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Private Rural Experience from Iasi - Agapia Monastery and Popa Museum

Iasi, Romania
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Experience the beauty and traditions of Romanian country life on a private, full-day tour from Iasi. Visit charming villages nestled in the shadow of the Carpathians where time seems to stand still, and explore Moldavia’s rural culture through historic monasteries, fortresses, and a folk museum.
  • Private, full-day tour of the northeast Romanian countryside from Iasi
  • Learn about Moldavian history at the Neamţ Monastery and Citadel
  • Visit traditional villages where locals still use horse-drawn carts
  • Come face-to-face with native wildlife at a bison reservation
  • Try on Romanian folk costumes at the Nicolae Popa Museum
Your full day in the country begins with pickup at your hotel in a private vehicle and a drive outside the urban boundaries to reach the unspoiled countryside of northeast Romania. Begin with an exploration of the region’s spiritual heritage at the 15th-century Neamţ Monastery, one of the oldest in the country and a fine example of traditional Moldavian architecture. Pay a visit to the nearby Neamţ Citadel, an important military stronghold that once survived a siege by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror and offers fantastic panoramic views from its strategic hilltop setting.

Next, appreciate the region’s natural bounty with a visit to a bison reservation before continuing onto the commune of Agapia, where traditional rural ways of life are still practiced by locals. See the Agapia Orthodox Monastery and several charming villages where residents still travel by horse-drawn cart and cook over an open fire using homegrown produce.

Further delve into country customs at the Nicolae Popa Museum, showcasing regional folklore, handicrafts, and attire. Here, you'll have a chance to try on traditional folk costumes and pose for pictures to create a unique memento of your rural experience. At the end of the day, relax on the return journey to Iasi, where the full-day tour concludes with hotel drop-off.
Stop At:  
Neamt Monastery
Enjoy a day trip to one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Discover the wilderness of the Carpathians, the fresh air, the wonderful mountain landscapes and the serenity of this area. You will start with a visit to Neamţ Monastery, the oldest monastic establishment for monks which shelters an impressive, well-preserved library. Nor far is Neamt Fortress – important military and historical fortification that survived the siege of Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople. You will take a stroll up the hill and enjoy the beautiful view offered from this impressive fort. You will continue with a one of a kind experience: a visit to the bison reserve in Neamt.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Agapia Monastery
Your journey continues with a visit to Agapia Monastery, not only a charming religious site and a great tourist attraction but also an important center of promoting traditional crafts. Be amazed by the picturesque traditional villages where time seems to be standing still. The locals still use horse-drawn carts and prepare food above an open fire with ingredients from their backyard.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Popa Museum
Witness their vivid tapestry of old customs, handicrafts, and folklore by visiting Nicolae Popa Museum. You will have the opportunity to study the symbols of the national costumes. Try on the traditional costumes and take pictures so you will have some one-of-a-kind souvenirs!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included

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This rural experience was a very...
David T
, Oct 2016
This rural experience was a very enjoyable day. I have been to Romania four times now and with each visit I get to see and experience so much more of this beautiful country. The landscape, citadel, monastery, and Nicolae Popa museum was a great insight into the rich history and culture within Romania. My guide Lucian was fantastic even organising an impromptu visit to a family which was the highlight of the day. They welcomed you traditionally, quenched your thirst and appetite with home made food and beverages and then put me to work husking some corn. Absolutely an awesome experience that will stay with me forever.

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Highly recommend! The three monasteries that we visited were breath-taking, and our guide Iulian was knowledgeable and very helpful. Lunch was delicious, too!

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I would like to take the time and...

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I would like to take the time and recommend this tour for anyone that wants to discover the beautiful Romania. This tour was very pleasant was very informative, and very well organized so I would like to recommend it to everyone. Also I would like take the time to tell you about our guide Mr. Niku .
Never before I met such a guide. This guide working for Rolandia tours is the most informative the most humble guide I have ever met. He took us to the Bucovina area he was our driver and our guide. This is one of the most recommended guide that you must take when you arrive to the Iasi area . When you do and take Rolandia tours as your agency ,please ask for Mr. Niku to be your guide. You will never be sorry taking this guide, I fully recommend this tour for anyone and I fully advice everyone who takes this tour to ask for Mr.Niku to be your guide.

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Very nice tour. Our guide, George, was very knowledgable, considerate, and a good driver. The monasteries were worth seeing. We would recommend this tour highly.

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A great tour of Iasi for my first time in Romania. My guide, Mihai, was very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The schedule was flexible and we ended up not going to the Botanical Gardens no flowers really in bloom so we stayed longer at the other sites. Overall wonderful experience!

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