Voronet Monastery, Bucovina

Maramures, Bucovina & Danube Delta Tour – 5 days

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This five days program gives you the opportunity to discover some of the most important tourist objectives and beautiful landscapes in Romania. You will be traveling through the legendary and famous land of Transylvania, then head to Maramures where you will see impressive wooden churches but also traditional houses, Bucovina with its famous painted monasteries and finally Danube Delta, a unique natural reservation (UNESCO heritage).

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Tour type

private tour by car/minibus

Highlights of the trip

Sinaia Monastery, Peles royal castle, Brasov city, Sighisoara citadel, Barsana convent, Sapanta Merry Cemetery, Danube Delta natural reserve

Price

1239 Euros for 1 person; 699 Euros/person (group of 2 people); 539 Euros/person (group of 3 people); 439 Euros/person (group of 4-7 people); 399 Euros/person (group of 8-15 people).

Operating Days

from Wednesdays to Sundays, on request

Starting time

08:00 am

Duration

5 days

Departure point

pick-up & drop-off at your hotel (or any address in the city)

Language

English (other languages available on request for an additional fee)

Included

Transport by car/minibus, Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Bucharest, English speaking guide, 4 nights accommodation with breakfast included in double room at 3* hotels according to the program

Not included

Hotel extras; Entrance fees; Lunch and dinner

Itinerary

Day 1 – Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov – Sighisoara

Departure from Bucharest to Sinaia, also known as “The Pearl of the Carpathians”. This is a beautiful mountain resort located in the Carpathian mountains at 800 meters altitude. Here you will be visiting Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle built by the first King of Romania, Carol I, to be a summer Royal residence. The castle is an architectural beauty and very modern (for that time) being the first castle in Europe having electric power. From Sinaia we head to Brasov, an old medieval citadel, the most important commercial center from all the seven German Medieval Cities (Siebenbuergen). Visit the Old Town (the Historical Centre), followed by lunch. After this we start to Sighisoara, the only medieval citadel in Europe still populated (UNESCO heritage), being kept in the original form with the old medieval fortifications and the old towers. Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse in Sighisoara.

Day 2 – Sighisoara – Barsana – Sapanta – Sighetu Marmatiei
After the breakfast you will be driven toward the region of Maramures, a place where the purity of nature blends with the beauty of the old villages, a place where the locals kept untouched their traditions, where the carved wood represents a common way of building. Here you will visit the wooden church Barsana built in 1995, the most representative from all the wooden churces in Maramures and also “The Old Barsana” (UNESCO heritage), which was translated from the original place to another location using the old popular technique called “Dovetail”. Then, you will be driven nearby Sapanta village where you will admire the famous Merry Cemetery. The Merry Cemetery has gained originality and value by means of the chopped, carved and painted crosses on which the artisan has chiseled out versified epitaphs, most of them full of a remarkable sense of humor, particular to the area and to all the Romanians. The value of these works of art is recognized both at home and abroad. In the same village you will be visiting the highest wooden church in the world called Sapanta Peri (78 metres). Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse in Sighetul Marmatiei. Depending on the time, we may visit in the same city the most notorious communist prison in Romania.

Day 3 – Sighetu Marmatiei – Ciocanesti – Moldovita – Sucevita – Voronet – Gura Humorului
In the morning, you will leave behind Maramures entering into Bucovina known for its painted monasteries, but also for the traditional houses adorned with beautiful floral and geometrical motifs, for its traditions kept over the centuries and for its hospitable people. On our way, we will be driving by Prislop Pass (charming landscape) and the first stop will be in Ciocanesti village, an unique place where all the houses are painted with traditional motifs, in the same place being “The Painted Eggs Museum”. We continue to North to visit the painted monasteries, unique for the originals frescoes both on the inside & outside walls, still preserved in the original style (some of these monasteries being UNESCO heritage). First, you will be driven to Moldovita Monastery built in 1532, initially built as a monastery for monks and changed after as a convent for nuns. The second monastery will be Sucevita which is the largest of all, looking more like a mighty fortress than a monastery. The monastic place, as the last one to be painted on the exterior walls, boasts the best preserved frescoes of Bucovina. In the end you will visit the most famous painted monastery of all, Voronet Convent also known as “The Sixtine Chapel of the Orient”. Erected in 1488, Voronet Monastery represented one of the first Moldavian creative elements showing a distinctive style. The church is a combination of Byzantine, Gothic and local elements. The exterior painting on the western wall depicts, on five registers, the Doomsday scene, unique in the whole world. The Voronet Monastery entered the universal cultural heritage also for having in the composition of the paintings the inimitable “Voronet blue”. Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse in Gura Humorului.

Day 4 – Gura Humorului – Tulcea
After breakfast we will head to the Danube Delta. The journey will be long but beautiful going through many towns and villages giving you the opportunity of having an image about the city & country side life.On our way we will have a break for lunch. In the evening, we will arrive to our final destination, Tulcea, the Gate of the Danube Delta. This city is one of the oldest settlements on the Romanian territory, starting with the Greek colony during the 8th century B.C. Dinner and overnight at a hotel or guesthouse in Tulcea.

Day 5 – Tulcea – Bucharest
The day will begin with a tour by boat on the channels of Danube Delta (UNESCO heritage). The Danube Delta is the largest Delta in Europe and the best preserved, having a total surface of 3446 square kilometers. We will admire delta flora with specific vegetation of swamp and fauna with 133 species of fish and 327 species of birds, some of them migratory and some others local birds. Traditional fish lunch on the boat. In the end of the day, return to Bucharest.

End of the tour.

UNESCO Monuments

Sighisoara Medieval citadel, Sucevita, Moldovita and Voronet Monasteries, Barsana Convent, Danube Delta

Important

  • This tour is showing you some of the most interesting and beautiful regions of Romania which are not very close to Bucharest. Therefore, before booking the tour we advise you to carefully check the itinerary.
  • Although most of our clients are delighted with the tour, please take into account the long distances and the relative short period of the visiting time.

Notes

TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

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