Day 1: Bucharest – Bucovina. Morning pick up by your English speaking tour guide at your hotel in Bucharest. Drive north to Bucovina passing thru the vineyards of Vrancea. Stopover for lunch along the way. Later in the afternoon in the town of Campulung enjoy an exclusively organized interactive egg-painting demonstration by a local artist in her home, this being one of the local traditions of the area.You will also have the chance to admire painted eggs from all over the world. Enjoy a home hosted dinner in the village, a true cultural interchange. After arriving in Gura Humorului, check into the hotel. Evening at leisure. Accommodation in Gura Humorului at Hotel Passiflora**** (two nights). Includes: (B), (D).
Day 2: Bucovina Painted Monasteries Excursion (UNESCO World Heritage Sites). A la carte breakfast at hotel. Bucovina monasteries are gems of medieval Moldavian architecture and artistry. Begin your day with Voronet, the most famous out of all, known as the Sistine Chapel of the East and featuring one the best preserved Last Judgment fresco in this part of the World. Next is Moldovita Monastery where the UNESCO Golden Apple Award given to the painted churches in 1975, is kept. As a cultural connection, enjoy a traditional gourmet Bucovina lunch in the picturesque village of Sucevita. Later continue to the nearby Sucevita Monastery, which is the largest of all, looking more like a mighty fortress than a monastery.
The Ladder of John of Sinai is considered one of the best of the frescoes of Sucevita, rarely present in medieval Romanian art. Visit the small museum of this monastery dispalying some of the most valuable old Bibles in the country. In the village of Marginea visit the black pottery workshop - they use a technique called "oxygen reduction", there is the same technique in Mexico only! End your day with the Monastery of Humor, the only one without a belfry tower. Return to the hotel. Accommodation in Gura Humorului at Hotel Passiflora****. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3: Gura Humorului - Bucharest. A la carte breakfast at hotel. Morning visit to the exquisite Folk Customs Museum of Bucovina, an authentic window into the local culture and a perfect ending to your tour in the area. Drive south to Bucharest with arrival in the evening. Transfer to your hotel. Includes: (B). You'll visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Bucovina outside painted Monasteries. The tour can be further customized such as to start and end in the monastery area (Iasi, Suceava).
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