Welcome to Chernivtsi

Just over six centuries old, Chernivtsi was once the chief city of Bukovyna (Beech Tree Land) in old Moldavia (now Moldova). It belonged to the Habsburg Empire in the 19th century, when much of the city's ornate architecture was built, and after WWI was temporarily drawn into Romania. Today the city remains the 'capital' of the unofficial Bukovyna region.

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$1289.02 Cultural & Theme Tours

Maramures to Ukraine to the Republic of Moldova to Moldavia

Day 1. Transfer to your accommodation (4 star hotel)Day 2. 08.30AM BAIA MARE – Surdesti wooden church (built in 1766, it was the tallest wooden church in Europe with its steeple of 54 m and a total height of 72 m until a few years back when the new 78 m tall church of the monastery of Peri in Săpânţa was built; the church is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List) - Barsana Monastery (the largest monastery in Maramures, with a fantastic local architecture) - Ieud wooden Church (the oldest church in Maramures, built in 1364) - Bogdan Voda wooden Church (built in 1718, the church is one of the most renowned ones in the region, due also to its central position in the valley of Iza, at a crossroads; unlike most other churches, which stand on hilltops, the church of St. Nicholas lies in the middle of the village) - Sapanta Merry Cemetery (it is famous for its colourful tombstones with naïve paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons who are buried there as well as scenes from their lives) - Sighetul Marmatiei (accommodation in a 3 star hotel or local guesthouse)Day 3. SIGHETU MARMATIEI (border crossing) - Zakarpatia Mountains (the Ukrainian Carpathians) - Kolomeea (here we shall visit the Painted Eggs Museum & the Etnographical Museum dedicated to the Hutzul ethnic group) - Chernivtsi (night walking tour on Olga Kobileanskaya Street and accommodation in a 3-4 star hotel in the city center).Day 4. After visiting the famous University of Chernivtsi (UNESCO-listed), we shall travel on to Moldova and Chisinau. On the way we shall stop to enjoy the great Citadel of Soroca built by Moldavian ruler Stefan cel Mare (1457-1504). Accommodation in Chisinau (4 star hotel).Day 5. The Moldovan wine is famous all over the world, that’s why today we shall visit the largest wine cellar in the world: CRICOVA WINE CELLAR. Wine tasting included. After this interesting sight we shall visit the Cave Monastery of Orheiul Vechi and the great monastery of Capriana built by Stephan the Great and then we shall cross the border into Romania to the city of Iasi (a beautiful heritage town).Day 6. Today we shall transfer you to the railway station/airport for your next destination.Included services: ESG for the all program; One night accommodation in 4 star hotel in Baia Mare; one night accommodation in Sighetu Marmatiei (hotel or guesthouse); one night 3-4 star hotel accommodation in Chernivtsi (Ukraine); one night 4 star accommodation in Chisinau (the Republic of Moldova); one night 4 star accommodation in Iasi; HB (breakfast & dinner) basis for all tour; admission fees to all sights mentioned in the program; water during the excursion (1/2 L per person/day).Hotels:Sighetu Marmatiei: Casa Iurca de Calinesti Hotel (4 stars) or local guesthouseBaia Mare: Hotel Carpati (4 stars)Chernivtsi: Allure Inn 4 stars hotel or Magnat Lux 3 starsChisinau: Manhattan 4 stars hotelIasi: Ramada 4 stars hotel

