Day trip to Bukovina | Iași and UNESCO Painted Monasteries Tour

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  • Holiday Type
    Day trips
  • Activity Level Leisurely

Admire the famous Painted Monasteries of Bukovina in a one-day trip from Iasi. Your tour will include visits to three of the most important UNESCO sites in Bukovina (Moldovita Monastery, Voronet Monastery, Sucevita Monastery), as well as to the pottery workshop in Marginea, renowned for its black pottery.

  • Voronet Monastery (UNESCO)
  • Moldovita Monastery (UNESCO)
  • Marginea Black Pottery
  • Sucevita Monastery (UNESCO)
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Entrance fees for the sights included in the itinerary (Painted Monasteries and Marginea Pottery Workshop);
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide;
  • Transport with a modern, well-equipped car, minibus, or coach;
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off;
  • Bottle of water.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Lunch (approx. €13/person);
  • Photography fees;
  • Tips for the tour guide.
  1. Itinerary Welcome to Bukovina

    Enjoy a one-day tour in Bukovina, home to one of the world’s greatest art treasures: the Painted Monasteries, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. We will start our tour with a visit to Romania’s most renowned monastery: Voronet, a jewel of the UNESCO Northern Heritage, whose frescoes – featuring an intense shade of blue – have become famous throughout the world. Not far from here is the Sucevita Monastery, a beautifully painted monastery dominated by a shade of green. Our next stop will be at the Moldoviţa Monastery, an architectural masterpiece in the Byzantine style. The last visit for the day will be at Marginea, a famous folk art center, best known for the black ceramics which are made here. You will witness the craft of molding clay, according to a technique unique in the world. Afterward, you will be transferred back to Iasi.

    Starting time: 08:00 AM

    Trip duration: 12 hours


    Voronet Monastery was built in 1488 in record time: three months, three weeks and three days, today being part of the UNESCO heritage. The exterior murals have preserved their hues despite centuries of inclement weather, but the ingredients used in preparing the paints are still a mystery. The scenes in the murals depict, like a movie, the history of Christianity, presented in an original manner, very much influenced by folk beliefs, by the Eastern culture, but also by the Orthodox thought.

    Sucevita Monastery is the newest of the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina, and it was included in the UNESCO Heritage in 1993. It was built in a Moldavian style, with Gothic and Byzantine influences. The murals are dominated by a shade of green, obtained through an ancient technique from natural pigments.

    Moldovita Monastery, included in the UNESCO heritage in 1993, was built between 1532 and 1537. For hundreds of years, the murals were the only way uneducated country dwellers could learn about the teachings of the Bible. The frescoes are an immense color illustration of Biblical scenes, adapted to the history of the place and to the important moments in the life of the community.

    Marginea Black Pottery – In Northern Romania, the Dacian pottery tradition is carried on by a handful of craftsmen who manufacture black ceramic, according to an atypical process. The pottery made here is famous worldwide, shaped by hand by the craftsmen, fired and then polished, also by hand. The black color of the vessels is due to the firing process. This one is carried out according to an ancient technique, transmitted from generation to generation, the secrets of which have never left Marginea.

In what languages can the tour be organized?

The tour can only be organized in English.

What is the pick-up location?

We will pick you up from the hotel, or from the requested location.

At what time does the tour start?

The tour starts at 08:00.

Overall Rating
Leianne C
Reviewed On 08/07/2017

I booked the Monastery tour to the UNESCO World Heritage monasteries. At 8 am Mihei picked me up at my hotel, and we were off--I was the only one signed up and did I get a WONDERFUL trip! Mihei was gracious and knowledgeable and the 12 hours really went by quickly as we drove through beautiful rolling farmlands to see the three best-preserved sites. They were beautiful! And uncrowded on a beautiful blue sky day. These fortress monasteries were established by royal patrons to secure the frontier, and every inch of them are painted, inside and out. The iconography for the eastern orthodox church is similar but different from the Catholic frescoes that you see in western Europe. Mihei gave me a good understanding of the history and culture of Romania. It was a delightful day! Generated from TripAdvisor

Justin P
Reviewed On 09/06/2017

We took a day trip of the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina and it was an amazing treat. Rolandia was incredible to work with (the tour was booked less than a week in advance and were very flexible with the pickup and drop off). Our guide, Mihai, made the trip much more informative and enjoyable. At the 3 monasteries that we went to, he provided a comprehensive history and relevant commentary about the meanings of the paintings. The similarities and differences in each of the churches stood out all the much clearer. Would highly recommend a tour with Rolandia. Generated from TripAdvisor

Reviewed On 03/11/2016

I would like to take the time and recommend this tour for anyone that wants to discover the beautiful Romania. This tour was very pleasant was very informative, and very well organized so I would like to recommend it to everyone. Also, I would like take the time to tell you about our guide Mr. Niku. Never before I met such a guide. This guide working for Rolandia tours is the most informative the most humble guide I have ever met. He took us to the Bucovina area he was our driver and our guide. This is one of the most recommended guide that you must take when you arrive to the Iasi area. When you do and take Rolandia tours as your agency, please ask for Mr. Niku to be your guide. You will never be sorry taking this guide, I fully recommend this tour for anyone and I fully advise everyone who takes this tour to ask for Mr.Niku to be your guide.

George M
Reviewed On 20/08/2016

Very nice tour. Our guide, George, was very knowledgeable, considerate, and a good driver. The monasteries were worth seeing. We would recommend this tour highly.

Paul Smith
Reviewed On 03/08/2016

We took this tour last week to the Painted Monasteries in Romania. We booked through Rolandia and they were very responsive and quick with answering all our emails leading up to the trip. Our guide, Mihai made the trip a wonderful experience in so many ways. He is really great and outgoing and happens to be a good photographer, so he was happy to snap some pictures of us and of the places that we visited. The monasteries were lovely and the whole trip in this beautiful land was an amazing experience. I highly recommend this tour! Generated from TripAdvisor