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Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina – choose this Bucovina Monastery tour in order to explore with us the Bucovina Painted Monasteries in a premium way. From 45 euro per person for a extented full day tour to Painted Monasteries of Bucovina and other local attractions. This Bucovina Monastery Tour is ideal for tourists who want to see in a short time the most important tourist attractions in Bucovina (especially the most important painted monasteries of Bucovina).

Painted Monasteries of Bucovina Tour Itinerary: Suceava (or other starting point. Please make a note in the booking form or contact us – Gura Humorului and Voronet Monastery –  Moldovita Monastery – Palma – Sucevita Monastery – Marginea Pottery Workshop – Putna Monastery – Cacica Salt Mine and Polish Church – Suceava (or other point)

Approx. distance: 250km

Time: approx. 9 hours (including the lunch time)

Highlights of Painted Monasteries of Bucovina Tour

Tour description: The tour starts in the morning, at a mutually agreed time and we will visit the most important Painted Monasteries of Bucovina and other attractions of the area:

  • Voronet Monastery – one of the most important painted monasteries of Bucovina is Voroneţ Monastery, called “Sistine Chapel of the East” for the great fresco on the western façade, called “The Last Judgment” is a medieval monastic complex built in the Voroneţ village. It is one of the most valuable foundations of Stephen the Great, and its construction was made in 1488 in only 3 months and 3 weeks, which is a record for that time. The “blue of Voronet” is considered by specialists as unique in the world and known as the red of the Rubes or Veronese’s green. The place is included in UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Moldovita Monastery – Moldovita Monastery is one of the most important painted monasteries of Bucovina and it has an important and glorious historical past. It was built in 1532 by the voivode Petru Rares, the son of Stefan cel Mare. The origin of this monastery remains shrouded in the darkness of the time, and the legends of this place are fascinating. In Moldovita Monastery there is also a museum, where religious objects, rare books, icons, as well as a chair (throne), which is attributed to Petru Rares, are exhibited. Here we also find the “Golden Apple” award, awarded by the International Federation of Journalists. This prize is the equivalent of an Oscar in tourism.
  • Palma – The next stop will be at the Palma/Ciumarna Pass at 1100 m altitude. Here we will hear the fascinating story of this place and here we can admire a dreamlike landscape, typical of Bucovina.
  • Sucevita Monastery – Sucevita Monastery is also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The legend says that for the redemption of her sins, a woman brought the stone for the current building for thirty years (by carriage with buffalo). The architecture combines elements of Byzantine and Gothic art, plus architectural elements of the old wooden churches in Moldova. The interior and exterior paintings are of great artistic value, being an extensive biblical narrative of the Old and New Testaments.
  • Marginea Pottery Workshop – you must visit this place. Marginea’s ceramics are characterized by the black color that objects get after burning – the result of using a prehistoric technology. Prior to the establishment of the Communist regime in Romania, there were around 60 pottery workshops in Marginea. Then, during the communist years, the possession of a potter’s wheel was punished by law. Today, in the area, we find one such workshop, which we will have the opportunity to visit. Obviously, we will have the opportunity to witness a live demonstration.
  • Putna Monastery – Putna Monastery is one of the most important monastery complexes in Romania. This is not due to the painting (because the monastery is not painted in the fresco like the other well-known monasteries in the area). The importance is due to its history and to the fact that the ruler of Moldavia, Stephen the Great, is buried here. Putna Monastery is the foundation of Stephen the Great, and the construction began in 1466 and ended in 1469. The monastery also has a rich museum with embroidery, manuscripts, religious objects, icons, etc.
  • Cacica Salt-Mine – The archaeological discoveries of the communist regime attested the fact that in Cacica there was one of the oldest recrystallized brine salt (boiling and evaporating) in Europe. Today, the salt mine in Cacica is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in the area. The entrance to the mine is made using fir wood stairs, over 200 years old, mineralized by the brine that has penetrated into the wood. The temperature in the mine is about 15 degrees Celsius. So we can descend to visit the Roman Catholic Chapel of St. Varvara, the Orthodox Chapel or the Dance Hall.


  • 1 pers: 99 Euro
  • 2 pers: 55 Euro/pers.
  • 3 pers or more: 45 Euro/pers.


  • Professional driver AND licensed tour guide
  • Transport with middle class car

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: tickets (entrance fees), personal expenses, lunch (can be organized by us), coffee breaks, foto and video taxes.

Bucovina Premium Tour – Bucovina Painted Monasteries can be customized. At this kind of tour you can add an extra tourist attraction as (Please make a note in the booking form or contact us for the updated price):

  • Humor Monastery – explore one of the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. The Humor Monastery is an Orthodox monastery, built in 1530 by Toader Bubuiog – the great political dignitary from the time of Petru Rares. In 1993, UNESCO included the Church of the Humor Monastery, together with 6 other churches in Bucovina (Arbore, Patrauti, Moldoviţa, Probota, Suceava and Voroneţ), on the list of the world cultural heritage, in the group of painted churches/monasteries of Moldavia.
  • International Museum of the decorated eggs of Vama, Bucovina – International Museum of the decorated eggs of Vama, Bucovina is the largest museum of its kind in Romania and one of the most important museums of its kind in the world. We can say that the museum is unique because of the number of exhibits and their value. Today we find over 7000 eggs from all over the world. The eggs come from 82 countries on all 5 continents.
  • Dragomirna Monastery – Dragomirna Monastery holds a unique church in Romania for its unusual proportions. By far it is the tallest and most strait church ever built. Its walls are not painted but are decorated with stone engravings.

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Maximum People: 49
Location: Bucovina

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