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  • dates can be chosen free between 01 May and 31 October
  • Important notice: The hikes for the 11-day trip in Maramures can only be done by hikers that are well experienced with maps and compass or with GPS. The reason for doing is that the trails that we use for some of the hikes have hardly been used in the last few years by the local population and have overgrown or sometimes are hardly recognizable as a trail.

Therefore we also offer an easy trip where you don't need a compass or a GPS, see below under the 11 day trip.

The difference for both trips are the hikes in the nature, you have the same cultural highlights in both trips.

Maramures is worldwide known for its fabulous wooden churches and it`s lovely wooden homesteads. The people claim that they descend directly from the Dacians (Romania's oldest inhabitants) and were never conquered by the Romans. There might be some truth in that, especially when you compare their features - blond and with blue eyes - with the Romanian`s - mostly dark hair and brown eyes. Anyway, the people kept their traditions high and many folk events are still part of daily life.

The region, the Maramures Mountains, are a superb environment to make beautiful hikes an dto have a wonderful holiday in Romania. The mountains reach 1850 meters and are mostly covered with foliage trees. They are part of the Carpathian Mountain range and extend far in the Ukraine. The villages are located along the rivers in the valleys. The farmers don't grow much crop in Maramures but they breed cows and sheep on the lower hills surrounding the villages.

The villages are often closed entities dominated by one or even more beautiful wooden churches. Some of these churches are many centuries old and are decorated inside with fantastic frescoes.

Another attraction that brings also a lot of tourists to the region.

One century ago Transylvania, Maramures and Bukovina had a dense network of narrow gauge forestry railways.

Most of them disappeared except those in Maramures and Bukovina. Daily small steam engines run along the beautiful Vaser River deep into the mountains to haul logs.

The trains have a passenger car as well and you can travel with the harvesters up in the mountains.

Your active holiday:

We prepared your beautiful trip around the small town Viseu from where the forestry line starts up in the mountains. You walk from the Viseu Valley to the Iza valley where you find the finest wooden churches in the village Ieud and Poienile Izei. At the end of the trip you go up in the mountains with the steam train and get back again on foot.
You sleep in guestrooms and your luggage will be transported from location to location. (except when you walk back after the train ride).

Highlights of the program:

  • The beautiful wooden churches from Ieud: There are 2 wooden churches, the higher Wooden church dating back from 1364 (oldest church from Maramures). The Ieud Codex or the oldest written document in Romanian was found here. (now it is in Bucharest) Best-known paintings from Alexandru Ponehalski (1782) The part of the village around the higher church is may be most representative example of the authentic Maramures village. Lower church: from 1718, with very high roofline.
  • Poienile Izei: Wooden church with scary frescoes of Hell from the 18thc. This was some kind of rulebook to scare sinners and especially women. Certainly worth a visit.
  • Botiza: known for handmade carpets, woodcarving.
  • Wooden church from 1700, originally built in Viseu de Jos and moved in 1900 to Botiza. There are mineral springs near the village.
  • Narrow gauge forestry railway along the Vaser river.
  • Wooden churches in Sieu, Ieud, Dragomiresti, Botiza, Poienile Izei and Salistea de Sus
  • Visit beekeeper, artisan distillery, watermill under guidance.
  • Museums in Dragomiresti and Ieud.

and:

You can extend your active holiday in Romania, Maramures with an extra cultural holiday and visit to the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, (where cynic, sometimes funny lyrics and paintings decorate the grave posts of the village) The same day you can visit the wooden Monastery of Birsana with the highest wooden church. And there is the open air museum in Sighetu Marmatiei with again wooden churches, watermill, small farms. Price transfer 60 Euro pro person to all these destinations and back to your accommodation.
Eventualy extra night in Viseu: 45 Euro pro person in full board.

Nature lovers can extend the trip with a stay in the Rodna Mountains. Price 45 Euro pro person per night, full board accomodation. Transfers 40 Euro/transfer between the Maramures hiking area and Borsa`s ski resort from where you can hike the Rodna Mountains. (there is place for 3 - 4 tourists in the car).
For more information about the Rodna Mountains, visit at:
http://www.parcrodna.go.ro/

A rental car may be arranged for 1 or 2 days. Price starts with 35 Euro/day.

THE 10-DAY PROGRAM (only with GPS).

DAY 1: Arrival in Vişeu de Sus, accommodation in guestrooms. Our local guide will bring you to the first guesthouse. In Viseu de Sus begins the forestry railway. Viseu de Sus is a small town where most activities are linked with the wood industry. The place grew after the Romanians had to built a new main line into Maramures because the country lost a small part of it's territory to Ukraine, after the 2nd World War.

DAY 2: Hiking trip via Salistea de Sus to Dragomiresti. This is a trip from the Viseu Valley to the Iza Valley. It a nice trip through the hills, over pasture and hay land and scattered parts of forest. You walk along the Ciunca hill (847 m) and will enjoy the panorama's over the Ţibleş mountain (1800m) and the Pietrosul Rodnei (2303 m), the highest peak from the Eastern Carpathians. The village Saliste is the first village of the authentic Iza valley, world wide known for its wooden churches. Distance 19km, about 6 hours hiking, 420m climbing and 430m descending.

