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  • The Rural Romania Experience
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  • The Rural Romania Experience

The Overview

Take a journey through time and discover the real Romania on a cultural back-to-basics style trip through the Maramures region. The Rural Romania Experience will transport you deep into the heart of the Romanian countryside where the country’s rural heritage is showcased beautifully through the vast expanses of wild nature, cultural sites and clusters of peasant villages.

Staying in rural guesthouses that are hosted by locals, you are warmly invited to share peasant customs and traditions with the opportunity to get involved in village life helping farmers herd buffalo and getting your hands dirty making jam from freshly picked berries. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with one of Romania’s most celebrated potters, learning the art of pottery and creating your very own ceramics.

Admire the region’s famous UNESCO wooden churches, including the tallest in the world, learn more about the country’s history of communism in Sighet and gain a new perspective at the charming Merry Cemetery. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the natural surroundings and easy pace of the rural lifestyle, giving you a real slice of traditional life.

 

The Experience

Day 1: Arrival in Cluj and private transfer to Baia Sprie in Maramures where you will settle into The Potter’s Guesthouse and take part in a pottery masterclass learning the ropes and making your own ceramics

Day 2: Visit a handful of the famous wooden churches including the tallest wooden church in the world and experience a traditional Sunday morning service before heading back to put the finishing touches to your pottery masterpieces

Day 3: Transfer to the village of Breb. After lunch you’ll visit the old mill and whirlpool in the village of Sarbi then learn how to make your own plum brandy, the local firewater

Day 4: Day spent living like the locals and getting involved with an array of traditional activities such as berry picking, wood carving, weaving, jam making and more. Activities are seasonal and available on request

Day 5: Day spent living like the locals and getting involved with an array of traditional activities such as berry picking, wood carving, weaving, jam making and more. Activities are seasonal and available on request

Day 6: Day trip to Sighet and Sapanta to visit the Memorial of the Victims of Communism Museum as well as the charming Merry Cemetery

Day 7: Day spent living like the locals and getting involved with an array of traditional activities such as berry picking, wood carving, weaving, jam making and more. Activities are seasonal and available on request

Day 8: Morning visit to the local sheepfold before travelling to Cluj, stopping at Rogoz to visit the painted wooden church. Transfer back to Cluj, check in to the Hampton Hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the city before a night of modern comforts

Day 9: Transfer to Cluj airport for your flight home

 

The Price

Prices start from £615 per person. This includes:

For bookings and enquiries please click here.

Maramures

Deep in the heart of the Romanian countryside, the Maramures region epitomises the country’s rural heritage and showcases traditional peasant lifestyle beautifully. The area itself is a scenic masterpiece of natural beauty with remote mountain passes, beautiful valleys and vast expanses of open landscape. Its rolling countryside is a patchwork of green pastures and meadows carpeted with wild flowers, peppered here and there with clusters of small villages that embrace peasant lifestyle.

Compact and unique, a visit to Maramures is truly a step back in time through to an age of romantic simplicity and medieval rural values, distinctly preserved in the traditionally run and peasant-inhabited Romanian country villages. Ancient skills and crafts, such as berry picking, pottery making and buffalo herding, continue to thrive and feature at the heart of village life. Locals wear their hand-woven clothing with pride and make the most of nature’s bountiful offerings, making their famous jams from local fruits and milking their own cows.

 

Romania

Romania is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, a country so full of surprises it will make you wonder why you hadn’t thought to visit before. The variation and contrast is staggering, from its untouched traditional rural countryside and its abundance of wildlife in Transylvania to the fishing villages and bird reservations of the Danube Delta. Not to be missed is Romania’s fast paced capital, Bucharest, with its eclectic mix of stunning European architecture and crumbling remnants of its communist past. Romania has far more to offer than Dracula, gypsies and the Cheeky Girls!

The Season

With increasingly long summers and winters, the climate in Maramures is rather extreme and plays host to some scorching months as well as a period of severe cold and snow, which is why the Rural Romania Experience does not run through the winter months. Spring, summer and all the way up to early autumn, however offer beautiful weather with warm sunny days and cool evening along with a wider range of local village activities that vary slightly according to each season. We have to admit that May and September are our favourite months to spend in Maramures but there are benefits to visiting the area throughout the season. See below for more details.

 

The Months

May & June: The weather in spring and early summer is lovely and pleasant as the intense heat of the summer is yet to arrive and the meadows and rolling hills burst to life with colourful wildflowers carpeting the pastures. While May can bring a fair amount of rain, June tends to be drier and warmer with the chance of the odd thunderstorm here and there. In terms of village activities, there are plenty of traditional festivals taking place across the region in May and June sees the annual brewing of the local firewater.

