We begin the day by visiting a village famous in the area for its stonework. Beautifully carved stones and sculptures feature on many of the houses in the village and the locals still work with stone today. From here we continue on to the village of Ture. After eating with our host family we walk through the village, visiting the church and a few houses to see the amazing carved wooden gates, painting and costumes of the area. This is followed by a home cooked Hungarian meal with the local band and our host family. When we are ready we will return to the hotel in town.
Accommodation: Hotel Siesta, Cluj Napoca
This morning is a chance to sleep in or take the opportunity of a free morning to look around Cluj Napoca. After meeting at 11am we will drive out of town and into the mountains. After a picnic lunch in the valley by the river we arrive at our accomodation in the early afternoon. The afternoon gives us time to rest or explore the surrounding countryside before a quiet dinner in a local resteraunt.
Accommodation: Mountain Guest House
After breakfast we set off for a walk through the stunning surrounds to visit a small Romanian village. After having lunch here we drive back in the bus via waterfalls, lakes and a visit to some hillside caves. The evening is free after dinner in the local resteraunt. A chance to read, walk or enjoy a quiet drink. (Anyone wishing to miss the walk can take the option of meeting us in the village with the bus)
Accommodation: Mountain Guest House
After breakfast we move to the village of Szék. Built over a layer of salt, this village has always traded and was historically fairly well off. We will make a small detour in the morning to visit a working salt mine in Dej and arrive in time for lunch. After lunch relax in the brightly blue painted interiors while learning about the music,dance and culture of this fascinating village. A short walk in the early evening over the salt swamp, is followed by an evening with our hosts. Accommodation is in a guest house in the village.
Accommodation:Guest House, Szék
With an emphasis today on cooking, eating and dancing, we begin with a look at how bread and cakes are made in the wood fired oven in the morning and explore the garden and crops. After lunch learn how the famous Széki moonshine (Palinka) is brewed and try your hand at rolling cabbage rolls. The band will arrive for dinner, after which we will spend the evening with the musicians and a dance teacher in an old blue lime-washed house overlooking the salt swamp. Accommodation is again in the village, so everyone is free to party on, or sleep at anytime.
Accommodation: Szék, Guest House
After breakfast we drive back to Cluj. Winding through the valleys, we will have plenty of photo opportunities and will arrive in Cluj in time for our final lunch together. Participants will then be dropped to the airport, train station or your hotel if you are staying on in Cluj.
*Any participant can choose to rest, or do local sightseeing from the hotel, rather than joining the daily or evening programs if feeling like some time out (The cost of meals, entry tickets and travel in such cases will not be covered by the tour).
Price includes seven x breakfast, lunch & dinner, limited drinks & coffee/tea, all transport from Cluj Napoca return by mini bus, local driver, accommodation in comfortable hotels, entry fees, dance classes, drinking water, musicians fees, talks, one full time guide, tour design. You should only need to take money for buying souvenirs, personal items or the occasional encouraging note for the violin bow!
Itinerary subject to change