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Excellent value for money
Multiple times offered throughout the day
All entrance fees included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Your day will start with a morning pickup from your hotel, where you will meet with your guide and start your journey to Bukovina. This region is one of the most beautifully authentic and unspoiled rural areas in Europe, home to the Painted Monasteries, known in the UNESCO patrimony as the Churches of Moldavia.
We will start with a trip to Voronet, Romania’s most renowned monastery, whose frescoes have become famous throughout the world thanks to its 500-year history, legends, and artistic value. Built in 1488, the monastery’s exterior murals have preserved their hues despite centuries of inclement weather. The scenes in the murals tell the story of Christianity, influenced by folkloric beliefs, by the Eastern culture, and by the Orthodox cult. The Monastery is also famous for its intense shade of blue, whose ingredients remain a mystery.
Our next landmark is the Humor Monastery, built in 1530, with beautiful exterior frescoes showing scenes from the lives of Saints and significant moments from the lives of the local people. One such painting depicts the wars against the Turks, beautifully represented on the church's walls. The nuns that live here have a completely separated life measuring the passing of days and nights in prayers.
Afterward, we will visit the Moldovita Monastery, built between 1532 and 1537 and included in the UNESCO heritage in 1993. Its frescoes continue to delight the eye and the heart with their vivid colors, which have been preserved for more than five centuries after they were painted. Its murals depicts numerous Biblical scenes, and for hundreds of years, it was one of the few sources of religious education for the locals.
Next, we will visit Marginea, one of the few places in the world that produces black pottery. You will be able to observe the Dacian pottery tradition carried-on by a handful of craftsmen and passed from generation to generation, the secrets of which have never left Marginea. The black color of the vessels is obtained through a careful roasting process, and the symbolic pattern that appears as ornamentation preserves directions and angles that are identical with those of the solstice and equinox.
We will then leave Marginea behind and head to back to Iasi.
Transport with a modern, well-equipped car, minibus, or coach
English-speaking travel guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Bottle of water
Lunch (approx. €13/person)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
May be operated by a multi-lingual guide;
A small amount of walking is involved;
Children must be accompanied by an adult;
Not wheelchair accessible;
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults.
We will pick you up from your hotel, or from your requested location (in Iasi only)