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Private tour : Transylvania & Bucovina from Bucharest 4 days/3 nights

Visit the most important and famous regions of Romania – Transylvania and Bucovina.

Unique Paintings and Centuries of History - will visit five of the most beautiful and representative painted churches in Bucovina.Monasteries are located in rare beauty areas, surrounded by quiet hills. The villages around them are traditional Romanian villages with traditional old houses and friendly and hospitable inhabitants .

We will be staying in a rustic country house with dinner and a hearty breakfast

It is a wonderful tour that combines the architecture of castles with that of medieval citadels.

We will also visit old Saxon villages with beautiful Saxon fortified churches.

You will be taken from your hotel in Bucharest, a professional guide and you will travel to Transylvania in a luxurious Mercedes Vklass van with the highest comfort.

We will make your haliday a unforgettable .

per adult from

$1,209

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Duration

4 days

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  • What's included :
    • 3x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • Profesional english guide
    • Free Wi-Fi available from hot spot while in the private car
    What's excluded :
    • Entraces fees
    • Lunch and other meals
    • Foto tickets at Peles Castle , 35 lei = 7 euro
    • Entry/Admission - Peles Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
    • Entry/Admission - Brasov Historical Center
    • Entry/Admission - Viscri Fortified Church
    • Entry/Admission - Sighisoara Historic Center
    • Entry/Admission - Biertan Fortified Church
    • Entry/Admission - Humor Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Manastirea Voronet
    • Entry/Admission - Moldovita Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Arbore Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Cacica Salt Mine

  • Day 1: Bucharest- Sinaia- Bran - Brasov

    Stop At: Peles Castle, Str. Pelesului 2, Sinaia 106100 Romania
    The Peles castle- summer residence belonging to the royal family of Romania, build in the 19th century by Carol the First. It is the most beautiful castle of Romania and maybe of Europe.The castle if build predominantly in a german renaissance manor. It has 160 rooms and 30 bathrooms.The main caracteristic of the castle is its detailed woodwork made by Bernhard Ludwig from Vienna .
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Str. General Traian Mosoiu nr. 24, Bran 507025 Romania
    The Bran castle also known as the Dracula castle, build in the 14 century and made famous by the Irish writer Bram Stoker. Legends,spirits, ghosts and many mysteries will be encountered at Draculas castle .Bran castle will take you back to the 14th century when times where much simpler.Here we will encounter the gotic architecture of the castle. Build on a bolder in a valley having the roll to look over the border and protect the entrance into Transylvania.Tall walls, cold,robust towers, rooms surrounded in mistery offer the perfect ambience to take you back to the medieval times when the castle was patrolled by guards and where Dracula tortured thousands.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Brasov Historical Center, Piazza Sfatului, Brasov Romania
    We will take a small tour of the old center of Brasov .
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Brasov , 3* hotel in downtown

    Day 2: Brasov- Viscri - Sighisoara - Biertan- Brasov

    Stop At: Viscri Fortified Church, Viscri 507039 Romania
    Your first stop is the 14th-century village of Viscri, built by Saxon colonists.It is one of the most beautiful and old fortified churches in Transylvania .Wander the rustic streets of the village and visit its UNESCO World Heritage-listed church We will socialize with the peasants, taste the palinca ( Brandy ) made in the village, you will buy the products made by hand by the peasants in the village, and we will cool with the delicious fruit syrup "Socata"
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Piata Cetatii Nr.1 Center of Sighisoara, Sighisoara 545400 Romania
    Sighisora is considered to be the most beatiful and well preserved inhabited citadel in Europe , with an authentic medieval arhitecture .Is one of the few fortified towns wich are still inhabited .Vlad Tepes, alias Dracula, was born in this city in 1431 and we will visit the house where the mysterious print was born.Central Sighisoara has preserved in a exemplary way the featuress off a small medieval fortified city ,it is been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site .
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Biertan Fortified Church, Central Square, Biertan 557045 Romania
    We will visit Biertan village built by Saxon colonists In the middle of the village is the largest and most imposing Saxon fortified church in Transylvania.It was built in the late 16th century in the late Gothic style.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Brasov , 3* hotel in downtown

