- Romanian cuisine has strong influences from its surrounding countries like Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary. You can expect to see lots of pork on restaurant menus, vegetarians are also well catered for with veggie stews and soups.
- Accom: hotel/lodge
- Culture & Discovery
- Cycling: off road
- New trip
- Guided Group
Start Bucharest Airport; transfer to Bran Castle and explore; transfer to Zarnesti.
Start Bucharest; transfer to Bran Caste, situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Here we take a tour around this spectacular building which has become known as 'Dracula’s Castle'. Inside there are displays of art and furniture collected by queen Marie, the grounds feature a small open air museum displaying Romanian peasant structures. Afternoon transfer to Zarnesti; a mountain village and the main entrance to the Piatra Craiului National Park.
Ride to Ohaba at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains.
After breakfast we ride south to a small village called Ohaba. Passing by the town of Vulcan where we will have the opportunity to visit the fortified church and learn about the Saxon heritage from when they colonised Transylvania. Ohaba stands at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains which are the highest mountains in Romania. Here we will visit the oldest flour mill in the county which is still powered by the river that runs past it; we will hear the amazing story of how it has survived through the communism period. Overnight in Ohaba. Cycle 50km
Cycle to Carta; passing wool mills and Monastery’s.
Today we cycle at the foot of the Fagaras mountains over the Bucium River. We will stop in Lisa Village where a 100 year old machine, tailoring woollen blanket is still operational. From here we carry on towards Sambata de Sus with its impressive Brancovenesc Monastery from 1696. We will cycle through the Victoria town of Cartisoara and from there to the village of Carta. In Carta we visit the ruins of the Cistercian Monastery. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to meet the pastor and hear his beautiful stories. Overnight at guesthouse in Carta village. Cycle 66km
Cycle to Biertan; visit the UNESCO church.
Today’s ride continues along quiet country roads, we cycle through pastoral landscapes and past the fortified church of Richis as we make our way towards Biertan. When we arrive in Biertan we will visit its enormous fortified church with several spiralling towers and ring-walls, the church has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993 and is a fascinating place to visit. Overnight in Biertan. Cycle 65km
Visit the fascinating town of Sighisoara.
Today we discover more treasures from Transylvania. We move on to Sighisoara, one of the few medieval citadels in Europe that is still fully inhabited and also included on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Here we discover the old town with its famous clock tower, medieval streets and the house where Vlad Dracul, the father of Vlad the Impaler known by Bram Stocker’s legend of Dracula was born. On the road we can make a small detour to Dumbraveni, another town with an important Armenian Catholic Church. Cycle 40km
Cycle trough quaint villages and past shepherds to Soars.
Today we will cycle through the Transylvanian hills to Apold Village, here we look around the fascinating old town before we continue cycling to Soars village where we will spend the night. Today’s ride follows a lovely quiet country road through small farming towns so we are likely to meet shepherds watching over their sheep. Cycle 48km
Cycle to Viscri and explore the town.
From Soars we cycle to one of the highlights of this trip, Viscri. Here we will have the opportunity to explore this lovely old town as well as visit Viscri’s well known fortified church. The church was restored with the help of the Prince Charles foundation in 1991 and is now regarded as one of the best examples of a fortified church anywhere in the world. There will be plenty of time to fully explore Viscri as we stay close to the centre of town. Cycle 35km
Free day to explore Bucharest.
After breakfast we have a private transfer to Bucharest. The afternoon is free to explore the city at your own pace. Bucharest is a very eclectic city you can see influence of neoclassical French architecture and of the communist period. We can take a guided history walk through the old city centre, visit one of the many indoor or outdoor museums or take an open top bus tour.
End Bucharest; optional transfer to the airport.
After breakfast the trip ends in Bucharest.