ITINERARY: Rom Tour Basic — Budapest return to Transylvania, Romania.
Day 1: Budapest–Cluj Napoca (Kolosvár)
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: Ceaus Music and Dance Camp
After breakfast with our hosts we move on to the Rom and Hungarian music & dance camp near Tirgu Mures, Transylvania. After lunch and settling in you can either participate in the dance and music teaching, or just soak up the atmosphere.
Accommodation: Family home, Ceaus
Days 3 & 4: Music and Dance Camp
Two full days of dance or music instruction. The teachers include locals from
the village itself as well as professional dance teachers from
Hungary. The musicians are all locals and all dance teaching is
accompanied by live music. Talks will also be given during the day by
your guide on the local Rom customs, culture and costume. If tour
participants do not wish to attend the classes offered during the
day, it is worth walking through the town and surrounds as well as
watching classes or stopping in the pub to hear some fantastic music!
are all held in Hungarian and Romany, with translations given by your
Accommodation: Family home, Ceaus
Day 5: Cluj Napoca–Palatka (Magyarpalatka)
After breakfast we head back towards Budapest stopping in the beautiful
city of Cluj Napoca. Here we will have lunch and check into a hotel
for a nice hot shower and a short rest. 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 Siesta, Cluj Napoca.
Day 6: Kalotaszentkiraly
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
Accommodation: Family home, Kalotaszentkiraly
Day 7: Budapest
breakfast we continue on to Budapest. Taking a slight detour through
the hills we have some spectacular views and stop for a picnic lunch.
Crossing the border after lunch, we then drive straight to Budapest
arriving around 7pm.
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).
includes six x 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, musicians 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!
*Prices and itinerary are subject to change.
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