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Villages of BUCOVINA and MARAMURES. Guided walk, 7 nights

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Duration

8 days

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Cancellation

Up to 30 days

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Group Size

14 people

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Languages

English, Română

Overview

Immersed in the Romanian counties you will discover a rural world which disappeared long ago in western countries. You will be permanently in contact with the rich peasant culture and the protected nature. You will visit two regions, Bucovina and Maramures. In these two regions, so close but so different, the inhabitants will help you discover the village life and their crafts and understand the mysteries of the painted monasteries and wooden churches which are now part of the UNESCO Heritage. All this, and many other discoveries waits for you during this journey.

Bucovina will seduce you with its famous painted monasteries, with its rich culture (hailing from almost all the ethnic groups of Central Europe), with the crafts, with the field works in its hilly landscape and other wonders.

In Maramures, the wood work, result of a secular tradition, will fascinate you. This know-how transmitted from father to son is perfectly mastered by the craftsmen.

A soft and peaceful landscape will surround you during this unforgettable journey.


Itinerary

D1 Arrival in Bucovina, at the first guesthouse. Welcome dinner & briefing about the tour.

D2 After the breakfast, be ready to discover already the deep Bucovina. After a short climb we arrive in the forest and from there, according to the moving of the flocks, we could reach a shepherd’s hut. We continue through the famous fir-tree forest of Bucovina until we go back to the valley to discover one of the major components of the unique Bucovina monasteries set, the Moldoviţa painted monastery. From there, depending on how we feel we go back to the guesthouse either on foot (5km) through the village, either with a local bus. Night in Moldoviţa. (~5 hours, 14 km, +500m, -550)

D3 In the morning we’ll take the steam train. The steam train track leads along the River Moldovita. We will get off before the terminus of the track, at the best starting point of our hike. This immersion in a peasant world will enchant you; the beautiful landscape punctuated with sheep herds and horse-carts reveals a great harmony. Night at the same place (~4 hours, 13 km, +/-300m).

D4 Before our walk today, we will meet Hutsules people; these inhabitants (with uncertain roots and history) will make us discover their art: eggs painting. We will continue our hike through woods and fields will lead you to an unexpected rural world which is still very alive. After a short transfer we will arrive to the Suceviţa monastery from the field, which will offer us a striking sight: the nature seems to protect the monastery like a jewel! The perfection of each detail on such a vast fresco is amazing. (~3.5 hours, 11 km, +400m, -300m, longer walk available). Night in Suceviţa.

D5 Transfer to the border with Maramureş (~3.30 hours of transfer) to Prislop pass (1400m). From here we will enter the National park of Rodnei Mountains and start our walk by a soft ascent to the glacier lake of Stiol (1700m). Our track will be studded with different flowers such as rhododendron, gentian, depending on the period of the year. From there will enter in the massif pine forest and go down to Horses’ Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Romania. (~4 hours, 14 km, +350m, -650).

D6 First stop for the day will be in the town of Sighetu Marmatiei, after a 2h transfer by car. Here we will visit the “Communism Victims Memorial” created in the prison where the main opponents of the regime were detained, without judging. You’ll have some free time for lunch before we go to the village of Desesti, to visit one of the most beautiful wooden churches of Maramures. From there we’ll do a relaxing walk to our host village for tonight, Breb, the village where Prince Charles is owner of a beautiful old traditional house. (~2 hours, 8 km, +350m, -650).

D7 Today we will discover Maramureş between fields and forests. In every season, country is animated by the field’s works. But before our walk, we’ll pay a visit to the traditional wooden installations from Sarbi, a fulling mill, a thresher, whirlpools and a brandy distillery. According to the time, short stop at Bârsana monastery which is a masterpiece of the wooden Maramureş architecture. Then, we’ll start our village to village walk, with destination in Botiza village. There we will have a weaving demonstration at one of the last ladies who masters this ancient craft. (4 hours, 13 km, +/-400)

D8 On our last day we’ll hike to the nearby village of Ieud. We will start going up on a narrow path along a small stream, covered by surrounded by colorful flowers. At the end of the walk, we will visit the oldest wooden church of Maramureş, the one from Ieud dating back to 14th century, part of UNESCO heritage. End of the trip (~2.5 hours, 8 km, +250, -300m).

On request, we can assist you with transfer to Cluj airoport, to Bucharest (train or air) or with a short tour back to Bucharest including:

-1st day: train transfer to Sighisoara, visit of the beautiful fortified citadel and overnight Sighisoara.

-2nd day: train transfer to Brasov, visit of the medieval center and overnight Brasov.

-3rd day: train transfer to Bucharest.

OR any other tailored tour.


DATES 2020

09/05 – 17/05
06/06 – 14/06
25/07 – 02/08
22/08 – 30/08
19/09 – 27/10


Booking Policy

30% deposit for booking confirmation. After that, we will check the availability of your stay, and you’ll receive the confirmation in 48 h. The deposit will be charged only if the booking will be confirmed. If your stay will not be confirmed, we will cancel the booking and you’ll get a full refund.

The rest of 70% will be paid with 30 days before the check-in. You can pay with bank transfer or online and you’ll receive an invoice. If your experience will start in less than 30 days, you should pay 100% of your stay in order to confirm the reservation.

Cancellation

If you cancel with more than 30 days before the check-in, you’ll get a full refund, except the service fee – 100 Eur/pers.

If you cancel between 16-29 days before the check-in, you’ll get a 50% refund.

If you cancel between 2-15 days before the check-in, you’ll get a 10% refund.

If you cancel with less than 2 days before the check-in, the refund is not possible.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Due to a high number of festival and events happening in Cluj Napoca, for train tickets to Bucharest and extra nights in Cluj, we need an early request.

Included/Exclude

  • Guide throughout the trip
  • Accommodation 7 nights
  • Meals (7 breakfasts, 6 picnics, 7 dinners). Dinner contains 3 dishes - appetizer / soup, main course and a dessert
  • Mentioned transfers
  • Baggage transfer during hikes
  • Mocaniță, Moldovița Ticket
  • The entrance fees into museums, monasteries etc.
  • The insurances
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Personal spending
  • Snacks.

Activity's Location

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FAQs

GUIDE
English speaking local guide from the morning of Day 2 until the evening of Day 8 (7 days). First-aid kit.
WELCOME
At the first guesthouse in Bucovina. Transfer from Bucharest on request
TRANSFERS
All transfers are by private buses, trains, taxi or hotel vehicles, horse-carts.
LUGGAGE
Luggage will be transferred by hotel's vehicles or taxi during the treks.
LODGING
- 7 nights in rural pensions in double occupancy, with private & shared facilities (1 for 2 rooms). Depending on the size of the group, the accommodation can be done in several pensions. Meals will be taken together.
MEALS
7 breakfasts, 6 picnics, 7 dinners Dinner: 3 course menu – entrée/soup, main dish and a dessert. Not included: Dinner Day 1, Lunch & dinner Day 8, drinks.
LENGTH & LEVEL
8 days / 6 days of walking. Easy to medium level of walking with a maximum day at 6 hours. Some walks could change depending on the group level or the weather conditions or be interrupted by small transfers.
GROUP SIZE
Minimum of 6 people. Maximum of 14.
SINGLE Supplement
+105 €. Any request of single room will be billed. No single supplement possible in the train.
Extra Options
Private transfer to Moldovita, from Bucharest ( price / pers) : 40€ Private transfer to Moldovita, from Botiza ( preț / pers) : 30€

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