Painted Monasteries of Bucovina Tour

Activity level
1/5
Easy
CULTURE INTERACTION
4/4
Total
HISTORY FOCUS
3/4
High
NATURE INTERACTION
1/4
Basic
TYPE

Culture Tour

LANGUAGE
DURATION

3 days

PRICE

from €335

Summary

This three days Bucovina tour is the perfect option if you’re based in Iasi, and would like to explore some of the most beautiful attractions in Bucovina and Eastern Romania.

The duration of the tour makes it an excellent choice if you have a limited number of days for your vacation.

The itinerary includes four UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the splendid churches with Byzantine frescoes Sucevita, Moldovita, Humor and Voronet –, visits to local artisans, a beautiful 19th century palace with a dramatic history, one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Romania plus a complete city tour of Iasi, the largest city in Moldavia.

Essentially a tour focused on the culture and spirituality of Bucovina, with an introduction to the troubled medieval history of the region, the 'Painted Monasteries of Bucovina' tour is a three days quest of what makes this region unique, whether it’s the black pottery from Marginea, an ancient tradition that exists only here, or painting eggs as works of art.

The visits to the four painted churches part of the UNESCO Heritage patrimony complete the tour as these monuments are the pure creations of a particular geopolitical context in Europe’s 15th to 17th centuries.

 The tour is available in English, French, Spanish and Italian. German upon request.

Tour also suited for seniors.

This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.

Day 1: Iasi City Tour

The first day of the tour is dedicated to the city of the seven hills, Iasi, the largest and most important city in Moldavia, Eastern Romania. It was the capital of Romania between 1916 and 1918 when the royal family and the authorities moved here during the German occupation of Bucharest.

Iasi is maybe a more off the beaten track city compared to the capital, Brasov or Sibiu. This makes visiting it an even more authentic experience.

The main attractions include old churches, the Palace of Culture –  one of the largest and most beautiful historical monuments in Romania –, a unique contemporary art gallery, a splendid library and plenty of stories about the history of the city.

The first day’s itinerary is a walking tour, be sure to bring your comfortable shoes.

You can also discover the city with our Iasi City Tour

Accommodation: 4 stars hotel in Iasi

The itinerary of this day can be changed to include one more day in Bucovina.


Day 2: Discovering Bucovina

We drive early morning to Bucovina, the land of the painted churches included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Historically, Moldavia and Bucovina were part of the same region until the late 18th century when Bucovina was conquered by the Habsburg Empire. The cultural attractions we’ll visit date before this time and are considered world unique in terms of technique, cultural message and patrimony.

The itinerary of the day includes two painted churches included on the UNESCO Heritage list – Moldovita and Sucevita –, the black pottery center in Marginea and the Painted Eggs Museum of Lucia Condrea, one of the most famous international artisans. All the attractions of the day are hand-picked for their uniqueness.

Depending on the time, we take a drive on Transrarau, a scenic route across Rarau Mountains, or we leave it for the next morning.

Driving time: around 4-5 hours

Accommodation: 4 stars guest house in Gura Humorului


Day 3: More painted churches and a palace

The list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites visited is completed by two more painted churches, Humor and Voronet, and a visit to the Palace of Ruginoasa, on our way back to Iasi.

Like Moldovita and Sucevita, visited in the previous day, the churches from Voronet and Humor also have detailed Byzantine frescoes on their outdoor walls, in fact, an ample narration of the Bible and Christian virtues through color and image.

We drive back to Iasi, stopping to visit the 19th century Palace of Ruginoasa. It was for more than a century the place of high-level drama, betrayal and even a passion crime. Today, it’s beautifully restored and conserved.

Driving time: around 3-4 hours

Upon request, the accommodation for this night can also be included.

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Notes

Activity

Easy: Easy short walks on flat terrain.

Moderate: Up to 5 km walking per day or/and optional cycling routes and easy hikes.

Intense: Up to 10 km walking per day with some inclines or/and optional cycling routes and more demanding hikes

Challenge: Hiking on uneven trails at altitudes above 1,000 meters. Longer optional cycling routes. Requires good health and physical condition.

Ultimate: Full day of hikes and/or demanding cycling tours. Requires excellent health and physical condition.

Culture

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two or three cultural sights included in the tour.

High: Cultural visits everyday of the tour.

Total: All about culture.

History

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two or three historical sights included in the tour.

High: Visits at historical monuments everyday of the tour.

Total: All about history.

Nature

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two hours per day spent in nature.

High: Most activities take place in nature.

Total: All about nature.

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4.3. You have the right to ask and receive a price discount if important changes, mentioned at point 5.2., lead to a significant cut of the travel products or/and services costs.

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Price

The price includes tour guide services, accommodation plus breakfast every day, transportation including driver, car and gas costs, planning costs.

The price does not include plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, entrance fees, meals except breakfast, activities booked locally by the clients themselves, currency conversion fee (1%), payment related fees (1% for credit card, 4.5% for PayPal, variable for bank transfers).

The price below is per person and can vary according to the timing of your booking. The price is based on two persons sharing a double room.

Discount rates for children.

Group of 2 persons: €650 per person

Group of 4 persons: €425 per person

Group of 6 persons: €​335 per person

Payment methods

Credit card, bank transfer, PayPal, cash (only for certain tours). The fees related to the payment methods are not included in the prices above.

Contact us if you’d like to get a price quotation for larger or smaller groups or a shorter/longer version of this tour.

Overview

TOUR STARTS

Iasi

TOUR ENDS

Iasi

INCLUDED MEALS

Breakfast every day

ACCOMMODATION

4 stars hotel in Iasi and 4 stars guest house in Gura Humorului

NUMBER OF KM

Around 550

TRANSPORTATION

Car or minivan

ATTRACTIONS

4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the painted churches from Sucevita, Moldovita, Humor, Voronet

Cities: Iasi 

Plus: the Palace of Ruginoasa, local artisans in Marginea and Moldovita, the mountain road Transrarau

 

NOTES

Discount rates for children

PRICE from

€335
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