Bucovina Painted Monasteries
Tour North Romania
– Painted Churches & UNESCO –
8 days / 7 nights from 499 € / person
Bucovina is a region located in the north of Romania (Moldova) whose name dates back to 1774, and it means “land covered by forests of beech trees.” Bucovina is famous for its beautiful landscapes, and for its painted monasteries built in the 15th – 16th centuries under the Moldavian principles Stefan the Great and his son Petru Rares.
There is no other place in the world like Bucovina in North Moldavia, where a group of Orthodox monasteries with their external wall paintings can be admired. These painted monasteries are part of the UNESCO World Heritage for their rarity and beauty.
Seven of the painted monasteries of Bucovina were placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. The eighth, Sucevita, is awaiting to be added to the list.
Maramures is the land of the wooden doors. In Maramures, Romania, life follows an ancient rhythm, punctuated by the seasons and rites inspired by the mystery of nature. In the smile of its people you can see the wisdom of a different way of life, harmony and balance that our time has forgotten.
Maramures is the virgin land and ancient heart of Romania, where people still live according to timeless rhythms, customs and traditions. By the ancient Dacians and Thracians the past sent his voice without interruptions and an ancient civilization with deep rural roots, perhaps the last of Europe, has been preserved, intact and alive to these days. Stubborn and independent, in their isolated valleys protected by the Carpathian Mountains, between Transylvania and the Ukraine, the Maramures people are farmers, wood craftsmen and artists out of passion.
Situated in the extreme north of Romania, on the border with Ukraine, Maramures region preserves the ancestral traditions in a fairy tale ambient where time seems to stand still and where farmers still work with tools no longer used elsewhere.
Eight churches were declared in 1999 Unesco heritage of humanity: Barsana (erected in 1720), Budesti – Josani (erected in 1643), Desesti (erected in 1770), Ieud (erected in 1717), Sisesti – Plopis village (built in 1796), Poienile Izei (built in 1604), Targu Lapus – Rogoz village (built in 1663), Sisesti – Surdeti village (built in 1767).
Itinerary: Cluj Napoca (Tg.Mures) – Maramure (3 nights) – Bucovina (3 nights) – Bacau (Tg.Mures)
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Arrival: Cluj Napoca (or Targu Mures)
Departure: Bacau (or Targu Mures)
Distance: 1000 km
Day 1: Cluj Napoca
After you arrival at the airport of Cluj Napoca, you meet your guide. Following the airport transfer, you cana have a city tour of this beautiful Cluj Napoca where you can visit the ruins of the ancient roman city of Napoca, the Catholic Cathedral of St. Michael built in Gothic style in the 14th century and the Christian Orthodox Cathedral built in the early twentieth style in Neo Byzantine style.
We can enjoy a traditional dinner and sleep over night in a 3 * villa in the centre of the city Cluj .
Day 2: Cluj Napoca – Sighetu Marmatiei – Viseu (250km)
In the morning we go to Maramures, the area where time seems to stand still for more than a hundred years, an area famous for its traditions, the friendly people and also for the beautiful wooden churches protected by UNESCO and the doors carved by hand .
On the way we visit the wooden churches of Budesti and Surdesti – Unesco heritage. We arrive in Sighetu Marmatiei where we ‘enjoy’ the unusual Happy Cemetery in Sapanta. Later we visit the open-air Village Museum, Sighetu Marmatiei or Communism Memorial at Sighetu Marmatiei.
We serve a homemade dinner and sleep overnight in a typical Maramures agro touristic area.
Day 3: Viseu – Barsana – Rozavlea – Ieud – Bogdan Voda – Viseu (150km)
This day is dedicated to the region of Maramures. Thu we visit the wooden churches of Maramures, UNESCO monuments: the beautiful group with the highest tower in the entire region – the Barsana monastery, the oldest wooden church in Maramures – Ieud, the churches of Bogdan Voda, Botiza famous for their frescoes.
In the afternoon we visit the workshop of local handcrafts (wood, carpets, etc).
In the evening we enjoy a homemade dinner and sleep over night in Maramures.
Day 4: Maramures (50km)
In the morning we leave for a tour in Mocanita, a steam train, within the virgin nature of Maramures. The journey begins from the small train station Viseul de Sus, in Maramures. It is a narrow gauge railway, built between 1930 and 1933, of 56 km long, intersected by locomotives “model Resita” that works on wood and weighing 24, 8 tons. Every morning around 7.00 the Mocanita provides a passage to men and timber, along 12 hours (round trip) in which to stock water it is forced to stop 15 minutes every 8 km, rising from 600m Viseus to share 1100, at the Ukrainian border.
Back in the afternoon, we have a homemade dinner and sleep overnight in a farmhouse in Maramures.
Day 5: Viseu – Borsa- Voronet (200km)
After breakfast we head to Bucovina, the area called the “land of the 2000 monasteries”. That day we visit the first painted monasteries of Bucovina: Moldovita Monastery and later the fortified monastery of Sucevita. Nearby we can visit black ceramic workshop in Marginea.
We arrive at Voronet in the evening, have a homemade dinner and sleep over night in a typical farmhouse in Bucovina.
Day 6: Voronet – Moldovita – Sucevita – Humor – Voronet (150km)
The entire day is dedicated to the region of Bucovina, with its painted monasteries UNESCO heritage: the monastery of Humor and at the end of the day the most beautiful monastery – the famous Voronet monastery with its unique colour “blue of Voronet” called the “Sistine Chapel of the East” .
At Vama we see a demonstration of painting eggs – a tradition of Bucovina.
We have a traditional dinner and sleep over night in Voronet.
Day 7: Voronet – Falticeni – Tg Neamt – Piatra Neamt – Bicaz (150km)
After breakfast we leave to Moldova. Here we visit the Neamt monastery, the oldest of Moldavia and later the Agapia Monastery, the wooden church of the 14th century, painted inside by the greatest Romanian painter, Nicolae Grigorescu.
We continue to the Bicaz Gorges with the Red Lake. Here you can buy souvenirs – local crafts.
A typical dinner and the night sleep is provided in a 3 *villa in Bicaz / Neamt.
Day 8: Bicaz – Piatra Neamt – Bacau (150km)
In the morning we have a short visit to the city of Piatra Neamt, a mountain town dominated by the square of Stephen the Great. You benefit of transfer to Bacau airport in time for your departure flight.
STANDARD program (houses / villas 3 *)
- For 8 people: 499 € / person / double
- For 6 people: 599 € / person / double
- For 4 people: 699 € / person / double
- For 2 persons: 799 € / person / double
Single supplement: 100 Euros
TOP program (houses / villas 4 *):
Supplement 95 € / person
- 7 nights in cottages / villas 3 * / 4 *, breakfast included
- Transportation by van 8 + 1 seats for 8 days (insurance included)
- Driver / Guide in Italian for the whole trip
- Half-board (dinners homemade)
- Parties and entertainment activities
- Assistance of local tour operator Holiday Boutique 24h / 24
- Tourist tax
- The flight, the ticket office, beverages and other personal expenses
The prices are for groups of up to 8 people. For groups of more than 8 people, the price will be recalculated based on the needs.
Our tour and ‘personalized, flexible and will’ size according to customer demand, potra ‘be extended as well as the itinerary. The programs will be offered at a minimum of 2 people.
30% of the total amount will have to be paid in advance by money transfer to confirm the reservation six weeks before departure while the rest will have ‘paid on arrival in Romania.
In case of tour cancellation, the amount paid in advance will be refunded one week before the date of departure less bank charges to transfer.