Jewish Heritage In Romania
10 Days

ITINERARY

Tour Overview
This Jewish Heritage Tour of Romania will bring you to the most important Jewish sites in Bucharest and the wider Transylvania and Maramures regions. The presence of Jews in Romania dates from early Roman Empire times but during the centuries their population increased, immigrants gradually fleeing from the restriction and persecution of other countries, settled on these lands hoping to live a peaceful life. We invite you to discover the real face of Jewish heritage in Romania!

Day 1 – Welcome To Romania
Arrival At Bucharest Airport. Meet Your Professional Guide And Transfer To The City Center. Sightseeing Tour In Bucharest, Including The Most Important Sites: Parliament Palace, The Largest Building In Europe And The 2nd Largest Building In The World After The Pentagon, Revolution Square, Romanian Athenaeum, Opera House, Etc. Overnight In Bucharest.

Day 2 – Bucharest – Piatra Neamt
After The Breakfast, Take A Visit To The Choral Temple And Afterwards Visit The Jewish Museum Which Gives Broad Coverage Of The History Of The Jews In Romania. The Display Includes An Enormous Collection Of Books Written, Published, Illustrated, Or Translated By Romanian Jews;. It Is Located In The Former Tailor`s Synagogue. Next Is The Holocaust Museum At The Great Synagogue, The Yeshua Tova Synagogue And The Few Remaining Parts Of The Old Jewish Quarter As Well As The Jewish Cemetery. Transfer To Piatra Neamt, One Of The Richest Place In Jewish History. Overnight In Piatra Neamt.

Day 3 – Piatra Neamt – Iasi – Gura Humorului
A Morning Visit To The Only Wooden Half Underground Synagogue Of The Country Where Baal Shem Tov Served For Years. Thousands Of Jews Settled Here In The 17th Century, Fleeting Poland Following The Chmielnicki Uprising In The Polish–lithuanian Commonwealth. Several Tombstones Dating From 1677 Discovered Here Provide Strong Evidence Of An Old Jewish Community In The Area. Before World War Ii, The Local Community Numbered Close To 8,000, Though Most Left For Israel At The Onset Of War. Depart Towards Iasi, One Of The Great Eastern European Centers Of Jewish Learning, Famous For Its Scholarly Rabbis, Intellectuals And Skilled Craftsmen, As Well As For Its Jewish Schools, Hospitals, Publications And Various Organizations. In 1855, The City Was The Home Of The First-ever Yiddish-language Newspaper, Korot Haitim, And The Birthplace Of The Israeli National Anthem. The World’s First Professional Yiddish-language Theater Was Opened Here In 1876 By Avram Goldfaden, Who Later Founded New York’s First Jewish Theater. From 1949 To 1964, Iaşi Was Also Home To A Second Company Of The State Jewish Theater. A Monument To The Victims Of The 1941 Pogrom Stands Outside The Great Synagogue. Transfer To Gura Humorului. Overnight In Gura Humorului.

Day 4 – Gura Humorului – Suceava – Sucevita – Gura Humorului
After Breakfast, Depart Towards Suceava. One Of The Earliest Sites Of Jewish Settlement In The Region, Suceava Was Already Home To An Established Community At The Beginning Of The 16th Century. Some 18 Synagogues And Small Hasidic Prayer Rooms Were In Use Before World War Ii, The Majority Of Them Taken Down During The 1950s’ Communist “urban Renewal” Period. Only One Synagogue Stands Today, Beautifully Preserved, Along With Two Jewish Cemeteries. Impressive Tombs From The Late 19th And Early 20th Centuries Can Be Seen In The Newer Jewish Cemetery, The Old Jewish Cemetery, With Its Elaborately Carved Tombs Bearing Traditional Jewish Symbols, Dates Back To The 16th Century, Making It One Of The Oldest In Moldova. We Continue To Sucevita And Visit Sucevita Monastery, One Of The Most Famous Painted Monasteries In Romania. Overnight In Gura Humorului.

Day 5 – Gura Humorului – Voronet – Barsana – Vadu Izei
In The Morning, Discover Voronet Monastery, Named The Sixtine Chapel Of The East. You Will Be Charmed By The Quality Of The Paintings That This Unesco Heritage Treasure Still Keeps. Departure Towards Maramures, A Rich Place In Jewish Culture. On Your Way To Vadu Izei, Make A Stop At The Barsana Monastery, Where You Will Get The Chance To Learn About The Local Wooden Architecture. Later On, Enjoy A Home Hosted Dinner With A Local Family. Overnight In A Local Guesthouse In Vadu Izei.

