Apuseni Natural Park 6 Days from Cluj

Apuseni Natural Park represents a place of fairytale, myth, and legend known as the cavers' paradise, protects one of the most interesting cave fauna in the country. Traces of the prehistoric man, as well as fossils of animals that lived in the Ice Age, were found in several of the caves. The higher ridges of the park are covered with spruce-fir while at lower levels the forest is dominated by mountain beech. The Apuseni Mountains represent the centerpiece of the Transilvania region and invite you to soft walks, scenic routes and the simple joys of this place alongside it’s great locals.

Limestone underlies most of the park and is responsible for the area's impressive landforms. Sculptured mountain ridges, mysterious underground rivers and delicate cave decorations will surely keep your photo cameras busy.

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$1,486

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Duration

6 days

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  • What's included :
    • 5x Breakfast
    • 4x Dinner
    • 2x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • Entry/Admission - Avram Iancu International Airport Cluj
    • Entry/Admission - Galbena Gorges
    • Entry/Admission - Bears' Cave
    • Entry/Admission - Meziad Cave
    • Entry/Admission - Cetățile Ponorului
    • Entry/Admission - Groapa Ruginoasa - Valea Seacă
    • Entry/Admission - Scarisoara Ice Cave
    What's excluded :
    • Dinner at a traditional Romanian restaurant in Day 3
    • Lunch at a local Romanian guesthouse in Garda Town Day 5

  • Day 1: Road and Accommodation Cluj to Pietroasa

    Stop At: Avram Iancu International Airport Cluj, Strada Traian Vuia 149-151, Cluj-Napoca 400397, Romania
    Upon your arrival Your Curly Guide and your bus driver will wait for you at the airport (with a traditional welcome drink ) or they can pick you up from your hotel in Cluj-Napoca or Oradea.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Dinner: At dinner we will organize a BBQ and a campfire where Curly Guide will inform you about the activities of the next days.
    Accommodation included: Our accommodation is located at a family-run guesthouse or pension in Pietroasa village.


    Day 2: Hiking The Yellow Canyon

    Stop At: Galbena Gorges, Padis Romania
    We wake up at 7 o'clock in the morning, we will have breakfast,

    Around 8 o'clock we'll start hiking.

    This hike is a circuit which means it will start and end at the same point,

    Our hike starts from the Park Ranger’s Hut at the end of the camping place At some point, we will have to leave the main road and follow the trail to Balcoanele Ponorului. This section should take approximately 30 minutes of walking. After Balcoanele Ponorului, the path will intersect with the trail that leads to Galbenei Gorges and in about 1 hour, we should reach one of the local highlights, Avenul Borţig (Borţig Sinkhole). Being 54 meters deep, at the bottom, it houses Romania’s second largest glacial.

    We continue our hike for about 30 minutes more until an intersection, to the left we will have “5 minutes until Izbucul Galbenei (Galbenei Spring)”

    The spring represents the starting point of the gorges and we will have to go up and around it to reach the other side. With some resting time and plenty of pictures, we estimate the gorges should take about 2 hours.

    When we reach the Evantai Waterfall we will have only a few sections of cables to cross left and then the road will take us on a trail through the forest. After a sustained climb, we will reach Poiana Florilor from where the slope of the path goes back to a more normal angle and here we'll have lunch. After about 2 hours, we should reach another glacial, Focul Viu. From here we will return to the camping place at Glăvoi where good cold beer is waiting for us. :)

    From here we will take the minibus to our accommodation where we will serve a traditional Romanian meal!
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Our accommodation is located at a family-run guesthouse or pension in Pietroasa village.

    Day 3: CAVE DAY

    Stop At: Bears' Cave, Western Apuseni Mountains, Chiscau 417366 Romania
    After the day of hiking we chose to visit 2 of the most beautiful caves in the country The Bears Cave and Meziad Cave , We will wake up to 9 am and after breakfast, we will head with the minibus to Chiscau village to visit the Bear cave, The cave has a length of 1500 m and is structured on two distinct levels (the Upper Gallery and the Lower Gallery). The cave shelters beautiful structures. What makes it famous is actually the remarkable paleontological deposit – the bones of Ursus Spealeus
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Meziad Cave, Meziad 417221 Romania
    Is undoubtedly one of the most visited caves in Romania. It is a tourist objective both for speleologists and regular tourists.

