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Romanian Ramble

28 June to 12 July 2020

A magical place, it feels like stepping into yesteryear.

Romania is a real find, a friend pointed us to the rich textiles of the farming communities in the far north and so we started to research.

It did not prepare us for the beauty of the country- landscape, medieval towns, stunning mural covered churches and the warm and friendly people.

Life in much of Romania is lived at the pace of a horse and cart, being summertime farming life will be in full swing and there is so much to see.

Food in Romania is all farm fresh and rather generous as it is meant to feed hard working rural people, it is also so delicious that you are going to need to walk it off or maybe volunteer to go and cut hay??

Due to EU Football Cup matches being held in Bucharest our arrival weekend and not being able to change dates for some of the places we want to visit, we will shorten our initial stay in Bucharest and wait until the end of the trip to meet it properly.

All Creative Arts Safaris Tours are fully escorted, small group tours focusing on textiles, arts and culture and yummy local cuisine. We like to get our hands dirty doing things, taking workshops and exploring locations and culture, getting off the beaten track. Our friendly groups welcome women and men to join us and are good for solo travellers who do not want to go it alone

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Group Size 8 to 14 people

Twin Share- US$3650
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Romanian Ramble

28 June to 12 July, 2020

Group Size 8 to 14 people

Twin Share- US$3650
Single Supplement + US$790

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Romania is a real find, a friend pointed us to the rich textiles of the farming communities in the far north and so we started to research.

It did not prepare us for the beauty of the country- landscape, medieval towns, stunning mural covered churches and the warm and friendly people.

Life in much of Romania is lived at the pace of a horse and cart, being summertime farming life will be in full swing and there is so much to see.

Food in Romania is all farm fresh and rather generous as it is meant to feed hard working rural people, it is also so delicious that you are going to need to walk it off or maybe volunteer to go and cut hay??

Due to EU Football Cup matches being held in Bucharest our arrival weekend and not being able to change dates for some of the places we want to visit, we will shorten our initial stay in Bucharest and wait until the end of the trip to meet it properly.

 

Day, date Location Activity Meals
Day 1

Sunday

28.6.20

Bucharest Arrivals- you will be met at the airport any time day or night and transferred to our start hotel
Day 2

Monday

29.6.20

Sibiu Leaving the plains and Bucharest, we wind up through the Carpathian Mountains to the Transylvanian Plateau.

Sibiu is one the Medieval Saxon Towns of Transylvania settled in 12th Century and a little jewel box of Romanian/Germanic architecture, we are situated in the Old Town area.

In the afternoon we will grab a map from the tourist office and follow it around town to find out about this medieval Old Town centre, a slow pace and time for an ice-cream or coffee is the way to do this lovely place.

B, L,D
Day 3

Tuesday

30.6.20

Sibiu This morning we visit the Astra Museum to have a look at their collection of traditional houses, adorned with textiles and other crafts before we settle down to a traditional doll making class.

We are visiting Romania in the height of glorious summer, long days of sunshine and rural activities…. winter finds heavy snow and being confined to the home so many beautiful crafts have developed to fill the long days.

B. L
Day 4

Wednesday

1.7.20

Viscri

Sighisoara

A short drive through beautiful countryside to Viscri, home to a World Heritage Listed Fortified Church, start practicing your steps now, the climb to the top of the tallest tower is well worth it,

after that we will have a local style lunch at a quaint local farm to table style restaurant.

Then onto Sighisoara another of the Saxon Fortified Towns and the most medieval in atmosphere, small and tucked onto a mountain side. We’ll take you to the 14th Century Clock Tower- channel your inner mountain goat for the climb- view is great.

B, L
Day 5

Thursday

2.7.20

Cluj Napoca

 

Via Turda

The country will start to change today and open out into the breadbasket of Transylvania, you will also notice changes in dress as we pass through many Romany villages.

We hope to visit a young entrepreneur and check out the clothes she makes then onto an otherworldly experience visiting the Turda Salt Mine.

This is all about experiencing and amazing space.

If we have time, we will visit small Cluj Museum….

Tonight, we stay in the busy University Town of Cluj and will have dinner in a restaurant whose chef is quite famous in the Romanian food scene.

B, D
Day 6

Friday

3.7.20

Breb To me this drive felt like moving back through time or even over to Middle Earth…. Whatever it was breath-taking and wonderful. Thick fir tree forests, a World Heritage Wooden Church completely adorned with murals, signs letting you know there are bears, wolves and boar resident in the forests….

We will arrive in the small village of Breb and making a home stay for 2 nights.

