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Romania: Transylvania, Bucovina and Maramures

Full of complex history, spellbinding nature and unique culture, Romania is a hidden gem in Southeastern Europe: filled with brooding castles, dark forests and colorful meadows, medieval villages and dynamic Belle Époque cities, and highlighted with the Carpathian Mountains reaching for the skies. The country rugged terrain and consequent isolation resulted in preservation of its distinctive Old World heritage. During this tour, we will experience the medieval villages, explore atmospheric towns of Sighisoara and Brasov, see Bucovina's luminous frescoes, painted monasteries, and what would a trip to Romania be without visiting Vlad Dracula’s Bran Castle? 

Full of complex history, spellbinding nature and unique culture, Romania is a hidden gem in Southeastern Europe: filled with brooding castles, dark forests and colorful meadows, medieval villages and dynamic Belle Époque cities, and highlighted with the Carpathian Mountains reaching for the skies. The country rugged terrain and consequent isolation resulted in preservation of its distinctive Old World heritage. During this tour, you will experience the medieval villages, explore atmospheric towns of Sibiu and Brasov, you’ll see Transylvania's luminous frescoes, painted monasteries, and what would a trip to Romania be without visiting Vlad Dracula’s birthplace of Sighisoara?

Romanian Castles

Romania's collection of castles and fortresses perhaps best illustrates the rich medieval heritage of the country. While castles built from the 14th to the 18th centuries are strong and austere fortresses built mainly for defense against invaders, those erected beginning in the late 1800s are imposing and luxurious. The most popular include the 14th century Corvin Castle, built on the site of a former Roman camp, the elegant 19th century Peles Castle with its 160 rooms filled with priceless European art and, of course, the Bran Castle, built in the mid-1300s and legendary home to Bram Stoker's Count Dracula. Read More

Painted Monasteries

Among the most picturesque treasures of Romania are the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina (in northeastern Romania). Their painted exterior walls are decorated with elaborate 15th and 16th century frescoes featuring portraits of saints and prophets, scenes from the life of Jesus, images of angels and demons, and heaven and hell. Read More

Superstitions of Romanian culture

Romania, and the Carpathian region in general, has long had a reputation for taking its superstitions extremely seriously. Age old beliefs continue to play an important part in the everyday lives of the country’s people, however irrational they may seem to the outside world. The stereotype that Romanians are fanatical about the supernatural is arguably thanks to their portrayal in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Nevertheless, spend some time with the locals and it will soon become evident that these folkloric tales are still believed to this day. Read More

Folklore, Legends, and Gypsies of Romania

Romania is a place that is ripe with fodder for the world’s bizarre news with headlines like “Romanian government moves to tax income on witchcraft and fortune telling.” These are the kinds of things that embarrass the people here, but at the same time, are seemingly legitimate policies and issues for the country. The fact that Romania is home to the Roma and Romani people (otherwise known as gypsies) provides considerable explanation for why things like this hit the news. Read More

Vampires in Ancient and Modern Romania

The first undead superstitions in Romania started circulating a few years after the death of Vlad III, Prince of Walachia (also known as Vlad the Impaler) December 14th, 1476 who ruled over Walachia (now present day southern Romania). Folklore tells a tale of on the nights Vlad Tepes and his older brother Mircea II were born, holy statues bled through the eyes and mouths dripping as if to send a message to the priests who witness the royal birthing. Read More

Traditional Villages in Maramures

Maramures is Brigadoon land where the way of life has changed little over the centuries. In late afternoon, old women sit outside their gates coaxing coarse wool onto spindles. Many still favor traditional dress, meaning white frounced blouses, striped woven panels covering full black skirts, headscarves and opinci, a sort of leather ballet slipper from which heavy yarn criss-crosses over thick socks. Read More

Romanian Customs

People in the small towns and villages outside the cities have changed their lifestyle very little over the years. It is not uncommon that the villagers will use horse-drawn carriages as their main means of transport. Romanians are naturally hospitable people and always eager to share stories of their village with travellers passing-by. You might even be invited into their home for a home-cooked traditional Romanian meal. Read More

Crafts of Romania

While there are great Romanian fine artists, the typical zest for life and almost naïve optimism that the world is really a beautiful place seem best expressed in the traditional art and craft of Romanian peasants, extending even to their colorful, unique grave markers. The most readily recognizable examples of Romanian art are the famed painted eggs, especially prominent around Easter time. Read More

DATES 

August 2019
12 Days / 11 Nights

Tour starts in Cluj Napoca and ends in Bucharest

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