September 17 2018 - September 23 2018
Arts and Crafts in Bucovina
Voronet Monastery - Judgement Day representation © Mihai Bulai
Start Date: September 17 2018
Duration: 7 days
Cost: 2050 EUR/person 360 EUR single supplement

What Should You Expect?

Bucovina is not only about the painted monasteries, but also about beautiful and ancient crafts well preserved and passed through generations, about mouthwatering food and beautiful people, picturesque villages and pristine nature.

Bucovina is famous for its spectacular painted monasteries – but there’s a lot more to discover, too. The region is also filled with beautiful and ancient crafts that have been preserved and passed on down through generations, mouth-watering food cooked by colourful characters in picturesque villages, nestling in pristine natural settings.

Why not experience them all?

Take the first step on your journey of discovery by joining our week-long tour of Bucovina. We have prepared a feast of experiences for you to enjoy, from visiting UNESCO sites and learning local crafts, to enjoying traditional meals and tasting Romanian wines, straight from their vineyards.

Itinerary

17th of September 2018
Welcome to Bucovina

The starting point for this trip is the beautiful city of Suceava, former seat of the early medieval state of Moldavia. Depending on the arrival time of the guests and your energy levels, we’ve prepared a light stroll to get a glimpse of the city.

End your first day on Romanian soil with a mouth-watering welcome dinner and a restful night in Suceava.

18th of September 2018
UNESCO protected monasteries and egg painting workshop

Start your day with a visit to the Bucovina Village Museum in Suceava, an open-air museum with replicas of unique old houses and local crafts. This place also offers a beautiful view over the Citadel of Suceava, the former fortress, and capital of the early Moldavian medieval state.

Next, we drive to Gura Humorului and stop at one of the country’s most beautiful painted monasteries – Voronet, often known as ‘Sistine Chapel of the East’. It is most famous for the unique shade of blue in its frescoes, known, appropriately enough, as ‘Voronet blue’.

Enjoy a traditional lunch at ‘Acasa in Bucovina’ (‘At home in Bucovina’), an organic food farm and traditional restaurant, located in an idyllic landscape.

Drive to Vama, where the local artist Letitia Orsivschi will introduce you to one of the most beautiful crafts of the area – egg painting. Under Letitia’s guidance you will get to learn more about this fascinating tradition, and also test your own artistic skills.

Drive to Sucevita and on the way stop to visit Moldovita monastery, another UNESCO protected site, and most famous for its ‘Siege of Constantinople’ painting.

End the day with a delicious dinner at Casa cu Cerbi, in Sucevita, a genuine traditional house restored respecting the smallest details of the local old styles. You will also spend the night here.

19th of September 2018
Pottery workshop and Putna monastery

We start the day with a relaxed cart trip through the village. Then we stop to visit the Sucevita monastery (a UNESCO protected site) and take some time to enjoy rural life.

Drive to Marginea where you will be introduced to another traditional craft of the area: pottery. The local craftsman Corneliu Magopat will guide through the magical process of moulding the clay, while teaching you more about black ceramics, which are a local specialty.

Have lunch and then continue your trip to Putna, to visit the monastery and its beautiful museum. The monastery, one of the most important cultural, religious and artistic centres established in medieval Moldavia is now the burial place of Stephen the Great, the voivode (or prince) of Moldavia in the 15th century. Nearby the monastery lies the cave of Daniil the Hermit, Stephen’s personal advisor, also open for visiting.

Drive back to Sucevita and spend your last night at Casa cu Cerbi.

20th of September 2018
Glass painting workshop, Cacica Salt Mine and Arbore monastery

Spend the first part of the day in the city of Radauti and take some time to visit Radauti Synagogue, built in 1880 by the Romanian Jewish community, and Bogdana Monastery. Built around 1360, it’s the oldest religious building in Moldavia still standing.

Later, visit the workshop of some of the city’s traditional painters and take part in a hands-on glass painting session.

After a delicious lunch at ‘Restaurant National’ where the famous ‘ciorba radauteana’ (chicken cream sour soup) was born, we drive to Cacica to visit the beautiful Salt Mine, placed in the middle of an idyllic old Polish village.

After the break, we continue driving to Gura Humorului and on the way make a last stop in Arbore to visit its monastery, a UNESCO protected site and best-known for its Florentine Renaissance-influenced paintings.

End the day with a generous and satisfying dinner, and spend the night in Gura Humorului, at Hilde’s Residence, a small, residence in the heart of Bucovina that combines style with comfort.

