A complete 4 days tour to the amazing Bucovina region in the north part of Romania, departing from Bucharest. We will visit the most beautiful painted monasteries: Voronet, Sucevina and Moldovita. As well, the spectacular mountains and some attractions of Transylvania are also included in the itinerary.
ItineraryDay 1: Bucharest to BucovinaStop At: Agapia Monastery, Neamt County, Northeast RomaniaThe Agapia Monastery (Romanian: Mănăstirea Agapia) is a Romanian Orthodox nunnery located 9 km west of Târgu Neamț, in the commune of Agapia, Neamţ County. It was built between 1641 and 1643 by Romanian hetman Gavriil Coci, brother of Vasile Lupu. The church, restored and modified several times during the centuries was painted by Nicolae Grigorescu, between 1858 and 1861. It is one of the largest nunneries in Romania, having 300–400 nuns and ranking second place in population after Văratec Monastery. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Varatec Monastery, Varatec, Neamt County, Northeast RomaniaVăratec Monastery is a Romanian Orthodox nun monastery located in north-eastern part of the country, in Văratec village, Agapia Commune, Neamţ County. It is the largest nun monastery in Romania, with more than 400 nuns living here. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Humor Monastery, Gura Humorului, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaThe monastery was built over the foundation of a previous monastery that dated from around 1415. The Humor monastery was closed in 1786 and was not reopened until 1990. Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Humor area, 3-star hotel/B&B/guest house/pension.Day 2: Painted monasteries in BucovinaStop At: Sucevita Monastery, Sucevita, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaThe architecture of the church contains both Byzantine and Gothic elements, and some elements typical to other painted churches of northern Moldavia. Both interior and exterior walls are covered by mural paintings, which are of great artistic value and depict biblical episodes from the Old and New Testament.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Moldovita Monastery, Vatra Moldovitei, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaThe Moldovița Monastery (Romanian: Mânăstirea Moldovița) is a Romanian Orthodox monastery situated in the commune of Vatra Moldoviței, Suceava County, Moldavia, Romania. The Monastery of Moldovița was built in 1532 by Petru Rareș, who was Stephen III of Moldavia's illegitimate son. It was founded as a protective barrier against the Muslim Ottoman conquerors from the East. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Manastirea Voronet, Voronet, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaThe Voroneț Monastery is a medieval monastery in the Romanian village of Voroneț, now a part of the town Gura Humorului. It is one of the famous painted monasteries from southern Bukovina, in Suceava County. The monastery was constructed by Stephen the Great in 1488 over a period of 3 months and 3 weeks to commemorate the victory at Battle of Vaslui. Often known as the "Sistine Chapel of the East", the frescoes at Voroneț feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as "Voroneț blue."Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Piatra Neamt area, 3-star hotel/B&B/guest house/pensionDay 3: Getting to TransylvaniaStop At: Bicaz Canyon, Lacu Rosu, Harghita County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaThe road along the 8 kilometres of ravines, often in serpentines with rock on one side and a sheer drop on the other, is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. Also within the gorge is Lacul Roşu (the Red Lake), with its traditional cabins, hotels, and its famous lake (situated at 980m altitude) caused by a landslide in the 19th century. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaA medieval citadel, a popular tourist destination for its well-preserved walled old town, which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, Prejmer, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaThe church was founded by the Germanic Teutonic Knights, and then was eventually taken over by the Transylvanian Saxon community. Initially Roman Catholic, it became Lutheran following the Reformation. Together with the surrounding village, the church forms part of the villages with fortified churches in Transylvania UNESCO World Heritage Site. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, Transylvaniahe city is notable for being the regional capital of the Transylvanian Saxons of the Burzenland administrative area in the past, and a large commercial hub on the trade roads between East and West. It is also the birthplace of the national anthem of Romania. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Brasov area, 3-star hotel/B&B/guest house/pensionDay 4: Prahova ValleyStop At: Black Church (Biserica Neagra), Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaIt was built by the German community of the city and stands as the main Gothic style monument in the country, as well as being the largest and one of the most important Lutheran (Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession in Romania) places of worship in the region. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaA landmark in Romania, must see place while travelling to Transylvania.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaThe summer royal residence. Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883. It was constructed for King Carol I. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.