MARAMURES – THE FORGOTTEN PEARL
Cycling Romania, Maramures. It’s a unique destination, considered by many to be the soul of rural Romania. With its picturesque settlements, green hills and fields full of wildflowers, Maramures represents all that means life in the countryside. Visitors of this region have the unique opportunity to go back in time, to be witnesses of older eras, traditions, moral values and lifestyle. Crafts and traditions are passed from generation to generation. Woven clothing is still worn with pride. Church is still the soul of the village. Neighbors know each other and help each other. Life in Maramures is shrouded in mystery. Visit a living museum cycling through a landscape which pleases the most whimsical traveler.
D1. Arrival and transfer to Surdesti
After transferring from Cluj, we begin with a short cycling to around two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In Surdesti we are at the edge of the historical Maramures. We will then be enthralled by the atmosphere and beauty of the natural landscape located a mere few kilometers outside town.
D2. Surdesti – Breb 40 Km
We start our day with a quick transfer to the old mining town Cavnic. From there, we continue with a forest road climb to Creasta Cocosului – a favorite place for excursions of the region’s residents. There we will admire a spectacular view of a major part of historical Maramures. After a longer descent, we arrive in the heart of Maramures where we will visit local craftsmen as well as the UNESCO World Heritage wooden church of Desesti. Our last stop for the day is the village of Breb, which was visited by The Prince of Wales in the spring of 2004.
D3. Breb – Botiza 45 Km
We depart Breb by horse-drawn carriage. In Budesti we will visit another UNESCO protected wooden church. Later, we will see the method of making the ’’cergi’’, which is made of wool and is the material of traditional carpets. In Botiza we will have a chance to observe the everyday life of an orthodox monastery.
D4. Botiza – Viseu de Sus 40 km
We begin our day by visiting a goat pen and sampling various goat cheeses. After a short by-pass in Ieud to visit our last UNESCO wooden church, we leave the main road in Salistea de Sus and cycle through a bucolic valley en route to Viseul de Jos.
D5. Mocanita Day – Tranfer to Sapanta
The main attraction of the tour is the Mocanita: a narrow–gauge railway purpose-built for the transportation of lumber. (Mocanita is among the last in Europe serving its original purpose.) After the train ride, which will be completed over around 3 pm, we transfer to Sapanta to pay a visit to the famous Merry Cemetery and spend the night in Vadu Izei.
D6. Transfer to Cluj and departure
Transfer to Cluj with the possibility of an optional visit of the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance in Sighetul Marmatiei.
- Wooden churches of Maramures (7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
- Carved Wooden Gates
- Traditional lifestyle of Maramures
- Traditional meals with locals
- Orthodox Monasteries
- Mocanita – Steam train
- The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta
THE PRICE INCLUDES
- Accommodation – (5 nights) will be in traditional guesthouses or 2 – 3 star pensions.
- Meals – (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners) traditional meals with locals, picnic, sandwiches or restaurant
- Bike – Merida Matts 10 – V 2014
- The tour price includes all transfers, luggage transportation, attraction entrances, guide, helmet
- Price does not include: your flight, insurance, other personal expenses
- Difficulty level: medium
DATES & PRICE 2017