Sebastian Petras

Emil Pop

Village Hotel

Village Hotel

Emil Pop

Tourist Packages

Eco Maramureș – extending your cultural horizon

Rediscover yourself in our peaceful and spectacular countryside, were wood tells many tales of history at our UNESCO heritage sites. Delve deeper into the wilderness areas and be the one who discovers the undisclosed legacy of the last patches of virgin forests where bears and wolves make the rules, right here, in the center of Europe.

8 days trip, with tour starting in Cluj-Napoca, group of 12 – 14

Price: will be calculated according with the group size, please contact the tour operator Greenway Tour

Price includes:

Half board and 7 nights accommodation in double/twin rooms in 4 star hotel and 3 star guesthouses, guide and transportation by van during the trip with takeover from Cluj-Napoca airport, entrance fees at the cultural sites, contribution for the conservation work of WWF in the visited area.

Day 1, 2 and 3: Virgin forests and bears – the legacy of the Carpathians

We’ll discover the last patches of virgin forests in the Țibleș Mountains hosting the giants of Maramureș – trees of 300 years of age and more, embracing steep slopes and massive rocks in old forests as one could have experienced 1000 years ago, with species of plants and animals long lost in other parts of Europe. These forests included in the UNESCO heritage, are one of the WWF’s conservation areas in Romania. The wildlife watching programmed at the Baiut observatories for the evenings will be the perfect moments to deepen your knowledge related to bears.

Accommodation, at a local guesthouse in Suciu de Sus.

Day 4, 5 and 6: Culture of wood in the Maramures countryside

These days will introduce you to the culture of wood which gave way to the well-known identity of Maramures – massive carved wooden gates, UNESCO heritage wooden churches, peasant hydraulic devices – come and witness the wisdom built in wood in the villages along the rivers of Mara and Cosău. We’ll have the privilege of directly experiencing a traditional lifestyle by visiting farmer families, “horinca” tasting at a local fruit distillery, and enjoying delicious homemade meals. With easy walks in the villages and plenty of opportunities for nature photography on flower filled hay meadows between them, we’ll explore the spectacular countryside and cultural landscape together.

Accommodation at a local guesthouse in Breb.

Day 7: Reflections of recollections of the past   

We’ll travel along the border area with Ukraine, to Sapânța, to explore the uniqueness of the Merry Cemetery where grave markers celebrate life with beautiful images and gentle wit. This cheerful attitude in front of death was a pre-Christian Dacian custom, where there was a belief in life after death, death being just a gate into another world.  Next, we’ll stop and investigate the communist period at the former political prison in Sighetu Marmației.  After discovering the historic center of the city and allowing free time to search for souvenirs, we’ll be heading back to Cluj-Napoca.  

Accommodation at Grand Hotel in Cluj-Napoca. 

 Day 8: Cluj Napoca and departure

Explore Cluj Napoca city center and its architecture carrying the memories of the history and leave to the airport for travel back home.

Eco Maramureș – for nature discoverers

This tour will lead you to the stunning wilderness areas of the Eastern Carpathians, revealing the undisclosed legacy of the last patches of virgin forests where bears and wolves make the rules. It will open up a window to the archaic life in the remote villages with local history, life philosophy, culture and traditions which are organically linked to the forests sheltering them.

8 day trip starting from Cluj-Napoca

Group size: min. 8, max. 12 persons

Price: will be calculated according with the group size, please contact the tour operator Greenway Tour

Package includes: a day trip to the virgin forests in Țibleș Mountains and wildlife observation in the evening, one day hiking to the Rooster’s Crest Nature Monument, two day cycling tour along the Mara and Cosău rivers, 2 days of hiking in the Maramureș and Rodnei Mountains, guidance and interpretation in English, bicycle renting for 2 days, half board and accommodation in local guesthouses in Maramureș and hotel in Cluj-Napoca, transport by van during your trip, contribution for the WWF’s conservation activity in Maramures.

Day 1-2 Virgin forests and wildlife observation

Dedicated for discovering the virgin forests hosting the last giant trees of Maramureș in the Țibleș Mountains, with species of plants and animals long lost in other parts of Europe. It is the perfect place to deepen your knowledge related to bears during the wildlife observation in the evening at the Băiuț observatories, assisted by our experienced wildlife guides.

Accommodation in local guesthouse in Suciu de Sus.

Day 3 Trekking to the Rooster’s Crest Nature Monument

One of the most spectacular protected areas in the region, the magnificent andesitic formations, of a declared natural monument, are part of a volcanic crater that erupted nine million years ago. The summit area is a perfect sightseeing point for the historical Maramureș from where you can watch the birds of prey flying above the meadows and beech forests in the deep valleys.

Accommodation in local guesthouse in Breb. Day 4 and 5 Cycling along the Mara and Cosău rivers These cycling tours will reveal nature attractions along with the cultural heritage of villages settled in a beautiful landscape scenery. Highlights of the day: UNESCO heritage wooden church in Budești; salt lakes and Crăiască Nature reserve in Ocna Șugatag, and Roșia Monastery which is built of wood and stone in the traditional style of Maramureș County.Accommodation in local guesthouse in Breb .

Day 6 and 7 Highest peaks and wilderness in Maramureș and Rodnei Mountains

2 days of trekking in the Eastern Carpathians with accommodation in Borșa – at local guesthouse. Itinerary of day 6 :  Borșa  –  Știol peak(1611 m) – Lake Izvorul Bistriței  (1690 m) – Gărgălau Peak (2158 m)  –  Șaua Cailor (1825 m)  – Cailor waterfall – Borșa  Itinerary of day 7: Prislop Pass  (Prislop Inn  1413 m ) – Fântâna Stanchii (1700 m) – Tarniţa Bălăsânii (fauna reserve) – Prislop Pass . Transfer to Cluj-Napoca in the afternoon for accommodation.

Day 8: Cluj Napoca and departure

Explore Cluj Napoca city center and its architecture carrying the memories of the history and leave to the airport for travel back home.

We have prepared standard tourist packages, which we can customize according to each guest’s needs. We have carefully selected our tour operators in the list below, according to the principles that guide them in their activity and their financial support for projects that preserve the natural and cultural heritage in the Mara-Cosău-Rooster’s Crest area.

Greenway Tour (Ocna Șugatag): www.maramuresgreenways.ro, office@maramuresgreenways.ro

Mara International (Baia Mare): http://www.mara-tour.ro, info@mara-tour.ro

DiscoveRomania (Brașov): www.discoveromania.ro, office@discoveromania.ro

Apuseni Experience (Oradea): www.apuseniexperience.ro, contact@apuseniexperience.ro