Welcome to Iaşi
Exuberant, cultured Iaşi (pronounced ‘yash’) clearly enjoys being the biggest city in Moldavia. Once dubbed the ‘city of the hundred churches’, Iaşi is indeed bursting with centuries of architectural creations. Yet besides the monasteries, theatres and other historic buildings, this eclectic place has botanical parks, big squares and (for better or for worse) both communist-era concrete structures and gleaming... Read More
Top experiences in Iaşi
Iasi City Private Tour
You will enjoy a few pleasant hours in one of the largest cities in Romania. In Iasi you will enter a bohemian atmosphere present in the town’s old parts and surroundings but also it brings to you an animated occidental lifestyle. Our tour starts at the Palace of Culture, an edifice built in neogothic style on the old ruins of the mediaeval Royal Court, the city’s symbol where you will meet with your travel guide who will introduce you to the town’s history. In our tour you will have the opportunity to visit all the main attractions, most of them being situated in the proximity of Stefan Cel Mare Street, an animated promenade place with coffee shops, terraces and stores. The religious interests of the city are also part of our tour. We’ll be visiting the Three Hierarchs Church and the Metropolitan Cathedral. On our walking tour you will have the chance to admire the Roznovanu Palace, built in the 18th century, which in our days hosts the city hall. An important attraction on our list is the Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre, the oldest one in Romania. At the end of the street we will reach the Union Square, an important historic part of the city where we’ll visit the Union Museum. From here a bus will take you to a local restaurant, Bolta Rece, for a tasty traditional lunch.In the second part of the tour you will be seized by the peace induce by Golia Monastery where you will also enjoy a beautiful view over the whole city from the tower. Our tour ends in Copou hill, the house of Romania's first university, and we’ll visit one of Romania’s largest Botanical Gardens where you will be surrounded by colourful flowers and plants spread on 17,5 ha of land. The tour will end with a marvellous view over the city from Cetatuia hill where we will also visit the monastery with the same name surrounded by fortifications with towers on the corners. Tour highlights:The Palace of Culture – The Palace of Culture in Iasi is the main attraction point of the Moldavian capital. The Palace has a flamboyant neogothic style, with ornamental details and heraldic elements outside. Unfortunately, the consolidation and renovation works are not finished yet.The Metropolitan Cathedral is the largest Orthodox church in Romania built in the Italian Renaissance style. The cathedral was consecrated on 23 April 1887, in the presence of King Carol I and Queen Elisabeth. The interior is also stunning with influences of the Italian neoclassicism to be noticed in the four biblical scenes. The Three Hierarchs Church is a unique monument of its kind, a repository of the cultural and spiritual life of Moldavia. The inside reflects the founder’s aspiration to the Byzantine world as it combines traditional structures and shapes with precious materials and a sumptuous decoration.
Full-Day Tour to Iasi from Chisinau
The starting point is the Palace of Culture, the emblem of the city and one of the most beautiful palaces in Romania. Built on the site of the former princely court, the Palace of Culture today marks the place that we can proudly call the birthplace of Iasi. Here we shall admire the imposing statue of the Prince Stephen the Great and Holy, associated with a famous urban legend. Just a few steps away is the church of Stephen the Great, the Princely Saint Nicholas Church and the Dosoftei House, also called the Arcade home, nowadays the Museum of old literature.We shall then start for the old Principal Street, where we shall see, among other things, one of the most valuable monuments of medieval architecture in the country, the Church of the Holy Three Hierarchs, founded by Prince Vasile Lupu. Built of huge stone blocks cleverly joined by molten lead, this church astonishes with the perfection of dozens of intricate patterns carved in stone by medieval craftsmen. Legend says that the church used to be completely covered with gold.Thereafter, we shall admire the beautiful Roznovanu Palace, today the Iasi City Hall, and then we shall proceed to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Moldova and Bukovina, where the shrine with the relics of St. Pious Parascheva, the patroness of Moldova, is located. The first theatre in the country, the National Theatre Vasile Alecsandri, is situated nearby, as well as the place where the first Jewish theatre in the world was established. Then the small Cuza Voda street shall welcome us with other great stories; the end point of this tour shall be the Square of Union, the place where the first Hora of Union was played on January 24, 1859, the day when Moldova and the Romanian Country became one state.We shall continue our tour with another old street of Iasi, the Lapusneanu street. The Union Museum, the former residence of Alexandru Ioan Cuza and the recently renovated Banu Church or the “Church of invalids” are all located in this street. Here we can stop for a short refreshment with a delicious cake at the Tuffli confectioner’s shop, having traditions in the art of manufacturing sweets dating back to 1873. Then we shall continue our way to the area that the inhabitants of Iasi call La Fundatie, where we shall discover a representative place for the city – the Yellow ravine.Then we shall gradually reach the famous Copou Hill, and the first monument in our way shall be the impressive building of the Central University Library of Mihai Eminescu (featured on 500 lei banknotes). In a few minutes’ walk is the beautiful Pogor House, or the House of lighted windows, where all great Romanian writers used to meet within the Junimea Society.
