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  • Visit the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina
  • Explore the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta
  • Visit the Wooden Churches of Maramures
  • Discover the art of making black pottery in Marginea
Don't miss this opportunity to travel back in time. Discover some of the best-preserved historical regions of Romania, where centuries-old traditions still thrive and a lot of people live the same way their ancestors lived. Travel to Bukovina and Maramures in this 8-day tour that begins from Cluj-Napoca.

Explore Maramures for the first couple of days. Discover some of the most famous landmarks in the area, such as the Merry Cemetery and the Memorial to the Victims of Communism. Visit two important UNESCO World Heritage sites that have a huge impact on Romania's history and culture: the Wooden Churches of Maramures and the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina.

Get the chance to enjoy traditional lunch in a local household. Discover the art of making black pottery at a workshop in Marginea. Learn more about Romanian history and culture in this 6-day tour.
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Welcome to Romania. Your tour guide will pick you up from the airport and take you on a city tour. Visit some of the most important landmarks in the city, such as the St. Michael’s Church, Banffy Palace and its museum of arts. Take a trip to the Mirror Street as well as Cluj-Napoca Botanical Garden.

Cluj-Napoca, the so-called 'Treasure Town of the Middle Ages', is the unofficial capital of Transylvania. With one of the most vibrant economies in the country and a population of around 330,000, Cluj is today one of Romania’s most important cultural and educational centers.

Transfer to your hotel after you are done with the tour. Stay overnight in Cluj-Napoca.
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Head out to discover the beautiful region of Maramureş after breakfast. Maramureş is rich not just in terms of its scenic beauty but also in terms of the traditions it has been able to preserve. Your first visit will be to the Wooden Church in Surdesti, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

A narrow road will then lead you to Breb, a village lost among the hills with its traditional wooden houses spread along the river. The surrounding landscape is delightful and is dominated by Rooster Crest Peak, part of the volcanic mountains of Gutai.

In Breb you will catch a glimpse of the famous wooden gates of Maramures, carefully carved and decorated by local craftsmen. Walk through the quiet streets of the village and meet the local folks who have so far been able to preserve skills like woodworking, which have been passed down from generation to generation. Delicious local dishes freshly prepared will be served for lunch in a local's house.

Head next to the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and get acquainted with the darker side of the Romanian communist regime. After 1945, when the Second World War ended, the repatriated Soviet POWs and deportees of Romanian origin passed via Sighet.

However, in August 1948, once the Communist Party consolidated its power in Romania, Sighet's prison was transformed into a prison for the political opponents of the regime, including students and peasants from the Maramureş region. Many of the surviving prisoners are still living in Sighet to this very day.

Explore one of the most famous cemeteries in the world, the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, and learn more about the Romanian art of wood carving from internationally renowned craftsman and artist Dumitru Pop.

Stay overnight in Sighetu Marmatiei.
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  • Breakfast & Lunch
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Today is your chance to discover the scenic landscape of Northern Romania during a delightful ride on a train called The Shepherdess. The small steam train, which is also known among the locals as 'Mocanita', has been in service since 1932, when it was first used for transporting timber.

Travel along the banks of a mountain river, through the Wasser Valley, near the Northern Romanian border. Pass by an area so remote that it is barely accessible otherwise. You can have your lunch after the ride is over.

Visit two of the most famous wooden churches in Maramures, both of which have been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites: Ieud and Poienile Izei.

Spend the afternoon with one of the most famous sculptors in Maramures. Visit the workshop where Barsan breathes life into his work and discover the home-like museum filled with family trophies, photos, and sculptures of all kinds.

Your final destination for the day is one of the most famous religious sites in Maramures, Barsana Monastery. The holy monastery of Barsana was built to thank god for protecting the people from the 1710 Plague. As is the case with all the other churches in Maramures, this monastery, too, has been made out of wood.
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  • Breakfast
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Our journey around Northern Romania begins early in the morning with a journey through the Carpathian Mountains to the historical region of Bukovina.

Find out more about the local traditions of Romania. Discover one of Romania's national heritage sites, the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina, which combine Romanian art with the Byzantine spirit. Visit Moldovita Monastery, included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites in 1993.

For hundreds of years, the murals of the monastery were the only means of presenting the teaching of the Bible to those living in the countryside. These frescoes are huge color illustrations of Biblical scenes, adapted to the history of the place and to the important moments in the life of the community.

Head to Gura Humorului after the monastery tour comes to an end. Check in at your hotel.
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Your first destination of the day is Sucevita Monastery, whose murals are dominated by a shade of green obtained from natural pigments through an ancient technique.

Not far from Sucevita is the only place in Europe and the second in the world where black pottery is produced, the Marginea Black Pottery Workshop. The pottery made here is famous worldwide, and is shaped by the hands of craftsmen before it gets fired and polished by hand again. The black color of the vessels is a result of the firing process, carried out according to a secret ancient technique, which has been transmitted from generation to generation.

Your guided tour in Bukovina continues with a visit to the last and most beautiful of Bucovina's painted monasteries, Voronet. Voronet Monastery is a jewel of Romania’s heritage and its frescoes - featuring an intense shade of blue - have become famous throughout the world.  The scenes in the murals depict, like a movie, the history of Christianity presented in an original manner, influenced by folk beliefs, Eastern culture and by the Orthodox philosophy.

Drive to Gura Humorului after you are done with painted monasteries and visit the workshop of one of the best craftsmen involved in the production of traditional clothing from the region, Ms. Andronic. Stay overnight in Gura Humorului.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Your tour in Bukovina comes to an end today. Cross the mountains and head for the airport in Cluj-Napoca, where you will catch your departure flight.
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  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation for 5 nights with breakfast in centrally-located hotels
  • Private, English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees for the sights included in itinerary
  • Transport by private car
  • Traditional lunch in Breb
  • Workshop in Maramures
  • Workshop in Bukovina
what's excluded
  • Airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals, other than those mentioned in the itinerary and alcoholic beverages
  • Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Photography fees
  • Tips for guide/driver
  • Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs, e.t.c.
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 6 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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