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.
Meals as described
FEEL GOOD VIBES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dates & Prices
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There are currently no planned group departures. Please contact this host to request a quote for a custom trip.
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