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Romanian & Ukrainian Bucovina

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Romanian & Ukrainian Bucovina

€ 382

per person

Visit Bucovina on both sides of the border. Wonder at the Byzantine rich monastery frescos. Observe the complicated art of decorating Easter eggs. Taste a veritable borscht soup and enjoy a walk in a typical Central European city.

Travel Details

Destination
Bucovina (Romania & Ukraine)
Start / End
Cluj-Napoca
Duration
3 days / 2 nights
Service
guided
Seasonality
April - October
Tour type
cross-border; discover
Departure time
8:30 am
Visa & passport
a current passport is required for entering Ukraine. Please check whether you also need a visa
Dress code
for the monasteries: shoulders and knees should be covered for both men and women. Skirts and scarfs are sometimes offered at the entrance. For the salt mine: non slippery-shoes & appropriate warm clothing recommended (the constant temperature inside the salt mine is 10-12° C)
Visits
Moldovita, Sucevita and Voronet painted monasteries (UNESCO); Easter egg decoration; Chernivtsi city tour & University (UNESCO); Cacica salt mine
Distance
about 800 km / 497 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.

The Eastern part of nowadays Romania was known in medieval times as Moldova. The north-western part of Moldova became known as Bucovina by the end of the 18th century, when it was included into the Austrian Empire. Nowadays it is partly on Romanian territory (the southern side), partly on Ukrainian territory (the northern side).

As the border lines moved so many times in Europe, the area of Bucovina was, in successive time periods, part of the same country, be it Moldova or another.

Northern Bucovina’s (Ukraine) symbol is Chernivtsi, a Central European looking like city, developed as a trade center and evolved into an important university center (now a UNESCO world heritage site).

Southern Bucovina’s (Romania) symbols are the painted monasteries, among which eight are now included in the UNESCO world heritage list.

1

Cluj - Bucovina

Departure from Cluj at 8:30 am, heading for Bucovina, the land of painted monasteries by definition.

Lunch on the way, in a restaurant.

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, observing the Ladder of Virtues fresco scene.

Dinner and accommodation in a rural guesthouse.

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

(dinner included, breakfast & lunch not included)

2

Romania - Ukraine border crossing

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 head back to Romania in the afternoon.

Dinner and accommodation in a rural guesthouse.

Car transfers: approx. 3h00min; ~160 km / 99 mi

(breakfast & dinner included, lunch not included)

3

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.

Continue with the 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, Chernivtsi University, Cacica salt mine)

Easter Egg painting demonstration

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

2 overnights in rural guesthouses (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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