Monasteries tour in Bukovina - 8 days/7 nights
from 550 Euro/person

Monasteries tour in Bucovina

Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Itinerary: Bucharest – Piatra Neamt - Bukovina(5nights) – Bucharest
Total distance: 1600 km

"Every morning at dawn, the bells' toll at Voronet is melding in the blue mural shade, whirling the song of evenness over the hills.The midday brightness is a spring for endless, wisdom breathing woods and for the hasty rivers where trout are smoothly dancing in pursuit of erstwhile rafters.And moments gather in the dusk to hear from pine trees and ever-running waters the secular tales about people who carved the windows in stone toward God, who gave this yard the name of Bukovina..."

1st Day – Bucharest - Piatra Neamt ( 350km )

Piatra Neamt Bicaz

Arrival in Bucharest and from the airport departure to Piatra Neamt, mountain resort, at 300m altitude, known for its Princely Court built by Stefan cel Mare ( Stephen the Great), Moldavia’s ruler 500 years ago.

Dinner and overnight near Piatra Neamt, in a beautiful 3* villa situated in a picturesque area view to the lake.

2nd Day - Piatra Neamt - Bucovina ( 150km )

Bucovina monastery Bucovina monastery

We start our trip early in the morning going to Varatec Monastery where was buried Mihai Eminescu’s wife then Agapia Monastery, the wood church from the 14th century, painted inside by the greatest Romanian painter, Nicolae Grigorescu. We can also visit Horaita Monastery with Asian influences.

Then we will visit Neamt Monastery, the oldest monastery in Moldavia, with its old library and Secu Monastery with its strange fortified entrance. The next stop will be Baia Monastery, founded by Stefan cel Mare, not so big but very particular. In the afternoon arrival in Bukovina (Bucovina - in the North of Moldavia ) where a home made dinner will be waiting for you. Overnight in the heart of Bucovina in a typical 3* villa situated in the shadow of the Carpathians.

3rd Day - Bucovina: Unesco monasteries and traditions

Bucovina monastery Bucovina monastery

In the morning departure to Putna Monastery passing by Radauti. Stephen the Great has fired his arrow and chose to build on the very spot it fell a monastery. This became his greatest built achievement, namely Putna Monastery . Due to its fortified tall walls and towers, belonged to the defence system but it was also a great cultural centre, the monastic museum at Putna is one of the richest in the country. Here was buried Stefan cel Mare.

We continue our tour with the first two painted monasteries: Sucevita Monastery and Moldovita Monastery.The Sucevita Monastery built as a fortified monastery is the last monument in Stephen’s style, the exterior paintings date from 1596 and green is the dominant background color. The Moldovita Monastery from 1532 build by Petru Rares is depicted both interior and exterior paintings, as the "Siege of Constantinople", "Holy Virgin's Prayer" or "Jesse's Tree". Like dominant note of colour, Moldovita has a sunny yellow.It’s the biggest church raised during the Moldavian style. Nearby we will visit the Black Ceramics factory of Marginea. Dinner and overnight in Bukovina.

4th Day - Bukovina: Unesco monasteries and traditions

Eggs painting Slatioara forest

Today we will visit other two beautiful painted monasteries, protected by Unesco. Humor Monastery, dating from 1530, has red as dominant colour. The last one and the most beautiful is Voronet Monastery, founded in 1488 by the ruler Stephen the Great.It is also named the „Eastern Sistine Chapel” and the dominant colour is the famous „blue of Voronet”.

We will also have a demonstration of egg-painting – an old tradition from Bukovina . In the afternoon we can have a walk in the Secular Forest of Slatioara, one of the oldest forests of Romania and even Europe, with some trees of 350-400 years old, having a lot of natural monuments and also a type of butterfly unique in the world “Carabus rarauense”. Diner and overnight.

5th Day - Bukovina – the salt mine and the Rarau Mountains

Cacica salt mines Rarau mountains

In the morning we can go can have a trip to the Cacica salt mines, with therapeutic qualities or to the National Reservation of European bisons of Târgu Neamt .

In the afternood you can have some hours of horse riding in the Natural Reservation of Lucina. You can have a short escape hiking in the Rarau Mountain (part of the Carpathians ) .The mountain lovers will be impressed by the the beauty of the landscape with karst relief, old forests and geological preserves and the numerous paths on easy slopes for hiking. Here you will get to the famous Lady’s Stones ( Pietrele Doamnei ) splendid "Gothic towers" formed of alpine limestone or the Devil's Mill Gorges, a geological and morphological preserve in the Rarau Mountains, impressive for the height of the walls. Dinner and overnight in Bucovina.

6th Day - Bucovina - Suceava citadel and Dragomira monastery

Dragomira monastery Spoons collection

In the morning departure to Suceava. Here we visit the Suceava Citadel. Suceava Citadel was built during the rule of the Prince Petru I Musat (1375-1391), having 10 m high and 2 m thick defence walls and a defense tower in every corner, the entrance into the citadel being realized by crossing a bridge with piers. Here died Stefan cel Mare.

Afterwards we go 12 km from Suceava, in a beautiful area, close to the forest, next to a lake, beyond a village there is Dragomira Monastery. It was built in the 17th century and is the tallest medieval monastery in Bucovina, impressive for its architecture.

In the afternoon we can visit 2 interesting museums in Campulung Moldovenesc: The Wood Art Museum and the Spoons Collection of Prof. Ioan Tugui. Last slowfood dinner in Bukovina and last night in this angle of Paradise.

7th Day - Bucovina - Bucharest ( 450km )

Bucovina Bukovina

After breakfast we will leave the sacred land of Bukovina also called the “Land of 2000 monasteries”. Departure to Bucharest passing by Piatra Neamt, Bacau, Focsani, Buzau. Arrival in the afternoon and free time. Special goodbye dinner and overnight in Bucharest in a 3* hotel.

8th Day - Bucharest

Free time in the morning for a city tour of Bucharest and transfer to the airport.

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Map Bucovina

PRICES per person in double room:

STANDARD Program (3* guesthouses)

  • For 8 people - 550 Euro/person
  • For 6 people - 625 Euro/person
  • For 4 people - 795 Euro/person
  • For 2 people - 1050 Euro/person

Single supplement: 125 Euro

SUPERIOR Program supplement (4* guesthouses):
125 Euro/person in double room

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