DreamTrip: Maramures: A Land of Hidden Gems

DreamTrip: Maramures: A Land of Hidden Gems

05 Dec 14:00 - 08 Dec 12:00 - Danesti
Hotel Secret Garden 4****


About Your Trip

Step into a world that has been untouched for centuries — Maramures in Northern Transylvania — where you’ll explore the fascinating traditions of the region. Within rural scenery of unspoiled farmland and forests are villages that have preserved a way of life from the Middle Ages. A great example is a series of UNESCO-protected wooden churches. On Day 2 of your DreamTrip, visit Saint Parascheva Church in Desesti. Built in 1770, this structure features colorful, biblical-inspired frescos and a stunning bell tower.

Next, you'll visit one of the most fascinating cemeteries in the world — Merry Cemetery in Sapanta. It’s so “happy” because it celebrates life in a unique way. Instead of dull tombstones, you'll see vibrant hand-painted crosses featuring blues, yellows, reds and whites. Each cross has a painting of the person doing something they loved such as farming or drinking. In addition, where you’d usually find sad epitaphs are clever poems that reveal tales, including secrets, of the deceased person.

As you reflect on your wonderful time in Maramures, raise a toast of horinca (local brandy) with your fellow DreamTrippers at a farewell dinner and cocktail reception on Day 3.

What we love:
• Only 8 out of the hundreds of wooden churches in Maramures are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites.
• Cheers! Be sure to savor horinca, a double-distilled plum or pear brandy that originates in Maramures.
• Dating back to 1930, Merry Cemetery has more than 600 plots adorned with whimsical crosses that pay homage, sometimes with dark humor, to residents.
• In Latin, Transylvania means “Land beyond the forest.” The area is well-known for plentiful flora.

What's Included

Your DreamTrip includes 4 days and 3 nights in Maramures, Romania, as well as:
• Guided cultural tour of Maramures; includes transportation, entrance fees and English-speaking guide.
• Farewell cocktail reception with unlimited horinca, local beer and wine, water and coffee for 2 hours.
• 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners.
• An In-destination Support team member will be provided on this trip. Their goal is to ensure you have a great DreamTrips™ experience from landing to liftoff. They host a welcome reception on arrival day, attend scheduled activities throughout the trip, notify the group of itinerary updates and more.


Airfare is not included in the trip price! The closest commercial airport to the hotel is Cluj International Airport (CLJ), 86 miles (139 kilometers) away. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for any trip.

Please note: Airport transfers are not included in this trip. Make sure to arrange your own transfers between the airport and your hotel.

Hotel Details

Hidden away in the mountainous landscape of Maramures is Secret Garden hotel. Its location in Danesti offers guests easy access to Baia Mare, the capital of Maramures, and its museums and planetarium.

Hotel features:
• 1 restaurant with a terrace.
• Heated indoor pool and seasonal outdoor pool, including a kids’ pool and hydrotherapy pool (open from June to September).
• Spa services (at an additional cost).
• Fitness center and sauna.
• Lighted multifunctional courts for football, tennis and basketball.
• Wine cellar.
• Complimentary housekeeping and concierge.
• Complimentary lockers and baggage storage at the 24-hour front desk.
• Room service (at an additional cost).
• Shoeshine service (at an additional cost).
• Laundry and ironing service (at an additional cost).
• Airport shuttle (available upon request at an additional cost).
• Designated smoking area.
• Non-smoking rooms available.
• Newspapers available.
• Facilities for guests with physical disabilities.
• Complimentary on-site private parking (no reservation needed).

Standard Room accommodations with:
• 1 queen bed or 2 twin beds. A maximum of 1 extra bed is available upon request.
• Maximum occupancy 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children (1 child age 0-5 years and 1 child age 6-14 years in an extra bed).
• Minimum occupancy 2 adults.

Standard Single Room accommodations with:
• 1 queen bed or 2 twin beds. A maximum of 1 extra bed is available upon request.
• Maximum occupancy 1 adult, or 1 adult and 1 child (1 child age 0-5 years or 1 child age 6-14 years in an extra bed).

Bridal Suite accommodations with:
• 1 queen bed and 1 sofa bed. Extra bed not available.
• Maximum occupancy 3 adults, 3 adults and 1 child, or 2 adults and 2 children.
• Minimum occupancy 2 adults and 2 children.
• Jacuzzi.

All accommodations include:
• Air conditioning and heating.
• Hairdryer.
• Bathrobe to use during your stay.
• Satellite television.
• Telephones in the bedroom and bathroom.
• Standard in-room refrigerator.
• Minibar (contents vary and may be at an additional cost).
• Complimentary Wi-Fi in your room and throughout the hotel.

Check-in: 2 p.m.
Checkout: noon.
Minimum check-in age is 18.

Secret Garden
Danesti no. 61
Sisesti Village, Maramures County, Romania

Pricing for children for this hotel may differ from (and be greater than) pricing for adults.

Hotel Check-in Requirements

By booking this DreamTrip I understand that the hotel may request a credit card upon check-in. The hotel may request the credit card in order to: a) place a monetary hold of US$50-200; or b) hold for incidental, security or other charges. By booking, I acknowledge having received notice of this potential charge and accept that Rovia™ recommends a credit card rather than a debit or bank card be used in the event the hotel requests the card. I understand that any such request made by the hotel is outside of the control of WorldVentures™ and Rovia and is strictly a hotel policy. Should I have questions concerning the hotel’s policy, I accept responsibility for contacting the hotel independent of Rovia or WorldVentures.

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