Traditional Life in Romania – 9 days


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Private guided tour to Romania.
One of the beauties of Romania are the local traditions, old crafts and way of living which are still well preserved in some regions. This tour of Romania will guide you through those traditional areas to learn and find more about the people life, their customs and not to forget about the traditional cuisine.
You’ll also meet local craftsmens which keep alive some arts and crafts forgotten long time ago. Join one of our tour we’ll guarantee memorable moments and an unforgettable experience. 
Depending of your taveling dates we’ll try to include visits at the local events as: markets, fairs, festivals, holidays, aso.
 
Day.1 BUCHAREST - BRASOV
Start your traditional Romania tour from Bucharest. You’ll meet your tour guide (hotel, address, airport) and start a panoramic tour of the city. Highlights: Parliament Palace, Athenaeum, Royal Palace, Revolution Square, Triumph Arch, aso.
Then we’ll stop to visit Village Museum – an open-air museum which preserves traditional houses from all the regions in Romania.
Next we’ll drive on the way to Brasov, one of the oldest medieval towns from Romania, dating since 13th century. Dinner in Brasov in a traditional restaurant.
Overnight at Casa Wagner Hotel***, a very old building located in the Old District, or similar.
 
Day. 2 BRASOV – GURA HUMORULUI
In the morning we’ll have a 2 hours walking tour of Brasov’s Old Town. Council Square, Black church, Weaver’s Bastion, White Tower are some of the sights.
Then we’ll go on the route to the North-Eastern region of Romania, a traditional area famous for the outside painted monasteries.
On the way we’ll cross the Carpathians mountains heading north-east to one of the most famous and popular region of Romania – Bucovina, the land of painted monasteries. It is a very scenic road which offer amazing landscapes. We’ll pass Red Lake, Bicaz Gorges and Bicaz Lake.
Overnight in Gura Humorului area in a small family hotel – Hildes Residence. Dinner with traditional Bucovinean meal.
 
Day 3. BUCOVINA REGION – PAINTED MONASTERIES
Start to to explore the Bucovina region – the land of World famous Painted Monasteries, unique in the World. Traditions and old customs are very well preserved here,
We’ll start our day visiting a regular peasent house to see how the family is leaving, the architecture, the household. Your guide will provide you all the informations about the housing concept in the area.
- Voronet (UNESCO) : founded in 1488 by Stephen the Great . It is the most accomplished sample of artistic achievement in Moldavian architecture and painting . The doors of the porch have a Renaissance framing, whereas the stone carvings of the broken arches at the doors and windows belong to the Gothic style. Voronet Monastery had been dubbed the oriental Sistine Chapel , whereas Voronet Blue , a color obtained from lapis lazuli, entered in the lexicon of art alongside Titian red and Veronese green, and to this day has yet to be reproduced by natural means
- Moldovita (UNESCO): dates back from 1532 and is due to the ruling prince Petru Rares
It has the aspect of a fortress, with imposing towers and high, thick walls. The church has a three-cusped plan, as well as an open porch. It Is decorated with scenes from the 16th c Moldavian life. You can see here the best preserved frescoes, with fresh and vivid colors
- Sucevita : the last and the most magnificent monastic achievement among the painted monasteries in Bucovina , looks as a real fortress, with towers, buttresses and watch roads. Built in 1581, by one bishop, it was dedicated to the Assumption in 1584. Paintings of the Sucevita monastery were best preserved both on the outside and on the inside( Ladder of Virtue, the last Judgment, the tree of Jesse,)
Beside the old and beautiful monasteries we’ll also dedicate some time to visit local craftsmens as: a painted eggs museum and workshop, Marginea pottery center, aso.
Return to Gura Humorului. Dinner and overnight in the same hotel.
 
