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Authentic Christmas in Maramureș, 23-28 December

6 days / 5 nights
Maramures - Guided walking - Winter holidays - Culture & gastronomy - Events
Guided - Families - Comfort

price from 825 €

Maramureș - ancient hearth of history. The beauty of these lands has always attracted people from all over the world. Here, more than elsewhere, living traditions, customs and the memory of mythical characters have been strongly preserved.
The winter holidays have a special charm in this place. Christmas in Maramureș means a delight of the senses: it smells of fir and sweet bread rolls and cakes baked in the traditional clay oven, you can hear the sounds of carols being sang by children and adults alike in every house and you can feel the joy of the holiday radiating from every soul.
You can also be part of this celebration, through a carefully designed holiday full of unique experiences.

We take all necessary measures to ensure that our guests will have a safe, pleasant and carefree holiday.
Deposits can be refunded in case of cancellation due to restrictions imposed by the authorities or can be used for other trips with us.

Your day by day program

1
Arrival in Maramureş

Arrival in the heart of the Historical Maramureş. Your hosts will be waiting for you with a fine dinner, as it is appropriate to welcome such distinguished guests.

2
Magical Christmas Eve

After breakfast, you will start visiting the old capital of this region, the town of Sighetu Marmației. The Memorial of the Victims of Communism awaits you on the pedestrian street of the city, the place where the elite of Romanian politics and culture of the last century found its tragic end. You can continue with the Museum of Jewish Culture - Elie Wiesel Memorial House, but also with a visit to the Merry Cemetery in Săpânța village, just a few km away.
Towards evening we prepare for the arrival of Santa Claus - we decorate the Christmas tree, sing carols and eat traditional dishes, prepared according to the ancestral tradition from these lands.

3
Walking in the winter wonderland

After the Christmas meal, we go to relax a bit in a beautiful easy hike through the villages on the Iza Valley, accompanied by your guide. The starting point will be the wooden church from Ieud - UNESCO Monument, which we will visit first. From there we start on foot, slow & steady, to the neighboring village - Botiza. We will admire the hills and mountains in the distance, taking advantage of the tranquility of this archaic world. If the weather allows it, we\'ll do this was on snowshoes for an even more unique experience!
In these villages you can admire the famous carved wooden gates, old houses and people dressed in folk costumes. The guide will share the meanings of the symbols on the gates and costumes, as well as various customs in the area, specific to this holiday.
In the evening we return to the pension where a delicious dinner will be waiting for us.

4
At the foot of Gutăi mountains

After breakfast, the guide will accompany you in a new discovery of the Land of Maramureș. We arrive in Desești village, where we will admire the wooden church from the UNESCO patrimony, one of the few still living places of worship of Maramureș. From here, depending on the weather, we can start a new easy hike to Breb village, the village at the foot of Gutâiului, from where we admire the Rooster\'s Ridge in all its splendor. Here we can visit various craftsmen who still carry on the tradition of carving gates, and we can admire other wooden houses with their gates, true keepers of the local identity. And we will do this hike with snowshoes if the roads are covered with snow too!
You will visit the Bârsana monastery - a true masterpiece of Maramures architecture, after which we will visit the complex of traditional water installations in the village of Sârbi: a whirlpool, a brandy distillery, a fulling mill and a thresher.

5
A ride with the steam train or a relaxation day

Today you can choose between going to Vişeu de Sus in the morning, known for the Mocănița steam train and having this experience on the Vaser Valley, in the heated cars, much more picturesque in winter.
Or you can stay at the hotel and participate in the activities organized by them: visit to the open-air village museum in Sighet, art program, campfire.

6
End of the holiday

Even if it is said that, once you know the real Maramureș, you hardly want to leave, our magical story comes to an end.

Departure board

Departure Return Price Guaranteed departure
23 December 2020 28 December 2020 825 € 2 more persons required Book

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Sighetu Marmației
End
  • Sighetu Marmației
Accommodation
  • 5 nights accommodation with breakfast included in an elegant 3 * hotel, in single / double rooms
Number of people
  • Minimum of 2 people.
Level of difficulty
  • 2 days of light hiking; depending on the weather, they can also be made with snowshoes
Options
Included
  • 5 nights accommodation with breakfast included in an elegant 3 * hotel
  • Dinner on 23-27.12.2020
  • Picnic or local lunches
  • Specialized guide for 2 days
  • Artistic program, Decorating the Christmas tree, Santa Claus and gifts;
  • Trip to the Village Museum with horse-drawn carriage or sleigh;
  • Campfire and artistic program;
  • Specially designed space for children;
  • Other surprises.
Not included
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Mocăniță steam-train ticket, transport, entrance fees to attractions and museums, personal expenses.

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