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DATES


22 - 27 December 2006

6 days, 5 nights



HIGHLIGHTS



Bucharest

Târgoviste

Curtea de Arges

Poienari Castle Ruins

Arefu

Christmas traditions

Christmas feast



FLIGHTS



British Airways scheduled service:

Heathrow 09:45; Bucharest 15:00
Bucharest 15:50; Heathrow 17:15

Flights depart terminal 1
Times local and subject to change
2 hour time difference - UK & Romania

Regional departures and other
airlines on request




Christmas with the Voievode 2006
A very special Christmas holiday spent with the villagers of Arefu, situated below
the ruins of Vlad Dracula's castle in the southern Carpathians.
Prices from £ 638.00 per person - see below


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With 13,000 villages and 40% of the population still living in rural areas, Romania is a sanctuary of ancient folklore and ethnography. Christianity came early to Romania, 2,000 years ago, and the Christmas, or the Easter celebrations have since been markers of communion with the Past, the Ancestor, with the Sky and Divinity, with the Future.


22 DECEMBER 2005
“Welcome to Romania"
Arrival at Bucharest Otopeni airport; Brief tour of the city,
transfer to hotel for overnight.





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23 DECEMBER 2005
“Christmas Preparations"
Drive across the Danubian plain to the foothills of the Carpathians, to Curtea de Arges  (The Court on the river Arges)
– former capital of Wallachia (3 hours). Visit the spectacular Episcopal church, the tombs of the early Voievodes
and of the modern Kings, & listen to the legend of the Mason Manole. Proceed to Poienari – the historical fortress Dracula.
Arrive in the village of Arefu, take your rooms in private farmhouses, and meet your hosts.
Each house has a roaring wood-fire in the stove, bathroom and hot water, telephone, color TV; but also sheep
and cows, turkeys, geese and hens, pigs, horses, cats. Meet them all! You have become a member of the family.
Lavish dinner on Arefean specialties, all fresh, organic and specially prepared for Christmas - a true gastronomic feast.
Overnight in your well-heated room, in the farmhouse.

24 DECEMBER 2005
“Merry Christmas! Sarbatori fericite!"
After a hearty breakfast, visit the village (the air filled with the smell of baking and cooking), the church and the school:
meet Arefean teenagers and children. You will be assigned to a caroling group (your age) and given a bell,
or a cracking whip, also a bag for candies and cookies, apples, walnuts and money. Rehearsal time. Lunch in the village.
Sledging time: each of you will have the opportunity to sledge on the slopes of the hilly village (subject to weather).
A Time to carol: join your group and start caroling from house to house, heralding the birth of Christ and bidding
good crops, good health and happines to your hosts; they will fill your bag accordingly.
Christmas dinner by the Christmas tree: Sarbatori fericite!
Overnight in your well-heated room, in the farmhouse.



Curtea de Arges
25 DECEMBER 2005
“The Night of the Voievodes"
After breakfast, we visit Vlad Dracula's fortress, Poienari and the dramatic Gorge of the river Arges, then climb (weather permitting) the 1456 steps to the ruins of the fortress, listening to legends of old, and take a Christmas Tree to the top. Return for lunch in the village of Arefu. Sledging or strolling time. Meet the younger generation of Arefu at the local club, learn the steps of a folk dance and the verse of a song. Dinner & overnight in Aref.

26 DECEMBER 2005
“Farewell Arefu"
One last sleigh run, one last Arefean lunch – then good-byl to your new friends and hosts. Drive back to Bucharest, farewell dinner in a cozy restaurant, then
overnight in a 3 star hotel in the city.

27 DECEMBER 2005
“Goodbye Romania"
Time for sightseeing and shopping before your transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight home. (Additional nights may be booked on request).








  • Return Flights from United Kingdom to Romania (see above)
  • Airport Taxes and Passenger Facility Charges
  • Travel throughout by minibus
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel, 3 nights in a comfortable farmhouse
  • 4 days full-board accommodation in Arefu,
    Breakfast on your mornings in Bucharest,
    festive Christmas dinner in Arefu, & farewell dinner in Bucharest
  • Other activities and participation in village life as above
  • English-speaking Guide
  • All applicable museum entrance fees


TOUR PRICES FOR 2006:
>TOUR
Dates
Adult
SingleSupp.
>Christmas with the Voievode
22 - 27 December
638.00
28.00
All prices valid until further notice and subject to availability Prices are based on British Airways scheduled departures from London Heathrow to Bucharest; Regional departures and alternative airlines may be available on request

Adult Prices are per person per night sharing a twin or double room in £ Sterling (GBP)


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