7 Days round trip in Maramures – Bucovina – Transilvania

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Tour highlights:

  • Cluj-Napoca
  • The Merry Cemetery
  • Vaser Valley
  • Wooden Churches in Maramures
  • Painted Monasteries in Bucovina
  • Bicaz Gorges – Lacul Rosu
  • Sighisoara
  • Turda Salt Mine

General description for 7 Days round trip in Maramures – Bucovina – Transilvania

  • Tour type: individual – self drive round trip
  • Start point: Cluj-Napoca
  • End point: Cluj-Napoca
  • Nr of participants: from 1 person

Day 1: CLUJ-NAPOCA

Cluj-Napoca is a vibrant cultural and educational city. The six state and several private universities located here also make Cluj Napoca the city with the largest percentage of student population in Romania.
The main square, resplendent with 18th and 19th century buildings and home to many shops and restaurants, is dominated by the 15th century St. Michael’s Church, one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Romania. The square also claims the 18-th century baroque Banffy Palace, housing the weaponry and Romanian art collections of the Art Museum. Visitors who want to learn more about the region should pay a visit to the open-air section of the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania, a true display of folk architecture. For entertainment, spend an enjoyable evening at the Opera or attend a classical music concert offered by the Cluj Philharmonic.
Accommodation in Cluj-Napoca.

Day 2: CLUJ – BAIA MARE – MERRY CEMETERY – SIGHETUL MARMATIEI – 252 km

Maramureş County is situated in the north western part of Romania. It’s one of the few Romanian provinces where people believe that folk costumes are much more valuable than designer clothes. The people from this area are very attached to their land and traditions, passing their folk costumes from one generation to another. Hardworking and talented craftsmen, they managed to create works of art that are unique in Europe.
People from Maramures also proved that they are not afraid of dying, on the contrary, they have learnt how to laugh in the face of death – by creating The Merry cemetery.
The idea occurred to the craftsman Stan Ioan Patras in 1935. He painted the first cross in a merry way, accompanied by an amusing anecdote about the life of the deceased.
The cemetery is actually a testimony to the beauty of life and the fact that you should cherish life it and laugh until the end, even beyond.
Accommodation in Sighetul Marmatiei.

Day 3: VASER VALLEY-MOCANITA RIDE

If you have the opportunity to visit the region, you must take a ride with the train called Mocanita, starting from Viseu de Sus. It will be like stepping back in time by embarking on the steam-powered locomotives. The route in the Vaser Valley passes by hundred years old villages and sun-soaked mountain meadows.
Accommodation in Sighetul Marmatiei.

Day 4: WOODEN CHURCHES-VATRA DORNEI

The wooden Churches of Maramures, dates from the 14th century, eight of them being part of UNESCO World Heritage: Bârsana, Budeşti-Josani, Desesti, Ieud, Plopis, Poienile Izei, Rogoz, and Surdesti.
Accommodation in Vatra Dornei.

Day 5: PAINTED MONASTERIES FROM BUCOVINA

Bucovina is another valuable area, also in the northern part of Romania. Crossing this region from one end to the other, you will find a perfect harmony between overwhelming landscapes, and architectural gems, such as the painted monasteries, part of UNESCO World heritage, medieval vestiges, customs, traditions, excellent cuisine and very hospitable people.

Although the monasteries were built in a very unusual style, Byzantine churches having been built with gothic elements, their main attraction consists in the peculiar way the monasteries were covered on the outside walls with paintings. The people, who came in large numbers to the service and did not fit in the church, had to attend the service from the outside even though they could not hear a word from the sermon. Therefore, the outside frescoes on the monasteries, replaced the words of the priests by religious scenes, mixed with day to day and battle scenes.
Voronet Monastery, known as „The Sistine Chapel of the East”, was painted by an anonymous painter. The formula of the ”Voronet blue”, used for his paintings on the walls, has remained an enigma and this uniqueness have has turned Voronet into an indisputable symbol of Bucovina.
Accommodation in Gura Humorului.

Day 6: BICAZ GORGES-LACUL ROSU-PRAID SALT MINE-SIGHISOARA 336 km

Bicaz Gorges is situated in the Eastern Carpathians on the Bicaz river, making the connection between Transylvania and Moldavia.
The road that slices through the Bicaz Gorges (Cheile Bicazului), 20km west of Bicaz, is among Romania’s most spectacular.
The gorge twists and turns steeply uphill for 5km, cutting through sheer, 300m-high limestone rocks. At one point, the narrow mountain road runs uncomfortably beneath the overhanging rocks in a section known as the “neck of hell” (Gâtul Iadului). At only 3 km from Bicaz Gorges, the Lacu Rosu resort also offers beautiful views.
Accommodation in Sighisoara.

Day 7: SIGHISOARA – TG MURES- TURDA – CLUJ-NAPOCA 170 km

In Targu Mures we suggest visiting: The Palace of culture. The building was originally conceived with two floors, but City Council insisted to add further levels, increasing the space for conservatory, art museum and Art Gallery.
The construction of the palace was assured of brothers Grünwald and company’s plans Komor Marcell Schiffer after and Dezso Jakab. The long hall is 45 meters longer find statues of G. Enescu and L. von Beethoven. The sides of the hall are closed Venetian mirrors.

Turda Salt mine covers an area of approximately 45 km2, and the average thickness of the salt it is around 250 m. Modernization works took place in 2010: an amphitheater was built for concerts and musical auditions; golf course, sports field. The mine was equipped with an elevator, which provides a panoramic view of the mine.
Accommodation in Cluj-Napoca.

Prices and Dates

Price: 450 Eur/person (minim 4 persons)

The price includes:

  • accommodation 7 nights in hotel/pension 4* in double room
  • breakfast
  • rent a car for 8 days, Ford Focus or similar
  • tourist map and information

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