Day 4 GURA HUMORULUI - MARAMURES
Today we’ll cross the mountains on the way to Maramures – the Northern region of Romania.  Start an explore tour of Maramures.
The mountain road we’ll offer great views and landcspes. Maramures is a fabulous region of Romania, famous for its kind inhabitants, beautiful traditions, wooden churches and spectacular carved wooden gates. The landscape is formed mostly by hills, valleys, reivers but also havin mountains around. We invite you to get lost together in this world and to discover it.
Maramures is a land where hospitality is a tradition by itself, where people still where the folk costumes, on Sundays, holidays and some even daily. It is an area with wooden art and wooden buildings. Therefore the oldest and highest wooden church from Europe can be visited here. They are famous for there carved, big wooden gates which have an entire history and spiritual symbols.
Old forgotten crafts and tools are stii used here and we’ll be pleased to share it with you.
Today we’ll visit the old wooden church from Bogdan Voda (UNESCO) and the Museum of Traditional Maramuresean Women.
Dinner and overnight in Botiza village area in a local guesthouse. We have also the opportunity to visit a local weaver and to see her products.
 
Day 5 MARAMURES REGION
After breakfast we’ll start to explore more about Maramures region. We’ll visit Barsana Monastery, a place of peace for spirit and soul but also an example of Maramuresean architecture. Visit a local wood carver and his workshop.
Next we’ll go in the Calinesti village area. It is time to change our transportation and to replace (for a short distance) the modern car with the traditional vehicle – a wagon pulled by horses. It is the best way to visit an area with isolated villages where the old architecture, the old wooden gates are very well preserved. Stop to visit a local house and to find more about how it is organized, the local activities, the household, the garden, animals, aso. We will also visit an very old workshop which use the power of the waters to mill, to weave, to wash and many other activities. It is a piece of old enginnering skills.
Next we’ll drive to Desesti (UNESCO), to visit another old wooden church (18th century) which is included in the UNESCO Heritages List.
Return to Botiza. Dinner and overnight in the same guesthouse.
 
Day 6 MARAMURES - SIGHISOARA
After breakfast we’ll depart on our way to Sighisoara. This region is located in the heart of Transylvania and is a region with a high influence of the German (we called Saxon) heritage. Many villages and towns was founded in 12th-13th century by settlers which arrived from German territories and they still preserve the old typical architecture, old customs, aso. Blue Saxon houses lend an air of distinction to the already picturesque surroundings and the beautiful landscapes. Here you can see and visit several fortified churches.  Those was built in 13th-15th century to be a shelter for local communities in te dangerous time of the Middle Age. Some of these fortified churches are UNESCO monuments. More than visiting the old houses, the old churches, the mignon handicrafts shop, tourists can enjoy true Saxon hospitality, home-cooked meals and a trip back in time.
We will also visit Sighisoara (UNESCO), a medieval citadel (little town) built in XII century, also known as “The Pearl of Transylvania”. It is one of the very few medieval citadels still inhabited.
 
Dinner and overnight in a guest house from the area.
 
Day 7. SIGHISOARA – SIBIU area
Breakfast. We’ll continue to the area of Sibiu. we’ll have a tour in the old town of Sibiu, one of the biggest and the oldest medieval towns from Transylvania. We’ll visit the most im portant sites as: Big Square, Little Square, Evanghelic Cathedral, Orthodox Cathedral, Bruckental museum, aso.
A mandatory visit is at Astra Village Museum, an open-air museum which present old traditional houses and buildings from all the regions of Transylvania.
In the surroundings of Sibiu there is a very beautiful region with several villages where the old life style of the Romanian sheephards is still very well preserved. We’ll visit the village as Sibiel, Orlat or Saliste and you’ll visit local museums, churches and craftsmens. Dinner and overnight in a pension from the village.
 
Day.8 SIBIU area – HOREZU - BUCHAREST
Breakfast. We’ll cross the Southern Carpathians through the beautiful Olt River Valley.  Next stop will be to see the Horezu Monastery (UNESCO). Founded in 1690 by Prince Constantine Brancoveanu, the monastery of Horezu in Walachia is a masterpiece of the Romanian architectural style – Brancovenesc style. The school of mural and icon painting established at he monastery in the 18t century was famous through the Balkan region.
Horezu is also famous as a pottrry centre. Visit a local craftsmen and find more about this art.
We’ll end the day in Bucharest.
Overnight at Rin Airport Hotel****, or similar.
 
Day 9. BUCHAREST – departure
Breakfast. According with your flight time, transfer to the airport.
 
End of your tour in Romania services.

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8 nights accommodation in 3 / 4  stars pensions; daily breakfast except the day of arrival; daily dinners except the day of departure, without alcoholic drinks; transport with car or minibus; private guide / driver - English language; visits to craftsmens workshops, Entrance tickets to the museums

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