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A Food Trip: Walking, Culinary Traditions and Culture in Transylvania, Romania

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 - 12 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Romania  
Specialty Categories: Food & Wine   Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 850 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1600 US Dollar (USD)

In Romania, the farmers culture is still very much alive. As in Western Europe 100 years ago, every family has a strong link with the land. In autumn collecting and preserving of food for the harsh winter is the theme in each family. Fruit is stored in cellars made into wine and schnapps. Vegetables preserved as delicious sauces and pickles. The pig is slaughtered and processed into sausages and hams. Because of the Orthodox Lent and other fasten periods, there are also vegetarian vegetable and pastry recipes.

A stay in the countryside of Romania during the autumn lets us experience how the struggle for the physical existence still costs a lot of energy. Far from fast food we meet the taste of basic fair food. Demonstration of food processing and making traditional dishes are on the program. A lunch in Saxon tradition, a meal at a gypsy family, but also a feastly dinner in a restaurant with live music.

Day 1.
Arrive in Rasinari, typical Romanian lively shepherd village 12 km from Sibiu. Stay at friendly family pension, good 3 star accommodation.

Day 2.
In the morning explore the village, visiting cultural sites, such as village museum, historic orthodox church, Goga Memorial House. Walk to Trenei, a dreamy little village without roads. We may meet friendly old people, some artists and donkeys. Overnight in Rasinari.

Day 3.
Walk through the fields and over the hill to the Saxon village Michelsberg / Cisnadioara. Introduction to the Saxon history and tradition, enjoying a good meal with a family. Visit the church in the village and on the hill, from where we have a magnificent view. Walk though the orchards to the small town Cisnadie / Helltau with its beautiful historic Saxon church. After a drink in a local pub. Transfer to Rasinari.

Day 4.
Free Sunday morning with possibility to visit one of the orthodox churches. In the afternoon we visit the Astra Open Air Museum. Built up between 1963 and 1989 as the most elaborate scientific-documentary and technical collection and archives (pictures, photos, films) dealing with pre-industrial folk technology in Romania. It offers a brilliant demonstration of life and material continuity in this part of Europe. Overnight Rasinari.

Day 5.
Excursions (partly walking) to organic farms around Sibiu. You will visit dairy farm, vegetable grower, beekeeper. Transfer (15 km) to Talmacel village. Dinner and overnight in Talmacel.

Day 6.
A day at Dumitru’s gospoderia and Ana’s kitchen. They will show us how they produce all the food they need for winter. We will learn how to prepare the traditional dishes like sarmale and other kitchen secrets of Ana. The traditional peasant way of life has involved the maximum use of local resources for subsistence. In the Subcarpathian region of Romania fruit constitute a major resource and fruits, especially plums have been valued for their usefulness in supplying jam, dried fruit and brandy. We visit a local distillery, ‘cazan’ and taste his tuica. Overnight Talmacel.

Day 7.
Sibiu, cultural capital 2007 still has a lot to offer. During a pleasant stroll with a local guide we get to know the city center. We visit the squares, the market and Biocoop, the first and only organic food shop in Transylvania. The afternoon is free. Visit for example the Brukenthal Museum with a famous collection of Dutch and Flemish art. Dinner at a traditional restaurant with live music in Sibiu. Overnight Talmacel.

Day 8.
Last day, program depending on the route to airport or train station. For a small organization the company has a remarkably broad and interesting expertise. It walks the fine line between good basic preparation and organization, and an apparent chaos. This is only possible with the help of local partners having the spirit of humor and the typical Romanian improvisation talent. We simple love Romania. The company has expertise in organic and biodynamic agriculture; visits and stays at certified organic farms. It also has expertise in traditional music: meeting the musicians, listening to instruments as the taragot, fluier, braci, cymbalom. Concerts of village bands, dance and music workshops.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Full board in 3* guest houses
- Restaurant meals
- English speaking Dutch travel guide
- Food processing workshop
- Sibiu city tour.

About This Supplier
Location: Netherlands
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2008

M17858, deep in Transylvania: walking along the paths of traditional music, culture, food and agriculture. We make small group holidays with a cultural theme. 2-20 travelers with Agnes Jansen discover the beauty of Transylvanian nature, enjoying the hospitality and good local food in small rural guest houses. Also...

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