Welcome to Maramureş

Medieval Maramureş exists in the Mara and Iza Valleys and eight of their churches are on Unesco’s list of World Heritage sites. Among the best are Deseşti in the former and Poienile Izei in the latter, not just for their architecture but for their well-preserved interior wall paintings.

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$926.69 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8 Day Classic Romania tour with Transylvania and Maramures

Day 1Welcome to Romania! We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel, where you will check in. Your experience in Romania starts with a city tour of Bucharest.Day 2In the morning, we will take a trip to two of Romania’s most important religious settlements, Curtea de Arges Monastery and Cozia Monastery. We will then leave for Sibiu, where we will take a city tour and discover its most important touristic attractions.Day 3Our day begins with a trip to Sibiel, the rural replica of Sibiu. Here, you will take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and you will get to experience the local life. We will then visit Alba Iulia, a city which is home to Romania’s largest fortification, the Alba Carolina Fortress. Next, we will visit the Turda Salt Mine, the most spectacular underground theme park in the world, carved in a salt mine with hundreds of meters of galleries. Our journey takes us to Cluj-Napoca, where we will spend the night.Day 4On the fourth day, we will take a city tour of Cluj-Napoca, a city dominated by Baroque architecture. We will then head North-West to Maramures, an „open-air museum”. We will start exploring this beautiful region in Breb, a village whose traditional houses and wooden church is included in the UNESCO Patrimony. Afterwards, we will visit the Merry Cemetery, and we will enjoy a traditional Romanian dinner and a folkloric show in Săpânța.Day 5Today we will continue exploring Maramureș with a visit to two of its Wooden Churches included in the UNESCO Patrimony: Poienile Izei and Bârsana. After our visit, we will enjoy some delicious local products before heading back to Transylvania.Day 6In the morning, we will head to the Bierțan Fortified Church, one of Transylvania’s most remarkable monastic settlements. Our tour continues with a visit to Sighișoara, the only medieval fortress within the UNESCO Patrimony that is still inhabited. Our day will end with a visit to the traditional villages of Saschiz and Viscri. Day 7The 7th day of our tour begins in the medieval city of Brașov, where we will visit its most popular attractions: The Black Church, the Rope Street, and the Council Square. We will then head to Bran in search of Dracula, at Bran Castle. In the second part of the day we will head for Azuga for a wine tasting session, and our day will end with a tour of the royal Peles Castle in Sinaia.Day 8Departure.

$1421.54 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Active holiday in Maramures and Bucovina

The tour starts with the pick up in Cluj Napoca, at your hotel. You will be transported by minivan on the whole duration of the tour. The itinerary is: Day 1: Meeting in Cluj and pick up – drive to Breb village in Maramures. Different activities in Breb for the rest of the day: walking, visits at craftsmen, at distilleries. Accommodation at a nice guesthouse in Breb. Breakfast includedDay 2: Breb – visits at traditional wooden churches, hiking circuit in the nearby villages to observe how people live, visits at craftsmen. Biking is possible as well if people want. Accommodation at a nice guesthouse in Breb. Breakfast includedDay 3: Breb – hiking up to Creasta Cocosului – another possible hike to the beautiful Taurile Chendroaiei. Accommodation at a nice guesthouse in Breb. Breakfast includedDay 4: Breb – drive to the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta and also visit to Barsana Monastery. Another option is to drive to Viseu de sus to take the slow tream train and get back to Breb in the evening. This train activitiy takes up the whole day. Accommodation at a nice guesthouse in Breb. Breakfast includedDay 5: Breb – drive to Ciocanesti village in Bucovina (because of the painted houses in the village it is like a museum in open space) – visit at beautiful orthodox monasteries – drive to Paltinu or Moldovita village. Accommodation at a nice guesthouse in Paltinu or Moldovita. Breakfast includedDay 6: Full day of exploring Bucovina: visit at the museum of painted eggs, hiking, meeting with locals and observing crafts etc. Accommodation at a nice guesthouse in Paltinu or Moldovita. Breakfast includedDay 7: Again full day of exploring Bucovina: drive at Voronet monastery, hiking, sightseeing. Accommodation at a nice guesthouse in Paltinu or Moldovita. Breakfast includedDay 8: Drive back to Cluj and drop off

$992.04 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Days Transylvania & Wooden Churches of Maramures from Bucharest

