Enchanted Saxon Transylvania

From: £1,995.00 per person

An exceptional five night guided cycling and walking journey through the wild landscapes, charming Saxon villages, ancient oak and beech forests and famous wildflower meadows of southern Transylvania. The variety of terrain means we use mountain bikes, with electric bikes an optional extra.

Extras

Please tick and pay the supplement if you would like to use an electric bike. You will be charged in full for this now.

Please tick and pay the supplement if you would like to ensure your own room throughout the trip. You will be charged in full for this now.

Pay a deposit of £598.50 per person

We donate 1% of all revenue to environmental and social causes.

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Join us on a 5-night, supported and guided journey, on bikes and on foot, through a land that has been called ‘an outpost of medieval Europe.’ The Saxon villages of southern Transylvania are set in a bucolic landscape in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. We know the region extremely well and we will share the hospitality of local homes, visit remote UNESCO villages and fortified churches, sleep in beautiful traditional houses and witness a rural way of life that has changed little for centuries. You will cross remote meadows and high pastures and weave your way along cart tracks and through ancient oak and beech forests. Above all, you will have the opportunity to move at your own pace through a land of exceptional cultural and natural beauty.

 



 

Our Values

As on all our trips 1% etc etc. Of the many guests we have hosted, the vast majority have been curious travellers with a bit of juice in their legs, approaching their time with us as a slow journey rather than a test of fitness. That’s not to say we don’t ride hard sometimes, just that we are often distracted by the food, history and people that make this place so special. When we see something interesting, we tend to stop and take it in rather than race by.

Itinerary (to be displayed in an accordion)

Day 1 Arrival
Transfer 3.5 hours

For those arriving on the recommended flight, we provide the transfer to Copsa Mare Guest House, a tiny village in the heart of Saxon Transylvania. There we will have dinner and stay in the only Mr & Mrs Smith guest house in Romania, where a traditional dinner will be prepared for you by Simona, a lady from the village.

Day 2 Copsa Mare to Malancrav
Walking 2.5 hours - Cycling 18 kms

After breakfast and a slow morning we will leave on foot for Nou Sasesc, stopping in a wildflower meadow above the village for a home produced picnic. In the afternoon we will cycle over a series of forested ridges to Malancrav, where we will stay in a sumptuous 15th Century Hungarian mansion or in charming Saxon village houses. Our evening will be spent dining at the Manor house after a wine tasting with one of Romania’s foremost sommeliers.

Day 3 Malancrav to Sighisoara
Cycling 37 kms - Walking 1.5 hours

After visiting the fortified church in Malancrav, home to some of the best frescoes in Romania, we will spend the morning cycling to Stejareni for a picnic lunch in the meadows. In the afternoon we’ll climb to Breite, a protected Saxon-planted oak forest. There we will meet our bikes again for the descent into Sighisoara’s celebrated citadel, the alleged birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Supper is in a local restaurant and you will stay at an elegantly restored Gothic townhouse.

Day 4 Sighisoara to Crit
Cycling 30 kms - Walking 2 hours (or 17 kms cycling)

We will walk through Sighisoara in the morning, exploring the citadel’s history, before setting off on trails to Saschiz for lunch with our friends Anca and Charlie, some of the first members of Slow Food Transylvania. The trails give way to a long descent through forests into Crit, for dinner in the simple home of Rozi, Nicu and family. Nicu cooks a mean barbeque in their beautiful orchard. Another beautifully restored house is our home tonight.

Day 5 Crit to Viscri
Walking 2 hours (or 7 kms cycling) - Cycling 20 kms

We will walk to Mesendorf for lunch with Adi and Oana in their barn. In the afternoon it is back in the saddle for an incredible ride with sweeping views of some of Transylvania’s most magnificent sheep grazing country, and a chance to taste cheese with shepherds practising transhumance. Our last night will be spent in a comfortable traditional guesthouse in the picturesque village of Viscri.

Day 6 Departure
Cycling optional

You may opt for a pre-breakfast bike ride, to be rewarded by unsurpassed views over hills often skirted in mist. After a morning spent exploring Viscri’s UNESCO fortified church we will take you for a special farewell lunch before we say goodbye and send you on your way to the airport.

What is Included?

  • Airport transfers (for recommended flights) & support vehicle

  • Slow Cyclist host & English-speaking local guides

  • All accommodation, meals, snacks & drinks

  • All activities

  • Bicycle & helmet hire

  • 100% financial security


Flights, personal costs, travel insurance and visas (if required) are excluded.

Recommended Flights

Please download the brochure to see which flights we're providing transfers for, both our and back.

Want to know more?

There's lots more to get you excited about Transylvania in the trip brochure, in our Scrapbook, in the FAQ below or here, on the Transylvania page.

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