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Tour code: Hu4.1RoFe
Departure: Budapest
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Hora at Prislop festival

Hora at Prislop
- Traditional festival
The Sistine Chapel of the East - the famous Voronet Monastery,
Merry Cemetery in Sapanta - discover how a cemetery can be merry in the picturesque and traditional area of Maramures.
Dracula’s Castle in Bistrita - the one mentioned in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”.
Famous woodcraftsman - Grigore Tulean will introduce you in the old art of wood carving
- the famous Black Pottery Centre.
The honourable Misiuga, Baron of Dracula - a genuine character presenting his interesting puppet exposition in Dogarilor Tower in Bistrita.

Day by day itinerary:

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!

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DAY 2 Satu Mare – Sapanta – Prislop Pass – Ieud

Ready to party
Young U.K. girls joining the festival

It's now time to celebrate, Transylvanian way! We begin our day feeling very alive and happy about it with a visit of the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta. You'll find out how a cemetery can be merry by reading the funny verses carved on the crosses. Since we wormed up we're ready to party. We drive to Prislop Pass to take part to “Hora la Prislop” festival.

The event gathers the inhabitants of the North of Romania, not only Transylvania, but also Moldova and Bucovina. “Hora” is the name of a round group dance signifying togetherness and joy. The scene placed on the top of the mountain is surrounded by the booths of the popular craftsmen and of the traders who do not miss the opportunity to speak about their merchandise.

In this festival you will find out what people in Transylvania mean by “celebrating “ not only on stage but also in all corners of the mountain groups of dancers and singers are showing off to each other in a friendly manner.

We also spend the evening in a rustic atmosphere drive to Ieud for accommodation in lovely country-inns!
Traditional round dance-Hora
Woman working on the loom on street in Sapanta
Celebrate Transylvanian way

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Voronet MonasteryDAY 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.

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Fresco from MoldovitaDAY 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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Besoms seller 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!

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The Art Museum in Cluj NapocaDAY 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. Enjoy a special vampire menu for dinner. Accommodation in Cluj.

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The tasty cave with sarmale from  the Traditional PicnicDAY 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.

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DAY 8 Oradea - Budapest
It is now the time to say good-by to Romania. Depart for Budapest.

"Congratulations Transylvania Live for teaching me how to dance the “hora”. I enjoyed very much the festival; the Romanians are the friendliest people I ever met! I loved the music, the traditional costumes, the food, everything! Please send my best to Mr. Misiuga, the “Baron of Dracula “, it was a pleasure talking to someone who can tell so much about Transylvania’s past. Hope to see you again soon".

WinonaCunningham, Virginia, US


Your guide Dudu Soneriu:
the manager of the House of Culture in Sighisoara, and one of the most important organisers of the Medieval Festival in Sighisoara, Dudu Soneriu can really answer all your questions about Transylvania’s history and folklore. Also, if you’re keen on learning more about Cont Dracula, he is the best person to ask!

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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