Individual hiking trip in Bukovina  

dates can be chosen free between 1 May and 31 October

 
Sucevita monastery church 
 
 
 
Sucevita monastery: defense wall
 
typical small sheds on the hayland
 
Girl all dressed up in festive costume, Voronet
 
Voronet Monastery 
 

   The hiking trip takes place in Southern Bukovina, in the northeast of Romania. The region is a hilly region where parallel ridges (obcine) are covered with beech forest, from there the name of the region. The region is the northern part of Moldavia and was from 1775 till the end of World War I under Habsburg control. The northern part of the region got annexed with the formal USSR, now Ucraine. Southern Bukovina is especially known  for its painted monasteries.

These monasteries were in the medieval era fortified strongholds agains invading Tartars and Turks.  Unique are the exterior frescoes on some of these monastery churches and they are protected by Unesco World Heritage. The frescoes are a kind of collective religious memory of the history of the region and are unique in this way that the models for the figures are local people from the region, unlike other frescoes where the saints are the pure biblical figures.

The frescoes survived so many centuries because of the special formulas the local artists used and are not fully known up to these days. The special blue from Voronet monastery is world wide known as Voronet blue.

In some of the monasteries are also small museums. 

 
 
The fall of Constantinople, Sucevita Monastery 

 

The region differs strongly from the rest of Romania because of its Habsburg heritage and this can especially be seen in architecture of the the towns.

Bukovina is not the easiest region to hike: the monasteries are too far from each other to connect them by daily hikes, the forested ridges don't make hiking spectacular and the valleys are densly inhabited. Therefore this trip is more a cultural hiking trip with a strong accent on the painted monasteries from Moldovita, Sucevita, Voronet and Humor.

We offer a trip where we linked these monasteries sometimes by hikes, sometimes a transfer by car and included some roundtrips in the hills. So the hikes are easy, you'll see a little of the nature, the villages, the people and especially there is more then enough time to visit the unique monasteries.

The accommodation is provided in confortable guestrooms.  The Romanian people are worldwide known for their generous hospitality. Especially the locals are proud of their regional "Bocovina" kitchen. We selected the best rooms. All the houses have a fully equipped bathroom.

 

Highlights of the program:

  - Moldovita monastery

  - Sucevita monastery.

  - Voronet monastery

  - Humor monastery

 

 

Practical:

The trip starts in Vama and ends in Gura Humorului. If you fly to Romania, you can reach Vama by train from as well Cluj Napoca or Bucharesti. (Bucuresti only by night train)  If you come by car, you can leave the car for free at the guesthouse in Vama, and take the train back to Vama at the end of the trip to pick up your car. Extra travel info is provided down this page.    

 

 

THE PROGRAM

 

Day 1: Arrival in Vama. You stay overnight in a very comfortable guesthouse, a little outide the village. To reach Vama, see info down this page.

 

Day 2:  Trip to Vatra Moldovitei. A hiking trip that mainly follows the Moldovita River upstream. You walk through small villages, over open grasssland and small patches of forest. The guesthouse lies just a few dozen meters away from the Moldovita monastery. Distance 18km, 320m climbing and 275m descending. About 6-7 hours hiking.

 

Day 3: Transfer to Sucevita Monastery. As there is no public transport, you will be brought to Sucevita monastery and later on the day picked up again. We provided also a hkingtrip in the surrounding hills. Hiking trip 14,5km, 420m climbing and as much descending. 5-6 hours hiking. Accommodation again in Vatra Moldovitei

 

Day 4: Transfer to Voronet. Hiking trip to the Voronet monastery and roundtrip in the surrounding hills. Distance 13km, 430m climbing and as much descending. About 5 hours hiking

 

Day 5:  Hiking trip to Manastirea Humorului and visit of the Humor monastery.  The hikes brings you along the Moldava River, the small town Gura Humorului and follows the Humor river till the village Manastirea Humorului. Distance 13km, 180m climbing and 160m descending, about  4 hours hiking

 

Day 6: breakfast, end of trip. The owner of the guesthouse brings you back to Gura Humorului, form where you can take the train.

 

 

 Detail of the Bukovina map with hikes and monasteries

     
Humor, artisan street shops  
     
Humor monastery 
     
Sucevita monastery 
     
Sucevita monastery  

Prices: (6 day program - 5 nights)

 

325 Euro in full board (based on double room occupancy),


Price includes accommodation in full board, local transfers to Sucevita and Voronet, luggage transport, maps and descriptions tourist information.

Extra night: 35 Euro/ person/ night in full board.

 

How to get there: (for links to airliners etc, click here)

First part to Cluj Napoca:

Direct flights from London Luton, Paris Beauvais and Dortmund to Cluj Napoca with Wizz Air. 

There are also direct flights between Paris-Beauvais or Rome and Cluj Napoca. (Blue Air)

Lufthansa operates a direct flight between Munchen and Cluj Napoca.

 

Or:

Flights to Budapest (regular airlines and low-cost) and train to Cluj -Napoca: there are trains departing the airport Ferihegy at 08.43 (arrival Cluj Napoca at 16.40) and 13.43 (arrival Cluj Napoca at 21.33) 

Train connections: see at http://www.mav-start.hu/english/index.php  

(The trains depart/arrive at new trainstation at Budapest Ferihegy airport terminal 1 and you have to change trains in Szolnok, time between trains is somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes)

Back to Budapest: train leaving Cluj Napoca at 06.23 arrives at 12.16 and train leaving Cluj Napoca at 10.29 arrives at 16.16 at the airport in Budapest.

 

Second part: Cluj-Napoca - Vama (and back)

There 2 trains a day: 

First train leaves at 08.48, second train at 12.42 and both arrive about 5and a half hours later

Back

First train Gura Humorul leaves at  08.59, second at 13.52 and arrive about 6 hours later in Cluj Napoca.

 

If you don't get the trains at your day of arrival - departure, you can stay an extra night in Cluj Napoca: price 40 Euro for a double room (bed and breakfast) (30 Euro for a single room)