Day 1: Bucharest - Urziceni - Buzau - Colti - Alunis - Pietroasele - Sarata Monteoru. We will wait for you at the Henri Coanda Airport in Bucharest, from where we will head to the first sight of the tour, situated in the village Colti - a museum of amber, a unique collection of rare objects. At about 6 km from the museum, we will enter the fantastic world of the cave churches, founded in a mountain valley in Buzau, during the second century AD. The forests around these hermitages are said to be hiding Dacia treasures guarded by the spirits of the people who have found refuge in these caves carved in rock. The day will end at the Pietroasele Cellar, famous for the wines produced here. After this visit we will head to Sarata Monteoru resort where we will accommodate in a hotel.
Day 2: Sarata Monteoru - Buzau - Focsani - Odobesti - Mera - Targu Secuiesc - Slanic Moldova. Today we will continue the road towards the north of Moldavia visiting Mera Monastery, an architectural and historical monument, founded by Prince Constantin Cantemir at the end of 17th century. The day will continue with visits to the vineyards in Odobesti, where some of the best wines in Romania and Europe have been produced during the reign of Stephen the Great (15th century). Further on, the road heads over the mountains to Slanic Moldova, one of the most important spa resort in Romania. Here, we will visit a church located at a depth of more than 200 meters. Accommodation will be provided in Slanic Moldova.
Day 3: Slanic Moldova - Targu Ocna - Bacau - Vaslui - Iasi. This day we will head towards the old capital of Moldavia, Iasi, but on the way we will stop to visit Targu Ocna, one of the oldest salt mines in Romania. We will arrive in Iasi in the evening. Iasi, the old capital of Moldavia between 1564 and 1859, certified in 1408, with its many tourist attractions, buildings and parks and with a history of 600 years, offers tourists an overview of Moldavia’s past and history.
Day 4: Iasi - Targu Frumos - Cotnari - Frumusica - Cosulea - Vorona - Tudora - Suceava. Our first visit will be at Cotnari Vineyard, one of the largest and oldest in Romania, located in a traditional wine-growing region with a well-known value since the time of King Burebista - important Dacia leader between the years 82 and 44 B.C. Afterwards, we will visit Cosula Monastery - an important cultural center of Moldavia during the 17th and the 18th century. Here, one of Herodot’s writings was translated for the first time in Romanian, after a text brought from the island of Crete. On our way to the city of Suceava, we will stop along the way in villages where time stood still and old traditions are preserved almost unaltered.
Vorona and Tudora are such villages, with over 600 years of tradition. Here, we will visit local craftsmen, who will share some of their secrets with us. In the evening, we will arrive in Suceava, Moldavia’s medieval capital for almost 300 years and one of the most important cities of the Duchy of Bucovina during the Austro - Hungarian Empire, between 1775 and 1918.
Day 5: Suceava - Dragomirna - Patrauti - Radauti - Horodnic - Putna. This is the day when we enter the heart of Bucovina, a Romanian historical region, a land full of legends and traditions, with endless forests hiding mammals that in other parts of Europe have disappeared, an enchanted world, that you can discover with each step. We will first visit the city of Suceava, from where we will head towards Dragomirna fortified monastery, built between 1608 and 1609.
The road takes us then to Patrauti where we will find the oldest orthodox church in Romania, part of UNESCO Heritage and the oldest church built in Moldavian style. Next, we will reach Radauti, where we will visit one of the most important herds in the country. Here we have the chance to discover wonderful horses and find some of the secrets of their growth. Our last stop is at Putna Monastery, one of Stephen the Great's foundations, a real architectural jewel. The accommodation will be provided in one of the hostels nearby.
Day 6: Putna - Marginea - Sucevita - Moldovita - Campulung Moldovenesc - Gura Humorului. Our journey continues to the village Marginea, where we will visit a ceramics workshop of black pottery that is made in these places since the ancient times of primitive communities. We will go then to Sucevita Monastery, a convent full of legends built to be a real fortress resisting to Mongolian invasions. Moldovita is a very beautiful monastery thanks to its exterior painted walls, unique in its color tones of red and ocher. Another foray into the past of these lands will be visiting the reserve of European bisons in Campulung Moldovenesc. The bisons are animals that were believed to have fantastic powers and are now endangered because of excessive hunting and restriction of their habitat. Accommodation will be in Gura Humorului.
Day 7: Gura Humorului - Voronet - Targu Neamt - Petricani - Varatec - Bicaz - Gura Humorului. The first stop today is Voronet Monastery, considered by many the most beautiful church and a symbol of the Moldavian architectural style. Founded in 1488, the monastery was completed in 4 months and a half, which is a record for that period. The exterior painting of Voronet has achieved a high artistic level, and is regarded as the most successful set of Moldavian feudal art. Further on, near Targu Neamt is one of the most impressive medieval fortresses in Romania, Neamt fortress. From here the road takes us to the mountains, where we will find the largest artificial lake in Romania, Izvorul Muntelui. If time allows us, we will take a cruise on the lake. From here we will go back to Gura Humorului.
Day 8: Gura Humorului - Bicaz - Miercurea Ciuc - Brasov - Bucharest. The last day of the trip will be a long way back to Bucharest, but the landscape will make us forget the fatigue.
Day 9: Bucharest - Henri Coanda Airport. Depending on the time of the departure, we can visit the Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum and have lunch at a traditional restaurant.
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