Overview

  • Discover the ‘land beyond the forest’, home to thick forests, ancient aristocratic families and gorgeous lost-in-time villages
  • Around 150 Km by bike in 3 days around Transylvanian restored manors
  • Local culinary experience and age-old traditions and crafts
  • Full support and assistance with professional guide

Our guided tour will take you to the land of the Transylvanian manors to discover the architecture and life of Middle Age in this area. Castles, manors and fortified churches scattered across scenic villages and unspoiled nature are all awaiting to be discovered in Covasna County at just a two-hour and a half drive from Bucharest. Old aristocratic manors are restored as guesthouses with high comfort. Ancient craft workshops are available for visits. Spectacular landscapes with local flora and fauna are waiting to be discovered.
Far from the crowded routes, on hilly terrain and on unpaved country trails, you will experience wonderful cycling days mixed with an extraordinary culinary and cultural experience.
Venture deeper, and the county promises travellers the full experience of living history and traditions, and of plenty of peace and tranquility. There is a sense of living history and enduring traditions that give the traveller the reassuring feeling that time can, at least sometimes, slow down.

Altough there are over 200 castles in the area, only a few have been preserved or developed. Szentkereszty Castle in Arcus, the Mikes-Szentkereszty Castle in Zagon or the Damokos-Gyula Castle in Cernat, function as cultural centers or museums. Others, such as the Mikes Castle in Zabala, the Benke manor in Moacsa and the Daniel Castle in Talisoara, have been turned into luxury hotels and you will have the chance to experience them.

Price:
from 650.00 €
Duration:
4 days/3 nights
Start / End:
Talisoara/Zabala
Distance:
~160 km
Accommodation:
Activity level:
Intermediate
Custom/Private
Dates:
28 Mar. 2019
31 Aug. 2019

Highlights

  • Miclosoara, Talisoara, Zabala and Valea Zalanului – small villages with old restored manors and guesthouses
  • Kalnoky castle
  • Covasna – the city with 1,000 mineral sources
  • The old railway system (Mocanita) in Covasna
  • Komando village
  • Orban Balasz 800 meters cave on Varghis gorges
  • St. Ana Lake
  • sculpting and hand-painting furniture since 1568 with The Suto family in Varghis
  • the blacksmith atelier Gyuri Nagy from Talisoara
  • Biborteni water source
  • The local traditionally-baked potato bread, goulash or paprikash, a poultry dish with cream sauce and home-made noodles

Day by day

Upon arrival we recommend to visit the area doing a warm up cycling trip between the 2 villages for about 10-20 km.
History buffs on the other hand can travel as far back as prehistoric times by visiting the Baraolt Museum which hosts almost a complete three million year-old mastodon fossil as well as the nearby coal mine where it was discovered, by accident, in 2008.
It gives one the feeling of walking straight into the middle of a Grimm Brothers fairytale when stepping into the main lodge of the Kalnoky Manor, in Miclosoara. The quaint rooms are styled with Szekely antique furniture and the atmosphere is complete with stove fires and the smell of apple pie and caraway tea.

Special welcome dinner and overnight at Miclosoara guesthouses or Talisoara manor –Daniel Castle.

After a hearty breakfast we we will ride along Varghis gorges – a natural reserve dedicated for hiking and cycling. After ~20 km we will arrive at Orban Balasz cave. Upon return we can discover some of the local arts.

Preserving authenticity and traditional techniques is the motto of the local blacksmith craftsman, Gyuri Nagy, from Talisoara village. There are no templates, shortcuts or compromises, says the blacksmith who needed half a year to create the iron gates that adorn the entrance to the Daniel Castle. It takes skill to mold the metal using only traditional techniques and the blacksmith is more than happy to fire up his forge and show tourists how iron can be transformed into flowers or different ornaments.
If on time we will try and reach the family Suto from Varghis who are sculpting and do hand-painting furniture since 1568.
Overnight at Miclosoara guesthouses or Talisoara manor house – Daniel Castle.

Today we will visit Valea Zalanului – another small hidden village, where HM Prince Charles of Wales owns a house. On the way we will pass to Biborteni – a small village well known for its mineral water source.
We will continue the route to Micfalau. From here, keen cyclists can continue the bike ride on the road for about~65 km on asphalt up to Covasna. The other participants will be transferred by car, with additional visits: St. Ana Lake, Balvanyos Resort or Targu Secuiesc city. On the way we will also visit Zabola manor – another ancient restored castle. Katalin Roy Chowdhury de Ulpur, born Countess Mikes de Zabola, and her sons Gregor and Alexander are slowly re-establishing their family estate in the village of Zabola, another Székely stronghold. Guests of the estate stay in the renovated 18th-century outbuilding known as the Machine House. The décor could best be described as shabby-chic, with floral fabrics, exposed brick and worn wooden floors.

