Budapest return to Transylvania, Romania.

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Day 1: Budapest—Cluj Napoca (Kolosvár)

We depart Budapest at 9.30am and have a relatively long drive across the border into Romania and on to the village of Mera on the outskirts of the beautiful old city of Cluj Napoca (also known as Kolosvár in Hungarian). After stopping for a meal and a walk by the river in the foothills of the mountains during our drive, we arrive in Mera in the evening for dinner. We will be greeted by our hosts, a local Rom musician family and enjoy a peaceful evening in the garden.

Accommodation: Family home, Mera

Day 2: Cluj Napoca—Tirgu Mures

After breakfast with our hosts we move on to the city of Tirgu Mures. Here we will check into our hotel and have lunch. After lunch and settling in we will meet our guides and dance teachers from the ... dance group. They will give us a talk on the dance and Rom culture of the area (dance option includes dance teaching here) and then come out with us for dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel, Tirgu Mures

Day 3: Szaszcsavas

Today we will visit the town of Saszcsavas about 40mins drive from our hotel. This small town is culturally 95% Hungarian and has a large community of Hungarian Roma. (Dance option has a morning dance class here, before depature). After arriving we will walk through the town with our hosts and then have a home cooked meal with a Hungarian family. In the afternoon we will meet the musicians and will be entertained with music and dance over dinner before returning to our hotel for the night.

Accommodation: Hotel, Tirgu Mures

Day 4: Tirgu Mures and natural spa

After breakfast we will have a free morning to explore the city or just rest in the hotel (Dance option has a dance class here). Lunch will be a picnic in the forest before we continue to have a swim in a natural warm mineral spa in the hills.

Accomodation: Hotel, Tirgu Mures

Day 5: Cluj Napoca—Palatka (Magyarpalatka)

After breakfast we head back towards Budapest stopping in the beautiful city of Cluj Napoca. After lunch we take a short drive through the valleys and hidden villages to the village of Palatka. After arriving at our hosts' house (local Rom musicians) we will hear all about the music, dance and traditions of the area, whilst enjoying a refreshing drink under the trees in the orchard. We then enjoy a home cooked meal with the village band and some live music in the garden overlooking the village. When we are ready we will return to the hotel for the night.

Accommodation: Hotel, Cluj Napoca.

Day 6: Kalotaszentkiraly

Continuing on our way back to Budapest in the morning we drive on to the small Hungarian village of Kalotaszentkiraly, still in Transylvania, Romania. Here we will walk up to the hills for a picnic lunch and then return for the afternoon with our host family. After a rest we will learn about the local customs, costumes music & dance with some local Rom musicians and dancers arriving for dinner and the evening.

Accommodation: Family home, Kalotaszentkiraly

Day 7: Budapest

After breakfast we continue on to Budapest. Crossing the border after lunch, we then drive straight to Budapest arriving around 7pm.

This is where the tour finishes, participants may choose to stay on in Budapest, in which case you will be dropped at a central location, or to your accommodation, otherwise the bus returns to Budapest airport. Please advise us if you are not staying in Budapest this night and we will try to accommodate any onward travel connections.

*Any participant can choose to rest, or do local sightseeing from the hotel/home, 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 $1650AUD per person (twin share)

Price includes six ×breakfast, lunch & dinner, limited drinks & coffee/tea, all transport from Budapest return by mini bus, local driver, accommodation in comfortable hotels or family homes, entry fees, dance classes, drinking water, musician’s fees, talks, one full time guide, and 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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