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To help you delve further into Romania, we have put together this ‘mini-adventure (‘Add On’) that can be taken before your main Romania Adventure. The adventure starts in the city of Cluj Napoca, that receives flights from the UK and other international destinations so you can travel there direct, or via Bucharest, using an internal flight or overnight sleeper to reach Cluj.
The UNESCO Heritage wooden churches of Maramures are architectural masterpieces reflecting the role religion has played in theses simple, rural communities, as well as showcasing incredible craftsmanship.
There are nearly 100 wooden churches in the region, some built in the 17th century, right the way through to the 19th Century, originally in response to the prohibition against the erection of stone Orthodox churches by the Catholic Austro Hungarian authorities of the time. They have in common, a large roof with tall tower above the entrance but otherwise reflect the craftsmanship of the locals who built them.
Single rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. We will charge on a pro-rata basis if a single room is only available for part of the trip.
This ‘Add on’ to your main Romanian Adventure showcases the warm hospitality of the Romanians and the delicious local fayre of the Maramures region with a 2 night stay in a charming local village guesthouse.
We always choose accommodation based on cleanliness, comfort, safety, proximity to our route (to avoid unnecessary travel) and a warm client welcome as well as reliability in their service to us. Due to the small nature of local guesthouses, we can only offer single rooms on a first come, first served basis. Single rooms will be available for a supplement of £70pp.
We fully believe in, and practice, Responsible Tourism and are using guesthouses run by locals. The accommodation on this adventure really accentuates your experience. We put time and effort into building our relationship with accommodation suppliers to ensure you have a great trip.
If you need an extra night in Bucharest before or after your adventure, then please select this option when you book the adventure (online booking). You will be able to book a twin/double room (for 2 people) or a single room (for 1 person).
Supporting you on your holiday will be a local, English speaking Romanian guide.
We work closely with our Romanian Tour Operator partners both before and during your adventure to ensure that they understand your needs and the standard that YellowWood Adventures expects. We believe that it is a very important positive aspect of Responsible Tourism, to employ the expertise of local suppliers, as well as offering you a much more informative and authentic experience.
As this is an optional ‘Add On’ to your main Romanian Adventure, it may be just a group of 2, or may be more, up to the maximum group number of 12.
We get clients booking alone, as couples and in small groups of friends. If you have a group of friends or family who are interested in having their own customised trip, then please let us know and we can cost it for you.
The focus of this holiday is a cultural exploration. To get the most of out of this adventure, you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk slowly on level ground for around 2-3 hours in a day (to explore villages on foot). Any walking is at the natural pace of the group, with regular stops.
This Maramures ‘Add On’ starts in Cluj Napoca, the nearest city to the region you are visiting. We understand that arriving into an unfamiliar airport can be daunting, so we will be able to support you with planning your adventure.
Flights are not included in the cost of your holiday, and whilst we are happy to help advise you, responsibility for booking the correct flights rests with you. We recommend that you use a comparison tool when searching for flights, such as skyscanner. Or www.momondo.co.uk.
We will send you a Flight Information Sheet with further pointers on which flights to book for your adventure.
Although the most cost effective way to get to Romania is to use a low cost airline, there is much joy to be found in incorporating your travel into your adventure and choosing the lower carbon footprint option of the train. Travel to Bucharest direct on the train from Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia or Tehssaloniki, as well as a multitude of destinations with indirect routes. There is then an overnight sleeper train between Bucharest and Cluj Napoca that you may wish to use as an alternative to an internal flight. For your return journey to Bucharest we recommend taking a domestic flight to avoid missing the first night of the main trip.
The journey takes 25-35mins depending on traffic and will cost 50-70 Lei (approx 10-£15) to the city centre. You can use Uber or special taxi ordering machines at the airport (on R as you leave baggage reclaim).
Avram Ian Cluj International Airport (Cluj Napoca) is 9km East of the city centre. It is a fully functioning airport - the 2nd busiest in Romania, welcoming flights from Europe and further afield. Airport services include Duty Free, ATMs & Currency Exchange.
On arrival at the airport you will go through passport control to baggage reclaim.
If you are arriving some time ahead of the start of your ‘Add On’ and have some time spare in Cluj, we can send you information to help you spend your time wisely.
Add-Ons are an optional way of customising & extending your adventure, and making those travel miles more worthwhile. They can not be purchased separately. To select an Add-On, please visit the relevant adventure and add it to your enquiry or booking. The adventures which offer this particular Add-On can be found below:
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'Make Booking': You will be redirected to secure WorldPay to make your deposit (£200/$250/person) payment (receipted), if booking >56 days before your adventure or full payment if <56 days before your adventure. Your monies are held securely by the Travel Trust Association.
Your booking will show as 'pending' in your YellowWood online account.
Enter booking information for all guests in your party.
We will be in touch as soon as we are able, to confirm your booking or discuss any availability limitations. Do not book transport/flights until we have emailed you to confirm your booking (receipt of your booking form is not confirmation). We will change the status of your final invoice from 'Pending Approval' to 'Outstanding', when it becomes payable online.
This payment is due 56 days before departure date (we send reminders).
Contact us with any questions about your adventure or booking.
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To help you choose the right adventure for you, we have given each itinerary a grading that relates to the level of Walking / Trekking you will experience during the trip. This grading can be found on the Yellow map on the adventure page of the website.
All of our trips involve a level of general activity so are designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors, and have a taste for adventure and some level of fitness. As will be clear from our destinations, the climate (and altitude) may be different to that which you are used to, so please take this into consideration when choosing the most suitable holiday.
Please read our Adventure Itinerary & Essential Information for more information and don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to chat through whether you have found a suitable adventure for you.
Get in touch via our Enquiry form to check our availability, discuss the adventure and check we can meet your needs.
Complete our Enquiry Form; contact details, additional requirements (eg diet or health requirements) & questions you may have. Include as much information as you are able to, so we can help you with the detail you are looking for
Click on 'Send Enquiry' (receipted).
We will be in touch as soon as we are able, to answer your questions and help you plan your adventure.
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