    Day 3: Brasov- Oituz Pasage - Gura Humorului- Moldovita-Sucevita

    Stop At: Humor Monastery, Dj177, Gura Humorului 727355 Romania
    Humor Monastery is one of the religious masterpieces of Bucovina, a region best-known for its many churches and monasteries. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, alongside the painted churches from Voronet, Sucevita or Moldovita, Humor Monastery is almost 500 years old. Its Byzantine frescoes remain, nonetheless, rare and precious until today.Built in 1530 on the premises of an older church, the monastery of Humor has several particularities that differentiate it from other painted churches, including its smaller size and the absence of a steeple from its cross-shaped roof. These distinctive elements indicate the position of its founder who was a rich first rank court official, but was not a prince.

    Still, the name of Prince Petru Rares appears alongside the name of the founder, Toader Bubuiog, on the inscription placed above the church entry. This proves the princely support for local aristocracy initiatives of building new churches. In a time when political power was also closely tied to a strong religious position, being a protector of churches and monasteries appeared as a key necessity of a successful reign.

    Humor Monastery kept its religious function until Bucovina became part of the Habsburg Empire at the end of the 18th century. The Austrian authorities put an end to the monachal life from Humor, and only the church was allowed to continue with its religious functions. The monastery was only restored more than 200 years later, in 1991.Built as a triconch church, the architecture of the edifice combines Gothic elements, visible in the shape of doors and windows, with local elements already used before in the painted churches from Bucovina.

    Besides its dimensions and roof shape, the church has another particular element, an open porch with arcades that marks the entrance to the narthex. Inspired by local architecture and potentially by the Italian Renaissance loggia, the open porch from Humor Monastery is a first in the region. Another new element is a secret space hidden above the burial area inside the church were precious objects were stored in case of attacks.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Manastirea Voronet, Strada Voronet 166, Voronet 725301 Romania
    You don’t have to be very religious to enjoy a visit to Voronet Monastery where you’ll see the most famous of the painted churches of Bucovina. Included today on the UNESCO World Heritage List together with six more churches from the region, this religious monument is a unique symbol of how local medieval princes emphasized their great support for the Orthodox faith in a time when its existence was threatened by the expansion of the Ottoman Empire.Voronet Monastery is included in our Active Tour in Cultural Bucovina and Painted Monasteries of Bucovina Tour. More tours on www.uncover-romania-tours.com

    You don’t have to be very religious to enjoy a visit to Voronet Monastery where you’ll see the most famous of the painted churches of Bucovina. Included today on the UNESCO World Heritage List together with six more churches from the region, this religious monument is a unique symbol of how local medieval princes emphasized their great support for the Orthodox faith in a time when its existence was threatened by the expansion of the Ottoman Empire.

    Voronet Monastery

    The church of Voronet Monastery

    The Sistine Chapel of the East

    Also known as the ‘the Sistine Chapel of the East’ due to its splendid frescoes, the church of the Monastery of Voronet was built in just a couple of months, in 1488, by Stephen the Great, the most popular prince of Moldavia, after one of his victories against the Ottoman armies. This was a common practice of the prince who promoted an architecture known as the Moldavian style. Many of the churches built this way are still preserved until today in the regions of Moldavia and Bucovina.

    Of small, but well-balanced proportions, the church of Voronet Monastery is representative for the Moldavian style, having also Gothic and Byzantine-inspired elements. It was from the very beginning more than a religious edifice. Its frescoes highlighted the moral stories of the Bible for the illiterate villagers of the time, persuading them to act according to the Christian norms.

    Exquisite testimonies of their painters’ talent, the frescoes of Voronet conserve a centuries-old secret. The distinct ‘Voronet blue’ color is unique in the world, and its composition is almost impossible to replicate today.