Day 6 – Vadu Izei – Sighetu Marmatiei – Sapanta – Vadu Izei
Today You Will Visit The Synagogue From Sighet And The Elie Wiesel Memorial House. The House Where 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel Was Born Is Now A Museum Dedicated To The Victims Of The Holocaust And The Jewish Way Of Life In Sighet Before World War Ii. Born Here In 1928, Elie Wiesel Is The Author Of Over 40 Books, The Best Known Of Which Is Night, A Memoir That Describes His Experiences During The Holocaust And His Imprisonment In Several Concentration Camps. Wiesel Writes Candidly Of His Childhood In Sighet, Where His Parents Were Shopkeepers Like Many Other Jewish Townspeople. The Town Was Annexed To Hungary In 1940. In 1944, Elie, His Family And The Rest Of The Jewish Community Were Placed In One Of The Two Ghettos In Sighet. The Wiesel Family Lived In The Larger Of The Two, On Serpent Street. On April 19, 1944, The Hungarian Authorities Deported The Town’s Jewish Population To Auschwitz–birkenau. End Your Day At The Merry Cemetery, Each Wooden Cross Carries An Epitaph About The Person’s Life. Overnight In A Local Guesthouse In Vadu Izei.

Day 7 – Vadu Izei – Cluj Napoca – Alba Iulia – Sibiu
Depart Early Morning From Maramures. Arrival In Cluj Napoca, Where You Get To Visit The New Synagogue. The Original Grand Moorish-style Synagogue, Better Known Today As The Memorial Temple Of The Deportees (in Memory Of Those Who Died In World War Ii), Was Designed By Architect Hegner Izidor And Opened On September 4th, 1887. Ruined 40 Years Later By The Iron Guard, A Nationalistic Fascist Organization Of The Time, It Was Restored In 1951 With The Support Of Romania’s Jewish Community. Cluj Has Three Jewish Cemeteries. Next Stop Will Be At Alba Iulia, The Ancient Capital Of Transylvania For A Panoramic Tour And We Will Move Towards Sibiu For Your Accommodation. Overnight In Sibiu.

Day 8 – Sibiu – Brasov
Take A Tour In Sibiu And Visit The Great Synagogue. Although Documents Attest The Existence Of Jews In Sibiu Since The 12th Century, The Jewish Community Of Sibiu Was Never Among The Largest In Romania. In 1940, The Town Had Some 1,300 Jews, Three Synagogues, Three Rabbis, Two Cemeteries And Two Ritual Baths Managed By The Sephardic And Orthodox Communities. Today, The Handful Of Jews Who Remain In Sibiu Hold Weekly And Holiday Services At The Great Synagogue. Depart Towards Brasov, Where You Will Visit 1901 Synagogue Built In Moorish Style. Walking Tour In The Old City Center Of Brasov Where You Will Admire The Old Architecture And Learn Why Brasov Is The Most Visited City In Romania. Overnight In Brasov.

Day 9 – Brasov – Bran – Sinaia – Bucharest
Get Ready Today To Discover One Of The Most Famous Legend In Romania, Bran Castle, Commonly Known As Dracula`s Castle And Source Of Inspiration For Bram Stocker. First Built In 1377 For Safeguarding The Trading Route Between Transylvania And The Ottoman Empire. It Was Restored Later To Finally Become A Gorgeous Summer Royal Residence In 1920. For Many Years Now, It Has Been An Interesting Medieval Art Museum. Drive To Sinaia, Where You Will Discover The Peles Castle, Used As A Summer Residence By The Kings Of Romania. It Was Built At The Wish Of The First Romanian King, Carol I, After The Plans Of Architects Johannes Schultz And Karel Liman And Decorated By Jd Heymann From Hamburg, August Bembe From Mainz And Berhard Ludwig From Vienna, Hence The Similarity To German Castles. Peles Castle Is A Unique Construction, One Of The Most Important Monuments Of Its Kind In 19th Century Europe. Arrival In Bucharest. Free Time. Overnight In Bucharest.

Day 10 Departure
Depending On The Flight Schedule, Free Time. Private Transfer To Bucharest Airport. End Of Our Services.

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:
  • Accommodation for 9 nights in 3* and 4* hotels in (breakfast and all local taxes included)
  • Transportation in private car (for 2-3 pax), in 8 seater minivan (for 4-6 pax), in 19 seater minibus (for 7-15 pax) for the entire program
  • English speaking guide for the entire program (for 2-6 pax the guide will also drive)
  • Entrance fees as per program
  • Homemade dinner in Vadu Izei
  • Permanent assistance on the spot
Not Inclusions:
  • Hotel extras /telephone, mini bar, etc.
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites (where applicable)
  • Other meals than the ones mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • Air tickets
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Visa procurement /if needed/

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