The Romanian Caves Tour in 2 Days
As you can not judge a man by the way he look, I called this adventure it simply – Romanian Caves Tour.
In this two days trip we will explore together how to survive to hard times, showing you not only caves, but some of the Romania’s hidden treasures, which you’ve probably already heard. That places have a lot of unique natural springs of the purest water in the world.
Here’s what I thought spectacular experience for you and can be achieved in this private tour:
1. Horezu Monastery
2. Polovragi Cave
3. Polovragi Monastery
Overnight Stay in Baia de Fier
1. The Women’s Cave
2. The Constantin Brancusi Ensamble in Targu Jiu
1. Horezu Monastery
In a two day trips, you will see the Horezu Monastery. Considered one of the most beautiful and refined orthodox monasteries, the Horezu Monastery with its 100% authentic Romanian architecture was included in the UNESCO World Heritage from the very beginning, with no sign that anything could ever surpass it.
Your trip to Romania should comprise, among other things, the most visited Romanian monasteries, including the Horezu Monastery, because this is where you can see the highly acclaimed Horezu ceramics, as well as the gorges carved in the mountain walls and the famous stone caves.
Find out more about the Horezu Monastery and its surroundings here
2. The Polovragi Cave
If you have been on expeditions in wet or dry caves before, you will be familiar with the haunting and eerily spiritual feeling you get once you enter the Polovragi Cave, which seems like it belongs to a different realm.
The warm and humid cave hosts many spectacular calcareous formations throughout the galleries that extend for over 10 km, of which only 800 m are open for visitation. Here you can see the Spring of Hope, the Bloody Vault, the White Room, the Divine Chamber, the Grim Reaper, the Dacian Oven, the King and Queen, Snow White and the Dwarfs’ House.
But the most exciting one has to be the throne of Zalmoxis, the spiritual leader of the Dacian people, who is believed to have made the mysterious cave his earthly home. Dacian mythology describes the mighty Zalmoxis as a shapeshifter who could take the appearance of an old man and become young again as he pleased, and some legends even say he could turn into a wolf, a sacred animal in the Dacian tradition. The cave was discovered 100 years ago, but the Bronze Age vestiges found here make it much older. It is also the home of new species of bats that have set up a colony in the depths of the cave.
The sound of slow dripping water echoing against the cool, limestone-covered walls, as bats flutter over the throne of an ancient god, is sure to make your heart stand still.
NOTE: Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, from 10-17, Monday and Tuesday closed
3. POLOVRAGI Monastery
We are setting out on a journey through time, taking an imaginary leap to 500 years ago, when the Polovragi Monastery, a historical monument of great cultural and spiritual value, was built.
In addition to the superb religious artwork, here you get to see historical evidence of our existence and endurance on these lands, as well as a testament to our perseverance and faith in God.
Watch a short video presentation of the Polovragi Monastery
1. The Women’s Cave
The first question that comes to mind when you decide to take a private trip to the Women’s Cave, the most visited cave in Romania, is how it got this curious name.
The Romanian people have had a long and turbulent history, so in order to survive in these conflict-ridden lands, the men, being severely outnumbered, would have to resort to guerrilla warfare, while women and children would hide in caves such as this one to protect as much of their family as they could.
You will come into contact with ancient civilizations over 30.000 years old, which should be enough to make this trip worthwhile. But what we think will really peak your interest is the giant animal graveyard filled with calcified cave bear skeletons, as well as remains of other wild animals, like lions, hyenas, wolves, boars, foxes and even wild goats who had the misfortune to venture into the bears’ den.
Stretching across 7 km and 4 levels, The Women’s Cave, also the first cave to have electricity, is without a doubt one of our most remarkable natural attractions.
If you want to find out more about the history of Romania and you are excited to uncover further mysteries and wonders buried deep within the caves, this is a trip you cannot miss.
2. The Constantin Brancusi Sculptural Ensemble in Targu Jiu
Even if you do not harbor a passion for sculptural masterpieces, a Brancusi exhibit is a must-see for anyone taking a trip to Romania. The Constantin Brancusi Sculptural Ensemble in Targu Jiu, also known as the “Calea Eroilor” Memorial (Heroes Way), is more than a beautiful display of stone and wood craftsmanship, it is a symbol of the Romanian spirit.
The ensemble consists of four sculptures, laid out on a 1275 m axis – The Table of Silence, The Chairs Alley, The Gate of the Kiss and the Infinity Column/Endless Column, which surprise through their simple, yet deeply symbolic design.
Learn more about the work of the great sculptor Brancusi
See a video presentation of the exhibit :
Naturally, there are countless more caves in Romania and it would be impossible to visit them all in one circuit, but we think this experience will give you a taste for adventure, enough to make you want to return to Romania.
Book a private trip for two days and you will see the most spectacular caves in Romania.
