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Romania Itinerary 6-21 June 2020

 

6-21 June 2020

 

DAY 1

6 JUNE

ARRIVE BUCHAREST

Overnight Hotel Cismigiu (two nights), a Parisienne style Art Nouveau property, formerly the Palace Hotel, opened in 1912 and restored in 2012.

 

DAY 2

7 JUNE

EXPLORE BUCHAREST

Half day walking tour of Bucharest. We’ll see the main squares of historical Bucharest – Revolution Square, the 21st December Square, the University Square – walk along Victoriei Avenue, site of some of the city’s finest historic buildings, and explore the Old Town, the heart of the capital.

Welcome dinner at Vatra Restaurant (included). Our first taste of authentic Romanian cuisine in a relaxed and comfortable restaurant decorated in Transylvanian style.

 

DAY 3

8 JUNE

FLY TO CLUJ, DRIVE TO BREB, ABOUT THREE HOURS

En route we’ll visit the Florean Museum, where thousands of sculptures from all over the world are scattered among 40 hectares of forest, and the

Visit The wooden church of Rogoz, in Târgu Lăpuș, one of eight Wooden Churches of Maramureș listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Dedicated to the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, built in 1663, following the Tartar invasion.

Dinner with local villagers in Breb (included). Village food, cooked by a local woman which we’ll eat in her dining room.

Overnight Village Hotel Breb (three nights). Surrounded by pastures, this is a small collection of traditional houses which have been relocated to this site. A gushing stream runs through the middle of the houses.

 

 

DAY 4

9 JUNE

EXPLORE MARAMURES

A gentle stroll through the village and its surroundings, both with lots of stories to tell, and  a fascinating insight into village life that has remained unchanged for centuries.

We’ll visit the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, Sighetu Marmației, dedicated to a dark chapter in Romania’s history, and Elie Weisels Memorial House, the Museum of the Jewish Culture in Maramureș.

Lunch at Casa Iurca de Călineşti, Sighetu Marmației, a very traditional Romanian restaurant with delicious food.

That evening we’ll walk into the countryside and dine with shepherds at their camp in the mountains (included)

 

DAY 5

10 JUNE

EXPLORE MARAMURES

We’ll tour some of the UNESCO wooden churches of Maramureș and the Merry Cemetery, famous for its folk-art headstones that tell in a quirkily delightful way the personal stories of the people they commemorate, a celebration of life unlike any other.

Dinner at Local Food Garden, Breb (included)

All the houses in Breb grow much of their own food. The villagers are not organic, locavore evangelists, they simply believe why buy something when you can grow it for free. Potatoes, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, garlic, grapes, apples, plums, pears are all grown in the village in the same way they have been for generations. You might rediscover a few flavours that you can barely taste these days in fruits and veg bought from supermarkets.

 

DAY 6

11 JUNE

DRIVE TO BUKOVINA

A region of forests and villages and also the heartland of Romania’s painted monasteries, which date from the 15th and 16th centuries, when this part of Moldavia was at the frontline of the battle between Christian Europe and the Ottoman Empire. in On the way we’ll visit Voronet Monastery, one of the outstanding painted monasteries, known as the Sistine Chapel of the East, and Humor Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Overnight at La Roatã (three nights, half board). Born from Bucovina’s vernacular traditions of art and architecture, and placed only 500m from Gura Humorului, La Pension is a miniature village museum with five authentic cottages. Traditional dishes from the Moldavian kitchen using fresh produce from local farmers and La Roatã’s apple orchard and chicken farm are a specialty.

 

DAY 7

12 JUNE

EXPLORE BUCOVINA

We’ll tour the painted churches in Sucevita and Moldovita including Moldovita Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its painting of the Siege of Constantinople.We’ll also visit the Cacica salt mine and a workshop for the black pottery of Marginea and drive the hairpin bends of the Transraru.

Lunch in the village of Porjorata

 

DAY 8

13 JUNE

EXPLORE BUCOVINA

Ride aboard the steam train Hutulca from Vatra Moldovitei. This narrow-gauge railway was built in 1888 by a German from Munich and was used until 2001 to transport timber. In 2006, Austrian George Hocevar bought Mocanita Hutulca and turned it revitalised the steam train ride. At the end of the line, a traditional meal awaits with selected dishes prepared by the local households.

Painted Easter eggs are a long-standing tradition in this part of Romania and we can try our hand at this traditional craft, or take a hike in luscious surroundings.

