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The Johan's Green Mountain cycling trip is made for all ages. Daily you cycle to a different destination. Distances are between the 30 and 70km so that there is plenty of time left to visit the many interesting places along your trip. Because luggage transport would make your trip very expensive, we provided special bags on the bicycle. 

You stay mainly in guestrooms, twice in a hotel room***. In remote villages where there aren't restaurants we included full board. Where you have the possibility to go out dining in decent restaurants, we provided bed and breakfast. 

You’ll visit the very authentic Saxon villages and historical towns Sibiu and Sighisoara with a surprising rich cultural heritage. Several of the sites you cycle along are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There is so much to see and to visit during the trip that you will have to make selections or stay extra nights if you want to see it all. 

The trip offers diversity, there aren't only cultural sites, there are also several small nature reserves. Further the nature in the region is hardly touched by chemicals so that also nature lovers will enjoy the rich pastoral landscapes. 

We prepared a large brochure for this trip with extensive information about the cultural and historical sites. 

You cycle on asphalted roads and we avoided as much as possible the busy E roads.

The region:

Siebenburgen is the name the Saxon settlers gave to the region between Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu. They came in the region in the early Middle Ages. The first colonists should have been Flemish, Walloon, French and Dutch farmers. They most likely remained behind during or after the first crusade in the 11th century. The Saxons came later and were the biggest group, absorbing the others. They constructed and organized the country. This is clearly visible in the beautiful medieval towns Sibiu and Sighisoara. These old medieval towns were impressive fortified bastions against Ottoman and Tartar invasions. Even the small villages had their fortified churches. All this can still be seen today.
 
You can watch a movie from the region at the following link:

film Sibiu - Sighisoara
 
We have also a page with more info about Sibiu at:
Click here
 

Highlights of the program:

History, culture:

Medieval towns:
Sighisoara - Schassburg:
The town is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Most of the fortification towers and wall still stand, there is the superb clock-tower, the students stairs, the church on the hill and the birth house of Vlad Dracula.
Sibiu - Hermannstadt:
was once the best protected medieval town with up to 7 defense walls. There is the famous Brukenthal museum and Sibiu was the Cultural capital of Europe in 2007 together with the town Luxemburg
 
Castles - fortresses:
Slimnic - Stolzenburg Fortress
Fagaras fortress
Cris and Avrig Castle
 
Fortified churches:
Most remarkable in Transylvania are the huge fortified churches. The local people built these fortifications around the church, rather then a separate castle or fortress.
You'll cycle along the fortified churches of Sura Mica, Rusi, Seica Mare, Agarbicin, Axente Severn, Mosna, Nemsa, Richis, Biertan, Copsa Mare, Valchid, Saes, Apold, Bradeni, Soars, Rodbav, Cincu, Toarcla, Bruiu, Cisnadie, Cisnadioara.
 
You come along the ruins of Europe's most eastern Cistercians monastery in Cirta and you can visit the orthodox monastery in Arpasu de Sus. 

Folk art:
- Open air village museum Astra. the largest in Romania and built around 3 lakes in the Dumbrava forest. There are all kind of manifestations and spectacles during the summer.
- there are several small ethnographic museums along the road and an icon museum in Sibiel. 

Nature:
- Small reserves in Sadu, Slimnic, Turnu Rosu. You stay at the base of the Fagaras Mountains in Arpasu de Sus and you cycling along the base of the Cindrel and Paring mountains. 

THE PROGRAM:

DAY 1:  Arrival, introduction and acquaintance in Gura Raului. Accommodation: guestrooms in the village. You receive your bikes.
If you travel by train, the nearest train station is Orlat from where you will be picked up.


DAY 2:  Cycling trip to Ocna Sibiului. You leave Gura Raului to the north and cycle along country roads to the village Cristian, further over Sura Mica, to Ocna Sibiului, a small health resort with salt water lakes where you stay for the night.
It's an easy trip the first day, only along asphalted roads. The main attractions are the fortified churches from the above mentioned villages, the salt water lakes.
Total distance: 25km, 50m climbing Accommodation in guestrooms in Ocna Sibiului.

DAY 3: Trip along the villages Slimnic (with ruins from the once impressive Stolzenburg), the fortified churches of Rusi, Seica Mare, Axente Sever, Copsa Mica to Medias. the town Medias has a very picturesque medieval town center with several defense towers and the Gothic Saint Margareta church. Accommodation hotel rooms in Medias. Distance: 52km, 100m climbing.

DAY 4: Trip over Mosna and Richis to Biertan. Trip along country roads and you'll enjoy the pastoral landscapes and fortified churches of Mosna and Richis. You stay in guestrooms in Biertan. Biertan was the bishops- seat during the middle ages and has an enormous fortified church with several ring-walls. Distance: 27km, climbing about 290m.

DAY 5: Cycling trip to Sighisoara over the villages Copsa Mare – Grosskopisch, Valchid – Waldhutten to Danes. From Danes you can make a short detour to the beautiful renaissance castle in Cris or visit the famous church of Malancrav, one of the only Saxon churhces completely painted with frescoes and a Unesco heritage monument. You arrive early in Sighisoara so there is enough time left to visit the superbly preserved medieval town. Sighisoara is recognized as one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. The old fortified town lies on a small hill, dominating the lower town. You stay overnight in the historic medieval town in hotel rooms. Cycling: 30 km, 180m climbing, extra trip to Cris about 20km on a gravel road. Extra trip to Malancrav 26km.

