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
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.
some of the monasteries are also small museums.
The fall of Constantinople, Sucevita
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:
- Sucevita monastery.
- Voronet monastery
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.
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.
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
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
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.
the Bukovina map with hikes and monasteries