Welcome to Suceava

As Moldavia's capital from 1388 to 1565, Suceava thrived commercially on the Lviv–Istanbul trading route. It boasted approximately 40 churches when Ştefan cel Mare’s reign concluded in 1504. However, stagnation followed a 1675 Turkish invasion. A century later, Austria-Hungary took over.

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$442.34 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private Tour from Bucharest to Bucovina the Land of Painted Monasteries

1st Day:Departure at 8:30 o'clock from Bucharest to Urziceni,Buzau,Focsani,Bacau,Piatra Neamt,Suceava,Sucevita.Accomodation in Sucevita.2nd Day:Visits to Sucevita and Moldovita Monasteries,Gura Humorului(optional),Voronet Monastery,Cacica Salt Mine,Putna Monastery and Stefan cel Mare(Stephen the Great) tomb.Accomodation in Bucovina area.The Painted Churches of Bucovina are some of the most valuable treasures of Romania.With their painted exterior walls,decorated with 15-16th century elaborate frescoes(featuring portraits os saints and prophets,scenes from the life of Jesus,Angels and Demons,heaven and hell), deemed as masterpieces of Byzantine art,these churches are one-of-a-kind architectural sites in Europe.The purpose of the frescoes was to make the story of the Bible and the lives of the most important saints known to the villagers,by use of images.The best preserved frescoes can be seen at the monasteries in Humor,Moldovita,Patrauti,Probota,Suceava,Sucevita,Voronet and Arbore.Of all the monasteries in Bucovina,Sucevita is the only one still on the waiting list as UNESCO World Heritage Site.3rd Day:Suceava-Falticeni-Targu Neamt-Varatec and Agapia Monasteries-Bicaz Gorges-Gheorghieni-Tusnad-Brasov-Bucharest.Red lake is the biggest natural dam lake in Romania.It is relatively young,dating back to July 1837.Ucigasu Mount collapsed,after a series of storms and heavy rains,creating a natural dam into the Licas Creek.In the following years the water took the shape of lake,the Red Lake.

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Painted Monasteries of Bucovina - 3 Days Private Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Bucharest-Gura HumoruluiStop At: Old Town, BucharestWe start our tour driving from Bucharest to the North, heading to Bucovina region, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful area of Romania. You will have the chance to admire the Eastern side of Carpathian mountains, country-side landscapes, stopping in Gura Humorului, where we can enjoy a good rest for the next day.Duration: 7 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: overnight accommodation at 3 stars hotel includedDay 2: Painted Monasteries of BucovinaStop At: The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, Suceava, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaToday you will find the Painted Monasteries: Voronet,Moldovita,Sucevita. Deemed masterpieces of Byzantine art, these churches are one-of-a-kind architectural sites in Europe.Perhaps the most famous and stunning of the painted monasteries is Voronet (Vo ro , founded in 1487. Widely known throughout Europe as "the Sistine Chapel of the East" due to its interior and exterior wall paintings, this monastery offers an abundance of frescoes featuring an intense shade of blue commonly known as 'Voronet blue. The composition of the paint continues to remain a mystery even now, more than 500 years after the church was built.The Monastery of Moldovita , located in the village of Vatra Moldovitei, was built by Petru Rares in 1532.The predominantly gold and deep blue paintings on the exterior walls were completed in 1537.High walls and heavily buttressed defensive towers surround the great monastic complex of Sucevita, giving it the appearance of a fortress.Sucevita was a princely residence as well as a fortified monastery. Today, the thick walls shelter a museum presenting an outstanding collection of historical and art objects.Afterwards drive to Piatra Neamt, where you will have accomodation.Duration: 10 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: overnight accommodation at 3 stars hotel includedDay 3: Bicaz Gorge - Red LakeStop At: Bicaz Canyon, Bicaz, Neamt County, Northeast RomaniaThe 3rd day will get us to the legendary land of Transylvania and its UNESCO World Heritage sites, passing stunning mountain sightseeing, such us Bicaz Canyon or Red Lake - the largest natural mountain lake in Romania.Bicaz Gorge is spectacular with sheer cliffs rising literally from the edges of the road. Legend has it that the ‘red lake’ or ‘killer lake’ was formed from the flowing blood of a group of hapless picnickers who had the misfortune to be sitting beneath the mountainside when it collapsed, crushing them to death. After this we will head to Brasov. Brasov is home to one of the narrowest streets in Europe.The Rope Street (Strada Sforii) is approximately four feet wide.Here you will see Old Town Hall Square,where you can admire colorfully painted and ornately trimmed baroque structures and Black Church (Biserica Neagra), the largest Gothic church in Romania. In the evening you will be back in Bucharest.Duration: 10 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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5-Day Discover Unesco's Painted Monasteries

Day 1: Bucharest - Gura HumoruluiIn the morning our guide will pick-up you from your hotel or from the airport (for arrivals up to 11.00 AM). Leave Bucharest in our way to the north region of Romania – Bucovina, the land of painted monasteries and traditions. There is about 6 hours drive time until our destination. End the day in the Voronet – Gura Humorului area. Accommodation at Gura Humorului at Best Western 4* or similarDay 2: Gura Humorului - Moldovita - Sucevita - Gura HumoruluiToday we’ll visit some of the World famous Painted Monasteries- Moldovita (UNESCO): dates back from 1532 and is due to the ruling prince Petru Rares- Sucevita: the last and the most magnificent monastic achievement among the painted monasteries in Bucovina. Paintings of the Sucevita monastery were best preserved both on the outside and on the inside (Ladder of Virtue, the last Judgment, the tree of Jesse. Accommodation at Gura Humorului at Best Western 4* or similar.Day 3: Gura Humorului - Suceava - Gura HumoruluiBreakfast and continue the visits to the Bucovina County:- Voronet Monastery (UNESCO): It is the most accomplished sample of artistic achievement in Moldavian architecture and painting. Voronet Monastery had been dubbed the oriental Sistine Chapel, whereas Voronet Blue, a colour obtained from lapis lazuli, entered in the lexicon of art alongside Titian red and Veronese green, and to this day has yet to be reproduced by natural means- Humor (UNESCO): this monastery was among the first churches to be painted. Humor is painted in reddish brown (from oriental madder pigment), colours are brilliant and truthful to nature.Then go to Suceava, the former capital of Moldova in medieval ages. Here we visit Suceava Citadel, which was built during the rule of the Prince Petru I Musat. End the day back in Voronet or Gura Humorului.Accommodation at Gura Humorului at Best Western 4* or similar.Day 4: Gura Humorului - Neamt – BucharestLeave the Bucovina area and visit the Monastery Agapia with a visit of the Living Museum where you can see exactly how are the houses of the nouns and also a visit of the weavers and painting workshops. In the afternoon arrive at Bucharest.Accommodation in a 4* Hotel - located in the heart of the city.Day 5: Bucharest – AirportAfter breakfast You can enjoy a personalized tour of Bucharest and later transfer to the Bucharest International Airport for your departure flight or at your indicated Hotel.