Welcome to Sighetu Marmaţiei


Sighetu Marmaţiei, first documented in 1334, was also an important Jewish settlement until the spring of 1944, when most of the Jews were transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. After WWII the communist government established one of the country’s most notorious prisons here, for dissidents, intellectuals and anyone else who could challenge the regime. It is now a memorial museum and one of the city’s most important tourist sights.


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$549.86 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.

$447.76 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Maramures & Bucovina best of (4 days, from Cluj)

Day 1Departure from Cluj at 8 am, heading for Maramures. Positioned in North-Western part of Romania, in a mountain area, Maramures is a very special area, renowned for the living traditions, amazing haystacks landscape, colorful clothing, party music and wooden architecture. Stop on the way to visit the wooden church of Surdesti, the tallest of all eight wooden churches included in the UNESCO heritage list. Take a walk in the best preserved traditional village in Maramures and have lunch with the locals. Continue with the visit of another UNESCO wooden church (Desesti or Budesti). Dinner with the locals and accommodation a guesthouse.(lunch and dinner included, breakfast not included)Day 2After breakfast, visit the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, an unusually colorful spot, unexpectedly reflecting the love for live of the locals, and a traditional dowry room. Continue the journey with the visit of the Communist Resistance Memorial Museum in Sighetu Marmatiei. Have lunch with a local family and visit some craftsmen and a third wooden church. Dinner with the locals and accommodation in a guesthouse.(breakfast, lunch and dinner included)Day 3Breakfast and departure for Bucovina. Located in North-Eastern part of Romania, in a mountain area, Bucovina is the region on painted monasteries by definition. Melting pot of over 11 different ethnic groups, Bucovina has much more to offer though: amazing landscapes, colorful houses, well preserved Hutsul traditions and warmhearted people.Stop in Ciocanesti to see the traditional decorated houses. Lunch on the way. Visit the painted monastery of Moldovita, famous for it’s Siege of Constantinople freco scene. As decorating the Easter egg is an ancient Hutsul tradition that you must not miss, you’ll have the chance to assist at such a demonstration. Continue the journey with the visit of the most complete and best preserved of the painted monasteries: Sucevita. If you’re looking for spiritual perfection, you may find inspiration here, watching the ‘Ladder of Virtues’ fresco scene.Dinner with the locals and accommodation in a rural guesthouse.(breakfast and dinner included, lunch not included)Day 4After breakfast, visit Cacica salt mine, in the heart of the Polish inhabited micro-region of Bucovina. Continue with the Voronet painted monastery, the most famous of all eight painted monasteries included in UNESCO heritage.Get back to Cluj in late afternoon.(breakfast included, lunch and dinner not included)

$1322.41 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Week Private Tour of Romania from Bucharest

ITINERARY:Day 1. `Henri Coanda` International Airport - Bucharest: Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your licensed national tour guide who will transfer you to the hotel (check in).Day 2. Private Tour of Bucharest: Discover the story of the city and its main attractions. Later, visit the Village Museum and the historical center (good place to have lunch).Day 3. A day in the Carpathian Mountains: Enjoy visiting Peles and the local monastery Sinaia. Drive to Brasov and check-in.Day 4: Bran and Brasov: After breakfast departure to Bran Castle. The day continues with a visit of the most important city in the area, Brasov: see the St. Nicholas Church and First Romanian School; The Black Church and Main Square. After the tour, return to the hotel.Day 5: Complete Private Tour of Sighisoara: Morning check-out from Brasov. Our direction is towards the heart of Transylvania making our first stop to Biertan Fortified Church. Travel to Sighisoara, visiting the fortified town. One night is spent at the hotel in Sighisoara.Day 6: Panoramic view of Transylvania and Bukovina: Breakfast followed by early departure to Bukovina. Take some time to relax in the center of Targu Mures and Bistrita. Arrival in Gura Humorului for 2 night stay.Day 7: Painted Churches of Bukovina: Visit Voronet, Moldovita and Sucevita monasteries. Before returning to the hotel, take a look at Marginea workshop and souvenir shop.Day 8: From Bukovina to Maramures: It’s time to Travel to the UNESCO wooden churches in Maramures. The northern-most point on the tour is Sighetu Marmatiei, close to the Ukrainian border. Visit of the Memorial Museum. Accommodation in Sighetu Marmatiei for 2 nights.Day 9: Tour of Maramures: Sightseeing in Maramures County includes Sapanta Merry Cemetery, Surdesti and Budesti wooden churches. Short stop in Baia Mare.Day 10: City tour of Cluj-Napoca: After breakfast drive from Maramures towards Cluj-Napoca. City tour of Cluj-Napoca and check-in at a centrally located hotel.Day 11: A cultural tour of Transylvania: Morning departure towards Sibiu. On the way, visit Alba Iulia. In the evening pedestrian tour in Sibiu and accommodation for two nights at 3* Ibis Sibiu.Day 12: Complete tour of Sibiu: Discover Astra Village Museum placed inside Dumbrava forest. After lunch and souvenir time, short drive to Sibiel village for a visit at the Glass Icon Museum and traditional Romanian farewell dinner at a local farm house.Day 13: Airport transfer: On the last day we will leave Transylvania and take a beautiful journey through Olt Valley; stop to visit two important sanctuaries of our orthodox faith: Cozia Monastery and Curtea de Arges. Transfer back to ‘Henri Coanda’ airport in Otopeni close to the capital.