Day 1: Bucharest–Curtea de arges–Sibiu (B)Set out in the morning towards Transylvania region. On your way will stop at Curtea de Arges Monastery.If the weather allows it make your way towards Sibiu city through Transfagarasan Road. Reach in the afternoon in Sibiu where you will do a walking tour of this magical city.Please note that between the period of June-October Transfgarasan Road is open.If the Transfagarasan Road is closed the alternative route of Olt Valley River Road will be used.Overnight in Sibiu. Day 2: Sibiu–Alba-Iulia–Corvin castle–Breb Village(B)After breakfast set out for Alba Iulia city to visit a well preserved town.After Alba Iulia head for the medieval Corvin Castle, one of the most emblematic castle for this region. Reach in the afternoon the region of Maramures in Breb Village. Have a traditional Wooden House for the accommodation.Enjoy a traditional dinner.Overnight in Breb Village.Day 3: Maramures excursion (B)After breakfast set out in the morning for your Maramures excursion. You will first go at the local whirpool to see how the locals where washing their clothes and rugs.Head for the Wood Carventer, one of the few craftsmen of the area that will offer an idea of how wood carventing is done in Maramures.Reach Dragomiresti Museum and do not forget to also pass at Ieud wooden church.End your day at the Merry Cemetery.Enjoy a traditional dinner.Overnight in Breb Village.Day 4: Breb-Sighisoara(B)Set out in the morning from your accommodation from Maramures and head back to Transylvania.Discover a fairytale town that still holds that medieval air of the place. Tour the Old Town and see the Clock Tower, Scholars Stair and Church on the Hill.Overnight in Sighisoara.Day 5: Sighisoara–Biertan–Brasov(B)This is more of a leisure day as you are going to travel from Sighisoara to Brasov. On the way you will first stop at Biertan Fortified Church and then head for Brasov where you will be enjoying a walking tour of the city to find out the history of this place.In the evening enjoy time at leisure.Overnight in Brasov.Day 6: Brasov–Prejmer–Rasnov–Brasov(B)Enjoy your warm breakfast in the morning and then set out for Prejmer fortified church. Later on head for Rasnov Citadel to discover a well preserved citadel upon a hill. Overnight in Brasov.Day 7: Brasov – Bran – Peles – Bucharest(B)In the morning you will head for Bran castle aka Dracula’s castle to discover this medieval castle. Tour the inside and find out the connection with the vampires.Reach the Peles Palace in Sinaia where you are going to visit the inside.In the afternoon reach Bucharest.End of service.

$245.09 Cultural & Theme Tours

Maramures & Transylvania Costum Tour - Nature, History and Multiculturalism

Usually we do not offer standard / prepared in advance tours, as agencies do in general, that doesn’t mean that we cannot perform them, it’s just that we have a different approach. Depending on available time and the area of main interest we suggest itineraries and objectives of possible tours in an efficient traveling manner. This is usually backed up by the priorities and the touristic objectives already in mind of the travelers. We just prepared a short list of such possibilities, including some of the particularities, main objectives. Maramures:- Sighetu Marmatiei: The Village Museum (open air), Ellie Wiesel Memorial House,  the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Memorial Museum of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance (actually it is a communist jail transformed intro a museum) - Baia Mare: it has been a human settlement for the past 2000 years.The city has a charming old center lined with dining places and cafés. - Wooden Churches, Monasteries and country side: Bârsana, The Church of Ieud (built in the 14'th century), probably the oldest church in Maramureș, and other UNESCO Heritage wooden churches and buildings in Șurdești, Rogoz, Desești, Poienile Izei, Budești, Sarbi. - Nature:The Horses’ Waterfall in Rodnei Mountains surrounded by a breathtaking scenario and tranquility; The Nature Reserve of Pietrosu Rodnei (2303 m), glacier lakes; Ocna Șugatag: located in the Mara River Valley, it is popular for its salty mineral waters which provide health benefits; The Prislop Pass - the highest mountain pass in the country (1416 m). - Hidden gems: we are proud of our non-mainstream approach. So, while we will not fail to include the attractions above on our itineraries, we typically try to deviate from standard Maramureș tours. In other words, we won’t take you where it’s easier to get or where you should go just because everyone says so. You’re absolutely free to choose the destinations and the routes that you desire. We will, of course, offer you support and suggestions to help you make your choices. Besides popular tourist sites, and city touring, we always try to show our clients the rural paradise of Maramureș. In this region, there are plenty lovely villages where you can explore the authentic Romanian lifestyle and get closer to nature and even to God. Some of these villages have become quite renowned in recent years, so you can expect to see other visitors around. Others, which are less popular and populated, will help you immerse in a tranquil and pleasant ambience where time seems to stand still. Transylvania:- City tour in Cluj Napoca - Salt mine in Turda - Medieval town of Sighisoara - Citadel in Alba Iulia - Corvin Castle, Hunedoara Particularities: very well preserved rural life, traditional villages, welcoming people, and spectacular mountain landscapes + multicultural urban atmosphere.

$555.54 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Classic Northern Heritage Tour from Cluj

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.

$168.06 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Maramures 2-Day Cultural Experience from Cluj

You will be picked up from your hotel by our guide and you will drive north, towards Maramures, a land whose existence can be traced back to 1199. There, we will step through a beautiful hand-carved wooden door to enter Breb, a village created by skilled carpenters, where every wooden carving has an important cultural or historical significance. Here we will enjoy a delicious Romanian lunch and spend the night in a traditional house. The best place to discover the traditions of Maramures is in the homes of the locals. They are the cornerstone around which family, customs, and traditions revolve. Here, you will witness several crafting activities such as wood carving and have a taste of the famous traditional drink, palinca, while having a chat with the locals. After discovering the dark humor of the Merry Cemetery, we will get a look at the spiritual side of Maramures and we will visit some of the most interesting monasteries and churches in the region, such as the famous wooden churches, hand-carved by local craftsmen. We will also take a trip to the Whirlpools of Maramures, the most ingenious natural washing machine in the world, where to this day women wash their woolen rugs. In order to end the tour properly, we will take some time to admire the stunning landscapes and untouched nature of the land. Strambu Baiut is the last virgin secular forest in Maramures, and one of the few left in Europe. The forest is untouched by humans and the trees that die there fall to the ground and feed the earth for the next generations. The forest houses over 10.000 species of plants and animals, including brown bears, wolves, deer and trees that are hundreds of years old.

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