Art Treasure Tour of Northern Romania: Wooden Churches of Maramures & Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Art Treasure Tour of Northern Romania: Wooden Churches of Maramures & Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

, Romania

8 Day escorted tour from Cluj-Napoca to Cluj-Napoca

New: Guaranteed departures to be advised soon

Introduction

The history of Maramures is told through the wood of their churches. Along the centuries, the area's foreign rulers did not allow the people living here to build long lasting stone churches, so instead, the local carpenters  raised beautiful wooden churches to communicate with God.  Thus wood became their best friend and companion.

Despite many predictions to the opposite, the churches have resisted the ravages of time and still remain in this north-western part of Romania, sustaining the local population and amazing visitors.
The wooden churches are gothic in architecture. Heavy oak beams some over 40 feet long weight the church to the earth. Hand hewn and joined timbers with roofs made from hand-split shingles transform the churches from architectural wonder to artistic beauty. Many of the church interiors are adorned with hand painted murals dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

As recognition for their unique value, cultural significance and beauty, eight out of the almost 100 old wooden churches of Maramures were granted the title of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are located in the villages of Bârsana, Budeşti, Deseşti, Ieud, Plopiş, Poienile Izei, Rogoz and Surdeşti. 

For most people, however, the highlight of the tour is the painted monasteries of the Bucovina area   resplendent with color both within and without, and standing in rich upland valleys of the best Carpathian landscape. These 16th century monuments (often described as the finest flower of post- Byzantine monumental art) show how, even in a time of political struggle, the vitality of Christian culture in Moldavia continued unabated. The Moldavian style in architecture, begun earlier in a peaceful interlude under Stephen the Great and his son Petru (1457-1547), has a distinctive narrow aspect with large overhanging eaves and some Gothic features.

Finally, one is struck by the quality of Romanian popular art, whose vitality is still very much alive today. Lively pottery designs, bright textiles, carved woodwork are all part of a long-established tradition. The appreciation of all these things is much heightened by experiencing the equally vital traditions of friendliness and hospitality of Romanian country people.

Not in the least you will discover the finest wines of Romania and gastronomy traditions.

Period of validity: 18th of April – 31st of October 2022 for groups of 20-25 guests

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  • ·         Wooden Churches of Maramures – UNESCO Heritage Sites;

    ·         Painted Monasteries of Bucovina - UNESCO Heritage Sites;

    ·         New: Tour of the beautiful city of Oradea;

    ·         Merry Cemetery in Sapanta;

    ·         New: Beautiful Karoly Castle in Carei;

    ·         Journey with the famous steam narrow gauge train Mocanita Viseu;

    ·         New: Wine tasting in a famous Transylvanian vineyard;

    ·         New: Gourmet dinner paired with  fine wines in Targu Mures;

    ·         New: Famous salt mine Turda;

    ·         St. Michael gothic cathedral in Cluj;

    ·         New: Medieval town of Bistrita;

  • ·         1 gourmet dinner accompanied by fine wines in Targu Mures;

    ·         Transylvanian wine tasting with local products in Batos;

    ·         1 traditionnal dinner in the open air with camp fire;

    • Hotel Privo****Targu Mures

      Located in a private, quiet area close to city centre, Hotel Privo is a hotel concept where history and modernism complement each other in order to create an eminent style. It is a minimalist haven for business and all-out relaxation, where design creates a warm and welcoming dialogue between the contemporary hotel and the historic ensemble of Villa Csonka and its surrounding park.  

    • Hotel Gradina Morii***Sighetul Marmatiei

      Vintage architecture, moThe hotel feature an elevator, room service, access for the disabled people, safe at the recption. dern facilities and the special location in the middle of a park are only a few among the reasons why the guests keep returning here.

    • Hilde's Residence****Gura Humorului

  • SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

    ·         7 night accommodation in select four-star hotels as per itinerary;

    ·         Daily buffet breakfast;

    ·         4 dinners in selected hotels;

    ·         1 gourmet dinner paired with fine wines in Targu Mures;

    ·         Transylvanian wine tasting with local products in Batos;

    ·         1 traditionnal dinner in the open air with camp fire;

    ·         Dinner in Cluj;

    ·         Train ride Mocanita including catering;

    ·         Travel in a deluxe motor coach;

    ·         Professional tour director throughout the tour;

    ·         All sightseeing tours stated as per itinerary, including admission fees and local guides;

    ·         Baggage handling for the full duration of the tour;

    ·         Service charges, local taxes and VAT;

    ·         1 free place in single room for tour leader;

    SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

    ·         Flights to/from Cluj-Napoca;

    ·         Drinks with meals unless otherwise stated;

    ·         Travel insurance;

    ·         Tips;

    ·         Anything not mentioned expressly in the tour program;

    SELECTED HOTELS:

    Oradea: Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton****

    Sighetul Marmatiei: Hotel Gradina Morii***

    Gura Humorului: Hilde’s Residence****; Voronet Blue Resort****

    Targu Mures:  Hotel Privo****

    Cluj-Napoca: to be advised soon

    Alternative option for bus operators: it is possible to arrive from Hungary by own bus; the tour program remains the same. The rates would be different; in this case please contact us for a revised offer.

    NB The above rates can be easily adapted for smaller groups and individuals. We are at your disposal, should you have any question or require any additional information.

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