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The Moldavian Monasteries
- Bus tour
- 3 days
- Perfect for small or mid-sized groups
Bukovina, a small but beautiful region, with a charming landscape, wonderful mountains and woods, is considered to be the cradle of Romanian orthodoxy. The monasteries are adorned with rich fresco-cycles that decorate the inner walls, but also the outside walls. Thus, the scenes create a vivid, imposing image of the Christianity at that time.
Day 1: Sibiu – Gura Humorului
We drive to Sighișoara through the Hârtibaciu valley, where we find wonderful fortified churches in villages like Hosman, Agnita, and Apold. The old colonist settlements, today without any German inhabitants, offer a wonderful romantic view.
In Sighișoara, we admire the most beautiful medieval landscape in the country; it is often used as a film set. We visit the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the Citadel, the fortified walls and towers of the city, and also the birthplace of the Wallachian leader Vlad Dracul who later became known as Count Dracula in Gothic literature and film. Afterwards, we leave Transylvania and drive to the Red Lake and the Bicaz Gorge, an impressive natural monument with hundreds of meters of limestone-walls, towards Piatra Neamț. We visit the Agapia Monastery, with 500 nuns and novices, one of the largest monasteries in Europe. The last stop is the Neamț Monastery, a jewel of 15th century architecture. Dinner and accommodation in Gura Humorului.
Day 2: The Moldavian Monasteries
After breakfast, we visit the UNESCO-Monasteries in Bukovina, also known as the Moldavian Monasteries. First, we visit the Voroneț Monastery or ‘The Sistine Chapel of the East’, one of the best preserved monasteries of the 15th century. It is especially famous for the deep blue shade of its frescoes, known in Romania as ‘Voroneț Blue’. Next, we see the Moldovița Monastery where one of the nuns will tell us more about the everyday life of the nuns. Then, we go to Sucevița, the ‘Pearl of the Moldavian Monasteries’ and to the ceramics workshop from Marginea. Dinner at the hotel in Gura Humorului with folklore evening.
Day 3: Bistrița – Sibiu
City tour in Bistrița, a city whose culture was shaped by the presence of Transylvanian Saxons. We continue the journey through Târgu Mureș towards Biertan, the former diocesan town with an outstanding renovated fortified church. This also stands under the protection of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Sibiu.
– All 2 overnight stays with breakfast;
– All entry fees;
– Transport with bus according to the program;
– English speaking tour guide;