Transylvania Road cycling tour

riding world's best alpine road according to Top Gear
Challenging / Classic / Luxury / Road cycling / Transylvania

Overview

“We were wrong, this is better than the Stelvio, this is the best road in the world!” Jeremy Clarkson – Top Gear

  • Around 850 km total distance in 8 days of cycling in Transylvania and Walachia
  • Local culinary experience and traditional souvenirs
  • All inclusive holiday: guiding and assistance with professional guide
  • Rides across the Saxon legacy and Romanian highest alpine roads: Transfagarasan and Transalpina

 

Transylvania’s medieval heritage is one of the most the most valuable from Romania. South Eastern Transylvania is also one of Europe’s most important natural and cultural landscapes, supporting rare habitats and fauna and flora species in Europe. The landscape is a mosaic of oak and beech forests, rich meadows and pastures. The small Transylvanian villages centered on fortified churches are still keeping the same level of civilization. We are inviting you to discover the amazing world of Transylvanian fortresses and churches, included in UNESCO World Heritage. The Saxon people defended their rich villages during the Middle Ages by building enormous fortresses around the churches. These unique historical sites are still preserved today.

This trip brings you along country roads and pastoral landscapes including the most important climbs in Romania: Transfagarasan and Transalpina.

The Transfagarasan mountain road or national road 7C is one of the most spectacular roads in the world. It is 90 km (56 miles) long and is located in Romania. It runs trough the Fagaras mountains (trans + Fagaras), a part of the Transsylvanian Alps. The road connects Transsylvania with Muntenia. The Transfagarasan starts at Bascov, near Piteçti. It follows the valley of the river Argea and after mounting to the highest point, it descends to Cartisoara in the Olt valley, where the road ends.

Price:
from 1,750.00 €
Duration:
10 days/9 nights
Start / End:
Sibiu/Sibiu
Distance:
850 km total bike ride
Accommodation:
beautifully restored medieval manors and 3-4* traditional B&Bs
Activity level:
Challenging
Custom/Private
Dates:
07 Oct. 2019

Highlights

  • Biertan fortified church – in the UNESCO World heritage since 1993
  • Sighisoara/Schaessburg – the last European "living" Middle Age city, in the UNESCO World heritage
  • Sibiu/Hermannstadt – impressive medieval city well knows as the Cultural capital of Europe in 2007
  • Old crafts performed by the locals, cheese and wine tasting experiences (optional)
  • Brasov – medieval city and famous tourism resort
  • Corund and Horezu – arts and crafts, ceramics centers
  • Praid salted mine
  • Saint Ana volcanic lake
  • Muierii cave
  • Transfagarasan and Transalpina high alpine roads

Day by day

Guests will be arriving from noon onwards in Sibiu/Hermannstadt for a short tour in the old center of this beautiful medieval city. Dinner to follow in the old city center, accompanied by a short introduction and welcome package.
Overnight in Sibiu in beautiful boutique medieval guesthouses.

Supplementary, from Sibiu to Paltinis – 30 km climbing (990 m vertical climbing) and back.

After breakfast you will leave Sibiu on the north route to Sighisoara, following a secondary route. Along the route you will stop at the most important sights in Saxon Transylvania. Biertan fortified church is the most important UNESCO objective in Romania; near Medias city we can discover an important wine area in Romania; the small village Dealu Frumos is considered “the center of Romania”.

Overnight in Sighisoara medieval guesthouses or boutique hotels.

Route: Sighisoara – Odorheiu Secuiesc - Praid
Objectives on the way: the city of Odorheiu Secuiesc; arts and crafts in Corund village; the salted mountain and the salted mine in Praid.
Non-riders arriving in advance in Praid can visit the salted mines.

Overnight in Praid, in a local traditional pension with high comfort and organic food.

Today’s route includes three climbing peaks, including the 6 km climbing up to 1,200m high, from Praid to Bucin Peak. Part of the route is also included in our recent “Szekely cycling tour”. This day’s distance can be reduced to 105 km (two climbing instead of three).

Overnight in Miercurea Ciuc.

Route: Miercurea Ciuc - Bixad - St. Ana - Targu Secuiesc - Brasov

On the way you will visit St. Ana Volcano Lake and Tusnad resort. Part of this route is included in the Romanian Cycling Tour. The route will include one climbing point (St. Ana Lake – 1,100m).
We will be experiencing a picnic lunch at Tusnad or at St. Ana Lake.

