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Monasteries, Mountains & Bran Castle


Itinerary for Monasteries, Mountains & Bran Castle



Sample itinerary - Subject to changes

Day 1: Arrive Bucharest
Overnight in a hotel in Bucharest.

Day 2: Train to the Painted Monasteries
Train journey to Suceava (5 ½ h) and transfer to Putna Monastery. Visit Putna Monastery, the spiritual center of Romania. You may have a short round walk (1 h) to “Chilia lui Daniil Sihastrul”, a small hermitage dug in a rock. In the 15th Century it was inhabited by the hermit Daniil who supposedly predicted to Stephen the Great that he will become ruler of Moldavia. After becoming ruler, Stephen the Great was advised by Daniil to build the Putna Monastery.  Accommodation in a guesthouse in the village, close to the monastery.

Day 3: Putna to Sucevita
From Putna you take the old monastery path to Sucevita Monastery. In summer, the forest is full of berries and wild mushrooms. The undercoat of emerald green on which the superb frescoes are painted (1596) gave the monastery the name ‘a Poem in Green and Light’. The iconostasis is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the country. Sacherverell Sitwell wrote in 1938: “The first view of the painted church of Sucevita is among the most impressive revelations of the Byzantine world”. The little museum houses the most precious collection of medieval art in Moldovia, including medieval embroidered portraits and an epitaph with 1000 pearls. The 2 following nights are spent in Sucevita, in a welcoming guesthouse with excellent food.
Approx. 5 hours walking

Day 4: Moldovita and round walk Sucevita
A car takes you over the Ciumarna pass with astounding panoramic mountain views. Visit Moldovita Monastery, famous for its warmth and brilliance of its frescoes. The blue undercoat for its tree of Jesse gave the monastery the name ‘a parchment dipped in blue color’. Very beautiful is the Ladder of Paradise, which has the ascetical mystic of John Klimakos as a theme and the depiction of the ancient philosophers. Maybe you meet Sister Tatiana (she speaks some English) who will show you around. The little museum contains, besides a priceless silver-cased Evangelistary presented by Catherine the Great of Russia, valuable icons and miniatures. Back in Sucevita you may have a round walk and enjoy the bird’s eye view upon the impressive, fortified monastery.
Approx. 1.5 hours walking

Day 5:  Voronet to Humor
Transfer to Voronet Monastery. “Voronet-Blue” is the key word. Its superb frescoes gave it the name ‘the Sistine Chapel of the East’. Architecturally it combines Gothic and Byzantine features. Petru Comanescu still holds its truth: ”…here in the clear mellow light of those parts of the walls of the church seem to have stolen the sparking blue of the sky, the green of the trees and the pastures, the gold of the sun and the red of the flowers growing in the peasants gardens”. Walk up to the Objina with good views over a valley and villages scattered around till you reach Humor. Humor monastery, which exudes friendliness and tranquil charm, is painted in warm blues, greens and reddish browns (from oriental madder pigment). Accommodation in a guesthouse in Humor. 
Approx. 4.5 hours walking

Day 6: Private car transfer to Bran
Today you’ll cross the Carpathians to Transylvania through the spectacular Bicaz gorge, drive into Hungarian villages and further on to Bran where you’ll stay overnight. One night in a guesthouse next to Dracula’s Castle. (5 – 6 h by car)

Day 7: Bran Castle and Magura village
Visit the Dracula castle. It served as backstage for Roman Polanskis film ‘Dance of the Vampires’ and in former years the Romanian Queen Mary of Hohenzollern, the Granddaughter of Queen Victoria, as refuge and Salon.
Short transfer to the Kalibash village of Magura, situated 1000 m up in the mountains. Round walk to Pestera. On your way you may see orchids, gentians, campanulas and endemic flowers like the ‘Carpathian Iris. Little farms are scattered around over beautiful alpine pastures and meadows covered with wildflowers. Overnight in this most beautiful surroundings in a guesthouse with beautiful views over the mountains.
Approx. 2.5 hours walking

Day 8: Magura to Zarnesti
Walk through the spectacular Prapastiile Zarnestilor (Zarnesti Canyon) to the rustic Curmatura mountain hut (1470 m) where you may have a drink or a meal, then walk to Zarnesti. You may see wall creeper, alpine swift and with some luck the tricky three toed woodpecker. Zarnesti once was made famous through a ‘Large Carnivore Project’. Overnight in a welcoming guesthouse in Zarnesti.
Approx. 5 hours walking

Day 9: Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure.
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Monasteries, Mountains & Bran Castle
Tour Code: ZZ-HKRM01
9 days / 8 nights ~$1,175.00
Dates: May to Oct

Trip Rating :
Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Airport: Bucharest
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