Excursii la munte

 

Maramures Traditions

Maramures, a mythical county, with traditions and culture well kept. We'll see some of the eight wooden churches from UNESCO List of World Heritage and we'll be in touch with the locals and their traditions habits. We'll see the black humor from Merry Cemetery and the Prison-Museum from Sighet. 

For a week we'll be translated in XIX-th Century, in a traditional society with people working on the field, using traditional iron tools for it and living in wooden houses.


Maramures is located in the geographical heartland of Europe, a land of wooden churches, mythological richness, impressive landscapes and very ancient customs. It has carefully preserved the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of a medieval peasant past. 
The region stands as a testament to traditional, to a romantic era of simplicity, pride and moral values, hearing about only from our grandparents stories...

Little has changed among centuries...Families remain in the same villages, as their ancestors. Traditional skills and crafts are passed from generation to generation. Traditional hand-woven clothing continues to be used. The church is still the soul of village. Neighbours know one another and continue to lend a helping hand.
Life in Maramures is like a mystery. Visitors drive through mountain, passes and descend into the valleys of life, where the mystery of rural traditions unfolds before the visitor, as a living museum.

During the first 6 days we will stay at local farms and we will sleep at the local guestroom house. Farm have animals that you can see, feed or even take care. We should accompany our guest in the filed to see the traditional way of land exploatation: mowing, gathering the hay or grazing animals.  You should milk the cow, feed the animals or simple admire the  vegetable garden. You shoud taste the milk, the vegetables, the cheese or traditional drinks, all home made. The traditional food will surprise you: soups, steaks, cakes. You should also see the traditional clothing and listen the traditional music. 

On our way we will visit some wooden churches from UNESCO List of World Heritage, where we can see unequaled craftsmanship of the carvers from XIII-th to XVIII-th Centrury. Inside the churches, the paints will enchant your eyes with their expresivity. 

The extraordinary scenery will take your breath through: depression meadows, forests, mountain peaks, all populated by locals working on the feild and moving with animal carts. A lot of water mills and whirlpools are waitig for you to discover!

In one day we'll visit the Prison-Museum from Sighet - The Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the resistance, one of the most repressive prisons in the communist period. Here we should see the torture methods used by communists to preserve their society.

The Merry Cemetery from Sapanta , is famous for its colourful tombstones with native paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. 
The traditional villages from Iza and Mara Valleys, distinguished for the keeping of rural traditions show us how the people live 100 years ago, in traditional households.
One highlight of our tour is a trip on Viseu Valley, famous for its narrow line train. The steam train will cross mountains and forests to show us a remote part of the mountains.

In the last days we will walk in the mountains in order to see one of the greatest waterfalls in Romania, called Horses Waterfall, situated in Maramures Mountains. Maramures Mountains are the highest mountains in the area, with its peak, called Pietrosul (Rocky)- 2303m. The nice scenery with pastures, forests and rocks will delight us.

Training requirement: beginner- 2-3 hours/day walk on the roads or on the hills. There are accepted families with children over 11 years old. 

Price includes: transfer by car from airport to destination and back, 2 meals a day (breakfast and lunch), starting with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day, guiding and all the expenses related with guiding, accommodation in guesthouses in rooms with 2 or 3 beds and shared bathrooms. 

English language guide.

Price do not include: insurance and other personal costs, lunch excepting that mentioned, entrance fees at the museums and churches (1-2 euro/visit).

 

Length of the tour: 8 days.

 Price:

-499 GBP/person for groups of 5-7 persons or

609 Euro/person for groups of 5-7 persons.

 

-519 GBP/person for groups of 4 persons or

634 Euro/person for groups of 4 persons.

 

We accept groups of 4-7 tourists.

 

How to get in Romania.

Valid periods: 1st May- 30th October 2014.

 On request, we can offer you tailor-made trips, according to your preferences. 

  

Maramures History

Maramures was inhabited by Celts, Dacians, and Germanic peoples. On first century BC, it was part of the Dacian Kingdom under Burebista, while in the early Middle Ages, it was ruled by the Hunnic, Gepid, Avar and Bulgarian kingdoms or empires.
The territory was part of the Hungarian Empire from the 11th century. The inhabitants of the region were allowed to preserve their native political organization, the Voevodates, which formed many small autonomous areas, until XVth century and even later.
In the 16th century, medieval Kingdom of Hungary was invaded and destroyed by the Ottoman Empire, and area came under administration of the semi-independent Ottoman Principality of Transylvania and from 1699 under administration of the Habsburg Monarchy.
After the First World War, the region was divided between Romania and Czechoslovakia. After World War II, the southern section remained within the Romanian borders, the northern section was incorporated into the Soviet Union and is now part of Ukraine.

About Transylvania

The first state was called Dacia, conquered and annexed by the Roman Empire. Hungarian tribes occupied Transylvania, during the 9th century. Staring form year 1000 right up to year 1920, Transylvania was part of the Kingdom of Hungary and of the Habsburgic Empire.
The southern borders of Transylvania were settled in the 12th century by colonists from the Holy Roman Empire. These German settlers, known as Transylvanian Saxons created splendid fortified churches. In 1526 the Kingdom of Hungary was defeated by an invading Turkish army. The heart of the country was conquered by the Turks, while its western parts passed, together with the Hungarian crown, to the Habsburgs in Vienna. Transylvania became an independent principality, paying tribute to the Turks, but ruled by Hungarian princes. This principality, now mainly protestant, became for a time the center of Hungarian culture. At the end of the 17th century the Turks were expelled from Hungary by a coalition of Christian armies, and Hungary regained its unity. The Habsburgs kept a certain degree of autonomy for Transylvania but ruled it directly from Vienna.

Tranditional Food

Some traditional dishes : Bean soup with smoked meat, beef Peasant soup, chicken noodle soup, polenta with cheese, cabbage rolls. In Romanian cuisine, pork meat  plays a major role. Transylvania is famous for its plum brandy and for its natural juices and jams.
The breakfast consists of homemade bread with butter, cheese, salami, boiled eggs, ham, jam. As drinks you have coffee, milk or tea. Besides these, you can serve cereals. Lunch is consisting of soup, followed by a menu of meat (pork, chicken, beef) and garnish vegetables (potatoes , rice , mushrooms). It is served with tomato salad or cabbage. Italian dishes were recently introduced, mostly pasta and pizza. If you want drinks, you can choose sparkling water, soda, beer, wine and plum brandy, natural brandy. For desert you can serve cakes, pies, ice cream.
Dinner consists of a single dish , usually meat, cooked with vegetables and salad . Those who would not eat meat will serve natural salad with cabbage , onions , lettuce , olives, cheese , known as bulgarian salad or other dishes prepared without meat. Being most of the time on the road, lunch will be very frugal, but we will compensate with a huge dinner.

Restaurant Prices

Regarding the prices in the restaurant for lunch, here are some informative prices: soup- 3 euro, steak- 6 euro, Bulgarian salads- 3 euro, cakes, ice cream- 2 euro, juice- 1 euro, mineral water- 1 euro, beer (500 ml)- 2 euro, a cup of wine- 2 euro.