Explore the north of Romania in a 6-day tour and discover two of the most beautiful and well-preserved historical regions of the country: Maramures and Bukovina. This is the best opportunity to discover Romanian folklore together with the popular Painted Monasteries of Bukovina and Wooden Churches of Maramures, as well as other monuments included in the UNESCO Patrimony.
Day 1 | Welcome to Cluj-Napoca! Your tour guide will pick you up from the airport, and throughout the city tour you will visit some of the best landmarks in Cluj, such as St. Michael’s Church, the Banffy Palace and its Museum of Arts, the Mirror Street, and the Cluj-Napoca Botanical Garden.Day 2 | On your second day you will start discovering the beautiful region of Maramureş with the Wooden Church from Surdesti. A narrow road will then lead us to Breb, where you will discover the famous wooden gates of Maramures, carefully carved and decorated by local craftsmen. We will then take a walk through the quiet streets of the village, meet some of the locals that preserved the local crafts for hundreds of years, and enjoy lunch in a traditional household.Next, we will be heading to the Memorial of the Victims of Communism, where we will get acquainted with the dark side of the Romanian communist regime. Our last destination for the day is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world, the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta. Craftsman and artist Dumitru Pop, internationally renowned for his work, will introduce us to the Romanian art of wood carving.Day 3 | How about a chance to discover the scenic landscape of northern Romania on a delightful ride with a small steam train called the shepherdess? The steam locomotive pulls the train along the banks of a mountain river, through an untamed landscape, where there are no hints of modern life.Next, your day tour continues with a visit two of the famous Wooden Churches of Maramures: Ieud and Poienile Izei. You will spend the afternoon at one of the most famous sculptors in Maramures and visit the workshop where Mr. Barsan breathes life into his work. We will then head to the last landmark for the day, the Barsana Monastery. At night, we will enjoy a dinner with folkloric show in Sighetu Marmatiei.Day 4 | Our journey around northern Romania continues with a trip to Bukovina. Here, you’ll find out more about the local traditions of Romania and you’ll discover one of Romania's national heritage sites, the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina. On your first day in Bukovina, you will visit the Moldovita Monastery, included on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1993.Day 5 | The first visit of the day will be at the Sucevita Monastery. Not far from Sucevita is the only place in Europe and the second in the world where black pottery is produced, the Marginea Black Pottery Workshop.Your guided tour continues with a visit to Romania’s most renowned monastery: Voronet. Your painted monasteries tour will then come to an end, and we will drive to Gura Humorului, where we will have the chance to visit one of the best craftsmen in the production of traditional clothing from Bukovina.Day 6 | Departure to Cluj.