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Paloma Tours is a Romanian Destination Management Company with over twenty five years of experience in the market. Paloma Tours is also a PCO & MICE company specialized in complete customized travel solutions. Ours services: Congresses, Conferences, Conventions, Corporate Travel, Meetings, Incentives, Team Building, Events, Product Launches, Special Interest, Hotel Bookings and any other kind of quality receptive services. We provide tailored services designed to meet the most demanding expectations in a cost-effective manner 24h/24h & 7 days/week. We are committed to deliver the authentic travel experience and beyond words we really care.

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Romania's Many Treasures...

December 2012


Treasure hunt - The Mysteries of Old Bucharest

We challenge you to discover the mysteries of old Bucharest. Great sights, an involving story about rich merchants, artists and crimes of passion will definitely provide good entertainment. So, we invite you to join our special tour. 

 

Be a real master-chef - Cooking lessons

Cooking lessons are an innovative tourism product that combines sightseeing of spectacular places with tasting of the culinary treasures of the Carpathian garden. We offer thematic gourmet cooking classes and “haute cuisine” events with international experienced chefs and sommeliers at spectacular places in Romania. Special mobile kitchen devices and transport systems allow us to offer these events at extraordinary places, such as castles, the Carpathian Mountains, vineyards or somewhere in the wild forests.

 

Domeniul Seniorilor - a brand new location near Bucharest

Domeniul Seniorilor is one of the best venues or event spaces in Romania. The Domain is a special place where you can spend your free time or where you can have meetings. Here you can spend time at the pool, hunt, go to the spa or play golf.  It is very close to Bucharest, but far enough away from the daily bustle the city. Domeniul Seniorilor is a place where you can relax, indulge in the best preparations and also the place where you can enjoy the best parties.

 

World Heritage Sites in Romania

Medieval towns, fortified churches, painted monasteries, wooden masterpieces and ancient Dacian ruins are just some of the attractions that make up Romania’s exceptional cultural heritage. 25 of its beautifully preserved architectural gems have been included by UNESCO in the World Cultural Heritage in acknowledgement of their natural, scenic and monumental appeal. A tour of these sites is a good way to discover Romania’s history, artistic wealth and popular traditions. Each and every stop on this route will reveal a unique and stunning location.

The western half of Walachia (Southern Romania) is endowed with spectacular monasteries, thermal-spring spas, and charming villages set at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Continue your trip along the Olt River Valley and discover Transylvania’s forest-covered slopes, unspoiled landscapes, quaint villages, and fortified churches. In northeastern Romania, make time for Bucovina’s painted monasteries, with their magnificent 15th-century frescoes, which are unique in the world. Cross the Prislop Pass into Maramures, famous for its hand-hewn wooden architecture and its unique tall-spire churches with double roofs.

Romania’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

  • Monastery of Horezu
  • Medieval fortified churches of Transylvania: Biertan, Calnic, Darjiu, Prejmer, Saschiz, Valea Viilor, Viscri
  • Historic centre of Sighisoara
  • Painted Monasteries of Bucovina: Arbore, Humor, Moldovita, Patrauti, Probota, Saint George’s Church, Voronet
  • Wooden Churches of Maramures: Barsana, Budesti, Desesti, Ieud, Plopis, Poienile Izei, Rogoz, Surdesti
  • Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains

 

Traditional villages

In villages and in the countryside, on lands dominated by ancestral castles, old fortresses and peaceful monasteries, life moves a little slower and follows the ancient rhythms of tradition and culture.

It’s not unusual to see a farmer bringing his fruits to the marketplace in a horse drawn wagon or to encounter a village festival where the locals perform ancient rites of planting and harvest dressed in colorful traditional costumes. Cold, pure well water beckons the thirsty traveler from the roadside. Men kiss women’s hands in a courtly greeting unchanged for hundreds of years. Lush vineyards, first planted by Dacians – ancient inhabitants of Romania, yield fine wines. 

