Transylvanian Wanderings - An Old Europe Spring Tour

  • 13 Jan 2012 8:00 AM
Transylvanian Wanderings - An Old Europe Spring Tour
"In the tradition of the Grand Tour, a journey to far away places off the beaten track, many existing today as they have for generations, places where time has stopped and nature abounds. Explore a collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seasonal pagan, religious and folklore ceremonies unchanged for centuries and a geography straddling rich Orthodox, Ottoman, Roman and Austro-Hungarian heritages. Welcome to Transylvania. Between 13-27 April 2012.

In two weeks you will traverse over 2500kms, visiting the Tokaj Wine Region of far-west Hungary, witness an opulent Orthodox Easter celebration in a remote monastery in Moldova in northern Romania, rub shoulders with locals and their customs at a folklore festival in Brasso, visit the Count Dracula’s Törzburg Castle, a dreamy boat ride down a remote picturesque stretch of the Danube deep in central Romania, see the EU’s 2008 Culture Capital City of Sibiu, explore the true Balkan capital, Belgrade, the ancient academic crossroads of Pécs in southern Hungary and many many more beautifully remote locations.

Over the past 12 years I have traveled through these regions with small groups (limited to 18 persons) of adventurous people who appreciate the vast contrasts in scenery, culture and lifestyles that ensure Transylvania and its surrounds remain removed from the hordes that over-run much of Continental Europe. Much effort is invested to coordinate these tours with local seasonal and annual events making your visit a unique event in itself.

This tour offers the best accommodations and hospitality with an array of castle hotels, boutique bed and breakfasts and locally run lodges. We travel in a luxury coach and there are ample opportunities for wine tastings, visits to various factories and artisan centers as well as time for your own wanderings.

This year’s Tour originates and terminates in Budapest. Arrangements for days prior and post the Tour’s starting date in Budapest can be easily accommodated and it would be a pleasure for me to assist in, perhaps a sojourn in one of the city’s famous thermal spas to unwind and recalibrate for “Transylvania time” (!) or rejuvenate after your Tour.

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