Covasna is a small city located in southeast Transylvania, an area inhabited mainly by the local Hungarian minority, the Szekelys. Covasna’s renowned mineral springs and spa facilities are another attraction that makes it worth paying a visit to. What are perhaps less known are the local “mofetas” (gas emanating sites) which are recommended for the treatment of various afflictions. The one in Hatuica is built over a mineral water spring and the CO2 exposure is enough to warm one’s feet in several minutes.

Overnight in Covasna – the city of 1000 mineral waters, in a 4* hotel.

The day is dedicated to a cycling or hiking trip around Covasna, for another 3-4 hours.
In the afternoon we will return for farewell.

What si included

Accommodation

  • 3 nights of accommodation (differs if optional days included)
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best and original accommodations. On our Transylvanian trip, you will stay in truly unique medieval locations—one old restored castle, manor house, a centrally located medieval hotel in the heart of Sighisoara, a beautifully restored B&B in the remote village of Cund.

Dining

  • Full board for all period – daily breakfast, picnic lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our trip, you will sample the finest local delicacies from the region from the innovative to traditional dishes

Support

  • Detailed trip description and programme, maps, GPS maps (on request)
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides (Romanian, English, French or German speaking possible)
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during the trip, vehicle assistance during the day
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Carpatbike branded merchandise

Gear

  • Cannondale, Trek or GT XC or hybrid bicycles
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • CarpatBike bike jersey (to buy)

Activities

  • Entrance fees for all group events/activities
  • Tickets to several cultural and historical sights included in the itinerary
  • Local Taxes

 

Not included

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Alcoholic and additional drinks or meals during the programme
  • On select trips some meals are not included so you can explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Tips for your cycling guide (5-10% trip price) or at restaurants (5-10% of the bill)
  • Extra charges for laundry telephone or fax charges, room service, etc.
  • Individual travel Insurance for the trip (compulsory in order to be accepted for the tour)
  • Individual insurance for special activities (recommended)
  • Additional local guides, if required
  • Transfer cost from Bucharest to Brasov and from Covasna to Bucharest
  • Optional activities not scheduled by CarpatBike
  • Single room supplement
  • All the other conditions are presented in the “Terms and conditions” document

More information

Meeting and departure:

How to get there:

We suggest that you arrive at one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Bucharest. Travel time between Bucharest and Brasov is approximately 3 hours. On a weekday, there are 2-3 good trains per day traveling from Bucharest to Brasov and the ticket price ranges from 12-17 EUR/person.

Please ask tour consultant for specific details and advance bookings.

Please inform the tour company on your flight schedule to advise for appropriate transfer times for meeting and departure.

Meeting day:

On arrival, the participants will be informed on the programme and other necessary information, they will be familiarised with the local customs and will receive the travel kit (map, equipment, bike and so on). Our guides will make sure that the participants fulfil all terms and conditions.

In case one or more participants did not reach the meeting date and point as scheduled, it is the responsibility of the participant to reach the group during the trip, according to CarpatBike terms and conditions. They will receive the support of our team in finding the group as soon as possible.

Due to the long distance for the first day and the organisational matters, the first day will not include cycling or it will only include short local rides, a visit in the city and local sights.

Terrain:

This tour includes national, local, village, and forest roads through pastoral landscapes and peaceful Transylvanian scenery. The terrain includes flat asphalt routes, unpaved country hilly trails, and rolling hills and is suitable for cyclists in good physical condition, varying from 30 to 60 km per day.
On this tour, 10% of the riding is on dedicated bike paths, 60% is on quiet roads with little traffic, and 30 % on roads shared with traffic.

This tour is manageable for participants of various ages and would be a fun tour for a family (minimum age 10 recommended) or first-time bike tourists.

Lodging:

We have prepared for you accommodation in beautifully restored medieval castles or guesthouses preserved since Medieval times.

Bike info

GT,Cannondale or Trek XC bicycles are available on this tour, and are included in the tour price.

Equipment provided at no charge:

  • Helmet
  • Locks
  • Repair kit
  • Pump
  • Water bottle

Other equipment is available at an additional charge:

  • GPS system
  • Cycle computer
  • Panniers 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 can be provided, we recommend that for safety and hygiene reasons you bring your own or plan to purchase one upon arrival. Please consider also bringing your own water recipient.

Dates & Prices

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book.

Also, in case you want to book a tour for a particular date we are happy to prepare a customized offer for your group. Choose any of our existing tour itineraries for your own private adventure.

Book it on your chosen dates, just for your group. Prices may vary depending on group size and availability for selected dates. For groups +10 pp. additional discount apply.

Please contact us for details at home@carpatbike.ro ASAP.

 

Dates

from 03/28/2019 to 03/31/2019 - 4 days/3 nights Book now
from 08/31/2019 to 09/03/2019 - 4 days/3 nights Book now

Prices

Price EUR/person/net price Bike rental not included Bike rental included Single room supplement
4-6 € 770 € 820 € 140
7-10 € 700 € 750 € 140
+10 € 650 € 700 € 140
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