A lovely half-hour drive south of the medieval city of Sibiu takes you into the pastoral landscapes of Marginimea Sibiului, one of Transylvania’s best-preserved ethnographic areas. Located at the foothills of the Cindrel Mountains, Marginimea Sibiului (meaning Boundaries of Sibiu) encompasses a string of 18 traditional Romanian villages, rich in architecture, history and heritage. Age-old traditions, customs and celebrations, as well as the traditional occupation of sheepherding, have been carefully passed down from generation to generation in the villages of this area. Rasinari, dating to 1204, is the oldest, followed by Talmaciu (1318), Orlat (1322) and Saliste (1354). Saliste claims the oldest church, housing beautiful interior frescoes (1674), while Poiana Sibiului’s wooden church was built in 1771. Painting on glass has been a tradition for 200 years in these villages. The Museum of Painted Glass Icons in Sibiel exhibits the largest collection of painted glass icons in Europe - more than 700, as well as furniture and ceramics.

Villages in the Apuseni Mountains are even more remote and lost in time. If you wish to discover local life and preserved traditions, one of the main points of interest is the Aries Valley, where the beautiful villages of Albac, Garda, and Arieseni are located. Skilled artisans, the Motzi people, carve musical instruments, hope chests and houses from the local wood, the spruce. In Patrahaitesti, a little mountain village, you may hear the famous Bucium ("Alps horns"), which have been used for generations in the Apuseni Mountains.

The road from Bistrita to the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina runs east through the Bargau Valley and across the Tihuta Pass which peaks at 3,840 feet. The Bargau Valley encompasses some of the most beautiful unspoiled mountain scenery in the Carpathians with picturesque traditional villages located in valleys and on hillsides, ideal bases for hiking, riding or discovering their vivid tapestry of old customs, handicrafts and folklore. Explore the traditional villages in the Bargau Valley: Livazele with its small folk museum called the Saxon House displaying Saxon ceramics, woodcarvings and folk dresses; Josenii Bargaului, a traditional center for black and colored pottery, and Prundu Bargaului, the site of the first paper mill in Romania, opened here in 1768.

The village of Marginea, located just seven miles northeast of Sucevita Monastery, is renowned for the black clay pottery crafted here, said to preserve a centuries-old Gaeto-Dacian technique, passed on from generation to generation. Winter festivals abound, with caroling bands of merrymakers dressed in handmade masks and costumes celebrating the New Year.

Maramures is an area of the country known for its timeless tranquility. In late afternoon, old women sit outside their gates coaxing coarse wool onto spindles. Many still favor traditional dress, meaning white frounced blouses, striped woven panels covering full black skirts, headscarves and opinci, a sort of leather ballet slipper from which heavy yarn criss-crosses over thick socks. On Sunday, such dress is practically “de rigueur”, even for little girls.

Baia Mare is usually the starting point for visiting a number of famous valleys with traditional villages: Iza, Viseu, Mara and Cosau.  The villages of this remote Northern region are known for masterpieces of elaborately carved wooden roadside gates leading to family homes. 

Behind the traditional carved wooden gates of Maramures, old orchards groaning with ripe plums become homemade tuica, the intoxicatingly strong brandy given to guests in thimbleful glasses as a traditional welcome.

Also unique to this region are the local village churches, made of wood and dominated by magnificent Gothic spires. Hardly a village lacks its own small wooden church dating to the 17th and 18th centuries. These are exquisite, high-steepled jewels with multiple gabled roofs, all of a pattern yet each distinctly unique. Seeing at least a few interiors is a must as many frescoes remain in good condition. If time is limited, the interiors at Ieud, Bogdan Voda and Poenile Izei are recommended. The latter depicts some highly original torments for such sins as sleeping in church. Although churches are usually locked, ask any passerby for the key-keeper by pointing at the door and saying cheia (pronounced kay-ya), meaning the key.

Village experiences are made even more authentic by staying in a private home, a monastery or a guesthouse. Most accommodations in Romanian villages offer comfortable rooms, running cold and hot water and western-style toilets. They are often also remarkably low in cost.

If journeying out to rural Romania is not on your itinerary, you can also get a taste of this vibrant and exotic culture by visiting one of Romania’s museums dedicated to rural life: the Village Museum and the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest and the ASTRA Museum of Rural Civilization in Sibiu. Real landmarks

 

For more information please contact Paloma Tours DMC, Mr. Theodor Badiu at romania@euromic.com.

Cooking lesson

Domeniul Seniorilor

Horezu Monastery

Barsana Wooden Church

Marginimea Sibiului

Maramures Village

Biertan Fortress

Sighisoara