Everywhere has comfortable beds, western bathrooms and warm hospitality. We will be spread through a few homes as our group won’t all fit in one but we will be close together and in easy contact.

Dinner tonight will be cooked by 2 local women who can cater to groups.

B, L, D
Day 7

Saturday

4.7.20

Breb Today is unstructured although it will include a drive around via horse and cart to take in the area.

If you are keen and want to get up early you can join some of the community out in the fields cutting hay by hand and then raking it through the day to aid drying it to make hay.

Or you might get up later and just go and look.

There are wood carvers in the village and although it is summer and looms are packed away- weaving is winter work, we might be lucky and find one still up for us to view.

Small home ‘shops’ have homemade craft products for purchase.

This evening we hope to join local shepherds for an en plein air dinner

B, L,D
Day 8

Sunday

5.7.20

Sighetu Marmatei

 

Sunday, everyone dons their best [read hand made, richly embroidered best] and heads to Church. A great day to wander around the village, and perhaps follow along if you feel inclined.

Middle of the day we will head off to visit The Wooden Monastery of Barsana on our way to Sighetu Marmatei

B, L
Day 9 Monday

6.7.20

Sighetu Marmatei We will be up early to visit the monthly market. Need more livestock or have some to sell, this is the place.

People watching at its best come and hang out and watch the action.

Grab lunch at the BBQ, sample homemade Tuica [firewater is an apt description and it is a well-loved locally]

In the afternoon we will visit The Merry Cemetery at Sapanta, it really lives up to its name

B,
Day 10

Tuesday

7.7.20

 

Suceava Up and up through the Carpathian Mountains, past the ski runs of wintertime and through Fir Forests we head to the area of Bucovina- famed for it World Heritage Painted Monasteries.

We will visit a few and then the Old Citadel when we reach Suceava. First mentioned in 1388 it is called the Unconquerable and was part of the medieval Kingdom of Moldovia

B, L
Day 11

Wednesday

8.7.20

Brasov Heading south past the grapevine covered houses of Moldovia County [lots of home-made wines come of out this area] we are visiting a family who weave woollen carpets and practice natural dye using forest plants. This is not the season to walk in the forest to harvest but summertime is when the pot is heated over a fire and colours created, we will be their helpers today, learning about native plants and natural dyes.

Brasov, another of the medieval fortified towns. I don’t know if we will reach it early enough, if we do you might like to take the cable car to the top of the mountain for an excellent view of the area, if not enjoy a stroll around the beautiful Old Town.

B, L
Day 12

Thursday

9.7.20

Bucharest First thing in the morning we will participate in a workshop to paint eggs. Hand painted eggs [on blown eggs or wooden ones] are gifted at Easter and other celebratory occasions through the year.

Then onto to visit the beautiful Peles Castle before heading back to Bucharest.

Farewell Dinner tonight

B, L, D
Day 13

Friday

10.7.20

Bucharest We are staying in the Old Town again, lots of lovely nooks and crannies and wonderful stories to hear.

In the morning we are taking a walking tour that will share the scene for Romania’s long and complex history,

There is a Kitsch Museum in the Old Town with a very quirky display… great to get a feel for Romanian humour and some of the underlaying issues faced as Romania steps into the future.

Late afternoon we will take another walk through the more urban parts of town and through Graffiti look at the complex transition from Communism to Democracy and the future.

B
Day 14

Saturday

11.7.20

Bucharest Social day with a Women’s Stitching Group. By day they work in busy offices and schools across town and each week meet to learn and improve their stitching skills. The focus of their work is the traditional Romanian Blouse. All handmade and beautifully embroidered the skills of making an IE or blouse was in their grandmother’s hands but not theirs until they formed their group 6 years ago intent on learning all about it.

The women are happy to show their work, help you learn the basics and would LOVE you to bring something you love to make for show and tell.

It takes months to make a blouse, I am hoping we can each make a small patch that could go onto a blouse of broach as a memento of our day.

Farewell Dinner tonight

B, L,D
Day 15

Sunday

12.7.20

Home Departures

 

  • pick up from and dropping to airport ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT for the trip
  • accommodation on twin share basis [or choose single supplement] Note 2 nights home stay.
  • group transport during trip AC bus, horse and cart
  • all sightseeing and workshops listed in itinerary
  • breakfast and meals mentioned in itinerary
  • Shopping!!
  • -airfares
  • -visa
  • -travel insurance
  • -laundry
  • – meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • -drinks and bottled water
  • -gratuities/ tips