The wooden churches of Maramures

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Special Tour 3 day / 2 nights Availability: 2018
on request from anywhere Round trip

Prayers carved in wood – Maramureș and its close surrounding is the land of the beautifully designed wooden churches and houses where the built heritage is in total harmony with the surrounding nature. Volcanic formations, lofty mountains and mighty forests inspired the creators of the wooden churches and it is the perfect place for spiritual replenishment.


DATE
flexible departure

DURATION
3 days tour, 5 days with arrival and departure

TRAVELING
with comfortable, well equipped bus or minibus cca. 620 km in Transylvania

LODGING
in 3* 4* 5* hotel or pension (on request)

GUIDING
the group will be led by a professional guide throughout the journey

PRICE
… EUR/person

TRIP COST INCLUDES
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Professional tour guide for entire journey
  • Traveling with bus or minibus

TRIP COST DOESN’T INCLUDE
  • Travel insurance
  • Single room accommodations
  • Flight ticket
  • Entry Tickets

REMARK
By common agreement, the program can be modified according to the needs of a group!

Highlights of the tour

  • Sightseeing in the old center of Baia Mare-Nagybánya, Sighetu Marmației-Máramarossziget and Bistrița-Bistritz
  • Visiting the Mineralogy Museum in Baia Mare-Nagybánya
  • Visiting the Village Museum in Sighetu Marmației-Máramarossziget where you can have a glimpse on the 18-19th century village life in Maramureș
  • The wooden churches of Maramureș few of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • The Happy Cemetery in Sãpânța quite unique in the world
  • Journey with the Mocanița (narrow gauge train with steam engine) is the only one in Europe still performing on a daily basis
  • Short hiking in the Rodnei Mountains going up by the ski-lift
Itinerary
Cluj – Baia Mare – Gutâi Pass – Desești – Sighetu Marmației – Sãpânța – Bârsana – Ieud – Borșa – Fiad – Bistrița – Cluj

Due to the multicultural nature of Transylvania further we will use the names of the localities in Romanian together with the Hungarian or in case, in Romanian together with the German.

Day 1
– travel to Baia Mare-Nagybánya
Baia Mare-Nagybánya – visiting the Mineralogy Museum, the biggest mineralogy museum in the region owning more than 16000 mineral specimens
Baia Mare-Nagybánya – sightseeing in the old center of the city
– Travel to Sighetu Marmației-Máramarossziget through the Gutâi-pass (987 m above sea level) – panorama view
Desești – the 18th century wooden church which was build as a Greek-catholic church now it is owned by the Orthodox church. UNESCO World Heritage site
Sighetu Marmației-Máramarossziget – visiting the open air Village Museum holding a great collection of 17-18th century wooden houses and churches presenting the old village life of the region

Day 2
Sãpânța – visiting the Happy Cemetery in Sãpânța quite unique in the world with its colorful tombstones with naive paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives
Sighetu Marmației-Máramarossziget – sightseeing in the old center of the town
-Travel through the valley of Iza
-The monastery of Bârsana – actually a monastery complex built in a traditional Maramureș style used as a recreation and meeting center by the high officials of the Orthodox Church
Ieud – the 18th century Greek-catholic wooden church of Ieud – UNESCO World Heritage site

Day 3
-Hiking in the Rodnei Mountains going up with the ski-lift. We will walk cca. 1,5 km to the 80 meters high Horse’s Waterfall
or
-travel with the Mocanița (narrow gauge train with steam engine) is the only one in Europe still performing on a daily basis.
-Travel to Bistrița-Bistritz
-Visiting the traditional fully water-powered „washing machine” in Fiad
Bistrița-Beszterce – sightseeing in the city visiting the Lutheran church and its 75 m high tower, walking in the old Marktplatz
-Arrival to Cluj

 

Map for the program

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