A THREE DAY GUIDED TOUR OF WONDERFUL BUCOVINA
Itinerary: Bucharest – Egg Painting Demo & Home Hosted Dinner – Full Monastery Tour – Gura Humor – Bucharest
Duration: 3 Days
Day 1: Bucharest – Bucovina & Home Hosted Dinner
Morning pick up by your English speaking tour guide at your hotel in Bucharest. Drive north to Bucovina passing thru the vineyards of Vrancea. Stopover for lunch along the way. Later in the afternoon in the town of Campulung enjoy an exclusively organized interactive egg-painting demonstration by a local artist in her home, this being one of the local traditions of the area.
You will also have the chance to admire painted eggs from all over the world. Enjoy a home hosted dinner in the village, a true cultural interchange. After arriving in Gura Humorului, check into the hotel. Evening at leisure.
B D Accommodation in Gura Humor at Hotel Casa Humor **** OR Best Western Hotel Bucovina **** (two nights)
Day 2: Bucovina Monasteries Excursion (UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
A la carte breakfast at hotel. Bucovina monasteries are gems of medieval Moldavian architecture and artistry. Begin your day with Voronet, the most famous out of all, known as the Sistine Chapel of the East and featuring one the best preserved Last Judgment fresco in this part of the World. Receive a complete explanation of the exterior frescoes with their many symbols. Next is Moldovita Monastery where the UNESCO Golden Apple Award given to the painted churches in 1975, is kept. As a cultural connection, enjoy a traditional gourmet Bucovina lunch in the picturesque village of Sucevita. Later continue to the nearby Sucevita Monastery, which is the largest of all, looking more like a mighty fortress than a monastery. The Ladder of John of Sinai is considered one of the best of the frescoes of Sucevita, rarely present in medieval Romanian art. Visit the small museum of this monastery displaying some of the most valuable old Bibles in the country. In the village of Marginea visit the black pottery workshop – they use a technique called “oxygen reduction”, there is the same technique in Mexico only! End your day with the Monastery of Humor, the only one without a belfry tower. Return to the hotel.
B L Accommodation in Gura Humorului at Hotel Casa Humor **** OR BW Hotel Bucovina ****
Day 3: Gura Humorului – Bucharest
A la carte breakfast at hotel. Morning visit to the exquisite Folk Customs and Traditions Museum of Bucovina, an authentic window into the local culture and a perfect ending to your tour in the area. Drive south to Bucharest with arrival in the early evening. Transfer to your hotel.
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Your price includes:
- 2 nights at a four star hotel (please see choices)
- fully insured sedan or minivan with climate control, for the entire distance
- fuel & parking fees included
- all sightseeing tours & cultural connections
- 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 home hosted dinner
- professional English speaking guide (driving) to accompany you throughout
- guide’s expenses
- admissions to museums, sites and churches as per itinerary
- porterage at hotels
- VAT and local tax
- detailed map of Romania.
You’ll visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site:
- Bucovina Exterior Frescoed Monasteries
- Other meals than stated
- Alcoholic beverages
- Photo/video fees at sites and museums.
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Dr. and Mrs. Luis G. Murillo, San Diego, California
Our journey through your wonderful country was most enjoyable and rewarding. We thank you very much for the help you extended to us especially in customizing our tour. Our guide was a very intelligent, knowledgeable and amiable young man who contributed greatly to our sense of comfort and security. His interest and skills in photography were an additional and unexpected help. He certainly can be considered a very valuable professional. Best Regards!
Janel Barberito and Jim Jurczyk
My husband and I visited Romania after we e-mailed about 7 tour operators with the same request (dates, itinerary, etc). We made our decision based on the timely replies, the tour that was presented by each operator, the costs and the manner in which it was presented. There was something different about their responses and we felt good about our decision….we were not disappointed. The accommodations were superb, better than what we would have chosen. We compared the costs with the other operators and agreed that was the best deal.
Rachelle Babij and Her Group of 42, Canada
Once again, I wish to say Thank You for making our trip to Romania (home) so wonderful – everyone was very pleased with the tour and all had a great time. There were many sad tears when we said good bye to each other – no one wanted the tour to end. I am very happy to have contacted you to do this family tour for us – it was EXCELLENT!!!!!
Margery Cohen, New York, NY
We cannot recommend Andrei Nicolau highly enough. He is a wonderful guide and also very intelligent. We had always traveled on our own but felt in Romania we would need a guide and was not sure how it would be for 15 days. Well, it was truly an outstanding experience. Andrei’s goal is to make his clients happy and to love Romania. He is extremely proud of his country and his knowledge of its history and also European history is extensive. My husband is a history buff and he and Andrei had wonderful discussions. He will alter your itinerary to meet your needs or if something interesting is happening to include that also. He is there to serve you. Andrei’s English is excellent. He is a truly unique person and we know you will love your trip to Romania.
Martin West and Jimmy T. Nelson, USA
After watching you on the Travel Channel we decided to visit Romania. We finally made the trip 14 months later and would like to again thank you for a wonderful experience. It truly was a great trip and we would like to return some day. We kept talking about it for weeks and sent pictures to all our friends and family. We felt fortunate to have you as our tour designer and tour guide and realized as we moved, how good you are at it. Thank you for everything.
The Samsons in Delaware
Took a while before we got back to our normal lifes at home. Just wanted to touch base and thank you for the best tour ever. Romania is a beautiful country and we were happy to get to know people. The cooking lesson in Bucavinia was the best. Where do you find these people. We had a great time all along. Thank you.
Rick Oncescu & Group, Canada
Thank you very much for the most memorable trip you put together for us. We all enjoyed the experience of finding one of our relatives as well a seeing all of the sites and places within Romania you coordinated for our trip. Cristian was everything we could ask for in a guide/driver, he most definitely made our time in Romania interesting and entertaining, he fit right in and became one of the family. Romania is a wonderful inviting country with so much to offer, I know some if not all of us will return.
Andrew and Mira from USA
Thank you for this follow-up. Thank you for customizing our tour so well. I just wish we had more time. Our guide, Andrei Pintea, was truly excellent. We not only had respect for his ability to guide but enjoyed and appreciated his broad cultural and historical insight as well. He is truly a credit to your Company and we left Romania feeling that we left behind a good friend. We enjoyed all of the accommodaotions and especially the one in Sighisoara even though there is no elevator. It was very comfortable and the staff there was friendly and accommodating. Finally, we enjoyed your wonderful country and will certainly return.
Nancy Ewing and family, US
We were very pleased with our tour of Romania. The “Romania Tours” program was very well planned, and we were very glad that we could be flexible and make changes at any time. We did make adjustments so that we could add other things, or spend more time somewhere, or visit a relative or two as we went along. Dan was an excellent guide and driver for us. All three of us had the highest opinion of his work -no negatives at all. He is good natured and very flexible. He did a great job of balancing the interests and abilities of all of us. We enjoyed his sense of humor and patience. September was a great time to visit Romania. We liked seeing all of the harvest work and the weather was comfortable. The people in the countryside were extremely friendly and we enjoyed the food. We took tons of photos and will have lots of good memories of our visit. Thank you.