The realm of fairytales - Padis, Apuseni Natural Park

Tour Number

Activity Level



Adventure / Active, Hiking and Walking, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: No. Suitable for mature teenagers. This tour requires a medium physical condition and to be an experienced hiker.

Friendly: No.
This tour requires a medium physical condition and is suitable only for experienced hikers.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent), German (basic), Romanian (fluent)

3 Days tour

Padis area is definitely one of the most beautiful regions in the Apuseni Mountains, Romania. Well known for the large number of interesting caves that attract thousands of tourists, the most imposing and splendid lime formations in Romania such as Cetatile Ponorului (Fortresses of Ponor) - declared a natural monument, and the bucolic landscape with wild horses and haystacks, the whole area is a paradise for those who want both a relaxing and adventurous holiday.
No doubt, it is a once in a lifetime experience.
Curious already? If so, you're in for a real treat.


Day 1:
We are heading to the heart of Apuseni Natural Park. Visiting the karst plateau called Lumea Pierduta(The Lost World) with the most impressive vertical caves in the area.
Day 2:
Today you're in for an 8 hour adventure called Galbenei Gorges Circuit. We'll visit Focul Viu Ice cave, then cross the wild and spectacular Galbenei Gorges.
After this, we have the vertical Bortig Ice Cave, 54 m deep and 34 m wide! Just imagine how it's like to stand near it and look down…
Day 3:
For today he have the famous Cetatile Ponorului Circuit (Fortresses of Ponor).
First, we have the place called Balcoane (The Balconies), amazing viewpoints above the impressive walls that guard the entrance of Cetatile Ponorului Cave.
Soon we will be at the cave's entrance. We'll cross it making our way through big boulders and water. The exit of the cave is followed by a short climb on cables and soon we'll be facing the impressive portal of the cave which is 74 m high. This makes it the biggest portal in Romania.
End of the tour.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: The meet up location will be set up with the tourist.

End location: The end location will be set up with the tourist.

Duration: 3 days

IMPORTANT: The program can be altered on the spot, depending on weather conditions and other relevant aspects such as the physical condition of the participants.

Tour dates: April - October


Transportation Method: Transportation Method: < 4 persons: Peugeot 307 SW. (with AC)
> 4-8 persons: Minivan 8+1 (with AC)
> 8 persons: special quote, to be advised.

What’s Included

Other: Accommodation at Guesthouses
Transport/Transfers (from/to established meeting points)
2 meals/day (Breakfast&Dinner)
Entrance fees
Licenced Tour Guide

What’s Extra

Other: Alcoholic drinks
Other meals that are not specified in the program
Personal expenses

For larger groups (more than 4 persons), please inquire for a customized tour quote.

Private tour guide Flavia D

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