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Caving, Hiking and Biking in Romania

An action-crammed three days full of nature and adventure in Transylvania. 2 days off work.

Location

Romania

Fly To

Debrecen International Airport

Difficulty

Easy

Spend a weekend in the Western Carpathians of Romania. Explore endless karst cave systems and crystal mines, hike and bike through the beautiful countryside, and zipline through emerald forests. Your hassle-free adventure in this spectacular region includes:

  • 3 nights of accommodation at a local gueshouse
  • 1 day of technical caving and exploring crystal mines
  • 1/2 day hiking the Cutilor or Lazurilo Gorges
  • 1 day mountain biking and caving
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers and activity transfers
  • All necessary team equipment
  • All park entry fees

Perfect for: This is an excellent getaway for active travellers looking for a truly unique, educational and action-filled weekend adventure.

What's Included

Accommodation

Airport Transfers

Equipment

Guide

Local transport

Meals as described

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Itinerary

Thursday: Arrival

Your host will meet you at the Debrecen Airport in Hungary and take you 1 hour away to Oradea, an art nouveau town on the Romanian side of the border.

Grab a quick lunch, then head into the Padurea Craiului Mountains and check into your guesthouse in the village of Rosia. Review the weekend's plan, enjoy a traditional dinner, then sit back and relax by a campfire.

Friday: Caving

After breakfast you'll head to a unique cave containing fragile calcium crystals and accessible only through a former mine.

After that, you’ll have a chance to walk on the thematic Discover 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.

Afterwards you'll embark on a technical caving experience. Review 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 plum brandy often compared to a bioweapon.

Saturday: Hiking and Mountain biking

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 ride through wide karst plateaus, deep valleys and remote human settlements.

Head back to Rosia for your last night in Romania.

Sunday: Caving and departure

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.

Afterward you'll drive to Oradea for lunch, then onward to Debrecen Airport to catch your flight home.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

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.

Accommodation

You'll stay in local guesthouses with incredibly warm and generous hosts. Home-prepared food sourced from local and organic ingredients is served at the guesthouses. They have indoor bathrooms with running hot and cold water, but are otherwise quite rustic.

Location

The Western Carpathians area in Romania is a seldom-visited mountain plateau home to a wide variety of landscapes including ancient forests, verdant meadows, impressive gorges, legendary waterfalls and fascinating caves. Over millions of years the mountains were lifted up and submerged by the sea several times over, experiencing tropical, subtropical and glacial climates over the years. As a result, this relatively small area is host to a geologic mosaic of conglomerate, crystalline, volcanic and limestone rocks.

The area is home to an abundance of animals and rare plants.Brown bears still roam the Carpathian Mountains and you can sometimes hear wolves howling at night. Lynx, wildcats, chamois and capercaillies exist here too, but they are extremely rare to see.

Meeting Point

Start Point

Debrecen Airport - 13:00

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. Don't worry if your flight is late - the driver will wait for you. 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.

Finish Point

Debrecen Airport - 15:30

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Debrecen Airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance that covers caving and mountain biking
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

The trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8 people.

Sure can! A lot of people do and it's a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we've seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

There are 2 types of caves 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 on Friday is not open to the general public. With the help of your guide you will negotiate narrow passages, climb, clamber, descend into small chambers, and make your way past stalagmites or stalactites. Although not for those with claustrophobia, It is an accessible experience and one you won't forget!

You do not need any previous experience. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start. You’ll just need an average level of fitness to handle approximately 3-4 hours of activity each day.

The caving part of this trip is an accessible caving experience, with mainly horizontal galleries. Your guide will be on hand at all times to help you through, however it is not recommended for those with severe Claustrophobia.

Romanian food is hearty, flavourful, and heavily influenced by neighbouring countries. Most meals start with a soup, often made with meat, vegetables or fish and 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.

Absolutely. Just let us know at booking.

Summer is the best season to explore the area, but spring and autumn are very pleasant too, although there are chances of rain. The average daily high is around 27°C in summer. It cools down at night, so pack some warmer clothes for sitting around the fire.

All technical equipment will be provided. For the rest of your weekend we recommend you bring:

  • Hiking shoes
  • A waterproof jacket
  • A warm sweater or fleece
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • A small rucksack for carrying personal items throughout the day

The minimum age required to join this trip is 12 years and above.

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