3 days
Duration
Bucovina, Moldavia
Regions
Cultural Tour, Private Tour, Short Tour
Tour Type

AN EXCELLENT 3-DAYS TOUR OF BUCOVINA MONASTERIES

This private three days Bucovina tour is the perfect option if you don’t have more time to visit whole Romania and you want to explore some of the most picturesque local treasures based in the beautiful Bucovina and Eastern Romania.

The masterpieces of Byzantine art, the painted monasteries of Bucovina are some of the greatest artistic monuments of Europe. All of them included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, these churches are one-of-a-kind architectural sites in Europe.

Book this 3 Days in Bucovina Tour for the best experience in Romania and for taking your holiday to the next level!

The tour can be personalised according to your time and points of interest.

Itinerary: Bucharest Airport – Egg-painting Workshop – Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries – Cacica Salt Mine – Black Pottery Workshop – Putna Monastery – Suceava Citadel – Bucharest Airport

DEPARTURE/RETURNBucharest
TRANSPORTATIONFully insured sedan/minivan with climate control and plane
TOURIST GUIDECertified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other languages at request)
4 UNESCO World Heritage SitesVoronet Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Moldovita Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Sucevita Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Humor Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS AND UNIQUE CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

  • Benefit of complete flexibility of having the tour tailored on your requirements, in terms of the route, the duration and the features of the tour;
  • Enhance your experience through our choices of tours to match your particular interests and traveling style;
  • Visit through our exclusively designed tours and cultural connections in Bucovina no less than 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites;
  • Enjoy the exceptional knowledge and expertise of Romania’s top rated licensed tourist guide with excellent reviews;
  • Enjoy traditional Bucovina delight specialities, authentic local dining in our traditional home in Bucovina at dinner and lunch;
  • Enjoy 2 nights of accommodation at full of character, centrally located building in Bucovina;
  • Meet local egg painter artist and potter in their workshops and learn about the traditional arts & crafts;
  • Make the most of your tour experience through our exclusively designed tours with all admissions included and not just only guided walks.
DEPARTURE/RETURNBucharest (it can be changed at your request)
TRANSPORTATIONFully insured sedan/minivan with climate control and plane
TOURIST GUIDECertified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other languages at request)
INCLUDED
3 nights at three and four star hotels, all centrally locatedNatural, authentic and local culinary experiences
Breakfast every dayOne traditional lunch
One home hosted dinnerEntrance fees to museums and sites included as per itinerary
Fuel, parking fees, local taxes and still/sparkling water in the car includedAirplane tickets from Bucharest to Suceava and return
Egg painting demonstrationBlack Pottery workshop visit
Guided tours at all sitesDetailed map of Romania
Certified English-Speaker tourist guide specialized in Romanian culture and history
NOT INCLUDED
Health insuranceSouvenirs
Alcoholic beveragesHotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
Meals, other than those included in the itineraryGratuities of any kind
Photo/video fees at sites and museums

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Day 1: Bucharest Airport – Suceava

Your 3 Days in Bucovina tour will start with a flight to Suceava International Airport at 9:30PM. We will make your transport to the airport from the hotel in Bucharest. In Suceava you will be greeted by your certified English-speaking tourist guide. You will be transfer to your 4* hotel located in the city center with a short orientation tour.
***Optional: Three day Republic of Moldavia Extension with Tiraspol Tour (requires three extra days)
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Day 2: Bucovina Painted Monasteries (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) & Traditional Lunch – Egg Painting Workshop – Home Hosted Dinner

After the breakfast, we will start our fascinating day with the visit to the unique 15th – 16th century Painted Monasteries of Bucovina: “The big four” – the Voronet Painted Monastery, the Moldovita Painted Monastery, the Sucevita Painted Monastery and the Humor Painted Monastery; all of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The first is Voronet Painted Monastery, the most famous out of all, known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Orient” and featuring one the best Last Judgment fresco in this part of the world. Here the Voronet Blue is consider by the specialists to be unique in the world, and as known as Rubes red or the Veronese green.
Later, we will visit an egg-painter artist and we will learn more about this tradition, this being one of the ancient local traditions of the Bucovina region. You will also have the chance to admire painted eggs from all over the world.
Next is Moldovita Painted Monastery with it’s towers on the both corners of the facade and a powerful tower for the gate. At the lunch, enjoy a traditional Bucovina lunch in the picturesque village of Sucevita. Later continue to the nearby Sucevita Painted Monastery, which is the largest of all, looking more like a mighty fortress than a monastery. Inside, the Virtues Ladder is considered one of the best of the frescoes from Bucovina, being the most impressive by its amplitude and the contrast between angles and hell’s chaos.
The last monastery is Humor Painted Monastery, the only one without a belfry tower.
Next, we will have the chance to taste a home hosted dinner, a true cultural interchange. After arriving at the 4* hotel in Gura Humorului the evening is at your leisure.
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Day 3: Customs and Traditions Museum – Cacica Salt Mine – Black Pottery Workshop – Putna Fortified Monastery – Suceava Citadel – Bucharest Airport

