CULTURAL TOUR OF NORTHERN TRANSYLVANIA AND MOLDAVIA
Moldavia - famous UNESCO Heritage monasteries - Voronet Monastery, the Sistine Chapel of the East, Moldovita Monastery, enjoy a monastic lunch
Merry Cemetery in Sapanta - discover how a cemetery can be merry in the picturesque and traditional area of Maramures
Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania - the one mentioned in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, something you can’t miss on a Transylvania tour
Famous woodcraftsman Grigore Tulean - a meeting privileged by the cultural holidays, he will introduce you in the old art of wood carving
The Communist prison and the Monument of Imprisoned Thoughts in Sighetul Marmatiei
Marginea - the famous Black Pottery Centre
The honourable Misiuga, Baron of Dracula - a genuine character presenting his interesting puppet exposition in Dogarilor Tower in Bistrita citadel,
Turzii’s Gorges - one of the most important natural reservations of the Apuseni Mountains
Day by day itinerary:
DAY 1 Budapest - Satu Mare
Our English speaking guide welcomes the tourists at the airport. Depart to Satu Mare for accommodation and dinner in an exquisite environment. Module: wine tasting in Tokaj, Hungary, the same wine drunken by A. Dumas's musketeers!
DAY 2 Satu Mare - Certeze - Sapinta - Sighet - Birsana - Ieud
Let’s explore today the magic land of Maramures! Drive to Sapanta to visit the famous Merry Cemetery and the highest wood church in Romania. Our next stop is a communist prison and The Monument of Imprisoned Thoughts in Sighet. Depart to Ieud for accommodation and dinner in traditional Maramuresean country-inns, in fact welcoming peasant houses.
On the way we stop to visit Birsana Monastery. Tip: shopping session in a flea market in Satu Mare, Lunch in Casa Iurca, traditionally decorated restaurant in Sighetul Marmatiei with Maramuresean cuisine.
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DAY 3 Ieud - Bogdan Voda - Moisei - Sacel - Voronet - Sucevita
Depart to visit the famous wood church in Bogdan Voda. We'll then arrive in Sacel and be the guests of the famous craftsman, Grigore Tulean. Drive to Sucevita for dinner. On the way we stop to visit Moisei Monument and the Voronet Monastery. Accommodate in Sucevita.
DAY 4 Sucevita - Marginea - Suceava - Gura Humorului - Moldovita - Sucevita
We begin the day with some shopping at the famous Black pottery Centre in Marginea. From there we'll travel to Suceava, to visit the old Citadel and the Village Museum. The road will take us to the famous Moldovita Monastery where we'll enjoy a monastic lunch. Accommodate in Sucevita.
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DAY 5 Sucevita - Campulung Moldovenesc - Vatra Dornei - Piatra Fantanele - Bistrita
Travel to Transylvania. On the way we visit The Wood Museum in Cimpulung Moldovenesc and the Hunting Museum in Vatra Dornei. Arrive in Borgo Pass, the place where Bram Stoker imagined and placed the castle of the famous Count Dracula; visit the castle and the coffin. Drive to Bistrita for accommodation. Here we'll visit The Dogarilor Tower with an interesting puppet exposition presented by the honorable Misiuga, Baron of Dracula and have a special dinner in Jonathan Harker Saloon, the hero of Dracula's novel. Tip: enjoy a lunch in a special environment - the castle in Borgo Pass, the place where famous author Bram Stoker imagined Count Dracula's Castle!
DAY 6 Bistrita - Cluj Napoca - Turzii's Gorges - Cluj Napoca
Arrive in Cluj Napoca and visit The Art Museum. Drive to Turda to see the Salt Mines and have a nice walk in the famous Turzii's Gorges Reservations. Accommodation in Cluj.
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DAY 7 Cluj Napoca - Turda - Oradea
Riding along the valley of Aries we'll visit the Ethnographic Museum in Lupsa and have a special traditional picnic lunch in a spectacular environment at Poarta lui Ionele Cave. Crossing Vartop Pass we'll arrive in Crisurilor Land where we'll visit Bears Cave and the Open Air Museum with old cars and domestic objects in Chiscau. Drive to Oradea to visit Varadinum Citadel. Accommodate. Tip: relaxing evening in the outdoor swimming pool with thermal water of your accommodation.
DAY 8 Oradea - Budapest
It is now the time to say good-by to your cultural northern Transylvania tour. Depart for Budapest.
"Transylvania was a major surprise for us! I have to admit I knew very little about your history and culture and now I’m fascinated by it. All those beautiful traditional hand made blouses and your fine pottery are a major success back in US. No other monasteries can compare to what I’ve seen in Bucovina. Thank you for this excellent itinerary and the well informed guide (answered all the questions)."
Mary Kate Johnson, California, US.
Your guide Sorin Coldea, teacher and headmaster of a school in Sibiel, Sorin is also the owner of a charming country-inn, a place you’ll accommodate in during this tour, meet his lovely wife, bake some pies …
I’ll be honoured to guide a Romanian adventure for you. It will be my pleasure to demonstrate that Romania is an excellent destination: beautiful scenery, wonderful traditions, excellent food and wine and great folklore.
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