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At the Foothills of the Apuseni Mountains

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Romania  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Ecotourism  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 600 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 867 Euro (EUR)

Apuseni Mountain is one of the most interesting touristic destinations in Romania. Local people, "motii", are famous for wooden household articles that are still built in this area. No region has such a concentration per unit area of so many natural monuments, framed in an overall nice and attractive landscaping. In an attempt to get to know as much as you can, this program offers you the chance to cross the Apuseni Mountains from South to North and to visit the most important touristic attractions. You will be amazed by the contrasts between the western side of Romania and the southern one. Different lifestyles and civilizations in one country!

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: (by car) Bucuresti – Pitesti – Craiova – Drobeta Turnu - Severin – Orsova (accommodation in a guest house). A sequence of widening and narrowing paths over 144 km caused by alternating rocks-this is how we would describe the Danube Gorges. From the entire pass, the most spectacular area is called Cazanele (Biolers) where steep slopes, hills, and numerous caves were formed. After admiring what Danube River can build with bare hands, we will go further on into the natural reservation park of Cerna Valley - Domogled Mountain.

Here the flora and the landscape are protected since 1932. It has become the second largest natural park from Romania, as it includes a river basin and one massive mountain. Near the Cerna Valley, we will spend the night in Orsova, in a pleasant hotel, near the river.

Day 2: (by car) Orsova – Caransebes – Hateg – Deva (accommodation in a guest house). We will head towards the Hateg land. Here, are some of the most important historical and architectural monuments from the country. Full of legends and glorious past, the trip through the Hateg land carries us into the Dacians kingdom. We will visit here the citadels ruins of Ulpia Traiana Sarmizetusa built in the III-II centuries B.C. Build on the ruins of a Dacian edifice, the Densus Church is nowadays guarded by faithful priests who care about its historical value.

After visiting this old church, we will chronologically head towards the next monument, namely the Huniazilor Castle. Built on a high cliff, having as its feet the Zlasti small river, the castle is an imposing building with tall and colored roofs, having a multitude of towers and turrets, windows and balconies adorned with stone indenture.

Day 3: (by car) Deva – Brad – Abrud – Rosia Montana (accommodation in a guest house). A rather archaic, a fairy tale from times long gone, Apuseni Mountains will conquer you from the first meeting with the accessible landscape, with green fir-tree, incredible blue-sky and long dreamed silence. Here, we will visit Rosia Montana, the oldest mining town from Romania. Waxed tablets, found in mines, are scattered in museums throughout Europe, being one of the sources of Roman people.

In Rosia Montana, hundreds of households were constructed with hard work, while a historical center and a unique mining museum with mining pieces and memorial houses were built, and many other geological wonders, the deep roots and vigorous unimaginable in our history. A special place where hospitality, good humor and fresh food are the secret of your mountain holidays.

Day 4: (by car) Rosia Montana – Scarisoara – Garda de Sus – Arieseni-Casa de Piatra (tents camping or accommodation in local villagers’ houses). Our adventure continues! Scarisoara cave is the largest ice cave from Romania, having 700 feet long and three entrances. The main entrance of the cave is situated at 1165 meters altitude. The glacier was determined to have 3000 years and includes 75000 cubic feet of ice and a thickness of about 26 m. This ice never melts, not even is the summer, therefore to visit it, it is advisable to have warm clothes with you. From Garda de Sus, following a forest road, we will get to a clearing house called Stone House.

The area is famous as the place is the one of the most isolated settlements from Bihor Moutains, which before the road was constructed, in the winter; it remained completely forgotten by the world. The name of the village does not come from the stone houses as they are mostly built out of woods, but from the large vacuum chamber with walls of limestone glades that dominates the settlement. It is the perfect place to get close to nature and find out more about the Romanian traditions and legends.

Day 5: (by car) Arieseni – Campeni - Sibiu - Olt Valley - Bucharest. Hopefully you have enjoyed the trip. Back to Bucharest.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- 867 EUR/person for a group of 2-3 persons
- 745 EUR/person for a group of 4-5 persons
- 663 EUR/person for a group of 6-7 persons
- 620 EUR/person for a group of 12 persons.

Note: At request it can customized and organized for larger groups.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation
- Meals
- Entrance fees at the highlights mentioned in program
- Guiding services
- Activities.

Price Excludes:
- Transport
- Other fees than mentioned in the program
- Other activities than mentioned in program
- Airfare.

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