We will start your last day after the hotel breakfast with the Folk Traditions Museum of Bucovina, where we will see all the typical Bucovina household arrangement and traditional costumes for different moments of their life and main celebrations throughout the year. These traditions stretch back to pre-Christian times and are unique to the region.
After this incursion in the local history, we will visit the Cacica Salt Mine, which was carved out and constructed by Polish miners with the use of tools such as pickaxes, and shovels. No heavy machinery such as excavators or tractors were used during any phase of its construction. To enter inside the Cacica Salt Mine you must first descend, roughly a few hundred, fir-wood steps which were constructed over 200 years ago. The steps are the same ones that were placed and used by the original Polish miners.
Next, we will visit the workshop of black pottery, the historians date the beginning of pottery here in 1500, they use a technique called “oxygen reduction”, and same technique is use in Mexico only.
After the Black Pottery Workshop, we will visit one of the first and the most important creations of the Stephan the Great Voievode. Putna Monastery, which was built in 1481 have a different style than the other monasteries from Bucovina in an obvious Gothic influences. The walled porch, the burial vault and the chamber of the tombs are considered as elements which appeared for the first time in the history of Moldavian architecture.
The last stop is the 14th-century citadel built in Suceava. It was never conquered by fighting, even that the citadel faced some dreadful sieges and battles with Sobieski’s Polish and with the Turkish led by Mahomet II, Constantinople’s conqueror.
Next, you will be transfer to your 4* hotel located in the city center after the visit at the citadel.

Your 3 Days in Bucovina tour will finish with your flight to Henri Coanda International Airport at 5:45 in the morning. We will make your transport to the airport from the hotel.
***Optional: Two day Black Sea & Danube Delta Extension with Danube Delta Private Cruise accompanied by certified skipper (requires two extra days)
***Optional: You can choose a Bucharest City Tour (requires one extra day)
NOTE: The tour is further customizable.

3 Days in Bucovina Tour Map

Extra full day Bucharest City Tour

After the breakfast, we will start the visit of the capital city of Romania. The day starts with a visit to the Village Museum, one of the most impressive open-air museums in Europe with century old original peasant households from all parts of Romania.
After, we will visit the world’s largest, heaviest and most expensive administrative building, the Palace of Parliament. Between the two communist landmarks, we will have a panoramic tour of the city with Victory Square and Avenue, Royal Palace and Revolution Square and a short stop and visit of the Romanian Athenaeum. Next, we will attend a visit to the former residence of Ceausescu family, the last communist leader of the Socialist Republic of Romania. In contradistinction with the Ceausescu former residence we will have an incursion back in time, in the communist time, where you will have the opportunity to experience life in the 80’s with the help of authentic decor and furniture, working appliances and household accessories, local drinks and homemade snacks and historical and archive footage.
Before arriving in the old city center we will stop in the Cotroceni Neighborhood where we will visit the Presidential Palace and a typical 1930s Bucharest Residence.
In the late afternoon, we will reach Bucharest’s Old Town, with the ruins of the Old Princely Court, known as Dracula’s residence, where the legend says that Vlad the Impaler was keeping his prisoners. We will take a sightseeing tour of this part of the city, filled with lively cafes and street food to see why the nickname of Bucharest is “The Little Paris”. The rest of the evening is on your own.

Two day Black Sea & Danube Delta Extension with Danube Delta Private Cruise accompanied by certified skipper

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Extra Day 1: Bucharest – Constanta Walking Tour – Histria Fortress – Tulcea

Begin your extension tour of the Black Sea and Danube Delta with an early morning departure to the Black Sea Coast, to Constanta – the largest seaport on the Black Sea, established in the 4th century BC as a Greek colony. The drive from Bucharest will take approximately three hours, crossing the Danube into the region of Dobrogea and driving along the famous Danube-Black Sea Canal. The city tour of Constanta will take you to the Secession style Casino and the Genoese Lighthouse. In the National Museum of Archaeology, we will see the fabulous Glykon Serpent and the wonderfully restored Roman Mosaic – one of the largest in this part of Europe. In the afternoon drive to Mamaia – Romania’s largest sea resort, established by King Carol I of Romania in the second half of the 19th century and then continue north to the ruins of the ancient town of Histria. In the early evening we will arrive to Tulcea located right at the entrance in the Danube Delta. Hotel check in. Dinner on your own.
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Extra Day 2: Danube Delta Private Cruise with Lunch – Bucharest Airport

