Monasteries and Villages of Romania

Monasteries and Villages of Romania information and booking

  • Duration
    9 days
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Schedule Details

  • 6 nights rural pensions, 2 nights overnight train sleeper carriage
Equipment Required
Backpack (35L); 3-season walking waterproof boots with suitable ankle support; waterproof outer shell garment (breathable if possible!); sunglasses with UV protection; sunscreen lotion. A detailed packing list is provided after booking.


  • Exploring the wooden churches of Maramures
  • Discovering the exquisite painted monasteries of Bucovina
  • Walking through ancient villages to gain an appreciation of the subtle landscape of the Carpathian Mountains
  • Experience genuine cultural exchange with the local people

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Straddling central Romania and covering a third of its territory are the majestic Carpathian Mountains, or Transylvanian Alps as they are also known. Aside from the stunning beauty of the mountains and the rolling foothills, the rich traditions of the region continue to flourish through the warm and friendly locals and their way of life which has changed little through the centuries. Walking through a timeless landscape to reach ancient villages and monasteries, including the famous Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, pristine forests brimming with wildlife and carved wooden churches and farm gateways are just a few of the highlights of this engaging adventure. Combined with time in the capital, Bucharest, this fully escorted walking holiday offers an opportunity to cross the Carpathians and gain an intimate appreciation of rural Romania.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 7 dinners (on day 8 it will be a picnic dinner on the train). continental breakfasts are served and will often consist of breads, spreads, tea, coffee & juices. picnic lunches will include fresh produce such as bread, spreads, salad and meats sourced from local villages. dinner is generally 3 courses consisting of entrée or soup, a main dish and dessert, including local and international dishes. occasionally dinner is only 2 courses.
  • 6 nights rural pensions in a combination of twin and triple share generally with shared facilities, 2 nights overnight train in sleeper carriage (2 or 4 berth)
  • English speaking guide
  • Luggage transfers
  • Private transfers as described in the itinerary


Day 1 Arrive Bucharest, overnight train to Bucovina
The guide will meet the group at a pre-designated spot in the Bucharest North train station, usually around 8pm. Prior to this we recommend you take some time to visit the city including the old city centre and/or the Parliament House. The second largest building in the world, Romanians say it is the only structure that can be seen from the Moon. Overnight train to Bucovina. (note: an arrival transfer from the Airport to the train station is available for a small supplement).
Day 2 Short walk and exploration of Bucovina including Moldovita Monastery (4hrs)
Early arrival in the Bucovina. We take a short private transfer to our guesthouse, before setting out on foot to explore typical villages. We will meet some Hutsuls, people from the Carpathians who are considered the masters of egg painting. A significant highlight today is a visit to the Moldovita Monastery, renowned for its exterior frescoes depicting scenes inspired by the Bible and 16th century Moldavian daily life. Overnight in Moldovita valley. Walk: 13km, ascent and descent: 300m
Day 3 Hike Obcina Mare ridge, to Sucevita Valley with its monastery (4-5hrs)
Hike over the Obcina Mare ridge through woods and fields leads us to the Sucevita Monastery. It is a striking sight, as though nature is protecting the monastery like it's a jewel. Construction of the monastery began in 1581 and it was built in the Moldavian architectural style, which harmoniously combines elements of Gothic and Byzantine art. The exterior painting is the best preserved among the Moldavian churches and we find here a masterpiece of Romanian medieval painting, the Ladder of Virtues. This fresco is impressive due to its monumental dimensions and the contrast between the order of the angels and the chaos of the Hell. Night in Sucevita Valley. Walk: 15km, ascent: 400m, descent: 300m
Day 4 Walk through Bucovina forest (5hrs)
Today we walk in the forest through hills to arrive in the village of Manastirea Humorului. This immersion in the peasant world will enchant you, the beautiful landscape punctuated with sheep herds and horse-drawn carts. Overnight in Manastirea Humorului. Walk: 14km, ascent: 600m, descent: 650m
Day 5 Transfer to Maramures region with short walk in Botiza Valley (3hrs)
Dependent on the weather, we may discover the Voronet monastery with its brilliant blue frescoes. Transfer by van to the Maramures region. We visit the oldest wooden church in Maramures then walk in the Botiza Valley to our host in the neatby village. Today is an immersion in the Maramures atmosphere, with its deep forest, long villages and wooden churches. Night in Botiza Valley. Walk: 8km, ascent: 300m, descent: 250m
Day 6 Hike between villages and visit the monastery of Bârsana (4hrs)
Today we discover the fields, forests and frescoes of Maramures. The seasons are reflected in the fields, through incredible wildflowers and the changing crops. Hike from village to village, experiencing the timelessness of the landscape and gaining a good appreciation of rural life in Maramures. Dependent on the weather, we visit the monastery of Bârsana, a masterpiece of the wooden Maramures architecture. Walk: 13km, ascent: 400m, descent: 400m
Day 7 Mountain hike in Maramures (6hrs)
Today we go to a more isolated region of Maramures, to hike between high mountain pastures, mountain lakes and forests. Later we will visit one of the most impressive wooden churches of Maramures which has one of the richest internal frescoes. Overnight in Breb. Walk: 18km, ascent: 400m, descent: 700m
Day 8 Transfer to Sapânta, visit memorial at Sighetu Marmatiei, overnight train to Bucharest
Private transfer to Sapânta to discover the unique ‘Happy Cemetery’, where the tombs are painted in lively colours and describe, in a joyful way, the deceased’s life. Later we transfer by bus to Sighetu Marmatiei where, dependent on time, we will visit the ‘Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance’. It is an emotional experience - this was once a prison where opponents of the regime were detained without trial. Later we board our overnight train to Bucharest (picnic dinner on the train supplied), usually the train leaves around 5:30pm (subject to change without notice).
Day 9 Arrive in Bucharest, trip concludes
Arrival in Bucharest, usually at 8:00am (subject to change). Trip concludes (optional transfer to airport available for a supplement).