Bucovina and Republic of Moldova Tour

Tour ID: 1235
Tour Theme: Moldova Tours
Countries: Romania, Moldova
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
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Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1:
Arriving on the Bucharest your local driver/guide will meet you and transfer to the hotel.
- overnight in Bucharest
ACCOMMODATION: Phoenicia Hotel ****

Day 2:
- Breakfast.
- Enjoy a Panoramic tour of Bucharest - capital of Romania, a large city with a population over 2 million inhabitants. The history of Bucharest came from XV century. The very famous Romanian ruler, Vlad the Impaler, establish his Royal Court at Bucharest, fact which will improve the city's development. The "Golden Age" for Bucharest was in the period between the two World Wars when the city was called "The Little Paris". A lot of important buildings and architecture style belong to that period.
- Main sights of the tour are: Parliament Palace, Victory Palace, Triumphal Arch, Royal Palace, Revolution Square, Old District, House of Free Press, etc.
Than we'll depart on the route to Iasi, an important city of Romania, located in North-East region near to the border with Moldova. We'll continue our route to the border in Moldova Republic and we'll arrive at Chisinau - the Capital of Moldova Republic.
- Overnight in Chisinau
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Codru****

Day 3:
- Breakfast.
- In the morning meet with your local specialized guide and visit Orheiul Vechi, a medieval town and interesting museum complex, existing from the ancient times. The first stop is at Gangura-Parcalab fortress, that refers to the period of reighn of Stephan the Great - the famous Moldavian ruler.
- Near is the museum of archeological discovery who present all types of crockery from different periods and settlements.
- On the territory of the museum complex we can visit 2 objects of religious culture: Sacrific Uspennsk rocking church, built by monarchs-hermits in XII-XIII centuries and a small church built at the beginning of XV th century by Tucks at the time when the town Shehr-ali-Dgedid existed on this territory. Passing along the river Raur, we can enter in two small rooms, made in rock- Bosia monarchy that once was owned by the Moldavian ruler Vlaicu Pircalab in the XVII century. Here are preserved inscriptions on the walls, in old Slavic languages.
- If you visit a Butuceni village, you have the possibility to enter small house. The majority of Moldavian population before XIX - beginning of the XX century lived in such houses. You will see the famous Casa Mare, decorated by products of handwork, loom, household effects,that is not used today, bur exists in museums. You should enter in one more house, decorated by a well-disposed man. Here you can see a big collection of antique things, that people found in their gardens.
- Than we'll go for a wine tour at Chateau Vartely, a modern tourist complex with hotel, restaurant and tasting rooms. You can choose from 3 tasting packages High Quality, Selected Wines, World Collection.
- Return to Chisinau.
- Overnight
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Codru****

Day 4:
- Breakfast.
- Starting with a panoramic tour of Chisinau, visits at the most important cultural and religious monuments from the Capital of Moldova.
- In the second part of the day we'll have another chance to taste and enjoy the very known Moldavian wines. We'll go at Milestii Mici Wine Caves. Milestii Mici galleries lasts over 200 kilometers and were noted in Guinness World Records Book as the most large wine collection in Europe. Golden Collection contains over 2 million bottles of harmonious wines.
- The wines stored here are made of various years' crops, beginning with the 1968 to 1991. The spirit of the age is very well felt here, in this underground wine city, emerged from wide tunnels. You can pass by car these 200 km of natural lime galleries. The constant temperature of 12-14 ºC and the humidity of 85-95% of this "kingdom of wine" ideally contribute to the preservation of the Moldavian strategic stocks.
- Welcome to the wine depositary - once you see this marvel - to return here over and over again in search of the wine of your dreams! You'll have to choose between a some visiting, tasting and/or eating packages inside the cellar.
- Then we leave Chisinau and go back to Romania, where we'll continue our tour visiting Bucovina region.
- Overnight in Gura Humorului
ACCOMMODATION:  Hilde's Residence****

Day 5:
- Today we visit some of the World famous Painted Monasteries
- Moldovita (UNESCO): dates back from 1532 and is due to the ruling prince Petru Rares
It has the aspect of a fortress, with imposing towers and high, thick walls. The church has a three-cusped plan, as well as an open porch. It Is decorated with scenes from the 16th c Moldavian life. You can see here the best preserved frescoes, with fresh and vivid colors
- Sucevita : the last and the most magnificent monastic achievement among the painted monasteries in Bucovina , looks as a real fortress, with towers, buttresses and watch roads. Built in 1581, by one bishop, it was dedicated to the Assumption in 1584. Paintings of the Sucevita monastery were best preserved both on the outside and on the inside( Ladder of Virtue, the last Judgment, the tree of Jesse,)
- Putna : The beginnings of Putna Monastery, the most important religious, cultural and artistic centre in mediaeval Moldavia, take us back to the year 1466 when, upon the initiative of Prince Stephen the Great , a church of impressive dimensions was built on a patch of forest cleared for the purpose. The edifice was erected among 1466 and 1469 and consecrated in 1470; to it was added a few more buildings: a princely home standing on the southern side, outer walls and defence towers; all of them completed in 1481. Miniature painters, many embroiderers, icon makers, weavers, silversmiths, sculptors in wood and book-binders toiled on in the quiet atmosphere of the monks' cells at Putna. They continued valuable Romanian patterns and achieved works of great artistic value which today are the pride of all museums and libraries housing them.
- Special mention should be made of the sumptuous and elegant Four Gospels created here, adorned with miniatures in which perfect drawing combines with a motley color scheme in which gold prevails, as well as the fine embroideries (epitaphs, iconostasis curtains, coverings of tetrapods and of graves, stoles, etc.), many of them on show in the museum of the monastery.
- Overnight in Gura Humorului
ACCOMMODATION:  Hilde's Residence****

Day 6:
Breakfast and continue the visits of the Bucovina County.
- Voronet Monastery (UNESCO) : founded in 1488 by Stephen the Great . It is the most accomplished sample of artistic achievement in Moldavian architecture and painting . The doors of the porch have a Renaissance framing, whereas the stone carvings of the broken arches at the doors and windows belong to the Gothic style. Voronet Monastery had been dubbed the oriental Sistine Chapel , whereas Voronet Blue , a color obtained from lapis lazuli, entered in the lexicon of art alongside Titian red and Veronese green, and to this day has yet to be reproduced by natural means.
- Humor (UNESCO) : dates from 1530, this monastery was among the first churches to be painted , the frescoes were painted in 1535. Humor is painted in reddish brown ( from oriental madder pigment), colors are brilliant and truthful to nature.
- After we leave Bucovina and it's beauties and head back to Bucharest.
- Arriving in the evening and overnight
ACCOMMODATION:  Phoenicia Hotel****

Day 7:
- Then transfer to the Airport or continue this tour to Bulgaria with our partners, for more details click here

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