About us

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello! My name is Teofil (Teo) Ivanciuc, and I am the main guide of Maramures Tours.
  • I do work as a tour guide, regional travel expert and author. I was born, raised and based in Sighetu Marmatiei (the Old Maramures’s main town). I gratuated in Tourism Geography and I have an MA in Cultural Tourism. I’m also specialized as tour guide, and I have been guiding intensively since 2005. Before that, I used to be a journalist.

I do speak fluently English and French.

I have written several travel, traditional crafts and history books, including what some consider to be the most comprehensive guide book of Maramures, an extended work during which I’ve made 8000 km by foot around the region and I’ve been on every single village and on most of its roads (book used by other guides as inspiration source). I have published maps and many press and science articles about my region. I have initiated the proposal to inscribe in UNESCO the Land of Maramures as Traditional Cultural Landscape.

I have a list of secrets about the area that most books and sites never mention.

Unlike most operators, I am local with a contact list including hundreds names.

My interests include Traditional Culture, Architecture, Farming, Crafts and the ancient way of life, Nature, History, Jewish, German, Ukrainian and Roma minorities…

My portofolio include:

-“National Geographic Magazine: “Transylvania hay“, text by Adam Nicolson and photos by Rena Effendi (her Maramures pictures have won the World Press Photo Award);

-“The Guardian”;

-“Le Figaro”;

-“Travel Channel TV” (“Food and drink adventures – Romania, with Jenny Powell and Olivier Magny);

-Televisions from France/Germany, Greece, Brasil, Hungary and Romania;

-“Lonely Planet”, “Rough Guide” and “Routard” guide books;

-Rick Steves Europe (the famous US travel company);

-photographic workshops (Toscana Photographic Workshop and others);

-travel bloggers, photographers, writers, researchers and diplomats…

I simply just love my country, and I am happy to help you discover it.

Click here to see some films where I was featured.

Point here to read some of my scientific work.

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