The Villages of Bucovina and Maramures

Romania

Holiday overview

Destination

Romania


Type

Guided


Difficulty

Easy to Moderate


Month

Available all year


Price

£ 740 pp


Duration

8 nights


Immersed in the Romanian counties you will discover a rural world which disappeared long ago in western countries. You will experience the rich peasant culture and the protected and beautiful nature of the area.

This nine day walking holiday introduces you to a way of life that now nearly forgotten in Western Europe. You will walk across fields and beautiful countryside in a way that only a guided tour of this region can offer. The walk takes part in two of the most beautiful regions of Romania – Bucovina and Maramures. These two regions, so close together but so different, offer an insight into a way of life that is now dying out as technology and modernisation take over.

Bucovina, famous for the painted monasteries and wooden churches is now protected as UNESCO Heritage site. The inhabitants of this region hail from almost all ethnic groups of Central Europe. It is famous for its crafts and beautiful countryside.

The Maramures is a wonderful rural area where the age old traditions of farming are still carried out today. The woodwork, a secular tradition in this area, is fascinating with the know-how handed down from father to son who are true craftsmen.

 

Price:

£740 per person based on two people sharing. single supplement of £80.

Groups depart with a minimum of 6 people, maximum of 14

 

Included:

  • English speaking local guide for the duration.
  • 8 nights in carefully selected accommodations in double or twin rooms (most rooms have private bathrooms but on occasion 2 rooms may share facilities).
  • 7 evening meals, 7 breakfasts and 6 picnics (dinner on the last night will be on the train).
  • Telephone hotline.
  • All transfers as described. Overnight train journeys on first & last night in first class cabins (2 per cabin)
  • Luggage transfers.

The guided itinerary may sometimes necessitate a shared bathroom between 2 rooms.
Depending on the group size, accommodation may be in several guesthouses – all meals will be taken together.

 

Not Included:

Journeys from/to home, entry fees, taxi transfers in Bucharest (arranged on request), dinner on day 1, breakfast on day 9, anything not specifically mentioned in programme.

 

Departure Dates:

May to October:

04/05 – 12/05
01/06 – 09/06
29/06 – 07/07
13/07 – 21/07
17/08 – 25/08
14/09 – 22/09

Day 1:

Arrival in Bucharest. Transfer to the train station. Visit of Bucharest, according to the arrival time. Night train for Bucovina at 9:00 PM (sleeping wagon).

 

Day 2:

In the morning, short transfer by local train or bus to our hosts. After the breakfast we will stroll in a typical village. After a few hours of walk, we will meet Hutsules people; these inhabitants (with uncertain roots and history) will make you discover their art: eggs painting. We will also discover today one of the major components of the unique Bucovina monasteries set, the Moldovita painted monastery. These monasteries are famous due to their exterior frescoes. Moldovita constitutes a perfect introduction to feel the charm of the Moldavian monasteries. Here, frescoes of  yellow and orange amaze the visitor. (~4 hours, 13 km, +/-300m). Night in Moldovita.

 

Day 3:

A hike through woods and fields will lead you to an unexpected rural world which is still very alive. We will arrive to the Sucevita monastery from the fields, which will offer a striking sight: the nature seeming to protect the monastery like a jewel! The perfection of each detail on such a vast fresco is amazing. (~4.5 hours, 15 km, +400m, -300m). Night in Sucevita.

 

Day 4:

Hike in the forests: we will walk through hills to arrive to the village of Manastirea Humorului. This immersion in a peasant world will enchant you; the beautiful landscape punctuated with sheep herds and horse-carts reveals a great harmony. overnight in the village of Manastirea Humorului (~4 hours, 13 km, +400m, -350).

 

Day 5:

According to the weather, we would discover the Voronet monastery and the brilliant blue of its frescoes. Transfer to Maramures (~4.30 hours of transfer). We will visit the oldest wooden church of Maramures, and then we will hike to our host, in the nearby village. Immersion in the Maramures atmosphere with its deep forests, its long-shaped villages with sculptured portals and with its wooden churches (~3 hours, 10 km, +300m, -250).

 

Day 6:

Today we will discover Maramures between fields and forests. In every season, country is animated by the field’s works. Hike from a village to another. According to the weather, visit of the Bârsana monastery which is a masterpiece of the wooden Maramures architecture. (4-5 hours, 15 km, +300m, -350). Possible longer walk depending on the group level.

 

Day 7:

Today we go to a remote region of Maramures, with hiking between high mountain pastures, mountain lakes, and forests. We will make a last visit to one of the most impressive wooden churches. This church has one of the richest interior frescoes. (~5.5 hours, 16 km, +100m, -550). Possible longer walk depending on the group level.

 

Day 8:

Private transfer to Sapânta to discover the incredible “Happy Cemetery”. It is time to visit the city of Sighetu Marmatiei and its “Communism Victims Memorial” created in the prison where were detained (without judging) the main opponents of the regime. Departure at 5:40 pm, overnight in the train to Bucharest (first-class sleeping wagon, 2 beds / cabin).

 

Day 9:

Early arrival in Bucharest (~8:00AM). End of the trip.  Optional airport transfer or guided city visit.