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.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, 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.