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Hiking, Biking and Caving in Romania

Nature, adventure, wilderness, deep valleys, crystal caves and epic biking on a wild weekend in Transylvania

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Hiking, Biking and Caving in Romania

Nature, adventure, wilderness, deep valleys, crystal caves and epic biking on a wild weekend in Transylvania

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Romania

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

Apr—Oct

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8 people

MEETING POINT

Debrecen International Airport, Hungary

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel · Guesthouse

DIFFICULTY

Easy

No previous experience is needed, just an average level of fitness and the ability to handle 3-4 hours of activity each day.

Descend into a mystical network of subterranean passages, galleries and caverns unlike anything you’ve seen before

Mountain bike through the karst plateaus, deep valleys and remote settlements of the wild Western Carpathians

Hike into the beautiful Cutilor Valley, home to a huge abundance of rare plants and wildlife

Included

Guides

Expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

3 nights in a local guesthouse

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Equipment

All your caving and mountain biking equipment

Permits

All permits and entry fees

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Tips for your guides

Personal expenses

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Debrecen Airport, Hungary

13:00

Ends

Debrecen Airport, Hungary

15:30

Transfers

Your adventure begins at Debrecen Airport (DEB) with your airport transfer at 13:00. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time. Your host and driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. If you’re not able to join this transfer, your host recommends arriving the day before and spending the night in Debrecen city centre. You can book any flight and easily get to/from Debrecen centre via a 10 minute taxi.

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Debrecen Airport at 15:30. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 17:45. Alternatively If you would like to be dropped off in Debrecen city centre, please let your host know when booking.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Debrecen from airports across the UK and Europe.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Hotel · Single bed

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Single bed

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Guesthouse · Single bed

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Single bed

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Romanian food is hearty, flavourful and heavily influenced by its neighbouring countries.

Most meals start with a soup of meat, vegetables or fish made sour with lemon or vinegar. Sausages and other meats are popular, as well as meat and vegetable pies, goulash, stuffed cabbage rolls and cheeses.

Vegetarians can be catered for, however, vegan diets are a little more difficult in this part of Romania so it's not possible to guarantee it throughout the adventure.

What is the accommodation like?

The Mountains

You'll stay in a local guesthouse called Casa Florian. This is a traditional Romanian guesthouse with warm and generous hosts and sweeping views of the Apuseni Mountains. This rustic guesthouse offers home made food sourced from local and organic ingredients.

You'll have your own room throughout the trip - please let your host know if you are travelling as a couple or would like a twin room.

Day 1

Into the mountains

Cross from Hungary into Romania and head deep into the Padurea Craiului Mountains and check into your guesthouse in the lovely village of Rosia. After a briefing from your guide, relax around the campfire and then tuck into a traditional Romanian dinner.

Day 2

Rosia Valley and endless caves

Hiking

3hrs

Caving

2hrs

After breakfast you'll head to a unique cave containing fragile calcium crystals and accessible only through a former mine. You'll next walk along the Rosia Valley route where you'll learn about the fauna, flora and the karst features of the area, with a fantastic viewpoint over the Lazuri Gorge. Next up, the caving experience. You'll run through the equipment and safety, then delve into a mystical network of subterranean passages, galleries and caverns unlike anything you've ever seen. Emerge into the light and return to your guesthouse for dinner and a sip or three of palinka, a strong local plum brandy.

Day 3

Hiking and Biking

Hiking

3hrs

Cycling

2hrs

Today you'll explore the area around Rosia. Start with a gentle 3 hour hike through Cutilor Gorge that emerges into the expansive Cutilor Valley. You'll pass several impressive cave entrances and see very rare species of plants. Return to Rosia for lunch, then take the mountain bikes and enjoy a non-technical ride through wide karst plateaus, deep valleys and remote human settlements. Head back to Rosia for your last night in Romania.

Day 4

More caving and then home

Caving

2 hours

Enjoy a final breakfast at your accommodation, then hop in the car and head to Meziadului cave, your destination for today. Arrive at Meziadului Cave, an impressive cavern with remarkable natural features including a natural bridge. Afterwards you'll drive to Oradea for lunch, then onward to Debrecen Airport to catch your flight home.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What's included?

  • All your technical and safety equipment

Bags

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack
  • Waterproof liner (or dry bags) for kitbag or rucksack

Clothes

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Warm hat
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts, underwear & socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Hiking boots (worn-in)
  • Sandals

Other

  • Padlock for left luggage
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel Insurance documents
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry out)
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch
  • Reusable water bottle x 2 litre
  • Energy bars and snacks
  • Water purification tablets/treatment system

No previous experience is needed, just an average level of fitness and the ability to handle 3-4 hours of activity each day. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing before you start.

This is an accessible caving experience - mainly horizontal galleries, with your guide on hand to help you through, however, it is not recommended for those with severe claustrophobia.

There are 2 types of cave included in this trip. Show caves like the crystal cave and the Mexiadului Cave are open to the general public but still offer a majestic underground experience.

The technical cave you'll explore is not open to the public and with the help of your guide, you’ll negotiate narrow passages and clamber and descend into small chambers. Although not for those with claustrophobia, it is an accessible experience and one you won't forget!

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Summer is the best season to explore the area, but spring and autumn are also very pleasant, although there’s a greater chance of rain. The average daily high is around 27°C in summer, but it cools down at night, so pack warm clothes for sitting around the fire.

You'll need to bring all your luggage with you, however on each day of hiking your main luggage can be left in the accommodation in Rosia. You will only need to have a daypack for each day of hiking.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

For current advice about travelling in Romania, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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