Gravel Biking

03 May - 30 November 2020

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Our Curated Valea Verde Experiences provide our guests with unique and authentic experiences during their stay in the tranquility of the Transylvanian village of Cund. 

We kindly invite you to a unique gravel/trekking cycling experience discovering some of the secret spots of this corner of Transylvania. Visit fortified churches, local wine producers, but also experience a wildlife observatory and track animals in the wild. Our guides are always present to assist you and introduce you to the natural, cultural and culinary gems around Cund!

If you are not such a proficcient biker, we can help you with an e-bike so you can also indulge in this special experience!


Day 1 - meeting in Cund

It’s always a pleasure to enter the gate of Valea Verde Resort. No matter if you are for the first time or you are returning every year, our hosts are always happy to welcome us with a nice drink in the beautiful yard or in their cozy restaurant. We will check-in in one of the renovated traditional houses in the village before experiencing a fine dining in the restaurant and plan the next experiences.

 

Day 2 – visit Biertan and other Saxon villages

Is time to test our bikes on the mixed terrain around our beautiful village. Today we will have almost 60 km of asphalt, gravel and single trail route, visiting few of the most important Saxon villages in the area.Our target today is the Fortified Church in Biertan – a UNESCO World Heritage site with lot of stories and tales. The route is easy and mostly asphalted, a good opportunty for testing the bikes and get familiar with the landscape. It is also a good spot for a picnic lunch. On the way back we will cross other Saxon villages: Copsa Mare and Valchid, before reaching Dumbraveni and then Cund. We are ending the evening back to Valea Verde – always a good experience for finishing a long day with a glass of premium wine and stories about the journey.

  1. Total estimated time: 6 hours (four hours cycling and two hours visiting and lunch).
  2. Total distance: 60 km with 700m climbing; 1/4 gravel road and single trail

 

Day 3 – wine tasting experience

One of the most interesting experiences in this area is the winetasting in the new Villa Vinea winery. Arriving by bike here is always a pleasure and an experience. Our route today starts directly in a gravel route, leaving behind a beautiful view of our village. The forest before the next village is one of the most exciting experiences, as we are in the middle of wilderness. Back to asphalt road, we will have two more climbs along the small villages before reaching the winery. We will havethe lunch in the vineyard, a perfect place for a wine tasting and small memories about the trip. Back to our route, we will cross again a hill before reaching Cund, this time most probably pushing the bikes. In the evening we will meet again in the beautiful yard of Valea Verde for more food, wine and good time.

  1. Total estimated time: 6 hours (four hours cycling and two hours visiting and lunch).
  2. Total distance: 60 km with 700m climbing; 1/3 gravel road and single trail

 

Day 4 – along the hiking routes by bike

There are approximately 20km of hiking trails around the village of Cund, where you can enjoy the forest, the animals and the landscapes around the village. We will take them today for a nice loop around Cund and we will stop in a wildlife observatory for a great lunch experience. Today route is almost totally gravel and single trail, with steep climbs and difficult descent, still only 17km long. An e-bike is recommended in case you are not fitted for difficult bike route. In the afternoon we will have free time to spend in the yard. Avid cyclists can continue their experience with another 40-50km loop in the nearby villages. In the evening - farewell dinner in Valea Verde resort.

  1. Total estimated time: 3-4 hours (two-three hours cycling and one hour lunch).
  2. Total distance: 18 km with 400m climbing; 3/4 gravel road and single trail.

 

Day 5 – farewell

Time to say good bye. Depending your flight, we can organize for you taxi or transfer by car or train to another city. Farewell time!


Pricing

The price for this curated experience depends on the number of participants - prices start at Euro 590,- per person in a shared double room (single supplement Euro 190,-). Please contact us for a personalized offer!

 

Included:

  1. Accommodation in a shared double room in the village
  2. Breakfast adn set three course dinner
  3. Professional Romanian, English & French speaking guide
  4. Entrance fees
  5. Assistance car on the way
  6. Water and energy bars on the way
  7. Branded t-shirts and small presents

 

Optional:

  1. transfer from Bucharest or other city in the first and in the last day
  2. bike rental: 20 EUR / day

 

Condition for participating:

  1. Good cycling skills, enthusiastic level (can climb short difficult climbs, descend technical downhills, ride on single track or gravel)
  2. Good bike (MTB, gravel, trekking or cycle cross). We can provide trekking or gravel bikes for you based on request
  3. Average of 4 hours/day of intensive activity