MARAMURES – SATU MARE – BIHOR – ARAD
– Spoil yourself with spa rituals upon your choice.
– Discover Maramures ceramics uniqueness
– Visit 2 UNESCO heritage wooden churches.
– Combine premium wines and traditional dishes with indigenous treasures like gorgeous yellow rape fields and mysteries hidden within castles.
– And before reaching Prislop Pass, go on a narrow gauge steam train ride with picnic.
We guarantee you a lot of fun !
Welcome and greetings at Bucharest or Baia Mare airport.
DAY 2 ~ MARAMURES COUNTY
Awarded with 3 stars by Michelin Green Guide, Maramures definitely it is worth a visit.
If you reach Maramures via Bucovina and weather allows, the national road DN18, takes you through Rodna Mountains.
Here, Prislop Pass reaches an altitude of 1,412 m.
On large portions, the road is extremely narrow and the parapets are missing.
And often, the line between lanes and those on the edge are missing.
Also don’t be surprised to see some snow here in June !
As well as views that will let you speechless.
Stop in remote villages to discover Maramures ceramics’ characteristics
Sacel commune is famous for its red, unglazed pottery, greatly similar to Dacian ceramics due to the clay, shaping and decoration. Extracted from great depths, the used clay is of very good quality. Other famous artworks are the glazed ceramics from Lapus, painted with horn and brush.
Locals shape the objects using a wheel, then they decorate them with simple motifs.
After polishing them with a stone they leave them to dry for a long while.
Finally they burn the objects in the oven without glazing them.
Extracted from great depths, the used clay is of very good quality.
Other famous artworks are the glazed ceramics from Lapus, painted with horn and brush.
Visit the wooden churches.
DAY 3 ~ SATU MARE COUNTY
Visit Karolyi Castle that hosted imperial and royal families
First known residence of Karolyi family in Carei dated from the end of 15th century.
One hundred years later this became a fortress.
And towards the end of 18th century, the fortress transformed into a Baroque castle that hosted even Imperial family members.
In 1797 Prince Joseph of Habsburg stayed here and Prince Rudolf of Habsburg and his wife came in 1884.
Romanian Royal family (King Ferdinand I of Romania and Queen Mary also visited Karolyi Castle in 1919.
Its present eclectic look dates from the end of 19th century.
Large fireplaces dominate the welcoming hall paved with mosaic.
Casino between world wars, then military school, the castle became military hospital in 1944.
In 1958 communists founded here Carei Municipal Museum. has 3 basic exhibitions.
Visiting its 3 basic exhibitions you will find out about Carei local history, Historical aristocratic interiors and… Trophies and weapons from South Africa !
DAY 4 ~ BIHOR COUNTY
Skin genie in a bottle
A trip to Transylvania is always an upper !
Located in one of Romania’s best wine producing regions, this wine spa is a treat on many levels.
It is actually the first spa in Romania offering procedures based on wine therapy’s principles.
Enjoy an intimate and original curative treatment based on grapes anti-aging effects and Himalayan and Praid salt.
Sip wine directly from the Jacuzzi… on the terrace… while savouring the superb panorama over the old city center…
We leave you dreaming.
Inspiring journey of peace and relaxation in idyllic country
At the end of each day, the spa awaits to soothe tired muscles with world-class treatments.
These surely rejuvenate you for the next day’s trips to the caves.
And if you didn’t know already, Eforea is Hilton’s new spa concept.
It is also one of the spa brands with the fastest worldwide development.
Here they promise a total sensory experience.
So start restore balance and relieve stress in a stunning oasis with innovative design.
Their exclusive treatments use a collection of products from carefully selected partners.
And includes Vitaman and Kerstin Florian too !
The unique combination of results-oriented therapies helps you deal with the pressures of modern life.
This sanctuary really takes guests on a transformative journey of senses.
And in the end they make them emerge brighter, hence the brand’s iconic image – a butterfly freed from its cocoon.
DAY 5 ~ ARAD COUNTY
Arad boat trip on Mures River
A boat trip on Mures river can offer much more then you could imagine.
Have you ever dream yourself floating between earth and sky ?
And being able to simultaneously touch them and the water ?
Or racing with birds that fly through the trees ?
Well, indeed brightly coloured bee eaters and sand-martins resembling giant bees will accompany you along your journey.
And in spring and autumn don’t be surprised if a half-meter long fish will suddenly decide to jump in your boat.
Sand banks surrounded by immense curtains of lush vegetation will make you believe that you have somehow reached the Equator.
Explore one of the islands with humid air.
There the sensation of being on a jungle safari will surely increase.
Astonished by such mysterious and unspoiled nature you may expect to encounter piranhas and crocodiles.
Relax ! No exotic carnivores bask along the sandy riverbank nor lurk through the bushes.
Here the nature is only friendly and hospitable so nothing will interrupt your reverie.
See the most representative building of Arad city
Here is the story of another luxury building that Romanians are always proud of.
One of top most beautiful palaces in the country, Arad Administrative Palace currently hosts the City Hall.
Designed by architect Lechner Odon and built between 1872 and 1875 this great palace became Arad’s landmark.
The U-shaped historical monument has a 54 m high central tower.
Brought from Switzerland in 1878, its clock sings the famous Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven.
DAY 6 ~ ARAD COUNTY
Minis Vineyard Cellars – A Feast for the Senses
The vine growers call Minis historical vineyard the last western ramifications of Zarand Piedmont.
Imagine a remarkable picturesque landscape with gentle versants, low hills and wooded areas.
Then add two arrogant sequoia trees of over 35 m brought here since 1845.
Well, each wine cellar from this region is a cherished expression of its location.
And they offer authentic experiences that evoke lasting memories.
We distinctly hear a glass of red wine calling your name
Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cadarca are their stand out red wines.
With intense vivid coloration these are full bodied but in the same time soft wines.
By the way, did you know that from Cadarca they used to make the famous Aszu type red wine ?
And that the Habsburg Imperial Court preferred it ?!
This is all about the quality rather than the quantity.
Delight yourself with a sensory feast
This bespoke tasting begins as you are gently guided to a private dining room. Here a mouthwatering meal with wine pairings awaits.
You will have the opportunity to sample each exquisite traditional dish complemented by hand-picked local premium wines.
Drive to Timisoara or Bucharest airport.
– Tour type: escorted.
– What to expect: highly customized itinerary planning, hotel and restaurant recommendations, all in country private transfers.
– Optional (subject to availability): helicopter / jet transfer / leisure flight, personal tour manager.
– Base price (itinerary planning & all inclusive car rental): from 1,400 Euro for up to 6 guests.
– Departures: all year round.
– Interests: family, gourmet / wine tasting, culture / art / museums, relaxing, nature, wildlife / bird watching, photography, relaxing, wellness, shopping.
Speak to your local expert and start creating your private bespoke tour !