Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest. Arrival on the international airport of Bucharest. Meeting with our guide and transfer to the city. Dinner and accommodation in the best hotel of Bucharest.
Day 2: Bucharest - P. Neamt. In the morning, we shall depart to Moldova. Our first stop shall be in the area of Buzau, to the moon-like scenery of the Mud Vulcanoes and the Living Fire. Those are rare natural phenomenon, strictly protected, that need natural gas, a certain type of soil, water and some oil.
Then further to the World War I Memorial in Marasesti, that should have become the biggest one of its kind in Romania, funds were not sufficient though at the time of its construction. In the evening we shall reach Piatra Neamt, a town built initially only for workers. Accommodation and dinner: the best hotel in Piatra Neamt.
Day 3: Piatra Neamt - Gura Humorului. After breakfast, we shall depart North-wise, to reach in the evening Bucovina. During the morning, we shall visit the nuns in Varatec, where we are invited to coffee and cake. Further, to a folk artist in the traditional Moldavian village of Tarpesti, where we shall have the possibility to watch some of the traditions of the Romanian village. In the afternoon we shall visit the monastery Neamtu and the Stronghold Neamtu, possibly built by a German population of Transylvania as an outpost for defence.
It starts being known and getting important first in the 15th century, under Stephen the Great, the ruler of Moldova. Several times under siege of the Turkish Army, or taken by the Poles, the ruins of once a great stronghold are now worth the while to be visited and its tales and legends to be listened to. Overnight accommodation in the best hotel in Gura Humorului (5 overnight accommodation).
Day 4: Monastery Humor and Arbore. Visit the Museum of Wood and the market in Campulung Moldovenesc. Drive to the Monastery Humor, the only reputed monastery with frescoes on the outside walls that was not constructed by the ruler, but by a noble. Visit at folk artists. Drive to the salt mine Cacica that has been frst started by Poles - the name of the village is a Polish one, Kaczyka, meaning "duck".
Further, through Solca, to Arbore, a unique church among the monasteries painted on the outer walls. It tells us the life and execution of the Bojar Arbore by means of the icons of saints. The iconography on the outside of the monasteries of Bucovina normally do tell the life of saints by means of a succession of icons. Our specialist guide shall help us interpret them.
Day 5: Monasteries Moldovita and Voronet. Over a pass to Moldovita monastery. Along the Moldovita valley to Voronet, which represents the climax of the Romanian Renaissance painting, a church often described as the Sistine Chapel of the East.
Day 6: Drive to Marginea where we shall visit the pottery centre of Bucovina - with possibility to watch the process of making the black ceramics of Marginea. Further to the Monastery of Sucevita, the last monastery with frescoes on its exterior walls, which exhibit characteristics of the baroque.
Further to the Monastery Putna, in a wonderful place, the necropolis of the family of Steven the Great (Stefan cel Mare), one of the most important rulers of the once separate principality of Moldova. Museum of Putna and the solitude of Holy Daniil.
Day 7: Drive to the birth place of an important Romanian musician, Ciprian Porumbescu. Visit of the museum and listening to some of his music. Visit of the Monastery Dragomirna, with beautiful stone-masonry and unusual proportions. The citadel in Suceava was for long time the residence of the Moldavian rulers. Its history makes every visit worth the while.
Day 8: Probota - Ruginoasa - Iasi. 3 jewels of Moldovan architecture: The recently restored monastery Probota, necropolis of the family of Petru Rares and the summer residence of the ruling prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza in Ruginosa. Further to the manor-house of the poet and minister of foreign affairs Vasile Alecsandri in Mircesti. Accommodation: Hotel in Iasi (click for a map of Iasi).
Day 9: Walking tour of Iasi. The capital of Moldova is one of the most beautiful cities of Romania, which presents a particular architecture, especially the one of churches.
Day 10: Iasi - Bucharest. Transfer to Bucharest and sightseeing tour of the Romanian Capital City. Accommodation in the best hotel of Bucharest.
Day 11: End of the tour. Time to say good-bye, as our tour draws to an end. Transfer to the airport and individual flight to your next destination.
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