From Moldova and Transnistria to the painted monasteries of Romania
Flight - 1 night
Iasi - 1 night
Chisinau - 3 nights
Radauti - 2 nights
This arrangement combines the less-visited north eastern part of Romania with the relatively unknown neighbouring country of Moldova. These two areas once formed the historical region of Moldavia, which existed until 1862, when it joined Wallachia to form modern Romania.
Moldavia had its share of problems from invading Hungary and Poland but their toughest challenge came from the relentless Turks during the reign of Prince Stephen the Great of Moldavia. He gained notoriety in Europe for foiling their advance but his son and successor was not so successful, and by the middle of the 16th century, the Ottoman Empire took control of their affairs. Stephen the Great was a religious and cultural man, and it was his influence that gave rise to a school of native painters who have bequeathed some true masterpieces of the fresco technique found on the 16th and 17th-century painted monasteries of Bucovina. Still, after all this time, they retain their vibrancy but alas the secret of their method died with these painters.
Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO Heritage Site: Painted Churches
3 Lunches and 1 Dinner
Local Expert Guide
Group Size 6 - 25
Day 1 Fly overnight from London Luton to Iasi.
Day 2 Early morning arrival and transfer to 4-star Unirea Hotel for overnight (rooms are available for immediate check-in and some rest). Afternoon tour of Iasi, the old capital of both Moldavia and Romania, includes the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Palace of Culture and the Church of the Three Hierarchs. (B)
Day 3 Transfer to Chisinau, the capital of Moldova (4hrs) for three nights at the 4-star Flowers Hotel. Lunch at a countryside home. (B, L)
Day 4 Tour of Chisinau includes a walk on Stefan cel Mare Boulevard, viewing the Presidential Palace, Parliament and the Orthodox Cathedral. Visit Orhei Vechi Complex situated on top of a cliff with a cave monastery carved into limestone and an Orthodox church. Lunch at a village home. Enjoy a tour and wine tasting at Cricova wine cellar. (B, L)
Day 5 Full-day visit to Tiraspol, the capital of breakaway territory of Transnistria. The state that doesn’t exist, is not recognised internationally and still considered part of Moldova, sits on a strip of land between the River Dniester and the eastern Moldovan border. See the House of Soviets, with a statue of Lenin guarding its exterior, monuments of Suvorov and Raevski, the Memorial, Dramatic Theatre and Shevchenko University. Visit Chitcani Monastery. (B)
Day 6 Travel to Gura Humorului in Romania, stop at a small village and the wooden church in Muntenesti (5 hrs). Spend two nights at the 4-star Best Western Bucovina. (B, L)
Day 7 Tour of the painted churches includes Sucevita, which is the best preserved of all with imposing walls and defensive towers, Moldovita and Voronet, known as the 'Sistine Chapel of the East', famous for the blue colour used by the artists as background for its frescoes and a black pottery workshop in Marginea. (B)
Day 8 City tour of Suceava followed by a visit to Agapia Monastery. Continue to Iasi for farewell dinner. Return flight. (B, D)
On occasion alternative hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.
This modern 4-star hotel is located in the centre of Iasi at Union Square. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 154 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
This 4-star hotel in the centre of Chisinau is a perfect combination of elegance and modern comfort. Restaurant, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 40 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A traditional4-star hotel in the centre of Gura Humorului. Restaurants, bar, WiFi (free), sauna, jacuzzi and spa. 130 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
Blue Air from London Luton
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Arrival transfer add £15
Departure transfer with group included
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