through Agnita, where you might visit the House of Dolls Museum. BLD

Casa Suzy and Roxy, or Arpasu de Jos Casa Mosului, Cartisoara

4

Hiking in the Balea Lake in the Fagaras mountains (~6km) or extremely challenging bike up the Transfagaragan pass (60km return)

Today’s plan is to hike beyond the Transfagara?an pass around the glacier-fed Lake Balea, a strikingly beautiful alpine region. Cycling is available today too, but be ready for a significant challenge including a monumental climb up the Transfagara?an pass. If time permits, a visit to the enchanting Clay Castle is an interesting side trip, reminiscent of a Romanian Hobbit hole! BL

Same lodging

5

Cartisoara to Fagaras 52km

This morning you will cycle through Transylvanian farmland in the base of the Fagaras depression. As you meander slowly over the gently rolling hills, you will see the craggy peaks of the Fagaras mountains to your distant right. After arriving in the city of Fagaras, visit the Fortress, an early 14th century castle housing Roman artifacts, folk art, and medieval weapons. Initially a residence of Transylvanian rulers, it was converted into a military garrison in the 18th century, and later into a Communist political prison. BLD

San Grecu House, or Elegant House, or Hotel Bulevard, Fagaras

6

Fagaras to Viscri 43km or 56km

Warm up with a couple of short climbs as you head north to Rupea, where even from a distance you will see the outline of the imposing citadel. Steeped in legend and history, the citadel is built on one of Romania’s oldest archaeological sites – with evidence of human settlement dating back to the Paleolithic and early Neolithic periods. Finish your ride in Viscri, one of Romania’s most famous Saxon villages, best known for its repeated visits from Prince Charles, its white, fortified church, and an ambitious community project for rediscovering and reviving nearly lost traditions. Explore the village and local pastures by horse cart, or learn how to make horseshoes and nails from the local blacksmith brothers before retiring to your cozy accommodations. BLD

Prince of Wales Guesthouse, or Viscri 125, Viscri

7

Viscri to Sighisoara 66km

Follow a popular cycling route for part of the morning through Bunesti, Crit, and Mesendorf. The ride finishes in Sighisoara, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its beautiful, walled old town. Sighisoara is also allegedly the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, a 15th century Wallachian prince known as Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration of the legend of Dracula. BL

Savri House, or Mercure Sighisoara, Sighisoara

8

Farewells

Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast at your hotel. We recommend staying for an extra day or two in order to explore (and get lost in!) the medieval alleys, hike to the hilltop church, or simply relax in a 500-year-old café. If you would like a transfer back to Sibiu we depart after breakfast. B

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


Guided: C 3895 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, luggage handling, guide/driver and vehicle support, maps and route notes, taxes.


Self-Guided: C 3095 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, luggage transfers with opportunities for lifts, maps and route notes, essential transfers, emergency support, taxes.


Single Occupancy: 565


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


2022 Guided dates:

  • May 8-15
  • Sep 11-18

2023 Guided dates:

  • May 8-15
  • Sep 11-18

Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above. New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.

Interested in custom or private departures?


Please see above for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided in your custom proposal.

1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, or see our Join a Group page to see where groups are already forming.

2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.

 
PLEASE NOTE: Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. If this is not provided by your credit card or elsewhere, please let us know and we can provide recommendations.

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Bicycle touring through Transylvania’s Saxon Land feels like taking a step back in time. Quiet roads crisscross farmers’ fields and wildflower-rich grasslands. Horse and carts clatter along worn dirt roads and through villages where traffic jams mean herds of crossing goats. Fortified churches are a common sight in many beautifully preserved towns. Crumbling citadels and haunted hilltop castles are spread throughout the landscape. In the backdrop to the south are the craggy Fagaras mountains, where you will spend a day hiking in the vicinity of the gorgeous glacier fed Balea Lake at the top of the Transfagara?an pass. Spend your nights in quaint guesthouses tucked away in traditional Saxon homes in the Transylvanian countryside, while enjoying the warm and welcoming hospitality of innkeepers and hosts. There is no better way to relish the slower pace of life and absorb the Transylvanian culture than from the seat of a bicycle!