    The 15th and 16th-century frescoes are the main attraction of the church, a masterpiece of Byzantine art. The interior paintings date from the time of the founder, Prince Stephen the Great, portrayed in the nave together with his family. Major Biblical scenes, focused on the life of Virgin Mary and Jesus, occupy the nave, while the narthex presents the story of Saint George and the Orthodox calendar in the small and very vivid scenes of Byzantine inspiration.

    Still, the exterior frescoes added in 1547 remain the most impressive. The largest of all is on the western wall, the scene of the ‘Last Judgment’, in a singular representation for the Eastern Christianity. An ample story of the last day and its tragic or happy ending, the scene should be read from the lower part where the image of heaven appears in opposition to the river of fire and a very happy Satan that greets the sinners. Coincidence or not, among the sinners are also the non-Christians of the time, the Jews and the Turks.The angels Michael and Peter have key roles, one opening the gates of heaven while the other pushes sinners to hell. A rare image is the ‘Ressurection of the Dead’ painted across from Moses leading the non-Christians to judgment. In the upper scene, next to the Throne of Judgement, groups of saints who already made it to heaven sit close to Jesus portrayed as Great Judge. A rare representation of God and the angels that fold a scroll with the zodiacal signs, a symbol for the end of time as we know it, occupy the last two registers.

    To make it more representative for the local community, the painters added some symbols of local culture including musical instruments, traditional clothing and nearby landscapes. Many more symbolic characters, including Adam and Eve or Greek philosophers, are painted on other exterior walls of the monastery.

    The monastic life at Voronet was interrupted at the end of the 18th century after Bucovina was conquered by the Habsburg Empire, and it started again only in 1991. Today, Voronet Monastery is one of the must-see attractions of Romania, and during summers is one the most popular destinations in the scenic land of Bucovina
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Moldovita Monastery, Vatra Moldovitei 727595 Romania
    Moldovita Monastery is one of the eight painted churches included on UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all masterpieces inspired by the Byzantine art of the 15th and 16th centuries. Their distinctive element – the external walls covered with frescoes representing complete religious cycles – makes them unique in the myriad of churches built anywhere in the world in that time.

    Continuing the work of his father, Petru Rares founded Moldovita Monastery in 1532, very close to where his great-grandfather had built a church more than a century before. Surrounded by fortification walls with four corner towers and a solid gate tower, the monastery combined the religious and defensive elements, a common practice of a time when enemy attacks often took place.

    Built on the typical triconch plan, using the Moldavian vaulting system, the church from Moldovita also has a burial room between the narthex and the nave and a small hidden niche used for storage in case of an attack, elements that appeared before at Humor Monastery.The paintings from Moldovita Monastery are among the most impressive from the eight UNESCO churches. The dominant colors are red, yellow and green, while the background is mainly white and dark blue. The multitude of religious characters is precisely and skillfully painted, conveying both their emotion and importance, the main purpose being moral and religious education. Its external and interior walls are covered with frescoes that represent ample cycles like the ‘Tree of Jesse’, the ‘Akathystos Hymn’, the ‘Last Judgment’ and the ‘Great Prayer of All Saints’.

    Several elements make the paintings from Moldovita stand out. Above the altar, Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus is surrounded by her parents in a scene that otherwise is dominated by archangels while in the Cycle of Passions from the nave, Jesus and Pontius Pilate appear discussing in a casual manner. Plus, the scene of the Siege of Constantinople, a central theme for all the painted churches, is best-preserved here.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Sucevita village at the Guest House ,we will have the dinner and breakfast with traditional products .

    Day 4: Sucevita-Marginea-Arbore -Cacica-Gura Humorului-Bucharest

    Stop At: Ceramica neagra Marginea, Nearby Suceava Plateau and Bucovina's Obcini Marginea Village, Suceava Romania
    We will vist Black Ceramics of Marginea .We will visit the workshops where ceramic objects are produced. You will admire the craftsmanship of the local craftsmen and you will be able to try this craft .
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Arbore Monastery, Road 2K, Arbore 727015 Romania
    Arbore Monastery was built between the 2nd of April and the 29th of August 1503, by Luca Arbore, in the village of Soloca, that he owned. He was one of the important boyars of Stefan cel Mare, being since 1486 the gatekeeper of Suceava. He had defended bravely the Suceava Fortress in 1497 against Polish attacks. Five month later, he erected the monastery, next to his private residence, meant as a family chapel and cemetery. Luca never saw the paintings of his monastery completed because he was beheaded along with two of his sons, having been falsely accused of treachery. The monument was dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.

