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Active Biking Tour in Transylvania

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Romania  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 599 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1200 Euro (EUR)

Introduction:
Transylvania is not only the most famous part of Romania thanks to the legend of Dracula, but it is also the most romantic and inspiring of all country's provinces. Settled over a plateau area (305-600 m high) and part of the magnificent Carpathian mountains range (rising at above 2000m) in the north-west of Romania, it is among the most advanced regions of the country. We visit here well known medieval towns dating from the 14th century as Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu. High-roofed wooden churches, citadels, legendary castles, troubled history, splendid mountain scenery and alpine peaks, scattered villages …these are just a few of the entire region's assets! The top of the cherry is the magnificent Transfagarasan road climbing up to 2000 and crossing the highest mountains in Romania. And since no visit to Transylvania would be complete without visiting the castle of the literary Count Dracula, the dramatic Bran Castle is also one of the stops there.

Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival at Otopeni Airport in Bucharest and transfer to Sinaia for overnight. (transfer: 120 km; 2 - 3 hours). NB! Please consider airport arrival not later then 15:00.

Day 2. After a visit of the magnificent Peles Castle in Sinaia we are transferred to Brasov. We cycle up to Poiana Brasov ski resort (1030m) on a panoramic road through Postavarul mountains with splendid views over Brasov city. After a pleasant descend in nice forests we visit the famous Bran castle (Dracula castle). Transfer back to Brasov for accommodation with possible stop at Rasnov fortress from 13c. Free time for sightseeing in Brasov. Lunch in a restaurant in Poiana Brasov or lunch pack on the way.

Uphill/downhill cycling: 480/350m , distance: 32 km, cycling time: 3h
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Day 3. Transfer to Zarnesti town (35 km). We start at the end of Zarnesti with a climb to a 770m pass through nice forested area among small mountain villages and pastures followed by a downhill ride in a nice valley. We reach the foothills of the majestic Fagaras mountains (highest peak Moldoveanu – 2544m) and continue cycling through many small villages and farmlands on a flat terrain with great views to the numerous valleys and ridges of the mountains. We finish cycling at Statiunea Sambata mountain resort where we stay overnight. Nearby is Brancoveanu Monastery dating back from 17 century.

We suggest you to buy or prepare a lunch pack on the previous day.

Uphill/downhill cycling: 250/300, distance: 68km, cycling time: 5h
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Day 4. Today we start exploring the hilly area of Sibiu – Sighisoara region famous for its Saxon fortified churches. We will pass by numerous small villages and the fortified churches of Cincu, Dealu Frumus, Agnita, Iacobeni, Bradeni and Apold. We end up in Sighisoara which old town is considered to be one of the most beautiful and well preserved inhabited citadels in Europe (Unesco World heritage site).

We suggest you to buy or prepare a lunch pack on the previous day

Uphill/downhill cycling: 420/550m , distance: 86km, cycling time: 6h
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Day 5. After breakfast we continue exploring the hilly region with fortified churches west of Sighisoara. The cycling starts 25 kilometers from Sighisoara on a small peaceful road passing through agricultural lands, small villages and 4 fortified churches – Biertan (Unesco World heritage site), Rechis, Alatana and Hosman dating back from 14 – 16 century. Today we finish in the beautiful city of Sibiu (European capital of culture 2007). Free time for walks in the old town.

We suggest you to buy or prepare a lunch pack on the previous day

Uphill/downhill cycling: 500/480m, distance: 78km , cycling time: 6h
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Day 6. In the morning we make a short walk in the second biggest open air village museum in Europe near Sibiu (Astra open air museum). You will enjoy a walk among the alleys of the park admiring at the fine village architectures of different regions of Romania. Short transfer to Cartisoara village brings us at the foothills of Fagaras mountains where we start biking on the spectacular Transfagarasan road. First we climb through nice coniferous forests, reach the cabin lift station where we can have lunch in a small restaurant. Once you reach the tree line at about 1600 m the alpine landscapes of Fagars mountains will reveal its beauty to you. You will pass nearby the cascade waterfalls Balea and continue cycling on the numerous serpentines climbing gradually in the valley until you reach the picturesque region of Balea lake at 2030m where you stay overnight. Free time for afternoon hikes around the lake.

