Get a feel of the quaint region of Maramures: the well preserved rural life and traditional crafts, the wooden churches, the Săpânța Merry Cemetery and the Museum of Communist Regime's Victims.
A Maramures guided tour allows you to take the best of what this region has to offer and the below Maramures tour suggestion can be easily further tailored.
You will meet your guide in Cluj and set on the road to the historic region of Maramures. First stop will be at the highest old wooden church from the region, in Surdesti.
You will then arrive to the picturesque village of Breb, the base for this tour, and set on foot to the neighboring village. This way you will see farmers working the fields, traditional wooden houses and the natural whirlpool washing machines locals use.
You will have several fascinating experiences on this day. The first will be to walk in a cemetery full of lively decorated funerary crosses, namely the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta.
Then you will walk in a prison where communists detained their political enemies, now turned into a museum, in Sighetu Marmatiei. There you will also visit the house of Elie Wiesel, a local Jew who received the Nobel Peace Prize and who survived the holocaust.
To brighten the day you will take a horse-drawn carriage ride in the countryside to experience how locals commute off-road.
You will experience a ride with the only fully functional narrow-gauge steam train in Europe which travels deep into the spectacular Vaser Valley.
On the way back you will pass by the wonderful monastic complex in Barsana and a jolly wood carver making impressive traditional wooden gates and finely carved objects.
Ideally the last day (or at least one of the days) of your guided Maramures tour should be on a Sunday or a major religious event so you can go to church and see locals dressed in traditional clothes.
You will visit one more wooden church, in Desesti, with the best preserved interior painting. Then, on the way to Cluj, if interested, you can stop by the mineralogy museum having outstanding exhibits.
Unless you fall in love with Maramures and want to stay longer, in late afternoon you'll arrive in Cluj from where you can continue your journey.
The above program can be easily adapted to your preferences.
Depending on the time of your visit you can consider extending your Maramures tour by including some of these activities:
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A 150 USD deposit per person is needed, the rest can be paid during the tour.
For larger groups, please inquire.
For 3 nights you will stay in charming rural guesthouses owned by local families. You will have comfortable double rooms with private bathroom.
In case the guesthouse in Breb is not available for that tour, you will stay in a similar guesthouse in Vadu Izei.
The meals you will have at the guesthouses are cooked by the hosts, delicious home-made food.
Cluj Napoca, Baia Mare, Sighetu Marmatiei or any place in Maramures.
The tour can also start from any city in Romania by making needed adjustments.
Entrance fees to museums and wooden churches.
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