7 days
July to October

Bicycle tour across the Carpathian Mountains, on two of the most spectacular road passes in Romania, the Tranfagarasan and Rucar-Bran. Daily distances vary between 45 and 75 km/day. Maximum elevation/day 1000 Metres on the Transfagarasan

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION  Bucharest Airport or hotel
7 night hotels All meals
Entrance fees Transportation in mini-coach
English speaking guide
Alcoholic Drinks

Additional information

Tour typeCycling, Sight Seeing

Day 1

Pick up from Bucharest airport of hotel

Drive North to Transylvania.

The starting point is located in a marvelous location in the Carpathian Mountains Bran

Spend the night in Bran. 3*** Pension


Day 2

The fisrt day of cycling is relaxed so you can get used to your bike and get over the jet lag.

Descend gradually 14 kilometers to see the famous Bran Castle.

Have lunch in Bran, then continue on bikes another 20 kilometers along the mountains, to the 14th century fortress of Rasnov.

Overnight back to Bran 3*** Pension


Day 3

Between The Transylvanian Alps and Olt river

The trip starts from Zarnesti, with a short uphill through the woods. Then a gradual descent along a picturescue valley and traditional villages.

The next 40 kilometer takes you through the peaceful villages at the feet of The Fagaras Mountains (Transylvanian Alps) No major uphill today

In the evening we arrive to a 3***Hotel in the Sambata Valley, at the feet of the Transylvanian Alps.


Day 4

The Transfagarasan pass

Visit the Sambata monastery – a marvelous piece of Romanian eclectic architecture

Onward we start cycling further west 25 more kilometers to Balea Valley, the start of the Transfagarasan alpine road.

The scenic road ascends through the heart of the Fagaras Mountains, the highest road pass in Romania.

Cycle up along the Balea waterfalls, through the pine woods, until the valley opens up, revealing a breathtaking spectacle everywhere you turn your head.

Overnight in Balea Valley.


Day 5

Downhill the Transylvanian Alps, Poienari (the true castle of Dracula)

Cross the tunnel on the southern side of the Fagaras ridge.

A massive downhill follows, passing waterfalls, and creeks, after each bend the muntain just opens itself offering you amazing scenery. The road then follows the Arges valley, and along the Vidraru Lake.

Just 3 kilometers from the lake we will visit the Poienari fortress 14th century, the true fortress of Vlad Dracula. There will be a short hike up to this vulture nest castle – the stairs of 1480 steps.

Overnight in Curtea de Arges


Day 6

The sub-carpathian hills

Visit the Arges Monastery 16 century – the legend says this church could only be erected after Manole – the craftsman – built his wife alive in the foundation.

After multiple ascents you arrive to Campulung – first capital of the old Romanian province of Wallachia.

After Campulung the road easily ascends, between the Bucegi mountains and Piatra Craiului mountains, passing through picturesque traditional villages

Spend the night in Podul Dambovitei a small town at the gates of Transylvania


Day 7

The Rucar – Bran Pass

In the morning there will be a short walk through the tight canyon just 100 yards away from the Hotel

One of the most scenic, roads in Romania, the Fundata Pass ( 1300 meters elevation) takes us back to Transylvania.

This used to be the main trading route between the two Romanian provinces, until 1821.

Overnight in Bran


Day 8

If the tours ends wednesday to sunday and your flight schedule allows we can visit Peles Castle before leaving for Bucharest.

The drive back to Bucharest takes about 2.5 hours

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
October 17, 2005

We have enjoyed a wonderful Transylvanian bike tour in September 2005. Romania is a very beautiful country to explore by bike …. a real beautiful country side, many beautiful towns, very rich culture, good hotels, the Romanians show real hospitality ! The tour arrangements were very good and our guide Emil was an excellent tour guide ! When we listen to Romanian songs such as “Mai tii minte, mai drage Marie / Au plecat olteni la coasa”, “Hora de concert” and many more … then we relive the melancholy and remember our nice bike vacation. We hope to bike again in the future in Romania !!!’,

October 14, 2011

Fantastic experience! Everyone should see Romania from a bicycle. Dan was a great host very accommodating and knowledgeable. The food was great and plentiful. I’m looking forward to trying some of the other tours

December 18, 2015

Fantastic cycling landscape and organisation
Cycling for ten days in southern Transylvania in July this year was one of the best holiday choices of my life. The terrain can range from flat to a 6,000 ft climb, spectacular hills around you and wildflowers like I’ve never seen them. Brits have a view of poverty stricken Romania. Don’t believe it. I don’t know what people are earning, but it feels and looks like a cheap Austria (with a few more holes in the road!).

Much of the pleasure of the holiday came from Adventure Transylvania and our guide. He planned ideal routes to fit what we wanted and the places we stayed were excellent for our budget. He was endlessly helpful. Perfect English and an alarming knowledge of Romania were pretty useful.
If you like cycling and all things good in life, get yourself on this tour

(Leeds, England)

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