The on road One Thousand Bends Tour offers nothing but the best in Transylvania. We’ll ride the amazing Transfagarasan Road, the best road in the world according to Top Gear, but we think they were wrong! Transalpina, with its 146 km of twists and bends and amazing scenery, is even better and we’ll ride it twice! The tour also includes visiting the Bran Castle, made famous in Bram Stoker’s novel. Join us on this tour for the best Dracula sites, cultural cities, delicious food and great rides!
Cluj Napoca – Turda – Alba Iulia
You will fly to the Cluj Napoca airport where we will meet and greet you and head to the first accommodation in the beautiful city of Cluj Napoca. We will spend a lovely afternoon in this vibrant cultural and educational city, centre of Transylvania. Your riding tour will officially start on the next morning when we leave towards Turda where we will visit the famous salt mine, both a themed park and museum landmark.
Built in the first half of the 18th century during the Habsburg domination in Transylvania, the Alba Iulia Fortress has walls that measure three meters at the base and are 1.2 m wide at the top, a perimeter of 12 km and forms a seven-point star shape with seven bastions and six imposing gates.
Alba Iulia – Transalpina – Rm Valcea
The second day of the tour will be intense and amazing! We will ride Transalpina Highway, a historical road, also known as King’s Road. It has 146 km of twists and bends and an amazing scenery at over 2145 m altitude. It is without a doubt the best ride in Romania, maybe even the world!
Its origin is uncertain but in modern history there are two versions of the story. There is a local legend saying that in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, each family of residents in this area participated in the construction of a portion of the road, depending on their financial possibilities. According to other sources, the road was built and paved by the Germans during World War I for military reasons, but wasn’t much used. All we know, it’s a fantastic ride!
The lengthiest road in all the Carpathians will impress you with its scenery, wild nature and landscapes but most of all you will enjoy an amazing ride, and we can bet you will want to experience it again!
Ramnicu Valcea – Bran – Sighisoara
After the amazing ride from the previous day, we will continue our journey deeper towards the centre of the country, following some beautiful roads to visit Bran Castle. Perfectly described in Bram Stoker’s novel, Bran Castle is a place where history, myth and legend meet. Its narrow corridors constitute a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers where a “vampire” can easily hide.
We will then finish the day at Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the best preserved of its kind in Europe. It is an intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches which rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna. Sighisoara is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462, or more famously known as Count Dracula.
Sighisoara – Biertan – Sibiu
A walk through Sighisoara’s long and narrow cobbled streets lined with faded pink, green, and ochre houses is a picturesque delight. Way to start day 4! Biertan village, another UNESCO world heritage famous for its fortified church and popular photography destination, is our next destination.
Lunchtime will be spent in Medias and then we are off to Sibiu! European Cultural Capital in 2007, instantly charming with a maze of cobbled streets and baroque squares undulating downhill, Romania’s cultural gem has a magic all of its own. Sibiu is also the home of the Red-Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rallye, the toughest off-road competition in the world and our afternoon pastime as we stop by to watch it (specific event date in July).
Sibiu – Transfagarasan – Ranca
This day will be all about the roads and the ride! We will go over Transfagarasan Road
with its dramatic bends and heaves to the point where the bikes ask for a break and a breath of oxygen! No wonder Top Gear said it was the best road in the world!
The difference between the two sides of the mountain is stunning. We will approach Transfagarasan Highway from the northern side where the landscape is barren and alpine and there is snow even in the warmest months. Be prepared to make your way up through some very steep and sweeping curves and to notice a sharp decline in temperature and a dramatic change of weather. On the southern side, the road slopes down gradually through pleasant green scenery. On the south side we will see the huge dam at Vidraru Lake and have lunch nearby. Looking up at the mountain and the forest you get goosebumps as the ruins of Dracula’s home, the Poienari Fortress, are on top of the mountain.
We will make it an ambitious day and start our ride up the Transalpina Highway again, before stopping for the night high on the mountain.
Ranca – Transalpina – Cluj
We did say you will want this experience again so here we go riding Transalpina again and enjoying the last day of the tour before making our way back up to Cluj Napoca for one final relaxing evening before your flight back home.