This self-guided One Week Tour in Maramures is an excellent option for independent travelers who wish to discover the region by themselves and at their own pace. The itinerary is completely customizable depending on your preferences. We can plan it to be more intense or more relaxing, it's up to you.
This tour in Maramures combines an active vacation with a unique cultural experience. Accommodated in one of the most beautiful villages in Maramures, you'll easily discover the authentic lifestyle and cultural heritage that shaped this region as a singular ethnographic space.
Offering a particular perspective over Maramures, this tour combines walking, cycling, hiking, culture and history.
A region renowned for its artisans and wooden architecture, Maramures is best-known for its tall wooden churches that made it on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, its unique sculpted gates done with the centuries-old know-how of turning wood into art and its traditional haystacks landscapes.
Tour also suited for active families. It can also be customized for active seniors.
This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.
This itinerary of the self-guided One Week Tour in Maramures can easily be modified to match your time, wishes and interests. The tour implies that some parts of the itinerary will be done by car. You can rent a car and drive yourselves or we can transfer you, depending on your preferences.
Arrival to Cluj-Napoca. If you land in Bucharest, you can take a low-cost flight to Cluj-Napoca. Driving from this city to Maramures is the best option to save time.
Depending on your initial arrival city, we will meet you either in Bucharest or Cluj-Napoca to hand you a detailed travel package with maps, itineraries and all the information you need for the tour.
You will be accommodated at an excellent guest house in Desesti for the rest of the tour.
Driving time: around 3-4 hours Accommodation: guest house in Desesti
You spend the first day relaxing and enjoying the home cooked delicious dishes of your host and exploring the old and the new in the daily life of locals in Maramures. The best way to do it is to walk from Desesti to nearby Mara village and back.
Back in Desesti, you visit one of the most beautiful wooden churches of the region, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Highlights: walk from Desesti to Mara, the wooden church from Desesti
Accommodation: guest house in Desesti
Go hiking on Creasta Cocosului, one of the most beloved nature symbols of Maramures. With a maximum altitude of 1,450 meters, Creasta Cocosului is formed from lava consolidated millions of years ago. What makes it particular is its aspect similar to a cock’s comb that inspired its name.
Highlights: hiking on Creasta Cocosului
Accommodation: guest house in Desesti
A day of cultural and historical discoveries as you spend the day in Sighetu Marmatiei visiting the open-air Village Museum and the Memorial of the Victims of Communism, a former prison transformed into a museum as a tribute to the political prisoners illegally imprisoned here during the communist regime.
You can also visit the Merry Cemetery from Sapanta, an unusual and authentic meeting point between humor and death, and the wooden church from Peri, the tallest wood construction in the world.
Highlights: the Village Museum, the Victims of Communism Memorial, the Merry Cemetery, Peri Church
Driving time: around 2 hours Accommodation: guest house in Desesti
Spend the day cycling to discover more villages of Maramures in just one day. You have several marked trails options from Desesti. We suggest doing a circular route, passing through the villages Harnicesti, Sugatag, Manastirea and Hoteni before arriving back in Desesti.
You'll cycle from village to village, across hills and forests, enjoying the feel of real Maramures, far from crowded attractions and busy roads.
Highlights: cycling route
Accommodation: guest house in Desesti
You have several options for this day, depending what interests you most.
You can combine a visit to the wooden church of Budesti, part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites, with a visit to the local artisans from Sarbi. Then, you can drive either to Sighet to visit the Elie Wiesel Memorial House and the Jewish Cemetery or to Targu Lapus to visit Rogoz Church and the Florean Museum.
Accommodation: guest house in Desesti
Drive back to Cluj-Napoca or other destination you prefer.Back to top
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.
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.
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.
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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The price depends on the final itinerary and services that will be personalized together with the clients.
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.
Cluj-Napoca (or other cities)
Cluj-Napoca (or other cities)
Breakfast every day
Local guest houses
3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Landmarks: Sighet Memorial, the Village Museum, the Merry Cemetery, Peri Church, the Florean Museum
Plus: traditional villages and local artisans, Creasta Cocosului Peak
Discount rates for children
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Sighet Memorial is a former communist prison where Romania’s elites were tortured and exterminated during the first years of communism in Romania.