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HIDDEN TREASURES OF ROMANIA
9 days guided cultural tour across Transylvania, Maramures and Bucovina


Guided 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 importance.
We invite you to join our tour across Transylvania, Maramures and Bucovina.

HIGHLIGHTS
* Merry Cemetery in Sapanta
* Maramures wooden churches
* Painted Monasteries in Bucovina
* Bicaz Gorges
* Medieval town of Sighisoara

OUR EVALUATION
Culture*****
Nature***
Comfort***
Human contacts****
Climbing and walking skills*

 

ROMANIA TOUR TRANSYLVANIA
Day 1
Tour in Romania - Transylvania
Arrival in Cluj and transfer to the 3* hotel - welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant.



ROMANIA TOUR TRANSYLVANIA


 

Day 2ROMANIA TOUR  MARAMURES
Tour of Romania from Transylvania to Maramures
Cluj Napoca- Beclean - Salva - Sacel - Maramures (200 km)

Breakfast. 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.

ROMANIA TOUR MARAMURES

 

ROMANIA TOUR MARAMURESDay 3
Tour of Romania: fascination of the Maramures
Botiza - Sieu - Sighetu Marmatiei - Sapanta - Botiza (150 km)
Breakfast. Visit an artisan's workshop of handmade rugs dyed with vegetal colors - you may buy them there directly from the artisan.
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.

ROMANIA TOUR SAPANTAFree time till evening - discover the local life.
Festive dinner with local traditional musicians"ceterasi" and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Maramures.



 

ROMANIA TOUR MARAMURESDay 4
Tour of Romania from Maramures to Bucovina
Botiza - Ieud - Sacel - Borsa - Iacobeni - Campulung Moldovenesc - Vama (250 km)
Breakfast. 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 year in August a great festival of traditional popular Romanian dances.

ROMANIA TOUR BUCOVINAIf 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.


 


ROMANIA TOUR BUCOVINADay 5
Tour of Romania Bucovina painted monasteries and traditions
Vama - Voronet - Sucevita - Marginea - Moldovita - Vama (130 km)
Breakfast. 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.

ROMANIA TOUR BUCOVINALunch 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.

 

Day 6ROMANIA TOUR TRANSYLVANIA
Tour of Romania from Bucovina to multicultural Transylvania
Vama - Falticeni - Targu Neamt - Izvorul Muntelui - Bicaz - Gheorgheni (250 km)

Breakfast. 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.

ROMANIA TOUR TRANSYLVANIA


 

ROMANIA TOUR TRANSYLVANIADay 7
Tour of Romania Transylvanian Szekler heritage
Gheorgheni - Lazarea - Joseni - Praid - Corund - Sighisoara (130 km)

Breakfast. 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.


ROMANIA TOUR TRANSILVANIAContinue to Sighisoara. Dinner and overnight in a 3* hotel in Sighisoara in the center of the medieval fortress on the hill.
 

ROMANIA TOUR TRANSYLVANIADay 8
Tour of Romania Transylvanian Saxons history
Sighisoara - Biertan - Medias - Tarnaveni - Targu Mures - Cluj (180 km)

Breakfast. 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 Transylvania.
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.

ROMANIA TOUR BIERTANFarewell dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight in a 3* hotel in Cluj.




ROMANIA TOUR TRANSYLVANIADay 9
Tour of Romania it's time to remember Transylvania, Bucovina and the Maramures
Breakfast. Free time for city sightseeing and last shopping in Cluj-Napoca. You will have the chance to discover a traditional peasant market.
Transfer to the airport or railway station for departure.

 


Duration / length 9 days / 8 nights / about 1300 km
Lodging rural guesthouses (private bathrooms) and hotels
Notes 1. 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).

2017 HIDDEN TREASURES OF ROMANIA TOUR RATES
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
PERIOD
PRICE/
PERS
SGLE
SUPPL
PRICE INCLUDES
2

(private tour)
all year
long
1395 EUR
155 EUR
- 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 programme
- transport and transfers in Romania by car, minibus or coach
- all road and parking taxes
- transport of luggage
- English speaking attested tour guide
- all taxes
8

(constitued
groups)
all year
long
785 EUR
155 EUR
845 EUR
155 EUR
Quotation on request for other group sizes and discounts for children under 12