Castles of Transylvania - Self-Guided

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Visiting: Romania

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £540 to £786pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code RM001
Good For Solo
Distance 173mi/278km !
Runs May - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Bucharest
Return from Bucharest


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 of Transylvania or rest your legs and drink in the views.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to see Transylvania with a guide and support vehicle, please look at our guided Castles of Transylvania tour which also includes transfers to and from the start and finish of the tour.

  • 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
  • Stunning cycle routes with some sections more demanding than others

The Trip



  • Day 1: Arrive in Brasov

    Arrive in 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: 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: 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: Fagaras - Sighisoara 25/31 miles (40/50 km)

    After a short transfer to Cincu or Dealu Frumos, 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: Sighisoara - Biertan 22 miles (35 km)

    Cycle to the old region of Biertan to see one of Transylvania’s most impressive castles.

  • Day 6: 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: Hartibaciu Valley - Sibiu 31 miles (50km)

    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: Depart from Sibiu

    Return to Bucharest, near Brasov, by train, departing throughout the morning.


3 & 4* Hotels

We use a pool of 3 & 4* hotels and guest houses 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
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

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Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation: 3 and 4 star hotels and guesthouses
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and route information
  • Transfers on Day 2 and Day 4 as part of the itinerary
  • Local contact number for assistance

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets

Extra nights available on request - please enquire

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Pannier, small repair kit, pump and lock all included at no extra cost. 

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Bike hire

21/24 gears

E-bike hire

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Bucharest

Take the train (CFR) to Brasov.

Getting back

Take the train (CFR) to the airport.

Fly from Bucharest

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out of 5

We had a nice cycling holiday in Romania around Transylvania. Weather and food didn't disappoint;) Saw plenty of interesting places and met friendly people en route.

Tomasz Giresz, UK, September 2017
out of 5

This was our first and a self guided cycling trip, having previously done walks. Romania is an excellent destination and the Transylvania region cycling was a wonderful mix of rural villages probably little changed for decades with some magnificent walled ancient towns comparable to anything in Europe, along with many castles and fortified churches. Food was wholesome and fantastic value and some of the wines were great. people generally very friendly. THe cycling was good with a few slow steady climbs most days, followed by rewarding downhill stretches. provided bikes were excellent, everything was organised well and bag transport very efficient. Some riding along busy roads which took a little getting used to but Romanian drivers very considerate and gave wide berths. all in all a very enjoyable and interesting trip

David Gordon, Australia, September 2017

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