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Cultural tours - Wooden Culture in the Carpathian Mountains: Maramureş

Christmas in Maramures



The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta


Traditional clothes worn in Maramures


Steam train of the workers in forestry in Maramures

        In the Northwest of Romania, aside the cities, there are some of the most unaltered regions. So, for instance, the endless forests but also the villages with high wooden churches, which remind of Scandinavia. Characteristic for Maramures are the beautiful sculpted wooden gates, the colourful traditional costumes, still worn, and the peaceful, hectic-free life of the people, a piece of lost Paradise, especially for those taking a great interest into ethnography.

1st Day: Bucharest - Sibiu
Arrival on Bucharest’s Otopeni Airport. Pick-up by our guide and driver and transfer to Sibiu. Overnight accommodation: in the best Hotel in Sibiu
2nd Day: Sibiu - Baia Mare
Short sightseeing tour through the centre of Sibiu, with the Bruckenthal Museum and the Lutheran Church. Drive to Sebeş and Alba Iulia, one of the most important cities for Romanians, then to Cluj, Transylvania’s Capital City. Sightseeing tour in Cluj. Further to Baia Mare. Overnight accommodation: in the best Hotel in Baia Mare.
3rd Day: Surdeşti and the Monastery Rohia
After the breakfast, time enough, to explore the region of Maramureş with its big forests. We visit the well preserved wooden churches of Plopiş and Surdeşti, and find out about the Greek-Catholics, Christians, who were not allowed to practice during the communist time. In the villages we see the nicely carved gates and timber buildings. A short trip brings us to the monastery to Rohia, where a well-known Dissident had found refuge during communist time.
4th Day: The Merry Cemetery and Sighet
A particularity of the area is the Merry Cemetery of Săpânţa, at the border to the Ukraine. In the famous prison of Sighet, there were imprisoned by the communist regime the most important Romanian politicians of the time between the two World Wars. Overnight accommodation: a small, but nice hotel in Sighet.
5th Day: Iza valley
Visits an unbelievably rich private art collection in Sighet. Drive through the Iza valley, with the visit of the wooden churches at Rozavlea and Ieud, the most beautiful and the oldest wooden church of the Maramures. Trekking possibility between Ieud and Botiza. Overnight accommodation: Little, but nice hotel in Vişeu.
6th Day: Vişeu - Târgu Mureş
Heading south, we reach the area inhabited by the Szekely, a branch of the Magyars and one of the minorities of Romania. In Târgu Mureş we shall visit the Teleki Library, that hosts a copy of the American Declaration of Independence and the Ethnographic Museum. Overnight accommodation: in the best Hotel in Târgu Mureş.
7th Day: Târgu Mureş - Bucharest
Through Sighişoara, the only inhabited medieval citadel in Romania, and Braşov, where we will visit the old centre, to Bucharest. Overnight accommodation: in the best Hotel in Bucharest.
8th Day: End of the tour
Time to say good-bye, as our journey draws to an end. Transfer to the International Airport of Bucharest.

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