Daily Iasi City Tour
We will start our tour in the Union Square, the place where modern Romania was born. Our first stop will be at the Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre, included by BBC in its “Top seven theaters that take your breath away”. Afterward, we will get a glimpse of the religious side of Iasi, with visits to The Metropolitan Cathedral and the Three Hierarchs Church, two of the most important religious sites in Iasi. Our last stop of the day is at the Palace of Culture, the cultural symbol of Iasi. Built in a Neo-Gothic style on the ruins of the old Royal Court of the city, it is to this day one of the main attraction points for tourists.Tour highlights Visit one of the world’s most beautiful theaters, the “Vasile Alecsandri” National Theatre Visit the most important religious sites of Iasi: The Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Three Hierarchs Church Discover Iasi’s symbol of culture, the Palace of Culture
Departure Transfers in Iasi
Let us make your departure hassle free. We bring you a personalized meet and great service for departure transfers, ensuring you and your guest an efficiently and effectively departure. You don’t need to wait for a cab or to spend a fortune on transfers and make the most of the end of your holiday. Great transfers in Iasi, from the hotel or any other destination in Iasi to the airport. Available 24/7.You will be transported by a private air-conditioned vehicle and whatever day or time you may arrive, your driver will be there to meet you with a smile! After booking you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.
Iasi Arrival One Way Transfer
Let us make your arrival hassle free. We bring you a personalized meet and great service for arrival transfers, ensuring you and your guest an efficiently and effectively transfer. You don’t need to wait for a cab or to spend a fortune on transfers and make the most of the end of your holiday. Great transfers in Iasi, from the hotel or any other destination in Iasi to the airport. Available 24/7.You will be transported by a private air-conditioned vehicle and whatever day or time you may arrive, your driver will be there to meet you with a smile! After booking you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.
Bike Tour around Iasi
Joining our biking tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the hilly position of Iasi, the Moldavian region’s capital. The 7 hills on which the city was built, had an important part in the region’s history, leaving its marks on the town. The main attractions consist of religious monuments, the archaeological sites and the bellevue points. As you learn about the city’s history you will discover the bohemian atmosphere present in the town’s old parts and surroundings but also the animated occidental lifestyle. This tour’s difficulty is above average both from the point of view of the length and of the hilly landscape, but it offers cyclists the possibility of exploring Iasi from above its 7 hills in a different manner. The main points of interest that you will discover in this tour are Palace of Culture, Galata, Cetatuia, Barnova Monasteries, Hamak and Ciric Recreational Areas. Starting point: Palace of Culture at 09:00 AM Elevation gain: 700 m Length: 50 km (can be shorten or extended depending on the level of fitness, weather etc.) Difficulty: medium – difficult – the track goes on unpaved roads about 60% of its length. The track is circular and can be shortened in any point of the trail. Duration: 5-8 hours including visiting points of interest on the route and stops for eating and hydration.