Transilvania Express
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This specially designed tour in Transilvania is based on a mixture of nature, history, culture, people and their customs, offering to all our guests the Romanian experience. Explore the history of Transilvania, travel back into the 12th - 13th century, and discover the way of living of the old Romanians (dacii), secuii, the Teutonic knights and the Saxons. This tour in Transilvania will include stops in Brasov (in German: Kronstadt) and Sighisoara (in German: Schaessburg), two old medieval towns but well preserved over the years, as well to some fortified churches.

We should not forget the nature that surprises us every minute. We spend one afternoon at a shepherd camp to see how the cheese is processed. We can also help the shepherds to milk the sheep.


Note: The itinerary for any particular day is subject to minor changes upon weather conditions based on group decision.
Each day there will be a certain route to be cycled, and some stops on the way to admire the nature and the people with their customs. In case that one is unable to continue, there will be the assistance car that can fix the bicycle or you can hop on and relax while following the group.
Some accommodation will be at very nice guesthouses run by locals, serving traditional Romanian food, with vegetarian option.

Programme:

Day 1: Arriving - transfer to Brasov
Pick up from Bucharest - Otopeni Airport and transfer north to Brasov, for dinner and short orientation tour. You will have time to stroll on the streets of The Medieval Town of Brasov (Kronstadt in German). At dinner, the guide will present a briefing of the whole trip, together with a short introduction of Romania.
Accommodation: hotel in Brasov.

Day 2: Cycling out of the Town of Brasov
Morning tour of Brasov, admiring the Black Church, visiting The First Romanian School, transfer by car to the city limits, and visit the medieval fortified church of Harman. Than start the cycling day towards other old German fortified churches from the Medieval Transilvania. Traditional welcoming in one of the villages on the way (with bread and salt; you will be served with home-made delicious donuts). Evening optional: visit to the old castle in the area.
Accommodation: guesthouse in Homorod.
Distance by car/minibus: 25 min in the morning, to avoid the city traffic
Distance by bike: ~25km to 80km, grade easy, flat, no major hills

Day 3: To the Medieval town of Sighisoara (Schäßburg)
Continue cycling through the Transilvanian Plateau, passing by fortified Saxon churches up to Sighisoara - a unique UNESCO Heritage, the place where Vlad Dracula was born. Is the best preserved medieval town where people are still living in. Afternoon/evening time to explore the place.
Accommodation: hotel in center of old Medieval town.
Distance by car/minibus: ~20 km
Distance by bike: ~55 km

Day 4: Cycle in the heart of Transilvania
In the morning we tour the town of Sighisoara, walking in the Large Square, the Covered Stairs and visiting the famous Clock Tower, The Weapon Museum and the Torture Room. Transfer to and visit the church in Biertan (Bierthalm). It is the largest fortified church in Siebenbürgen and the former bishop seat for 300 years. Today will be a shorter cycling day, passing by 2 fortified saxon churches. Afternoon arrive in Medias for overnight. Time to explore the place.
Accommodation: hotel/minihotel in Medias
Distance by car/minibus: ~30 km
Distance by bike: ~55 km

Day 5: A touch of culture, Sibiu (Hermannstadt)
Continue cycling through the Transilvanian Plateau. We have time to explore the rural life, to see how people are taking care of their animals, are working the field, etc. Our cycling route for today will arrive in Sibiu (Hermannstadt), the largest medieval town in Transilvania. It is designated to be the European Capital of Culture in 2007. Exploring the town will be a delight for everyone.
Accommodation: hotel in Sibiu
Distance by car/minibus: ~30min in the morning
Distance by bike: ~70 km

Day 6: The village/peasant life
Morning city tour of Sibiu. Step over the Liar’s Bridge, see the Evangelic Cathedral with it’s colorful tiles on the roof, enjoy the Small and Large Square. Transfer by car/minibus towards Fagaras Mountain. Our cycling route will be at the base of the mountain, passing through several villages and enjoying the rural life.
Over the Transilvanian Plateau we will end our day in the area of Fagaras town. On a clear day we will have an impressive view over the Fagaras Mountain also called the Transilvanian Alps. Evening visit the fortress in the city.
Evening visit to a Sheppard camp. There we can learn about the life of the shepards and their interaction with the wildlife - wolves, bears. We will see how the sheep are milked; everyone can try. Also we will see how the cheese is processed.
Accommodation: guesthouse, shared facilities (Saros village if available or Fagaras)
Distance by car/minibus: ~50 km
Distance by bike: ~55 km

Day 7: “Cold Mountain” & Dracula’s area
Last day of cycling will take us to the foot of Piatra Craiului (König Stein) Mountain, admiring it's beauty, an area used as a filming set for the film "Cold Mountain".
Optional: visit a souvenir shop that will sell only natural wool and wood products, all handmade. In the afternoon we will have a farewell barbecue. We spend the evening around a campfire, listening to stories about Dracula.
Accommodation: family run guesthouse
Distance by bike: ~65 km

Day 8 - Departure Day:
On the way stop to visit the Pearl of The Carpathians which is The Royal Peles Palace - The King's Summer Residence - Pearl of Carpathians or Dracula’s Castle at Bran. Time to visit and buy souvenirs. Than transfer to Otopeni for the flight back.
Distance by bus: 3-4 hours, with stops on the way

Group departures:

13 - 20 May 2017       open for bookings

15 – 22 Iulie 2017       open for bookings

16 – 23 sept 2017       open for bookings - guaranteed departure

 

Prices for All inclusive package

6 pax 874 Euro / pers

8 pax 787 Euro / pers

10 pax 559 Euro / pers

Single supplement 150 Euro / pers

Optional: bikes for rent 55 Euro / week


Individual departures are available on request on any date. please send your request and wait for our confirmation.


Tour will include:
  • all transfers - land only, with comfortable car/mini-bus/bus
  • all accommodation as specified in the itinerary
  • some dinners in private houses to experience the local traditions
  • service of an experienced / professional English speaking guide
  • horse and cart ride on one day
Tour will NOT include:
  • flight tickets, insurance, visa cost if necessary
  • lunch meals and dinners throughout the whole trip
  • entrance and photo tax inside tourist sites (museums, etc)
  • drinks, personal expenses, gratuities
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  • all meals will be:
  • breakfast at the hotel
  • lunck pack prepared so you can take it durring a short break while biking
  • 3 course dinner, experiencing local traditions and cuisine
  • entrances to all tourist sites as mentioned in the itinerary
  • one festive dinner with folk show: traditional dancing and music - available only for larger groups - or optional

Optional trips described in the itinerary will be added only at request for the final price.
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Note: itinerary subject to minor changes, especially on the first and last day depending on flights arriving/departing schedule.

Number of participants: at least 2

Travel dates: Saturday - Saturday, April - October

Duration: our standard programme is eight days long, but other durations are available on request.

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