Romania at Harvest Time
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Saturday 14 September to Wednesday 25 September 2013
Harvest time in tranquil rural Romania. Stay in family run “homestay” accommodation, enjoy locally grown produce and immerse yourself in local life. Visit remote Saxon villages with their fortified churches and ride three narrow gauge railways.
Day 1 Flight to Cluj Napoca
Flight from London to Cluj for overnight hotel stay.
Day 2 Saxon Villages
Morning train from Cluj to Medias arriving in time for lunch (included). Visit Saxon villages by private minibus and stay for 2 nights in homestay accommodation (all en suite) in one of the villages. Dinner at the accommodation.
Day 3 Biertan, Richis and Malancrav
We continue our tour of the Saxon villages, visit fortified churches and have lunch with a village family. Lunch and dinner included.
Day 4 Sighişoara medieval fortress
The beautiful fortified citadel of Sighișoara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (better known to us as Count Dracula). We have a few hours here and then continue into Eastern Transylvania where we find several former Hungarian villages with their distinctive white Catholic churches. Accommodation with dinner in a Hungarian village. (2 nights)
Day 5 Sovata narrow gauge steam railway
This line reopened in 2010 and we take the train from Sovata to Campu Cetatii and back. We also have time to explore the spa village of Sovata and nearby Corund. Dinner included at accommodation.
Day 6 Onwards to Maramureş
We cross the mountains into the district of Maramureș, a remote region where life has remained almost unchanged for centuries. We stay for one night in a guest house in Viseu de Sus, centre of the logging industry. Lunch and dinner included.
Day 7 Steam on the Forestry Railway
There is no road access to the Vaser Valley and so the timber is removed by train. We take a ride along the 20km route behind steam and, of course, have the opportunity to see the logging trains in action. Picnic lunch provided. In the afternoon we drive to our next homestay in Hoteni. Here the family have carefully preserved their traditional Maramureș wooden buildings and have adapted them to comfortable accommodation without losing any of their character. Dinner at our accommodation included.
Day 8 Merry Cemetery
We visit the famous Merry Cemetery where the gravestones have been painted by local artists to depict the lives of those who have passed away. We have lunch in Sighet (included) and then take an afternoon tour of some of the local villages before returning to Hoteni for overnight. Dinner at accommodation.
Day 9 The Prislop Pass and Bucovina
Today, being Sunday, the local people wear their colourful traditional dress. We have a short visit to Barsana Monastery, much of it recently built but in the traditional wooden style, then continue over the Prislop Pass into Bucovina. We will take a picnic lunch – the summit of the pass makes an ideal spot if the weather is favourable. Dinner at our accommodation also included.
Day 10 Painted Monasteries
Day 11 Return to Cluj
Morning visit to a local market at Gura Homorului plus Voronet Monastery. Afternoon train across the mountains to Cluj.
Day 12 Cluj to London
Transfer to airport for flight to London.
Please be aware that Romanian railways still have the traditional low European platforms and high trains. It is therefore more than ever essential that you travel with luggage which is easily manageable.
Due to the limited number of rooms in “homestay” accommodation, this tour will be limited to 12 persons.
|PRICE per person:|
|Single room supplement:||£140|
|Deposit for this holiday:||£200|
Rates of exchange used are as at 1st August 2012