Walking Tour in Maramures

Activity level
3/5
Intense
CULTURE INTERACTION
3/4
High
HISTORY FOCUS
2/4
Moderate
NATURE INTERACTION
3/4
High
TYPE

Active Tour, Culture Tour

LANGUAGE
DURATION

7 days

PRICE

from €800

Summary

This Walking Tour in Maramures is a perfect choice for those who wish to combine an active vacation with a unique cultural experience.

Alternating active days of hiking and walking with more cultural discoveries, the Walking Tour in Maramures is based on an original itinerary that highlights, at the same time, the famous and more remote attractions of Maramures.

Accommodated in one of the traditional villages of the region, you'll easily discover the authentic lifestyle and cultural heritage that shaped Maramures as a singular ethnographic space, best-known for the skillfulness of its artisans to turn wood into art.

The tall wooden churches that made it on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the hand-carved sculpted gates are the best examples.

Tour also suited for active families. It can be customized for active seniors.

This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.

Day 1: Transfer to Maramures

Car transfer from Cluj-Napoca airport to Desesti village.

There are several flights per day from Bucuresti to Cluj-Napoca in case you arrive in Bucharest.

Driving time: around 3-4 hours

Accommodation: guest house in Desesti (the same for the entire tour)


Day 2: Walking from to Desesti to Mara

The first walk of the tour, until Mara village and back, on a charming route covered in grass and surrounded by haystacks. 

Back in Desesti, we'll visit one of the beautiful wooden churches from the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Romania.

Dating from the 18th century, the church from Desesti has some of the best preserved interior paintings in the region. Done in 1780, the paintings present classical Biblical themes. A unique element is the painting of people from different nations (Turks, Tatars, Jews) dressed in traditional costumes in the illustration of the Last Judgment scene. 

We spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the home cooked delicious dishes of our host.

Optional horse cart ride in the afternoon.

Highlights: traditional landscapes, the wooden church from Desesti  


Day 3: Hiking to Creasta Cocosului

Hiking trip to Creasta Cocosului, one of the best-known symbols in this part of Maramures, is the main activity of the day. With a maximum altitude of 1,450 meters, Creasta Cocosului was formed from lava consolidated after eruptions that took place millions of years ago.

What makes it particular is its aspect similar to a cock’s comb that inspired its name. From the highest peak, you'll get a panoramic view over Mara-Cosau Valley where we'll spend most of the time during this trip to Maramures.

Highlights: hiking to Creasta Cocosului  


Day 4: Visiting Sighetu Marmatiei and Sapanta

Relaxing after the hike from the previous day, we embark on a journey of cultural and historical discoveries.

We spend the day in Sighetu Marmatiei, the oldest city in historical Maramures. We'll visit the Memorial of the Victims of Communism, a former prison transformed into a museum as a tribute to political prisoners illegally detained here during the first decade of the communist regime.

The second part of the day is reserved for the Jewish heritage of the city: the Memorial House Elie Wiesel, the Jewish Cemetery, the Holocaust Memorial, the Synagogue.

Highlights: the Victims of Communism Memorial, Elie Wiesel Memorial House, Jewish Cemetery, Holocaust Memorial

Driving time: around 2 hours   


Day 5: Walking from village to village

We walk from village to village to explore the old landscapes of Maramures. We'll walk across apple orchards to discover traditional wooden houses, haystacks fields and meadows covered in flowers.

Afternoon drive to Budesti to visit one more wooden church from the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and to Sarbi to visit the local artisans.

Highlights: traditional landscapes, local artisans, the wooden church Budesti Josani

Driving time: around 1 hour   


Day 6: The Merry Cemetery and the Village Museum

We spend the day in Sighetu Marmatiei and Sapanta. We visit the open-air Village Museum of Maramures where we can admire some of the most beautiful wooden houses of the region. We head afterward to the Merry Cemetery from Sapanta. An unusual and authentic meeting space between humor and death, this cemetery is a world unique attraction. 

In Sapanta, we also visit the Peri Monastery that has one of the tallest wooden churches in the world.

Highlights: the Village Museum, the Merry Cemetery, Peri Monastery

Driving time: around 2 hours   Accommodation: guest house in Viseu de Sus 


Day 7: More of authentic Maramures

We head back to Cluj-Napoca, but we make a day out of it. We visit an original open-air museum of sculptures, the Florean Museum, and the wooden church of Rogoz, also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Romania

Driving time: around 4 hours   Accommodation: Cluj-Napoca

We end the tour in Cluj-Napoca. Optional transfer to the airport on the following day or other destinations you prefer.

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Notes

Activity

Easy: Easy short walks on flat terrain.

Moderate: Up to 5 km walking per day or/and optional cycling routes and easy hikes.

Intense: Up to 10 km walking per day with some inclines or/and optional cycling routes and more demanding hikes

Challenge: Hiking on uneven trails at altitudes above 1,000 meters. Longer optional cycling routes. Requires good health and physical condition.

Ultimate: Full day of hikes and/or demanding cycling tours. Requires excellent health and physical condition.

Culture

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two or three cultural sights included in the tour.

High: Cultural visits everyday of the tour.

Total: All about culture.

History

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two or three historical sights included in the tour.

High: Visits at historical monuments everyday of the tour.

Total: All about history.

Nature

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two hours per day spent in nature.

High: Most activities take place in nature.

Total: All about nature.

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Price

5% discount from the total price for bookings done at least three months in advance

The price includes tour guide services, accommodation plus breakfast and dinner every day, transportation including driver, car and gas costs, planning costs, specialized local guides if necessary.

The price does not include plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, entrance fees, meals except those mentioned above, activities booked locally by the clients themselves, currency conversion fee (1%), payment related fees (1% for credit card, 4.5% for PayPal, variable for bank transfers).

The price below is per person and can vary according to the timing of your booking. The price is based on two persons sharing a double room.

Discount rates for children under 14.

Private tour

Group of 2 persons: €1,585 per person

Group of 4 persons: €1,015 per person

Group of 6 persons: €800 per person

The private tour is available anytime from April to late October.

Contact us for a different group size quotation.

Shared tour

€800 per person for a group of 6 people

The price is based on two persons sharing a double room. Contact us for a single supplement quotation.

Available dates for shared tours in 2019:

September 7-13; September 21-27; October 12-18

Other dates are available upon request.

Payment methods

Credit card, bank transfer, PayPal, cash (only for certain tours). The fees related to the payment methods are not included in the prices above.

Contact us if you’d like to get a price quotation for larger or smaller groups or a shorter/longer version of this tour.

Overview

TOUR STARTS

Cluj-Napoca or other cities

TOUR ENDS

Cluj-Napoca or other cities

INCLUDED MEALS

Breakfast and dinner every day

ACCOMMODATION

Local guest houses

NUMBER OF KM

Around 700

TRANSPORTATION

Car or minivan

ATTRACTIONS

3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Landmarks: the Memorial of the Victims of Communism, Elie Wiesel Memorial House, the Jewish Cemetery, the Village Museum, the Merry Cemetery, the Florean Museum

Plus: traditional villages and local artisans, village walks, Gutaiului Mountains

NOTES

Discount rates for children

PRICE from

€800
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