Carpathian Tours was established by Sally Corry and Dusan Hegli in 2003. Sally is a musician with The Transylvaniacs in Sydney Australia. She has spent the last 13 years travelling to the villages of Slovakia, Hungary & Romania researching and collecting Hungarian, Romanian & Rom village music. Dusan is the artistic director of the Ifju Szivek Ensemble (Slovak State Hungarian Dance Ensemble) and besides being one of the most outstanding dancers in his field today, has also travelled widely to villages learning and collecting the dance.

Together we thought that this music, dance and culture was so special it should be seen and experienced by as many people as possible. We also believe that cultural tours will provide work for local musicians and encourage the next generation to take up the tradition. As we had already done the hard work of discovering musicians and dancers in the fields and bars of the Carpathian Mountains, the next step of bringing the tour to them has been easy and exciting.

Small company

This is a small company specialising only on this particular region. Rather than running many different tours around the world, we plan very well researched and informative tours drawn from personal experience and attention to detail.

Small Groups

Group sizes are kept to a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 12 people. This means that the groups are large enough for some different company and new friendships to form, whilst remaining small enough to enjoy personalised service, individual attention and access to villages and homes.

Comfortable Travel

After more than 10 years of travelling to and from Slovakia, Hungary and Romania on field research trips, we know how hard it can be to organise the simplest things. The next meal, the bus ticket, the timetables and bureaucracies can be daunting and exhausting to deal with. Carpathian Tours aim to provide you with faultless service, organising everything necessary, so that you will not have to deal with any of these small problems. We wish you to have a peaceful and enjoyable trip from beginning to end!

Educational materials

A comprehensive reading list and information booklet will be sent to all participants on receipt of booking. A detailed itinerary including historical and cultural information on all destinations will be given to you on the first day of the tour. Optional videos and talks will be presented throughout the tour.

Recommendations and assistance can be given on which CDs, Books or videos can be bought whilst on the tour. All tours are led by an Australian guide with more than 10 years experience in the music and dance history and culture.