Tour 8 Northern regions of Romania -Bucovina and Maramures tour

7 days Tour Begins & Ends Bucharest: 1nt Bucharest, 3nts Gura Humorului, 2nts Botiza, 1nt Brasov

Discover the northern regions of Romania. Bucovina "€“ the land of painted monasteries. Most of the churches have frescoes covering their facades and their interior walls and some of them have been included in the UNESCO World Heritages List. The most importants monasteries: Moldovita, Sucevita, Arbore, Voronet, Humor. And Maramures "€“ famous for its wooden churches (the old and higher wooden buildings from Europe can be visited here), traditions and real village life. Also it is a opportunity to taste the local gatstronomy.

Day 1. ARRIVAL IN BUCHAREST
.BUCHAREST-ODORHEIU SECUIESC

We begin our tour in Romania from Bucharest. Our guide picks you up from the airport and presents to you the beautiful scenery unfolding before you. We'll end our journey in Odorheiu Secuiesc, dinner and accommodation in an exquisite environment.(overnight in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Septimia Hotel Wellness & Spa).    Tip: relaxing evening in the outdoor or indoor swimming pool with thermal water of your accommodation.

Day 2.ODORHEIU SECUIESC"€“ RED LAKE- BICAZ CANYON- AGAPIA "€“ VARATEC "€“ VORONET- GURA HUMORULUI

Breakfast. Leave Odorheiu Secuiesc in our way to the north region of Romania "€“ Bucovina, the land of painted monasteries and traditions. We make the first stop at Red Lake. During a July 1837, at about 7 o'clock, some massive clouds gathered from the East, frightening thunders and a heavy rain that darkened the whole skiline. All this lasted until morning. It was then that two earthslides occured in the region of Bicaz. The Bicaz brook was dammed and generated the Red Lake. With all probabilitythe water reached its overflow point only the next year. It was difficult to perceive this formation as a lake also due to the fact that at the time its  water surface was pierced by the peaks of the many giant fir tress, the maimed trunks of which stay witness to the originality and specificity of the lake even today. We cross the Giurgeu mountains through Bicaz Canyon where we'll be overwhelmed by the sight of the water falls and rock formations. We visit Agapia and Varatic Monasteries, located in a great location in a wooded and wide landscape. Overnight in Gura Humorului.

 3. GURA HUMORULUI "€“ MOLDOVITA "€“ SUCEVITA - PUTNA "€“ MARGINEA - GURA HUMORULUI

After breakfast we"€™ll visit some of the World famous Painted Monasteries. First on today list is Humor (UNESCO) : dates from 1530, this monastery was among the first churches to be painted , the frescoes were painted in 1535. Humor is painted in reddish brown ( from oriental madder pigment), colors are brilliant and truthful to nature. We visit Moldovita (UNESCO): dates back from 1532 and is due to the ruling prince Petru Rares
It has the aspect of a fortress, with imposing towers and high, thick walls. The church has a three-cusped plan, as well as an open porch. It Is decorated with scenes from the 16th century Moldavian life. You can see here the best preserved frescoes, with fresh and vivid colors. Visit Sucevita : the last and the most magnificent monastic achievement among the painted monasteries in Bucovina , looks as a real fortress, with towers, buttresses and watch roads. Built in 1581, by one bishop, it was dedicated to the Assumption in 1584. Paintings of the Sucevita monastery were best preserved both on the outside and on the inside( Ladder of Virtue, the last Judgment, the tree of Jesse). Next is Putna. The beginnings of Putna Monastery, the most important religious, cultural and artistic centre in medi eval Moldavia, take us back to the year 1466 when, upon the initiative of Prince Stephen the Great , a church of impressive dimensions was built on a patch of forest cleared for the purpose. The edifice was erected among 1466 and 1469 and consecrated in 1470; to it was added a few more buildings: a princely home standing on the southern side, outer walls and defence towers; all of them completed in 1481.

Last stop at Marginea Black Pottery. The Ceramics of Marginea are well known all over the world, the beginning of the pottery in Marginea was dated by the historians around 1500. One can visit. Romanian pottery is still made mainly on traditional kick-wheels with simple finishing tools. Visit the workshop and the store.

 Overnight in Gura Humorului Guest House.

Day 4. GURA HUMORULUI "€“ VORONET "€“ IEUD "€“ BARSANA "€“ BOTIZA

After breakfast we visit Voronet Monastery which was founded in 1488 by Stephen the Great . It is the most accomplished sample of artistic achievement in Moldavian architecture and painting . The doors of the porch have a Renaissance framing, whereas the stone carvings of the broken arches at the doors and windows belong to the Gothic style. Voronet Monastery had been dubbed the oriental Sistine Chapel , whereas Voronet Blue , a color obtained from lapis lazuli, entered in the lexicon of art alongside Titian red and Veronese green, and to this day has yet to be reproduced by natural means. We"€™ll visit the wooden church from Ieud, the oldest wooden building from Europe, built in 14-een century. Next stop is at Barsana Monastery (UNESCO ) a large monastic complex comprising of several wooden buildings, all constructed in the local style , including the wooden church. The Gate Tower is the higher wooden building from Europe. Overnight in Botiza. 

Day 5. BOTIZA - BARSANA "€“ SAPANTA "€“ DESESTI - BOTIZA

After breakfast we go to Sapanta and visit the famous Merry Cemetery, truly one of the most unique sites in Europe. Discover how a cemetery can be merry in the picturesque and traditional area of Maramures. It is famous for its colourful tombstones with native paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The Merry Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction.
Next stop at the wodden church from Desesti which is included in the UNESCO heritages. We"€™ll return to Botiza through the area of Calinesti "€“ an area with isolated traditional villages where traditional costumes and way of life is still very well preserved
 Enjoy a traditional Marumures dinner. Overnight in Botiza.

Day 6. BOTIZA -SIGHISOARA- BRASOV

After brekfast, explore the most beautiful citadel in Europe, Sighisoara, the essence of all cultural holidays. It was here were the historical Dracula, Vlad Tepes, was born. Situated in Mures County, on the valley of the Tarnava Mare river, Sighisoara (former Dacian settlement and also called "the pearl of Transylvania") was founded by the German immigrants in the second half of the 12th century and it was turned into a city in 1407. Its medi eval aspect may be found both in the centre of the city and inside the Fortress of Sighisoara. Enjoy a visit of its fortress including the Clock Tower, the Torture room and The Medi eval Weapon Collection. Tip: in Sighisoara you can enjoy your lunch in a special location - Casa Vlad Dracul Restaurant, the place where Vlad Dracul, the father of the one who bares the stigma of the bloody count Dracula, was born!

Drive to Brasov for a traditional dinner with folk show and wine tasting. Overnight in Brasov.

Day 7. BRASOV "€“ PELES CASTELE- BRAN CASTLE- BUCHAREST AIRPORT.

Today is castles day! The first one on your list is Bran Castle also known as Dracula's Castle in Transylvania. Bran Castle is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometers) at the entrance in the Bran - Rucar passage. The castle got its fame from Dracula's legend written in 1897 by Bram Stoker and later on made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola. Then cross the mountains to visit Peles castle, the most beautiful royal palace in Europe, a genuine highlight of a cultural tour.Transfer to the Airport.