Discover the Northern Regions of Romania - Tour of Bucovina and Maramures

Tour ID: 1117
Tour Theme: Historic and Cultural Tours
Countries: Romania
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
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Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1:
- Your English-speaking driver/guide will pick you up from your location in Bucharest (Hotel, Airport, etc...)
- Upon arrival check in hotel
- First night at your leisure
- Overnight in Bucharest
Option A: Berthelot Hotel ****
Option B: Venezia Hotel***

Day 2:
- Breakfast.
- After we depart from Bucharest and start our way to the north region of Romania â“ Bucovina, the land of painted monasteries and traditions.
- On the way stop for visits at Agapia and Varatec monasteries.
- The New Agapia Monastery (Agapia-in-the-Valley) - its saints patrons are "The Archangels Mihail & Gavril". This monastery houses nuns.. The front sides of the monastery are covered outside with paintings of neoclassical inspiration.
- The Varatec Monastery
is a rather recent monastic settlement. Like the big church Agapia has its neo-Classical elements, but these are synthesised with a traditional Moldavian style which includes a line of neo-Byzantine blind arcading under the eaves. The monastery has a museum that hosts many valuable religious objects and books mostly made by the nuns. Apart from museum, Varatec has studios for carpet waving, embrodery and icon painting
- End the day in the Voronet â“ Gura Humorului area.
- Overnight in Gura Humorului or Vornet
Option A: Hilde's Residence****
Option B: Doina Guesthouse***

Day 3:
- Breaskfast
- Today we visit some of the World famous Painted Monasteries
- 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.
- 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.
Last stop at Marginea Black Pottery. The Ceramics of Marginea are well known all over the world, the beginning of the pottery in Marginea was dated by the historians around 1500. One can visit. Romanian pottery is still made mainly on traditional kick-wheels with simple finishing tools. Visit the workshop and the store.
- End the day back in the Voronet â“ Gura Humorului area.
- Overnight in Gura Humorului or Vornet
Option A: Hilde's Residence****
Option B: Doina Guesthouse***

Day 4:
- Breakfast.
- Starting the day visiting the monastery from Voronet. 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.
- Then we cross the Carpathians Mountains to go in Mramaures â“ the land of traditions and wooden churches. View of the mountains is really impressive for travellers.
- First stop at Ieud where we can visit the oldest wodden church made in to the 14-een century (UNESCO). Another stop at The Maramuresâ™s Woman Museum from Dragomiresti, where you can learn about maramuresean traditions and way of live. You can have also a good photo in a Maramuresean folk costume.
- Last stop of the day is at the Barsana Monastery (UNESCO ) a large monastic complex comprising of several wooden buildings, all constructed in the local style , including the wooden church . The Gate Tower is the higher wooden building from Europe.
- Overnight in Sighet
Option B: Borlean Guesthouse***

Day 5:
- Breakfast.
- In the morning we visit the city of Sighet. Most important sights are: Museum of Communist Horror â“ a former communist prison, Village Museum - an open air museum with traditional houses from the area of Maramures and House of Ellie Wiesel, a
- Next stop is at Sapanta and visit the famous Merry Cemetery, truly one of the most unique sites in Europe. It is famous for its colourful tombstones with native paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The Merry Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction.
- In the afternoon we arrive at Baia Mare - the capital of Maramures County. Panoramic tour of the city center.
- Overnight in Baia Mare
Option A: Rivulus Hotel ****
Option B: Hotel***

Day 6:
- Breakfast.
- Today is a long drive (7-8 hours driving). On the route possible stops at Cluj-Napoca, a panoramic tour of the city center or/and at Sighisoara - 1 hour for a visit in medieval citadel.
- Finally arriving to the medieval town of Brasov
- Overnight in Brasov
Option A: Casa Wagner***
Option B: Flamingo Guesthouse***

Day 7:
- Breakfast.
- Make our way to Bucharest, depending on flight departure time we can arrange a visit at the Peles Castle in Sinaia - the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania, the Peles Castle is 44 kilometres far from Brasov, in Sinaia, a well-known mountain resort as well. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania where one can admire furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, collections of weapons from the 15th up to the19th centuries.
- Transfer to the airport and the final good-bye from your local guide

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