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Romanian treasures: Bucovinian monasteries

8 days / 7 nights
Transylvania - Moldavia Bukovina - Guided walking
Guided

price from 695 €

The villages of Bucovina know how to keep the charm of another age. We will discover their traditions by hiking in preserved places, visiting monasteries and meeting very friendly people. We will take the most beautiful hiking trails of Bucovina, renowned for its magnificent monasteries with frescoes. More than a journey, this trip will be a human experience. A real return to the roots!

Your day by day program

1
Reception in Bucharest

Arrival in Bucharest. Reception at the train station. Night train for Bucovina at 9:00 PM (first-class sleeping wagon, 2 beds/cabin).

2
Peasant world

In the morning, short private transfer to our hosts. After breakfast, be ready to discover already the deep Bucovina: we’ll take the steam train. The steam train track leads along the River Moldovita. We will get off before the terminus of the track, at the best starting point of our hike. This immersion in a peasant world will enchant you; the beautiful landscape punctuated with sheep herds and horse-carts reveals a great harmony. Night in Moldovita (~4 hours, 13 km, +/-300m)

3
Moldoviţa

After a first short climb we arrive in the forest and from there, according to the moving of the flocks, we could reach a shepherd’s hut. We continue through the famous fir-tree forest of Bucovina until we go back to the valley to discover one of the major components of the unique Bucovina monasteries set, the Moldoviţa painted monastery. From there, depending on how we feel we go back to the guesthouse either on foot (5km) through the village, either with a local bus. Night at the same place. (~5 hours, 14 km, +500m, -550).

4
Voronet

Today we'll visit the Voronet monastery also called "The Sixtine Chapel of the East". and also Humor monastery, one of the first of Moldavia's painted monasteries to be frescoed and, along with Voroneţ, probably the best preserved.

5
The bucovinian forest

A hike through woods and fields will lead you to an unexpected rural world which is still very alive. We will arrive to the Suceviţa monastery from the fields, which will offer us a striking sight: the nature seems to protect the monastery like a jewel! The perfection of each detail on such a vast fresco is amazing. (~4 hours, 15 km, +400m, -300m). Night in Suceviţa.

6
Salt mine of Cacica

Our hike brings us in an unusual place today: we shall visit the salt mine of Cacica (the name comes from the high number of ducks in the area, called "kaczika" in Polish). The exploitation of this salt mine dates from the 18th century and required the coming of numerous technicians of the Habsbourg Empire. We will visit this incredible mine which shelters a chapel where the ground, the walls and the ceiling are in salt. Depending on the available time we will return at our guesthouse or (Approximately 4 hours of walking).
Private transfer to Cimpulung Moldovenesc, - a town created in the 14th century that became in the 18th century a small mining centre. We'll also visit the surprising "Museum of Wood Sculpture". Transfer to the train station and night train for Bucharest (sleeping wagon 2 or 4 beds /cabin, upon availabilities, we can know it only 25 days before the departure).

7
Bucharest

Early arrival in Bucharest (~8:00AM). You will visit the interesting Romanian capital and spend the evening in a central 3* hotel.

8
End of journey

End of the trip after breakfast. Optional airport transfers.

Departure board

From April to the end of October.

Departures for groups formed on request

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Bucharest train station.
End
  • Bucharest train station.
Accommodation
  • Accommodation in rural pensions in double occupancy, exceptionally triple with shared facilities (1 for 2 or three rooms).
    Depending on the size of the group, the accommodation can be done in several pensions. Meals will be taken together.
Number of people
  • Minimum of 6 people.
Level of difficulty
  • Medium level of walking with a maximum day at 6 hours. Easy level for some walks. Some walks could change depending on the group level or the weather conditions or be interrupted by small transfers.
Carrying
  • Luggage will be transferred by car or cart during the treks.
Options
  • Single supplement : 70€
Included
  • Accommodation, meals, guidance, transfers and transfer of luggage.
Not included
  • Transfer to the meeting point and to the drop off point, the insurances, the drinks, entry fees into monuments, the personal expenses.
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