DAY 3: Roundtrip to Dragomiresti. You make a nice hiking trip in the surrounding hills and walk along open pastures and small patches of forest. Here you will visit an interesting ethnographic museum with textiles, carpets, wooden household items, looms and other tools for preparing wool. Distance 12km, about 4 hours hiking, 320m climbing and 320m descending.

DAY 4: Hiking trip via Ieud to Botiza. First along the vallei to Dragomiresti, then a short hike through the surrounding hills which allows you plenty of time to visit the very interesting village Ieud. It has the best preserved village center of Maramures. It is located around the church on the hill, (oldest wooden church in Maramures dating back till in 1364) In Ieud there is a small private museum. Continuing the trip along the Ieud river and the Botiza river, there are small farm fields, hayland and pastures, patches of forest. Botiza has a lovely wooden church. The village is known for it's handmade carpets. Distance 14km, about 3 hours hiking 320m climbing and 250m descending.

DAY 5: Hiking trip to Poienile Izei. Hike over pastures and through small patches of forest. Distance 11 km, hiking 4-5 hours, 200m climbing, 200m descending.

EXTRA DAY: Rest day in Poienile Izei or roundtrip hiking in the village. Here you can take part at the activities at the farm, and you can have a short walk in the village. In Poienile Izei you certainly you have to visit the UNESCO HERITAGE Poienile Izei church. It is superbly decorated with frescoes inside. Those frescoes were often made as a guide or rule book for the people and especially for the women who were warned to behave well.

DAY 6: Hiking trip to Sieu. You exit the village and walk along the ridge to Sieu. The trip brings you along Hay and grass fields, small patches of forest and orchards. You stay at Maria's guesthose, traditional music teacher. In Sieu there is a wooden church and a watermill. Distance 12km, 4 hours hiking, 230m climbing, 360m descending.

DAY 7: Our local guide will pick you up in the morning and will bring you to a beekeeper, a local distillery, a potter and watermill and show you how people live, will explain (show) you typical customs. You will sleep again in Sieu.

DAY 8: In the early morning you will be transfered back to Viseu de Sus to start your trip with the narrow steam locomotive along the Vaser river. In Romania there are still working narrow gauge steam locomotives. (about the last ones in Europe). As you will notice, time is not important and physics have other laws along the Vaser. It will be a wonderful experience in a world you hardly could imagine it still exists. In the evening you should get back to Viseu accomodation. (can be anytime between 4pm and 8pm). Train tickets are not included in price, we will make the reservation for your place, you have to pay the tickets at the train station before the trip (approx 10 euro pro person).

DAY 9: Hiking trip in the Maramures Mountains. Don't  miss this roundtrip! It's a lovely hike at the other side of the Viseu River, along open fields, a settlement and through dense forest. In the evening you will be back in Viseu de Sus. Hiking trip 22,3km, about 7-8 hours hiking, 330m climbing and 330m descending.

DAY 10: Breakfast, end of program

THE EASY PROGRAM:

DAY 1: Arrival in Vişeu de Sus, accommodation in guestrooms. Our local co-operator will bring you to the first guesthouse. In Viseu de Sus begins the forestry railway. Viseu de Sus is a small town where most activity is linked with the wood industry. The place grew after the Romanians had to built a new main line into Maramures because the country lost a small part of it's territory to Ukraine, after the 2nd World War.

DAY 2: Hiking trip via Salistea de Sus to Dragomiresti. It's a trip from the Viseu Valley to the Iza Valley. It a nice trip through the hills, over pasture and hay land and scattered parts of forest. You walk along the Ciunca hill (847 m) and will enjoy the panorama's over the Ţibleş mountain (1800m) and the Pietrosul Rodnei (2303 m), the highest peak from the Eastern Carpathians. The village Saliste is the first village of the authentic Iza valley, world wide known for its wooden churches. Distance 19km, about 6 hours hiking, 420m climbing and 430m descending.

DAY 3: Roundtrip to Dragomiresti. You make a nice hiking trip in the surrounding hills and walk along open pastures and small patches of forest. Here you will visit an interesting ethnographic museum with textiles, carpets, wooden household items, looms and other tools for preparing wool. Distance 12km, about 4 hours hiking, 320m climbing and 320m descending.

DAY 4: Hiking trip via Ieud to Botiza. First along the vallei to Dragomiresti, then a short hike through the surrounding hills which allows you plenty of time to visit the very interesting village Ieud. It has the best preserved village center of Maramures. It's located around the church on the hill, (oldest wooden church in Maramures dating back till 1364) In Ieud is a small private museum. Continuing the trip along the Ieud river and the Botiza river, small farm fields, hayland and pastures, patches of forest. Botiza has a lovely wooden church. The village is known for it's handmade carpets. Distance 14km, about 3 hours hiking 320m climbing and 250m descending.

