ROMANIA! August 5-17, 2017
Led by Jim Gold
- Folk Dancing
- Folk Festivals
- Folk Music, Folk Art
- History, Culture
- Folk Shopping, Adventure
Bucharest, Sibiu, Cluj, Sighetu Marmatiei, Piatra Neamt, Brasov
★ Wallachia-Bucharest–old and new Romanians
★ Transylvania–Germans and Hungarians
★ Maramures–the old customs and unique dances
★ Moldova–14th century monasteries and old traditions
★ Meet with local folk dance groups !
★ Castles, palaces, historic sites, and museums !
★ Breathtaking scenery from mountains to sea !
★ Dance with traditional village groups!
★ Price includes round trip air, city tours, transfers, hotels, two meals daily, our own private air-conditioned tour bus, all entrance and performance fees.
Day 1: August 5, Saturday: Depart from New York JFK airport to Bucharest.
Day 2: August 6: Sunday: Arrival in Bucharest. Transfer to our hotel. Traditional welcome dinner at traditional Carul cu Bere restaurant. Overnight in Minerva hotel.
Day 3: August, 7. Monday: Bucharest city tour. Romanian Athenaeum, the Old Royal Court and village museum showcasing traditional Romanian village life. Noble Court, Lipscani old street, and Hanul lui Manuc, Revolution Square, and Peasant’s Museum to see hand woven carpets, painted eggs, ceramics and wooden carvings. Evening meeting with Romanian folk dancers dressed in national costumes and learn dances from Wallachia region.
Day 4: August 8, Tuesday: Bucharest — Curtea de Arges —Sibiu
Drive to Transylvania. Stop in Curtea de Arges, former capital of Wallachia. See Noble Church, and 14th century Curtea de Arges monastery. Lunch on beautiful Vidraru Lake — Valea cu Pesti. See Cozla monastery. Arrive in Sibiu. Overnight Imparatul Romanilor hotel.
Day 5: August 9. Wednesday: Sibiu — Sibiel — Sibiu
Sightseeing of medieval Sibiu. Main Square Town Hall’s Tower, Maria Kirche Teutsch Tower. Drive to village of Sibiel for a traditional lunch cooked by local families and served to their homes. Sibiel Glass Icons Museum. Meet Transylvanian folk group in traditional costumes. Folk dance performance in Transylvania/ German dances. Overnight Imparatul Romanilor.
Day 6: August 10, Thursday: Sibiu—Alba lulla Iulia—Cluj
Drive to Cluj. Stop in Alba lulla Iulia to visit the Roman-Catholic Cathedral “St. Michell”. On to Cluj. Tour university of Cluj. In rural area enjoy the local traditions: horse cart ride, traditional Transylvanian dinner cooked on an open wood fire with plum brandy and folk music. Visit Turda Salt Mine, important renovated salt mines in Transylvania. Overnight Capitolina hotel.
Day 7: August 11, Friday: C1uj- leud- Rozavlea- Botiza Sapanta – Sighetu Marmatlei
Drive to Maramures, land of wooden churches, unique folk costumes and timeless traditions, Merry Cemetery in Sapanta Village. Dinner with local violin players and local dancers. Learn Maramures folk dances. Overnight in Sighetu Marmatiei Gradina Morii Hotel.
Day 8: August 12, Saturday: Sighetu Marmatiel—Moldovita—Sucevita—Arbore monastery —Gura Humorului
Drive through Bargau Pass to Moldavia. Visit painted monasteries of Moldovita, Sucevita and Arbore. Lunch in local restaurant. Overnight Best Western Bucovina hotel, Gura Humorului.
Day 9: August 13, Sunday: Gura Humorului—Voronet—Humor Monastery—Dragomirna monastery—Gura Humorului
Explore Bucovina monasteries of Voronet, Humor and Dragomlrna. Visit markets, meet farmers of Humor Village. Tour Wooden Spoons Museum. Dinner with entertainment by local folk dancers dressed in national costumes. Overnight hotel Gura Humorulul.
Day 10: August 14, Monday: Gura Humorului—Agapia—Varatec— atra Neamt
Drive to Piatra Neamt. Visit monasteries of Agapia and Varatec. Lunch inside the monastery prepared by the nuns. Evening arrival in city of Piatra Neamt. Overnight in Ceahlaul hotel.
Day 11: August 15, Tuesday: Matra Piatra Neamt—Bran—Brasov
Visit mediaeval Transylvanian town of Brasov. Walking tour. See Bran castle with Dracula legend. Dinner in an traditional mountain hut. Overnight Sport hotel Polana Brasov.
Day 12: August 16, Wednesday: Brasov—Bucharest
Drive to Bucharest. Stop at Peles castle. Lunch at a local restaurant in Sinaia. Arrive in Bucharest. Farewell dinner. Overnight in Minerva Hotel in Bucharest.
Day 13, August 17, Thursday:
Breakfast at hotel, then departure to the airport for the flight back home.
Land Only: $3395 Land and Air: $4495
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