Transylvanian Culinary Tour

21st-26th September 2024 –

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New tour: 15th-20th June 2025 

Discover Transylvania through its most exciting dishes and explore the rich culture and traditions of the Saxon villages.

Explore through food

There is no better way to learn about a culture than through eating local food and meeting local people. This is exactly what you will do: meet producers, stay at local guesthouses, eat traditional food and enjoy cookery demos and hands-on cookery classes.

The tour is focused on food and culinary traditions, but you won’t miss the local landmarks everyone needs to see.

Tour Highlights

  • A journey from the city to the countryside following the Saxon story.

  • We will meet in one of the most beautiful Saxon city, Sibiu.

  • Visit a UNESCO Saxon town, Sighișoara.

  • Stay in a Saxon house in the charming village of Richiș.

  • Eat in family-run restaurants and local kitchens, which are kitchens in people’s homes authorised to cook for tourists.

  • Enjoy hands-on cookery courses and demos.

  • Visit local farms, producers and artisans.

  • Tasting events: local drinks, charcuterie and cheese.

  • Enjoy curated menus to make the culinary journey memorable.

  • Private and comfortable transport with an experienced driver.

  • Culinary guide: food writer and cookbook author Irina Georgescu.

  • All meals and the drinks paired with these meals are included. Water and soft drinks during transfers. 

The Tour

Day 1 Arrival in Sibiu

  • There is an international airport in Sibiu*
  • You will be met at the airport
  • Accommodation in a local guesthouse in the city’s Old Town.
  • Welcome dinner and the first tasting of Transylvanian flavours.

Day 2 Transfer to the Saxon guesthouse in the countryside, Richiș village

  • On the way, visit a local vegetable grower for a cookery demo and a light lunch
  • Visit a beautiful old Saxon town, Copșa Mare
  • Check-in at the Saxon guesthouse
  • Saxon Feast – welcome dinner

Day 3 Explore Saxon villages

  • Visit the beautiful fortified church in Viscri and find out about King Charles III involvement in restoring these sites
  • Have lunch in a local kitchen in Meșendorf, including a hands-on cookery course
  • Visit a dairy farm
  • Dinner in a former Parish House in the impressive village of Biertan
  • Return to Richiș

The Tour

Day 4 Relax in Richiș

  • Take in the beauty of the Transylvanian landscape
  • Lunch and hands-on cookery course (optional) or cookery demo
  • Go for a walk 
  • Farewell dinner 

Day 5 Return to Sibiu via Sighișoara

  • Visit the UNESCO Saxon town of Sighișoara
  • A little free time for shopping there
  • Picnic in the nearby oak forest or, if it rains, in a local kitchen
  • Visit a local Gypsy coffee pot maker and have traditional coffee
  • Check-in in Sibiu
  • Farewell dinner

Day 6 Departure

Private transfer to the airport

The Price

It includes:

  • Transport from the moment you land in Sibiu
  • Accommodation in guesthouses with rooms with your own private bathroom
  • All meals and the drinks paired with these meals are included
  • All culinary experiences, cookery courses and demos, and tasting events
  • Two guides, one of them is the cookery book author Irina Georgescu. Transport from and to the airport in Sibiu.

It doesn’t include:

  • The flights or any transport to Sibiu, and the flights back to your home and any transport after you reach the airport for your departure.
  • Travel insurance, which is compulsory.

Contact me for details at irina.r.georgescu@gmail.com

“A rare glimpse into a rich and diverse baking culture, this beautiful book is packed full of fascinating stories and recipes I can’t wait to taste” – Felicity Cloake

‘What a transporting cookbook Tava is! Here are tempting recipes for Romanian cakes, pastries, biscuits and other treats made using delightful ingredients such as  rose petals, chestnuts, walnuts, sour cherries and poppy seeds. Importantly –  and evocatively – Irina Georgescu sets the rich tapestry of Romanian baking in a historic and social context, giving readers an insight into what has shaped and influenced Romanian cuisine. ‘ – Jenny Linford

‘I love Irina Georgescu’s writing. Carpathia was one of my favourite books of 2020 and Tava is equally exciting: a celebration of Romanian baking that is full of a sense of light and life. Matt Russell’s photography is gorgeous. The recipes set me dreaming of strudels and poppy seed crescents and I can’t wait to start baking from it’. – Bee Wilson

‘Like all the best cookbooks, Tava is as interested in history and culture of Romania, as it is in all things sweet and baked. Enlightening, evocative and irresistible.’ – Tom Parker Bowles

Latest News

On Saturday Kitchen, BBC1

On Saturday Kitchen, BBC1

Cooking pastrami lamb with farmhouse potatoes on the BBC1 Saturday Kitchen show. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001phcq/saturday-kitchen-05082023?page=1   

In The Washington Post

In The Washington Post

I'm thrilled to see these griddle breads from Transylvania, placinte pe lespede, in the prestigious newsletter Eat Voraciously published by The Washington Post. The recipe is from my book 'Tava, Eastern European Baking and Desserts from Romania and Beyond' Link here...