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Bucovina & Podolia

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Bucovina & Podolia

€ 502

per person

Explore Bucovina and cross the border to Ukraine. Marvel at the colorful Byzantine art. Unveil the techniques behind traditional crafts. Walk on the hallways of stunning University. Contemplate the strong medieval fortifications.

Travel Details

Destination
Romania & Ukraine
Start / End
Cluj-Napoca
Duration
4 days / 3 nights
Service
guided
Seasonality
May - September
Tour type
cross-border & discover
Departure
8:30 am
Visa & passport
a current passport is required for entering Ukraine. Please check whether you also need a visa
Visits
Moldovita, Sucevita and Voronet painted monasteries (UNESCO); Easter Egg decoration; Chernivtsi city tour & University (UNESCO); Kamianets-Podilskyi fortress (UNESCO); Khotyn fortress; Cacica salt mine
Distance
about 1000 km / 621 mi
Car transfer duration
see daily details in Tour Plan
Notes
accommodation locations & order of visits may suffer changes. Certain inside visits may not be available on Monday.

With the borderlines changing so many times in East European history, habits, populations and beliefs often become interdependent in these territories. Established in nowadays north-eastern part of Romania and south-western part of Ukraine, and Podolia regions still have much to share. Be it historic architecture, local crafts, religion, music or traditional clothes and food, all these elements could not be erased by the Soviet Iron Curtain.

This tour is meant to reveal both medieval similarities and modern differences.

1

Cluj - Bucovina

Departure from Cluj at 8:30 am, heading for Bucovina. Positioned in North-Eastern part of Romania, in a mountain area, Bucovina is the region on painted monasteries by definition. Melting pot of over 11 different ethnic groups, the area has much more to offer though: amazing landscapes, colorful houses, well preserved Hutsul traditions and warm hearted people.

Lunch on the way, in Borgo Pass.

Visit the painted monastery of Moldovita, famous for it’s Siege of Constantinople fresco scene. As decorating the Easter egg is an ancient Hutsul tradition that you must not miss, you’ll have the chance to assist at such a demonstration.

Continue the journey with the visit of the most complete and best preserved of the painted monasteries: Sucevita. If you’re looking for spiritual perfection, you may find inspiration here, admiring the Ladder of Virtues fresco scene.

Dinner and accommodation in a rural guesthouse in Bucovina.

Car transfers: approx. 5h30min; ~300 km / 186 mi

(dinner included, breakfast & lunch not included)

2

Bucovina - Ukraine

In the morning, after breakfast, leave for Ukraine. Although the distance is quite short, it might take a couple of hours to cross the border and get there.

Lunch in a restaurant and meet the local guide for the Chernivtsi tour, an intriguingly beautiful and mysterious city. Visit Chernivtsi University (UNESCO heritage) and, time permitting, in the afternoon, do some shopping in the largest outdoor market in Ukraine.

Dinner in a restaurant and accommodation in a 4* hotel in Chernivtsi.

Car transfers: approx. 1h30min; ~80 km / 50 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)

3

Ukraine - Bucovina

Breakfast and departure, together with the local guide, for Podolia region. Visit Khotyn medieval fortress, one of the main attractions in Chernivtsi area.

Lunch in a restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit the fortress and the museum city of Kamianets-Podilskyi, part of UNESCO heritage sites and ranked as third in cultural importance in Ukraine after Kiev and Lviv.

Head back to Romania.

Dinner and accommodation in a rural guesthouse in Bucovina.

Car transfers: approx. 5h00min; ~255 km / 158 mi

(breakfast & dinner included, lunch not included)

4

Bucovina - Cluj

After breakfast, visit Cacica salt mine, in the heart of the Polish inhabited micro-region of Bucovina.

*It is not recommended to visit the salt mine if you have heart, lungs, digestive and other health conditions. You can check them all here.

Lunch in a restaurant.

Continue with Voronet painted monastery, the most famous of all eight painted monasteries included in UNESCO heritage.

Get back to Cluj in late afternoon. End of the tour.

Car transfers: approx. 6h00min; ~330 km / 205 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)

 

Included:

services of an English speaking guide / driver

local guide for Ukraine

pick up & drop off

transportation by private vehicle or minibus

gas, road tax and parking fees

entry tickets (for 3 painted monasteries, Cacica salt mine, Chernivtsi university, Khotyn and Kamianets-Podilskyi fortresses)

Easter egg painting demonstration

meals as mentioned in the tour description (3 breakfast, 2 dinners)

2 overnights in a rural guesthouse in Romania (double room based)

1 overnight in a 4* hotel in Ukraine (double room based)

Not included:

flight tickets

travel insurance

your meals and drinks (others than mentioned)

photo / video fees (where required)

personal expenses

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All prices are listed per person and calculated on an 8 participants basis.
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