Ask Your Friends
We hope to have convinced you that Nicolas Experience Tours is what you need when you want to escape from the world and recharge your batteries through cultural and sensory enrichment.
To enjoy our experiential concept tours, which can be personalized to your preferences, all you have to do is enter the vacation reservation module for Romania, Moldavian Republic and even Bulgaria (in limited areas) and tell us the duration of your trip and number of friends you want to bring along. You can choose between one-day or two-day trips, or more, and a wide array of theme tours, such as::
Historical Tours in Romania
Castles of Romania Tour
Adventure Tours in Romania
Museum Tours in Bucharest/Romania
Moldavian Monasteries Tour, Romania
Shopping Tours in Romania
Culinary Tours in Romania
Black Sea Tours
Romanian lakes Tour
Romanian waterfalls Tour
Danube Delta Tours
Photo Tours in Romania
Medieval Tours in Romania
By visiting us, you will discover the last virgin forests in Europe, remarkable natural reservations and find out why Prince Charles has acquired so many properties here and why he spends so much time in Romania.
You will also learn what great movies stars look for when they come to film in Romania, what restaurants and clubs they like, and where people like Nicolas Cage prefer to lodge.
The Price Does Include
- Private car (Turism or Minibus) only for you and your friends/family
- Great flexibility regarding changes to the daily itinerary even after the start of the tour
- A private, licensed English, Italian and French speaking guide/driver, available throughout the tour
- Private transportation in air conditioned car
- Complimentary wireless internet access in the car, so that you can stay in touch with your loved ones even while traveling
- All car expenses, such as gasoline, parking and road tolls
- All taxes
The Price Does Not Include
- Photo fees (some sights require the payment of a fee for allowing you to take pictures – they are mostly inexpensive, around 2 or 3 euro/sight)
- Meals and beverages other than those ofered before you agree the tour or trip
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Gratuities for your guide
Frequently Asked Questions
The questions below are in most cases extracted from our correspondence with our clients. Have a look, maybe the question forming in your mind right now has been answered already, and you haven’t even had a chance to ask it!
Where do the tours start?
Our tours start in either Sofia (Bulgaria) or Bucharest (Romania). Both cities have well-connected international airports. However, we can also customise the tours to start in a different city, if that better suits your flight arrangements. Alternative airports include Varna or Burgas (in Bulgaria) or Sibiu, Cluj Napoca, Iasi and Targu Mures (in Romania).
What are the departure dates?
We do not have set departure dates. All our tours are private and organised on request. The dates when you start and end the tour are entirely up to you.
I like one of the tours, but I’d like to make some changes to the itinerary. Is it possible?
Of course. All our tours are customisable. We can make changes to one itinerary, join 2 itineraries together, or you can just tell us about the places you want to see, and we’ll make a whole new itinerary just for you! Customising a tour comes at no extra charge.
I would like to change some of the hotels that come with the tour. Can I do that?
Definitely. The hotels are always up to you. We can upgrade the standard selection of hotels, or if you are on a budget, we can also offer cheaper accommodation options.
I see that in most cases, only breakfast is included. Why is that?
Having meals included means that you would have to be at a certain restaurant at a certain time just so that you don’t miss a pre-booked meal. This takes away from one of the great advantages of a private tour: flexibility. Not having a restaurant pre-booked gives you great freedom to set your own pace each day, add or skip some sights as you go, etc.
To ensure maximum flexibility throughout your trip, meals are usually planned as you go. Your guide knows the best restaurants in each area you travel through and will make suggestions based on the kind of meal you’d like to have.
The meals we include are the ones that come with an important cultural element: home-cooked meals where you can interact with locals, lunches at homes of artists where you learn more about a specific form of art, or refreshments such as the ones offered during the home visit with the Gypsy family.
Do your tours include any insurance related services?
No. We recommend to all of our clients to carry a medical insurance that would cover any health-related costs that might incur while on the trip. Insurance for trip interruption and lost/stolen luggage is also recommended.
Do I have to pay for the guide’s meals?
No. The guide will have a meal allowance, which will cover his meals. Furthermore, the guide will only join you for meals if you ask him to – if you’d rather be on your own for lunch and/or dinner, that is perfectly fine.
How about changes of itinerary on the fly? Can we do that?
Changes on the fly can be done to a certain extent. You can always choose to skip a meal or a sight, or swap for a totally different sight altogether. Alterations of itinerary that imply hotel changes are subject to rooms availability. Also, please note that in the case of last minute hotel cancellations, sometimes the hotel may charge late-cancellation penalties which can be up to 100% of the reservation cost. Additional costs generated by on-the-fly changes will be billed separately.
The Private Trip Map
This itinerary is indicative and subject to change over time, so please consider the reference which you will receive in the offer, after you have requested tour or excursion that.
We say this because, so the trip to the caves, and walk on Transfagarasan are accessible only certain months of the year.