Street in Sighisoara, Transylvania, Romania. Photo via Flickr:Dennis Jarvis
Old woman selling flowers in Sighisoara, Romania. Photo via Flickr:andrea floris

Sighisoara, Romania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo via Flickr:Guillaume Baviere

Saxonland - Cycling in Romania

Romania Bike Tours

A cycling adventure in legendary Transylvania

Taking a bicycle tour in Romania, specifically, Transylvania is like cycling in an undiscovered mysterious and ancient landscape straight from the pages of literature. This is the land of Dracula; rolling hills, beautiful valleys, and cool forests.

The villages of gingerbread houses, fortified churches, and remote cultures are not easily reached by public transportation and are best explored on two wheels! The Transylvanian Saxon Heritage Trail passes through a number of small Saxon villages that still flourish the old way, with small family farms that provide sustenance and tradition. Traditional guesthouses, local food, and old world hospitality await. Bike Romania with us and discover Transylvania’s most romantic landscape - Saxonland!

Highlights:

  • Fortified Churches (2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
  • Medias
  • Saxon Villages
  • Bethlen Castle Cris
  • Breite Ancient Oak Tree Reserve
  • Sighisoara (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Farm visiting
  • Traditional meals with locals
  • Salina Turda salt mines

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Where You’ll Stay

2 -3 star guesthouses or pensions and 4 star accommodations in Cluj Napoca

What’s Included

  • 5 nights in 2 to 3-star guesthouses or pensions
  • 2 nights in 4-star accommodations in Cluj Napoca
  • 7 x breakfast, 5 x lunch, 5 x dinner
  • Bike rental with helmet and pannier
  • All transfers
  • Luggage transfer
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide and support van

What’s Not Included

  • Alcoholic beverages (at some restaurants, an alcoholic beverage is included)
  • Bike protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

We recommend extending your stay to explore the beautiful area around Cluj Napoca still undiscovered by mass tourism!

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TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

May 14, July 16, and September 3, 2016

Skill Level

Moderate guided and supported bike tour with average daily distances of 24 miles/38 km.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Cluj Napoca
Day 2:  Medias -- Biertan, 22 miles (35 km)
Day 3: Biertan - Copsa Mare - Agnita - Stejarisu, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 4: Stejarisu - lacobeni - Cris - Floresti - Malancrav, 23 miles (37 km)
Day 5: Malancrav - Cris - Stejarenii - Breite - Sighisoara - Saes, 24 miles (38 km)
Day 6: Saes - Apold - Daia - Crit - Bunesti - Viscri, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 7: Viscri - Transfer to Cluj Napoca via Sibiu
Day 8: Departure or extension of stay in Romania

*All distances are approximate!

(If this itinerary does not suit you, just ask. We can customize!)

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Cluj Napoca
After a transfer to the vibrant and cultural city of Cluj Napoca, you can enjoy a short guided historical walking tour. In the afternoon and evening, you are free to explore on your own. You will discover fine dining, excellent cultural activities, a wonderful historical legacy, and great atmosphere!

Day 2:  Medias -- Biertan, 22 miles (35 km)
At approximately 8 am, there will be a two-hour transfer from Cluj Napoca to Medias. You can stretch your legs with a short guided walk through the historical center after which your cycling adventure begins toward Mosna. Alma Vii , an authentic, working village, is reached after a short climb and descent through the forest. Here you have an opportunity to visit cărbunari, professional charcoal producers.  Biertan is the end of the day's journey with one of the best-preserved fortified churches, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3: Biertan - Copsa Mare - Agnita - Stejarisu, 28 miles (45 km)
Leaving Biertan and Copsa Mare, the ride continues through pleasant countryside and into a beautiful forest. In Stejarisu,  the craftsmanship and handiwork that the Saxons developed over the centuries can be enjoyed. There is  a local museum here as well, and the bacon tower – the church tower where everyone stores their cured meat for the winter.

Day 4: Stejarisu - lacobeni - Cris - Floresti - Malancrav, 23 miles (37 km)
The first village today is lacobeni from which the biking leads through a bucolic valley to Cris, home of the Bethlen castle, one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Transylvania. The last village, and the day's destination  is Malancrav, whose  fortified church has  well-preserved mural paintings. This is home to the  largest Saxon community in Transylvania.

Day 5: Malancrav - Cris - Stejarenii - Breite - Sighisoara - Saes, 24 miles (38 km)
Today you will face a couple of climbs and downhills, but concentrating on the beauty of the surroundings will carry you through. The Breite Ancient Oak Tree Reserve offers a spectacular ride among centuries–old  oaks. After a small descent,  Sighisoara is reached, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful and well-preserved inhabited citadels in Europe, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6: Saes - Apold - Daia - Crit - Bunesti - Viscri, 25 miles (40 km)
Leaving Apold and Daia, the route leads through a long and scenic meadow, to the edge of the forest. Here there will be an opportunity to visit a farm that prepares the best cheese in the region. Crossing the forest and the village, via bike trail, you continue until Viscri. A visit to the local blacksmith is on the agenda.

Day 7: Viscri - Salina turda, transfer to Cluj Napoca via Sibiu
Transfer back to Cluj including a visit of Salina Turda, a breathtaking salt mine. If you didn't have a chance when you arrived, take some time to explore Cluj Napoca, this unofficial capital of Transylvania that shares both Romanian and Hungarian traditions. Overnight in Cluj Napoca.

Day 8: Departure or extension of stay in Romania 
We can provide suggestions for you to continue your exploration of this remarkable land, such as Brasov and  Sighisoara. Perhaps you would like to return to one of the villages that you have visited during the week!

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