Upon arrival, into Bucharest, check into the hotel and meet our Songlines Travel Leaders. Time at leisure to explore the city before dinner with typical Romanian food, local wine and traditional music.
Sunday 3rd September: Zece Prăjini (B/D)
Travel to the Moldavian village of Zece Prăjini, in the northeast of the country, where we will spend the next two days staying with families in the village. The accommodation is simple but comfortable.
Monday 4th September: Zece Prăjini (B/L/D)
Explore the village and its surroundings. After lunch we will meet some of the musicians and get to hear about their music and traditions. There will be a concert in the heart of the village and a friendly get together in the evening.
Tuesday 5th September: Mediaş (B/D)
Travel across the Carpathians into Transylvania, to Mediaş where we will stay in a hotel overnight.
Take a tour of Sighişoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most intriguing towns in the region. Head to the village of Ceuaş for the evening, where we will hear music from the Szaszcsavas Band. We will stay overnight again in Mediaş.
Thursday 7th September: Medias-Clejani (B/L/D)
Visit VISCRI, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before heading south, across the Wallachian Plain to reach the village of Clejani. Here, we will be accommodated simply by people in the village.
Friday 8th September: Clejani (B/L/D)
Explore the village of Clejani and meet its residents. Hear about their lifestyle and music and discover the characteristic instruments of Wallachian music. In the evening there will be music and probably dancing. Expect potent food and drink too.
Saturday 9th September: Bucharest (B/D)
After breakfast, head back to Bucharest, where we will visit some of the highlights of the city. The afternoon is free for you to relax or explore. Our final evening will be spent listening to the urban music of Bucharest.
Sunday 10th September: Bucharest (B)
This morning our trip ends. There may be time for further explorations of the city before your flight home or onward travel.
Accommodation: Eight nights’ accommodation on a twin share basis, either in hotel rooms or in simple guest rooms in the villages. Single rooms available upon payment of a supplement however these rooms are limited
Transportation within Romania
Meals as per the itinerary
All visits and live music as per the itinerary
English and Romanian speaking guides
The cost excludes
International flights to/from Bucharest
Travel insurance. Please ensure your purchase adequate insurance cover before you leave home
Tips to hotel staff, drivers and guides
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Alcoholic drinks, snacks or any purchases of a personal nature
Anything not specified in the inclusions and itinerary above
Tour leaders: Sven Panthoefer and Helmut Neumann
Sven Panthoefer studied history, politics and cultural studies, and works as an historian. He is an experienced guide and his interests are in the music of East Europe and in Romanian gypsy music.
Helmut Neumann is a specialist in the music scene of Romania. In 1996, he and Henry Ernst established a management and record label of groups such as the Fanfare Ciorcarlia and they have numerous contacts in East Europe.
Feedback from previous Songlines trips
“The tour was absolutely brilliant; and really well organised by Helmut and Svenn, who due to their personal Romanian connections (both being married to Romanians) and their knowledge of the history and music, really did an excellent job. I can’t see how it could be improved.”