After breakfast, we’ll start to drive north toward Maramures. On the way , we’ll make a
short stop to Alba Iulia town, an important place in the history of Romania. In 1599, Mihai
Viteazul (Michael the Brave) achieved here for a brief period of time the union of the three main
provinces of Romania: Walachia, Transylvania, and Moldavia. It was here that on December
1st 1918 the province of Transylvania announced its unification with Romania.
In 1922 Prince
Ferdinand was crowned King of Romania in an act which mirrored the union achieved more than
four centuries earlier by Mihai Viteazul.
In the old town we will shortly visit the tree-lined streets of the Habsburg citadel, one of the most
impressive in Europe and discover the historical, cultural and architectural places of interest
of Alba Iulia: the Roman Catholic Cathedral – the oldest and most valuable monument of
architecture in Transylvania., the Batthyaneum Library, the Orthodox Cathedral of the
Reunification, the Babilon Building – housing the National Museum of Unification, the Union
Hall, the Apor Palace, the Princely Palace and the University of Alba Iulia.
In the afternoon, we’ll reach Viseu city, a good starting point for seeing the highlights of Maramures. Maramures is the land of wooden churches, mythological richness, impressive landscapes and very ancient customs.
It has carefully preserved the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of a medieval peasant past. Maramures is a small and unique location in the geographical heartland of Europe that has carefully and distinctively preserved the culture, traditions and lifestyle of a mediaeval peasant past. The region stands as a testament to traditional; to a romantic era of simplicity, pride and moral values that many of us can only now read about or hear from our grandparents.
Traditional dinner and overnight in Viseu.