Transylvania tour: cycling in Transylvania

Discover scenic countryside and quaint villages with fortified churches, all while enjoying the magic of cycling in Transylvania.

The highlights are 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the medieval citadel of Sighișoara and the fortified churches in Prejmer, Dârjiu, Săschiz, Viscri and Biertan.

This is a small group tour and includes 280km on the bike, full board, equipment, transfers and guide. We can easily further tailor it.

7 days

Detailed tour information

About the fortified churches of transylvania

When Mongol invasions were threatening Europe in the 13th century, in order to protect Transylvania and Europe, Saxons were brought to inhabit, fortify and defend the region. This is how fortification walls were built around churches in 300 villages and they are now known as fortified churches. 150 of these churches still stand and 7 are UNESCO World Heritage monuments. After 8 centuries of living here, the Saxon community left Transylvania in late 20th century, being sold by communists to Germany. A fascinating story to be heard, in a truly magnificent setting, join us!

Cycling in Transylvania - Day 1

We start our trip from Brasov and bike to the nearby village of Prejmer, home to a magnificent fortified church, the biggest of its kind in Romania. Later on, at Harman we meet craftsmen who restore organ instruments for Catholic churches, a good chance to learn about their significance and state of conservation of the Saxon churches.

Biking route: Brasov – Carpinis – Prejmer – Harman – Bod – Sanpetru – Brasov (50km, 110m vertical climb)

Cycling in Transylvania - Day 2

We transfer to Saschiz and start biking from there. We will wander through the charming landscape full of meadows and small forests to arrive at Darjiu fortress (locals call fortified churches fortresses ). Darjiu fortress is famous for its mural paintings, made by a famous local artist from medieval times, Paul of Ung, inspired by both the Italian Renaissance and the Gothic styles. The route of the day will be quite different form the rest, because it passes mostly through the land of Szekelers, Hungarian ethnic group inhabiting this part of the country from the same time as Saxons.

Biking route: Mureni – Archita – Darjiu – Oteni – Cristuru Secuiesc – Secuieni – Mureni (65 km, 280m vertical climb)

Cycling in Transylvania - Day 3

On this day we ride the thematic Saxon trail through the woods to arrive at the beautiful small villages of Crit, Mesendorf and Daia - special due to their isolation. We admire old Saxon houses in ruin and compare them to the ones in Viscri, where through a major conservation project, many of the houses have been renovated. Even HRH Prince Charles of Wales owns two houses in Viscri and visits almost yearly. The majestic white church actually gives the name of the village, Weisskirch in German, simplified to Viscri in Romania. Nearby Viscri we will visit charcoal makers, bee keepers and weavers, crafts and practices that have existed since the very beginnings of the community.

Biking route: Crit – Mesendorf – Granari – Lovnic – Dacia – Viscri – Bunesti – Crit (50 km, 350m vertical climb)

Cycling in Transylvania - Day 4

After transferring in the morning to Prod, on this day we will visit the ancient Breite oak forest reserve that holds lot of mystery and wild life. After we return to Prod, you can choose to do some horse riding at the local stable. In the evening we will visit one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, Sighisoara, also associated with Vlad the Impaler (also known as Dracula).

Biking route: Danes – Breite Reservation – Bese – Cris - Danes (25 km, 340m vertical climb)

Cycling in Transylvania - Day 5

Our adventure in Transylvania continues on the 5th day with Copsa Mare and Biertan. Having two of the biggest Saxon fortified churches, these villages were once rivals. We will enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch on the top of a nearby hill, admiring the panoramic view of the region. A lady weaver from Copsa Mare will show us her masterpieces, made with great efforts during her entire lifetime. We will dine in a Saxon house to experience true local hospitality.

Biking route: Prod – Hoghilag – Valchid – Copsa Mare - Biertan (25 km, 250m vertical climb; optional + 15-20 km)

Cycling in Transylvania - Day 6

In Richis we will visit the fortified church and meet the last Saxon form the village who, unlike others, decided to stay in the land of his childhood, having a captivating life story. We will slowly head to Prod, where we can do some more horse riding at the farm. A well-deserved relaxing time will wait for us at the end of the day.

Biking route: Biertan – Richis – Atel – Alma – Dumbraveni – Prod (40 km, 240m vertical climb)

Cycling in Transylvania - Day 7

Relaxing morning in the village, saying goodbyes and transfer to Bucharest. Should you be interested in spending more time here, getting a deeper understanding of the local culture and visiting more traditional locations, explore our 8-days Guided Transylvania tour - Castles and medieval towns!

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Group size Price per person
2-4 950 EUR
5-8 850 EUR

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Tour dates:

  • On demand

Equipment to bring:

  • Proper biking shoes and clothes
  • Adequate clothes for the season
  • Raincoat


In rural guesthouses owned by locals, classified with 2 or 3 flowers.

  • Day 1: Prejmer
  • Days 2 and 3: Săschiz
  • Days 4 and 6: Prod
  • Day 5: Biertan or nearby villages


Meals are cooked by traditional recipes and most ingredients come from local farmers. The food is very tasty as it is grown by traditional farming methods. Lunch is usually picnic or sandwich.


Journey start and finish place:

Bucharest or Brasov.


During the tour we will travel daily by bike. We will also have a car to transfer luggage and for assistance.

Included in the tour package:

  • Round-trip transfer from Bucharest airport
  • Bike, helmet and technical assistance
  • Luggage transfer between locations
  • Accommodation for 6 nights in shared, double rooms. Single room supplement is 90 EUR
  • 3 meals a day. Lunch can be snack, sandwich or picnic
  • Tour guide
  • Taxes


Not included in the tour package:

  • Medical insurance, we strongly advise to have one
  • International transport
  • Entrance tickets
  • Visa related costs

Responsible tourism aspects:

  • Most food ingredients are produced by local farmers
  • Traveling in small groups, on short distances, mainly by bike
  • Pension owners are locals thus contributing to local economy
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