Cycling Tour of Medieval Central and South-Eastern Transylvania

Cycling Tour of Medieval Central and South-Eastern Transylvania

Transylvania’s medieval heritage is one of the most valuable history ressources from Romania. South Eastern Transylvania is also one of Europe’s most important natural and cultural landscape, supporting rare habitats, as well as rare fauna and flora species in Europe. The landscape is a mosaic of oak and beech forests, rich meadows and pastures. The small Transylvanian villages centred 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 the 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.

Our trip is customized for tourists with an average level of experience who enjoy biking in a natural and authentic environment.

The transfers are made by minibus. Because the bus stays with the group for luggage transport and assistance, you will have the possibility to cycle longer or shorter distances according to your preferences.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

• Biertan/Birthälm fortified church – in the UNESCO World Heritage since 1993

• Viscri/Deutschweisskirch fortified church – in the UNESCO World Heritage since 1996

• Mălâncrav/Malmkrog fortified church – famous for its mural painting, one of the best preserved specimens of 14th century linear-narrative gothic painting

• Saschiz fortified church – in the UNESCO World Heritage since 1993

• Sighisoara/Schässburg – the last European “living” Middle Age city

• Count Kolnoky castle in Micloșoara

• Brașov/Kronstadt – one of the most important medieval cities in the central part of the country

• Cund/Reussdorf – a splendid small village, renovated by the German community

• Sibiu/Hermannstadt – impressive medieval city well known as the Cultural capital of Europe in 2007

 

 

DETAILS
Duration 7-day cycling tour(optional: 1 additional day in Sibiu)
Distance around 300 km by bike
Difficulty moderate level
Elevation 2500 m in total
Terrain The tour includes national, local, village and forest roads, varying from 30 to 60 km per day.
Accomodation beautifully restored medieval pensions and 3-4* hotels with breakfast included.
Group size • 5 to 15 persons;
• guide will be provided for a group of up to 8 persons and 2 guides for more than 8 participants;

Day 1: Get together in Brașov (170 Km from Bucharest)

We will be expecting our guests from noon onwards in Brașov/Kronstadt and start our trip with a short tour in the old centre of the city, a beautiful medieval city, famous for the Black Church and other sites. Accomodation will be 5 km away from Brașov, in the village of Sânpetru, a quiet and beautiful medieval village.

 

Day 2: Cycling to Micloșoara/Miklosvar via Sânpetru - Bod - Feldioara/Marienburg – Haghig – Belini -Aita Mare ~ 43 km

After breakfast around 9.00 am we start our biking trip and leave Brașov on the Northern route to Bod, following a secondary road for 23 km. Our first stop will be in Feldioara, an old village close to Olt river. On the way, we visit the beautiful fortified churches of Feldioara, Haghig, Belini and Aita Mare. From Feldioara we cycle along the Olt River for another 28 km, to Micloșoara.  An old medieval renovated house of Count Kalnoky will be our final destination for the day. Here you will be accommodated in a splendid Middle Age house with a beautiful restaurant.

 

Day 3: Micloșoara - Augustin - Racoș - Homorod/Hamruden- Rupea/ Reps - Dacia-Viscri/Deutschweisskirch ~ 40 Km

After a medieval evening and a refreshing breakfast around 9.00 am, we continue our route along Olt River. After 10 km cycling into the North, we follow the river to the West for another 13 km. In Racoș we find one of the most important fortified churches in the area. After additional 15 km, we reach Homorod and visit another important fortified church.

Once arrived in Rupea, we continue our route via Dacia to Viscri, a beautiful World Heritage site. Viscri is a small settlement in the heart of Transylvania, where you can discover ageless traditions, legends and faiths of its people. Here we explore the church and its museum, we make a tour of the garden and of the courtyard activities, visit the village shop and the blacksmith.

We spend the night in Viscri in traditional renovated medieval houses.

 

Day 4: From Viscri to Sighișoara/Schässburg via Bunești – Messendorf - Saschiz/Keisd ~18 km on bike and 50 km by bus

In the morning we spend some more time in Viscri and visit the community activities. We leave before noon towards Messendorf via Bunești and visit the gothic church in Messendorf, which was built in the 14th century. The view from the tower in Messendorf is one of the highlights of a visit in Târnava Mare region. From Messendorf we travel to Sighisoara by bus and stop in Saschiz to visit the church, another World Heritage site.

The famous magnificent bell tower, whose church was built in the 15th century, dominates Saschiz. On the hill above Saschiz is the Peasant Citadel, built by the Saxons probably on the site of a former Roman fort. The Peasant Citadel in Saschiz is a great place for a picnic lunch and an excellent photographer’s vantage point.

