Maramures and Bukovina Tour | Discover the lands of medieval churches and present-day craftsmen
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Holiday TypeMulti-Day Tours
Activity Level Leisurely
Visit Romania and discover two of its best-preserved regions, Bukovina and Maramures.
- Airport Transfer;
- Accommodation for 5 nights with Breakfast in centrally located hotels;
- Private English speaking guide; Entrance fees for the sights included in itinerary;
- Transport by private car;
- Local lunch in Breb;
- Workshop in Maramures;
- Local Living workshop in Bucovina.
- 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;
- Photo tax;
- Tips for guide/driver;
- Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs, etc.
Arrival in Cluj
Welcome to Romanai! Cluj-Napoca, the so-called “treasure town of the Middle-Ages” is the unofficial capital of Transylvania. With one of the most vibrant economies in the country and a population of around 330,000, Cluj, is today one of Romania’s most important cultural and educational centers.
Your tour guide will pick you up from the airport, and throughout the city tour you will visit some of the best landmarks in Cluj, such as St. Michael’s Church, the Banffy Palace and its Museum of Arts, the Mirror Street, and the Cluj-Napoca Botanical Garden.
Overnight in Cluj-Napoca.
Cluj-Napoca – Breb – Sapanta – Sighetu Marmatiei
Today you are going to discover the beautiful region of Maramureş, rich in terms of both traditions and cultural life. Your first visit will be at the Wooden Church from Surdesti, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
A narrow road will then lead us to Breb, a village lost among the hills, with traditional wooden houses lined along the river. Breb is a truly wonderful place, where you can find tranquility and inner peace. The surrounding area is delightful, and it is dominated by the gripping Rooster Crest Peak, part of the volcanic mountains of Gutai. In Breb you will have a chance to see the famous wooden gates of Maramures, carefully carved and decorated by local craftsmen. We will then take a walk through the quiet streets of the village, and we will meet some of the locals that preserve the crafts such as woodworking for hundreds of years, passing them from generation to generation.
Lunch will be served in the most traditional way, in a household with delicious dishes freshly taken from the oven.
Next, we will be heading to the Memorial of the Victims of Communism, where we will get acquainted with the dark side of the Romanian communist regime. After 1945, at the end of the Second World War, the repatriation of Romanians who had been prisoners of war and deportees in the Soviet Union was done through Sighet.
In August 1948, once the communist party consolidated its power in Romania, the Sighet prison was transformed into a prison for the political opponents of the regime. At first, it held a group of students, pupils, and peasants from the Maramureş region. Many of the surviving prisoners are still living in Sighet to this very day.
Our next destination is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world, the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta. Craftsman and artist Dumitru Pop, internationally renowned for his work, will introduce us to the Romanian art of wood carving.
Overnight in Sighetu Marmatiei.
Sighetu Marmatiei – Viseu de Sus – Ieud – Craftsman’s Workshop in Barsana – Sighetu Marmatiei
How about a chance to discover the scenic landscape of northern Romania on a delightful ride with a small steam train called the shepherdess? The small steam train, known in the area under the name of “mocanita”, has been used since 1932 for transporting timber, this being the last forestry railway in Europe. Nowadays the train no longer carries timber, but instead is taking tourists through the Wasser Valley, on the Northern Romanian border, through a barely accessible area (hence the small dimensions of the railroad). The steam locomotive pulls the train along the banks of a mountain river, through an untamed landscape, where there are no hints of modern life.
After riding the steam train, we will make a short stop for lunch in the middle of nature.
Next, your day tour continues with a visit two of the famous Wooden Churches of Maramures, included in the UNESCO Heritage Patrimony: Ieud and Poienile Izei.
You will spend the afternoon at one of the most famous sculptors in Maramures. We will visit the workshop where Mr. Barsan breathes life into his work. The museum is a small wooden house where family trophies, photos, and sculptures of all kinds are displayed.
The last landmark of the day is one of the most famous sites in Maramures, the Barsana Monastery. The holy monastery of Barsana was built as a sign of recognition, to thank God for protecting the people from the 1710 Plague. All the churches are made out of wood, a traditional craft in Maramures. You will be impressed by the perfect stylistic unity and the flawless artistic sense that governs the entire settlement, along the lines of a tradition enriched by creative godliness
Dinner with folkloric show and overnight in Sighetu Marmatiei.
Sighetu Marmatiei – Barsana Monastery – Moldovita – Voronet
Our journey around northern Romania continues early in the morning with a journey through the Carpathian Mountains to the region of Bukovina. Here, you’ll find out more about the local traditions of Romania and you’ll discover one of Romania’s national heritage sites, the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina, that combine Romanian art with the Byzantine spirit. On your first day in Bukovina, you will visit the Moldovita Monastery, included on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1993.
Moldovita Monastery was built between 1532 and 1537. For hundreds of years, the murals were the only means of presenting the teaching of the Bible to those living in the countryside. The frescoes are an immense color illustration of Biblical scenes, adapted to the history of the place and to the important moments in the life of the community.
After the monastery tour, we will head to Gura Humorului in order to check in.
Dinner and overnight in Gura Humorului.
Gura Humorului – Sucevita – Marginea – Voronet – Gura Humorului
The first visit of the day will be at the Sucevita Monastery. The murals of Sucevita are dominated by a shade of green obtained from natural pigments through an ancient technique.
Not far from Sucevita is the only place in Europe and the second in the world where black pottery is produced, the Marginea Black Pottery Workshop. The pottery made here is famous worldwide, shaped by hand by the craftsmen, fired and then polished, also by hand. The black color of the vessels is due to the firing process. This one is carried out according to an ancient technique, transmitted from generation to generation, the secrets which have never left Marginea.
Your guided tour continuesfc with a visit to Romania’s most renowned monastery: Voronet. A jewel of Romania’s heritage, whose frescoes – featuring an intense shade of blue – have become famous throughout the world. The scenes in the murals depict, like a movie, the history of Christianity, presented in an original manner, influenced by folk beliefs, by the Eastern culture, and by the Orthodox thought.
Your painted monasteries tour will come to an end, and we will drive to Gura Humorului, where we will have the chance to visit one of the best craftsmen in the production of traditional clothing from Bukovina. Ms. Andronic will present us ‘ia’, our Romanian traditional blouse, and her workshop.
Overnight in Gura Humorului.
Gura Humorului – Cluj Napoca
We leave the spectacular landscapes of Bukovina behind, cross the mountains, and head for the airport in Cluj Napoca.