Would you like to go an a cycling tour in Transylvania, pedaling through forests, green valleys and traditional villages? If your answer is yes then this is the tour you’re looking for. A private and adventurous vacation in the heart of Romania. You’ll cycle from village to village, through forests, hills and valleys, experiencing a landscape where time almost stood still.
Plus, with this cycling tour in Transylvania, you’ll get to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the fortified churches from Biertan, Viscri and Saschiz, Sighisoara and traditional Saxon villages like Malancrav, Crit and Mesendorf where multicultural heritage has been a fundamental part of local life for centuries.
The tour alternates cycling and walking days for you to get the best experience possible in Transylvania, a unique place that made it on Lonely Planet's top regions to visit in 2016.
An active tour best suited for curious and fit travelers, this cycling tour in Transylvania is a great option to explore one of the must-see places in the world.
Upon request, the tour can be tailored for families.
This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.
Airport pickup and drive to Viscri, a small village where the Saxon colonists settled hundreds of years ago. We'll spend the next two nights here.
Driving time: around 5-6 hours Accommodation: guest house in Viscri
We spend the day biking from Viscri to Crit, Mesendorf and back, visiting the fortified churches along the way and enjoying the Transylvanian landscape. The fortified church from Viscri is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Romania, and the entire village is an authentic testimony of the Saxon heritage.
Highlights: the villages Viscri, Crit, Mesendorf and their fortified churches
Accommodation: guest house in Viscri
We visit the nearby Sighisoara, Europe’s best conserved medieval city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the medieval fortified church of Biertan, also part of the universal patrimony UNESCO.
Due to its geographical position, Sighisoara was for many centuries an important commercial and strategic point of Central Europe. It is also one of the seven fortified citadels the Transylvanian Saxons built after their settlement in Central Romania starting with the 12th century.
Attested at the end of the 13th century under the German name Schespurch, Sighisoara rapidly developed into a powerful economic and commercial center due to its many craftsmen and tradesmen that fortified the settlement with 14 towers and five artillery bastions in the coming centuries against Ottoman invasions.
Highlights: Sighisoara, Biertan
Accommodation: guest house in Sighisoara
This is the most intense day of the tour as we’ll bike around 30 km from Sighisoara to Malancrav. This is not an easy ride as the unpaved and gravel trail has an elevation gain of almost 500 meters. The landscape is, however, splendid and makes all the difference. We'll pass through small and isolated villages, through forests with centenary old trees and we'll bike on village roads alongside carts and cows coming back from the fields.
Highlights: cycling trail Sighisoara-Malancrav
Accommodation: guest house in Malancrav
We spend the day exploring one of the most beautiful villages in Transylvania, attending local workshops and enjoying local home-cooked dishes.
Malancrav is a small village that dates from the early years of the 14th century. Surrounded by the dreamy landscape and green slopes of Transylvania, Malancrav is today the village with the largest Saxon population in the region. The village has one of the most important fortified churches in Transylvania.
Accommodation: guest house in Malancrav
We head back to Bucharest, stopping to visit one of the largest medieval fortresses in Transylvania, Rupea. We have lunch in Brasov, and we take a quick tour of the old city center, including landmarks such as the Black Church or the Council Square. Brasov is one of the most attractive cities in Romania, offerings its visitors a rich mix of history, architecture, culture, urban fun and impressive natural surroundings.
Driving time: around 5-6 hours Accommodation: hotel in downtown Bucharest
Transfer to Otopeni International Airport.Back to top
Easy: Easy short walks on flat terrain.
Moderate: Up to 5 km walking per day or/and optional cycling routes and easy hikes.
Intense: Up to 10 km walking per day with some inclines or/and optional cycling routes and more demanding hikes
Challenge: Hiking on uneven trails at altitudes above 1,000 meters. Longer optional cycling routes. Requires good health and physical condition.
Ultimate: Full day of hikes and/or demanding cycling tours. Requires excellent health and physical condition.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two or three cultural sights included in the tour.
High: Cultural visits everyday of the tour.
Total: All about culture.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two or three historical sights included in the tour.
High: Visits at historical monuments everyday of the tour.
Total: All about history.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two hours per day spent in nature.
High: Most activities take place in nature.
Total: All about nature.
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Bucharest (or other cities)
Bucharest (or other cities)
Breakfast every day
Local guest houses or boutique hotels
Bike and car
Cities: Brasov, Sighisoara
Landmarks: fortified churches from Viscri, Biertan, Malancrav, Rupea Fortress
Villages: Viscri, Crit, Mesendorf, Malancrav
Children should be at least 7 years old
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