Discover Moldova & Bucovina

9 days (8 nights)

Bucharest

Arrive at Henri Coanda International Airport. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
In the afternoon explore the town and enjoy the very best of Bucharest: Romanian Athenaeum,
Triumph Arch, Village Museum, Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, Palace of Parliament, The National Museum of Art, National Library.
Overnight in Bucharest.

Day 1

Bucharest – Sinaia – Rasnov – Liberty Bear Sanctuary - Brasov

After breakfast, meet your guide and begin your journey to Sinaia , a mountain resort in Prahova County at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains. In Sinaia visit Peles Castle – a Neo-Renaissance castle placed in an idyllic setting, Pelisor Palace and Sinaia Monastery.
Continue with visiting Rasnov Fortress, a small town inside a fort at the top of a large steep hill. The views from up here are amazing.

Libearty Bear Sanctuary, the next stop, is the biggest brown bear sanctuary in Europe and has the largest surface in the world. Here you can see happy bears in their natural environment. Overnight in Brasov.

Day 2
195 Km

Brasov – Prejmer – Ana Lake – Rosu Lake – Bicaz Gorges – Ceahlaul Mountain – Petru Voda – Sihastria

Start the morning with Brasov town tour – Council Square, Black Church, The Council House, Merchants House, Brasov Fortress, Schei Gate, Ecaterina Gate from 1540 and the rope street the narrowest street in Europe.

Then depart to Prejmer, a fortified church, UNESCO world heritage site.
The next stop is at St Ann’s lake, the only intact volcanic lake in Europe. A small chapel is situated close to the lake.
Continue to Bicaz Gorges, a narrow pass linking Transylvania to the historical Romanian region of Moldavia. The 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.

En route to Petru Voda monastery visit Ceahlaul massif, one of the most notorious mountains of Romania, often called “The Romanian Olympus.”
Petru Voda is a new and beautiful monastery, built under the guidance of a monk considered to be one of the great religious man in Romania.

Finish the day with Sihastria, a very beautiful and special monastery, a place full of inwardness and serenity.

Day 3
361 Km

Sihastria – Secu Monastery - Zimbra Reserve Dragos Voda – Neamt Monastery – Vanatori Natu- ral Park - Agapia – Varatec – Tg Neamt

After breakfast start your private driver tour to Secu Monastery, representative for the Moldavian architectural style from the end of the XVI century and the beginning of the XVII century. It is made out of stone, in the shape of a clover with a big open tower.

Then, enjoy your visit at Bison Reserve Dragos Voda, situated in the Neamt Natural Park. The bison is is the hardest surviving wild land animal in Europe, classified as an endangered species.

Continue the tour with three of the moldavian monastery: Neamt, Agapia and Varatec, special places full of beauty, spirit, peace and serenity.
Agapia is famous in the world because of the frescoes painted by the great painter Nicolae Grigorescu.
The next stop is at Neamt fortress – one of the most important medieval fortress in Romania. It was recently restaured and it brings back plenty of the 14th and 15th century’s atmosphere. The castle stands on a hill overlooking the little town and the views are terrific.

Day 4
65 Km

Tg Neamt – Salt mine Cacica – Voronet – Moldovita – Sucevita – Putna

In the early morning visit the salt mine Cacica, one of the “must see” attractions in Suceava area. Inside the mine you can also find a museum, with interesting information about the history of the place and the tools used by the miners to extract the salt.

The Bucovina monasteries are unique due to the fact that the frescos are not only on the inside but also on the outside. This is something that can be seen on some other monasteries as well in Romania (in Brasov for instance) but not this excellent condition. It is a small wonder that these paintings are still visible after so many ages.

Voronet, together with Moldovita and Sucevita monasteries have all beautifully painted outside walls, repre- senting several Biblical scenes, including the final judgement. They are still well preserved, being now part of Unesco World heritage.
The journey continues to Putna, one of the most beautiful monasteries in Moldova and one of the biggest mon- asteries and a landmark for Romanian, an UNESCO World Heritage. It’s the place where a great Romanian king, Stephen the Great, has his tomb.

Day 5
202 Km

Putna – Dragomirna – Suceava – Ipotesti – Iasi

Start the day with a visit at Dragomirna Monastery. It impress by the contrast of the massive walls and the lace of her stone tower – a variety of ornaments, decorations and architecture.
Dragomirna is unique among the other Bucovina Painted Monasteries because the builders replaced the exterior frescoes with amazing lace-like stone carvings.

The next stop will be in Suceava, once the capital of Moldova (1388 – 1565). The town has some noteworthy attractions of its own, including Saint George’s Church, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Bucovina Ethno- graphic Museum, with its valuable folk costumes collection and traditional items exhibits, and the remains of the Princely Court, Suceava’ s main tourist site.

Continue with the memorial house of Mihai Eminescu, the greatest Romanian poet, in Ipotesti. Late in the afternoon arrive in Iasi. Overnight in Iasi.

Day 6
234 Km

Iasi

This morning explore Iasi town, one of the most important education and research centers of the country. The tour highlights: Vasile Alecsandri National Theater (the oldest in Romania), the Moldova State Philharmonic, the Opera House, the Tătărași Athenaeum, a famous Botanical Garden (the oldest and largest in Romania), the Central University Library (the oldest in Romania).

In the afternoon you have free time to spend in The Copou Park, a historic park located in the Copou Hill neighborhood. Overnight in Iasi.

Day 7

Iasi – Panciu- Focsani – Bucharest

After the breakfast, take the road to Bucharest.
You stop at Panciu, a renowned vineyard placed on the piedmont steps of the Curvature Sub-Carpathians. Here you will find some of the best wines in Eastern Europe. Overnight in Bucharest.

Day 8
436 Km

Bucharest

In the morning transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Day 9

Tour available as
private or group tour

Accomodation

  • 4* or 5 * hotels in cities
  • Typical Romanian guesthouses chosen for location (landscape, privacy) or character
  • Very good quality lodges

Service level

  • English speaking local tour guide and driver for a good cultural interaction
  • Itineraries customized (if asked) according to your interests and schedule
  • Plenty of points of interest to visit
  • Around the clock support in each destination during the tour
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