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Cultural tours - Cross-Border Connections: Hungary and Romania

The Hunyadi Castle in Hunedoara

Colegiul Bolyai

The Clock Tower in Sighisoara

Stained Glass: Ioan de Hunedoara in the Hunyiadi Castle

Palace of Matthias Corvinus in Budapest

Entrance on the Szeczeni Lanchid in Budapest

Hungarian Parliament in Budapest

Sissi's Palace in Gödöllö, near Budapest

Mount Gellert in Budapest

Fishers´ Bastion in Budapest

St. Steven´s Church in Budapest

  As a special tour in the offer of our company, we propose a tour including two countries of the Eastern European countries - Hungary and Romania. It gives the opportunity to compare the post-communist evolution of two neighbouring countries, combined with the opportunity to have an in-depth look of their turbulent history. Especially the common history is still disputed by the historians of either side. Transylvania, for instance, was under Hungarian rule for quite a time, now it is part of Romania. Different views of some interesting persons can be compared and balanced to reach the own conclusion and to better understand the concerns of the two countries. A really special tour, that provides accommodation in the best hotels in each of the cities where we overnight.

1st Day: Hungary. Budapest
Arrival on the international airport of Budapest. Here you will meet the local Hungarian guide, your tour manager (shall be your guide for Romania as well) and the bus, who will accompany us on the whole journey. Dinner in the city. Accommodation and dinner: in the best hotel of Budapest for 3 nights.
2nd Day: Budapest
After breakfast, we shall board a sightseeing tour of the Hungarian Capital, with visit of the Parliament. In the evening we shall attend a performance of classical music, opera, ballet or csardas.
3rd Day: Budapest - Esztergom - Szentendre - Budapest
Today we drive to the Danube-knee, at the Slovakian border. Visit of the Cathedral in Esztergom. Further to Visegrad. In this castle, the Vallachian prince Vlad the Impellor, better known as Dracula, should have been imprisoned.
4th Day: Budapest - Gödöllö - Eger - Paradsasvar
After a delicious breakfast, we shall depart for Paradsasvar. En route, we shall visit the Royal Castle in Goedoelloe. Further to Eger, where the well-known winery Egri has its centre. During a wine tasting at Eger, we shall discover the Bikaver, the so-called “blood of the ox”. Further to Paradasvar, where we shall overnight in the very castle built by Gyoergy Karoly at the end 19th Century for his wife. Accommodation: Castle Hotel Sasvar *****, Paradsasvar
5th Day: Sarospatak and Tokaj
Today we will drive to Miskolc, where we will visit the castle of Rakoczi. In Tokaj we will become acquainted with the history of wines-making – Romans were the first to cultivate wine in this area and the tradition was continued ever since. After a well-deserved wine tasting, we continue to Debrecen. Accommodation and dinner: in the best hotel in Debrecen.
6th Day: Debrecen - Oradea
After the breakfast we leave Debrecen, for Hortobagy, where we shall take a boat ride through the reserve. In the late afternoon we shall reach Oradea, a city with stunning Hungarian Art Nouveau architecture. Accommodation and dinner: in the best hotel in Oradea.
7th Day: Oradea - Cluj
After the breakfast we will discover the city of Oradea, including its Cathedral showing the current shape of the moon. Today's political problems and old historical problems are presented from a somewhat more complete point of view. To reach Cluj, we have to cross the Northern part of the West-Carpathians. En route, we shall visit the home of two important poets - the Hungarian poet Ady Endre and one of his best friends, the Romanian poet Octavian Goga. Accommodation and dinner: in the best hotel in Cluj.
8th Day: Cluj - Târgu Mureş
Aftrer breakfast, we shall start a complete sightseeing tour of Cluj, the Capital of Transylvania, with St. Michael’s Cathedral, the birth house of Matthias Corvinus, the Hungarian King of Romanian origins, the small church, of the 16th Century, built by Matthias Corvinus, and the most beautiful Botanic Garden in Romania. Further to Târgu Mureş, where we enter the area inhabited by szekelys, a branch of the Magyars. Not far from Târgu Mureş, in Praid, we shall have the opportunity to listen to some Hungarian and Romanian folk melodies from the area and we shall have the opportunity to learn some Hungarian folk dances. Accommodation and dinner in the best hotel in Târgu Mureş (2 nights).
9th Day: Târgu Mureş and its surroundings
