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Discover the authentic Maramures - guided cultural walking tour

5 days / 4 nights
Maramures - Culture & gastronomy - Walking
Guided - Families - Singles - Luggage transfer

price from 850 €

We have prepared an easy itinerary through the historic region of Maramures, full of stories, legends, characters and breathtaking places. You will be accompanied by a specialized local guide, very knowledgeable of the place, of the winding paths over the endless hills and of the people.
The wooden churches part of the UNESCO patrimony, the wooden gates, the traditional clothes and food are just some surprises that await you in this holiday specially created for those who want to discover the soul of this region.
You'll wander across pastures, fields full of wild flowers, people's gardens & fragrant orchards to discover an endangered world but which still survives here.

Your day by day program

1
Arrival in Maramureş

Arrival in Maramures. You can arrive by plane from Bucharest late in the evening and spend the first night in the town of Baia Mare. If you arrive by car, you\'ll go straight to the first guesthouse, in Breb village.

2
Contemporary Maramures

Today we\\\'ll have the first taste of Maramures. First stop for the day will be in the town of Sighetu Marmatiei, after a short transfer by car. Here we will visit the \\\"Communism Victims Memorial\\\" created in the prison where the main opponents of the regime were detained, without judging. You’ll have some free time for lunch before we go to the village of Desesti, to visit one of the most beautiful wooden churches of Maramures. From there we’ll do a relaxing walk to our host village for tonight, Breb, the village at the foot of Gutai mountains where Prince Charles is owner of a beautiful old traditional house. (~2 hours, 8 km, +350m, -650).

3
Maramures by steam train

In the morning the guide we\\\'ll take you to Viseu de Sus village, where you\\\'ll ride the narrow-gauge steam train called Mocanita. This railway was constructed in the period 1933-1935. It was partially destroyed by German troops during the war, but was rebuilt again. It has primarily been used for logging, and is still used for this purpose. The small train will take you through breath-taking landscapes, a cool forest that was once a battlefield in WWI and stop at the end of the track for lunch. While eating a delicious meal, you can admire closely the artwork of the steam engine.
Once back in the village, you can do a 2h walk around the village and admire the fields & the Gutai vulcanic mountains.

4
The oldest wooden church

Today we’ll hike from village to village, from Ieud to Botiza, on Iza Valley. We will start going up on a narrow path along a small stream, covered by surrounded by colorful flowers. In the beginning of the walk, we will visit the oldest wooden church of Maramureş, the one from Ieud dating back to 14th century, part of UNESCO heritage. After our walk, we’ll pay a visit to the traditional wooden installations from Sarbi, a fulling mill, a thresher, whirlpools and a brandy distillery. According to the time, short stop at Bârsana monastery which is a masterpiece of the wooden Maramureş architecture. (~2.5 hours, 8 km, +250, -300m).
Then you have 2 options: the first would be to return to the same village, Breb and the spend the last night there. The second would be to sleep in Botiza village, for a more diverse tour.

5
End of the trip

Today, if you\\\'ve chosen the first option the previous night, you get to visit several craftsmen in the village of Breb and discover the local art of making the wooden gates or the traditional clothes.
If you\\\'ve chosen to spend the night in Botiza village, you can visit today of the most impressive wooden churches, also part of the UNESCO heritage - the one from Poienile Izei.

After lunch, you pack your bags and your trip comes to an end. If you have a flight to catch, our guide will take you to Baia Mare airport.

Departure board

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • In Maramures
End
  • In Maramures
Accommodation
  • Rural pensions in double occupancy, with private facilities
Number of people
  • Minimum of 2 people.
Level of difficulty
  • 5 days / 3 days of walking. Easy to medium level of walking with a maximum day at 6 hours. Some walks could change depending on the group level or the weather conditions or be interrupted by small transfers.
Carrying
  • The transfers of your luggage is ensured. You only have to carry your things needed for the day (picnic, camera...)
Options
Included
  • English speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Accommodation in family-run guesthouses
  • Meals (4 breakfasts, 2 picnics, 3 dinners).
  • Local transfers
  • Steam train ticket
Not included
  • Other transfers and/or plane tickets
  • The insurance
  • Meals as indicated and drinks, other than water
  • Site visits
  • Personal expenses

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