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Romania Jewish Heritage Tour

9 days/8 nights
2014 Tour Dates:
Anytime from March through November.
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Maramures, Romania

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Romania Jewish Heritage Tour


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 the Nobel Prize winner, writer Elie Wiesel, was born; 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; Romania is a destination no-one could forget!

Day 1: Bucharest
Arrive in Bucharest. 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. Accommodation at Berthelot Hotel.

Day 2: Bucharest - Piatra Neamt
Buffet breakfast. Visit the Choral Temple, tour the fascinating Jewish Museum located in the former Tailor's synagogue, Holocaust Museum, Yeshua Tova Synagogue, and the few remaining parts of the old Jewish Quarter. 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. Accommodation in Piatra Neamt at the 3* Hotel Central. (B)

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 17th century, one of the great European Centers of Jewish learning during the 19th century and the birthplace of the Yiddish Theater led by Adam Goldfaden. Evening at leisure. Accommodation in Iasi at the 3* Hotel Moldova. (B)

Day 4: Iasi - Suceava - Gura Humorului
Buffet breakfast. At the peak of its development, in Iasi there were no less than 127 synagogues. Visit the local Synagogue, the oldest Jewish Temple in Romania, built in 1671, serving as a museum, open by appointment, 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 in Gura Humorului, the best base for the Bucovina Tour. Accommodation at Berthelot Hotel. (B)

Day 5: Gura Humorului and 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 will be a long day as 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. Vadu Izei home stay accommodation (modern villa with all facilities). (B, D)

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. Next is the Anti Communist Memorial providing a direct connection to Romania's most recent history. End your day with a visit to the world-famous Merry Cemetery. Here, each wooden cross carries an epitaph about the person's life. Vadu Izei home stay. (B, D) accommodation

Day 7: Maramures - Cluj Napoca - Sibiu
Breakfast buffet. Leave Maramures in the early morning driving south to Cluj Napoca, a city of over 300,000 people. Visit the local synagogue and learn more about the Jews of Transylvania. Late afternoon arrival to Sibiu. Panoramic tour of the old town including the medieval fortifications. Tonight dinner is included at one of the best of Sibiu's cellar restaurants. Accommodation in Sibiu at the 4* Imparatul Romanilor Hotel. (B, D)

Day 8: Sibiu - Bucharest
Buffet breakfast. Today's walking city tour will take you to the Great and Lesser Market Squares, Bruckenthal Museum, the Liar's Bridge and the Sibiu Great Synagogue. In the afternoon we depart to Bucharest, driving thru the scenic Olt Pass and Gorges. Evening at leisure in Bucharest. (Optional: Opera or Ballet performance at the National Opera) Accommodation at Berthelot Hotel. (B)

Day 9: Bucharest departure
Buffet breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

TOUR PRICE: (land cost per person, double occupancy)

May through October:
2 travelers: $2199 March, April and November:
2 travelers: $2149

Single supplement: $510

This tour operates with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 travelers. Other group rates available on request.

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Price Includes:
  • 6 nights at three and four star hotels
  • 2 night home stay in Maramures (or three star hotel on request)
  • fully insured sedan/minivan with climate control, for the entire distance
  • fuel and parking fees
  • all sightseeing tours and cultural connections
  • informal talk on The Jewish Community of Romania: Past and Present
  • 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • a professional English-speaking tour guide (driving) to accompany you throughout
  • 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

Price Does Not Include:
  • other meals than stated
  • alcoholic beverages
  • photo/video fees at sites and museum
  • gratuities
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