Gypsy Trip in Romania & Moldova
Come and experience part of the Gypsy culture, which is very often mythologized and finds its roots in this distinguished country. The Gypsies are known as fun loving and exuberant people. Gypsy music involves fiddles, guitars and accordions – it can be played anywhere because these instruments are acoustic and portable. Let your prejudices aside and come to celebrate this exclusive feast, because to celebrate is what the Gypsies do best. This trip presents the complex image of one of the most interesting and personalized ethnicity from Romania: the Gypsies. We will discover the world of the Gypsy minority, that is strongly individualized by the traditions and customs inherited from the ancestors.
Insight into the Gypsy hierarchy Historically speaking, they were divided as follows:
- “rudari” or goldsmiths, who were dealing with the pursuit of gold in rivers;
- “ursari”, who wandered all over the country with their bears;
- “lingurari” dealing with domestic products or wood tools;
- “laiesii” who were blacksmiths, builders, manufacturers of combs. They did not have stable housing, lived in tents and wandered all over the country in order to get the bare necessities of life. Return to the hotel.
Early departure to Sighisoara, the only inhabited medieval citadel, which is also called the Rothenberg of Eastern Europe. The next stop will be in Viscri, where we will discuss about Prince Charles and his projects regarding the Gypsy communities in Transylvania. Lunch will also be served here, in Viscri. Arrival in Sighisoara. Dinner and check-in.
In the morning we will enjoy a city tour of Sighisoara – Dracula’s birthplace and the best preserved medieval citadel of Romania – part of the UNESCO patrimony. After the sightseeing tour we will drive to visit the Gypsy community in Valeni. Here a traditional lunch will be served and you will have the chance to enjoy a moment of the traditional Gypsy lifestyle. In the afternoon we shall continue to Reghin. Check-in.
Today we will visit the Gypsies in Apalina. In the district of Apalina, situated in the suburbs of the Municipality of Reghin, live 466 Gypsy families, but not at all of them have an easy life. Most people in Apalina survive only from the social help delivered by the City Hall and the money received from collecting recyclable materials. Here we will visit a family that is involved in horse breeding. We shall also join them for lunch and then continue our journey to Bacau. Check-in at the hotel in Bacau.
Lunch in the neighborhood of Bacau, where we will have the opportunity to listen to the Gypsy fanfare – a brass band of Gypsy heritage. Music is a very important part of their life. They all attend and celebrate the important life moments such as weddings, baptisms, funerals and all the other family or community celebrations The musicians are men and their instruments have been passed on from father to son for generations. Roma have a history of being involved in performing at weddings or other celebrations and this has always represented an important link to the economic and social life of the local community. We continue to Botosani city, where we will have dinner and check in.
This day is fully dedicated to the Blacksmiths, Lingurari (producers of domestic products of wood tools) and musicians in Stefanesti. Stefanesti was also an important Jewish village, thus Stefanesti exhibits a very interesting mix of the Roma and Jewish influences.
Today we depart for Moldova, where we are going to visit Soroca – the Gypsy “capital” of the Republic of Moldova with a sizable Gypsy minority settled here. First of all we will visit the fortress, which is a unique monument of defensive architecture of Europe. Then we will continue by visiting the “Gypsies’Hill”, where we will get acquainted with local gypsy houses -“Palaces”. Here you will also have the possibility of visiting a gypsy family to get accustomed to the gypsies’ way of life and certainly to try the traditional Gypsy cuisine. In the afternoon, we start our journey to the Chateau Vartely, Orhei. Here we will have a tour around the complex, visit the wine factory, have a wine tasting and finally have dinner in a traditional Moldovan or European style. Check-in.
After breakfast and check-out we invite you to discover TIRASPOL (the capital of Transnistria) – the old USSR is still alive and well in Transnistria. Transnistria is a breakaway territory within borders of Moldova. Here we will enjoy a brandy tasting and lunch. During the city tour we will stop at different monuments in the city and, if time allows, visit the Football Academy. Afternoon departure to Chisinau, where we will do the check-in. After the check-in we will depart by bus to have a wine tasting in the underground city of Milestii Mici. Milestii Mici winery is registered in the Guinness Book of Records for having the biggest Wine Collection in the world. It contains over two million bottles of highly appreciated wine. The wines lie in bottles covered with dust and mold. The bottles are kept in small elegant houses, at a depth of 80 meters. Return to our hotel.
Day 9: Departure from Chisinau.
• Double/twin room: Eur
• Single supplement: Eur
• Accomodation in 3-4* hotels
• Meals according to the program
• Professional English-speaking guide services
• Entrance fees
• Printed info about the sites visited
• Luxury coach transport’ services with A/C
1. This program can be changed upon request.
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