Pădurea Craiului

A visit by bike or foot through the unspoiled and undiscovered karst landscape of the Pădurea Craiului massif and through the Padiș Plateau will leave you longing for more.  On the surface they shelter a varied scenery ranging from gorges and waterfalls, cliffs and dolinas, while in the underground they hide a magical and unique cave world with impressive stalactites and stalagmites formations.

Both destinations are located in the western Apuseni Mountains of Transylvania and you can discover them at a leisurely pace by taking our tour. The lesser known Pădurea Craiului, which offers spectacular views over time forgotten villages, in a countryside filled with countless haystacks, is an emerging ecotourism destination, where man and nature live in true harmony. We will explore it by bike on a combination of newly surfaced tarmac roads and a few gravel ones. You will discover as well the Padiș Plateau, a mountain lovers all time favorite, in an enjoyable day hike on forest trails that drop abruptly into dramatic karst sinkholes.

Route

Day 1 - Râșca - Beliș - Dealu Botii - Răchițele - Săcuieu - 55 km (34 miles)
Day 2 - Săcuieu - Vișagu - Tranișu - Remeți - Bulz - Bratca - Șuncuiuș- 65 km (40 miles)
Day 3 - Șuncuiuș - Bratca - Damiș - Țarină - Roșia - 46 km (28 miles)
Day 4 - Loop ride around Roșia - 43 km (26 miles)
Day 5 - Roșia - Lazuri - Remetea - Meziad Cave - Remetea - Beiuș - Saca - 58km (36 miles)
Day 6 - Hike in the Padiș Plateau - Apuseni Natural Park
Day 7 - Car transfer to Cluj-Napoca

Our trip will start from Cluj-Napoca, Romania's second largest city and Transylvania's unofficial capital. The mountains are just one hour drive away, so we will transfer you there by car and start cycling at an altitude of 1000 meters. Each day we will have a climb, followed by a long descent and the maximum altitude reached on the road is 1300 meters.

The varied landscape of the Pădurea Craiului massif and of the Padiș Plateau will not disappoint. On our way we will cycle alongside charming river meadows and beautiful sights of mountain lakes will reward our climbs. We will visit the impressive Meziad cave, with its huge entrance arch and imposing chambers. Meziad hosts the biggest bat colonies in Romania and it is a place where the fossils of the cave bear, gone extinct some 12000 years ago, were found.

Our cave tour will continue with the smaller but equally interesting Crystal Cave, near the village of Roșia, accidentally discovered by miners some 30 years ago. Fascinating calcium crystals decorate the stalactites of the cave. After 5 cycling days we will finish the tour in the heart of the Apuseni Natural Park, hiking on a trail which leads to the spectacular Cetățile Ponorului karst formation, regarded by many as one of Romania's best natural wonders.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apuseni Mountains karst landscape
  • The Bride's Veil Waterfall
  • Meziad Cave
  • The Crystal Cave from the Farcu Mine
  • Cetățile Ponorului hike in the Padiș Plateau

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • guide
  • fully equipped bike
  • helmet
  • 5 days of cycling
  • 1 hiking day
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 dinners, 6 breakfasts
  • sandwiches, fruits, nuts, snacks and water during riding
  • luggage transfer between accommodations
  • car transfer in the last day to Cluj-Napoca
  • tickets and donations

 

Distance:240km | Ascent:3240m | Descent:3970m

Starting from Cluj-Napoca

Suitable for any weather. If it happens to rain heavily, small modifications of the route could be made.

85% asphalt - 15% gravel and off-road

2-3 pers - €1390/pers.

4-6 pers. - €1190/pers.

Single supplement - €120

Deposit - €200

For the scheduled tours the price is €1190/pers. regardless of the number of participants.

Book your private trip anytime between April and October.

For scheduled tours please check our 2019 tours calendar.