In Maramures you will have great cultural contact with our pure Romanian traditions. A few dozen sites are on the World Heritage List. The rural part of Romania hardly changed over the last 50 years and traditions; culture and folklore are still fully integrated and visible in daily life in the numerous villages in Maramures. Here the people keep so strong to their traditions. In Maramures you have the perfect possibility to go back in time and take active part in their way of life, more or less see how your ancestors lived 50, 100 or many years ago. You will discover our fabulous mythology, and a unique rhythm of the folk music, beautiful traditional clothes and fantastic life stories. You will travel with the steam locomotive too.
DISCOVER MARAMURES, where the unspoiled landscape and the old stories are so charming and still alive! Enjoy hiking in Maramures!
Arrival in Vişeu de Sus: accommodation in guestrooms. Our driver will pick you up from the Train Station and 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 build a new main line into Maramures because the country lost a small part of its territory to Ukraine, after the 2nd World War.
Hiking trip to Dragomiresti it’s a trip from the Viseu Valley to the Iza Valley. It’s a nice trip through the hills, over pastures and hay land and scattered parts of forest. You walk along the Ciunca hill (847 m) and will enjoy the panoramas 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, worldwide known for its wooden churches. Here you will visit a traditional masks craft man. The masks are used in winter for pagan magic rituals. Distance 14km, about 5 hours hiking, 420m climbing and 430m descending.
Sleep in Salistea.
Hiking trip to Dragomiresti. This time a short hike through the surrounding hills which allows you plenty of time to visit the very interesting village Dragomiresti. Distance 12km, about 4 hours hiking 70m climbing and 120m descending.
Hiking trip to Botiza. This time a short hike through the surrounding hills 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. Distance: 16 km, about 5 hours hiking.
Here you will make a trip along the Ieud River and the Botiza River, small farm fields, hay land and pastures, patches of forest. Botiza has a lovely wooden church. The village is known for its handmade carpets.
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: 6,8km, about 2-3 hours hiking, climbing 135m, descending 80m.
Hike to Sieu along the Sieu and Botiza Rivers, an easy hike along the asphalted road. You stay in Sieu. The owner of the guesthouse is a music teacher, so you will be in contact with a great cultural folk guide. Distance: 9,2km, 3-4 hours, 145m descending.
Our driver 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. In the late afternoon you will be brought back to Viseu de Sus where you stay for the night.
You will make a trip with the narrow steam locomotive along the Vaser River. In Romania there are still working narrow gauge steam locomotives (among 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 in Viseu (can be at anytime between 4pm and 8pm).
Breakfast, end of program.
Single traveler: 105 Euro supplement
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