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Private three days tour of Iasi and UNESCO Painted Monasteries in Bucovina
Discover a land of folklore, fairy tales, and Old World traditions with a 4-day trip to the Bucovina region of Romania. Catch a quick flight to Iasi, the culturally rich capital of Moldavia and home to some of the most celebrated churches and palaces in Eastern Europe. Admire the UNESCO-listed painted monasteries of Bucovina, observe traditional handicrafts in Neamt, and venture into the Carpathian wilderness to visit a fortress. Flights, accommodation, transport, and many meals are included for a stress-free journey through this land of legends.
4-day, 3-night tour of eastern Romania highlights from Bucharest
See the famous painted monasteries of Bucovina
Observe traditional customs and crafts in the villages of Neamt
Visit a historic fortress in the forests of the Carpathian Mountains
See the Three Hierachs Church and other landmarks in lovely Iasi
Immersive and diverse cultural experience
Includes airfare, accommodations, transport, and many meals
We were thrilled with our tour of the beautiful region of Bucovina and surrounding Moldavia. We could not have had a better experience than with the Rolandia guides, Madalina in Iasi and Iulian in Bucovina. They both created an atmosphere of cheerful welcome and a spirit of discovery, as well as being extremely knowledgeable and interested in engaging with us. With only two days to visit four monasteries, one fortress, a castle and two museums, our tour of Bucovina was quite packed, but Iulian organized our time very professionally without making us feel rushed. Iulian was also a great driver and used the time in the car as an opportunity to educate us about a variety of local customs and other facts about the region.
The painted monasteries well deserve their UNESCO recognition--they are incredible pieces of art and architecture, totally unique to their place and time. Iulian's explanations of the historical and religious contexts in which the churches were decorated were more than invaluable and went far beyond anything we had in our guidebooks. We also greatly enjoyed the Popa museum with its collection of folk art and artifacts.
The included hotel stays consisted of two nights in Iasi and one night in Gura Humorului--in Iasi the 4-star hotel accommodation was comfortable and we appreciated the ample breakfast. In Gura Humorului, accommodation was of a completely different style, in rustic cottage rooms well off the beaten track. Here we really felt like we saw a true slice of Romanian country life. We were served fresh milk from the cow and "placinta" cake made by the hotel owner. The contrast between the urban stay in Iasi and the experience of the more rural areas was an interesting aspect of the tour. The included dinner in Bucovina was an incredible experience--all the food was sourced from a local farm and delicious, if heavy on meat.
In all, we had a terrific and fun experience and would highly recommend this tour. It was perfect for an American couple and their adult daughter living in Romania to spend family time together.