The Land that time Forgot, A walk in the Maramures
Romania, Discovery, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €995 (land only) - from $1,390 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at group hotel in Baia Mare. KE Land Only package services begin with a single timed group transfer from Cluj Napoca to the group hotel in Baia Mare.
Day 2: Our holiday starts with a transfer to the mountain pass where we walk along a gentle ridge called 'Roosters Crest' at the summit of Creasta Cocosului. We have fantastic views of both sides of the Gutai Mountains. We descend to the village of Breb through meadows and gardens. Overnight guesthouse in Breb.
Day 3: After breakfast we visit the local church in Ieud din Deal, a wooden masterpiece. There are almost 100 of these special churches in the Maramures region with slim bell towers and often double layers roofs. Most of the churches were built between the 17 & 18th century. We then enjoy a gentle walk over the hills to the next village of Botiza and then Poienile Izei. Overnight guesthouse.
Day 4: This morning we ride on the famous Vaser Valley steam train. The 2 hrs journey takes us up to tthe top station where we have a 1 hr stroll before returning on the steam train. In the afternoon we have a short walk or relax at the guesthouse. Overnight guesthouse.
Day 5: Today we transfer to the Bucovina region. The morning takes us into the high Carpathian mountains crossing the Prislop Pass at 1600m. At the winter resort of Borsa we stop and enjoy a walk with some breathtaking views back to the Maramures and as far as the Ukraine. We continue our transfer to Boucovina. Overnight guesthouse.
Day 6: After breakfast we visit the unique Sucevita and Moldovita monasteries. Both of these are beautifully painted and fortified - an incedible sight. We walk between the monasteries gaining some height for great views. The walk takes us through remote villages with classic hay stacks with local people working. In the afternoon we experience an Easter egg painting demonstration. Overnight guesthouse.
Day 7: Today we have another enjoyable walk through the rolling hills around the Humor monastery to the old salt mines. In the afternoon we head back to Cluj Napoca (approx 5hrs transfer). Overnight Cluj Napoca.
Day 8: KE Land Only services end with a transfer to the airport.