After breakfast, we board a sightseeing tour of Târgu Mureş that brings us also to the 200 years old Teleki Library. One of the surprises that welcome us here is one of the originals of the American Declaration of Independence, alongside with a book of inventions of the 18th century and much more. Today’s mathematics is definitely influenced by the works of the two Bolyais – both from Târgu Mureş. We continue to the Culture Palace, the beautiful stained glass of which has received the first prize at the International Decorative Art Exhibition in San Francisco in 1913. A short drive brings us to the Romanesque church at Sântana de Mureş, one of the few churches, where we can still see a large part of the Romanesque painting. Return to Târgu Mureş.
10th Day: Târgu Mureş - Sighişoara - Braşov
After we depart Târgu Mureş, we step into the area of Transylvania, which is inhabited by the Transylvanian Saxons, people from today’s Germany, who were invited by the Hungarian King in the 13th century to inhabit the South-East part of Transylvania. In short time we will reach Sighişoara, the only medieval citadel in and around Romania which is still inhabited. Here, a group of children will perform for us some modern dances. Continue to Braşov, the center the Bârsa Land. Sightseeing and walking tour of Braşov, including the Black Church and the Romanian centre in Şchei, with the second printing press world-wide - it has been built only five years after the one of Gutenberg in Germany. Accommodation and dinner in the best hotel of Braşov (2 nights)
11th Day: Castle Bran and the royal summer residence in Sinaia
In the morning we will visit the Castle Bran, which served as model for Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula”, a place where Dracula should have lived. The castle was built in 1377 as a castle of the customs on the trading route between Transylvania and Valahia, enlarged and restored a few times since then. The connections between this place and Vlad the Impeller and Dracula is still under debate, but the castle is definitely worth a visit. Further to Sinaia, the “Pearl of the Carpathians”, the elegant summer residence of the Romanian kings of the Hohenzollern-Siegmaringen Dynasty. Sinaia became the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of Romania towards the end of the 19th century. Once the famous Orient Express used to regularly call here and it still does once a year on its way from Paris to Constantinople. While touring Sinaia, we shall have the opportunity to have a look at the Casino, inspired by the one in Monte Carlo. In the evening we shall have the opportunity to sample the sparkling wine in Azuga - from the company supplying even nowadays the Royal Family Romania's. Back to Braşov.
12th Day: Cârţa and Sibiu
Visit of the church in Cârţa, the church that introduced the early Gothic style into Transylvania. Further to Sibiu, the Transylvanian Capital City during the 18th century. Sibiu itself was nevertheless an important city of the Middle Ages - its central square laid within the fortress is bigger even than the main squares in Vienna. Samuel von Brukenthal, the Gubernatorial of Transylvania during the rule of Maria Theresa, built an important Arts Collection in his residence by the main square in Sibiu, within a broader programme to educate his people. Accommodation and dinner in the best hotel in Sibiu.
13th Day: Sibiu - Alba Iulia - Hunedoara
After breakfast, we drive to Alba Iulia, yet another Transylvanian Capital City. Visit of the in Vaubin style built citadel, with the two cathedrals - the Catholic Cathedral with its vast history and the Orthodox one, which is important for Romanians, as here they celebrated the Coronation of King Ferdinand in 1922. Further to Deva, where we will learn the legend of the building of the citadel and afterwards depart for Hunedoara, where we will visit the castle of Matthias Corvinus’s family. Accommodation and dinner: in the best hotel/guesthouse of Hunedoara.
14th Day: Hunedoara - Sarmisegetusa Ulpia Traiana - Timişoara
After breakfast we leave Hunedoara behind and drive to Densuş, where there is the oldest Orthodox church from Romania, a church that has been built also with stones from Roman time. Some of them come of Sarmisegetusa Ulpia Traiana, the Roman capital of Dacia, the ancient country. Continue to Timişoara, in Banat. Accommodation and dinner: in the best hotel in Timişoara.
15th Day: Timişoara - Budapest
Sightseeing and walking tour and of Timisoara, afterwards crossing the border to Hungary. In the late afternoon we reach Budapest. Free time up to the dinner. Accommodation and dinner in the best hotel in Budapest
16th Day: End of the tour
Time to say good-bye, as our tour comes to an end. After the breakfast, depending on the flying time, transfer to the airport.

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