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  • Tours in Transylvania
  • Tours in Bucharest
  • Tours in Northern Romania
  • Tours in Bucovina
  • Tours in Maramures
  • Tours in Moldavia
  • Tours in Dobrogea
  • Tours in The Black Sea Coast
  • Tours in The Danube Delta
  • Tours in Crisana/Banat
  • Tours in Carpathian Mountains

2017 ROMANIA JEWISH HERITAGE TOURcontactus


TOUR ROMANIA'S MOST IMPORTANT JUDAIC CULTURE SIGHTS

HERITAGE TOURS AND ROOT FINDING: PLEASE INQUIRE

 

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A visit to Romania is a journey into one of the best-preserved countries in Europe, unique in Eastern and Central Europe for its scores of well-maintained synagogues and cemeteries in use by the Jewish communities. The country where it was born the Nobel Prize winner, writer Elie Wiesel, the homeland of the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Chasidic movement, and the place where the contribution of the Sephardic and Ashkenazy Jews to art, crafts and culture is still in easy reach.

 

Day 1:

Bucharest, Romania

Arrival to Bucharest. Meet and greet by your English speaking tour guide.Transfer from Otopeni airport to your downtown hotel. Panoramic tour of this city, rich in Jewish art and literature, photography, art and music, including the Athenaeum, Revolution Square, Opera House and the Triumphal Arch. Hotel check in with evening at leisure. You may opt for a opera or ballet performance or a Romanian Folklore Dinner.

T Accommodation in Bucharest at Hotel Berthelot ****

 

Day 2:

Bucharest Jewish Heritage Tour – Piatra Neamt

Buffet breakfast. View of the Choral Temple, then tour the fascinating Jewish Museum – located in the former Tailor’s synagogue, the Holocaust Museum at the Great Synagogue, the Yeshua Tova Synagogue and the few remaining parts of the old Jewish Quarter as well as the Jewish Cemetery. In the afternoon visit the Parliament’s Palace then drive to Piatra Neamt in Moldavia – one of the richest areas for the Jewish Life. Arrival in the evening.

B Accommodation in Piatra Neamt at Hotel Ceahlaul *** (newly renovated)

 

Day 3:

Piatra Neamt – Iasi

Buffet breakfast. Morning tour of the only wooden half underground synagogue of the country where Baal Shem Tov served for years. Visit the nearby, late 19th century synagogue before departing for the former capital of Moldavia: Iasi. This city used to be the largest and most sophisticated Jewish community in Romania, headquarters of Hacham Bashim in the XVIIth century, one of the great European Centers of Jewish learning during the XIXth century and the birthplace of the Yiddish Theater led by Adam Goldfaden. Evening at leisure.

B Accommodation in Iasi at Hotel Moldova *** (centrally located)


Day 4:

Iasi – Suceava – Gura Humorului

Buffet breakfast. At the peak of its development, in Iasi there were no less than 127 synagogues; view the local Synagogue, the oldest Jewish Temple in Romania, built in 1671, serving as a museum, followed by the Jewish Cemetery, the Holocaust Museum and the holy tomb of the Rabbi of Stefanesti, famous for his cures, miracles and teachings. Afternoon drive to Suceava for a  tour of the mighty Fortress and a visit at the Gah Synagogue. Later arrive to Gura Humorului, the best base for the Bucovina Tour.

B Accommodation in Gura Humorului at Hotel Best Western Bucovina ****

 

Day 5:

Gura Humorului & Bucovina Monasteries – Maramures

Buffet breakfast. Visit Voronet and Humor Monasteries and be enchanted by the quality of the paintings and by the colors so well preserved; these two sites are among the UNESCO Heritage Romanian treasures. Today it will be a long day, we travel to Maramures, a splendid part of Northern Transylvania, also rich in Jewish Culture. On the way to Vadu Izei village stop at Barsana Monastery to learn about the local wooden architecture. This evening enjoy a home hosted dinner with one of the local families.

B D Vadu Izei home stay accommodation (modern villa with all facilities) OR Hotel Gradina Morii ***


Day 6:

Maramures Tour

Buffet breakfast. Tour Maramures including the Synagogue in Sighet as well as a guided tour of the birth house of the famous Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Prize Winner. His house is now a museum of the local Jewish Community. Visit Sighet Synagogue. Next is the Anti Communist Memorial providing a direct connection to Romania’s most recent history. Continue to the exquisite Ethnographical Museum in town. End your Day with a visit to the World famous Merry Cemetery. Here, each wooden cross carries an epitaph about the person’s life.

B D Vadu Izei home stay accommodation OR Hotel Gradina Morii ***


Day 7:

Maramures – Cluj Napoca – Alba Iulia - Sibiu

Breakfast buffet. Leave Maramures in the early morning driving south to Cluj Napoca, a city of over 300,000 population. Visit the local synagogue and learn more about the Jews of Transylvania. Break your trip in Alba Iulia – the ancient capital of Transylvania. Late afternoon arrival to Sibiu. Panoramic tour of the old town including the medieval fortifications. Tonight dinner in included at one of the best of Sibiu’s cellar restaurants.

B D Accommodation in Sibiu at Imparatul Romanilor Hotel ****

 

Day 8:

Sibiu – Brasov Synagogue - Sinaia & Peles Castle - Bucharest

Buffet breakfast. Today’s walking city tour will take you to the Sibiu synagogue and a talk with a local Jewish community representative. Depart to Brasov for a guided tour of the 1901 Synagogue built in Moorish style. Next is Peles Castle in Sinaia, the former summer residence of the Romanian Kings. Evening at leisure in Bucharest. (Optional: Opera or Ballet performance at the National Opera)

B Accommodation in Bucharest at Hotel Berthelot ****

 

Day 9:

Bucharest Departure
Buffet breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

 


Included Features:

  • 6 nights at three and four star hotels 
  • 2 night home stay in Maramures (or three star hotel on request, surcharge applies) 
  • fully insured sedan/minivan with climate control, for the entire distance 
  • fuel & parking fees 
  • all sightseeing tours & cultural connections 
  • informal talk on: The Jewish Community of Romania : Past & Present
  • 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners 
  • a Jewish Heritage specialized English speaking tour guide (driving) 
  • Bucharest city tour, including a tour of the Palace of the Parliament 
  • all transfers 
  • admissions to museums and sites as per itinerary 
  • porterage (except for Customs Areas) 
  • map of Romania.

 

You'll visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites:


Sibiu's Old Town, Bucovina outside painted Monasteries, Maramures Wooden Churches.


Not Included:

  • other meals than stated 
  • alcoholic beverages 
  • photo/video fees at sites and museums.
  • donations to synagogues.

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