Romania holiday | UNESCO Painted Monasteries and Iasi
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Come and discover one of the most beautiful regions in Romania. You are going to explore the picturesque Bucovina and Neamt areas including the famous painted monasteries, part of the UNESCO Patrimony and discover the rural way of living in the villages where traditions are still passed on from generation to generation. At the end of the tour we will dedicate our time to Iasi, in order to enjoy the charming of the most romantic city in Romania.
- Informative, friendly and professional guide that will give you a comprehensive tour to understand the culture and local life;
- Entrance fees for the sights included in itinerary;
- Accommodation for 3 nights in comfortable and cozy rooms;
- Transportation in a modern car/minivan;
- 3 Generous breakfast buffets with fresh local products;
- Egg dyeing workshop;
- A visit to a small village for tasting wild fruit jams.
- Airline tickets;
- Travel insurance;
- Meals, other than mentioned in the itinerary and alcoholic beverages;
- Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary;
- Photography fees;
- Tips for driver or tour guide;
- Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs, etc.
Arrival and Iasi city tour
Upon arriving in Iasi, our tour guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to Iasi. This beautiful city is the result of hundreds of years of history, culture, and religion, that blend in perfectly with the occidental influences developed here in the latest years.
We will take a stroll through the Stephen the Great Boulevard, and discover some of the bohemian atmospheres of the city. We will admire the Rozoveanu Palace, which is home to the city hall, and the oldest national theatre in Romania, the „Vasile Alecsandri” National Theatre. We will also explore two of Iasi’s most important religious sites, the Three Hierarchs Church and the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Next up we will visit the most important landmark of Iasi, the Palace of Culture. The palace was recently refurbished, and it is home to the Moldova National Museum Complex. Inside, we will also visit the Clock Tower, where you will be witness to the special process that produces the national tunes which mark the hours.
Next, we will visit the Golia Monastery, a place surrounded by peace and serenity, which offers an impressive view over the city from its tower.
Our last stop will be at the Library of the „Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University, one of the most majestic libraries in the world according to Bored Panda. The library is permanently open, and it is home to approximately one million books.
Overnight in Iasi
Iasi – Gura Humorului
In the morning we will leave for Gura Humorului, a town located in the heart of Bukovina. Gura Humorului is one of the most beautiful, authentic, and unspoiled rural areas in Europe, and it is home to the famous Painted Churches of Bukovina, included in the UNESCO patrimony.
Our first stop will be at the crown jewel of the Painted Monasteries, Voronet. The Voronet Monastery is famous due to its frescoes painted in a shade of blue whose composition remains a mystery to the modern world.
After Voronet, we will visit another painted monastery, Moldovita. Here, you will be witness to the art of egg dyeing, a craft which is specific to this region of the country.
Our trip continues with a trip to a traditional village located where the time seems to have stood still. Its inhabitants are the Hutsuls, an ancient mountain tribe scattered along the Carpathian Mountains. We will discover their traditions and culture, which are based on family and on nature.
In the evening will return in Gura Humorului for a traditional dinner.
Overnight in Gura Humorului
Gura Humorului – Sucevita – Neamt Fortress – Nicolae Popa Museum – Iasi
Our third day starts with a trip to Sucevita, a Painted Monastery surrounded by fortified walls. The religious edifice is part of the UNESCO heritage and was built in a Moldavian style, with Gothic and Byzantine influences. Its murals are dominated by the color green, obtained through an ancient technique from natural pigments.
At Marginea, we will discover the famous art of black pottery, where local craftsmen create beautiful pottery objects via techniques that were passed throughout generations.
Our next stop is at the Neamt Fortress, an important military and historical landmark that survived the siege of Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople.
Before heading back to Iasi, we will step inside a private peasant museum. The museum has the name of Nicolae Popa, a local sculptor and a true creator of folklore. Here, you can witness his creation and try on the ritual masks and traditional costumes. On our way back to Iasi, we will visit a beautiful village and an important center for promoting the traditional crafts. The village is famous for making diverse flavors of jam. You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to try the delicious homemade products!
In the evening we will reach Iasi.
Overnight in Iasi
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport.
In what languages can the tour be organized?
By default, the tour is organized in English, but it can be organized in French and German upon request.
What is the pick-up location?
We will pick you up from the airport.
At what time does the tour start?
The tour starts at 09:00.