The Land that time Forgot, A walk in the Maramures

Romania, Discovery, 8 days - from $1,390 (land only)

Wooden churches in the MaramuresWalking in the Maramures

  • Discover the remote regions of Maramures and Bucovina
  • Experience medieval European rural life
  • Steam train ride in the Vaser Valley
  • The painted churches at Sucevita and Moldovita
  • Great value - all meals included

Situated on Romania's northern border with Ukraine, the provinces of Maramures and Bucovina have changed little for centuries. Set within the rolling, forested hills of the northern Carpathians, this is a land of beautiful wooden churches, traditional farming and ancient customs. A walk up to the scenic ridge known as the ‘Roosters Crest' is a great introduction, with views extending to the Gutai Mountain. We also visit the exquisitely painted church at Ieud din Deal and hike through verdant countryside to the villages of Botiza and Poienile Izei, for an insight into the simple life-style of the local people. Then, in the Vaser Valley, we take a step back in time on the ‘Mocanita' steam train. Transferring to Bucovina by way of the Prislop Pass (1600m), we visit the amazing churches of Moldovita and Sucevita and enjoy a day-hike in the scenic Rarau Mountains. This delightful holiday highlights a part of Europe that is definitely off-the-beaten-track.

Is this holiday for you?

This discovery holiday involves pleasant walks on most days interspersed with sightseeing. The walking days are between 3-5hrs long and generally over rolling hills through meadows and past traditional rural farms. We will visit several wooden churches and painted churches during our week holiday in this area. There are a couple of reasonably long drives as we traverse the mountains from the Maramures to Bucovina, but the roads are good and we travel in a comfortable private bus.

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