Bucovina – The Land of the Painted Monasteries
You are invited to a three-day trip to Bucovina, the land of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The painted monasteries located in the North-East of the country offer a glimpse into the traditions and history of Moldavia, one of the three historical regions of Romania.
You will also have the opportunity to taste our local Panciu champagne, to pay your respect to Santa Barbara Chapel located in Cacica salt mine, to admire the amazing Bicaz Gorges and the Red Lake, and last but not least, the magnificent monasteries painted 500 years ago.
1st DAY: Departure at 8.30 o’clock from Bucharest to Urziceni, Buzau, Focsani, Bacau, Piatra Neamt, Suceava, Sucevita. Upon request, wine and champagne tasting at Panciu Veritas cellars. Accommodation in Sucevita.
2nd DAY : Visits to Sucevita and Moldovita Monasteries, Gura Humorului, Voronet Monastery, Cacica Salt Mine, Putna Monastery and Stefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great) tomb. Accommodation in Sucevita.
The Painted Churches of Bucovina are some of the most valuable treasures of Romania. With their painted exterior walls, decorated with 15-16th century elaborate frescoes (featuring portraits of saints and prophets, scenes from the life of Jesus, angels and demons, heaven and hell), deemed as masterpieces of Byzantine art, these churches are one-of-a-kind architectural sites in Europe. The purpose of the frescoes was to make the story of the Bible and the lives of the most important saints known to the villagers, by use of images. The best preserved frescoes can be seen at the monasteries in Humor, Moldovita, Patrauti, Probota, Suceava, Sucevita, Voronet and Arbore. Of all the monasteries in Bukovina, Sucevita is the only one still on the waiting list as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3rd DAY: Suceava – Falticeni – Targu Neamt – Varatec and Agapia Monasteries – Bicaz Gorges – Gheorghieni – Tusnad – Brasov – Bucharest.
Red Lake is the biggest natural dam lake in Romania. It is relatively young, dating back to July 1837. Ucigasu Mount collapsed, after a series of storms and heavy rains, creating a natural dam into the Licas Creek. In the following years the water took the shape of lake, the Red Lake.
Included services: transport, two nights accommodation in Sucevita (3 star hotel), certified national guide, entrance fees to Sucevita, Moldovita, Voronet, Putna, Agapia and Varatec Monasteries and Cacica salt mine.
Please note: meals and champagne tasting are not included.
Upon request: reservations for lunch in Panciu with champagne tasting, lunch/ dinner in Sucevita ,
Caprioara Restaurant in Voronet, Lacu Rosu Edelweiss lodge, Brasov.
Photo tax not included.
Did you know ?
- Arbore Church is the only one in Bucovina with no belfry towers as it wasn’t built by a Prince? It was founded in 1503 by a close advisor of Prince Stephen the Great, Luca Arbore.
- Among the frescoes dating from 1535 decorating Humor Monastery, there is one illustrating the `Return of the Prodigal Son’ and one with a ‘humorous’ depiction of the devil as a woman?
- In wonderful political spin, considering the Ottomans a threat to Moldavia in the 1500s, ‘The Siege of Constantinople’ frescoes on the walls of Moldovita Monastery depicts the enemy as turbaned Turks rather than Persians, the real invaders of Constantinople in 626?
- Sucevita Monastery was the last of the 22 painted churches of Bucovina and it has the greatest number of painted images?
- The Western exterior wall of Sucevita is not painted ? The legend says that the work stopped after a painter fell down from the scaffolding and died?
- Voronet Monastery, built in 1487 by Stephen the Great to celebrate the victory over the Ottomans, is widely known throughout Europe as `The Sistine Chapel of the East’, due to its interior and exterior wall paintings?
- Portraits of ancient Greek philosophers, such as Aristotle and Plato, are featured in the `Tree of Jesus` fresco from Voronet Monastery?
- The composition of the intense shade of blue paint commonly known as `Voronet blue’ continues to be a mystery even now, more than 500 years after the church was painted?