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Sapanta & Merry Cemetery Walking Tour

1. Sapanta & Merry Cemetery Walking Tour

You’ve never seen anything like this before. In the 1950's, a man by the name of Stan Ioan Patras, a local sculpture, came up with the brilliant idea of carving tombstones in wood and writing a small epitaph on them. He transformed a local custom into a work of art by including small, funny stories of the people who had passed on their epitaphs. In the middle of the cemetery is the Orthodox church, built in the beginning of the 19th century. After exploring this unique place, head down to Sapanta Peri to admire the world's tallest wooden monastery build recently.  Take in the breathtaking views of the scene. Your visit will end at the Stan Ioan Patras memorial house to admire the work of the master himself who created the Merry Cemetery almost 60 years ago.

From Cluj-Napoca: Two Day Tour to Maramures

2. From Cluj-Napoca: Two Day Tour to Maramures

Meet the people who wear their handmade traditional costumes with pride, enter their homes and get to know the culture of this region through its traditions, delicious food and simplicity. This tour has been created for nature lovers, people who love tradition, architecture, history and religion. This trip will start from Cluj. Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will drive north in order to reach Maramures, the land that was first mentioned in documents in 1199. Your last destination of the day will be Breb village, where you will enter through a beautiful handmade carved door, whose details have an important cultural significance, and then you will have a traditional lunch. Overnight in a beautiful, traditional house. When it comes to understanding traditions in Maramures, the most interesting experience is to enter the homes of the locals. Their home is the basis around which family, customs and traditions revolve. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit a traditional house, meet the locals, have a traditional lunch made with the freshest products and admire the simplicity of people’s lives. Witness several crafting activities such as wood carvings and have a taste of palinka while discussing with the locals. Besides hospitality, the people of Maramures are also known for their sense of humor, and they never cease to amazed with their funny epitaphs that you will see in one of the main attractions from this tour, the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta. Then, meet the spiritual side of the locals in Maramures, and visit some of the most interesting monasteries and churches in the region, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire the well-known wooden churches, manually carved by local craftsmen. Walk through the villages where locals keep crafting traditions alive, visit local craftsmen and admire their beautiful work, witness demonstrations and see the most ingenious natural washing machines that women used to wash their woolen rugs with the whirlpools in Maramures. To complete your experience and to make this tour more pleasant, some sightseeing have been prepared to make you feel like you are in a Lord of the Rings setting. Climb heights to admire the beautiful hill villages and fields where haycocks lie in the sun. The virgin forests in Maramures are some of the last ones in Europe that are still untouched by humans and it is the place where trees die because they are old, they fall and the wood feeds the earth for the next generations. In these woods, live trees of all ages, from hundreds of years old to just sprouted seeds, and under their branches live over 10,000 species of animals, including brown bears, wolves and deer.

Maramures: 2 Days in Rural Romania

3. Maramures: 2 Days in Rural Romania

On the first day, you will be driven over the Carpathian Mountains to arrive in the region of Maramures. Here, we visit the tallest wooden church in Surdesti, before visiting a popular artist from the area. You will be served a traditional lunch consisting of local dishes from the area, and in the afternoon you will visit the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta. Your day will conclude with an overnight stay in a 3-star guesthouse in the countryside. On the second day you will embark on a breathtaking tour on a steam train. You will wind along the secluded, meandering Vaser Valley. At the final destination, you will be invited to a grill lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the wooden church of Bogdan Voda, before being driven back to Cluj.

Naples: Panoramic City Tour and Thermal Baths

4. Naples: Panoramic City Tour and Thermal Baths

Your experience begins with a panoramic tour throughout which you will learn information about the city. You'll cross the historic center, which will take you to the hill of Castel Sant'elmo and the Certosa of San Martino for breathtaking views over the city. From up there your guide will show you the various churches and museums from above. You will then continue to Posillipo to admire the two gulfs of Naples and Pozzuoli as well as their 3 beautiful islands, the Phlegrean fields, the bay, and the rugged coast. Following that you will make your way down to the seafront in via partenope, a pedestrian street full of restaurants, ice-cream stores, chalets, and lounge bars. You'll walk along the sea and Castel dell'ovo, going to Piazza del Plebiscito, the beating heart of Naples. There you will be surrounded by the Royal Palace, the San Carlo Theater, and Galleria Umberto. Following the city your, stop at a thermal park spa for some relaxation. You'll spend 3-4 hours at the thermal baths of Baia, a thermal complex which offers an outdoor thermal water bath, saunas, massages, and whirlpools, all which are all naturally sourced from the adjacent volcanoes. It is also possible to book an option that includes just the thermal spa park without the city tour.

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What people are saying about Maramureș

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Fantastic Experience

This was such an amazing experience in the countryside of Romania. Everything was absolutely perfect. Our guide, Josif, really made the trip for us! He provided so much interesting information about the area and the history to provide us an understanding and background of the area. The overnight stay was very comfortable and clean. All the food stops were perfect too! I wouldn't change anything!

Excellent trip!

Our trip in maramures was great. We had a really exceptional guide (Joseph) who was able to explain us all the history of Romania and of this specific region. His knowledge is very broad on all type of subjects. The tour and the region was great and we learn many things. We strongly recommend this type of tour.

A nostalgic trip back in time

Wonderful nature and old churches. Our guide Ilona's knowledge, kind attention and good conversation made it special.