A trip to Bucovina – a region in North-Eastern part of Romania – should include the famous Painted Monasteries, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here history, tradition, local food, and drinks are still the most important and well preserved. Our day tour from Suceava to Painted Monasteries will let you explore and experience Bucovina’s amazing countryside.
The tour will entice you away from the city center and teach you all about Bucovina rich Heritage. You’ll have a local friendly and experienced tour guide who’ll accompany you along the way. The tour guide is full of passion and knowledge about the history and culture of Bucovina. From a story area, full of history and with unique landscapes, you could not miss the traditional culinary dishes, which today form the cultural heritage of Bucovina.
Most importantly, you will discover the beautiful and unique color or Bucovina Painted Churches.
From your accommodation /Train Station /Airport
08.45 – 09.00 a.m.
The tour covers most of Bucovina’s main sights and many hidden gems, the kind of places you wouldn’t find on your own. You’ll have a local friendly and experienced tour guide who’ll accompany you along the way. You’ll discover the beautiful interior and exterior fresco of Painted Monasteries. Moreover, if you want to witness the Black Pottery production in the village of Marginea, we stop at the ceramic workshop. If you want to learn how to model the clay, the craftsmen can teach you. Black ceramic from Marginea is produced after Dacian methods in old furnace.
At Palma pass, you can try if you are sufficient bold the longest Zipline from Eastern Europe 1 Km long and 120 m differences between the starting point and ending point.
Leaving Suceava, take the northwest road for 50km (one hour) towards Arbore village and Arbore Monastery. Arbore Church It is distinguished by exterior mural painting and is dedicated to Beheading of St. John the Baptist. The interior painting was done immediately after completion, in the years 1503-1504. It was damaged in the campaign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, in 1538.
After we leave the village Arbore we heading to Marginea village to visit Black Pottery Workshop. Marginea is the only place in the world where the black color is obtained without adding anything to the clay paste. The black color is obtained after ten hours spent by the clay in the coal furnace.
Set in a beautiful landscape, near the mountains and surrounded by hills covered by thick forests, Sucevita village 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. Near the Sucevita river, Sucevita monastery rises like a fairytale castle. It was built in 1585 by Movila brothers. Along with elaborate frescoes, this fortified monastery’s tower offers nice views.
With eyes wide open after so many outstanding collections of historical and art objects we heading to Palma pass to observe the awesome landscape of Bucovina. Over there we can enjoy a ride with ZIpline. IS OPTIONAL!!!! Zipline is fun! Imagine standing on the edge of the hill looking down more than 50m and below you is just high pines and large valley. Secured by a harness and connected to the steel zip line by a pulley, you anticipate the adrenaline.
From here, head west (19km, 25 minutes), passing through Vatra Moldoviţei for Moldoviţa Monastery, a pretty place known for its frescoes The Story of Jesus’ Life and The Siege of Constantinople. From Moldoviţa village you can take a ride with “Hutulca” – a steam train for 15 km. But for this trip, you need 5 hours, this means another day in Bucovina. Is a very good option!! Also here you can visit Laura Condrea private Egg museum.
After so many things to see or to feel, we continue on the south, southeast to Gura Humorului city for 28km (20 minutes) to Voroneţ Monastery, a spectacular structure known for its unique blue paint and the detailed fresco of The Last Judgement. We’ll stop to have lunch in a traditional guesthouse. Because Bucovinean food is very tasty we must walk to Voronet Monastery – known as the “Sistine Chapel of the East”. This church is well-known throughout the world for its exterior frescoes of bright and intense blue – Voronet blue.
After such a day with so many cultural sites and awesome scenery, we end our tour at Humor Monastery constructed in 1530 by prince Petru Rares and his chancellor Teodor Bubuiog. Along with elaborate frescoes, this fortified monastery’s tower offers nice views. The Humor monastery was closed in 1786 and was not reopened until 1990.
We return to Suceava at your accommodation.
Wonderful day exploring the historical churches of Moldavia
Had a wonderful day out exploring several of the Painted Unesco Churches of Moldavia with Florin. He speaks very fluent English, is super friendly and very knowledgeable about the churches and their history. He pointed out so many architectural and painting details I would have otherwise missed. Very fairly priced and cannot recommend him enough! Thanks a lot again, Florin, and all my best wishes!
It was awesome. Beautiful scenery and Painted Monasteries was overwhelmed by a feeling of gratitude.