The Rural Romania Experience

Romania · September 25 - October 2 2020

Travel through time, discover the real authentic Romania including its famous UNESCO wooden churches and stunning painted monasteries.


Take a journey through time and discover the real Romania on a cultural back-to-basics style trip through the Maramures region. Staying in simple guesthouses that are hosted by locals, you are warmly invited to share peasant customs and traditions typical of Maramures village life such as helping farmers herd buffalo and getting your hands dirty making jam from freshly picked berries. Admire the region’s famous UNESCO wooden churches, including the tallest wooden church in the world, learn more about Romania’s history of communism in Sighet and gain a new perspective at the charming Merry Cemetery. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Maramures’ natural surroundings and the easy pace of rural Romanian lifestyle, giving you a real slice of traditional life.

  • 2 nights in Cluj
  • 4 nights in Breb
  • 1 night at the Potter's Guesthouse
  • All breakfasts
  • Visit and entry to Turda salt mine
  • Visit and entry to the Maramures wooden churches
  • Visit and entry to the Merry Cemetery
  • Visit and entry to the Memorial of the Victims of Communism
  • Visit and entry to the painted wooden church in Rogoz
  • Visit to Sarbi village
  • Pottery masterclass



Painted monasteries

Painted monasteries

Their are eight monasteries dotted throughout Suceava County. You won't get to visit them all but we have hand-picked the most beautiful and interesting monasteries for you to explore.

The Wooden Churches

The Wooden Churches

The countryside of Maramures 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.

The Merry Cemetery

The Merry Cemetery

The Merry Cemetery is a cemetery is famed for its colourful tombstones with naïve paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the people who are buried there as well as scenes from their lives.

Salina Turda

Salina Turda

Salina Turda is Romania's most famous and surreal salt mine. Its more akin to a theme park than a salt mine with a number of activities available from a ferris wheel to mini golf to rowing.




Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Romania and you’re likely to hear something along the lines of Dracula, vampires and gypsies. Yes, the spooky castles pitched on rocky hilltops are certainly vampire-worthy but the only real fangs you’re likely to be exposed to here are those belonging to the wild bears, wolves and lynx that roam the Carpathian Mountains. Once you place the stereotypes aside for a moment, you’ll soon understand how misunderstood, overlooked and vastly underestimated this country is.


  • Romania comes from the Latin ‘Romanus’ meaning ‘citizen of the Roman Empire’

  • The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is the second largest building in the world

  • The Carpathian Mountains are home to 60% of Europe’s Brown Bear population

  • Transylvania translates to ‘the land beyond the forest’

The Plan

Day 1: Arrive in Cluj

Arrival in Cluj and transfer directly to your hotel. Afternoon and evening to relax and explore the city. Overnight in Cluj.

Day 2: Travel to Breb via the Turda salt mine

Morning transfer to the Turda salt mine, before transferring through the rural Romanian countryside to to Breb, via Rogoz and its stunning wooden church. Settle in to your local cottage and enjoy an evening at your leisure in Breb.

Day 3: Take in rural Romanian religious culture

Sunday morning traditional church service in Maramures at a local wooden church before travelling to Sighet and Sapanta to visit Romania’s Memorial of the Victims of Communism Museum as well as the charming Merry Cemetery. Evening back in Breb.

Day 4: Visit to Budesti and Sheep Herding

After breakfast visit the old mill and whirlpool in the nearby village of Sarbi. Travel to Budesti, stopping at the wooden church and see the 315 year old shirt of Pintea Haiducul. Enjoy lunch and head back to Breb for a rest before heading off to the sheep station, taking part in sheep hearding. Enjoy dinner before heading back to Breb.

Day 5: Visit Churches and Travel to Gura Humoruli

Travel to Barsana Monastery and visit the churches. Travel to Gura Humoruli through Maramures National Park with a lunch stop en route. Visit Voronet Monastery before dinner at the guest house.

Day 6: Visit Monasteries

Morning Visit to UNESCO Humor Monastery and Varonet. Travel through Bocovina to UNESCO Arbore Church, one of eight buildings making up the churches of Moldavia. Travel to Putna Monastery, stopping for lunch on the way. Explore Sucevita Monastery, before traveling back to Gura Humorului for a traditional dinner.

Day 7: Travel to Cluj via Colibita Lake

Travel to Moldovita Monastory, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and then on to Colibita Lake to enjoy a lovely lunch. Travel back to Cluj and enjoy dinner in the old town.

Day 8: Travel to the airport

Transfer from Cluj centre to Cluj airport for your flight home.