Cycle the Apuseni Heartland

“La belle vie” spills over on this Apuseni Mountains bike tour. The textured landscape of the karstic plateaus of Zece Hotare or Runcuri capture a diversity and charisma that eludes description. Biking in this area is about discovering the slower pace of life, from savouring each flavour you create at our special barbecue evening to chatting with the locals as you bike through the villages. Pedal through quaint villages and picturesque valleys, explore mysterious caves and old traditions, relax in authentic guesthouses and relish delicious local cuisine. This biking trip offers the opportunity to indulge in all things at the perfect pace in the perfect place.

TRIP’S HIGHLIGHTS:

• Discover by bike wide karst plateaus, hamlets scattered over the hills and wide forests.
• Explore the history of the area, and get a glimpse of the local traditions such as: woodwork, lime making, hay cutting and forestry.
• Discover ancient caves, once the shelter of prehistoric man.
• Meet local people who still work the land by hand and listen to their tales

TRIP DETAILS:

Start/end: Oradea or Cluj-Napoca (options to pick you up/drop you at Timisoara or Budapest airports are available too).
Trip length: 8 days/7 nights.
Activity level: moderate
Group size : min. 2 – max. 8 pax
Price:from 585 euro/pers. to 1082 euro/pers.(lowest is per person for group of 8, highest is per person for a group of 2)

Availability for 2019

• 23-Mar-19
• 13-Apr-19
• 20-Apr-19
• 27-Apr-19
• 04-May-19
• 11-May-19
• 18-May-19
• 25-May-19
• 01-Jun-19
• 08-Jun-19
• 15-Jun-19
• 22-Jun-19
• 29-Jun-19
• 06-Jul-19
• 13-Jul-19
• 20-Jul-19
• 27-Jul-19
• 03-Aug-19
• 10-Aug-19
• 17-Aug-19
• 25-Aug-19
• 31-Aug-19
• 07-Sep-19
• 14-Sep-19
• 21-Sep-19
• 28-Sep-19
• 05-Oct-19
• 12-Oct-19

Other Options

Don’t see a date that fits your schedule? Have a group of friends and the willing to make this trip a custom one? Contact us, let us know your ideas and wishes and we’ll come back to you with a confirmation.
Beyond biking: local cuisine, cave visits, traditional way of life.

Day 1 & 2

Rosia village Enjoy a dinner by the campfire, with mainly organic products and relax in an old wooden house. Explore by bike Rosia village: Albioara gorges, a horn violin workshop, a 200 years old water mill.

Day 3 & 4

Vida Valley & Cutilor Gorges Cycle towards Vida Valley, with its 10 km long gorges that shelters several caves and rocky cliffs. Explore by bike Cutilor Gorges, an iconic valley with many caves and rocky cliffs.

Day 5 & 6

Zece Hotare karst plateau & Meziad cave Discover Zece Hotare karst plateau, punctured by many sinkholes and caves, and animated by the presence of 10 hamlets. Pedal through the Remetea village and discover its 800 years old church, the local museum and the mixture of Romanian and Hungarian cuisine. Bike to Meziad cave, shelter for large colonies of bats and home of Homo sapiens in the past.

Day 7 & 8

Take your bikes and explore Dragoteni village, where old crafts are still practiced. Visit an old wooden church and discover its history.

The price includes:

  • transfers from airport to Apuseni Mountains and back,
  • 7 nights accommodation in double rooms with ensuite bathrooms in local guesthouses rated at 3 daisies,
  • 3 meals per day, starting with dinner in the first day and ending with lunch (packed lunch) in the last day,
  • cave entrance fees,
  • guiding and all the expenses related with guide,
  • mountain bike rentals (you should also have your personal bike equipments such as: biking clothes, helmet, pack, gloves and goggles),
  • craft demonstration fees,
  • the knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides.
  • The price does not include:

    Personal drinks and refreshments, insurance, souvenirs and personal items purchased during the trip, lodging before and after the trip, gratuities for Apuseni Experience guides, other personal costs.
    Note: We are always open to our customer’s demands and needs. Therefore, the itinerary described above can be adjusted accordingly in what regards the period and the activities included. Please contact us for more details.

    The Traditional Casa Complex

    Runcuri | Padurea Craiului Mountains Situated in the heart of Runcuri karst plateau, in Runcuri village, a picturesque village perched on a hill, one of the most desired locations, Traditional Casa offers you calm, freshness and relaxation, in a rustic location, enriched by a magnificent view over the west side of Apuseni Mountains.This complex is the dream come true of a man fond speleology, who wanted to give travelers the opportunity to return to a picturesque and rustic but comfortable, way of living, close to the heart of the nature.

    Turul guesthouse

    Remetea| Padurea Craiului Mountains Priding itself with its old traditions and excellent hospitality; the Turul Guesthouse is a treat to stay in. Located in the center of Remetea village (still, far of the crowds), the guesthouse offers a charming ambience with great attention to detail and comfort. Enjoy the silence on the back of a large courtyard with fruit-trees and flowers, pick some vegetables from the garden, lay down on the green grass and sip from a cup of herbal tea. When comes to food, Teri cooks absolutely fantastic while Istvan, her husband will always be glad to share their experience in developing, through the years, this rustic, peaceful holiday resort. Rooms are comfortable, with en suite bathrooms and two, three of four beds. There are also several “wooden houses” (bungalows) with single and double beds and en suite bathrooms. The large terrace with a traditional bread baking oven (the bread you will have on your table is made right here, by the hosts) is always preferred for enjoying the delicious traditional meals cooked mainly from organic ingredients.

    'We had a fantastic week of biking, with many peaceful routes, great scenery and outstanding local people. The accommodation and the food were out of the ordinary and we’ll forever remember the evenings by the campfire, with stories and great sunsets'
    Mike
    Mark, 43
    France