What to expect
Experience the castles, mountains and medieval towns of Transylvania, a region of pretty haystacks, horse-drawn carts and country roads. On day one, the stone walls, cobbled alleys and baroque facades in Brasov are worth arriving early for and you’ll return by train via the capital city of Bucharest. Each eerie castle and magnificent manor you'll visit seems fresh from a story-book, with the white turrets and red roofs of Dracula’s Castle the most famous.
A mountainous region with stunning scenery, expect a few uphills where you may want to walk with your bike to enjoy the views. Cycle past woodlands and national parks, stopping off in remote Saxon villages with fortified churches. You’ll have a chance to travel by horse wagon and optional detours give you the opportunity to see more or Transylvania or rest your legs and drink in the views.
If you prefer more independence, choose the self-guided Castles of Transylvania tour.
At a glance
- Jagged mountains, green valleys and an enchanting rural ambience
- Medieval towns, Saxon villages, cobbled streets and narrow alleys
- Dracula’s Castle, fairytale turrets and magnificent mansions
- English speaking guide, transfers to and from airport included
Day 1 (Sat):
Arrive in Brasov
Take your transfer from Bucharest airport to the city of Brasov and stroll around the central square, which is surrounded by Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Visit the Gothic black church and see the world famous Buchholz organ. Attend an optional organ concert in the evening and have dinner in the historic square.
Day 2 (Sun):
Bran and Rasnov Castle
27 miles (45 km)
After a short transfer to the town of Zarnesti, cycle to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, and take in the views of the Bucegi Mountains. Visit Rasnov Castle with its views to the Postavarul and Piatra Craiului mountains.
Day 3 (Mon):
Zarnesti - Fagaras
36 miles (58 km)
Tour around the Piatra Craiului National Park, complete with beautiful glacial lakes and spruce forests. Continue along a valley between two mountains to reach the city of Fagaras. Visit the restored Renaissance castle and its museum, owned by the Hungarian Voivodes who ruled Transylvania.
Day 4 (Tue):
Fagaras - Sighisoara
25/31 miles (40/50 km)
After a short transfer to Cincu or Dealu Frumos (included), cycle through a remote area with astounding views of the Transylvanian Alps, passing typical villages and fortified churches. Make an optional detour to Trappold Castle on your way to Sighisoara, the birthplace of Count Dracula.
Day 5 (Wed):
Sighisoara - Biertan
22 miles (35 km)
Cycle to the old region of Biertan to see one of Transylvania’s most impressive castles.
Day 6 (Thu):
Biertan – Hartibaciu (Harbach) Valley
31 miles (50 km)
Ride through the remote Harbach Valley and take in the beautiful views of the Transylvanian Alps. Ride past horse-wagons loaded with hay pass and villages where time seems to stand still. See the Gothic sculptures at Hosman Castle and, if you’re lucky, watch the custodian climb the clock tower.
Day 7 (Fri):
Hartibaciu Valley - Sibiu
34 miles (55km)
Cycle to the Brukenthal summer residence and castle of Cisnadie. Pass the Young Forest and follow a cycle path through Alder Park to arrive in the city of Sibiu.
Day 8 (Sat):
Depart from Bucharest
Return to Bucharest aiport or Brasov, by private transfer with your group. Bucharest airport is around 10 km from Bucharest City and 150 km from Brasov.
3 & 4* Hotels
We use a pool of 3* and 4* hotels and guesthouses to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- A mix of 3* and 4* hotels and guesthouses
- Breakfast included & 5 dinners
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transferred each day
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights accommodation: 3 and 4 star hotels and guesthouses
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast with 5 dinners
- English speaking cycling guide and support vehicle
- Luggage transportation
- Support vehicle
- Transfer from/to Bucharest airport on first and last day
- Entrance tickets (7 castles, Sighisoara Clock Tower & Astra Village Museum, Sibiu)
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
Extra nights available on request - please enquire
Pannier, small repair kit, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike.
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We chose a guided tour as it is good to meet others, and means we don't have to worry about the route or the language. When we arrived we found that the other party had cancelled, so we essentially had a private guide who was excellent. The route was varied, it did not follow the route on the website exactly, but we took quieter roads where possible.The roads varied from brand new to quite rough, with some gravel tracks, so the heavy duty hybrid bikes were well suited to the terrain. I hired an e-bike, which was a mountain bike, but was excellent. Mainly using it on Eco level, it enabled me to get up the hills more easily and keep up with my husband. The countryside and the weather were superb, the people were friendly, but did not speak too much English in the rural areas. We visited three castles, half a dozen fortified churches and the beautiful city of Sighisoara, which was the highlight of the holiday. The hotels were good, all very clean and quite spacious, some grander than others. The breakfasts varied, but were all good. The 5 meals provided were either at the hotels , or in local restaurants, and food was good. The transfers to and from the airport in Bucharest were useful. On the whole it was a great trip and we enjoyed it immenselyFrances Durkin, September 2016