Monday, September 22, 2014

AECA Pilgrimage to Romania

The Anglican and Eastern Churches Association (AECA) is organising a pilgrimage to Romanian (14-24 July 2015), led by Bishop Michael Colclough. Romania is one of Europe’s best kept secrets, an amazing and enchanting country rich with legends, traditions and old customs that still survive in rural villages today. The Country’s traditions are as diverse as the empires that once surrounded it. We will travel through a rich tapestry, experiencing ancient ruins and feudal castles, spectacular monastic communities and colourful folklore.

Our journey begins in Bucharest, the capital, which was once known as “little Paris” because of its stunning Belle Epoque buildings and tree lined wide streets. Buildings damaged in the 1989 revolution have been restored and the hotels are undergoing modernisation. Unique to Romania, are the painted monasteries, which are protected by UNESCO as part of our world heritage. They are decorated on the outside with richly coloured frescoes which depict Biblical scenes. Some date back to the 15th century. In contrast we will also visit some robust Saxon fortress churches. We plan to engage with the local Christian community and learn about their way of life. Once one of the world’s most repressed countries under communism, and with decades of neglect, Romania is rapidly regaining its identity and the cities are coming back to life.
This tour promises to be both an exciting as well as a spiritual and educational experience.

Tour Information
The cost of this 11-day tour is £1,370 per person sharing twin-bedded accommodation on a half board basis. We have also included two lunches. There are generally not included to give flexibility on our touring days, but the guide will help locally.
We will be staying at locally graded three and four star hotels, all rooms having private facilities. Our journey is by air with British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest and returning from Iasi to Luton Airport with Tarom Airlines. Travel through Romanian is by air-conditioned coach accompanied by a local guide. All entrance fees are included.
We have included most expenses in the tour cost but some items are listed separately: the travel insurance premium is £39. Everybody travelling should be insured but some may have annual or another suitable insurance. You should budget for an amount of Euros 45 per person as a contribution towards the group gratuity fund which we will disburse locally to those who help us on our journey.
Single rooms are available at a supplementary cost of £175. Any special requests should be noted on the booking form. A deposit is payable now with the balance payable eight weeks prior to departure. Your final travel documents will be posted to you approximately two weeks before departure. Please note the itinerary may be subject to local changes.
For more information and to make a reservation please contact:

The Revd Andrei Petrine
The Rectory
52 Epping Road
Toot Hill, Ongar
Tel: (01992)524451


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