ITINERARY: Rom Tour
Budapest return to Transylvania,
Dates on demand
Price on Demand
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
Accomodation: Hotel, Tirgu Mures
Day 5: Cluj Napoca—Palatka
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,
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