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Caving & hiking in Apuseni Mountains

€ 740

per person

Choose a fun breakout from the cityscape! Choose to listen to the wild birds, to smell the fresh pine tree aroma and to find inner peace. Choose adventure! Choose adrenaline! Choose nature! Choose Romania’s best for walking holidays!

Travel Details

Destination
Apuseni Mountains (Transylvania)
Start / End
Cluj-Napoca
Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Service
guided
Seasonality
May - October
Tour type
hiking & adventure
Departure time
8 am
Dress code
appropriate outdoor clothing & equipment we recommend (season wise): 25l-35l trail backpack, good hiking boots, hiking pants, midlayers, waterproof jacket & pants, hat/cap, sunglasses, gloves, hiking poles, water bottle / hydration packs (min. 1 l), Swiss knife, headlamp with batteries, first aid kit, emergency whistle, energy bars. Due to constant temperature inside the caves between 0-14° C, appropriate clothing recommended.
Visits
Farcu and Meziad caves, Scarisoara ice cave
Difficulty
medium
Total trail lenght
Notes
accommodation locations & order of visits may suffer changes

After crossing the Romanian border, the Carpathian Mountains spread in three major chains, bearing the name of their spatial positioning: East, South and West.

The Western Carpathians, also known as Apuseni Mountains (the Romanian name for ‘the Mountains of the Setting Sun’) are the shortest of the Carpathians. The limestone based structure of the Apuseni Mountains led to the formation of hundreds of caves in the area. Being short and hollow like a Swiss cheese, the Apuseni Mountains have the two major features that make them suitable for a varied range of walking and adventure holidays.

Combining biodiversity with karst phenomena and the traditional lifestyle of the mountain people is what makes this tour a unique choice.

1

Day 1: Cluj-Napoca

Arrival to Cluj-Napoca. Transfer to the airport and accommodation in the city. Free time or an activity upon request: a 3 h walking tour of the city or a 4h visit to the salt mine in Turda available.

(no meals included)

2

Day 2: Cluj - Apuseni Mountains

Departure from Cluj in the morning, heading for the Apuseni Mountains. In the middle of the Romanian Western Carpathians, the Apuseni Nature Park covers a surface of over 75,000 hectares. Characterized by a complex limestone landscape, the area reveals not only some of the most stunning caves and ice-caves in Romania, but also large numbers of Transylvania’s most picturesque mountain villages.

Lunch on the way, in a restaurant.

Stop to visit Farcu and Meziad caves and arrive in Padis in the afternoon.

Dinner and accommodation in a mountain chalet.

(dinner included, breakfast & lunch not included)

3

Days 3 & 4: Apuseni Nature Park

Two days of trekking in the very heart of the Padis limestone plateau, passing by or through some of the main trails and spots, like Cetatile Ponorului cave, Bortig pit cave, Cetatile Radesei cave.

Dinner and accommodation in a mountain chalet.

Difficulty: medium

Trail lenght: 10 km

Level difference: +500m / -230 m

(breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner included)

4

Day 5: Apuseni Nature Park

Breakfast and prepare to leave Padis, heading for Aries Valley.

Dinner and accommodation in a rural guesthouse, in an isolated hamlet.

Difficulty: medium

Trail lenght: 10 km

Level difference: +500m / -230 m

(breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner included)

5

Day 6: Apuseni Mountains - Cluj

Visit Scarisoara ice cave, the biggest ice cave in Romania.

Transfer back to Cluj in the afternoon.

Difficulty: medium

Trail lenght: 10 km

Level difference: +500m / -230 m

(breakfast & picnic lunch included, dinner not included)

6

Day 7: Cluj-Napoca

Breakfast. Upon request, 3h walking tour of the city or a 4h visit to the salt mine in Turda available. Transfer to the airport for the flight back home. (breakfast included; lunch & dinner not included)

Included:

services of an English speaking guide

2 transfers by private vehicle or minibus

2 transfers of luggage

entry tickets (for the caves)

meals as mentioned in the tour description

3 overnights in a mountain chalet (double room based, shared bathrooms)

1 overnight in a rural guesthouse (double room based, shared bathrooms)

Not included:

your meals and drinks (others than mentioned)

personal expenses

PRIVATE TOUR

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you can choose departure date

price varies according to number of participants

you can choose guiding language (subject to availability)

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All prices are listed per person and calculated on an 8 participants basis.
For tours for more than 8 participants, please request a quote.