One day cycling tour in which we'll ride on small and quite roads through time forgotten Saxon villages. The highlights of the trip are the famous Biertan fortified church and a small traditional kiln which produces clay roof tiles. The kiln is part of a restoration project that tries to save the old Saxon architecture. Back in the days, Biertan became a true economic centre of the region and was also designated as the centre of the Saxon Episcopate in the 16th century, thus becoming a craved target by many invaders. Therefore it needed a very imposing church surrounded by strong ramparts. The construction began in the early 16th century, hence its late Gothic hall church shape. It kept its aspect ever since and the elements inside are items of precious heritage value.
ABOUT THE TRIP
As soon as you step in, you will be fascinated by the imposing altar with its 28 painted panels, the 16th century pulpit, the hand carved pews, the old Anatolian carpets and by the impressive vestry door. The second highlight of the day is the small and remote village of Apoș, where we'll visit a traditional roof tiles kiln. Here you will learn about the old technique of producing roof tiles, about the last people in the area who still have this knowledge and about the efforts made for preserving and passing this skill to the new generations. You will find out that the workshop is part of a bigger project which has the ambition of saving the traditional architecture of the Saxon villages. Villa Abbatis equestrian center is another great project in the same village of Apoș.
RIDE OF THE DAY
The trip will begin with a 50 minutes car transfer to Ighișu Vechi, from where we will start riding on a winding road towards Zlagna and Richiș, a village known in the yore days for its terraced vineyards. Soon after, following a long and pleasant descent we will arrive in Biertan. After visiting the UNESCO listed fortified church and after a short break at a restaurant terrace situated next to the rampart wall, we will continue our trip towards Apoș. It is here where we'll visit a traditional roof tiles workshop, which was opened by the Prince of Wales foundation. Villa Abbatis will be our host for the last coffee break before returning to the starting point of the trip and heading back to Sibiu.
Optionally, we can have a late lunch at Villa Abbatis , as we'll arrive here around 3 pm. The lunch will cost around 11 euro/pers. and is not included in the price of the trip.
On all our tours we aim to find quite secondary roads, so that you’ll fully enjoy your vacation without the noise of big and busy roads. With few exceptions, we only cycle on asphalt and on this particular tour there are only 3 kilometers (2 miles) on which we’ll ride on gravel.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 61 km (38 miles)
TOTAL ELEVATION: 590 m (1,930 feet)
* 1 pers - €105
2 pers - €85/pers.
3-6 pers - €70/pers.
* One person tours can be arranged with maximum one week prior to the date of the ride
What is included?
- English-speaking local guides
- Fully equipped bike
- Sandwiches, fruit, nuts, snacks and water during riding
- Car transfer
- Tickets and donations
Lunch & coffee breaks
Fresh and tasty sandwiches, together with fruit, dry nuts and cereal bars are provided during the ride. Any time is a good time for coffee so we can stop in any of the villages to have one. Although the coffee shops on route are not that fancy they will offer an authentic village experience. A good coffee or ice-cream spot is midway through the distance in Biertan. Optionally, lunch can be arranged at Villa Abbatis. Please go back to the ‘Ride of the day’ section for more details.
We recommend you check the forecast in the days before the trip and prepare proper clothes. Even if there are small chances of rain, rather than counting on luck, you should pack a light weight rain jacket. For the sunny days please don’t forget to carry some sunscreen with you. Weather can change rapidly in Transylvania, especially during spring and early summer so it’s better to be prepared. For exceptionally bad weather we can cancel a tour, if this is discussed with a few days in advance.
PICK UP & TRANSFER
In the morning, on the day of the trip, we will pick you up from your hotel in Sibiu and transfer you by car to Ighișu Vechi, the starting point of the tour. The car ride takes about 50 minutes. Then in the evening, after finishing the ride, we will drive back to Sibiu and we will drop you off at the same place or at any other location in the city. Should you have a rented car and should you prefer to drive yourselves to Ighișu Vechi and meet us there, we are happy with this option as well.