Places Covered: Bucharest - Iasi - Suceava - Vatra Dornei - Piatra Neamt - Brasov
Duration: 7 Nights & 8 Days Package
Tour Cost: On Request
Bucharest - Buzau - Tecuci - Iasi
After pick you up from Bucharest, TravelShop Turkey will depart for Buzau to visit Muddy Vulcanoes with you. Between Berca and Arbanasi, about 30 km from Buzau, we come across one of the best known geological reserves of Romania, the Muddy Volcanoes.
Muddy Volcanoes is purely and simply because of their cone-shaped form with a crater in the middle. In the case of the real volcanoes, the lava comes through the volcanic horn from a hot magma cradle, it gets out through the crater and flows over the slopes turning solid. The muddy volcanoes have been formed through a similar process with the only difference that here the lava has been replaced by mud.
The gas associated to the crude deposits in the sedimentary rocks, make their way towards the surface through clefts, reach the underground water layer, where they also involve the waters in their movement and on their way upwards, they also wash the clay and the other rock fragments they might meet with. The pressure of the derrick gas defeats with great difficulty the viscous liquid which swells out, forms a hemisphere, split and wearily falls down with a sigh into the boiling cauldron. If we bring a lit match closer to them, a blue flame will blaze out because the bubbles are mostly made of methane.
After this visit you deserve a nice lunch in a traditional Romanian restaurant. After lunch, we will continue our journay to Iasi. During our journey, Murtis Tour have arrange an hour stop in Tecuci for a coffee break. Upon arrival, transfer and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Iasi.
Sinaia - Bran - Brasov - Sighisoara
(Breakfast included) After breakfast, we shall start Iasi City Tour, visiting Three Hierarchs Monastery, the Palace of Culture, the Metropolitan Church. The Palace of Culture in Iasi. If time is allow, we wil visit Copou Park where the Romanian National Poet, Mihai Eminescu (1850-1889), wrote some of his best work, , under his favorite linden tree.)
After enjoy our lunch in a local restaurant with traditional and international menu, Murtis Tour will accompany you to continue our pilgrimage to the north of Moldavia. On the way, we will have a stop and visit the monastery and the Palace of Ruginoasa: The palace of Ruginoasa, built in neoclassic style at the beginning of the 19th century by a Moldavian treasurer, Costache Sturdza, to the design of the Viennese architect Johan Freiwald, it was later rebuilt in neogothic style. The palace was best known as the summer residence of Prince, and ruler of the United Principalities, Alexandru Ioan Cuza.
Further on, visit of the Probota Monastery with paintings of the Church of Probota Monastery are faded, but the interior ones are among the finest of their kind in Moldavia. The commemorative inscriptions, both on the church wall and on the gate tower, mention the year 1530. It is usually considered that the church was completed in 1530 and painted in 1532. Then we will continue our journey to Suceava. Upon arrival, transfer and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Suceava.
Suceava - Dragomirna - Patrauti - Balinesti - Dorohoi - Suceava
(Breakfast included) After breakfast, TravelShop Turkey will pick up up and visit Princely Court - built by Petru Musat at the end of the 14th century, the fortress was later enlarged and strengthened by Alexandru cel Bun to hold off invading Ottoman Turks. Stephan the Great (1457 - 1504) added the moat, 105-foot-tall defensive walls and defensive towers that enabled it to withstand the artillery of Mehmmed II, conqueror of Constantinopole. The fortress was finally blown up by the Turks in 1675. Today, visitors can tour the remains of the impressive fortifications and take in a great view of the city.
Then we will visit Saint Georges Church- St. George Church houses the relics of Saint John the New, brought to Moldavia by Alexander the Good, in 1415. The relics are placed in a silver casket, richly decorated with scenes from the saints life. The outstanding exterior frescoes of the church, illustrating scenes from the Old and New Testament, were completed in 1534 during the reign of Petru Rares, a glorious time in the era of religious murals. Also Murtis Tour will lead you to visit Zamca Monastic Complex, this fine architectural complex, was founded by Armenians exiled in Moldavia. The church dates from the 17th century. According to an inscription, the bell-tower was built in 1606.
Before our lunch, we will visit Mirauti Church The oldest church in Suceava, Mirauti Church was founded by Petru I Musat in 1375. Until 1522 it served as the Moldavian coronation church. It was here where Stephen the Great was crowned Prince of Moldavia in 1457 after receiving the bishops blessing. The church was restored between 1898 and 1901, preserving the original design.
After have our lunch in Suceava in a local restaurant, we will depart for Dorohoi. On the way we stop in Patrauti to visit the Monastery, after that visit of Dragomirna Monastery. Then we will have a short stop in the city before we drive back to Suceava. At the end of the tour, transfer back to your hotel in Suceava, the rest of the evening is yours to explore the city. Overnight in Suceava.
Suceava - Radauti - Solca - Gura Humorului
(Breakfast included) Today we will depart for Gura Humorului. On our way, we will have a stop in Radauti where is one of the oldest towns, being known since the 14th century. We will visit the Princely Church and Ethnographic Museum which were founded in 1934, it presents in all its 11 halls a rich collection of items that reveal the traditional occupations of the inhabitants from these lands and the ceramics collection from Radauti, Marginea and Kuty.
Then lets continue our journey, on the way stop and visit Arbore Monastery. Perhaps a tour of Bucovinas Painted Monasteries should begin here. After all, the highlight of the small Arbore church is a scene from Genesis, which adorns the western wall. The only church in the region with no belfry towers, because it was not built by a prince, the monastery was founded in 1503 by Luca Arbore, the advisor of Stephen the Great painted four decades later by Dragos Coman, one of the greatest 16th century mural painters of Romania.