After the early breakfast, you will explore, in your private boat the youngest territory in the world, the Danube Delta started to form just 10,000 years ago and is still in the process of formation. On your exclusively cruise you will have the chance to admire the Danube scenic beauty and wildlife – it is known as the birdwatchers paradise, so simply relax while browsing through the narrow channels. A fauna specialist tour guide and skipper, who knows all the channels, will lead your tour. A great opportunity for you to watch birds and to admire nature. The Delta cuisine is certain to provide an interesting lunch experience, the lunch will be served on the ship.
After the tour we will drive back to Henri Coanda International Airport for your afternoon return flight.

Three day Republic of Moldavia Extension with Tiraspol Tour

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Extra Day 1: Bucovina – Iasi City Tour – Soroca

We will begin the three-day extension with the tour of Iasi city, the unofficial capital of the Moldavian region of Romania, here we will explore the Palace of Culture, the once gold-plated Church of the Three Hierarchs, Golia Monastery and the Neoclassical National Theatre. After this incursion, we will cross the Prut River in Republic of Moldavia, outside of the European Union. On the route enjoy the countryside to Soroca, the town that hosts the greatest and most impressive fortress in Republic of Moldavia. Before reaching the hotel we will visit a different part of the Soroca town, named the Gypsy Hill, where the Gypsy community built a neighbourhood of palaces. After this hotel check in and dinner on your own.
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Extra Day 2: Soroca Fortress – Old Orhei with Traditional Lunch – Cricova Wine Cellars – Chisinau City Tour

After the breakfast, we will start the day with a visit to the one of the best well-preserved fortresses of Europe, established by the Moldavian Prince Stephen the Great in 1499.
Next, we travel south, stopping at the outstanding cave monastery of Old Orhei, which is organically combines the natural landscape and vestiges of ancient civilizations. A home-made lunch will be served in the village with the same name.
In the afternoon, you head to Cricova, where you will visit the largest wine cellar in the world and where you will enjoy some of the best Moldavian wines. The winery Cricova was founded in 1952 and it is one of the few wineries which produce sparkling wine using the Champagne Method. Before reaching the hotel, we will visit the capital city of Republic of Moldavia, which is one of the greenest city in Europe. The tour will reveal the Arch of Triumph, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Chisinau with the Belfry Tower and the Parliament of Moldavia. To have a sweet evening we will have a short stop at the famous “Bucuria” shop, which is the greatest enterprise specialized in the production of candies. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.

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Extra Day 3: Bender Fortress – Tiraspol Tour – Bucovina

The last day in Republic of Moldavia will be an incursion in the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). It officially belongs to Moldova and is its second largest city.
First, we will visit Bender Fortress, which was built in one the most powerful of the medieval cities of Moldavia – Tighina, which was an important trade outpost. Later we will cross Dnister in Transnistria, where you will understand why this is the world’s last Soviet republic in fact.
In Tiraspol we will visit Suvorov Plaza & Monument, Memorial of the WW2 and Afghanistan war, Lenin statue and more.
After the walking tour in Tiraspol we will go back to Bucovina, crossing back Prut River in Romania.
Moldovita Painted Monastery by Holiday to Romania
Sucevita Painted Monastery by Holiday to Romania
Humor Painted Monastery by Holiday to Romania
Moldovita Painted Monastery Fresco
Sucevita Painted Monastery
Sucevita Painted Monastery Fresco
Suceava Royal Court by Holiday to Romania
Suceava Royal Court Citadel
Smoked Bacon and Cheese Sampling by Holiday to Romania

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
Ome L.
March 19, 2017

My husband and I had a super tour of the top 5 monasteries of Suceava in Romania . Our tour lady guide & driver was a university graduate in Law who spoke perfect English, good safe driving in a reasonable car with seat belt, very knowledgeable with the top five monasteries that we were visiting, patient , very considerate about providing us enough time for pictures taking as well as maximum viewing of the sites especially with friendly rapport with some of the residents nuns and monks which made life smoother for us while visiting. Some of the wonderful frescoes both outside and inside the monasteries were so well painted and designed even though back many years ago were all very enlightening for us all.

Gall I.
October 4, 2017

We had family trip with Dan of 3 days from Bucharest airport to Bucovina. We were with my elderly father 92 years old who has visited his childhood village in Moldova. Dan was respectful, patient, flexible, understanding and accommodating.
He gave us a professional guided tour.
It was a joy traveling with him and highly recommended

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