The fortress of Ponor

Tour Number

Activity Level

372352


Categories

Adventure / Active, Hiking and Walking, Nature and Wildlife

Details

Kid Friendly: No. The tour is not suitable for kids.
Suitable for mature teenagers

Friendly: No.
You must be in a a good physical form.
You must have mountain boots and flashlight

Maximum travelers: 5

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (conversational), German (advanced), Romanian (fluent)

The fortress of Ponor karst complex


The Fortress of Ponor is the largest cave from Romania and one among the largest from Europe.
These fortresses consist of three large circles of stone, which are 300 meters deep and more than 1 km large in diameter. The formation has 3 entrances and 4 balconies that stand on top of the Fortress. The cave has a 2 km long gallery crossed by a river, the largest underground river in the country.
The access way starts with a forest road that leads to the first circle by passing a bump field which is parallel to Cetatilor Valley. The lateral Western wall (more than 150 meters high) presents a portal whose altitude is 74 meters high.
A scree mosaic leads to the second entrance through an arcade. This second entrance is a circular abyss that has an altitude of 200 meters.
The third entrance can be reached by climbing the metal stairs that are located to the left of the portal.
The cracks on these sinkholes' walls allow the natural light to enter and the effect is impressive.

Itinerary

We pick you up from your Oradea hotel at 8 o'clock in the morning and we are going to Ponor Fortresses karst komplex situated around 120 km away.
Our trip lasts around 3 hours.
Once there, we are visiting the cave ( around 4 Hours).
We may stop somewhere to eat and drink at your choice.

The retour lasts other 3 hours. At evening we shall drop you off at your hotel

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Your hotel from Oradea or Baile Felix.

End location: Your hotel from Oradea or Baile Felix.

Duration: 11 hours

Depends on weather and the time of year.

Transportation

The trip is made with a Opel Vivaro minivan 7 seats - driver, guide + up to 5 tourists
» air conditioning system
» independent heating
» audio system - mp3 player Sony
» reclining bucket seats with seat belts
» armrests for each seating position
» upholstered and sound proofed interior (including the ceiling);
» floor mats;
» car boot for luggage
» box thule (at request)
» tinted windows

What’s Included

Other: Pick up and drop off - tourist Hotel
Transport minivan
The trip is made with a Opel Vivaro minivan 7 seats - driver, guide + up to 5 tourists
Guide and translation service - in cave and during the trip

Estimated Local Cash Needed

100 Romanian Leu 4.5 Ron - 1 Euro - For meal and drink.

What’s Extra

Other: Meal and drink

Private tour guide Arin

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