Discover Bukovina in another way

About Tour

In this trip you’ll mix the hiking opportunities with Moldavian traditions and you’ll have the opportunity to see the most beautiful cultural sites of Romania – the painted monasteries from Bucovina part of the world heritage and the UNESCO patrimony.

1 st Day

Discover baroque Transylvania

Included highlights:

  • Arrival to Cluj. At the airport/bus station you will meet your local guide and driver.
  • Transfer to the hotel and check-in.
  • Lunch.
  • If time permits we will have a walking city tour of Cluj Napoca, the only baroque city in Romania and the former capital of Transylvania.
  • Visit St. Michael Cathedral,
  • the Orthodox Cathedral
  • the Memorial House of Matei Corvin, where the most important Hungarian King, was born as well as other interesting places.

Included meals:
  • Lunch
2 nd Day

Discovering Bukovina

Included highlights:

  • Departure to Moldova - the heart of Romanian Orthodoxy.
  • Pass through Maramures, one of the most traditional regions in Romania.
  • See different wooden churches (such as those from Surdesti, Birsana)
  • Have a typical Maramures lunch in a local family’s house.
  • Drive along the Bistrita River, admiring painted houses with geometric motives.
  • Arrival at Vama, (in the heart of Bucovina) where we’ll stay for the following days.
  • The first short sightseeing tour of the village.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
3 rd Day

Painted Monasteries

Included highlights:

  • Depart to the Moldovita monastery where we’ll meet a nun who will explain us all about the paintings of the orthodox world, specifically those from the Bucovina area.
  • Next visit - Sucevita monastery.
  • Lunch will be served near the monastery in a picturesque place.
  • Visit the famous ceramic center from Marginea and return to our host.
  • Special dinner together with the family.

Included meals:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

4 th Day

Light day

Included highlights:

  • Visit a sheepfold by carriage.
  • Have a lunch that you will never forget.
  • Afternoon free for activities: badminton, football, volleyball and other games. A very light dinner will help us have a good night.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
5 th Day

Hardworking day

Included highlights:

  • Walk in the Rarau Mountains, this means we will cover the first 20 km of the road by bus and then hike to the Rarau chalet. The hiking part takes about 3 to 4 hours.
  • Lunch at the chalet
  • Return late in the afternoon to our host.
  • In this evening we will learn how to paint Easter eggs. It will be a unique experience.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
6 th Day

Cultural bomb

Included highlights:

  • Visit Dragomirna Monastery
  • Walk for one hour to the lake and have a picnic there
  • Visit the bishop church from Suceava, the former capital of Moldavia
  • Visit Voronet and Humor monasteries
  • Typical Moldavian lunch
  • A small folk band sing and dance for you.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
7 th Day

On Dracula's footsteps

Included highlights:

  • Departure to Cluj.
  • Drive through Borgo pass, the famous pass mentioned in Bram Stoker’s book “Dracula“
  • Lunch at Dracula Motel /or “Coroana de Aur” in Bistrita, also mentioned in the book.
  • Arrival in Cluj and overnight in the same 4* Hotel as in the first day.
  • Farewell dinner.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
8 th Day

Departure home

Included highlights:

  • Check out
  • Transfer to the airport/bus station

Included meals:
  • Breakfast

What People Say

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Dear Razvan, 

Thank you so much for this fantastic educational trip. Your organisation was perfect, your company / guidance most appreciated. 

And i can say that this trip immediately comes in my top 5 trips ever in my 27 year career. Thanks a lot: fantastic discoveries, fantastic explanations, very good and nice hotels, excellent food everywhere, and so on...

Also specal thanks to Natasha. With her enthusiasm she made us discover Moldova and Transnistria in a fantastic way.

Have you ever wanted to go on a culture-wine-food tour? In California? France? Italy? Please, have some imagination! Be a little adventurous and go on one in Romania and Moldova. 

It was my good luck to participate in a tour organized by Ways Travel, during which i checked out the many wonders of Romania and Moldova. 

Our group on the bus was an international gang of nine – a Belgian, a German, a Norwegian, an Australian, a few Americans of interesting ethnic alloys and me, dual Dutch and American citizen. What can I say, it was an experience just sitting on a bus with these people and hear their war stories and get initiated into the workings of the behind-the-scenes travel industry. 

Leader of our tribe was the fabulous tour guide Victoria, who speaks four languages, English, German, Russian, Romanian, one of those people who makes a simple bilingual person such as myself feel humble and uneducated. 

The trip was a symphony of history, food, drink, music and dance. Dancing with the Gypsies no less. I tell you, it was fabulous, it was intoxicating. We got history – a dizzying whirl of wars and battles and bloody strife. Of conquests and annexations, of armies rampaging through the countryside, raping, pillaging and impaling. We heard colorful tales about Dacian tribes, the Roman Empire, the Red Horde, the Saxons, the Ottoman Empire, the communist era under Ceausescu. And let’s not forget to mention good old Count Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, who hailed from Transylvania. Really, we deserved every drop of hootch we got along the way to recover from all the tragedies we vicariously suffered through. 

In Romania we loved the beautiful towns of Sibiu and Sighisoara. In Sighisoara we missed seeing the house where Dracula was born because a movie was being filmed and they’d closed it off for visitors. Fortunately, we had a liqueur and brandy tasting to cheer us up. We hadn’t had lunch yet and our stomachs were empty, which helped raise the mood quickly. 

A highlight was our visit to the home of a Roma family in Transylvania and learning more about their culture and lifestyle. (You can read a story about this on my blog here.) Not all Gypsies are beggars living in the streets of large cities. It’s always a good thing to be disabused of your prejudices and preconceived notions. 

We stayed in excellent hotels and lodges, as well as in a humble hostel run by a monastery. We ate fancy restaurant food as well as simple village fare. We saw exquisite as well as cheery architecture, visited opulent cathedrals as well as the modest underground monastery chapel in Orhei Vechi, not far from Chisinau. The vino flowing across the miles was a charming mix of the good, the bad and the holy. The holy being the wine we tasted in a monastery, blessed by the priests. Unfortunately, the blessing did not transform it into nectar of the gods, but the dinner there was quite gourmet, all prepared from food grown by the monks without chemical assistance. 

We also visited Transnistria, which is a rather unique place, as most of you will already know. It is also home to the famous Kvint brandy factory and would you believe, we went there for a brandy dégustation – seven varieties of brandy. It was very informative, interesting and intoxicating. It was also lunch time, but fortunately there was food. We eventually struggled out of there, back on the bus, across the border that is not a border, and traveled down to the Purcari wineries in the south of Moldova where we were treated to . . . you guessed it . . . a wine tasting. Of ten types of wine. Not just any old village plonk, either. No, we got to sip the wine of kings, queens and tsars. Our livers got a workout that day. 

I’m going to stop here. There was more, much more, but I don’t want to give away everything, because what you should do, really, is check out Ways Travel’s website at www.ways.md .

Dear Victoria!

Thank you so much for introducing us to your country, its food & people! We are going home with lots of lovely memories – thanks to your superb organizational skills!

Mulțumesc!