Overnight in Brasov or nearby area in traditional medieval guesthouses or boutique hotels.

After an early breakfast we will have a car transfer from Brasov to Cartisoara (100 km) to avoid the high traffic European road route. Cartisoara village will be the starting point for the awaited Transfagarasan climb. The North climbing is ~30 km, up to 2000m altitude – Balea Lake. We will have a short stop at Balea lake to admire the view and have a fast healthy lunch. From there, you will have 86 km of descent to Curtea de Arges city –a former Capital of Walachia. On the way down you will pass Vidraru Lake.

Overnight and dinner in Curtea de Arges.

After breakfast we will pay a short visit to Curtea de Arges Monastery followed by a transfer from Curtea de Arges to Novaci by coach. On the way to Novaci, you will visit Muierii Cave, arts and crafts in Horezu and local monasteries.
Overnight in Horezu, in an old 4* manor house which was recently renovated and provides highest comfort of accommodation and food experience.

Optional, you can perform the transfer by bicycle, partial or total (total distance is ~80 km)

Route: Novaci – Ranca – Sugag – Saliste – Sibiu

We will start our climb from Novaci to Udrele pass meaning ~1,570 m vertical uphill along the 26 km of ascent. From Udrele peak (2,145) the route is going to Tartau (1,714m), then a downhill to Sugag – the last peak of the route. From Sugag to Saliste (33 km), the cyclists will be reaching the last peak – Jina (981m).
From Saliste to Sibiu (~40 km) the route is almost flat and sometimes crowded, so a car transfer will be available from Saliste to Sibiu.

Overnight in Sibiu, including a farewell dinner, share experience and memories.

In the morning you can take a short sightseeing trip to the open-air village museum Astra. The museum is built around 3 lakes in the Dumbrava Forest and features houses, churches, and water/windmills from all over Romania. After the visit, take a cycling trip to the villages Cisnadioara, Rasinari till Gura Raului.

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What si included

  • 9 nights accommodation (differs if optional days included)
  • half board for all period – breakfasts and dinners
  • Detailed trip description and programme, GPS maps
  • Bike, accessories and equipment rental (if required)
  • Tickets to several cultural and historical sights included in the itinerary
  • Energizing bars & water supply
  • Luggage transportation
  • Vehicle Assistance (whenever roads allow it to pass)
  • English speaking accompanying bike guide (Note: German or French also possible)
  • Local Taxes
  • Complimentary branded CarpatBike t-shirt & traditional souvenirs
  • Photos along the route

Not included

  • Airfare cost
  • Alcoholic and additional drinks or meals during the programme
  • Tips for your cycling guide (from 25 $/day) or at restaurants (~10% of the bill)
  • Extra charges for laundry telephone or fax charges, room service, etc.
  • Transfer cost to and from Sibiu to Bucharest
  • Individual travel Insurance for the trip (compulsory in order to be accepted for the tour for foreign tourists)
  • Individual insurance for special activities (recommended)
  • Additional local guides, if required
  • Single room supplement
  • All the other conditions are presented in the “Terms and conditions” document

More information

Meetind 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 or Sibiu airports. Travel time between Bucharest and Sibiu is approximately 4 hours by car and 5 hours by train. On a weekday, there are 3-4 good trains per day traveling from Bucharest to Sibiu and the ticket price ranges from 15-17 EUR/person.

For the return trip from Sibiu, there are a few trains per day to Bucharest, the ticket price being around 20 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:

Mainly asphalt road, with short non-asphalted, but acceptable portions. The route is suitable for cyclists in very good physical condition, varying from 60 to 150 km per day.

Lodging:

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

Bike info

Cannonade,GT,Trek XC bicycles and Schwinn touring bikes are available on this tour, and are included in the tour price. Aluminium frama road bicycles can be provided but with limited availability.

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 10/07/2019 to 10/16/2019 - 10 days/9 nights Book now

Prices

Price EUR/person/net price Bike rental not included Bike rental included Single room supplement
4-6 € 2380 € 2510 € 330
7-10 € 1900 € 2100 € 330
+10 € 1750 € 1990 € 330
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