The “Mocanita” steam train in Maramures, Romania

From Viseu de Sus, take an old-fashioned train ride into the high Carpathian Mountains—a lush, green, incredibly picturesque journey. You’ll be riding a narrow-gauge, wood-fired 1932 steam train from the last of Romania’s old forestry lines, maneuvering compact curves along the Vaser River and into the deep woods. Hear the train whistle and the hiss of the steam, and enjoy the peacefulness of nature as you access a part of wild Romania not often seen. The Vaser River Railway, built to replace rafts as a more modern mode of transportation for timber, is the only one of its kind still in operation. A full day dedicated to its enjoyment is a rare treat that will transport you back to the sights and sounds of another era. The railway comprises 60 kilometers of track, and now constitutes a part of the Maramureș Mountains Nature Park. The ride offers a delightful experience to tourists ready to leave the beaten path and relax in nature.

At Paltin Station, enjoy a catered picnic lunch consisting of mouthwatering sandwiches and salads. Your buffet lunch will be served by friendly staff in traditional local dress. If you’d like, take a short, easy hike to enjoy an incredible view of the mountains and the valley below.

Later in the afternoon, take the train back down to Viseu de Sus. The Cafebar Elefant offers lovely fare in addition to a small museum of local Jewish history specific to the forestry trade.

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What people have said:

It was an absolutely fantastic experience. I am sincerely grateful to you and to Catalin for the adventure in Bulgaria and Romania. The route we took was full and intense but that is exactly how we prefer it. It seems to me now that we have learnt more about the two countries that you have managed to squeeze almost every notable highlight into the time we had available (with the exception … read more

Gert and Caroline Claassen (South Africa)

We think our tour with Stoyan has been one of the best we have done. Stoyan was an excellent driver/guide, very considerate, and full of knowledge about Bulgaria and it’s history. We rate your company highly, and would certainly recommend it to friends. Thank you for being so organised and informative, it was all made very easy for us.

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