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Maramures, Bucovina & Chernivtsi

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Maramures, Bucovina & Chernivtsi

€ 663

per person

Explore traditional villages and admire the wooden architecture. Cherish the colorful paintings on the monasteries. Discover the mysterious method of decorating an Easter Egg. Enjoy a walk in an intriguingly romantic town.

Travel Details

Destination
Romania (Maramures & Bucovina) & Ukraine
Start / End
Cluj-Napoca
Duration
5 days / 4 nights
Service
guided
Seasonality
April - October
Tour type
cross-border; discover
Departure time
8:30 am
Visa & passport
a current passport is required for entering Ukraine. Please check whether you also need a visa
Dress code
required for the monasteries: shoulders and knees should be covered for both men and women. Skirts and scarfs are sometimes offered at the entrance. For salt mine visit: non slippery-shoes & appropriate warm clothing recommended (the constant temperature inside the salt mine is 10-12° C).
Visits
3 wooden churches (UNESCO); Merry Cemetery in Sapanta; traditional dowry room; Communist Resistance Museum; craftsmen; traditional decorated houses in Ciocanesti; Moldovita, Sucevita and Voronet painted monasteries (UNESCO); Easter egg decoration; Chernivtsi city tour & University (UNESCO); Cacica salt mine
Distance
about 1080 km / 671 mi
Car transfer duration
see daily details in Tour Plan
Notes
accommodation locations & order of visits may suffer changes. Certain inside visits may not be available on Monday.

Displayed in mountainous regions of northern Romania, just south from the border with Ukraine, Maramures and Bucovina were not affected by the village systematization plan of the Romanian communist party. This was a major factor for the perpetuation of their strong rural trait. It also led to the maintenance of the peasant daily life customs, these two regions being nowadays the two regions in Romania with the best preserved traditions.

Maramures (in north-west) is renowned for its amazing haystack-spotted landscape, colorful clothing, party music, ancient agricultural techniques and rituals, wooden architecture and religious customs.

Bucovina (in north-est) is the region of painted monasteries by definition. Melting pot of over 11 different ethnic groups, Bucovina has much more to offer though: warmhearted people, ancestral practices, colorful houses and amazing landscapes.

Across the border, in Ukraine, the city of Chernivtsi, easternmost big urban center of the Austrian Empire, comes as an example of refinement, elegance and high education that not even the Iron Curtain could make disappear.

1

Cluj – Maramures

Departure from Cluj at 8:30 am, heading for Maramures. Stop on the way to visit the wooden church of Surdesti, the tallest of all eight wooden churches included in the UNESCO heritage list.

Take a walk in the best preserved traditional village in Maramures and have lunch with the locals. Continue with the visit of another UNESCO wooden church (Desesti or Budesti).

Dinner and accommodation in a rural guesthouse in Maramures.

Car transfers: approx. 4h30min; ~210 km / 130 mi

(lunch & dinner included, breakfast not included)

2

Maramures

After breakfast, visit the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, an unusual colorful spot, unexpectedly reflecting the love for live of the locals. Drop by tp meet a local family and see their traditional dowry room.

Continue the journey with the visit of the Communist Resistance Memorial Museum in Sighetu Marmatiei.

Have lunch in a restaurant and visit some craftsmen and a third UNESCO wooden church (Ieud or Poienile Izei).

Dinner and accommodation in a rural guesthouse in Maramures.

Car transfers: approx. 3h00min; ~120 km / 75 mi

(breakfast & dinner included, lunch not included)

3

Maramures - Bucovina

Breakfast and departure for Bucovina, across the Eastern Carpathian Mountains. Stop in Ciocanesti to see the traditional decorated houses. Lunch on the way, in a restaurant.

Visit the painted monastery of Moldovita, famous for it’s Siege of Constantinople fresco scene. As decorating the Easter egg is an ancient Hutsul tradition that you must not miss, you’ll have the chance to assist at such a demonstration.

Continue the journey with the visit of the most complete and best preserved of the painted monasteries: Sucevita. If you’re looking for spiritual perfection, you may find inspiration here, observing the Ladder of Virtues fresco scene.

Dinner and accommodation in a rural guesthouse in Bucovina.

Car transfers: approx. 4h00min; ~215 km / 133 mi

(breakfast & dinner included, lunch not included)

4

Bucovina - Ukraine - Bucovina

In the morning, after breakfast, leave for Ukraine. Although the distance is quite short, it might take a couple of hours to cross the border and get there.

Lunch in a restaurant and meet the local guide for the Chernivtsi city tour. Developed as an ancient trade center, Chernivtsi is intriguingly beautiful and mysterious. Visit Chernivtsi university (UNESCO heritage) and head back to Romania in the afternoon.

Dinner and accommodation in a rural guesthouse in Bucovina.

Car transfers: approx. 3h00min; ~160 km / 99 mi

(breakfast & dinner included, lunch not included)

5

Bucovina - Cluj

After breakfast, visit Cacica salt mine, in the heart of the Polish inhabited micro-region of Bucovina.

*It is not recommended to visit the salt mine if you have heart, lungs, digestive and other health conditions. You can check them all here.

Lunch in a restaurant on the way. Continue with the Voronet painted monastery, the most famous of all eight painted monasteries included in UNESCO heritage. Get back to Cluj in late afternoon. End of the tour.

Car transfers: approx. 6h00min; ~330 km / 205 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)

Included:

services of an English speaking guide / driver

local guide for Ukraine

pick up & drop off

transportation by private vehicle or minibus

gas, road tax and parking fees

entry tickets (for 3 wooden churches, Merry Cemetery, Communist Museum, 3 painted monasteries, Chernivtsi University, Cacica salt mine)

Easter Egg painting demonstration

meals as mentioned in the tour description (4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners)

4 overnights in rural guesthouses (double room based)

Not included:

flight tickets

travel insurance

your meals and drinks (others than mentioned)

photo / video fees (where required)

personal expenses

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