DAY 6 : Cycling trip to Soars.
Again a splendid trip along country roads passing the Saxon villages Saes – Schaas, Apold – Trappold, Bradeni – Henndorf, Soars – Scharosch, all of them with fortified churches.
Total distance: 46km, 380m climbing.

DAY 7: Cycling trip to Sercaita area.
You cycle to Rodbav with fortified church, and further to the town Fagaras with its impressive castle (now museum). It goes further over Ileni to Harseni. You stay overnight in the village Margineni-Bucium-Sercaita. Distance 40km, climbing 210m

DAY 8: Cycling trip to Arpasu de Sus, Albota, Cartisoara area.
You cycle along the base of the Fagaras mountain ridge over Bucium, Recea, Lisa (watermill) Sambata de Sus with impressive Brancovensc monastery from 1696, (there are several events and festivals around 15 august in the region)
It goes further over Dragus (etnographic museum) and festival around 15 august to Vistea de Sus. You cross the industrial town Victoria and go further to Arpasu de Jos where you stay overnight. There is in the Orthodox monastery from Arpasu an icon school.
Distance: 52km, climbing 200m. 

DAY 9: Cycling trip to Talmacel A trip that starts with the ruins from the Cistercian monastery in Cirta - Kerz. Then it goes to Avrig where Samuel Brukenthal the former governor from Transylvania built him a castle. It goes further over Romanian settlements and villages to Talmaciu, the gate of the Olt valley, the most important passage through the Carpathian Mountains. You stay overnight in Talmacel.
Distance: 42km, 195m climbing. Extra trip to Cirta to visit the Cistercian monastery 8km.

DAY 10: Trip to Cisnadioara. The trip goes Sadu with a small nature reserve to Cisnadie - Heltau, an old medieval town and important textile center. You stay overnight in Cisnadioara - Michaelsberg in guestrooms. Cisnadioara has a Romanesque medieval monastery church high above the village on a hill. Total distance: 22km, climbing 250m, asphalted roads.

DAY 11: Trip to Gura Raului. A short trip to allow you to visit the largest open air museum in the country: Astra museum. The museum was built around 3 lakes in the Dumbrava Forest and exposes houses, churches, water- and windmills from all over Romania. After the visit it goes over the Romanian village Poplaca to Gura Raului where you sleep again in guestrooms at the base of the Cindrel Mountains. Total distance: 25km, climbing 270m, gravel road 7km. The cycling trip ends here in Gura Raului; you will continue next days to visit Sibiu.

DAY 12: Visit Sibiu. The owner will bring you to the train station (or you go by bike) in Orlat. (5km from Gura Raului). The train takes you in less then 30 minutes in the heart of the medieval town. There are several trains, at convenient hours. The night in Sibiu is not included,meals neither. We will provide the Program and the brochure with what to visist in Sibiu.

DAY 13: Breakfast, end of entire program. (On demand you can be brought back to Orlat train station.)

Bicycles

You can rent one of our bicycles for the trip. Please ask.

 

We provide GPS tracks.

 

Trip Price:

998 Euro pro person for 12 nights. 

Accommodation: double rooms.
2 x hotel room bed and breakfast, 10 x guestroom full board.

Single traveler: 132 Euro room ocupancy supplement
Trip price don't includes the bikes.

Details:
Gura Raului: 3 x guestroom B&B + lunch pachet
Slimnic: guestroom B&B + lunch packet
Medias: hotelroom***, B&B
Biertan: guestroom B&B + lunch packet
Sighisoara: 1 x hotel room*** B&B
Soars: guestroom full board
Ohaba area: guestroom: B&B + lunch pachet
Arpasu de Sus: guestroom B&B + lunch pachet
Talmacel: guestroom B&B + lunch packet
Cisnadioara: guestroom B&B + lunch pachet
The dinner may be served for extra a la carte or on a budget in any accommodation or in retaurants and terraces in the area where you will sleep.

Your budget
Restaurants:
dinner 10-12 Euro (soup, main meal, dessert)
Bottle of wine: 8-10 Euro, a Beer (0,5 lit): 1-2 Euro
Coffee - tea: 1 Euro

Lunch: pizza or soup 2-4 Euro

Shopping:
Bread: 0,5 Euro (850gr), cheese, meat about 80% of the price as in West Europe.

How to get in Sibiu:

(we'll arrange transfer Sibiu - Gura Raului and back)

By plane: Direct flights to Sibiu: 
Wizz air from Luton Londra, Dortmund
Austrian Airlines (Tarom) from Vienna
Lufthansa (Tarom) from Munchen

to Cluj Napoca (wizz Air,  and by train to Sibiu). See for more flyghts here http://airportcluj.ro/passenger-information/program-zboruri/zboruri-regulate?id_limba=2
to Bucharest by plane http://www.avion.ro/cheap-flights/to/otp/bucharest-airport and then to Sibiu by tran, bus  or internal flight.

By train: Bucharest - Sibiu or Cluj-Napoca to Sibiu:http://www.infofer.ro

By busses:http://www.autogari.ro

By car: Highway Budapest - Szeged - Arad - Sibiu or Budapest - Oradea - Sibiu

 

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