$1350.67 Cultural & Theme Tours

6 Days across South and North Bukovina as well as the Republic of Moldova

Day 1: Suceava. Today you will be transferred from the railway station/airport to your hotel (a 3 or 4 star accommodation unit). After check in, you will have a short city tour (by car).Day 2: Let’s visit the great painted monasteries of Bukovina and then move to North Bukovina, nowadays located in Ukraine.The 5 painted monasteries (UNESCO-listed): Humor-Voronet-Moldovita-Sucevita-Arbore and then transfer to the city of Chernivtsi (Ukraine), where you will have accommodation (3 or 4 star hotel).Day 3: Today you will enjoy the great city of Chernivtsi, formerly known as the Little Vienna during the Austrian rule (mini city tour: the University of Chernivtsi(UNESCO); the city hall; the Bukovina Jewish Museum; Olga Kobileanskaya Street; the Armenian Church; the Romanian Cathedral). In the afternoon, transfer to Chisinau, the capital of the Republic of Moldova (accommodation in a 3 or 4 star hotel) Day 4: When you visit the Republic of Moldova, the talk will come to wine and culture. That’s why we shall visit the Orheiul Vechi Cave Monastery in the morning and then Cricova Wine Cellar (the largest of its kind in the world ). In the afternoon we shall return to Chisinau for a city tour (only the central area for time reasons).Day 5: After visiting the Republic of Moldova (separated from Romania in 1940), let’s continue to the "Romanian Moldova", according to the following program: Chisinau –Iasi: city tour, visiting the Palace of Culture (exterior) - Mitropolite Dosoftei Printing House (exterior) – Roznoveanu Palace (today hosting the Iasi City Hall) – 3 Hierarhs Church (fantastic carved stone architecture) - the Metropolitan Residence. Accommodation in a 4 star hotel.Day 6: Today you will be transferred to the railway station/airport to go back home or to your next destination.Included services: - 5 nights accommodation in 3-4 star hotels - HB (breakfast&dinner)for the all program- all admission fees for the sights mentioned in the program (excepting the exterior visits)- water (0.5 L/person/day)Not included:- photo/video taxes;- lunch;- personal expenses;- tips.

$796.94 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Cross-border Romania - Ukraine tour (5 days, from Cluj)

Day 1Departure from Cluj at 8am, heading for Maramures. Positioned in North-Western part of Romania, in a mountain area, Maramures is a very special region, renowned for the living traditions, amazing haystacks landscape, colorful clothing, party music and wooden architecture. Stop on the way to visit the wooden church of Surdesti, the tallest of all eight wooden churches included in the UNESCO heritage list. Lunch with the locals in a traditional village. Continue with the visit of another UNESCO wooden church (Desesti or Budesti). Departure to Sapanta and visit the Merry Cemetery, an unusually colorful spot, unexpectedly reflecting the love for live of the locals, and a traditional dowry room. Dinner with the locals and accommodation a guesthouse. (lunch and dinner included)Day 2After breakfast, departure for Ukraine. Stop in Rakhiv on the spot where some used to say stands the geographical center of Europe. Continue the journey with the visit of Kolomeea Hutsul Easter painted eggs museum. Lunch in a restaurant. Arrive to Chernivtsi in late afternoon. Accommodation in a 4* hotel.(breakfast included, lunch and dinner not included)Day 3Breakfast and departure for Podillya region. Meet a local guide and visit Khotyn medieval fortress, one of the main attractions in Chernivtsi area. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the fortress and the museum-city of Kamianets-Podilskyi, part of UNESCO heritage and ranked as third in cultural importance in Ukraine after Kiev and Lviv. Get back to Chernivtsi in late afternoon.(breakfast included, lunch and dinner not included)Day 4After breakfast, you shall meet the local guide for the Chernivtsi city tour. Ranking third in size within the Austrian Empire, after Vienna and Prague, Chernivtsi is intriguingly beautiful and mysterious. Visit Chernivtsi university (UNESCO heritage) and, time permitting, in the afternoon, do some shopping in the largest outdoor market in Ukraine. Departure for Bucovina. Dinner with the locals and accommodation in a rural guesthouse.(breakfast and dinner included, lunch not included).Day 5After breakfast, visit the most complete and best preserved of the painted monasteries in Bucovina: Sucevita. If looking for spiritual perfection, you may find inspiration here, watching the Ladder of Virtues fresco scene. Continue with the painted monastery of Moldovita. Lunch on the way. Head for Voronet painted monastery to visit the most famous of all eight painted monasteries included in UNESCO heritage. Get back to Cluj in late afternoon. End of the tour.(breakfast included, lunch and dinner not included)