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Two days tour to Maramures from Cluj-Napoca

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  • duration 2 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 7-75 yrs
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-15449
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Cluj-napoca, Romania
  • Ends Cluj-napoca, Romania
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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit Breb, one of the bestpreserved villages in Romania
  • See the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta
  • Discover the wooden churches of Maramures
  • Take a trip to Strambu Baiut, the last virgin forest in Maramures
You’ll be leaving Cluj-Napoca at 09:00, after your guide picks you up at your hotel, and head out of the city towards the north. The drive to Maramures is a little over 3 hours, and your first stop is at a wooden church built in the seventeenth century. These wooden churches were designed not by just peasants, but talented and skillful artisans specialized in building ample log structures with well-joined walls. The wooden church in Calinesti keeps the original paintings from the 1700s made by one of the most famous painters of Maramures in the eighteenth century.

Next, you will visit Breb, a beautiful village first mentioned in 1715. You will have time to uncover Breb's scenic surroundings by taking a guided walk around the village. Breb is an authentic traditional village where people still go to the church on Sundays dressed in their traditional Romanian clothes.

In the village, you will visit these artisans that preserved their arts and crafts from the Middle Ages. The dinner is included in the tour, and tonight you will try some of the most authentic dishes from the village life.

Your accommodation is in a traditional guesthouse in Breb village.


The second day starts at 9 AM with a drive to Merry Cemetery – this unique and peculiar cemetery where all the crosses are carefully decorated and hand-carved. When someone passes away, on the tombstone normally you can only find their name and the words “Rest in peace” maybe. However, this cemetery brings back all kinds of truths (good or bad) about the deceased, lyrics being sculpted on the colorful wooden crosses.



The first tombstone in the cemetery that started this tradition was sculpted by Stan Ioan Patras local craftsman and woodcarver, in 1935. Today, the cemetery has more than 800 colorful wooden crosses, with epitaphs such as:

"Underneath this heavy cross
Lies my poor mother-in-law
Three more days she would have lived
I'd be here and she would read
You, who here are passing by
Not to wake her up please try
Cause if she comes back home
She will criticize me more.
But I will surely behave
So she'll not return from the grave
Stay here, my dear mother-in-law!"

The highlights of the day are the most famous wooden churches in Maramures: Barsana and Poienile Izei, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Barsana is the most popular pilgrimage destination in Maramures, with the tallest wooden church in the country – 57 meters tall. Poienile Izei church is unique thanks to some of the most dramatic and best-preserved frescoes of hell of all the wooden churches.

Furthermore, you will be introduced to the most natural and ecological washing machines, Valtori. The river whirlpools are used as actually washing machines, and the locals are still washing their wool made rugs inside them.

As Romania is well known for the Carpathian Mountains, beautiful landscapes with forests, waterfalls, and gorges, on your way back to Cluj, our guide will stop to admire these magnificent landscapes.

Your drop-off point in Cluj-Napoca depends on your travel plans and might be at the airport, a hotel for an additional overnight (not included) or train station.

ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Road trip to Maramures and walking tour of Breb
  • Day 2: Merry Cemetery and the wooden churches of Maramures & drive back to Cluj
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation in a traditional house
  • Professional English-speaking guide (German and French on request)
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • One traditional dinner
  • One traditional lunch served in Breb
  • Pick-up and drop-off from your place in Cluj-Napoca
  • Transportation with a modern vehicle
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Single Supplement
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals, other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Photography fees
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CANCELLATION

10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.

Payment

A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationPick-up and drop-off included COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour will not have larger group sizes than maximum 6 to 8 people to protect against COVID-19.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented per local government advice. Frequent disinfection of regularly touched surfaces is highly encouraged. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be ensured in our accommodations and also during transportation.
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