Our interest covers traditional culture, farming, music, healthy food, crafts and the traditional way of life, wild animals, Architecture, UNESCO sites, Nature, Ecology, History, Archaeology, Sociology, Jews, Saxons, Ukrainians and Gypsies, photography...
Our tours portofolio include televisions (“Travel Channel” or TV stations from Romania, Greece, Brasil and Hungary), photographers (like Rena Effendi), magazines (like “National Geographic Magazine”) and newspapers, writers, researchers and diplomats…
For booking requests and more info, please contact us or see Maramures Tours page.
For our guests of Amizadil House, we offer discounts.
1. On UNESCO trail.
Eight old wooden churches from Maramures are protected by UNESCO World Heritage.
We can drive you around, and show you these outstanding examples of wooden architecture, a mixture of Orthodox and Greek-Catholic religious traditions with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque influences, filled by frescoes, wooden and glass icons, rugs and aprons made by local women, each church with its own story, legends and particularity.
2. Traditional way of life.
The tour takes you inside traditional farms, usually not open for tourists, where local people are still working their land like hundreds of years ago, making hay by hand and breeding cattle, in a subsistence economy. Their products (food, dairy, drinks) are organic, even if the locals does not care about it! You will also visit a weaver, a water powered mill and a whirlpool - where the people wash their rugs and carpets.
3. The tour of Maramures's distilleries.
In Maramures there work hundreds of alcohol copper still used for making "palinca" or "horinca"-a double distilled clear and parfumed spirit (strong up to 50-55 degrees!), made by plums, apples, pears or cherries. You are invited in the season (April-May or September-December) to visit a couple of family owned distilleries, where you can see, smell and taste our local brandy, in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
4. The Vaser Valley steam train.
The Vaser River, forming a spectacular forested valley with clearings and mineral springs, is the place where runs the only small gauge steam logging train in use in Europe. Book this tour if you are interested on mountain stories (from WWII times, tales to Ceausescu's hunting, or fights between shepherds and bears).
5. Tailor-made tour of Maramures
We arrange single or multiple day tailor-made tours for: isolated hamlets without electricity or road access, little known artisans (wood carvers, weavers, basket makers, blacksmith), water powered machines (flour mills, fulling mills, carding mills, whirlpools), Sapanta's Merry Cemetery, the best wooden churches, monasteries, museums (including private collections), artisans and traditional farmers, the place where the Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz were born, and hikes on the search of extinct volcanoes, great point of views, remote waterfalls or pristine forests.