Jewish Heritage Tour

 

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We would like to offer you a fantastic journey into the history of Romania's Jews. You will be able to follow steps of Jews who began arriving in this area in the 14th century. They have made a great contribution to art, crafts, culture and trade. Romania is the homeland of the Nobel Prize Winner - Elie Wiesel. On our tour, you will discover the most important Jewish sights and also you will see charming rural lands, historic towns and other interesting sights of our heritage.

Day 1

We will pick you up from the airport. Our guide will take care of you. You will take part in a guided walking tour around the most important sites of Bucharest. You will see among many things the former Royal Palace, the Athenaeum, the Revolution Square. You will ride along Victoria Avenue and you will have chance to admire other monuments situated along the avenue. And of course, you will also visit sites of the Jewish heritage such as the Choral Temple – the most important synagogue in Bucharest and The Great Synagogue & the Holocaust Memorial erected in 1850 by a congregation of Polish Jews. Then, you will continue your tour to the Yesua Tova Synagogue built in 1827, entirely renovated. Overnight in Bucharest.

Day 2

After the breakfast, we you will head toward Sinaia, the picturesque mountain resort where one of the most beautiful castles of Romania is located. Peles Castle, was once the summer residence of Romanian Kings. Then, you will continue your tour to Bran. There, you will have a chance to dip into Dracula's Castle history, myths and facts. Bran Castle is an important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism. The next stop will be at Brasov - one of the most beautiful city in Romania. Our guide will show you the Old Town with its landmarks such as the Black Church, the Town Hall Square, the Franciscan Monastery, as well as the Rope Street – the narrowest street in Europe, and much more. You will also visit Brasov Synagogue from 1899.
Overnight in Brasov.

Day 3

After breakfast you will drive toward Sighisoara, which is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval towns. The whole medieval citadel has been inscribed into UNESCO List. You will take a pleasant walk around the most interesting sites: the Clock Tower (Council Tower), the Guild Tower, the Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) House, the Wood Covered Staircase, the Hill Church. Then, you will continue your tour to Baia Mare which is the gate to Maramures County. Northern Romania, especially regions of Maramures and the Bukovina, was once home to a large Jewish community. Jews settled in the poorer mountain areas in the aftermath of the Chmielnicki massacres during the 17th and 18th centuries. Overnight in Baia Mare.

Day 4

After breakfast, you will head toward Sapanta where a unique Merry Cemetery is located. This original and amazing place has been inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage List. It is famous for colourful wooden crosses, sculptured and painted with the humorous epitaphs. Then, you will visit the highlights of Jewish heritage: the Sighet Synagogue Vizhnitzer Klaus, the Cemetery with the Monument of the Soap, Sighetul Marmatiei with the Ellie Wiesel House. Eliezer Wiesel is a world-renowned Romanian Jewish, philosopher, political activist, and Holocaust survivor. You will visit the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance from Sighet. Then, you will drive across the Carpathian Mountains. You will explore Bucovina region famous for the "Painted" Monasteries. Monasteries are inscribed into UNESCO List due to valuable frescoes on churches' walls. Overnight in Gura Humorului.

Day 5

As you eat breakfast, you will drive to VORONET Monastery which is one of the most popular sites among Bukovina's monasteries. It is known for the frescoes with predominant blue colour. Then, you will see Suceava Synagogue – The Gah Synagogue founded in 1870 when there were 8,000 Jewish residents in Suceava. The Synagogue has been restored. Suceava was a major center of Moldavian Jewish community. The next attraction which you will visit, is Piatra Neamt where a big Jewish community lives. You will see the Great Temple, known as Leipziger Bet ha-Midrash Temple. The Piatra Neamt Cathedral synagogue is the oldest wooden synagogue still standing in Romania. You will also visit the Jewish Cemetery. Overnight in Gura Humorului.

Day 6

You will depart Gura Humorului after breakfast and you will head toward Brasov. You will cross the Bicaz Gorges, pass through the Red Lake Resort where you will have a short break. Overnight in Brasov.

Optionally, we can orrange a special musical dinner in Cetate Restaurant in Brasov. In the Medieval Saloon you will enjoy a recital including chamber music, dance and arias of classical and pre-classical music.

Day 7

You will have breakfast at the hotel and then, we will transfer you to the airport

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