DAY 5: Hiking trip to Poienile Izei along the Sasiului Valley asphalted and gravel road. In Poienile Izei you certainly have to visit the church. She's superbly decorated with frescoes inside. Those frescoes were often made as a guide or rule book for the people and especially the women were warned to behave well. Distance 11 km, hiking 4-5 hours, 200m climbing, 200m descending.

DAY 6: Hike to Sieu along the Sieu and Botiza Rivers. An easy hike along the asphalted road. You stay at maris's guesthouse, she is music teacher. Distance: 9,2km, 3-4 hours, 145m descending.

DAY 7: Our local guide, will pick you up in the morning and will bring you to a beekeeper, a local distillery, a potter and watermill and show you how people live, will explain (show) you typical customs. You will sleep again in Sieu.

DAY 8: In the early morning you will be transfered back to Viseu de Sus to start your trip with the narrow steam locomotive along the Vaser river. In Romania there are still working narrow gauge steam locomotives. (about the last ones in Europe). As you will notice, time is not important and physics have other laws along the Vaser. It will be a wonderful experience in a world you hardly could imagine it still exists. In the evening you should get back to Viseu accomodation. (can be anytime between 4pm and 8pm). Train tickets are not included in price, we will make the reservation for your place, you have to pay the tickets at the train station before the trip (approx 10 euro pro person).

DAY 9: Trip ends after breakfast.

The folk costumes in Maramures:
More then in other regions from Romania, the people in Maramures, especially the young and old ones, still respect very much the typical folk costumes and wear them proud on Sundays or festive days. Even the weekday clothes differ a little from the rest of Romania and are specific for the region, such as the short skirts the women wear and typical black and red horizontal striped shorts (zadie). (Notice also that the skirt stops one hand length above the knee, only in Maramures).

Prices:

10 days program (9 nights) in full board

840 Euro in full board for the first 2 persons,
826 Euro in full board from the 3rd person on,
565 Euro in full board for children below 12.

Price includes: detailed info about the route, trip description, daily maps, GPS tracks, luggage transport, 1 guided day + visits, and local transfers between train station Viseu de Jos to Viseu de Sus.

Single room occupancy 111 euro/ trip.

 

9 days program (8 nights) in full board

788 Euro in full board for the first 2 persons,
723 Euro in full board from the 3rd person on,
497 Euro in full board for children below 12.
Price includes also: detailed info about the route, trip description, daily maps, GPS tracks, luggage transport, 1 guided day, local transfers between train station Viseu de Jos and Viseu de Sus, transfer from Sieu to Viseu at the end of the trip.

Extra nights: 45 Euro/person in full board

Single traveler or single room occupancy: 89 Euro supplement

Extra: You can rent a GPS device from us. Please ask about price.

Extra nights: 45 Euro/person in full board, doesn't includes the hiking program.

 Any Maramures trip may be extende with Bukovina trip to visit our famous painted monasteries. The public bus transfer from Maramures to Bukovina - Vatra Dornei and then by train to Vama, Tukovina. Bus ticket cost abot 8 euro pro person and the bus ticket 4-5 Euro pro person. Please check our Bukovina trip here http://www.greenmountain.ro/activeholidays/14-individual-trip/14-individual-hiking-trip-in-bukovina.html

The combined trips may start in Vama in Bukovina and continue with Maramures area. The transfers between area wil be a bit facile.

How to get in Maramures:

By car:

Budapest - Debrechen - Satu Mare - Baia Mare - Viseu de Sus 460km (8h-9 hours driving) you can park your car 100% safe.

By plane and train: Take a flyght to Cluj-Napoca and from Cluj-Napoca you may travel with tain or bus to Maramures.

http://www.infofer.ro

http://www.autogari.ro

First part to Cluj-Napoca:

All flight operators on Cluj-Napoca Aiport are: LOT, Wizz Air, Blue Air, Vueling, Tarom, Corendon,, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, ASL Airlines Switzerland.

Direct flights to Cluj-Napoca and back.

 All Cluj-Napoca flights are here: http://airportcluj.ro/passenger-information/program-zboruri/zboruri-regulate?id_limba=2

or:

Flights to Budapest (regular airlines and low-cost) and train to Cluj -Napoca: there are trains departing the airport Ferihegy to Cluj Napoca. Plain from Budapest to Cluj Napoca it is an option too.

Train connections: see at http://www.mav-start.hu/english/index.php

(The trains depart/arrive at new trainstation at Budapest Ferihegy airport terminal 1 and you have to change trains in Szolnok, time between trains is somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes).

Second part: Cluj-Napoca - Maramures (and back)

There 2 trains a day from Cluj Napoca to Viseu de Jos. From Viseu de Jos we may provide a transferto the first village & accommodation to start your trip.

With the bus you may have different destinations to start and end the trip in Maramures. Ask and we will cusomise your trip. You first destination may be Dragomiresti.

Back by train to Cluj-Napoca. http://www.autogari.ro 

or by bus http://www.infofer.ro

If you don't get the trains at your day of arrival - departure, you can stay an extra night in Cluj-Napoca: price 45 Euro for a double room bed and breakfast/ 35 Euro for a single room.