July & August: In the full swing of summer, visiting Maramures in July and August means long hot sunny days and blue skies with little chance of rain. While temperatures can soar to around 40 degrees, it tends to be a little cooler in the mountains so you’ll be able to enjoy the great outdoors either hiking or simply walking in the mountains. The summer months of July and August also play host to harvest time when the fields and pastures are ripe for hay stacking providing you with the opportunity to get your hands dirty and help the locals gather the hay using traditional implements like scythes and forks. Other activities to get involved with during the summer include sherpherding in the fields where you’ll have the opportunity to watch the milking and shearing of the sheep and to sample the local cheeses.

September: September brings with it slightly fresher temperatures and a certain sense of tranquillity as the rush to get the hay in from the fields is usually over by this point. You’ll still have warm and very pleasant days with cooler evenings. September is one of our favourite times to spend in Maramures.

 

The Experience Duration

The Rural Romania Experience takes place over eight nights and nine days and typically commences every Saturday during the season. However, the arrival and departure times of your chosen flights may well affect the exact duration of your stay. Many use the flexibility of booking their own flights to add an additional night or two (or three) in Cluj at the beginning and/or end of the experience to make the very most of their time in Romania.

 

The Calendar

The calendar on the right shows exactly when the Rural Romania Experience trips are available throughout the season (May all the way through to September). As well as displaying which trip dates are fully booked or available, the calendar also highlights specific dates that have been discounted or are on special offer.

Once you’ve decided on the dates you’d like to travel, head over to the HOW tab and fill out the enquiry form with all the required details. Once submitted, we will get back to you with confirmation and/or next steps within 24 hours.

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Our Highlights

There are hundreds of reasons why we think you would love the opportunity to take a step back in time with the Rural Romania Experience, but here are a few of our personal trip highlights to help persuade you…

The Way of Life: Famous for its timeless tranquillity, visiting Maramures is akin to taking a journey through time to an area of the world where locals still trade in farm produce like milk and eggs, water is taken from the well and women wear traditional clothing. The pace of life in the region is far slower and more gentle than most of us are used to, which allows the opportunity for self-reflection and a proper break from the hectic lives we all seem to lead nowadays. The village activities will take you back to another era and make you appreciate and perhaps even mourn the modernity of our developed world. Either way, you’ll get a real slice of Romanian rural life!

The Rural Activities: With such a wonderful range of activities to get involved with on your trip, you’ll come away with a wealth of unique experiences to treasure for years to come and may well find yourself mastering a brand new skill. From getting your hands dirty during the harvest time helping the locals with hay stacking and rolling up your sleeves for a culinary workshop learning the art of rustic Romanian cookery, to sherpherding, woodcarving and making your own ceramics with the local potter, you’ll be immersed in village life from beginning to end.

The Wooden Churches: Unique to Maramures and iconic the world over, the countryside is peppered with beautiful wooden churches that date all the way back to the 17th and 18th centuries and have made it onto the acclaimed list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Almost each and every tiny village has its own wooden church adorned with dramatic Gothic spires and decorated with stunning interior frescoes. Maramures also boasts the tallest wooden church in the world at Surdesti.

 

Your Trip Motivation

Whether it’s for some peace and quiet with plenty of time to unwind or to experience a unique and authentic way of life, the Rural Romania Experience is perfect if you’re looking for any of the following.

To Escape, Chill Out & Get Away From It All: If you’re after a complete change of scene and you’re fed up with the humdrum of everyday life then this retreat has your name all over it. You can choose to be as active or as lazy as you like whether you’re into trying your hand at something new or you just want to absorb the traditional surroundings.

For Peace & Quiet & Rest & Relaxation: Remote natural locations, traditional accommodations in the heart of northern Romania, and miles of rolling countryside, this trip is perfect for anyone hankering for some time out away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in an area of peace and antiquity.

To Live Like The Locals, Step Back In Time & For A Kick of Culture: See how the other half live as you get involved with local village activities including shepherding, hay-stacking and traditional bread-making along with visits to the watermill and even a trip to the local wooden church to watch an authentic Romanian Sunday service.

For A Slice of Life & To Learn Something New: As well as giving you an insight into peasant life, this experience also gives you the opportunity to try your hand at a new skill such as making your own ceramics with the local potter or having a go at wood carving or sewing.

To Get Back To Basics & Find Yourself: With plenty of time for soul-searching and contemplation, the natural environment and lower pace of living in Maramures will help you get back to basics so that you return refreshed and revived with a new perspective.

