Day trip to the Wooden Churches in Maramures
March 31, 2017

Maramures World Heritage Tour (2 Days Trip)

Bucovina and Maramures – unforgetable landscape, painted monasteries and wooden churches, well preserved ancient traditions


  • Day 1 – Suceava (or other starting point) – Tihuta Pass (Borgo Pass/Dracula) – Bistrita – Dragomiresti – Bogdan Voda – Ieud – Poienile Izei – Botiza (over night)
  • Day 2 – Rozavlea – Barsana – Sighetul Marmatiei – Sapanta – Sighetul Marmatiei (you can end your trip in Sighetul Marmatiei or in Suceava)
Approx. distance: 430km – 720km of scenic roads and beautiful landscapes


A real road race that takes you across magnificent mountains and untamed woods, respectively along picturesque valleys and their strong, clearwater streams. The tour starts in Suceava (or elsewhere in the region) and crosses the heterogeneous Bukovina with its houses scattered across hills and mountains towards the NE corner of Transylvania. It then goes up the Maramures with its wooden churches and carved wood residential architecture, all the way to Elie Wiesel’s hometown of Sighetu Marmatiei.

  •  the Bukovina countryside, with brief stops at one painted monastery (Voronet)
  • extensive mountain scenery and woodsthe legendary Borgo Pass mentioned by Bram Stoker in his novel, with overwhelming views towards Bargau and Calimani Mountains
  • the old merchant houses in Bistrita
  • the wooden architecture in Maramures
  • Ieud, Poienile Izei, Botiza wooden churches
  • the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta
  • the Sighet Memorial
  • Elie Wiesel’s memorial house

Day 1:

Today is dedicated to a brief and rather quick crossing of the Bukovina, with its houses featuring colourful traditional patterns, as well as its painted monasteries. Following a walk in Vatra Dornei’s elegant spa park and a sip from the local spring, you will go on crossing the Borgo Pass and then enjoy the old town of Bistrita, a blend of German and Hungarian heritage. Making a few detours to experience the well-kept traditional lifestyle of Maramures, as well as its wooden churches, you will then overnight in one representative village for the area.

Day 2:

A borderland town, Sighetu Marmatiei will definitely stir your interest with its Elie Wiesel House, the local Memorial dedicated to the victims of the Communist rule, as well as the remains of the once thriving Jewish community there. The secoind half of the day will show you the world’s tallest wooden church, as well as tell you the outstanding, unique story of the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta. The tour can then take you back to Bukovina or end in Sighetu Marmatiei, from where you can continue exploring either Northern Romania or the Ukrainian highlands.


  • 1 pers. : ASK FOR PRICE
  • 2 pers. : 180 EUR / pers.
  • 3 pers. : 115 EUR / pers.
  • 4 pers. + : 90 EUR / pers.

* guaranteed departure for min. 3 persons

All tours can be book as private or shared tours.

We can start the tours from anywhere in Suceava.

Observation: The tour is provided by a licenced tour guide.




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What’s included?

  • transportation with modern AC car/minivan
  • driver and licensed tour guide

Price does not include:

  • accommodation+dinner+breakfast in Botiza (25 Euro/person)
  • entrance fees
  • foto and video taxes
  • other meals

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