As Transylvania’s famous wildflower meadows bloom, join us on a 5-night, supported and guided bicycle journey through an extraordinary land that has been called ‘an outpost of medieval Europe.’ The medieval Saxon villages of southern Transylvania are set in a bucolic landscape in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. The village of Cund, where you’ll start your adventure, sits in a remote valley between the two historic towns of Targu Mures and Sighisoara. Viscri, where you will end up, is the village that Prince Charles fell in love with more than a decade ago and where he subsequently bought a house. From Cund to Viscri you will cover between 130 and 190 kms over four days in the saddle across wildflower meadows and high pastures, along horse & cart tracks and through ancient oak and beech forests. Along the way you will enjoy wonderful hospitality in local homes and with shepherds on hilltops, visit remote UNESCO villages and fortified churches, sleep in beautiful traditional cottages and guest houses and witness a rural way of life that has changed little for centuries. Above all, you will have the opportunity to move at your own pace through a land of staggering cultural and natural beauty that should not be experienced from behind a car windscreen, but by bike.
The trip brochure provides detailed information about the journey, including a breakdown of daily activities. However, in order to help you decide if this adventure is for you, take a look at the general information below.
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GUIDES & SUPPORT
We know that guides can make or break a trip like this, which is why we are so pleased to work with Cornel Stanciu and Sergiu Paca. Either Cornel, Sergiu or both guide our guests each day. Cornel is a passionate conservationist and entrepreneur who was brought up and lives in Bunesti, one of the villages you will pass through on your journey. He has guided HRH The Prince of Wales on private nature walks and is most at home in the forests and meadows around his village. Sergiu works for his family’s business in Sighisoara but his two real passions are cycling and history. He lives within Sighisoara’s medieval walls and his ability to grasp and explain Transylvania's complicated history is a skill only matched by the care he takes in looking after our guests. Both Cornel and Sergiu speak perfect English but you will also be hosted by a member of The Slow Cyclist team from the UK. Your bags will be taken ahead each day and a driver will often be nearby to offer a lift if you really need one.
We use 2014 Merida Matts mountain bikes for the cycling sections of this journey because, although it is not a mountain biking trip per se, the variety of terrain means they’re the best tool for the job. They are comfortable and extremely well-maintained.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Airport transfers on arrival and departure for recommended flights, support vehicle, Slow Cyclist host, English-speaking expert local guides, accommodation, activities and entrance fees, snacks, water throughout, soft & alcoholic drinks at meal times, bicycle & helmet hire. N.B. pricing structures vary so please check the relevant itinerary for accurate information.
WHAT IS EXCLUDED?
Flights (estimated cost £80 - £150 if booked well in advance), visas (if required), personal travel insurance, local airport taxes (if applicable), tips for local staff & personal costs. N.B. pricing structures vary so please check the relevant itinerary for accurate information.
FOOD & DRINK
Transylvanian food is simple, fresh, delicious and the very definition of organic. Sometimes you’ll eat out in the open, at other times in private homes, small restaurants and guest houses. Allergies and other preferences are all taken care of at the time of booking.
SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
A small amount from each trip we operate in the Saxon villages goes towards the vital work of the Anglo Romanian Trust for Traditional Architecture (ARTTA), which was founded by celebrated author William Blacker and William Heathcoat-Amory and Asociatia Monumentum, run by local architect Eugen Vaida. Romanian built heritage is being destroyed at an alarming rate, meaning the most visual part of Romania’s history is being rubbed out.
CLIMATE & WEATHER
Transylvania has a temperate climate. Spring usually bursts in April, when typical daytime temperatures are around 15-20°C. Things warm up towards summer: 15-25°C is typical in May and June but it can get much hotter. In July and August temperatures of 30-35°C are not uncommon. Autumn begins in September. By the second half of October temperatures average between 10 and 15°C. Except in the height of summer evenings are cool. Rainfall is not uncommon at any time of year.
Many of our guests spend more time in Romania either before or after their adventure with us in the Saxon region. It is a wonderfully diverse country and we can work with some really great local partners to help you get the most out of your visit. Whether you would like to hike in the Carpathians, explore the wooden curches of Maramures and the painted monasteries of Bucovina, spend a long weekend at Prince Charles' private residence in the Transylvanian wilderness or get under the skin of vibrant Bucharest, we can help.