Castles of Transylvania - Self-Guided

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Visiting: Romania

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £528 to £767pp
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

Overview

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.

  • 2 for 1 hybrid bike hire for bookings made in July - discount applied when we confirm your 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

Route

Itinerary

  • 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 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: Depart from Bucharest

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

Accommodation

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
£68

21/24 gears

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E-bike hire
£156

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

News, Reviews & FAQs

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Beautiful countryside with stunning castles to visit and bucolic villages to cycle through. The cycling adds another dimension to the sightseeing.

Linda Barnes, UK, July 2017
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Fantastic holiday. Best way to see so much of the country. Beautiful route, really good accommodation, some better than we expected. Really friendly people to include the hotel staff, the luggage transfers and Romanian people. We had booked this as our honeymoon and all in all had a brilliant time, a holiday to remember.

Meredith Parkes, July 2017

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