 

DAY 9

14 JUNE

DRIVE TO MICLOSOARA

Overnight Count Kalnoky’s Guesthouse (four nights, full board). The guesthouses in the Transylvanian village of  Micloșoara date back to the 1800’s and before. The buildings have been sensitively restored in order to preserve their original charm and character while offering a high level of comfort. Furnished with antiques in the Transylvanian Szekler and Saxon styles, the cottages are situated within spacious gardens, some with storks nesting on nearby rooftops. The restored hunting manor, where we eat our meals, is located a five-minute walk away. There rustic charm and original character offer a step back in time, and another opportunity to observe the life of a Transylvanian village at close quarters.

 

Activities over three days at Count Kalnoky’s:

Gorge walk (full day) with a guide, picnic at the gorge weather permitting Pied Piper

Viscri and Sighisoara (full day). Sighisoara was the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, a prince who was later became known as Vlad Tepes, the model for Count Dracula in Bram Stoker’s novel due to the ferocity with which he waged war against the Ottomans. Sighisoara is a charming city with great atmosphere. Viscri is a former Saxon town and a pet project of the Prince of Wales, a frequent visitor to this part of Romania, who has devoted much time and energy to the preservation of its architecture and traditional way of life.

Szekely Land tour (full day), with traditional arts. The Szekely are Hungarians who settled here as farmer-warriors prepared to live on the frontiers of Christianity.

Evening bear watching. Romania has more brown bears than anywhere else in Europe, and this is a chance to see them in their native habitat.

 

DAY 10

15 JUNE

COUNT KALNOKY’S

Activities at Count Kalnoky’s

 

DAY 11

16 JUNE

COUNT KALNOKY’S

Activities at Count Kalnoky’s

 

DAY 12

17 JUNE

COUNT KALNOKY’S

Activities at Count Kalnoky’s

 

DAY 13

18 JUNE

DRIVE TO BRASOV

We’ll take a city tour of Brasov, an impressive city founded in the 13th century by the Teutonic Knights and later strengthened and developed by German colonists who settled in this part of Transylvania. Highlights include the Black Church, hung with carpets from the Ottoman regions donated to. the church by merchants as thanksgiving for their safe return.

We’ll also we walk along the fortification walls that once protected Brasov.

Gypsy Tour

Overnight Cobor Farm (two nights, full board)

 

DAY 14

19 JUNE

EXPLORE COBOR FARM

Day walking around Cobor Farm /horticultural tour/bird watching

Cobor is a perfect blend of high nature value pasture, biodiversity conservation, organic farming and comfortable accommodation. Starting in 2007, Markus F. Jebsen purchased almost 500 ha of agricultural land from owners who had left the village, plus several houses, which had been abandoned 20 or more years ago, and established a tourism enterprise. In 2016, Markus donated all his land and the houses, together with 1,000 ha of forest in the Făgăraș Mountains to Foundation Conservation Carpathia, a Romanian NGO to create a new, world-class wilderness reserve in the Southern Romanian Carpathians for the benefit of biodiversity and local communities (www.carpathia.org).. The farm has become an example of a successful conservation enterprise that aims to develop the local community in balance with the environment. The Transylvanian hills offer some of the most important high natural value grasslands left in Europe. With its beech forests, rolling hills and fertile meadows Cobor village is the perfect place for biodiversity conservation and grassland management. The birdlife in particular is outstanding.

 

DAY 15

20 JUNE

DRIVE TO BUCHAREST

Drive to Peles Castle, the most impressive castle in Romania, evocative of the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle built by Mad King Ludwig. The summer residence of the royal family until 1948 when it was confiscated by the communist regime, Peles castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe.

Continue to Bucharest

Overnight Hotel Cismigiu

Farewell Dinner Beca’s Kitchen, a quaint bistro serving wonderful, home-cooked food, almost all of it the work of Andreea Beca, who owns and runs the place. The venue itself is gorgeously simple in its décor, at once homely and welcoming. The food is always fantastic, with the menu changing more or less every day.

 

 

DAY 16

21 JUNE

DEPART BUCHAREST

Transfer to Otopeni Airport and depart

Cost: $7830 per person twin share

Price Includes

 

  • Breakfast every day except Day 1 (arrival day), 6 Lunches, 15 Dinners
  • 15 nights in hotels on a twin share basis
  • All admission fees and activities in the itinerary
  • All tips in restaurants where meals are included
  • Guided tours in all regions
  • A Romanian guide with the tour at all times
  • Liz and Michael with the tour at all times
  • Still water with meals and on the bus
  • Safe and comfortable air-conditioned vehicle

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature – eg. laundry, alcohol (except wine served at dinner at Count Kalnoky’s) and soft drinks, phone charges, spa treatments and other optional services provided by the hotel
  • Meals not specifically included in the itinerary (ie some lunches only)

 

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