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Jewish Transylvania

Duration

15 days

Dates

Postponed

Price

€1790

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Info

  • Transport: Wizz Air
  • Departure from: Airport Ben Gurion Tel Aviv ( TLV)

Highlights

Oradea Zion Synagogue

In 1878, the Jewish community builds, on the bank of Crișul Repede river, a monumental synagogue with 1000 places, dominated by a huge central dome.

Lake Colibita

Colibita Lake in the Bistrita area presents a very beautiful landscape and color. Colibita is a reservoir lake created in the period 1977-1991, by building of a dam on the Bistrita river.

Salina Turda

Salina Turda is a salt mine near Cluj city.Since 1992, Salina Turda has been a halotherapy center and a popular tourist attraction.

Transylvania, a land guarded by high mountains and vast fields, with its hilly countryside views, clear rivers and green forests, with its fortresses and palaces, hides the world of the flourishing Jewish communities that lived here throughout the centuries.

Day 1

On Tuesday morning, day 1, you’ll be boarding in Tel Aviv Airport, and after 3 hours flight + 1 hour refresh we’ll start exploring Timisoara with our top local guide. Jewish presence in the region dates back almost 2000 years ago and traces of organized Jewish life can be seen as early as the 1600s, in the Old Sephardic Cemetery. Throughout the centuries Jewish communities flourished in Timisoara and passing by the rich heritage you’ll see the testimonials of Jewish life and the contributions to the development of the city: palaces, factories, architecture, culture and three remaining synagogues, one still active for the small Jewish community. One of the monumental landmarks of Jewish Timisoara is the Fabrik synagogue built by the famous Austro-Hungarian architect Lipot Baumhorn. 

Day 2

On the second day we’ll explore the Village Museum from Banat and you’ll understand the context of region. Many nation were living here peacefully for centuries: Hungarians, Serbs, Romanians, Germans, Ukrainians, Czech, Jews, and many others. You will see a reconstruction of a traditional village and the realities of multicultural Banat. In the afternoon the city is to be discovered by yourself, either walking, sipping a coffee or shopping.

Day 3

The third day will find us on our way to Oradea, stopping by to visit the city of Arad where Jews settled in the early 18th century. The small still existing community reminds of the thriving Jewish life back then. 

We’ll continue with Oradea, a delightful 10 centuries old city having a long Jewish presence that had a great contribution to it. At its peak in the 1940s Oradea had 27 synagogues and 30.000 Jews, sadly being the scene of major deportations during the Shoah. A beautiful journey in the 4 remaining synagogues will reveal the present-day Jewish community preserving its abundant but painful heritage.

Day 4

The fourth day will be a well-deserved relaxing day at the famous thermal spa resort of Baile Felix. 

Day 5

We’ll dedicate the fifth day to Cluj Napoca, the largest city in Transylvania. Although Jews were not allowed to live in the city until the second half of the 19th century, the heritage and influence left behind is still important. We will visit the city, synagogues and monuments dedicated to Jewish life.

Day 6

The sixth day is a perfect occasion to take care of our body and mind, by relaxing in the old salt mines of Turda, currently a health and leisure center.

Day 7

 

On the seventh day we’ll be heading towards Sighetu Marmatiei, making a stop in Dej to visit the local synagogue. Sighet is well-known as the birthplace of Elie Wiesel and as a Hassidic center for Jewish religious life. The Shoah profoundly changed Maramures region, destroying all Jewish communities, but pilgrims from all over the world gather here to visit the tombs of the tsaddikim around region. We’ll have an emotional encounter – the house where Elie Wiesel was born, today a museum dedicated to Jewish life and the Holocaust.

Day 8

The eighth day will be spent in the mountains of Maramures, on the valley of the river Vaser. First we’ll have a ride with the steam-powered “mocanita” narrow train in the picturesque mountains around Viseu de Sus. In the railway station we’ll have a tasty coffee at the Elefant House, a memorial for the old Jewish community of Viseu, which made up almost half of the town’s population. 

In the afternoon we will touch a landmark of Maramures and Romanian culture, Barsana Monastery with its wooden church. 

Day 9

Day 9 will find us in Bistrita, a city in northern Transylvania with a long and diverse history. We will visit the beautiful synagogue and the Shoah memorials, reminiscent of the vibrant Jewish life before the war.

In the evening we’ll be checking in on the shores of a tranquil lake in the mountains, Lake Colibita

Day 10

We willspend the entire tenth day relaxing in the nature here near the Lake Colibita.

 

Day 11

On the eleventh day we’ll be visiting one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, the old city of Sighisoara – UNESCO World Heritage Site. Strolling on the alleys will take us back centuries and let us imagine life in imperial Transylvania. A small synagogue bears witness to Jewish life being present also here.

Day 12

We’ll spend the 12th day in the Old Town of Sibiu, which preserves its shine from a powerful medieval past. Touring the city you’ll be enchanted by its medieval vibe, narrow streets, and elegant squares, bounded by imposing city walls and defense towers, a real pearl of Transylvania. Though small, the Jewish community was a constant in the life of Sibiu through the last millennium. 

Day 13

The thirteenth day we’ll visit the surroundings: the baroque Brukenthal Palace from Avrig, the last handmade crystal glass factory in Romania and the Mud Castle where we’ll be relaxed by the sound of the mountain river.

Day 14

The 14th day in the morning we’ll enjoy fresh air in the middle of a dense forest, in the second largest open-air museum in the world. It is the ideal location to discover the traditional rural Romanian lifestyle while taking a relaxing walk in the middle of the nature. The 10 km of alleys will take you among village homes, workshops, small wooden churches, sheepfolds, wine cellars, wind and water mills. The afternoon is reserved for relaxing, walking or shopping in Sibiu.

Day 15

Early morning the 15th day you will just grab your take-away breakfast and hurry to the airport, knowing that you’ve just been made part of a world you barely knew existed: Transylvania with its rich and emotional Jewish heritage.

What's included

  • airplane ticket roundway ( arrival on Timisoara and departure from Sibiu)
  • 1 hand baggage and 1 check in baggage 20 kg
  • transfer airport-hotel-airport
  • accommodation for 14 nights at hotel 3-4* with breakfast included ( 2 nights in Timisoara,  2 nights in Oradea, 2 nights in Cluj Napoca, 2 nights Sighetul Marmatiei, 2 nights in Bistrita, 4 nights in Sibiu)
  • transport by bus during the trips mentioned in program
  • English speaking guide
  • trips mentioned in program
  • entries to the tourist objectives included in the program.

 

What's not included

  • others meals than we mentioned in program
  • personal expenses.

The rates are informative. These will be recalculated according to the requested period.

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