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Romanian treasures: Bucovinian monasteries

8 days / 7 nights
Romania - Transylvania - Moldavia Bukovina - Guided walking
With a guide

price from
~509 £ [559 €]

The villages of Bucovina know how to keep the charm of another age. We will discover their traditions by hiking in preserved places, visiting monasteries and meeting very friendly people. We will take the most beautiful hiking trails of Bucovina, renowned for its magnificent monasteries with frescoes. More than a journey, this trip will be a human experience. A real return to the roots!

Your day by day program

1
Reception in Bucharest

Arrival in Bucharest. Reception at the train station. Visit of Bucharest is possible depending on the arrival time. Night train for Bucovina at 9:00 PM (first-class sleeping wagon, 2 beds/cabin).

2
Local craftsmanship

We will arrive in the morning in Bucovina. We'll end the route to our hosts (where a breakfast waits for us) with a small local train. After the breakfast we will stroll in a typical village. After the walk, we will meet Houtsoules; these inhabitants (with uncertain roots and history) will make you discover their art: eggs painting. Small hike in the country of beeches. Visit of the Moldovita monastery (Approximately 4 hours of walking).

3
Typical hamlet visit

Hike through the Bucovina's pastures, to a charming typical hamlet perched on a hill. Then, we will cross the Ciumarna pass during our transfer in the Sucevita valley, where we will visit the monastery with the same name. Night in Sucevita. (Approximately 4 hours of walking).

4
Putna monastery

Hike in the forests: we will ramble on the hills to arrive at Manastirea Humorului. We’ll leave Sucevita to hike in the Carpathian Mountains. We will walk in a magnificent environment to reach the village of Putna: the paths we’ll follow cross the hills at about 1000m altitude. The monastery of Putna holds a particular place in the heart of Romanians due to its historical importance (the tomb of Stephan the Great lies here) and its craft importance (approximately 60 monks live in Putna which is an important centre of icons painting). Return by minibus to Sucevita. Night at Manastirea Humorului (4 hours, 12 km, +400m, -350).

5
The bucovinian forest

We go to discover the bucovinian forest. Fir trees and beeches will accompany us until a typical Polish village. Then, we will spend a pleasant moment by making a stroll in cart to join the Manastirea Humorului village. Night in Manastirea Humorului. (Approximately 4 hours of walking).

6
Salt mine of Cacica

Our hike brings us in an unusual place today: we shall visit the salt mine of Cacica (the name comes from Polish "kaczika" which means "duck" due to the high numbers of those birds). The exploitation of this salt mine dates from the 18th century and required the coming of numerous technicians of the Habsbourg Empire. We will visit this incredible mine which shelters a chapel where the ground, the walls and the ceiling are in salt. Depending on the available time we will return at our guesthouse or we'll visit the Voronet monastery also called "The Sixtine Chapel of the East". (Approximately 4 hours of walking).

7
The monastery of Voronet

If we did not did it the previous day, we'll visit the monastery of Voronet, one of the most beautiful monuments of orthodox rite in the world. Otherwise, we shall make a stroll in the neighbourhood. Private transfer to Campulung Moldovenesc - a town created in the 14th century that became in the 18th century a small mining centre. We'll also visit the surprising "Museum of wood sculpture". Transfer to the train station and night train for Bucharest.

8
End of journey

Arrival in Bucharest. Breakfast in town centre, free time and transfer to the airport.

Departure board

From April to the end of October.

Departures for groups formed on request

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Bucharest train station.
End
  • Bucharest train station.
Accommodation
  • Accommodation in rural pensions in double occupancy, exceptionally triple with shared facilities (1 for 2 or three rooms).
    Depending on the size of the group, the accommodation can be done in several pensions. Meals will be taken together.
Number of people
  • Minimum of 6 people.
Level of difficulty
  • Medium level of walking with a maximum day at 6 hours. Easy level for some walks. Some walks could change depending on the group level or the weather conditions or be interrupted by small transfers.
Carrying
  • Luggage will be transferred by car or cart during the treks.
Options
  • Single supplement : 59€
Included
  • Accommodation, meals, guidance, transfers and transfer of luggage.
Not included
  • Transfer to the meeting point and to the drop off point, the insurances, the drinks, entry fees into monuments, the personal expenses.

Clients feedback

Laurent 16 July 2009

Reservations you made for our stay in Transylvania were well received, where we stayed were all fine.

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