Uphill cycling: 1400m, cycling distance: 25km, cycling time: 5h
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Day 7. After breakfast and a short transfer through a tunnel (longest in Romania - 900m) passing through the mountains we start biking downhill exploring the Southern slopes of Fagaras mountains and the spectacular Transfagarasan road. After we leave the alpine landscapes we enter the green gorge of Arges river and reach the spectacular Vidraru dam (165m high dam wall) Nearby is the Poenari Fortress (former residence of Vlad Tepes also known as Dracula) and the The sculpture of Prometheus. We continue cycling downhill among nice forested areas passing by few waterfalls and finish cycling in Curtea de Arges (one of the oldest towns in Romania). Transfer (150km, 3 h) to Bucharest for overnight.

Lunch in a restaurant in Curtea Arges or lunch pack on the way.

Downhill cycling: 1500m, cycling distance: 70km, cycling time: 4h
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Day 8. Transfer to the airport for departure.
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Details about biking tour:
- optimal time: July - October
- number of participants: minimum 4, maximum 14.
- transportation will be chosen according to the number of participants.
- biking tour requires a good physical shape, with resistance to low effort but for long duration.
- certified mountain guide during the entire biking tour.

Special highlights:

Sinaia – is a famous mountain ski resort and is well known as "The Carpathians Pearl". Situated on 780 m a.s.l. along Prahova river valley, into the Bucegi massive of the Carpathian Mountains, Sinaia is a great destination for both summer and winter holidays
Peles Castle - is one of Romania's most important museums since it was a residence for several Romanian monarchs. The castle was built in Neo - Renaissance style and comprises more than 160 rooms.
Brasov - Brasov is everything that Bucharest is not: a placid, gentle, civilised city of 300,000 people nestled in the Carpathian mountains. At present the 2-nd industrial centre after Bucharest and one of the main university, historic and tourist cities in Romania. Places of interest include remnants of a citadel built in 1553, The Black Church (14-th - l5-th centuries), the largest Gothic church in Romania and within the territory between Vienna and Istanbul.
Bran - The Dracula's Castle in Bran is no doubt one of the milestones when travelling in Transylvania. Towers, narrow corridors, hidden premises - the castle offers many interesting facts and stories, mysterious enough to incite the legend lovers
Sighisoara - A European treasure, Sighisoara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on the Tarnava Mare River, the town was built by Saxons between the 12-th and 17-th centuries. Eleven towers guard Sighisoara's walls, among them Tailors' Tower and Shoemakers' Tower
Biertan - The village is known for its fortified church, built in the 14th century. It is a Unesco World Heritage site.
Sibiu – Declared for Cultural capital of Europe Sibiu was once the king of the Transylvanian Saxon towns, serving as capital and dominating cultural activity. Sibiu is home to the first hospital in Romania (1292), the first pharmacy (1494) and the oldest museum in Romania, the Brukenthal Museum, opened in 1817
Astra open air village museum - the second largest open-air museum in Europe (250 acres) si located in the middle of a dense forest and surrounded by a beautiful lake.It features more than 300 buildings as well as watermills and windmills, and other structures representing village architectural styles from many parts of Romania.
Transfagarasan road - built as a strategic military route, it is the highest (2042m) and most dramatic paved road in Romania. It runs North to South across the highest sections of the Carpathian Mountains. The road connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia.
Fagaras mountains – the highest mountains of Romania and the Carpathian range with highest peak Moldoveanu -2544m.
Balea Lac is a natural glacier lake at 2040m, 360 meters long, 240 meters wide and 11 meters deep
Balea Waterfall with its 60 meters height it is one of the most famous waterfalls in Romania
Bucharest – the capital of Romania and the biggest city in Romania is a city of great contast and lots of sights to be explored.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Transfers to/from airport (Bucharest or Sibiu)
- Accommodation: 6 nights (3* hotels or boarding houses)
- Full board
- Licensed guide
- Bike & helmet.

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