ITINERARY –Family Tour (Basic), 5 days 4 nights

Budapest return to Transylvania, Romania

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Day 1 – Budapest– Ture

We depart Budapest at 9am and have a relatively long drive across the border into Romania finishing in the village of Ture, just before the beautiful old city of Cluj Napoca (also known as Kolosvár in Hungarian). With a lunch break in a Hungarian restaurant and a walk through the forest, we arrive at the village in the evening for dinner.

Accommodation – Family house Ture

Day 2 - Ture

After breakfast, we take a tour of the village and surrounds by local transport (Horse & cart), finishing back at our host's house we enjoy a home cooked lunch. In the afternoon we will visit a family famous for its painting. Here you can try your hand at the local furniture painting with guidance by the experts!

After a short rest, we will be serenaded under the walnut tree, by the local band. A chance to learn about the music of the region, or walk through the garden before dinner.

Accommodation: Family house – Ture

Day 3 – Szék

After breakfast we take a short drive to another ethnically Hungarian village, Szék (still in Romania) stopping at the 600 year old castle ruin in Bonchida on the way. This castle was a popular resting place for gentry travelling between Budapest and Bucharest in 18 hundreds and is famous amongst musicians for the story of Count Banffy and his coat. When the count was returning from Budapest in the snowy winter, he asked for his Bunda (Big sheep skin coat) to be brought to the train station. His staff misheard and brought his Banda (Band) who played for him on the cold platform as he got off the train!

After a home cooked lunch in Szek, there will be chance look inside one of the oldest houses in the village and walk through with the geese to the salt lake filled with birds.

This evening will be a quiet one, giving us all a chance to get to know our host family over a game of cards.

Accommodation – Family house – Szek

Day 4 – Szek

After breakfast we learn how to make local sweet bread in the outside wood oven and look around the edge of the village. For lunch we have a local soup and taste the proceeds of our mornings work. After a rest we visit the hat maker and then the kids have a chance to learn a bit of dance from the locals. Adults are free to watch or walk with a local guide. The band will arrive in the late afternoon, giving us an idea of how evenings were spent before television and discos arrived in town.

Accommodation – Family house - Szek

Day 5 Szek – Budapest

Travelling back towards Hungary we stop in the famous street-side markets were you can buy anything from a bottle to a hand spun, woven, died & embroidered bedspread - all hand made of course! Continuing through the spectacular gorges and forest we have lunch in a Romanian restaurant by the river and some special views at the highest point of our return journey. We then arrive back in Budapest around 7pm.

*Any participant can choose to rest, or do local sightseeing from the accommodation, 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).

Tour Cost from Budapest return $650AUD per person twin share. A minimum of six paying adults is required on this tour.

Price includes 4 x breakfast, lunch & dinner, limited drinks & coffee/tea, all transport from Budapest return by minibus, local driver, accommodation, all entry fees, 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

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