    The monastery, with it’s rectangular shape,was built of brick and stone extracted from the quarries in the region. It is smaller than other painted churches and, probably , less spectacular. There is no steeple, as it was built by a landowner, and not by a ruling prince. A semicircular arcade which doubles the outside west wall of the pronaos was designed to house the bells. These now have a separate bell tower above the entrance to the church-yard.

    It has remarkable fresco paintings against a predominant green background, unlike Voronet, where blue is the predominant color. The green is in five shadows and 47 hues combined with red, blue, yellow, pink and ochre. Unfortunately the secret of combining colors held by the painters of Arbore is now lost. However, scientists were able to identify thirty substances, including animal size, vinegar, egg, gall and honey. Restorers can now only stabilize what has been left of the frescoes. The interior paintings were seriously damaged in the 17th-18th centuries when the church remained without its roof.he paintings were made by a team led by Dragos Coman from Iasi. The artist proves to be a genius: a widely-traveled man, he innovates, has a new vision different from the one of his predecessors, he succeeds in making a bold synthesis of oriental and western elements, well integrated in tradition though. Most of the paintings represent scenes taken from the Genesis and the Saints’ lives. They are delicate and vivid, whereas houses are drawn in perspective. The best preserved frescoes are found on the relatively sheltered south and west walls. Among the most valuable scenes one may see are The Hymn of the Prayers to the Virgin, The Siege of Constantinople, The Last Judgment, The Prodigal Son and many others. The Siege of Constantinople is a syncretic representation of the attacks of Persians, Avars and Slaves upon Constantinople in 617. The Journey of the Magi, the Holy Virgin and other scenes show the painter’s disposition to rocky landscape against a predominantly green background, like in the Last Judgment where he finds his own solutions to render the characters’ movement fluid. In the Prayer of All Saints on the apse, Christopher, the defender against death, with Baby Jesus on his shoulder is also among the martyr saints, it is a unique and unusual image for Moldavia, influenced by the mural painting in Catholic countries.

    On the west wall, in the niche beside which services for the dead are usually celebrated, Dragos painted a series of vivid “miniatures” like a large version of an illuminated manuscript. The top register shows The Holly Family on the flight into Egypt and the Massacre of the Innocents. Below these, there are scenes from the Life of the Virgin, followed lower down by episodes from Moses’s story. The lowest bands contain the Siege of Constantinopole, updated to reflect the contemporary fears about the Turks, rather than the Persians who were the original aggressors.The south wall contains eight registers devoted to scenes from Genesis and the Lives of the Saints. The Last Judgment is badly damaged, but it must have been a strong and imaginative composition: what remains is of excellent quality and, in the raking light, you can see some of the incised underdrawings that were made before the paint was applied. Worth noticing are the parcels containing souls which are being weighed in the balance, and the lush vegetation in the Paradise Garden .

    Inside the monastery, an ethnographic museum with a rich display of the region’s most valuable assets is worth visiting. The monastery was restored between 1909-1914 and 1936-1937, and appears on the UNESCO list of monuments.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Cacica Salt Mine, Cacica Romania
    We will visit the salt mine in the village of Cacica
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can pick you up either from the airport or your accomodation.Airports
    • Otopeni Intl Airport, Bucharest Romania
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • -the cars will be disinfected after and before every tour with professional equipment -tourist will recive free masks and gloves and also free hand sanitizer and to minimize outside contact we also offer free bottled water -every tourist will be picked up from their hotel or accommodation
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

7

Organised by Discovery Transylvania

Activity ID: V-136887P15

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