A Journey through the Hungarian countryside, and Romania’s Transylvania and Maramureş regions

This itinerary goes somewhere that is completely off the beaten tracks, offering “hidden Europe” at its most tantalizing – a journey through one of Europe’s most remote, and yet most beautiful regions, in the lands of Count Dracula.

Thankfully the blight of commercialisation has barely touched these lands (but it’s coming, soon), so that the rural simplicity and lifestyles from a past era, handed down from generation to generation, are still to be found. This is a region of rural simplicity which has little to do with the 21st century and has retained a special, unaffected charm.

Have a glimpse of how this enchanted region lives, as you travel with us through a landscape of extraordinary beauty, visiting local villages and seeing wooden churches festooned with paintings from the 15th cent. It’s a part of Europe that has known its fair share of agony too, as you will learn with tales of the persecution of the Jewish community in WWII and of political dissidents in the Communist era.  Price on application

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Budapest – Tokay Transfer by private limousine to Tokay
  • Day 2 To Sighet, Romania Sample Tokaj wine in a 100 year old cellar and drive to Sighet
  • Day 3 In the Maramureş region Visit wooden churches, farmhouses and old villages
  • Day 4 Bucovina Visit a Communist prison and the 15th cent Voronet painted monastery
  • Day 5 To Sighisoara 16th cent painted Humor monastery and the Carpathian mountains
  • Day 6 Transylvania See medieval Sighisoara and visit 14th cent Saxon ‘fortified’ villages
  • Day 7 To Budapest  Targu Mures with its Secessionist Culture Palace, fly to BudapestDetailed itinerary on application