    Is one of the oldest caving tourist objectives in Romania, having been added to the tourist circuit since the beginning of the twentieth century.

    For these 2 caves we do not need special equipment we will visit them in normal hiking clothes, the temperature in the cave is between 10 and 12 Celsius degrees!
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Our accommodation is located in Pietroasa town at a family-run guesthouse or pension

    Day 4: Hyking Day Cetatile Ponorului

    Stop At: Cetățile Ponorului, Budureasa, Romania
    Today we will hike to Cetatile Ponorului (Ponorului Fortresses) we will wake up at 9 am and after breakfast we will go for 5 hours round trip to the most impressive karst phenomena in Eastern Europe this is worth to visit not just for the 3 gorgeous sinkholes and the surrounding wild forest but also because here is one of the biodiversity hotspot of Apuseni Nature Park. In the Southern part, the route climbs on the steep slope of a torrential valley towards 4 viewpoints (two above Sinkhole III, and two above Sinkhole II) which allows the contemplation of the impressive karst system of The Fortress of Ponor, from high above.Cetăților valley ends at the bottom of a 100 m tall wall with a cave entrance of 70 m height. For this geological formation, it is easy to surprise any tripper with its breathtaking grandeur. Once arrived in Padis we will visit the Padis Visitor Centre of Apuseni Nature Park- a place where visitors will get information about caves and karst, flora and fauna of the area and the need for conservation of these natural features of the area. A self-guiding interpretive trail near the building gives visitors the opportunity to discover and better understand the karst formations in the area. The panels displayed on the route will complete the information about the area. Within the centre there is also a presentation room where multimedia projections or other presentations related to the Apuseni Nature Park are being held.

    We will return to our accommodation in Pietroasa and we will get a warm meal.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Our accommodation is located at a family-run guesthouse or pension in Pietroasa village.

    Day 5: Ruginoasa Hole and Ice Cave Scarisoara

    Stop At: Groapa Ruginoasa - Valea Seacă, Vârtop, Romania
    This day is planned to be a relaxed one, and a lazy morning and a slow breakfast are just the perfect starts. Today we will travel to Vartop pass where we will take a short hike to Ruginoasa Hol When it comes down to the beauty of nature the "Rusty Pit" - Groapa Ruginoasa - is definitely worth visiting.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Scarisoara Ice Cave, Garda de Sus Romania
    The glacier entrance (1165m high) is made through an impressive sinkhole, with a diameter of 60m; descending 48 meters, on the bottom of a great abyss, we'll walk over a surface of 70,000 cubic meters of ice, 23 meters thick. Obviously, the glacier temperature is constantly below 0, so in the summertime, while descending, there might be a temperature difference of 25 degrees or even more.

    The most impressive ice structures are found in the second chamber of the cave - named "The Church", where the ice formations reach over three meters high, with diameters of 15-30 cm.

    For this cave we do not need special equipment we will visit in normal hiking clothes,
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Our last night of accommodation will be in Arieseni town we will have a free program in town.

    Day 6: Day of departure

    Stop At: Avram Iancu International Airport Cluj, Strada Traian Vuia 149-151, Cluj-Napoca 400397, Romania
    After all these days of adventure we'll have breakfast together, we will talk about the wonderful places we've been, about the next excursions which we plan and we will leave the Natural Park with a smile on our face and with a story that your future nephew wants to hear about it!

    Your Curly Guide and you Bus Driver will take you back to your accommodation or airport in Cluj Napoca or Oradea
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Upon your arrival Your Curly Guide and your bus driver will wait for you at the airport (with a traditional welcome drink ) or they can pick you up from your hotel in Cluj-Napoca or Oradea. Ports
    • Avram Iancu Cluj International Airport
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by CURLY GUIDE TOURS

Activity ID: V-130792P2

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