Bucovina – Follow the Prince

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1 Day
Availability : All year
Suceava
Your accommodation
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 3
Tour Details

   Prince Stephen the Great (Stefan-Voda cel Mare, in Romanian) is, of course, the most representative and beloved of all the rulers of the Romanian people. His astonishing achievements in resisting to the Turkish Empire, Hungary, and Poland, but also in patronizing culture and economy made him a mythical figure. Great military and political leader, Prince Stephen consolidated princely authority, furthered economic prosperity, and reorganized the army. As a result, thus creating a powerful Moldavian state that hindered the Ottoman advance.

    We’ll visit Putna Monastery, the place where Prince Stephen is buried, a place of pilgrimage for Romanians, Patrauti Monastery – the oldest church of Prince Stephen. The church is considered to have the oldest exterior frescoes (on the Western wall only) in Moldavia. The most remarkable fresco is the one entitled the Cavalcade of the Holy Cross, with its procession of 16 saints mounted on horses following Emperor Constantine the Great. Sihastria Putnei is another church to visit and also a place of tranquility and reflection.  

Departure & Return Location

From your accommodation /Train Station /Airport

Departure Time

08.00 – 08.30 a.m.

Price Includes

  • Licensed Tour Guide

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Photo and Video Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Raincoat
  • Decent clothes
  • Lunch cost ~ 10 euro
What to Expect

      Set in a beautiful landscape, near the mountains and surrounded by hills covered by thick forests, Bucovina region has kept its traditions. It’s a place where you’ll admire beautiful old houses built in the traditional way or different wells protected by intricate carved wooden shelters. We’ll visit Patrauti Monastery – the oldest surviving religious site founded by Stephen the Great. It is also the only nuns’ monastery built by the Moldavian prince. Because Prince Stephen was a religious man he started to build churches to honor God.

      We’ll visit Putna Monastery, a popular pilgrimage site, probably the most welknown church from Bucovina. The monastery also hosts very interesting religious items into their museum and the neighborhood hosts the small Cave of Daniel the Hermit, the place where Stephen the Great’s counselor used to dwell and meditate. Another complex will be Sihastria Putnei with beautiful scenery. Returning to Suceava we’ll stop at Marginea Black Pottery Workshop for the reason that you must discover the art of pottery.

  • A very interesting religious item museum at Putna.
  • You can try to make a pottery at Marginea.
  • We'll visit the Cave of Daniel the Hermit
  • The first church built by Stephen the Great
  • A lot of fun.
Itinerary

We start our tour visiting Dragomirna Monastery.

We’ll meet at 08.30 a.m. at our hotel in Suceava. From your accommodation, we drive to Dragomirna to visit the monastery and after that, if you agree I can show you a wooden church deep in the forest.

Dragomirna - Patrauti

We leave Dragomirna and we heading to Patrauti Village. Patrauti– the oldest church of Stephen it will be an introspection in the past. The Belltower of Monastery is very old and was built from wood. We leave Patrauti and we drive to Marginea – Black Pottery Workshop, to observe how craftsman made pottery.

Radauti city - Marginea Black Potery - Putna

Our morning drive takes us from Radauti to Marginea. After we meet the craftsman and buy some souvenirs, we heading to Putna. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming village of Putna, our picturesque home for the next visit. We’ll head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Monastery. After we visit the Museum of Monastery we head to Sihastria Putnei Monastery through an awesome landscape. Walking: light.

SIhastria Putnei - Daniel the Hermit's Cave - Radauti City

Radauti the only Romanian city with the railroad crossing in the middle of the city. We head to Cacica Salt MIne to visit. The tour ends at Suceava city.

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Irmgard Schweikle

Solo Traveller

Sehr schon. Zusammen mit Florin entdeckte ich beeindruckende Klöster und sehr alte Ikonen.

14/11/2018
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