Day 1: Bucharest.
Arrival to Bucharest. Transfer from Otopeni airport to your downtown hotel. Panoramic tour of this city, rich in Jewish art and literature, photography, art and music, including the Athenaeum, Revolution Square, Opera House and the Triumphal Arch. Possible attendance to the Bucharest Jewish Drama Theatre (in Yiddish). Accommodation at Hotel Opera***.
Day 2: Bucharest – Piatra Neamt.
Buffet breakfast. Visit the Choral Temple, tour the fascinating Jewish Museum – located in the former Tailor’s synagogue, Holocaust Museum, Yeshua Tova Synagogue and the few remaining parts of the old Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon visit the Parliament’s Palace then drive to Piatra Neamt in Moldavia – one of the richest areas for the Jewish Life. Arrival in the evening. Accommodation in Piatra Neamt at Hotel Central***. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Piatra Neamt - Iasi.
Buffet breakfast. Morning tour of the only wooden half underground synagogue of the country where Baal Shem Tov served for years. Visit the nearby, late 19th century synagogue before departing for the former capital of Moldavia: Iasi. This city used to be the largest and most sophisticated Jewish community in Romania, headquarters of Hacham Bashim in the XVIIth century, one of the great European Centers of Jewish learning during the XIXth century and the birthplace of the Yiddish Theater led by Adam Goldfaden. Evening at leisure. Accommodation in Iasi at Hotel Moldova***. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Iasi – Suceava – Gura Humorului.
Buffet breakfast. At the peak of its development, in Iasi there were no less than 127 synagogues; visit the local Synagogue, the oldest Jewish Temple in Romania, built in 1671, serving as a museum, open by appointment, followed by the Jewish Cemetery, the Holocaust Museum and the holy tomb of the Rabbi of Stefanesti, famous for his cures, miracles and teachings. Afternoon drive to Suceava for a tour of the mighty Fortress and a visit at the Gah Synagogue. Later arrive to Gura Humorului, the best base for the Bucovina Tour. Accommodation in Gura Humorului at Hotel Elegance****. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Gura Humorului and Bucovina Monasteries – Maramures.
Buffet breakfast. Visit Voronet and Humor Monasteries and be enchanted by the quality of the paintings and by the colors so well preserved; these two sites are among the UNESCO Heritage Romanian treasures. Today it will be a long day, we travel to Maramures, a splendid part of Northern Transylvania, also rich in Jewish Culture. On the way to Vadu Izei village stop at Barsana Monastery to learn about the local wooden architecture. This evening enjoy a home hosted dinner with one of the local families. Vadu Izei home stay accommodation (modern villa with all facilities). Includes: (B, D).
Day 6: Maramures Tour.
Buffet breakfast. Tour Maramures including the Synagogue in Sighet as well as a guided tour of the birth house of the famous Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Prize Winner. His house is now a museum of the local Jewish Community. Next is the Anti Communist Memorial providing a direct connection to Romania’s most recent history. End your Day with a visit to the World famous Merry Cemetery. Here, each wooden cross carries an epitaph about the person’s life. Vadu Izei home stay accommodation. Includes: (B, D).
Day 7: Maramures – Cluj Napoca - Sibiu.
Breakfast buffet. Leave Maramures in the early morning driving south to Cluj Napoca, a city of over 300,000 population. Visit the local synagogue and learn more about the Jews of Transylvania. Late afternoon arrival to Sibiu. Panoramic tour of the old town including the medieval fortifications. Tonight dinner in included at one of the best of Sibiu’s cellar restaurants.Accommodation in Sibiu at Imparatul Romanilor Hotel****. Includes: (B, D).
Day 8: Sibiu - Bucharest.
Buffet breakfast. Today’s walking city tour will take you to the Sibiu synagogue and a talk with a local Jewish community representative. Then walk the Great and Lesser Market Squares, Bruckenthal Museum the Liar’s. In the afternoon we depart to Bucharest, driving thru the scenic Olt Pass and Gorges. Evening at leisure in Bucharest. (Optional: Opera or Ballet performance at the National Opera). Accommodation in Bucharest at Hotel Opera****. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Bucharest departure.
Buffet breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
- 6 nights at three and four star hotels
- 2 night home stay in Maramures (or three star hotel on request)
- Fully insured sedan/minivan with climate control, for the entire distance
- Fuel and parking fees
- All sightseeing tours and cultural connections
- Informal talk on: The Jewish Community of Romania: Past and Present
- 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
- A professional English speaking tour guide (driving) to accompany you throughout
- Bucharest city tour, including a tour of the Palace of the Parliament
- All transfers
- Admissions to museums and sites as per itinerary
- Porterage (except for Customs Areas)
- Map of Romania.
You'll visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Sibiu's Old Town, Bucovina outside painted Monasteries, Maramures Wooden Churches.
- Other meals than stated
- Alcoholic beverages
- Photo/video fees at sites and museum.
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