This is the ideal bike trip if you are based in Sibiu and are looking to explore two charming villages and the countryside around the city in a short day ride.
ABOUT THE TRIP
RIDE OF THE DAY
We will start riding along the bicycle track in the Dumbrava forest until we reach the hilltop above the Rășinari village. It is one of the oldest Romanian villages in the region and its name was mentioned for the first time back in 1204.
After a panoramic break and a beautiful downhill ride we will stop for a visit at the Rășinari Ethnographic Museum. Here you will find out about traditional crafts and occupations, typical clothing, customs and traditions, peasant houses interiors and items. The museum visit will also reveal the resin collection technique, a local occupation since ancient times; in fact the village’s name derives from the word resin.
Leaving Rășinari behind we’ll continue our ride to the Saxon village of Cisnădioara, a living proof of the ethnical diversity of the region, as a German village lies close to its old Romanian counterpart.
The coat of arms of Cisnădioara, or Michelsberg in German, is the fortified stronghold on the rocky peak of St. Michael's Hill, an avatar of the Romanesque style in Transylvania. We will pay a visit to this monument which hosts different events such as concerts, theater plays or movie projections, when festivals take place in Sibiu.
After a refreshment break at the local shop in Cisnădioara, we’ll head back to Sibiu. But for those of you who feel like they haven’t sweat enough and still feel like riding we can make an extra visit to Cisnădie, a charming Saxon little town, to visit its impressive medieval fortified church. It has been recently renovated and its lovely garden is enclosed by a protective double wall. The ride from Cisnădioara to Cisnădie and back will add another 8 km to our 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: 31 km (19 miles)
TOTAL ELEVATION: 330 m (1,080 feet)
* 1 pers - €95
2 pers - €75/pers.
3-6 pers - €60/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 Cisnădioara.
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 sunny days please don’t forget to carry some sunscreen with you. 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 we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you by car to the main park in Sibiu, the starting point of the tour. After finishing the ride 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 the park and meet us there, we are happy with this option as well.