The Booking Process

So you’ve found the perfect experience for you… what happens next? Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in your details where necessary on the enquiry form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours, answering any questions you may have and confirming availability for the experience over the dates you’ve enquired about. If that’s all good to go, we’ll hold your places for you and ask you to look into booking your return flights, for assistance we recommend you email flights@untravelledpaths.com or call 0844 560 9808.

Once you’ve booked your flights please send us over the details via email including flight times, numbers and departure airports. We’ll then process your booking and send you an RBS payment link for the deposit or full balance depending on how soon you’re travelling. If your trip departs in less than 6 weeks we require full payment in order to guarantee your places on the experience, however if you are travelling in more than 6 weeks we will only take a 25% deposit at the time of booking. The outstanding balance is then taken 6 weeks before your departure date.

After your payment has been received we’ll send you confirmation of your booking along with a personalised trip itinerary, information pack and any other appropriate materials. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!

 

The Flights

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we have partnered with a specialist flight booking team, GYT, who are on hand to help you find the most appropriate flights to combine with your chosen experience. Operated by Flight Centre, the GYT team know all about our trips and will be able to steer you in the right direction when it comes to booking the cheapest airfares and most convenient airlines, flight times and departure airports for you. Not only that but you’ll also have access to to a 24 hour helpline and a ‘Travel Butler’ service which offers you one personal advisor to contact should you have any issues with your flights so you won’t have to deal with the airlines themselves!

If you’d like some assistance with booking your flights please email flights@untravelledpaths.com or call 0844 560 9808.

Alternatively you can use the information below to arrange flights yourselves. You’ll need to book with Wizz Air who fly directly from London Luton to Cluj which is the arrival and departure airport for this experience. Please note that if you are travelling to Cluj by other means your airport pick-up and drop-off will not be included. For those wanting to book additional nights at the beginning or end of the trip in Cluj this will need to be done independently.

London Luton to Cluj

Wizz Air

Your Travel Personality

This experience is suitable for all ages and tastes from the young to the young at heart. It also matches with the below travel personalities and groups:

The Time Traveller, The Culture Vulture & The History Buff: The Rural Romania Experience provides history, tradition and culture in abundance with its age-old customs, world famous wooden churches, the delightful Merry Cemetery and the thought-provoking Communist museum to name but a few. Anyone interested in getting to grips with the real Romania will find this and more.

The Nature Enthusiast & The Romantic: Maramures is bursting to the brim with nature and sheer wild beauty that evokes a sense of romance and contentment, of an ancient way of life where the pace of living is significantly slower and more gentle. The rolling countryside, iconic wooden churches and lush green pastures peppered with haystacks create the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and refreshing retreat.

The Explorer & The Free Spirit: If you’re into authentic experiences then this trip is for you. You’ll have plenty of time to immerse yourself into the everyday life of a Romanian peasant with the opportunity to get a real insight into the local culture, tradition and customs with all the traditional village activities on offer. You’re free to do as much or as little as you like and at your own pace.

 

Your Group Type

The Rural Romania Experience is a wonderful escape back in time suited to all types of groups including friends, families and even individuals who are hankering after some alone time. More information is detailed below.

The Friends & The Couple: Perfect for some quality time with your other half or handful of your close friends, the Traditional Transylvania Experience is a lovely opportunity to enjoy some rest and relaxation together.

The Family: Suitable for families of all sizes and ages, this trip is the ideal opportunity to share some quality time together in a beautiful natural environment. Children will enjoy getting involved in the plethora of village activities while parents can take some time out for peace and quiet.

The Solo Traveller: With plenty of time for self-reflection, soul-searching and relaxation, the trip is ideal if you’re keen to get back to basics and re-connect with both yourself and your natural surroundings.

 

Trip Assistance

Helping-Hand Experience: As a Helping-Hand Experience, you should find the balance between being looked after and being able to enjoy some independent time to explore just right. We’ve got all your transfers covered including private airport pick-ups and drop-offs that will meet you whatever time your flight arrives or departs, as well as transfers between sights, accommodations and destinations – all you need to do is show up on time and enjoy the ride! While you won’t have a bi-lingual guide by your side constantly, you will be given plenty of information on the areas you’ll be visiting and your local Romanian hosts will treat you like royalty! Our team on the ground are always on the end of the telephone should you have any questions, problems or issues. You’ve got the freedom to decide to do as much or as little as you like, with option to book local village activities and cultural excursions so you can tailor your experience to meet your own personal holiday needs.

How To Enquire & Book

If you’d like to learn more about this experience, you’d like to check availability and prices or you have questions that need answering simply fill out the form below with all the required details using the calendar to let us know which dates you’re interested in. Once submitted, we will get back to you with confirmation and/or next steps within 24 hours.

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