May 31 2018 - June 7 2018
Biking through Saxon Transylvania
Biking on the hills
Start Date: May 31 2018
Duration: 7 days
Cost: 2300 EUR/person 430 EUR single supplement

What Should You Expect?

What if we told you that the proverbial land of milk and honey (and home-made wine and cottage cheese) exists? To find it, you’ll have to look no further than the beautiful reaches of Transylvania.

It’s true – there really is a land of milk and honey (and home-made wine and cottage cheese, too). And you’ll find it all in the beautiful countryside and villages of Transylvania. This idyllic province has already made a name for itself as an unconventional destination, thanks to its breath-taking landscapes, welcoming people, mouth-watering, wholly-organic food, and much, much more.

It’s also the ideal setting for a total detox for body and mind, while you explore the beauty of its unique villages with us by bike. A day in the saddle travelling Transylvania’s near virgin bike paths will leave you pleasantly tuckered out and ready to enjoy a wholesome meal and a restful nap in stylish surroundings, both of which, we’ll also take care of.

On your journey you’ll meet passionate artisans, committed cooks, and straight-forward folk who will welcome you into their house, share their wisdom, their life stories, and even their food.

Get on a bike and we’ll help you discover the scattered villages, enchanting forests, rolling hills and flower-filled plains of Transylvania in a uniquely rewarding holiday experience.

Itinerary

Day 0
Arrival and getting to know each other

Arrive in Sibiu* and check in at the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we can organise a walking tour to discover the beautiful Old Centre of Sibiu.
There will be a welcome dinner in the city centre, where you will meet your guide, introduce yourselves to each other, and get answers to any last-minute questions you might have.

Overnight: Republique Hotel, Sibiu

Day 1
Leave Sibiu and get immersed into rural Transylvania

Route: Sibiu- Daia- Marpod - Chirpar - Veseud
Kilometres on bike: 55 km - 4 hours; ascent 450m, descent 500m
Difficulty level: moderate

Dinner: Copsa Mare
Overnight: Copsa Mare Guesthouses

Day 2
Discover new villages, enjoy the sight of medieval Saxon fortifications included on UNESCO World Heritage list, and end the day in one of the few medieval citadels that is still inhabited.

Route: Veseud - Agnita - Iacobeni - Sighisoara
Kilometres on bike: 60 km - 5.5 hours; ascent 500m, descent 350m
Difficulty level: moderate

Dinner: Sighisoara
Overnight: Casa Savri, Sighisoara

Day 3
Bike next to fortified Saxon churches, rolling hills, visit the beekeeper in Crit, the Royal Honey Provider to Prince Charles.

Route: Sighisoara - Saschiz - Cloasterf - Crit (beekeeper honey tasting)
Kilometres on bike: 40 Km - 3 hours; ascent 330m, descent 330m
Difficulty level: easy

Dinner: Crit
Overnight: La Hansi, Crit

Day 4
Bike through two of the most iconic villages in Transylvania, visit a buffalo farm in Mesendorf

Route: Crit - Mesendorf- Viscri
Kilometres on bike: 35 km - 4 hour; ascent 310m, descent 170m
Difficulty level: easy to moderate

Dinner: Viscri
Overnight: Viscri 125, Viscri

Day 5
Visit the local blacksmith in Viscri, bike through the beautiful countryside towards Cincsor

Route: Viscri - Jibert - Cobor - Felmer - Soars - Rodbav - Cincsor
Kilometres on bike: 60 Km - 6 hours; ascent 650m, descent 600m
Difficulty level: moderate

Dinner: Cincsor
Overnight: Cincsor Guesthouses

Day 6
Last day on the bike, visit the local sheepskin coat-maker in Dragus, end the day back in Sibiu

Route: Cincsor - Pojorta - Sambata de Sus - Dragus -Victoria - Ucea de Jos - (at this point we’ll get on the minibus) - Sibiu
Kilometres on bike: 55 km - 6 hours; ascent 200m, descent 380m
Difficulty level: moderate

Dinner: Sibiu
Overnight: Republique Hotel, Sibiu

Day 7
Departure day

Depending on your departure time, we can organise a walking tour to discover the beautiful Old Centre of Sibiu.

* on request, we can organise transfers to Sibiu International Airport or Bucharest.

Overview and requirements

Length

8 days, 7 nights

Days on the bike

6 days

Average distance per day

50 km

Difficulty level

moderate

Fitness requirement

average

Terrain type

asphalt + dirt road

Price and inclusions

Price

2300 EUR/person
430 EUR single supplement

Group size

Min. 6
Max. 10

What's included

Bicycle & safety gear hire
Two English-speaking expert biking guides
Support vehicle
Accommodation for 7 nights
All breakfasts, lunches & dinners, except for dinner in Sibiu on day 6
Snacks & water during the day
Wine & beer at dinner
All activities & entrance fees

What's not included

The prices do not include travel insurance, international flights, transfer to/from the airport, tips and other personal shopping.

Payment and cancellation policies

On booking this trip, we request a 20% deposit, refundable until the 15th of March 2018.

The final payment is expected by the 30th of April 2018.

Terms and conditions

Please check here our terms and conditions. Paying your deposit implies you agree to everything included in these terms and conditions.

Your Accommodation

Republique Hotel

A small boutique hotel with spacious and modern design rooms, situated within walking distance of the medieval centre.

Veseud 11

Typical houses of Saxon origin, restored according to the traditional architecture.
Once you get through the gates, you'll be greeted by a blend of authenticity and modern comfort, and the pièce de résistance is the superb dining area, complemented by an amazing view from the back terrace.

Casa Savri

A charming 4-star guesthouse located in the oldest building in Sighisoara, as proved by the fresco inscriptions on the facade (noting the year it was built as 1568). The building itself is a veritable museum dedicated to its craftsmen, with old, authentic handmade pieces gathered from all over Transylvania. The furniture is solid wood, refurbished to the highest standards, the whole process of restoration being carried out over a period of seven years.

La Hansi

A country inn formed from typical Saxon houses, restored and refurbished in a traditional manner.
The interiors, typical of the "Haferland" area, are embellished with old textiles, embroideries and handmade carpets, which all complete the simple, charming and very welcoming atmosphere of olden times.

Viscri 125

A beautifully-renovated traditional Saxon house in the village, two minute walk from the house HRH Prince Charles of Wales, next in line to the UK throne, owns in the village.
All rooms are decorated with traditional furniture, hand woven carpets and natural materials, the old barn is transformed into a magnificent kitchen and dining area, with a traditional fireplace in the middle of the room, but what guests find most impressive here is the garden lounge area, with hammocks and lounge chairs, and even an idyllic stream.

Cincsor Transylvania Guesthouses

A historic ensemble including the former Evangelical School, the former Parish House (the oldest private building in Cincsor), together with the Peasant's House and a fortified church.

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