We arrive in Sighișoara in the evening to have a tour of the beautiful old citadel. Sighișoara is reknown as one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. The old fortified town lies on a small hill, dominating the lower town. Guests will be accommodated in Sighișoara or in the neighbouring villages of Saes, Apold or Criș.

 

Day 5: Cycling from Sighișoara/Schässburg to Cund via Daneș – Florești - Mălâncrav/Malmkrog-Laslea – Hoghilag - Dumbrăveni ~55 Km

After breakfast around 9.00 am we leave Sighișoara and start our cycling trip. On our way we visit the castle from Daneș and the fortified churches in Dumbrăveni and Florești, as well as the beautiful church from Mălâncrav, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The village of Mălâncrav is very well preserved due to its isolated location, 13 km down a wooden valley, in the heart of Târnava Mare region. From Dumbrăveni we cycle around 13 km to discover one of the most beautiful remote villages of Transylvania, Cund, a small village where the German community renovated the old houses, bringing 3-4* luxury life in this hidden part of the world. It seems like the village is being brought back to life in perfect harmony with the old traditions of the place.

Accommodation in the renovated houses of Cund.

 

Day 6: Cycling from Cund to Dumbrăveni - Biertan/Birthälm – Atel/Hetzeldorf - Brateiu/Pretai - Mediaș ~55 Km

Today we are going to visit one of the most well known fortified churches included in the UNESCO World Heritage, Biertan.  Biertan/Birthälm in German, lies on the Western side of the Târnava Mare region and is a key visitor attraction due to its impressive heavily fortified gothic church with Renaissance elements in the centre of the village.

Leaving Biertan we are going to pass first through Atel village and the village of Brateiu, known for its 14th century fortified church. Picnic lunch near Alma, close to the river side.

At the end of the day we reach the city Mediaș/Mediasch.

Originally an Iron Age and then a Roman settlement, Mediaș was a predominantly Saxon town for many centuries, walled and with gate towers, two of which remain on Strada Cloșca (in translation Hen Street). However, a fortress, many churches and museums remain and worth paying a visit.

If there is enough time in the evening, the guests are invited to a wine tasting event, in a nice area around Târnăveni. Accommodation in Mediaș region.

 

Day 7: Cycling from Mediaș to Târnava – Ţapu – Loamneș - Ocna Sibiului - Şura Mică - Sibiu ~55 Km

Today we cycle to one of the most important cities in Romania and the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2007, Sibiu. On the way, we stop to visit the fortified church in Ţapu and Ocna Sibiului resort. Ocna Sibiului, an old resort with salted waters is currently being renovated and might be an option for spending the night.

Short evening walking tour through Sibiu (visit the Old Town, the Medieval Fortress, the Brukenthal Museum). Accommodation and farewell dinner in Sibiu/Ocna Sibiului.

 

OPTIONAL Day 8: Cycling in Sibiu region (Mărginimea Sibiului)

In the morning we make a short sightseeing trip to the open air village museum Astra. The museum is built around 3 lakes in the Dumbrava Forest and exposes houses, churches, water- and windmills from all over Romania. After the visit, cycling tour to the villages Cisnădioara, Rășinari to Gura Raului. End of the trip and farewell.

Group size Tarif per person based on double occupancy Single room supplement
4-6 Personen 1 139  EUR (Bike rental included) 114 EUR
7-10 Personen 949  EUR (Bike rental included) 114 EUR
Ab 11 Personen 864  EUR (Bike rental included) 114 EUR
1 day supplement in Sibiu 143  EUR 20 EUR

Price / person is based on double occupancy. The prices are calculated per person and in Euros. The given rates may vary slightly in 2015.

 INCLUDED SERVICES

• 7 nights accommodation

• Full board for all period - Breakfasts, Dinners and Picnic Lunches

• Detailed trip description and programme, GPS map, physical map of the trip

• Bike, accessories and equipment rental (if required)

• All entrances to cultural and historical sights included in the itinerary

• Energizers & refreshment drinks

• Luggage transportation

• Vehicle Assistance (whenever roads allow the bus to pass)

• English speaking accompanying bike guide (Note: We may organize also German or French Speaking guides, plus inquire)

• Local Taxes

• Branded Tshirt

• Souvenirs

• Optional: 1 day visit in Sibiu

• Optional: transfer from/to Bucharest (please inquire)

NOT INCLUDED

• Airfare

• Alcoholic drinks

• Extra charges for laundry telephone or fax charges, room service, etc.

• Transfer cost from Bucharest to Brasov and from Sibiu to Bucharest

• 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

• Single room supplement

Note:

  • Optional activities will be charged additionally. The guide will assist you with all necessary information.
  • Depending on when you’re visiting Romania, you can take part in other local social and cultural events: weddings, traditional dancing and singing festivals, church celebrations, artisan reunions, etc.
  • The daily schedule can change according to the weather, to local social and cultural events, without any fundamental change to the program’s structure.

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