21st of September 2018
Traditional masks, wine tasting and the city of Iasi

Begin your day with a drive to the village of Harlau for an insight into how traditional masks are made. Romanian traditions, still prize masks and include them as part of almost in every celebration.

Another interesting visit in Harlau is the Wine Museum, located in a beautiful historical building dating back to the end of the XVII century.

After a fascinating lesson on the history of the Moldavian wines, we drive to the village of Cotnari, the place where one of the most known brands of Romanian wines originated. Enjoy a delicious lunch complimented with a wine tasting experience right in the vineyard.

Next, we drive to Iasi, the biggest city and the main centre of Moldavian culture since 1408. The city prides itself on publishing the first Romanian newspaper and establishing the first-ever Romanian university. To get to know the beautiful city, we have prepared a walking tour before dinner.

Have dinner and spend the night in Iasi, at Pleiada Hotel, a five-star boutique hotel that provides an eclectic mix of comfort, luxury and hospitality.

22nd of September 2018
Getting to know Iasi

Spend the entire day discovering the beautiful town that is Iasi. Start with a visit to the National Theatre, one of the top seven theatres that will ‘take your breath away’, according to BBC; and the Metropolitan Underground Museum. As well as peerless architecture and design, it also offers an interesting lesson on the history of Christian Religion.

Experience the Communist Expressionism gallery, and the masterpieces of key Romanian artist Sabin Balasa at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University and the Old Auditorium, along with its Royal Library of Gh. Asachi University.

Enjoy fine urban dining at the Chef Gallerie, restaurant during lunch, and then a relaxing walk in the English-style gardens of Palas.

Visit the Iasi Palace of Culture, an architectural masterpiece that combines Neogothic, Romantic and Neobaroque architectural styles. Finally, end the day with a shopping session at Palas Mall, the largest leisure and shopping centre in northeast Romania.
Enjoy a farewell dinner at Unirea Panoramic Restaurant, a place that offers a magnificent view over the city, and spend your last night in Iasi, at the Pleiada Hotel.

23rd of September 2018
Farewell and hope to see you again

After breakfast, depending on the departure time, you can either kick back and relax, or join the optional activities we have planned to round off your visit.

Highlights

- Visit to four UNESCO-protected painted monasteries.
- Attending three workshops for traditional crafts of the area: egg painting, pottery and glass painting.
- Visit the mask-maker, an ancient tradition with a special importance in the area.
- Wine tasting at one of the best-known Romanian wineries.
- Selected dishes and drinks to give a sense of the wealth of flavours in Bucovina.

Requirements

This tour is slow paced, with two nights in almost all locations and moderate walking distances, so an average level of fitness is recommended.

Average distance per day

80 km

Difficulty level

Easy

Price and Inclusions

Price

2050 EUR per person, including all taxes
360 EUR single supplement, including all taxes

Group size

A minimum of 4 people
A maximum of 8 people

Includes

Transportation in private van from arrival to departure.
Professional English speaking guide throughout your stay in the country.
Accommodation in double rooms for 6 nights, as follows:
- 1 night at Sonnenhof Hotel in Suceava;
- 2 nights at Casa cu Cerbi in Sucevita;
- 1 night at Hilde's Residence in Gura Humoruluil
- 2 nights at Pleiada Hotel in Iasi.
Limited 'a la carte' meals, as follows:
- Welcome dinner in Suceava;
- Lunch at 'Acasa in Bucovina';
- Dinner at Casa cu Cerbi;
- Lunch in Marginea;
- Lunch and wine tasting in Cotnari;
- Farewell dinner in Iasi.
Entrances for all visiting sites mentioned in the itinerary.

The prices do not include travel insurance, international or domestic flights, alcoholic beverages for the meals included, or other personal shopping.

Payment and cancellation policies

Upon booking this trip, we request a 20% deposit, refundable until the 1st of June 2018.

The final payment is expected by the 15th of August 2018.

Terms and conditions

Please check here our terms and conditions. Paying your deposit implies you agree to everything included in these terms and conditions.

Your Host

Mihai Bulai

Mihai is an attested guide since 2004 based in Iași, Romania. He has expertise on the Eastern part of Romania - Bucovina, Moldavia, Republic of Moldavia and Dobrogea.
He combines cultural tours with tour guide training. He speaks fluently English, French and Italian and may also partially guide in German. He is a charismatic, open-minded and social person, inviting you to take part in authentic experiences.
His knowledge on history & architecture is constantly contextualized and our guests also appreciate his knowledge about the overall aspects of the Romanian society.

Mihai Bulai

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