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9 days guided cultural tour across Transylvania, Maramures
tour in Transylvania the land beyond the forests
(from the latin "Ultra silvam"), a land of
beauty and wonders. Its very name conjures up visions
of thickly forested peaks, sweet waved valleys and sparkling
streams, visions of high-roofed wooden churches, medieval
towns, mysterious castles and a troubled history.
Maramures, abode of culture and civilisation, which
has carved in wood its own history, is the place where
traditions, popular garb and art are preserved like
nowhere else in Romania. During the tour in the Maramures
you will uncover a huge open-air museum. Daily life
of the Maramures village is a real return in time.
A cradle of old civilisation, where history blends with
legend, Bucovina is known for its famous painted monasteries
- UNESCO patrimony: Moldovita, Sucevita, Voronet, Humor.
As to the architectonic and historical aspects, the
monasteries of Putna and Dragomirna are not of less
invite you to join our tour across Transylvania, Maramures
in Romania - Transylvania
in Cluj and transfer to the 3* hotel - welcome dinner
in a traditional restaurant.
from Transylvania to Maramures
Cluj Napoca- Beclean - Salva - Sacel - Maramures (200
Discover Cluj, the most important cultural center in Transylvania.
Tour of the city - an occasion to appreciate the richness
of the Gothic and Baroque architecture of the old town
center: the Pharmacy Museum, the Orthodox and Catholic
Cathedrals. Lunch in a restaurant and drive to the Maramures,
following the road through the Salauta Valley. Stop and
visit the wooden church in Dragomiresti.
Dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in a village
in Iza Valley in Maramures.
fascination of the Maramures
Botiza - Sieu - Sighetu Marmatiei
- Sapanta - Botiza (150 km)
Visit an artisan's workshop of handmade rugs dyed with
vegetal colors - you may buy them there directly from
Discover the cultural richness of the Maramures: the unique
"Merry Cemetery" of Sapanta, with its wooden
sculpted and painted crosses and the wooden carved gates
from Iza Valley. Lunch in a restaurant in Sighetu Marmatiei,
then visit The Memorial Museum of the Victims of Communism
and of the Resistance, located in a former political prison.
Drive to Barsana and visit the new Monastery settlement.
time till evening - discover the local life.
Festive dinner with local traditional musicians"ceterasi"
and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Maramures.
of Romania from
Maramures to Bucovina
Botiza - Ieud - Sacel - Borsa
- Iacobeni - Campulung Moldovenesc - Vama (250 km)
Visit the village of Ieud and the local wooden churchin
the valley, dating from 1718.
Drive to Borsa. Lunch or picnic lunch in Borsa. Drive
to Prislop Pass, the passage between the Maramures and
Bucovina. Here takes place every
August a great festival of traditional popular Romanian
in place at that period, visit a local sheepfold. Drive
and short stop to visit the village of Ciocanesti, famous
for its outwalls painted houses - an emblem of Bucovina.
Dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Bucovina.
Bucovina painted monasteries and traditions
Vama - Voronet - Sucevita - Marginea
- Moldovita - Vama (130 km)
Visit of the painted monasteries: Voronet (surnamed the
Sistine Chapel of the East, which is the most famous of
the monasteries of Bucovina) and Sucevita. Each monastery
is painted in a specific colour: blue for Voronet and
green for Sucevita. Visit the village of Marginea, famous
for its black pottery renowned to date back to the ancient
Dacian (pre-Roman) period.
in a rural guesthouse. Drive to Moldovita Monastery. After
visit, meet a craftsman who decorates Easter eggs, with
a chance to try out your own decorating talents.
Back for dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse.
from Bucovina to multicultural Transylvania
Vama - Falticeni - Targu Neamt - Izvorul Muntelui - Bicaz
- Gheorgheni (250 km)
Drive to Lazarea, along the lake Izvorul Muntelui (the
Spring of the Mountain) - 48 km long. Stop for lunch in
a restaurant on the shore of the lake. Continue to Lazarea
passing through the Bicaz Gorges, with spectacular limestone
walls. Occasion to walk along the road, in the thundering
of the Bicaz river. You may also see lots of handcrafters,
selling their products in the gorges. By the evening arrival
to the Sicule's County. Dinner and overnight in a 3* Gheorgheni
- an occasion to discover the local rich gastronomy.
Transylvanian Szekler heritage
Gheorgheni - Lazarea - Joseni - Praid - Corund - Sighisoara
Visit the village of Lazarea - the Castle of the Counts
Lazar, the Franciscan Monastery and the open-air Modern
Arts Museum. Drive to Praid to explore the historical
salt mine. Lunch in a restaurant in Praid.
On the way to Sighisoara, stop in Corund, one of the most
representative Hungarian pottery centres in Transylvania.
Dominant colours of the pottery are blue, red, green and
yellow, with lots of stylised flower representations.
Visit a small pottery workshop, where you may purchase
items directly from the producer.
to Sighisoara. Dinner and overnight in a 3* hotel in Sighisoara
in the center of the medieval fortress on the hill.
Transylvanian Saxons history
Sighisoara - Biertan - Medias - Tarnaveni - Targu Mures
- Cluj (180 km)
In the morning, tour medieval Sighisoara (to its Saxon
founders, "Schassburg"), an imposing fortified
hilltop town dominating the valley below. Then drive to
Biertan to visit one of the biggest Saxon fortresses in
Lunch in a restaurant in Medias. Drive to Cluj, one of
the biggest economic centres of Transylvania, with old
traditions of culture, research and education.
dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight in a 3*
hotel in Cluj.
it's time to remember Transylvania, Bucovina and the Maramures
Free time for city sightseeing and last shopping in Cluj-Napoca.
You will have the chance to discover a traditional peasant
Transfer to the airport or railway station for departure.
days / 8 nights / about 1300 km
guesthouses (private bathrooms) and hotels
Rates do not apply during Easter, Chrismas and the
New Year period.
2. According to the opening hours for some visited
sites (e.g. museums), this programme can be applied
as it is if Day 1 is Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
If Day 1 differs, some visits or activities of the
tour of Romania will be replaced consequently.
3. Price does not include: extra taxes for cameras
and filming (requested in some places - e.g. the monasteries),
personal drinks off the boarding, tips (optional).
HIDDEN TREASURES OF ROMANIA TOUR RATES
lodging: 5 nights in rural guesthouses, 3 nights
in hotels (on a double room basis occupancy)
- boarding: full board (as specified in the programme)
- entry tickets for the visits included in the
- transport and transfers in Romania by car, minibus
- all road and parking taxes
- transport of luggage
- English speaking attested tour guide
- all taxes
on request for other group sizes and discounts for
children under 12