Benefits

Experience the local living by spending the night in a traditional guesthouse, all on a private tour.

Two-days Maramures tour

Discover the part of Romania that keeps holding to its heritage, the land where culture, traditions, and the peasant life are still untouched

Trip Activities

local culture & cusine

Have a complete Romanian experience

churches

Discover Wooden Churches of Maramures, included in the UNESCO Patrimony

villages

Visit Breb, one of the best-preserved villages in Romania

Itinerary

Arrival in Maramures and trip to Breb village

You’ll be leaving Cluj-Napoca at 09:00, after your guide picks you up at your hotel, and head out of the city towards the north. The drive to Maramures is a little over 3 hours, and your first stop is at a wooden church built in the seventeenth century. These wooden churches were designed not by just peasants, but talented and skillful artisans specialized in building ample log structures with well-joined walls. The wooden church in Calinesti keeps the original paintings from the 1700s made by one of the most famous painters of Maramures in the eighteenth century.

 

Next, you will visit Breb, a beautiful village first mentioned in 1715. You will have time to uncover Breb's scenic surroundings by taking a guided walk around the village. Breb is an authentic traditional village where people still go to the church on Sundays dressed in their traditional Romanian clothes.

 

In the village, you will visit these artisans that preserved their arts and crafts from the Middle Ages. The dinner is included in the tour, and tonight you will try some of the most authentic dishes from the village life.

 

Your accommodation is in a traditional guesthouse in Breb village.

Merry Cemetery and wooden churches of Maramures

The second day starts at 9 AM with a drive to Merry Cemetery – this unique and peculiar cemetery where all the crosses are carefully decorated and hand-carved.  When someone passes away, on the tombstone normally you can only find their name and the words “Rest in peace” maybe. However, this cemetery brings back all kinds of truths (good or bad) about the deceased, lyrics being sculpted on the colorful wooden crosses.

 

The first tombstone in the cemetery that started this tradition was sculpted by Stan Ioan Patras local craftsman and woodcarver, in 1935. Today, the cemetery has more than 800 colorful wooden crosses, with epitaphs such as:

"Underneath this heavy cross

 

Lies my poor mother-in-law

 

Three more days she would have lived

 

I'd be here and she would read

 

You, who here are passing by

 

Not to wake her up please try

 

Cause if she comes back home

 

She will criticize me more.

 

But I will surely behave

 

So she'll not return from the grave

 

Stay here, my dear mother-in-law!"

 

The highlights of the day are the most famous wooden churches in Maramures: Barsana and Poienile Izei, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Barsana is the most popular pilgrimage destination in Maramures, with the tallest wooden church in the country – 57 meters tall.  Poienile Izei church is unique thanks to some of the most dramatic and best-preserved frescoes of hell of all the wooden churches.

 

Furthermore, you will be introduced to the most natural and ecological washing machines, Valtori. The river whirlpools are used as actually washing machines, and the locals are still washing their wool made rugs inside them.

 

As Romania is well known for the Carpathian Mountains, beautiful landscapes with forests, waterfalls, and gorges, on your way back to Cluj, our guide will stop to admire these magnificent landscapes.

 

Your drop-off point in Cluj-Napoca depends on your travel plans and might be at the airport, a hotel for an additional overnight (not included) or train station.

 

What's included

  •   Hotel pick-up and drop off
  •   Accommodation for 1 night in a traditional guest house
  •   Private English speaking guide
  •   Entrance fees for the sights included
  •   Workshop wood carving art
  •   1 lunch with fresh eco products and 1 dinner with fresh eco products
  •   Transport by private car/coach

 

What's not included

  •   Airline tickets
  •   Travel insurance
  •   Meals, other than mentioned in the itinerary and alcoholic beverages
  •   Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  •   Photography Fees
  •   Tips for guide/driver
  •   Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs etc.

Good to know

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  • Special notes

    During the tour, if any attraction cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control, the attraction will be replaced on-site.

  • Accomodation

    You will stay in a 3-star traditional guesthouse.

    For each city, we chose the best available option in terms of quality.

  • Departure

    You will be picked up from your hotel at 09:00 AM.

We recommend

Although Romania has a unique beauty in each season, for this tour we recommend:

Two-days Maramures tour from Cluj-Napoca

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