Highlights: • 2 wooden churches (UNESCO heritage) • Breb traditional village walk • Merry Cemetery in Sapanta • traditional dowry room • Communist Resistance Memorial Museum in Sighetu Marmatiei • craftsmen visits • traditional decorated houses in Ciocanesti • 3 painted monasteries (UNESCO heritage) • Easter egg decoration • Cacica salt mine • scenic roads across the Carpathian Mountains Small-group format ensures a personalized experience.
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)