After our lunch break in Solca. We will continue our journey, on the way, we will visit Cacica Salt Mine and The Lake. Afterward we will arrive in Gura Humorului, from this city we pay other visits in the opposite side. Among the most picturesque treasures of Romania are the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina (in north-eastern Romania). Going to the north, we visit Humor Monastery which was founded in 1530, Humor is rather small, physically, but it looks large among Bucovinas treasures with a variety of frescoes dating from 1535, including one illustrating the Return of the Prodigal Son and one with a humorous depiction of the devil as a woman.
Then we will going to the south to visit Voronet Monastery. Perhaps the most famous and stunning of the painted monasteries is Voronet, founded in 1487 by Stephen the Great to celebrate a victory over the Turks. Widely known throughout Europe as the Sixtine Chapel of the East due to its interior and exterior wall paintings, this monastery offers an abundance of frescoes featuring an intense shade of blue, commonly known as ‘Voronet blue. The nuns run a painting workshop and provide guided tours of the monastery for visitors. At the end of the tour, we will drive back to Gura Humorului and transfer to your hotel, the rest of the evening is yours to explore the city. Overnight in in Gura Humorului
Gura Humorului - Campulung Moldovenesc - Vatra Dornei
(Breakfast included) Today we will depart for Vatra Dornei. On the way we wil have a stop and visit Putna, Sucevita, Moldovita Monastery where are the most representative painted monasteries.
Putna Monastery is the most important religious, cultural and artistic centre in mediaeval Moldavia, the monastery is the symbol of a period of remarkable economic, social and political progress, a telling proof of the permanent aspirations and struggle of the Romanian people for liberty, independence and national unity.
Sucevita Monastery is chronologically the last and greatest monastic ensemble among the painted monasteries in Bukovina, as it has the appearance of a real fortress, with towers, buttresses and watch roads. Paintings at Sucevita were best preserved. Theologically, the Tree of Jesse is a symbol of the continuity between the Old and the New Testaments, as well as of the Logos before and after the arising of Jesus. The Tree in Sucevita is an evolved version, as compared to the same scene at Voronet.
The Monastery of Moldovita, located in the village of Vatra Moldovitei, was built by Petru Rares, Stephen the Greats illegitimate son in 1532. The predominantly gold and deep blue paintings on the exterior walls were completed in 1537. The large and vivid Siege of Constantinopole highlights the frescoes. Another stunning representation depicts the Tree of Jesse, representing Christs genealogy, a wide-spread iconographical theme in Europe during the Middle Ages.
After our lunch break in a local restaurant in Campulung Moldovenesc. Murtis Tour will lead you to continue our journey to Vatra Dornei - mountain resort where famous for the skiing slopes and for the spa facilities, which make it a true magnet for tourists all over the world. It is located at 800 m altitude, in the north of the country and it has a long tradition in the mineral springs exploitation and for the skiing conditions as well. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and the rest of the day is leisure. Overnight in Vatra Dornei.
Vatra Dornei - Tragu Neamt - Piatra Neamt
(Breakfast included) After breakfast, we will pick up you and depart for Piatra Neamt. During our journey, we have a few stops and visit some of the most representative monasteries from Neamt County - Neamt, Secu, Agapia. In Moldavia, the monasteries and fortresses have a linked history, both were shelter in time of foreign invasion for Romanian people, it is not possible to pass away without paying a visit to Neamt Fortress - The fortress was built during Petru I Musat ruling (1375-1391), Due to the progress registered by the fight technique, the role of the Moldavian fortresses diminished starting with the second half of the 14th century.
Today Murtis Tour may arrange our lunch in a very special place named Bears Inn with traditional romanian menu. Afterwards, we will visit Horaita Monastery before we arrive Piatra Neamt.
Upon arrival, transfer and check in to your hotel. You can join our optional tour by walk to the Historical Centre of Piatra Neamt. The Ethnography Museum holds an interesting collection of popular clothing, tools belonging to handicrafters and traditional rustic outfits original from Neamt area. The ruins of the Dacian fortress from Batca Doamnei lie on the right bank of the Bistrita river, on the way out of the city. Here one may see the walls of the precincts, the two sanctuaries, a fragment from the palisade, traces of Dacian settlements. Overnight in Piatra Neamt
Piatra Neamt - Bicaz - Brasov
((Breakfast included) Today we will depart for Brasov. On our way, we will visit Pangarati Monastery and Bicaz Gorges, Red Lake in Bicaz. After the tour we will have our lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, we will continue our journey to Brasov. Brasov was one of the best placed town and grew prosperous and fortified as a result, and for many centuries the Saxons there constituted an elite whose economic power long outlasted its feudal privileges. Upon arrival, Murtis Tour will lead you to have the tour trip in Brasov - with entry at the Black Church. At the end of the tour, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Brasov.
Brasov - Poiana Brasov - Sinaia - Bucuresti - End of Tour
(Breakfast included) Today we will drive back Bucuresti, On our way back, we will havea stop in Poiana Brasov to visit of the Bran Castle. In addition to its unique architecture, the castle is famous because of persistent myths that it was once the home of Vlad the Impaler, a famous or infamous medieval warlord. The castle passed through royal hands for many generations. For many years at the beginning of the 20th century, it was the principal home of Queen Marie, who, despite her British birth and upbringing, became quite a Romanian patriot. The castle is decorated largely with artifacts from her time, including traditional furniture and tapestries that she collected to highlight Romanian crafts and skills.
Then we will continue our journey with a stop to visit the very famous castle in Sinaia resort - Peles castle for the summer residence of the Romanian royal family. Both at the end of the 19th century and nowadays, Peles Castle was and is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, and the first entirely electrified on the continent.
After our lunch break in one restaurant in Sinaia, we will drive back to Bucharest for your onwards journey. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing The Europe Holidays.
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