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Discover the wonders of underground world

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The location: The Bears Cave, Apuseni Mountains. The view: a collection of thousands of so called “spaghetti” stalactites, hanging from the cave ceiling. The setting: a large gallery, covered by layers of stalactites, stalagmites and columns, asfar as an eye can see. On our weeklong caving trip to Western Carpathians, every day offers a blend of the region’s best natural settings, iconic caves, cultural immersion and easy-going hikes. Explore the wild of Meziad Cave, which shelter many species of endangered bats. Enjoy the coolness of Scarisoara Ice Cave, the largest underground glacier in the world. Come and experience the enduring welcome of the locals, let yourself amazed by the variety of cave formations, samplethe local Transylvanian cuisine - in short: a true Apuseni Experience trip.

Trip’s highlights:

  • discover different caves from different areas; learn about how they were formed and about their importance in the ecosystem they are part of
  • hike through glades and forests, along karstic valleys, 
  • discover and learn about the nature wonders of karst world
  • visit places where you will meet people who still shape the clay with their restless hands, play their traditional instruments or just work their land by hands.

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: 7 days/6 nights
Activity level: moderate
Group size: min 4 - max 10

Availability for 2017:

  • 02nd September
  • 16th September
  • 30th September

Price: 870 euro/person

Beyond caving: hiking, traditional way of life, mountain culture.

Trip Option: customize your trip 

discover-caves-mapDay 1 & 2 | Runcuri karst plateau & Vadu Crisului cave
Enjoy the view of the mountains from Runcuri karst plateau and relax in an old style mountain house. Explore the Vadu Crisului cave, famous for its underground biodiversity. Discover the unique white pottery of Bihor and trey your hands with a piece of clay.

Day 3 & 4 | Meziad cave & Bears’ cave
Visit the Meziad cave and its impressive entrance, inhabited in the past by Homo sapiens and Ursus spelaeus and today by large colonies of bats. Discover the story of horn violin, specific for Bihor and listen the sharp sound of this instrument. Find out the story of Ursus spelaeus from Bears’ Cave and the tales spoken by many old objects from the local ethnographical museum.

Day 5 & 6 | Scarisoara Ice cave & Cetatile Ponorului karst phenomena
Visit the Scarisoara ice cave, the largest underground glacier in the world and attend a woodwork craft demonstration. Enjoy the most impressive karst phenomena in Eastern Europe, Cetatile Ponorului (Fortress of Ponor). Relax in Casa de Piatra hamlet, a small mountain village with only 16 families. 

Day 7 | Tauz karst spring & departure

Discover the deepest karst spring in Romania (- 87 m.), the Tauz karst spring. Admire the nature beauties along Garda Seaca stream in a horse pulled cart on your way to Garda de Sus village.

Trip: Discover the wonders of the underground world

Availability for 2017:

  • 02nd September
  • 16th September
  • 30th September

Price: 870 euros/person

Group size: min 4 - max 10 

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.

The price includes:

  • transportation by car including transfer from and back to airport
  • 3 meals per day (starting with lunch/dinner on first day and ending with breakfast on departure day. Most of the lunches are packed lunch).
  • Accommodation: 6 nights in mountain house and family run guesthouses rankedwith 2** and 3***; rooms have 2, 3 beds with ensuite or shared bathrooms
  • guidance and all expenses related with the guide – English speaking
  • caves’ entrance fees
  • transportation by horse pulled cart
  • costs related to trip preparation
  • 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.
runcThe 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 dreams come true of a man fond of 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.

pensiunea_scarisoaraScarisoara guesthouse | Ghetar Hamlet | Bihor Mountains
Nestled in the tiny village of Ghetar, only a short distance from the famous Scarisoara Ice Cave lays Scarisoara guesthouse. A family run guesthouse recently extended, in which one can still feel the smell of the fir-tree largely used for construction. The owners, a Moţi family, are well known for their warm hospitality. The guesthouse has rooms with double beds and en suite bathroom, rooms with three beds with shared bathroom and an apartment with 2 rooms with en suite bathroom. It also has a terrace, a large living-room and a room for meetings and conferences. Facilities include central heating, running cold and hot water, access to the kitchen (fridge also) and wash-house. Close to the guesthouse there is the family’s animal’s farm and a restored old traditional house while in the large, picturesque surrounding glades you can see hayricks raised by the family during summer. Iuliana is famous for the traditional cheese and blueberry-pies she makes and most of the ingredients she uses in the meals she cooks are originally from the animals they breed.

casa_de_piatra_mai_2009_318Gligor guesthouse | Casa de Piatra | Bihor Mountains
This family owned and operated guesthouse is located in the heart of the hamlet of Casa de Piatra. The guesthouse has simple but yet comfortable rooms decorated with wood and accented by charming details. The whole area is very romantic and picturesque; a little hamlet with just few houses spread here and there, surrounded by rocky forested mountain heights. The food is cooked by Tanti Dorica, the landlady and the soul of the whole place – a mountain woman full of joy and energy, always kind and smiling – but the kitchen can be used also by the guest for whatever cooking needs they have. The family’s little animal farm and wood workshop will give, to those willing, the opportunity to witness and learn about a Moţi family’s everyday life in this specific environment.

"So far I have been to the Apuseni three times with Apuseni Experience and the team has become good friends with us.  Each time we have done some great caving trips and been shown into the heart of the Apuseni.  I can thoroughly recommend Apuseni Experience to anyone who wants to see the real Romania. "

Hugh Penney, Glasgow University Potholing Association, Scotland

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